Friday 2nd February - Issue 57

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HEADTEACHER'S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Maths and having fun with numbers was the theme for the day as the whole school took part in NSPCC Number Day.  St. Edward's joined thousands of schools across the country for a mega maths-inspired fundraising day to raise money for the NSPCC. It was fantastic using numeracy to help fight for every childhood. The money raised today will go towards helping children who have suffered abuse across the UK.  Thank you to Mrs Pini for organising the day's events.

There was a total of 116 lates this week.  I am disappointed as this is up from last 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. 

On a happier note, Tuesday is 'Safer Internet day' we will be having special assemblies, learning about staying safe when using the internet and creating fantastic pieces of work. Don't forget to ask your child what they have found out and how they can keep them selves safe online. We have arranged for 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).  All parents welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday next week is 'Car Free Day'.  We are encouraging all families who are able too, to make their way to and from school by either walking, scooting or cycling.  All children who do this will be able to partake in an Active Child's breakfast provided by Sustrans.  Storage space will be made available for bikes and scooters and we will hopefully be visited by Dr Bike who will have a look at the children's bikes to make sure that they are safe and roadworthy.

Please note that school closes for half term break on Friday 8th February at 3:30pm.  School reopens on Monday 19th February.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

Miss C 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.

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

 

FEBRUARY DATES

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

MARCH DATES

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 


WEDNESDAY

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PRAYER

The Lord's Prayer:  Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

 

My Friend Jesus

Jesus is very generous and brave because instead of hiding he fought for us and died on the cross for us all to live.  Jesus is caring because he stopped the women from being stoned, and healed all of the blind people and made them see again.

Jesus is celebrated for all the things he made and all the miracles he performed.  He is also celebrated because of the love and kindness he shows to us.  God gave us His only Son to save us.  Jesus is celebrated because he taught us, teaches us, guides us and looks after us.  The most wonderful thing is He is our father in heaven who loves us.

By Mariah Class 9


ATTENDANCE

Well done to classes 5 and 14 - they are the attendance cup winners for this week!

 

PUNCTUALITY

There was a total of 116 lates this week.  I am disappointed as this is up from last 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.

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NOTICES AND REMINDERS

Class 5's assembly

Class 5 presented a very interesting assembly sharing their 'learning journey' about the United Kingdom.  They told us some very interesting facts that they have learnt when researching our nation, spoke about the countries' different flags  and they showed us some beautiful places.  Well done class 5 - your assembly was very enjoyable indeed!

 

NSPCC Number Day

What a joy it was to see so many children and staff making such an effort to celebrate 'numbers' at our Number Day today.  There were a wide variety of costumes including footballers, hats with numbers on them, Onesies, T shirt emblazoned with numbers.  Miss O'Connor and Mrs Moon made a great team in their DOMINOES outfits.  Exciting activities took place all day, including .....

Robot making in Year 6:

EYFS being creative with numbers:

A special Number Day assembly:

 

Safer Internet Day

Next week we will be focusing on keeping safe when using the internet.  Please look at the points below and discuss these with your children.  The internet has become such an important and useful part of everyday life, but we should all follow the advice below to keep safe and be responsible.

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Candlemas

Today, Friday 2nd February, is Candlemas. This is the name we give to the feast of the presentation of the Lord. It is when the Christmas season is over. It is also the day that the church blesses the candles to be used over the year. Class 7 went to the church of Our Lady on Thursday to get some special candles blessed. These candles came from Mrs Jones from her church, Our Lady of the Rosary. Class 7 told everyone about the blessing they had received and Candlemas and gave all the classes a special candle to light in class this year. 

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Class 7's Air Quality Project

This week Class 7 welcomed back Holly who has been working with them to learn about Air Quality. This week they talked about the things we could do to change the air quality in our local area.  They thought about their ideas in groups and then had to present them to the rest of the class. It was really fun and class 7 is very excited to start working on their project next time! 

 

Class 4 have fun making jam sandwiches!

This week class 4 discussed and planned instructions. They identified a variety of ‘bossy verbs’ and added them to their working wall. In partners, they then made jam sandwiches. The children discussed each step out loud and realised they were creating instructions!  They also wrote instructions on ‘How to make a jam sandwich’!


COMMUNITY NOTICES

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SPORT

Our year 5 and 6 boys football team took part in the annual Westminster Football Tournament and although they didn't qualify for the finals, they displayed tremendous determination and team work! We look forward to seeing how our girls do next week.


ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES

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

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

 

Brianna and Robert are the proud recipients of Gold Mathletics certificates.  Well done!

 
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Congratulations to Luna on being awarded her Entry Level Award in Piano.


HOUSEPOINTS

Housepoints

McAuley have won the house cup this week!  Well done!