Dear Parents, Carers and Children,
We have had another busy week here at St. Edward's and we look forward to next week which promises to be just as busy! On Thursday 1st February we will be celebrating our Safer Internet Day. This will include age appropriate assemblies (for Years 1 to 6) . Please take the time to talk to your child about some of the messages covered. There are lots of good websites offering advice to parents about how they can keep their children safe online and we will be giving out copies of ‘Digital Parenting Magazine’, which offers further advice on E Safety. In addition we have organised Belinda Evans, our Computing consultant to join us at 9am on Tuesday 27th February for a 'Keeping your child safe online' session. Many of our children are using social media such as Whatsapp, Facebook and other sites (which have a recommended minimum age of 13) however we need to ensure that they are being safe online and not putting themselves at risk. Belinda is an expert in this area and she will hold a 30 minute session on how to stay safe, how to check what your child has been accessing and will answer any questions you have around staying safe while using the internet. The session will take place in the Top Hall at 9am (Tuesday 27th February). Refreshments will be served.
Being prepared for the school day is an important skill that our pupils need to learn. Parents can help by ensuring that children are fully equipped to start their school day and by helping them the evening before. This includes packed lunches, swimming and P.E. kits, water bottles and homework. Establishing a routine where everything is prepared and ready for the morning is a great start in teaching our children to be responsible adults, and will make your mornings run more smoothly!
Next Friday the 2nd February, St. Edward's School will be joining teachers and pupils all over the country in NUMBER DAY in aid of NSPCC. It is a fantastic way to have fun with maths and an opportunity for our school to help fight for every childhood. Children will be asked to bring £1 into school and come to school dressed in own clothes related to numbers (Football shirts with numbers on them and ONEsies are great!) Throughout the day there will be fun activities in class connected with Maths. We hope that you will all take part in this worthwhile cause!
I hope you have a lovely weekend!
Miss C O'Connor
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Parents are warmly invited to attend their child's class assembly. Class assemblies are held on Thursdays at 9:00am in the top hall.
1st February - Class 5
8th February - Class 7
1st March - Class 10
8th March - Class 12
26th March - Palm Sunday Liturgy - Class 8
28th March - Maundy Thursday Liturgy - Class 9
29th March - Good Friday Liturgy - Class 11
1st February - Class 5 assembly
2nd February - NSPCC Number Day - whole school - children to wear own clothes (number related) with a £1 donation
2nd February - Class 9 & 10 Parliament Workshop and Tour
7th February - Car Free Day
8th February - Class 7 assembly
9th February - Deadline for Nursery applications September 2018 admission
9th February - School closes at 3:30pm for half term break
19th February - Children return to school
20th February - Class 9 visit Pizza Express
20th February - Parents Evening
21st February - Parents Evening
27th February - 9am - Keeping your child safe online session for parents - 9:00am top hall
1st March - Class 10 assembly
8th March - Class 12 assembly
26th March - Class 8 - Palm Sunday Liturgy
28th March - Class 9 - Maundy Thursday Liturgy
29th March - Class 11 - Good Friday Liturgy
Dear Lord Jesus, please bless all the people in my life who teach me. Thank you for being my friend and teacher. Please help me to learn and grow in your love. Amen.
Class 5 and Class 14 are the winners of our attendance cups this week! Well done!
NOTICES AND REMINDERS
Class 4's assembly
Class 4 have been looking at traditional tales in class and they took the opportunity to act out one of their favourite tales 'The three little pigs'! Everyone who attended the assembly enjoyed their wonderful acting and narrating! We finished the assembly by singing one of our favourite hymns 'He's got the whole world in his hands'. Well done class 4! Thank you to all families and friends who came along to watch the assembly.
Year 6 visit the Churchill War Rooms
Yesterday, Year 6 went to the Churchill War Rooms. These were the underground rooms where Churchill and his cabinet hid and made their plans during World War 2. We were put into groups and after watching a short video about the war, we received an audio tour guide that enabled us to listen to information about different rooms, as we walked around the museum. It was extremely fun because we got to learn all about World War 2 and how we won the war.
There was a total of 80 lates this week. Punctuality is becoming a problem. Children should be in the school playground before 8:55 ready for the bell to ring and seated in class ready to learn by 9:00am. Children should not be arriving at school at this time. It is essential that children attend school punctually if they are to achieve their potential. Lateness not only adversely affects a child's attainment but also their personal and social skills and makes it difficult for them to settle for the day. They are also missing valuable learning time. Lessons start promptly and when children arrive late in the classroom it becomes disruptive. Punctuality is an important life skill so please help your child with this.
There have recently been cases of head lice identified in school. While lice are nothing more than a nuisance, it is important that children are checked on a weekly basis so that any head lice can be dealt with quickly and before they can be allowed to spread. As there have been cases, we would ask you to check your child’s head as soon as possible. Please follow the simple routine below to ensure that you are doing all you can to keep head lice outbreaks to a minimum.
- Check your child’s hair once a week.
- Use a proper detection comb to trap head lice.
- If you find live lice, consult a pharmacist for treatment advice immediately.
- If head lice are spotted, take a close look at the hair of all the family.
- Inform the school if head lice are found.
For further information on head lice please see your pharmacist or visit the NHS website.
Healthy School Lunches
Eating well is important. Children need to eat well as it will give them energy and nutrients to grow and develop, be healthy and active. A healthy, enjoyable lunch gives children the energy they need to learn and play at school.
School dinners are prepared to exact guidelines ensuring that they provide the necessary balanced nutrition for a healthy lunch. It is important that children who bring a packed lunch to school are also eating a balanced and nutritious meal which can provide them with all they need to stay active and concentrate at school. Here are a few tips to help make the right choices when preparing a packed lunch for school. Further advice can also be accessed on the NHS Choices website.
Holland Park Holiday Activities
The Ecology Centre runs a scheme of outdoor and creative activities in the February half term holidays utilising the park and wooded wildlife area. This programme is for 4 to 10 year olds and the Forest Day is for 8 to 12 year olds. The cost per 2 hour session is £5 or £4.30 for concessions and Forest Day is £20 per head - booking needs to be done in advance. Please contact the centre for booking and further information on 02079388186 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 3 and 4 Athletics
On Tuesday Mr Abbas took a team of year 3 and 4 children to the Jubilee Sports Centre to compete at the Westminster Sportshall Athletics Tournament. Our team came fourth out of nine schools! Everyone had a great time competing in different events from javelin to long jump. All children tried their very best and demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship!
February Half Term Athletics Camp
There will be an athletics camp at Paddington Recreation Ground this February Half Term for primary school aged children. If you are interested email email@example.com for pricing.
Campion have won the house cup again this week! Well done!