Friday 22nd March - Issue 101

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

As we journey through Lent, we are encouraged in this Sunday’s gospel to look at each new day as an opportunity for us to change and to keep growing in faith and goodness. By making and sharing positive changes we can live better lives and make the world a better place.

I am aware that some of our older children play the multiplayer action survival game Fortnite: Battle Royale. Concerns have been raised over a function in Fortnite which automatically allows users to speak to other players through voice and text chat functions. It means children can be contacted by anyone else who is playing the game.  Research from NSPCC revealed that that one in four children have been contacted online by someone they don’t know and NSPCC are offering parents the following advice:

- Talk to your child regularly about what they are doing online and how to stay safe. Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried or upset by anything they have seen.

- Explore your child’s online activities together. Understand why they like using certain apps, games or websites and make sure they know what they can do to keep themselves safe.

- Agree your own rules as a family when using sites, apps and games.

- Manage your technology and use the privacy and parental control settings available to keep your child safe. 

Please follow these links for further advice: NSPCC and UK Safer Internet

Fit For Sport will be holding various Easter Holiday Camps across London with the closest one being held at the Bayswater Children’s Centre. Visit Fit For Sport for further details and booking information.

Please see below for information from our Chair of Governors regarding the Governors’ Fund.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Clare O’Connor



DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

MARCH DATES

Thursday 28th March - Class 3 library visit

APRIL DATES

Wednesday 3rd April - Individual and sibling photographs

Monday 8th April - Palm Sunday Liturgy

Thursday 11th April - Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Friday 12th April - Good Friday Liturgy

Friday 12th April - End of term - 1:30pm finish

Monday 29th April - Return to school

MAY DATES

Monday 6th May - Bank Holiday

Monday 13th - Thursday 16th May - Year 6 SATS

Monday 20th May - Class and group photographs

Monday 27th - Friday 31st May - Half term break

JUNE DATES

Monday 3rd June - INSET Day


THE WEDNESDAY

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CHANGE

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your patient care for us. Show us where we need to change - to grow more in our love for you and for each other. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Class 7 are our attendance winners this week - they achieved 99.5%. Well done!


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

Class 7’s assembly

Well done to class 7 for their amazing assembly about ‘Light and Dark’. You were all super stars, especially your excellent dancing skills!

 

‘World on a Plate’ thank you!

Once again, we would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to local businesses - Firebrand Pizza, Sea Shell and Tesco, Lisson Grove - for their very generous donations towards our ‘World on a Plate’ day. You helped make our event even more special. Katia and Noor delivered thank you cards handmade by St. Edward’s children to convey their appreciation for the support our school has received.

We also want to extend our gratitude to Waitrose Edgware Road (Miss Freiter) for the wonderful donations towards our class hampers. Thank you!

We are pleased to announce the winners of our hampers:

Europe £22 (Youssef)

Asia £22 (Oskar)

South America £25 (Elsa)

Worldwide £25 (Ugbad)

Our total funds raised from ‘World on a Plate’, including the hamper raffle, is a fantastic £604.36! This money will be benefitting the children of St. Edward’s as it will be used to create a new technology department. Our PTA worked incredibly hard to organise the day and we are very thankful to them for giving up their free time and skills.

So, on behalf of all the children and staff, THANK YOU to everyone who supported our PTA to make ‘World on a Plate’ such a success!


 

Our Art Gallery

Miss Caridade has created a beautiful display showcasing some of the amazing art that has been created by our children. Please do come and have a look to see!

 

Art Club

Last week our Art Club children created leprechaun inspired art to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

This week they made their own masks and journals - aren’t they great!

 
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OUR RE CORNER

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Giving All

In year 3 we have been learning about ‘giving all’ and have been looking at occupations that help people. Examples of these are doctors, firefighters, charity workers and many more. We have also learnt that in Lent we give through charity and kindness and we have been strengthening our Lenten promises. By Grace


COMMUNITY NOTICES

 
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ACHIEVEMENT

Congratulations to all children who received certificates at this morning’s achievement assembly.


HOUSE POINTS

Southwell are our house champions this week with 875 points! Well done!


Friday 15th March - Issue 100

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

There are times when we all need encouragement, just as Jesus encouraged his disciples. May each of us encourage someone during this Lenten season by offering words of support and helping someone if they are struggling.

Yesterday we celebrated Multicultural Day and the children had an activity packed day starting with a fantastic assembly performed by class 8, followed by African drumming workshops, art and learning interesting facts and information about the different continents. We have so many nationalities represented at St. Edward’s and yesterday was a perfect celebration of our diversity. I loved seeing everyone dressed in their cultural clothes and colours - proudly displaying their cultural origins.

Our Multicultural Day ended with our brilliant ‘World on a Plate’ event. Thank you so very much to everyone who supported - either by cooking delicious food or attending. Our PTA put so much time and hard work into planning the event and so on behalf of the whole school community I wish to express our gratitude and appreciation. A very special thank you too to Firebrand Pizza, The Sea Shell and Tesco Lisson Grove for their very generous donations of pizza, fish and chips and Easter eggs. The money raised will be used towards redeveloping our technology department - something that will be of great and direct benefit to the children of St. Edward’s. So once again, thank you!

We will be auctioning the hampers that were made up with the donations from our own clothes day. Parents will be able to place bids from Monday morning till afternoon - bidding closes at 3:45pm. Please come to the KS2 playground where the hampers will be on display under the awning.

Please see below for message from our Governors and our term dates for the academic year 2019/20.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Clare O’Connor




A MESSAGE FROM OUR GOVERNORS


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

MARCH DATES

Monday 18th March - Silent auction of hampers

Thursday 21st March - Class 7’s assembly

Thursday 21st March - Class 4 library visit

Thursday 28th March - Class 3 library visit

APRIL DATES

Wednesday 3rd April - Individual and sibling photographs

Monday 8th April - Palm Sunday Liturgy

Thursday 11th April - Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Friday 12th April - Good Friday Liturgy

Friday 12th April - End of term - 1:30pm finish

Monday 29th April - Return to school

MAY DATES

Monday 20th May - Class and group photographs

 
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THE WEDNESDAY

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ENCOURAGEMENT

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for encouraging us. Please help us to be more like you - to be an encouragement to those around us. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Class 13 are our attendance cup winners this week with 97.7%.


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

Class 8’s assembly - Multicultural Day

Class 8 conveyed a beautiful message in their assembly - everyone is the same no matter where we come from. Class 8 has 20 different nationalities in their class and so were the perfect class to host an assembly on our Multicultural Day! Thank you to all parents who came along to watch.

 

Multicultural Day

We spent the day taking part in fun activities that showcased our appreciation of all the different nationalities that we are so fortunate to have at St. Edward’s. Our families come from so many parts of the world and that is what makes us such a great school!

 

World on a Plate Day

As you can tell from the photos we had a excellent ‘World on a Plate’ day with so much delicious food and good company! Our PTA pulled out all the stops to create a lovely event for us all to enjoy. We were very fortunate to receive donations from Firebrand Pizza, The Sea Shell and Tesco of Lisson Grove. We are very grateful to them for their generosity and the pizzas and fish and chips were very much enjoyed! Thank you to all who supported the event - we are already looking forward to next year!

 

British Values

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In Year 5, we looked at the British value, INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY.  We spent time discussing what that meant to us and what it involved, in order to have liberty in Great Britain today.

Year 5, Mr Twigden and Mrs Pini then created and sang a song about Unity in Britain.  

The message was to reinforce that ‘WE ARE ONE’ despite our differences.  


OUR RE CORNER

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As we are in Lent it is a time to reflect and think about those less fortunate then ourselves. Part of what makes St Edward’s school so special is the generosity of our students and their families and friends. Over the next couple of weeks, each year group will be holding a fund raising event to help raise money for Mary’s Meals.

Mary’s Meals is a charity that believes that every child deserves an education and enough to eat.

Please see below to find out what your child's class will be completing.

  •  Year 5/6: Sponsored 3K fun run

  • Year 4: Sponsored Spellathon

  • Year 3: Sponsored shootout

  • Year 1/2: Sponsored dance

  • Reception/Nursery: Sponsored obstacle course

Please support your child in any way you can. It costs just £13.90 to feed a child for a whole school year in countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. Thank you.


SPORT

WSU Annual 3 v 3 Basketball

Our team played well alongside 19 other schools, displaying impressive basketball skills. The children enjoyed the pregames training and the competition games. Congratulations to Gracie (year 5) who, out of 160 children, received a medal during the warm ups for showing great determination!


COMMUNITY NOTICES

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ST. EDWARD’S PTA

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The PTA wishes to thank all families of St.Edward’s who helped, donated or came along to our ‘World on a Plate’ event. It was a great success and the delicious food was enjoyed by everyone who attended! A special thank you to Firebrand Pizza, The Seashell and Tesco, Lisson Grove for their generous and much appreciated donations!

All parents are automatically part of the St. Edward’s PTA and there are many opportunities for everyone to get involved.

One of these opportunities is volunteering as a class rep - a great way to help the school and to get to know the other parents. Reps provide a great communication channel between PTA committee, the school and parents in the playground. The PTA is an important asset to the school. We organise events and help raise vital funds to benefit all our children. Being class rep allows you and the parents in your class to have a more active say in what the PTA does in terms of events and fundraising.

Typically the duties for class representatives are:

- To pass on information from the PTA to other parents in your child's class, collate the results of any surveys and encourage parents to support the PTA.
- Attend the AGM and PTA committee meetings (dates and times to be confirmed)
- Coordinate volunteers to help with fundraising activities. Reps will help to run a class stall at fairs with responsibility for setting up, managing the rota, clearing up and feeding back any information to the PTA committee.
- Organise informal social activities for parents/families in their child's class, ranging from play dates to coffee mornings. (That is optional but an effective way of generating team spirit and welcoming new families joining your class)
- Seek feedback from parents regarding PTA events or funding requests and pass it on to the committee.
- Recruit a new class rep towards the end of the summer term to take over in the new academic year.

We encourage you to sign up in pairs - tasks seem less daunting with a friend or a like minded parent  by your side! There is no formal specification for the role, but someone who is sociable, confident enough to approach parents and encourage them to help out at events and support the PTA, having organisational skills will also help. Being around at either drop off or pick up times most days will also help to build relationships with other parents. Being class rep isn’t only a job for the ‘MUMS’. Being involved as a dad can bring in fresh ideas and a different perspective!

Our PTA is currently looking for a Secretary to join our team. The Secretary ensures that the PTA runs smoothly and provides a link between Committee Members and the PTA, and between the PTA and the School.  This requires good organisational and communication skills and being able to stick to deadlines.

Secretary Job Role:
The Secretary is a key committee member as they are responsible for ensuring effective communication links between committee members and between the PTA and the school. The Secretary deals with all the correspondence that the PTA receives and helps the Chair ensure that committee meetings run smoothly. As well as dealing with correspondence, following a committee meeting, the Secretary will need to make bookings and other arrangements for events. Confirm arrangements made by telephone in writing (by letter or e-mail).  The Secretary will make arrangements for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and help the Chair prepare the annual report. 

Main duties:
• Deal with correspondence
• Arrange meetings
• Prepare and distribute agendas
• Take the minutes of meetings, type them up and distribute them.
• Write the annual report with the Chair
• Preparation and distribution of newsletters and other communications to parents
• Preparation of publicity flyers, posters, tickets, etc. for events
 
You will not do this role alone, we work as a team and always help each in anyway we can!

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Thank you to all our families for their continued support.


ACHIEVEMENT

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Congratulations to all children who received certificates at this morning’s achievement assembly. Keep up the good work!


HOUSE POINTS

Campion has scooped the house cup this week with 797 points! Well done!


Friday 8th March - Issue 99

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Wednesday we celebrated Ash Wednesday, marking the start of Lent. Our keystage 2 children joined St. Joseph’s children at the Church of Our Lady to receive ashes and EYFS and keystage 1 celebtated with a liturgy in the afternoon. Lent is a time when Christians are called upon to do something special - perhaps to give something up or to do something loving and good. By making a Lenten promise we grow in love - preparing for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. At St. Edward’s we will be supporting a special organisation as our Lenten appeal this year - Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school.

I wish to express my gratitude to the whole St. Edward’s community for their support with the news that I will be leaving at the end of the academic year. I am working closely with our Governing Body to get the best person to lead St. Edward’s forward.

The whole school had a fantastic time on Thursday when we all dressed up for World Book Day! I must say the children all looked wonderful in their costumes and it was great to see so many different book characters! Children took part in a whole range of literary activities showing how much enjoyment and pleasure we can get from reading a good book. A big thank you to Miss Jamieson for organising such a brilliant day! I hope you enjoy the pictures.

As you are aware, we will be holding our Multicultural day - World on a plate event - next Thursday 14th March from 3:30-4:30pm. This ever popular event on the St. Edward’s calendar is a great day for us to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of our community. It would be fantastic if every nationality we have at St. Edward’s is represented so it would be greatly appreciated if you could provide a dish of your cultural food to be sold and enjoyed on the day (no nut products please). If you can help in any way, please let the school office know. Thank you to our PTA for all their hard work in the planning of this event.

Children are invited to dress up in their cultural clothes on the day and there is a whole host of activities lined up to keep our children entertained throughout the day. We have African Drummers performing in the playground from 3:25pm so please come along to enjoy the event.

On Monday 11th March children are allowed to wear their own clothes in return for donations for their class hampers for our ‘World on a Plate’ event.  Each year group has been given a continent (see below) of non perishable food that they should bring in. These hampers will be auctioned off at World on a Plate Day to the highest bidders with all proceeds from the day going towards our school’s technology department. Thank you for your continued support!

Year 6 - Africa
Year 5 - South America
Year 4 - Asia
Year 3 - Australasia 
KS1 - North America
EYFS - Europe 

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Clare O’Connor


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


CLASS ASSEMBLIES

Parents are warmly invited to attend their child's class assembly.  Class assemblies are held on Thursdays at 9:00am in the top hall.

14th March - Class 8


MARCH DATES

Monday 11th March - Own clothes day in return for a hamper donation.

Thursday 14th March - Class 8 Assembly

Thursday 14th March - Class 7 library visit

Thursday 14th March - Multicultural Day - own clothes day - World on a Plate - 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Hope to see you there!

Friday 15th March - Deadline for Nursery September 2019 applications

Thursday 21st March - Class 4 library visit

Thursday 28th March - Class 3 library visit

APRIL DATES

Monday 8th April - Palm Sunday Liturgy

Thursday 11th April - Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Friday 12th April - Good Friday Liturgy

Friday 12th April - End of term - 1:30pm finish

Monday 29th April - Return to school


THE WEDNESDAY

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LENT

Dear Lord Jesus, please help me and my family to grow in love and strength during Lent through keeping our Lenten promises. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Class 8 and Class 14 are our attendance champions this week! Well done. Our whole school attendance was 96.1% for this week.


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

World Book Day

Our whole school enjoyed celebrating World Book Day on Thursday by dressing up as book characters and taking part in activities. Teachers visited different classes to read stories and everyone had great fun!

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Our World Book Day costume winners:

 

Class 9’s assembly

This week it was world Book Day and class 9 organised their own Assembly to celebrate this day!

Children shared the different genres of Literature and especially they shared their favourite books and authors. We can't wait to go to the nearest library or bookshop to get these books to read. Well done Class 9 for sharing a very informative and fun Assembly. You looked fantastic on your favoruite character's outfits!

 

WE Day at Wembley Arena

WE Day was an amazing opportunity for us and I, for one, enjoyed it. My favourite part of the day was seeing Prince Harry, the WE Organisation brothers, Marc and Craig Kielburger, and hearing Tom Walker sing. It was incredible! By Noor HP

WE Day was a great honour to attend and I am sure everyone would agree. All of the students had the time of their lives and I would love to go again! It was lots of fun, and although the cheering was tiring, we came back grinning from ear to ear. By Amel

Thank you to Miss George for arranging for a group of students to attend the annual WE Day at Wembley Arena - a fantastic day for them to enjoy!

 

Year 6 Citizenship Day - Transport Museum

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On Thursday, Year 6 participated in the Junior Citizenship programme at the London Transport Museum. People in the emergency services shared with us information that will help us travel through London safely on our own. We had a great adventure on this trip and we got to learn many things that could one day save our lives! We went out in groups of 8 - 10 and had an adult accompany us. It was a spectacular opportunity and we would be more than pleased to visit once again. We went on life changing opportunities and it is a phenomenal trip. We hope that our younger years can visit this spectacular museum next year. By Amel

The Transport Museum was one of the most amazing museums I’ve ever been to. We got to have quizez, tours and experiences with people who work around London eg. the Fire Brigade, the Police and even security for schools. They filled us with information and tips for when we we’re older, helping us to stay safer in London and how to access services. For me, it was absolutely fantastic! By Noor HP

 

Class 1 Sow Seeds

This half term our topic is 'Sowing a Seed'. We have been focusing on the book Eddie's Garden and how things grow by Sarah Garland. This week, we planted our own seeds. We will be looking after our plants throughout the term to help them grow. 

 

Art Club

Pancake day fun!  The children had fun making pretend pancakes before going home to enjoy the real thing!

 
 

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OUR RE CORNER

In Year 4 our topic was Giving and Receiving. We looked at St Paul's letter where he taught us the importance of giving with full heart and helping others because we love and care about them.

We looked at some challenges of Giving and Receiving, such as: loving our enemy and apologising when we do something wrong. However, we reflected on how we feel joyful when we do these, because this is what Jesus taught us to do!

 
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On Monday, our school chaplaincy held a special assembly on our Lenten appeal, Mary's Meals.

Mary’s meals are a charity which works in 18 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. The charity has a simple idea that works by providing one good meal in a place of learning. The children are encouraged into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty.

Mary’s Meals is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty.

To help raise some money for Mary's Meals, each class will come up with a fund raising event, details of which will be announced over the next few weeks. The class who raises the most money will receive a special price!


SPORT

Football Festival

A team of year 3 and 4 girls attended the Westminster Girls Football Festival at Paddington Recreation Ground on Tuesday. The festival is aimed at encouraging girls to participate in football. Our girls had lots of fun and they did extremely well winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 2. Well done!


COMMUNITY NOTICES

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ST. EDWARD’S PTA

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All parents are automatically part of the St. Edward’s PTA and there are many opportunities for everyone to get involved.

One of these opportunities is volunteering as a class rep - a great way to help the school and to get to know the other parents. Reps provide a great communication channel between PTA committee, the school and parents in the playground. The PTA is an important asset to the school. We organise events and help raise vital funds to benefit all our children. Being class rep allows you and the parents in your class to have a more active say in what the PTA does in terms of events and fundraising.

Typically the duties for class representatives are:

- To pass on information from the PTA to other parents in your child's class, collate the results of any surveys and encourage parents to support the PTA.
- Attend the AGM and PTA committee meetings (dates and times to be confirmed)
- Coordinate volunteers to help with fundraising activities. Reps will help to run a class stall at fairs with responsibility for setting up, managing the rota, clearing up and feeding back any information to the PTA committee.
- Organise informal social activities for parents/families in their child's class, ranging from play dates to coffee mornings. (That is optional but an effective way of generating team spirit and welcoming new families joining your class)
- Seek feedback from parents regarding PTA events or funding requests and pass it on to the committee.
- Recruit a new class rep towards the end of the summer term to take over in the new academic year.

We encourage you to sign up in pairs - tasks seem less daunting with a friend or a like minded parent  by your side! There is no formal specification for the role, but someone who is sociable, confident enough to approach parents and encourage them to help out at events and support the PTA, having organisational skills will also help. Being around at either drop off or pick up times most days will also help to build relationships with other parents. Being class rep isn’t only a job for the ‘MUMS’. Being involved as a dad can bring in fresh ideas and a different perspective!

Our PTA is currently looking for a Secretary to join our team. The Secretary ensures that the PTA runs smoothly and provides a link between Committee Members and the PTA, and between the PTA and the School.  This requires good organisational and communication skills and being able to stick to deadlines.

Secretary Job Role:
The Secretary is a key committee member as they are responsible for ensuring effective communication links between committee members and between the PTA and the school. The Secretary deals with all the correspondence that the PTA receives and helps the Chair ensure that committee meetings run smoothly. As well as dealing with correspondence, following a committee meeting, the Secretary will need to make bookings and other arrangements for events. Confirm arrangements made by telephone in writing (by letter or e-mail).  The Secretary will make arrangements for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and help the Chair prepare the annual report. 

Main duties:
• Deal with correspondence
• Arrange meetings
• Prepare and distribute agendas
• Take the minutes of meetings, type them up and distribute them.
• Write the annual report with the Chair
• Preparation and distribution of newsletters and other communications to parents
• Preparation of publicity flyers, posters, tickets, etc. for events
 
You will not do this role alone, we work as a team and always help each in anyway we can!

Easyfundraising

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To get started, all you have to do is:

  1. Join.
    Head to easyfundraising, search for St Edwards RC Primary School PTA - London and sign up for free.

  2. Shop.
    Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.

  3. Raise.
    After you've checked out, that retailer will make a donation to us and it won't cost you a penny extra!

Please help us by giving more than a gift - there are no catches or hidden charges and St Edwards Catholic Primary School PTA  will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you to all our families for their continued support.


ACHIEVEMENT

A big well done to all children who received certificates at this mornings assembly!

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MATHLETICS

Fiona and Lewis are the proud recipients of gold Mathletics certificates. Congratulations!


HOUSE POINTS

More are our house cup winners again this week with 560 points. Well done!


Friday 1st March - Issue 98

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

In Sunday’s Gospel we will reflect on how our true self is shown by our actions - by offering help, being humble and truthful, saying sorry and by looking for good in others. Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent - may we show our love to others by being understanding, compassionate, caring and by speaking kindly of others during the season of Lent and always.

Welcome back to all our families - I hope your half term break was good! Please make a note of all the upcoming events this half term that are listed below in the ‘dates for your diary’ section - we have lots happening with our next exciting event being World Book Day! Children (and grown ups) are invited to dress up as their favourite book character on Thursday 7th March. I am eager to see this year’s imaginative costumes.

We have seen much in the media this week about the game Momo.  Momo has been around for the last 18 months and is not new.  It was originally an app but that has been removed and it is now scary videos that are being distributed via WhatsApp, YouTube and online gaming (live streaming). An effective  tip is to turn off ‘auto play’ on YouTube and ensure that your contact details are hidden on WhatsApp.  Make sure the ‘no fill’ option is ‘on’ within Fortnite and all settings within your Xbox and PlayStation are closed. The important message for all adults is to get involved and supervise what our young children are watching, whatever it may be. This is also a good opportunity to engage children in learning and play opportunities that do not involve technology. 

We will be celebrating our multicultural day - World on a plate Day - on the 14th March from 3:30-4:30pm. This ever popular event on the St. Edward’s calendar is a great day for us to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of our community. It would be fantastic if every nationality we have at St. Edward’s is represented so it would be greatly appreciated if you could provide a dish of your cultural food to be sold and enjoyed on the day (no nut products please). If you can help in any way, please let the school office know or return the volunteering letters that were sent home before the half term. We will also be holding an own clothes day on the 11th March and in return children must please bring in an item for their class hampers - more details to follow. These hampers will be auctioned off at World on a Plate Day to the highest bidders. Thank you to our PTA for all their hard work in the organising of this event.

It was a pleasure to catch up with parents over a coffee on Wednesday morning. Thank you for joining Mrs Moon and I - we hope to hold similar events regularly so please keep a look out in future newsletters or for text messages.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Clare O’Connor


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CLASS ASSEMBLIES

Parents are warmly invited to attend their child's class assembly.  Class assemblies are held on Thursdays at 9:00am in the top hall.

7th March - Class 9

14th March - Class 8

MARCH DATES

Monday 4th March - CHILL study day - years 2, 3 and 4

Wednesday 6th March - Ash Wednesday Mass at Our Lady’s 10:00 am for KS2

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day - dress up as your favourite book character.

Thursday 7th March - Class 9 Assembly

Thursday 7th March - Choir to perform at Royal Albert Hall

Thursday 7th March - Year 6 Citizenship Day

Thursday 7th March - Class 8 library visit

Monday 11th March - Own clothes day in return for a hamper donations - more details to follow.

Thursday 14th March - Class 8 Assembly

Thursday 14th March - Class 7 library visit

Thursday 14th March - Multicultural Day - own clothes day - World on a Plate - 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Hope to see you there!

Friday 15th March - Deadline for Nursery September 2019 applications

Thursday 21st March - Class 4 library visit

Thursday 28th March - Class 3 library visit

APRIL DATES

Monday 8th April - Palm Sunday Liturgy

Thursday 11th April - Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Friday 12th April - Good Friday Liturgy

Friday 12th April - End of term - 1:30pm finish

Monday 29th April - Return to school


THE WEDNESDAY

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ACTION

Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to be good friends to our family, our neighbours and all who we meet through our words and actions. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Our whole school attendance this week is a brilliant 96.9% with class 7 achieving an amazing 100% attendance. Class 10 were a close second with 99.1%. Well done!


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

 

Art Club: This week the children decorated colourful flower vases.


OUR RE CORNER

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Princess, in Class 11, has been altar serving for one year at Our Lady of the Rosary.  We are very proud to announce that before half term she got her bronze medal for the altar serving work that she has been doing and for the fact that she has completed one year in the role.  Congratulations Princess.


SPORT

Yesterday 15 children participated in the Westminster Schools Swimming Gala at the Queen Mother Sports Centre. The children swam in different events including breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke, free style and the relays. Well done to all our swimmers on a fantastic effort and especially Nikolas who received two medals!  Our team were enthusiastically cheered on by Mr Abbas, Sam and all the parents who joined them.


ST. EDWARD’S PTA

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All parents are automatically part of the St. Edward’s PTA and there are many opportunities for everyone to get involved.

One of these opportunities is volunteering as a class rep - a great way to help the school and to get to know the other parents. Reps provide a great communication channel between PTA committee, the school and parents in the playground. The PTA is an important asset to the school. We organise events and help raise vital funds to benefit all our children. Being class rep allows you and the parents in your class to have a more active say in what the PTA does in terms of events and fundraising.

Typically the duties for class representatives are:

- To pass on information from the PTA to other parents in your child's class, collate the results of any surveys and encourage parents to support the PTA.
- Attend the AGM and PTA committee meetings (dates and times to be confirmed)
- Coordinate volunteers to help with fundraising activities. Reps will help to run a class stall at fairs with responsibility for setting up, managing the rota, clearing up and feeding back any information to the PTA committee.
- Organise informal social activities for parents/families in their child's class, ranging from play dates to coffee mornings. (That is optional but an effective way of generating team spirit and welcoming new families joining your class)
- Seek feedback from parents regarding PTA events or funding requests and pass it on to the committee.
- Recruit a new class rep towards the end of the summer term to take over in the new academic year.

We encourage you to sign up in pairs - tasks seem less daunting with a friend or a like minded parent  by your side! There is no formal specification for the role, but someone who is sociable, confident enough to approach parents and encourage them to help out at events and support the PTA, having organisational skills will also help. Being around at either drop off or pick up times most days will also help to build relationships with other parents. Being class rep isn’t only a job for the ‘MUMS’. Being involved as a dad can bring in fresh ideas and a different perspective!

Our PTA is currently looking for a Secretary to join our team. The Secretary ensures that the PTA runs smoothly and provides a link between Committee Members and the PTA, and between the PTA and the School.  This requires good organisational and communication skills and being able to stick to deadlines.

Secretary Job Role:
The Secretary is a key committee member as they are responsible for ensuring effective communication links between committee members and between the PTA and the school. The Secretary deals with all the correspondence that the PTA receives and helps the Chair ensure that committee meetings run smoothly. As well as dealing with correspondence, following a committee meeting, the Secretary will need to make bookings and other arrangements for events. Confirm arrangements made by telephone in writing (by letter or e-mail).  The Secretary will make arrangements for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and help the Chair prepare the annual report. 

Main duties:
• Deal with correspondence
• Arrange meetings
• Prepare and distribute agendas
• Take the minutes of meetings, type them up and distribute them.
• Write the annual report with the Chair
• Preparation and distribution of newsletters and other communications to parents
• Preparation of publicity flyers, posters, tickets, etc. for events
 
You will not do this role alone, we work as a team and always help each in anyway we can!

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  2. Shop.
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Please help us by giving more than a gift - there are no catches or hidden charges and St Edwards Catholic Primary School PTA  will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you to all our families for their continued support.


ACHIEVEMENT

A big well done to all children who received certificates at this mornings assembly!

A big well done to all children who received certificates at this mornings assembly!

 

Mathletics

Reem is the proud recipient of a gold Mathletics certificate. Congratulations!

Reem is the proud recipient of a gold Mathletics certificate. Congratulations!


HOUSE POINTS

More have won the house cup again this week with 533 points! Well done!


Friday 15th February - Issue 97

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

This Sunday at Mass we are reminded not to be troubled with the problems of life, but to place our trust in God and to remember that He is always with us. It is through trusting in God and prayer that we will find security and hope, believing that God will bring good out of all that happens in life, even when things seem to be going wrong.

On Wednesday the whole school celebrated Science Day! We had such fun taking part in workshops and performing experiments. It was great to see so many intrepid explorers, astronauts, scientists and nature lovers among our children and staff. What a fantastic day we had enriching our knowledge of all things scientific. Thank you to Miss Gaebler for arranging the event.

At Assembly today Mr Twigden announced that Class 3 had won the prize for the best Safer Internet display. Well done Class 3 and thank you Mr Twigden for a great safer Internet week!

Thank you to all parents who attended our Parents Evenings this week. If you were unable to make it for any reason, please contact your child’s teacher or school office to arrange a suitable time to meet.

As of the 25th February we will be introducing a new school lunch menu. Principals Caterers have developed exciting, healthy, balance and varied meals that I am sure our children will enjoy. This was based on the meeting with Mrs Moon and the school council earlier this term. Please click here to view the new menu.

Club letters have been sent home this week for the new half term - please follow the instructions to register your child either by payment directly with the club provider or via ParentPay. Remember to return the reply slip to Miss Wilson-Fyall.

Please don’t forget to volunteer for our multi-cultural day ‘World on a Plate’. If you need a new form, please collect one from the school office.

On Wednesday the 27th February, Mrs Moon and I will be holding a coffee morning in the playground at 8:40 am. This will be an informal opportunity to meet with other St. Edward’s parents over a free cup of coffee or tea. It would be lovely if you could join us!

There are many events/activities happening over half term, please see below for information on local activities.

Have a safe and restful half term break. See you all on Monday the 25th February.

Best wishes,

Miss Clare O’Connor


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CLASS ASSEMBLIES

Parents are warmly invited to attend their child's class assembly.  Class assemblies are held on Thursdays at 9:00am in the top hall.

7th March - Class 9

14th March - Class 8

FEBRUARY DATES

Friday 15th February - School closes for half term break - 3:00pm

Monday 25th February - School reopens

Wednesday 27th February - Parents Coffee Morning @ 8:40 in the playground

MARCH DATES

Wednesday 6th March - Ash Wednesday Mass at Our Lady’s 10:00am for KS2

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day - dress up as your favourite book character.

Thursday 7th March - Class 9 Assembly

Thursday 7th March - Year 6 Citizenship Day

Monday 11th March - Own clothes day in return for a hamper donations -more details to follow.

Thursday 14th March - Class 8 Assembly

Thursday 14th March - Multicultural Day - own clothes day - World on a Plate - 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Hope to see you there!


THE WEDNESDAY

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TRUST

Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to trust in you, to share your love and to be a blessing to each other and to all those in need. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Our attendance cup winners this week are classes 4 and 7. Well done!


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

Science Day

All classes enjoyed a day of pure science on Wednesday when they took part in workshops and assemblies. In class they also got the chance to do experiments!

 

SAFER INTERNET DAY

Class 3 won the prize for their brilliant Safer Internet display!

 

Class 10’s Assembly

Class 10’s assembly was about the ‘Selfish Giant’. We performed the assembly to send a message for all of us to share with one another - to be friends with everyone. In our story the giant did not realise that he was being selfish, but it turns out in the end that he saw he was doing wrong and changed his ways. The giant felt sorry for the children and started to be their friend. By Izzy

What a lovely message to convey in an assembly! Well done class 10!

 
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OUR RE CORNER

In RE we have been studying the topic Memorial Sacrifice.  We wrote about a special memory and recounted the events of the Jews exodus from Egypt and how that memory is kept alive through the Passover meal. 

We did a freeze frame of the Last Supper picture by Leonardo da Vinci and reflected on how the disciples might be feeling at hearing that someone would betray Jesus.  This week we are learning about the important significance of the bread and wine at Mass. (Year 5)


SPORT

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Our table tennis team visited the Greenhouse Centre on Thursday to compete in the Jack Petchey tournament. All our players performed exceptionally well with Luna and Philipp going through to the semi finals.

 
 
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COMMUNITY NOTICES

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ST. EDWARD’S PTA

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All parents are automatically part of the St. Edward’s PTA and there are many opportunities for everyone to get involved.

One of these opportunities is volunteering as a class rep - a great way to help the school and to get to know the other parents. Reps provide a great communication channel between PTA committee, the school and parents in the playground. The PTA is an important asset to the school. We organise events and help raise vital funds to benefit all our children. Being class rep allows you and the parents in your class to have a more active say in what the PTA does in terms of events and fundraising.

Typically the duties for class representatives are:

- To pass on information from the PTA to other parents in your child's class, collate the results of any surveys and encourage parents to support the PTA.
- Attend the AGM and PTA committee meetings (dates and times to be confirmed)
- Coordinate volunteers to help with fundraising activities. Reps will help to run a class stall at fairs with responsibility for setting up, managing the rota, clearing up and feeding back any information to the PTA committee.
- Organise informal social activities for parents/families in their child's class, ranging from play dates to coffee mornings. (That is optional but an effective way of generating team spirit and welcoming new families joining your class)
- Seek feedback from parents regarding PTA events or funding requests and pass it on to the committee.
- Recruit a new class rep towards the end of the summer term to take over in the new academic year.

We encourage you to sign up in pairs - tasks seem less daunting with a friend or a like minded parent  by your side! There is no formal specification for the role, but someone who is sociable, confident enough to approach parents and encourage them to help out at events and support the PTA, having organisational skills will also help. Being around at either drop off or pick up times most days will also help to build relationships with other parents. Being class rep isn’t only a job for the ‘MUMS’. Being involved as a dad can bring in fresh ideas and a different perspective!

Our PTA is currently looking for a Secretary to join our team. The Secretary ensures that the PTA runs smoothly and provides a link between Committee Members and the PTA, and between the PTA and the School.  This requires good organisational and communication skills and being able to stick to deadlines.

Secretary Job Role:
The Secretary is a key committee member as they are responsible for ensuring effective communication links between committee members and between the PTA and the school. The Secretary deals with all the correspondence that the PTA receives and helps the Chair ensure that committee meetings run smoothly. As well as dealing with correspondence, following a committee meeting, the Secretary will need to make bookings and other arrangements for events. Confirm arrangements made by telephone in writing (by letter or e-mail).  The Secretary will make arrangements for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and help the Chair prepare the annual report. 

Main duties:
• Deal with correspondence
• Arrange meetings
• Prepare and distribute agendas
• Take the minutes of meetings, type them up and distribute them.
• Write the annual report with the Chair
• Preparation and distribution of newsletters and other communications to parents
• Preparation of publicity flyers, posters, tickets, etc. for events
 
You will not do this role alone, we work as a team and always help each in anyway we can!

Easyfundraising

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online you could be raising a free donation for St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School PTA? There are over 3,100 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation when you shop with them, including Amazon, John Lewis and Sainsbury's and it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

To get started, all you have to do is:

  1. Join.
    Head to easyfundraising, search for St Edwards RC Primary School PTA - London and sign up for free.

  2. Shop.
    Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.

  3. Raise.
    After you've checked out, that retailer will make a donation to us and it won't cost you a penny extra!

Please help us by giving more than a gift - there are no catches or hidden charges and St Edwards Catholic Primary School PTA  will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you to all our families for their continued support.


ACHIEVEMENT

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Congratulations to all children who received achievement certificates at this morning’s assembly. Keep up the good work!

 

Mathletics

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Ryan is the proud recipient of a Mathletics gold certificate this week. Well done!


HOUSE POINTS

More are our house champions again this week with 823 points! Well done!