Friday 23rd November - Issue 87

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Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

This Sunday we will be celebrating the feast of Christ the King, where we are reminded of God’s love and forgiveness, in the hope that we can grow closer to God so that we can truly rejoice in calling him Christ our King.   Next week we begin a new season, the season of Advent in which we prepare ourselves spiritually for Christmas.

Our PTA’s cake sale last week Thursday raised £151.65 - thank you very much to everyone who supported the event! In the run up to Christmas, we will be holding ‘Christmas Goodies’ sales every Friday at 3:30pm in the KS2 playground. Items will be priced from £1 and will vary weekly.

Our school was able to donate £237 to ‘Children in Need’ after last Friday’s fundraiser. Thank you to all children who dressed in their colourful clothes and brought in their donations.

We are very excited about our Christmas pantomime production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on the 18th December. Our PTA have organised the performance 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. Please hand the reply slip and ticket payment to the school office by next Friday the 30th November.

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 the following days:

  • Tuesday 27th November 9:30 - 10:30am

  • Friday 30th November 9:30 - 10:30am

  • Tuesday 4th December 9:30 - 10:30am

  • Friday 11th January 9:30 - 10:30am

Please do come along on any of these days to see our vibrant school and meet the team. We look forward to seeing you.

We have finally received all the hats to be handed out to children who returned their information packs in September - thank you for your patience! Children were handed them in class today.

It is wonderful to see how busy our children have been on Mathletics - it is a fantastic resource to help develop and improve maths skills. All tasks set are aimed at children’s specific year groups and further support the learning that is happening in the classroom. To all St. Edward’s children - why not log onto Mathletics this weekend and perhaps you will be in next week’s newsletter showing off your gold certificate!

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Clare O’Connor



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

Tuesday 27th November - Open Morning for prospective families 9:30 - 10:30am

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

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

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


Sunday 2nd December - First Sunday of Advent

Monday 3rd December - Class 9 visit Lord’s Cricket Ground

Tuesday 4th December - Open Morning for prospective families 9:30 - 10:30am

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

Thursday 6th December - Class 10 to attend concert rehearsal at Regent’s Hall

Friday 7th December - Christmas Goodies on sale 3:30 in KS2 playground

Sunday 9th December - Class 10 perform Christmas Carol Concert at Regent’s Hall

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

Monday 10th December - Christmas Lunch Reply to be returned

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

Thursday 13th December - Class 10 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


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




Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for leading us in the way of truth - to help God’s kingdom of love to grow in our hearts, in our homes and in our schools. Amen.


Our whole school attendance was 97% this week - well done. Congratulations to class 11 (98.4%) and class 13 (99%) on being awarded the attendance cups this week.


Class 3’s Assembly

Class 3’s assembly was all about a very special time of year - the season of Advent. They shared with us their knowledge of the meaning of the Advent Wreath with the different coloured candles. We learned how we can prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus through prayer and charity. Class 3 reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas - love, hope and peace! Well done!



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


School Christmas Lunch

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It is one of our great St. Edward’s traditions that children and staff enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch together. Invitations were sent home this week so please book your child’s Christmas meal by completing the reply slip and returning to the school office by Monday 10th December. £1.90 (unless your child is in receipt of Free School Meals or in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) needs to be made via ParentPay.


Advice from our Our School Nurse


Along with the colder weather, we always see an increase in illness so here is some handy advice with useful links from Caroline, our school nurse, to help you decide when your child is well enough to attend school or if they should be kept home.

Common Conditions

If your child is ill, it's likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions.

Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. This guidance can help you make that judgement.

Remember: if you're concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.

  • Cough and cold. A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP. They can give guidance on whether the child should stay off school. Get more information in Common cold.


  • Raised temperature. If your child has a raised temperature, they shouldn't attend school. They can return 24 hours after they start to feel better. Learn more in Feverish illness in children.


  • Rash. Rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions shouldn't attend school. If your child has a rash, check with your GP or practice nurse before sending them to school.


  • Headache. A child with a minor headache doesn't usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep the child off school and consult your GP.


  • Vomiting and diarrhoea. Children with these conditions should be kept off school. They can return 48 hours after their symptoms disappear. Most cases of vomiting or diarrhoea get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP. Learn more in Rotavirus gastroenteritis.


  • Sore throat. A sore throat alone doesn't have to keep a child from school. If it's accompanied by a raised temperature, the child should stay at home.





In September the church held the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool. This was a chance to celebrate the Eucharist and to say thank you for all Jesus has given us.

Over the coming year, St Edward’s will be celebrating ‘Adoremus’. Adoremus is Latin and refers to our call to Adoration. It is a chance to think about the importance of praying before the Eucharist, a chance to send love in our homes and communities, a time to reflect on ourselves and think about the words of our prayers and a time to think about the importance of the Eucharist and what it represents.

On Monday, Mrs Wright held an Adoremus assembly, introducing Adoremus to the school. Each class will now complete a piece of work to go on display for everyone to enjoy.  




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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 .

Upcoming events:

  • Christmas Goodies Sale every Friday (starting Friday 30th November )in the weeks running up to Christmas. Join us in the KS2 playground at 3:30pm to buy some delicious ‘snowmen’ and cookies and more! Items will be priced from £1.

  • Beauty and the Beast Pantomime - December 18th in the top hall. The performance starts at 3:30 and finishes at 4:30pm. Tickets cost £6.50 and £5.50 for additional children. Please make payment at the school office before the 30th November. Due to fire regulations, the invitation is only open to St. Edward’s children.

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. Keep up the good work!

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



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Hadi has worked very hard and is the deserved recipient of a gold Mathletics certificate. Well done, Hadi!


It was a close competition this week, but Campion are our house cup winners with 489 points. Well done!