Friday 18th January - Issue 93

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

On Sunday we will hear from the Gospel of John telling the first of Jesus’ miracles - turning water into wine at a wedding celebration in Cana. This miracle reminds us of the joy of heaven which is often described as a wedding feast to which we are all invited. Jesus changes our lives when he enters into our hearts and homes by bringing joy which we can share with all those that we meet.

As we finish the second week of the new Spring term, I am so pleased to see our children have settled in well and are focused on their learning. The standard of work being produced and the level of enthusiasm being displayed in the classrooms is very encouraging to see. Keep it up!

Our PTA are always thinking of ways to raise money that is put back into the school to directly benefit St. Edward’s children and ultimately our community. When we think about some of the fun events we have hosted at our school e.g. Summer Fair, Christmas Pantomime, Summer Parties, Cake Sales etc. they have all come about because of the hard work and dedication of our PTA. These events create fun opportunities for our children bringing us together as a community and the funds raised enrich their education. For example, we were able to create a well stocked library for our children to use and enjoy. We are now raising funds to go towards developing a modern computing space where children will be able to build on and improve their IT skills. I am pleased to announce that our PTA were able to raise £534.62 through our Christmas Pantomime and £272.56 by selling Christmas goodies in December. Thank you to everyone who supported these ventures - your ongoing support is so very much appreciated!

All parents of St. Edward’s are automatically members of our PTA and help in any form, be it your time or skills, is always welcome. Please consider becoming a parent representative for your child’s class or, if you have the time to commit, there is a vacancy for a PTA secretary. If you are interested in any of these roles please speak to either Miss O’Connor, Mrs Moon or our PTA Chair, Mrs Hope.

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.

24th January - Class 13

31st January - Class 11

7th February - Class 12

14th February - Class 10

7th March - Class 9

14th March - Class 8

JANUARY DATES

Thursday 24th January - Class 13 Assembly

Thursday 31st January - Class 11 Assembly

FEBRUARY DATES

Tuesday 5th February - Safer Internet Day

Thursday 7th February - Class 12 Assembly

Tuesday 12th February - Parents Evening - more details to follow

Wednesday 13th February - Parents Evening - more details to follow

Thursday 14th February - Class 10 Assembly

Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February - Half term break

MARCH DATES

Friday 1st March - Multicultural Day - World on a plate day - more details to follow

Wednesday 6th March - Ash Wednesday

Thursday 7th March - Class 9 Assembly

Thursday 14th March - Class 8 Assembly


THE WEDNESDAY

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JOY

Dear Lord Jesus, please help our family to experience the joy that you bring, and to share it with all those that we meet. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Our star class this week is class 7 with an amazing 100% attendance! Class 8 was a close second with 98.1%. Our whole school attendance was a brilliant 96.1%. Well done!


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

Class 14’s Assembly

Today was Class 14's assembly, the assembly was organised as if it was a Topic lesson; Natole got to play the role of Miss Georgallou and pretended tell everyone off! The Assembly referenced some amazing facts about London which we all got to research in computing. We had an array of characters including Shakespeare, The Queen of England, Sherlock Holmes, The  Beatles and even Lord Byron! We had so much fun researching the amazing city we live in, writing the script and performing in front of the whole school!  Thank you to all our parents who came to watch our assembly.

 

A message from our school nurse…

Taking Time Off?

Absence from school is sometimes unavoidable but frequent absences for minor illnesses may contribute to pupils getting behind with their work, finding friendships difficult to maintain, and losing confidence in the classroom. When deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school consider:

  • Is your child well enough to manage school activities?

  • Does your child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff?

  • Would you take the day off work if you had this condition?

I your child is too ill to attend, ensure you’re following the school absence policy and help them get back to school as soon as they are well.

Here is a reminder of our school’s absence procedures:

Absence - phone the school on 02077235911 to report your child’s absence. You must phone the school each day that your child is absent. Some pupils travel to school on their own so it is important that we know which pupils to expect each day.  If your child is absent for 3 days or more you may be asked to provide a doctor’s note to substantiate the absence. 

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Art at St. Edward’s

Our classes all across the school have been enjoying various art activities using and exploring different mediums and techniques. Miss Caridade is creating a colourful display in our school foyer to showcase the talent we have at St. Edward’s. Next time you have a chance, please come and have a look at the impressive artwork on display.


OUR RE CORNER

In Class 1, our current topic is Celebrating. During this topic we are looking at a range of different celebrations e.g. a Wedding, a Baptism, a birthday. This week, we are focusing on how the parish church celebrates and who helps us lead these celebrations.

In Class 1, our current topic is Celebrating. During this topic we are looking at a range of different celebrations e.g. a Wedding, a Baptism, a birthday. This week, we are focusing on how the parish church celebrates and who helps us lead these celebrations.


ST. EDWARD’S PTA

All parents are automatically part of the St. Edward’s PTA and there are many opportunities for everyone to get involved . Our ever popular ‘World on a Plate’ event will be happening on Friday 1st March so please keep a look out for further information closer to the time.

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.


COMMUNITY NOTICES


The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street

The Cockpit Theatre is kicking off 2019 with a fabulous selection of theatre for all the family to enjoy.
So come and join us, and allow yourselves to be transported to some truly magical places.

 STORIES FROM ASIA 

SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY, 2PM

 Immerse your children in the ancient world of gods, goddesses and wise gurus as Freshwater Theatre Company explore two tales from sacred Hindu texts; including the story of Rama and Sita and one other exciting story.

Freshwater involve the children in drama exercises and games that allow them to become part of these ancient and compelling stories. Led by an experienced storyteller and drama facilitator, the children will be drawn into the magic of the tales as parents are asked to sit and watch the drama unfold.

Suitable from 4 to 11 yrs

TANGLEWOOD TALES 

SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY, 2PM

Hundreds of years ago, when the great Tanglewood Forest spread across the land and humans could walk freely between this world and that of the fairies, there lived a mischievous faun and two kind hearted pixies

Let Faustus and his pixie sidekicks tell you the stories of Butterball and the TrollThe Magic ShoesThe Swamp PrinceRumpelstiltskin, and many more.

Join Dreadfalls Theatre Company as they bring to life lesser known folk tales from around the world by combining storytelling, dance and puppetry.

Suitable for ages 3 to 11 yrs

ROALD DAHL & THE IMAGINATION SEEKERS 

SATURDAY 30TH MARCH, 2PM

All around the world Roald Dahl's words are disappearing, not only from books but children's minds too! Now only an organisation known as the ancient guild of tale tenders can save the stories - and they need your help.

It's a thrilling story delivered through performance, games and creative play that explores Roald Dahl's extraordinary stories, including Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe BFG and The Twits along the way.

Suitable for ages 6 to 11 yrs

All Tickets: £7 / £24 for a family of 4 

Live locally? All tickets are £5 each / £16 for a family of 4
Proof of address required. See the website for more details. 


ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES

Congratulations to all the children who received certificates at this morning’s achievement assembly. Certificates are awarded for good behaviour, acts of kindness and outstanding work - so well done to to our recipients!

Congratulations to all the children who received certificates at this morning’s achievement assembly. Certificates are awarded for good behaviour, acts of kindness and outstanding work - so well done to to our recipients!


HOUSE POINTS

This week we have a tie with More and Campion both achieving 517 Points! Well done!


Friday 11th January - Issue 92

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

A warm welcome back to all our families - I trust that you had a lovely Christmas break and wish you all a very happy and blessed New Year. On behalf of all our staff I would like to thank you all once again for your generous gifts and well wishes at Christmas.

Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany where we remembered how the three wise men from the East were guided by the star to the baby Jesus. May we too be guided by God’s love this new year at St. Edward’s.

Reception and Nursery Admissions September 2019 - If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, he or she will be starting reception in primary school from September 2019.  The eAdmissions website is open for you to complete your online application. You will need to submit your application by Tuesday next week (15 January 2019).   You can find more information here. If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, they will be eligible to start Nursery in September 2019. Please collect a form from the school office or visit our admissions page to download a form and read our school admission policy.

Our school PTA are a hard working group of parents who selflessly give up their time to create opportunities for our children which support and enrich their learning. Every parent of St. Edward’s automatically becomes a member of our PTA. We have decided to appoint parent class representatives and so I am asking parents to volunteer - this will provide us with a wider network and more structured PTA organisation. If you feel that you have the time and are willing to represent your child’s class community, then please let either myself or Mrs Moon know. Our school PTA currently also has a vacancy for a Secretary. Further details of role responsibilities will be distributed soon, so if you feel that you have the skills and time to offer, please let Mrs Bernice Hope (class 3 and 4 parent) know. Our PTA will soon start arranging our school’s Multicultural Day celebrations - ‘World on a Plate’ - so please keep a look out for meeting dates and information on how you can get involved.

After school clubs letters for this half term were sent home this week detailing how to register your child for the different clubs. These are on a first come first serve basis and children will not be able to join a club after the first session.

All children must come to school dressed in full winter uniform. The weather is turning even colder and so gloves, scarves and hats are needed. A reminder that the official school coat is a compulsory item of uniform and other coats/colours are not permitted. All uniform is available to buy from Ace Clothing and please make sure that every item is clearly labelled. Wearing the correct uniform and looking smart shows a sense of pride in our St. Edward’s community - I appreciate your support with this.

Please make a note of some important upcoming dates that can be found below - this half term will be a busy one with class assemblies, trips and parents evenings planned.

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.

17th January - Class 14

24th January - Class 13

31st January - Class 11

7th February - Class 12

14th February - Class 10

7th March - Class 9

14th March - Class 8

JANUARY DATES

Tuesday 15th January - Reception September 2019 application deadline

Thursday 17th January - Class 14 Assembly

Thursday 24th January - Class 13 Assembly

Friday 25th January - Year 5 to British Museum

Thursday 31st January - Class 11 Assembly

FEBRUARY DATES

Tuesday 5th February - Safer Internet Day

Thursday 7th February - Class 12 Assembly

Tuesday 12th February - Parents Evening - more details to follow

Wednesday 13th February - Parents Evening - more details to follow

Thursday 14th February - Class 10 Assembly

Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February - Half term break

MARCH DATES

Friday 1st March - Multicultural Day - World on a plate day 2:30 - 3:30pm - more details to follow

Wednesday 6th March - Ash Wednesday

Thursday 7th March - Class 9 Assembly

Thursday 14th March - Class 8 Assembly


THE WEDNESDAY

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BAPTISM

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of Baptism. Please help us to live like you and to spread God’s love throughout the new year. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Class 8 and 9 are our top attendance achievers this week. The whole school attendance was 94.2% - let’s try harder to do even better next week.


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

Year 3 enjoy a visit to the Natural History Museum!

On Thursday 10th January Class 7 and 8 went to the Natural History Museum in search for real-life fossils. It was a successful day as children were able to participate in a fossil hunt and uncover different dinosaur fossils using real paleontology equipment. We also had time to explore the museum and find other fossils and interesting specimens inside the museum. The children were very well behaved both in the museum and walking to and from school. Thank you to parents who gave up their time to accompany the children on their trip.


OUR RE CORNER

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In year 1 we have started the spring term learning about special people in our local church community. We will be looking at how celebrations in the church are community occasions where our parish family gathers together. It is a time to remember why we celebrate and to say thank you when we gather together.


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 . Our ever popular ‘World on a Plate’ event will be happening on Friday 1st March so please keep a look out for further information closer to the time.

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.


COMMUNITY NOTICES


ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES

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

MATHLETICS

Mateusz and Talia have both worked very hard and have been awarded with their gold Mathletics certificates this week. Well done!


HOUSE POINTS

More are our house cup winners this week with 411 points! Well done!


Friday 21st December - Issue 91

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

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Dear Children, Parents, Staff and Governors,

We have now reached the end of our first term and what a fantastic term it has been! Thank you so much much for all of the kind gifts you have given to myself, Mrs Moon and all staff, they are very much appreciated.

So much has been accomplished because everyone in the community of St. Edward’s has worked hard: our children are working to the best of their ability; our teaching staff are planning wonderful and exciting lessons that children can enjoy; our support staff do so much to make the day to day running of our school go smoothly; our parents support us daily and have given us wonderful events such as the Christmas Pantomime; our governing body have given up so much time to ensure that we deliver a first class education to all of our children.

 So now as we await the great feast of Christmas, we take time to reflect on the birth of Christ, through the wonderful Nativity plays that the EYFS and KS1 children have performed for us and through the carols and scripture readings that our KS2 children so beautifully sang and read to us.

It is now time to say our final goodbye to our wonderful teaching assistants that are leaving us. Mrs Jones, Mrs Boggis, Miss O’Sullivan and Mrs Reeves. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication, over 100 years of service to our children. We look forward to when you come back and visit us very soon!

I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 8th January 2019 at 8:40am.

I hope you all enjoy a peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year,

With every good wish,

Miss O’Connor


THE WEDNESDAY

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VISITORS

Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to see all visitors to our home this Christmas as special people who are loved by you. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Our whole school attendance for this week is 93%. Well done to class 2 and class 14 on winning the attendance trophies this week!


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

A sad farewell…

I wish to take this opportunity to once again wish Mrs Reeves, Mrs Jones, Mrs Boggis and Miss O’Sullivan all the very best for the future. The ladies enjoyed an afternoon tea together reminiscing about their time at St. Edward’s. We will always be grateful to them for their many years of loving and dedicated service and they will always be a part of our school family. I hope that they will come to visit us regularly and we look forward to seeing them in the future.

 

A big thank you…

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A very big thank you to Ray from Tesco Metro Paddington and Golam and Christine from Tesco Express, Lisson Grove for their generous donation of Christmas crackers - they made our school Christmas lunch that little bit more special!

 

KS2 Carol Service

Our KS2 children presented a beautiful carol service at Our Lady’s, Lisson Grove on Monday 17th December. The hymns and readings captured the true essence of Christmas and the service was enjoyed by the many families and friends who attended. A big thank you to Fr. Jeff for celebrating with the whole St. Edward’s community at this very special time of year.

 

Our Old Nursery

As of 1st January we will be renting our old Nursery to Little Elves Montessori who were previously at Seymour Leisure Centre. They will be completely separate from our school with their own entrance on Hayes Place.


OUR RE CORNER

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In RE we have learned about what the candles represent on an Advent wreath. The candle of hope is purple, it is lit on the first Sunday of Advent. The second candle is for love, it is lit on the second Sunday. The third candle is for joy, it is lit on the third Sunday. The fourth candle is for peace, it is lit on the fourth Sunday. The fifth and last candle represents Jesus and it is lit on Christmas day. By Ava, class 7


SPORT

Football

On the 14th December Mr Abbas took our boys football team to the EFL Kids Cup Tournament hosted by QPR. The day was chilly and we started our first game at 10:15. The tournament was fantastic and we amazingly made it to the final . Unfortunately, after everyone’s hard work, we drew in the finals and lost after it went to penalties. We were awarded with medals and were proud of ourselves for making the finals. But most importantly we have great fun! Thank you to Mr Abbas for coaching us so well.


ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES

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

 
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Amelia is the proud recipient of not only a silver Mathletics certificate but a gold one too! Brilliant work Amelia!


HOUSE POINTS

This week’s house cup winners are More with 433 points. Southwell were not far behind with 428. Well done!

Weekly House Points

 

Campion are our overall house point winners for this term. They managed to accumulate 4832 points! Congratulations!

Term House Points


Friday 14th December - Issue 90

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

This Sunday we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent in which the gospel calls us to prepare for the coming of Jesus by showing mercy. By doing things out of love and care for others all year round and not just at Christmas, we help make the world a better place.

I am sad to announce that some of our long term staff will be leaving us at the end of this term. I would like to thank Mrs Boggis, Mrs Jones, Mrs O’Sullivan and Mrs Reeves for all their many years of dedicated and loving service to the families, staff and governors of St. Edward’s. They have cared for and shown kindness to so many of our children over the years and all of the St. Edward’s community will sorely miss them. I know you will join me in wishing them the best of luck for the future.

As you are aware, after our most recent Ofsted inspection, the school’s overall effectiveness grade remained ‘good’. Yesterday, the primary school league tables were released, which are based on the school’s performance data attainment and progress for 2017/2018. Our attainment at the end of KS2 in Reading, Writing and Maths at the expected level and at greater depth are in line or above the average in Westminster and nationally. Our area for development and school priority for this year is to continue to improve upon progress measures, which look at the progress children make from the end of KS1 to the end of KS2. Our aim remains to ensure that all our children reach their full potential.

On Tuesday it was our KS1 children’s chance to shine! Their Christmas production was a delight to watch and thoroughly enjoyed by all parents, families and friends who came along. Christmas is time of joy, hope, love and peace - a message put across so beautifully by our class 3 and 4 children. Well done! A big thank you to all KS1 staff who help put together such an impressive production.

Our KS2 children have been practising their hymns and readings for the Carol Concert which will be taking place on Monday 17th at Our Lady’s, Lisson Grove at 2:00pm . The whole St. Edward’s community is warmly invited and I look forward to seeing you there.

A reminder that pictures/videos taken at Christmas performances are for personal use only and should not be shared on social media - thank you.

Our school PTA are always working to provide opportunities for our children which support and enrich their learning. Every parent of St. Edward’s automatically becomes a member of our PTA. We have decided to appoint parent class representatives and so I am asking parents to volunteer - this will provide us with a wider network and more structured PTA organisation. If you feel that you have the time and are willing to represent your child’s class community, then please let either myself or Mrs Moon know.

Our school PTA currently has a vacancy for a Secretary. Further details of role responsibilities will be distributed soon so if you feel that you have the skills and time to offer, please let Mrs Bernice Hope know.

Apart from our Carol Service on Monday, we have a number of other activities happening next week:

  • Our Beauty and the Beast Pantomime will start at 3:30pm and finish at 4:30pm on Tuesday 18th. Thank you to all families who have supported our PTA in their Christmas fundraiser.

  • Snowmen and other delicious edible Christmas goodies will be on sale again next week Wednesday and Thursday after school in the KS2 playground - all PTA funds raised directly benefit our St. Edward’s children!

  • Children are invited to wear their own clothes with a Christmas Jumper to school on Wednesday 19th as the school will be enjoying a festive lunch!

  • School finishes at 1:30pm on Friday 21st with the Fit for Sport session running until 4:30pm. Children may wear own clothes on the last day of term.

Reception and Nursery Admissions September 2019 - If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, he or she will be starting reception in primary school from September 2019.  The eAdmissions website is open for you to start your online application. You will need to submit your application by the 15 January 2019 - not long after we come back from Christmas holiday.   You can find more information here. If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, they will be eligible to start Nursery in September 2019. Please collect a form from the school office or visit our admissions page to download a form and read our school admission policy. Prospective parents of children looking to join St. Edward’s in September for Nursery and Reception are invited to visit our school on Friday 11th January 9:30 - 10:30am. Please do come along to see our vibrant school and meet the team.

A reminder that all school clubs are finished for this term so there won’t be any clubs running next week (apart from Fit For Sport). Letters inviting you to register your child for Spring term after school clubs will be sent home at the start of the new term.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Clare O’Connor


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

DECEMBER DATES

Monday 17th December - KS2 Carol Concert at 2:00pm at Our Lady’s, Lisson Grove

Tuesday 18th December - ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Pantomime 3:30 - 4:30pm

Wednesday 19th December - School Christmas Lunch - children may wear Christmas jumpers and own clothes

Wednesday 19th December - Christmas Goodies sale in playground 3:30pm

Thursday 20th December - Christmas Goodies sale in playground 3:30pm

Friday 21st December - 1:30pm finish, children may wear own clothes

Friday 21st December - Fit For Sport session until 4:30pm

JANUARY DATES

Monday 7th January - INSET

Tuesday 8th January - Children return to school

Friday 11th January - Open Morning for prospective families 9:30 - 10:30am

Tuesday 15th January - Reception September 2019 application deadline


THE WEDNESDAY

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MERCY

Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to grow in the virtue of mercy - to be open to receiving your mercy and showing mercy to other. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

The winter weather has meant a rise in absences so our whole school attendance for this week is 94.5% - lower than what I would like to see. Well done to class 3 (97.7%) and class 13 (98.3%) on being awarded with the attendance cups and rewards this week.


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

KS1 Christmas Production

Here are some pictures of the wonderful KS1 Christmas Performance:

 

‘Save the Children’ Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas is a time for charity and today we had fun collecting money for a very worthy cause ‘Save the Children’. It is good to know that every pound donated by a St. Edward’s child will be helping other less fortunate children to a better future. Thank you once again for wearing your colourful and festive clothes and for your generosity!

 

Tri-Borough Christmas Festival

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Class 10 performed at the Tri-Borough Christmas Festival 2018 at the Regent Hall on Thursday.  They performed four Christmas songs with other schools and a live orchestra. They sang beautifully and received a standing ovation at the end! Well done Class 10! 

 

Carol Concert at Lady of Our Rosary

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On Sunday, our Year 4 children were invited to sing at the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary’s annual carol service. The children performed beautifully and were fantastic ambassadors for the school. Everyone enjoyed the celebration!


Art Club

The children had so much fun decorating their festive treasure boxes with Christmas music playing and wearing their Santa hats!


OUR RE CORNER

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In year 4, our topic is Gift, because God sent His son - Jesus - to us, even though he knew he would be crucified. Through this, God has shown His love to His Creation: the human and the world and the importance of loving, caring and sharing during this season.
We have also been learning about the symbols of Advent and their meanings, as well as how we celebrate the Birth of Jesus.
We learnt about the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel came down from Heaven and told Mary she was going to have a baby and he would be called Jesus. He would be the King of the World. through this story, we learnt to ensure we listen to God's messages and we trust him.


ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES

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

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


HOUSE POINTS

More are once again our house champions for the week with a whopping 852 points! Well done!


Friday 7th December - Issue 89

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

In this Sunday’s gospel we will hear how John the Baptist encouraged people to change their hearts and prepare for the coming of Jesus. As we celebrate the second Sunday of Advent, we too can prepare our hearts to receive Christ and so experience and share more of God’s love. Christmas is a time for love, kindness and charity - values that we uphold and encourage at St. Edward’s.

This Sunday from 7pm-9pm our Year 4 children will be performing at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Marylebone singing some festive songs. Cerys Matthews will be joining them as well as a host of other singers. It is always a wonderful evening, I look forward to seeing you there.

Our KS2 children will be celebrating Advent Mass at Our Lady’s, Lisson Grove with Fr. Jeff on Monday at 10:00am. Parents are more than welcome to join us at this special Mass.

On Wednesday we enjoyed a very special Nativity performed by our Nursery and Reception children. Everyone who saw the play was amazed at how beautifully the children acted and sang. I am so proud of the our youngest children for displaying such talent and skill - they conveyed the true meaning of Christmas in the most heartwarming and wonderful way! A big thank you to our EYFS staff team who prepared the stage and rehearsed with the children - the hard work definitely paid off! We now look forward to seeing the KS1 Christmas production on Tuesday 11th December at 9:30am - families and friends of children in class 3 and 4 are warmly invited to come along and watch the performance. Our KS2 Carol Concert will be taking place on Monday 17th at Our Lady’s at 2:00pm . A reminder that pictures/videos taken at Christmas performances are for personal use only and should not be shared on social media - thank you.

Our PTA will be selling delicious edible Christmas goodies again next Friday. This has proven to be very popular indeed. Please keep a look out for them in the playground after school. Your tremendous support is greatly appreciated and, as always, all funds raised will be benefiting the children of St. Edward’s.

Next Friday the 14th December we will be joining thousands of other people across the UK by wearing our Christmas jumpers to school to do our bit for charity. Please bring £1 and have some festive fun - all donations will be going to ‘Save the Children’ who help children all around the world to have a better future.

Is not too late to book a seat at our PTA’s Christmas pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’ happening on the 18th December 3:30 - 4:30pm. This promises to be a fun filled afternoon for our children. Please return slip and payment to the school office as soon as possible.

Reception and Nursery Admissions September 2019 - If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, he or she will be starting reception in primary school from September 2019.  The eAdmissions website is open for you to start your online application. You will need to submit your application by the 15 January 2019.   You can find more information here. If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, they will be eligible to start Nursery in September 2019. Please collect a form from the school office or visit our admissions page to download a form and read our school admission policy.

Prospective parents of children looking to join St. Edward’s in September for Nursery and Reception are invited to visit our school on Friday 11th January 9:30 - 10:30am. Please do come along to see our vibrant school and meet the team.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Clare O’Connor


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

DECEMBER DATES

Sunday 9th December - Year 4 to perform at Our Lady of the Rosary, 7-9pm

Monday 10th December - Year 3 to 6 attend Advent Mass at Our Lady’s 10:00am

Monday 10th December - Christmas Lunch Reply to be returned

Tuesday 11th December - KS1 Christmas Production 9:30am

Thursday 13th December - Class 10 perform at Regent’s Hall

Friday 14th December - Christmas Jumper Day with £1 donation

Friday 14th December - Christmas Goodies on sale 3:30 in KS2 playground

Monday 17th December - KS2 Carol Concert at 2:00pm at Our Lady’s, Lisson Grove

Tuesday 18th December - ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Pantomime 3:30 - 4:30pm

Wednesday 19th December - School Christmas Lunch

Friday 21st December - 1:30pm finish - Christmas Holidays

JANUARY DATES

Monday 7th January - INSET

Tuesday 8th January - Children return to school

Friday 11th January - Open Morning for prospective families 9:30 - 10:30am

Tuesday 15th January - Reception September 2019 application deadline



THE WEDNESDAY

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PREPARATION

Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to prepare well for Christmas and show us how we can help others to do the same. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Well done to class 9 and class 13 on winning the attendance cups this week!


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

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CHRISTMAS 2018 PRODUCTIONS

Tuesday 11th December - KS1 Christmas Production 9:30am

Monday 17th December - KS2 Carol Concert 2:00pm at Our Lady’s, Lisson Grove

 

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY - FRIDAY 14th DECEMBER

Friday 14th December - come to school dressed in your woolliest and brightest Christmas jumper! Remember to bring £1 for ‘Save the Children’ so that we can help less fortunate children this Christmas time.

 

EYFS NATIVITY

Thank you to all who came along to watch our EYFS Nativity! Considering how young they are, the children displayed excellent attention and enthusiasm to perform the most wonderful Nativity.

 

Advent Carol Service at Westminster Cathedral

On Wednesday our year 6 classes joined children from across the Diocese of Westminster celebrated the Nativity story in Westminster Cathedral at the annual Catholic Children’s Society Advent Carol Service. The Nativity play was performed by children and included a live sheep and donkey!

 

PTA CHRISTMAS GOODIES SALE

Thank you everyone who supported our PTA’s Christmas Goodies sale last Friday after school. We will be holding further sales on every Friday before the Christmas holidays.

 

School Christmas Lunch

Please book your child’s Christmas Lunch at the school office by Monday 10th December.

 

The Greenhouse Centre Christmas Party

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As St. Edward’s has close links with the Greenhouse Centre, the coaching team is inviting parents and carers to a Christmas Party on Friday 14th December at 5:00 - 7:30pm at the Greenhouse Centre, 88 Bell Street, NW1 5NS. Please wear a festive jumper and if possible, bring a plate of your own traditional dish to share.

 

Our School Council in the kitchen!

Today our school council met with Neil Price,our school cook. They chatted to him about the menu, ingredients and recipes that he uses to make our lovely school lunches. The school council represented their respective classes by asking questions and putting forward suggestions from their class mates. They also got to take part in a food tasting session. They tried many vegetarian options for the Spring term including Bean Enchiladas and cheese twists! They really enjoyed the opportunity to have a say in the meals that are prepared for them.


OUR RE CORNER

In Year 5, we have enjoyed learning more about Advent and eagerly anticipating Christmas and the celebration of  Jesus's birth.

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We reflected on what it is like to wait, making links and connections with the arrival of Christmas.  We discussed and studied the significance of the Advent Wreath for Christians and wrote a guide on how to use it.  Our acrostic poems reflected  the importance of waiting in hope.  In the next two weeks we will retell the feelings of Mary at the Annunciation and evaluate how her being chosen as Jesus's mother has such significance for her and for the Catholic community as a whole. This topic has given children a wonderful opportunity to look forward, during Advent, to the coming of the Lord.


COMMUNITY NOTICES

BRATS KIDS CARNIVAL - LECEISTER SQUARE

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A high-energy super fun afternoon show for all ages – from tots to teenagers and their mums and dads - brought to you by the finest team of circus artists and mischief makers behind international touring sensation Briefs. This show has been created specially to get youngsters excited about expressing themselves, watching top notch circus superstars and getting on stage to have a boogie. Hula hoops at top speed, acrobatics at alarming heights and seriously cheeky clowning antics, put on your party outfit and join the Brat Kids Carnival! 

Ideal for youngsters who enjoy wild circus skills, pumping music, ridiculous acts of amazement and eye popping party tricks. A noisy, fun, silly afternoon for all ages – not just for mum and dad – but they can come too!

The show is perfect for ages 4 and up and we also have performances until the 30th December which would be a great Christmas holiday treat. 

Use code CARNIVALSCHOOL for £8 tickets (plus booking fee) for all the upcoming shows of Brat Kids Carnival  booked online. Limited availability.


 
 
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ST. EDWARD’S PTA

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

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 CERTIFICATES

Congratulations and well done to all children who received certificates at this morning’s achievement assembly!


HOUSE POINTS

More are our house cup winners again this week! Well done!