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Posted on: 28/05/2021

Headteacher's Newsletter

Dear Parents, I am not too sure if we can put it down to the wind, but this half term has certainly flown by.  It has been a very productive half term with many children achieving their very best. The Month of May May has been the month dedicated to Our Lady and the children have been doing additional work these past weeks to celebrate Our Lady of Grace. Masses To be held at Our Lady of Grace Church Friday 11th June       Years 5 and 6 Friday 18th June      Year 4 Friday 2nd July        Year 3 Friday 9th July         Year 2 Whole School, Class and Individual Photographs As the lock down rules have relaxed it has been so nice to be able to resume key diary events once more, for example, inviting the photographer back to the school.  It really hit home how big the school had become, as I watched the children file past to position themselves for their photographs. The photographer will be returning on 30th June for the Whole School Photo - let us hope we are blessed with fine weather on that day!   Book Fair Thank you to those parents who supported the Book Fair this week.  Though less busy than previous years, it was great to have it take place. The school is affiliated with Usborne Books because of the variety of books they have for different ages and abilities.  The school receives a generous commission on books sold, which we use to replenish Class Book corners.  They have also organised a children’s author to come into school early in July to  read extracts from her books.  More information will follow from the office in due course. Many thanks to Charlene Riviere, from Usborne Books for running the Book Fair and for organising the Children’s author, Serena Patel. School Trip – Year 6 Year 6 had an early start this week when they went to Bewl Water Outdoor centre. They were not blessed with good weather but after they all thawed out, their reports of the day were wonderful.  Many thanks to Ms Antwi and her team for organising the day.   School Dinners We are pleased to say that with the relaxing of restrictions we will be able to provide hot lunches after the May half-term break.  We are finalising the logistics of how to facilitate hot meals and remain in year group bubbles at the moment.  Year 1 and EYFS have not had hot food at school as yet, so we envisage the first week will be challenging until  a routine is established.  Let’s see how we get on! After-School Provision/Clubs Wrap around care provision with ‘AllKidsCan’ has continued to be a success through this difficult year.  My sincere thanks go to Chris and his team for the enriching environment they provide for the children, their professionalism and the positive relationship they have with the school.  ‘AllKidsCan’ have released a flyer with some additional Sports Clubs to start after half term. Please contact AKC directly if you would like further information on the additional provision offered. Reception 2021 Mrs Adeyemi and her team are busy organising parent open mornings in readiness for our 60 new Reception children in September.  These visits will take place on the 5th and 7th July (more information to follow). Year 5 Secondary Transfer If there are parents of Year 5 children who would like to discuss any aspect of the forthcoming secondary transfer process, e.g. to talk through timescales, schools, the Secondary Transfer system or to discuss any concerns you may have, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment via the office to see me. PTFA- Annual General Meeting The PTFA AGM is on 1st June at 7pm. Via Zoom Meeting ID- 77749329646 Passcode MSV42Y The PTFA are a dedicated bunch of parents who by their time and efforts give much to the ‘special community feel’ that we have within school.  The Committee is made up of parents from across all year groups.  We are always looking for new members who would like to volunteer their services for the good of the school.  If you are able, please attend the Zoom AGM in June.  With a bit of luck  (and help from Mr Boris Johnson) we might have the International Fund Raising Day in July. Parent Helpers As we come out of lockdown and have one eye on the new academic year, we are looking for parents who can help on school trips.  If you would like to be a volunteer please send an email to: and the office will be in touch to initiate safeguarding checks (DBS).  It would be great to know we have a pool of volunteers in readiness for the Autumn term. Termly Attendance - Attendance and Punctuality I am pleased to highlight the school’s overall attendance for the Summer term 1 was 98.5%. School Dates Here are the diary dates for forthcoming events after half term for your information.  More detailed, class specific letters will follow closer to the time. June: 7th June   – Children Return 15th June  – Year 2 Joss Bay 25th June  - School Closed- Staff Inset 29th June  – St Peter and St Paul – Feast Day 30th June  – Whole School Photograph July: 2nd July - Year 3 Joss Bay 5th July  – End of Year Reports 5th July  - EYFS New Parents meetings (St Francis + St Bernadette) 5th July  – Parents Evenings (times tbc in school we hope) 6th July  – Parents Evenings (times tbc – in school we hope) 6th July  - Guitar Performance – Steve Mac 2pm + 7pm 7th July  - EYFS New Parents meetings (St Francis + St Bernadette) 8th July  – Children’s Author, Visiting - Serena Patel 10th July – Possibly Summer Fayre tbc 12th July – Year 6 Leavers Performance - 2pm to school tbc 12th July - Meet your new teacher meetings! 13th July – Year 6 Leavers Performance  7pm to parents 21st July – Leavers Assembly – 10am 21st July – Year 6 Water Fight 2.45pm  21st July – Year 6  BBQ/ Disco 6-8pm 23rd July – Year 6 Mass (tbc 9.15am)  To be held at Our Lady of Grace Church 23rd July – 2pm Finish Staffing     I am pleased to say that all the staff vacancies that were advertised have been filled in readiness for September 2021. New Faces:  We welcome Mrs Okudu in St Peter’s class who is currently shadowing Miss Scotland in readiness for starting her maternity leave.  You will be pleased to hear that Miss Stellino has returned home safely and is currently quarantining in a hotel in Darwin.  Her replacement is Ms Huynh who we were lucky to secure and comes with a wealth of experience. Parents will have an opportunity to meet their child’s new teacher before the summer break at our ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting on the 17th July. Uniform P.E – the children should be wearing 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. When we return, we hope the sun will be shining, please ensure that 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.  Children may also bring in a water bottle with a sports cap top (no screw top bottles please) for during the day. These need to be labelled and can be kept in class. Finally Do have a restful half term, l look forward to seeing you all on Monday 7th June, refreshed and ready to enjoy another successful half-term. Sean Small

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