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Posted on: 30/03/2021

Headteacher's Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers, As we quickly approach the end of this term.  I just wanted to thank you again for all the support you have given the staff since our return.  The last few weeks have seemed like a whirlwind and have not been without their challenges. I have said this so many times, but it is truly wonderful to have the children back in school. Their smiles at the school gate each morning, as well as through the day, have lifted the spirits of us all.  We are so tremendously proud of the care that the children show one another, as well as their resilience and thoughtfulness, particularly during these unprecedented times. Reception Admissions 2020-2021 We received a very high number of applications for our Reception places in September 2021. The School had 162 applications for the 60 places, with 31 of them being siblings. I know the EYFS team will be looking forward to the summer term when we can invite the families to the school. Easter Mass We are very grateful to Father Hyacinth for the whole school virtual Mass which summed up the message of Easter. A big thank you to Ms. Antwi-Bosiako for co-ordinating the Mass at the end of such a busy term.   Can we please remind you to pick up a newsletter from Church giving times of Holy Week and Easter Services.  We do hope that the Lenten message continues to be given at home. First Holy Communion Our Lady of Grace Parish is finalizing their First Holy Communion programme for this year.  Many thanks to those parents who have already signed their children up to the programme.  The closing date has been extended until Sunday 4th April. We look forward to seeing as many of our Year 3 children as possible taking part in this special and important sacramental preparation. Voluntary Contributions Due to the current climate, the office has not sent out information this year for Parent Voluntary contributions to school funds.  After Easter we will once again be asking parents for a £10 voluntary contribution.  Please note these contributions are entirely voluntary and completely anonymous, so no family should be compelled to pay if it is beyond their means.  This year we are asking that you pay directly into our school fund account:  Account name:  London Borough of Greenwich Our Lady of Grace School.  Sort Code:  20-98-57 Account Number:  80851000   Things to look forward to! Educational Visits after Easter As soon as it is possible, we will be organising educational visits and activities.  We have provisionally booked the Seaside trip for Year 2 in June as well Outward Bounds day for Year 6.  More details will follow after Easter. School Photographs We have provisionally booked Tempest Photography to come in on 10th May for class photos of EYFS, Year 3 and Year 6 as well as whole school individual / siblings photos.  Also it has been 4 years since our last whole school Photograph, so we have provisionally booked them in for 30th June.   Sports Day / Summer Fayre / Whole School Performances / Masses We are all desperate for these school community events to take place once restrictions have been eased.  Please be assured that we will do our very best to make these events happen if it is possible. Secondary Transfer Many of our Year 5 parents will be going through the Secondary Transfer process for the first time in October 2021.  After the Easter break, I hope to arrange for some Secondary headteachers to come into school to discuss all aspects of the Secondary process with those parents.     Attendance by class and whole school: St Francis                       98.6 St Bernadette                 97.7 St David                         99.2 St John Bosco                96.9 St Joseph                       98.7                         St Gerard                       98.8 St Peter                          99.4 St Martin                        98.1 St Martin De Porres       98.7 St Francis of Assisi        98.2 St Elizabeth                   95.2 St Patrick                       99.3   Whole School Attendance Total    98.2   Staffing: I am pleased to say that many of the staff vacancies that were advertised have been filled in readiness for September 2021.   We have some new support staff working in school, Mr Veel in Year 5 is working part-time and we will have Mrs Senejoa who will be working with a pupil in Year 2 after Easter.  We welcome them both to the team. School Uniform When we return, please ensure your child is wearing the correct school uniform and appropriate footwear. As we all look forward to the summer term and the hot weather, Summer Uniform can now be worn.  Please make sure you provide your child with a sun hat/cap every day. These may be any colour but plain in design. Can you also make sure you apply sun cream to your child before they come to school in the morning. P.E – the children should be wearing the school PE kit as well as plimsoles or black/navy trainers, plain in design.  If a child wears brightly coloured trainers they will not be allowed to take part in P.E. lessons. Parking I would ask you to be mindful of the way in which you drop off and pick up your children and request that you do not park across resident’s driveways or block/mount the pavement – this is dangerous for both pedestrians and parents pushing buggies who have to move into the road to avoid these parked vehicles. ____________________________________________   On behalf of all the Governors and staff, we wish you all a Happy and Holy Easter break.   Sean Small Headteacher   Living Holy Week following Jesus means learning how to come out of ourselves to reach out to others, to go to the outskirts of existence, to be the first to move towards our brothers and sisters, especially those who are most distant, those who are most forgotten, those who are the most in need of understanding, consolation and help. There is so much need to bring the living presence of Jesus, merciful and full of love. Pope Francis
Posted on: 12/03/2021

St Bernadette and St Francis

Dear Parents/ Carers, Welcome back to school!  We are so pleased to have the children back in school and they have settled in brilliantly over the last week.  We would like to start by thanking you for all the time, hard work and effort you put into online learning.  We truly appreciate your support over the lockdown period as the children would not have continued to make the progress they did without your help. With only a few weeks until the end of term we wanted to remind you of the expectations now the children are back in school: St Francis Start Time: 8:45AM / End Time: 2:45PM St Bernadette Start Time: 8:50AM / End Time: 2:50 PM Please ensure you are reading with your child every day and noting this down in the red reading record book.  If this is not possible then please ensure you are reading at least 3 times a week. The story book and red book should be brought to school every day as we will be reading with different groups of children each day. Homework will be given out on Friday and should be completed and returned by Tuesday. We will continue to have PE on Fridays and the children will be required to come to school in their PE kits. Children must have the OLOG white t-shirt, blue shorts, navy blue or black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls.  Please tie long hair back with a plain red, black or white hair band.  Please remember to send children into school in weather appropriate kit. Children are not allowed to wear any jewellery including earrings, hair beads or shaved patterns in their hair. Please send your children in with a water bottle as the water fountains have been switched off. Going forward all emails to staff must go through the school office who can be reached at:   sao@ourladygrace.greenwich.sch.uk. There will be Parent Zoom Meetings to discuss the children's progress.  These will take place on the 31st March and the office will be in touch shortly with more details. We are so excited to have the children back and cannot wait to see the fantastic work they will produce. Yours sincerely Miss Gavure                                                   Mrs Adeyemi        St Bernadette Class Teacher                                 St Francis Class Teacher   
Posted on: 12/03/2021

St John Bosco and St David

Dear Parents, It has been wonderful having the children back in school this week.  We are very proud of how well they have settled, and it is as if they have never been away! We would like to say thank you for your hard work over the past term.  We were very impressed by the work produced during online learning, and this is a result of your continued support and dedication.  We appreciate how difficult it has been to balance your work alongside Google Classroom.  There will be Parent Zoom Meetings to discuss the children’s progress, these will take place on Wednesday 31st March and the office will be in touch shortly with more details. With only a few weeks left until the end of term, we wanted to remind you of the expectations now the children are back in school: Please ensure that reading records are in school every day.  Children should be reading daily and reading records should be signed and dated by the adult who has read with them. Homework will be given out on Friday and should be returned by Tuesday.  Weekly spelling tests will take place the following Friday. PE is on Friday.  Please remember to send children into school in weather appropriate kit.  Children should wear an OLOG t-shirt, blue shorts/navy tracksuit bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls.  Jewellery, including earrings, is not permitted. All children should have a water bottle in school. To note going forward, all emails to staff must go through the school office who can be reached at sao@ourladygrace.greenwich.sch.uk. We are really looking forward to the remainder of the school year.  Thank you again for your support. Yours sincerely, Miss Dwyer                                                                            Miss Maddison St John Bosco Class Teacher                                                 St David Class Teacher
Posted on: 12/03/2021

St Joseph and St Gerard

Dear Parents, Welcome back, after 9 weeks of home learning, we are incredibly happy to be back in the classroom with all the children. Thank you for all your hard work and continued support over the last term, we know it has been challenging taking on the role of the ‘home school teacher’ whilst balancing your normal day to day life. There is no way home learning could have been successful without your facilitation of it on the other end of the computer, so thank you. There will be Parent Zoom Meetings to discuss the children’s progress, these will take place on the 31st of March and the office will be in touch shortly with more details. With only a few weeks until the end of term we wanted to remind you of the expectations now with the children back in school. We cannot stress enough the importance of reading with your child every day. Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Wednesday in St Joseph’s and Monday and Thursday in St Gerard’s. This is not a guide as to when your child should finish their reading book so please do not feel the need to rush as they will benefit more from discussing the pictures and words, sharing what they like and dislike about a story and drawing their attention to the use of punctuation. Please ensure your child’s reading book is in their book bag every day, signed and dated. Homework will be sent home on a Thursday and should be brought back into school fully completed by the following Monday. Please sign your child’s homework book every week after you have completed the task with them. We will provide a half termly spelling overview, with a week-to-week breakdown. Our spellings test will be on a Friday, children will take their spelling books home following the test and they must be returned, with the homework book on a Monday. Please make sure your child wears their PE kit to school on a Friday. As they are in this outfit all day, please make sure it is weather appropriate. Children must have an OLOG t-shirt, blue shorts, navy blue tracksuit bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls.  Please tie long hair back with a plain red, black or white hair band.  Children are not allowed to wear any jewellery including earrings, hair beads or shave patterns in their hair. Please send your children in with water bottles and also to note going forward all emails to staff must go through the school office who can be reached at sao@ourladyofgraceschool.co.uk Yours sincerely, Miss Barrett                                                 Miss O'Neill St Joseph Class Teacher                              St Gerard Class Teacher
Posted on: 12/03/2021

St Peter and St Martin

Dear Parents, We would like to take the time firstly to say welcome back! Thank you for all your hard work and continued support over the last term, it has been greatly appreciated. There will be parent/teacher Zoom Meetings to discuss the children's progress since being away from school and the few week weeks returning, to let you know how they have settled in. These will take place on the 31st of March 2021 and the office will be in touch shortly with more details. With only a few weeks until the end of term, we wanted to remind you of the expectations now that the children are back in school. Reading records must be brought in every day. They should be signed by an adult at least 3 times a week to ensure that we can see that your child is reading regularly at home. Our weekly spelling tests will continue to be on a Tuesday, with homework and spellings given out every Friday. Please ensure that your child returns their homework book on Monday morning. PE is on Thursday’s. Please remember to send children into school in their school tracksuit. The weather will be getting warmer soon and we will inform you of when they should wear their summer kit.  Could we ask that you please send your children in with a water bottle as the water fountains remain closed off due to Covid. Lastly, going forward please feel free to still get in touch however, all emails to staff must now go through the School Office which can be reached at:  sao@ourladygrace.greenwich.sch.uk. Once again thank you for your continued support. Yours sincerely,   Miss Scotland                                                                           Mrs Odutayo St Peter Class Teacher                                                           St Martin Class Teacher
Posted on: 12/03/2021

St Martin de Porres and St Francis of Assisi

Dear Parents, Welcome back! It is fantastic to have the children back in school, they have settled well and we are really proud of how they have dealt with the transition back into the classroom. We would like to say a big thank you for your continued support and the efforts the children showed us with their online learning.  We were amazed by the high standard of writing the children demonstrated and it has been great to continue our learning on our class text back in the classroom. In Maths, we are continuing with our topic of fractions which will lead into decimals starting next week.  It is clear that those children who engaged with the online learning have a great foundation which is allowing us to build on the knowledge they have gained. On Wednesday 31st March, there will be Parent Zoom Meetings to discuss the children's progress. The office will be in touch shortly with more details. With only a few weeks until the end of term, we wanted to remind you of the expectations now the children are back in school: Please try to read as often as possible with your child. 3-4 times weekly is ideal, some children read daily and we can really see a big difference when this is the case. Little and often is great and will help your child to progress! Homework and spellings will be handed out on a Friday. Homework should be handed in by Wednesday at the latest. We will test the children on their spellings on the following Friday. PE is on a Thursday. Please send your child into school in a weather-appropriate school PE kit. Can all children please bring in a water bottle. Going forward, all emails to staff must go through the school office, who can be reached at sao@ourladygrace.greenwich.sch.uk. Thank you again for your support. We are really excited to have the children back and look forward to the remainder of this term and the summer term to follow.                                                        Yours sincerely,                Miss Grogan                                                                             Mrs Hall St Francis of Assisi Class Teacher                      St Martin de Porres Class Teacher
Posted on: 12/03/2021

St Elizabeth

Dear Parents/Guardians, Welcome back to Spring Term 2!  Children have returned to school with a positive attitude and I have been very impressed with their behaviour for learning.  They should be proud of their efforts!  This term I will continue to focus my attention on your child’s: attendance at school; correct uniform; developing peer relationships; homework and assessment tasks; class contribution; and daily work completed.  There will be Parent Zoom Meetings to discuss the children's progress. These will take place on the 31st of March 2021 and the office will be in touch shortly with more details. With only a few weeks until the end of term I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our expectations: Parents should aim to have their children in school for 8:20am so the children can make the best start to their school day. Please ensure they are promptly picked up at 2:20pm via the school carpark. The children are expected to read aloud to an adult at home at least 3 times weekly. Please sign their reading log to show us that this is happening. Please try to discuss these books with your child and ask them a variety of questions. Please encourage their mental maths skills at home by using the ‘hit the button’ website or downloadable app. The children must try to log in to Times Tables Rockstars (TTR) at least once a week as part of their weekly Mathematics homework.   Homework will be handed out on a Friday and due back to school the following Tuesday. Weekly spelling tests will be every Friday in class. PE kits are now to be worn to school on Thursdays. The PE kit consists of trainers, blue shorts, white T-shirt and socks.  In the colder months, dark blue tracksuit bottoms and a jumper will be permitted. Please note that girls should not wear tights underneath their shorts. Please send your children in with water bottles each day.  Going forward all emails to staff must go through the school office who can be reached at sao@ourladygrace.greenwich.sch.uk.  Thank you for your continued support.   Kind regards, Sylvia Stellino Year 5 Classroom Teacher

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