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!