Friday 16th November - Issue 86

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Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Today we took part in ‘Children in Need ’ and it’s great to see our school support this worthy charity by dressing in our most colourful clothes - thank you. All donations will go towards BBC Children in Need who perform invaluable work helping children in the UK.

A big thank you also to everyone who supported our cake sale yesterday - either by donating cakes or buying cake to enjoy! Our PTA work very hard to organise these events that not only bring our community together, but raise much needed funds for our school. I will let you know in next week’s newsletter the amount made and as always, monies raised will directly benefit the children of St. Edward’s.

Good attendance enables good learning, helps children to develop friendships and builds confidence. I am very happy with the improvement in attendance that we have made this year so far - keep it up!

Reading is one of the most fundamental skills a child needs to learn to succeed in life and every child at St. Edward’s has a Reading Record book and is given a book to take home and read every day. Please spend some time reading with your child every evening and write a comment and sign their record book. Developing a love of reading is a lifelong gift!

We are looking forward to a production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on the 18th December. Our PTA have organised the pantomime as this year’s Christmas event to raise money for our school to improve the technology department. This is an exciting opportunity for children to experience a professionally performed pantomime which I am sure will be very entertaining. Due to fire regulations, we are only able to accommodate children at the event so this may be an ideal opportunity for parents to finish off some last minute Christmas shopping instead. Please read the letter that has been sent home last week and hand the reply slip and ticket payment to the school office by the 30th November.

The School Immunisation Team will be at St. Edward’s on Friday 23rd November to administer the Nasal Flu Vaccine to children in Reception through to Year 5. Parents have until Wednesday the 21st November to return their consent forms.

A gentle reminder of our sickness absence guidelines – if your child is absent suffering from vomiting and/or diarrhea, they must not return to school until at least 48 hours after their last episode. This 48 hour rule is issued by the “Public Health Agency – Guidance on infection control in schools” to help prevent the spread of infections. There are no exceptions to this rule. Thank you for your co operation.

Dinner Money payments – Reception, Year 1 and 2 children are entitled to a free school meal and so no payment is due. For children in Nursery and years 3, 4, 5 and 6, dinner money is payable (£9.50 per week/ £1.90 per day) via ParentPay. Please check your ParentPay account regularly to keep up to date with payments. If your child is changing from packed lunch to school meals or vice versa, the school office needs to be informed in advance.

We have been updating our medical records for this academic year - this has to be done annually. Mr Abbas has sent letters home with those children for whom we require further medical details. Please complete with the necessary information and return to the school office as soon as possible. Thank you.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Clare O’Connor



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

22nd November -  Class 3



Tuesday 21st November - Deadline to return Nasal Flu Immunisation forms

Thursday 22nd November - Class 3 assembly

Friday 23rd November - Nasal Flu Immunisation for children in Rec to Year 5

Friday 23rd November - Year 5 visit the Science Museum

Tuesday 27th November - Class 3 visit the V&A Museum

Thursday 29th November - MEND session for parents 3:40pm

Friday 30th November - Deadline for pantomime tickets

Friday 30th November - Class 4 visit the V&A Museum


Sunday 2nd December - First Sunday of Advent

Wednesday 5th December - EYFS Nativity 2:00pm

Wednesday 5th December - Year 6 Advent Mass Westminster Cathedral - this is a ticketed event and unfortunately we are unable to invite parents

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

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

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

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


Tuesday 8th January - Children return to school




Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for being our faithful friend. Please help us to keep growing in faithfulness to you and to one another. Amen.


Our whole school attendance this week is 95.7%.


Class 4’s Assembly


Class 4 presented a very interesting assembly that looked at ‘Toys through the Ages’. They discussed how toys have changed over the years and the different materials that have been used to make toys. The assembly was rounded off with a lovely song - Jesus you’re our superhero! Well done, class 4 on a brilliant assembly.

‘I liked our assembly because my mum was watching me. I was a bit shy. I tried my best.’ By Shaye

‘I like our assembly because I felt excited and everybody remembered their lines. It was the best assembly ever!’ By Ethan


Art Club

In Art Club this week the children have been decorating their own flower pots! They will look lovely in the garden or on the windowsill! 



Our PTA Christmas fundraising event this year will be a pantomime. It promises to be an exciting and fun event with lots of singing and audience interaction - perfect for children to enjoy! Tickets cost £6.50. For families with more than one child, the cost of additional tickets will be £5.50 each. Please read the letter that has been sent home and return the slip, along with payment to the school office by 30th November. The funds raised will go towards improving our school’s technology department.



Wednesday 5th December - EYFS Nativity 2:00pm

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

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


Girls Football

Our girls team was invited to QPR to participate in their annual football tournament. The girls made it all the way to the semi-finals! They displayed great skill and sportsmanship. Well done! Thank you to our parent volunteers and to Mr Abbas for coaching the team.


Table Tennis

Our table tennis team went to the Greenhouse Centre to compete against other local schools. Overall we came 4th out of nine teams which is a great result. We will keep up the training and we are sure we will do even better next time!



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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 .

Letters have gone home about our ‘Beauty & the Beast’ pantomime which is happening on Tuesday the 18th December for St. Edward’s children. This is a ticketed event so please return the reply slip along with the payment to the school office by the 30th November. The proceeds will be used to improve our school’s technology department.

Our ‘World on a Plate’ event will be happening in the Spring Term 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.



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



This week the proud recipients of gold mathletics certificates are: Ava, Miley, Niala and Salma. Well done! Keep up the good work!


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