Friday 23rd February - Issue 59

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HEADTEACHER'S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Welcome back from half term break - I trust all our families had a safe and restful week.  This half term is a short but busy one with lots of exciting events planned.  Please look at the list of dates below to see what your child's class will be doing over the next few weeks.

It was wonderful that so many parents were able to come to parent/teacher meetings this week.  I know that class teachers really enjoyed the chance to update parents on their children's progress and to share the work that has been done in class.  Parents who were unable to make the scheduled days must please contact the school office or talk directly with your child's teacher to arrange a meeting.

I have noticed that there have been children who have been collected very late from school at the end of the day.  School finishes at 3:30pm children need to be collected promptly at this time unless they are attending an after school club or Fit For Sport.  I understand that  unforeseen circumstances such as  traffic and train delays can occur, but the expectation is that the school office needs to be informed if you or the person collecting your child will be late.  There is a penalty fee of £5 pounds if you are more than 20 minutes late collecting your child.  

We have been placing extra emphasis on internet safety recently and I wish to remind parents that they are warmly invited to attend a session on how to help keep your child safe online.  This will be in the top hall on Tuesday 27th February at 9:00am.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Please see below for more information regarding Headlice. We are finding that this is becoming an ongoing concern for many parents and ask you to use the guidance below and seek help from your GP if you are finding it difficult to get rid of headlice. 

World Book Day is on Thursday the 1st March. We will be celebrating the day by dressing up as our favourite book characters and taking part in different activities to reflect our love of reading here at St. Edward's.  I am always so impressed with the wonderfully imaginative outfits that children (and adults) create to wear on World Book Day.  Keep a look out in next week's newsletter for pictures!

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.

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

27th February - Class 9 trip to Courtauld Gallery

27th February -  Keeping your child safe online session for parents - 9:00am top hall

28th February - Class 10 trip to Courtauld Gallery

MARCH DATES

1st March - Class 10 assembly

1st March - World Book Day - book character dress up day

8th March - Class 12 assembly

14th March - Parent Workshop: Rewards and Routines 9:00-11:00am.  Please register with school office

26th March - Class 8 - Palm Sunday Liturgy

28th March - Class 9 - Maundy Thursday Liturgy

29th March - Class 11 - Good Friday Liturgy 

29th March - School closes for Easter holiday at 1:30pm

APRIL DATES

17th April - Children return to school - please be in playground by 8:55am


WEDNESDAY

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SACRED

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the sacred places where you are worshipped and praised, and for making our homes sacred through your presence among us.  Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Well done to class 3 and class 11 on winning the attendance trophies this week!

 

PUNCTUALITY

There were a total of  100 lates this week.  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.  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 9 make pizzas!

Children had the chance of creating their own pizzas, reflecting about quantities and applying maths to real life context. Class 9 also learned interesting facts about pizza and its history! It was great fun and the pizzas were delicious!

 

Art Club

Our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 art club children have been very creative making the most colourful dragons to mark the Chinese New Year.  Don't they look great!

 

Our Year 4 Poets!

Class 9 have been studying narrative poetry this week and they learnt and performed the Willow Pattern written by Tony Mitton. The whole class put their drama skills to the test by narrating and acting out the poem!

 

Headlice

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.

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  • 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.

 

World Book Day

We will be celebrating our love of books and reading on World Book Day Thursday 1st March.  Children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character and it promises to be a fun day with lots of exciting literacy related activities planned.

 

Parent Workshop - Rewards and Routines

A workshop has been arranged for parents and will be held in school on Wednesday 14th March from 9.00am-11.00am.  Parents will explore the benefits of the use of positive discipline and communication with their children. They will have the opportunity to make a routine chart to support children in planning their days and making decisions.  Places are limited to 15 so please inform the school office if you wish to attend.

 

 

Fit For Sport

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Our extended school care is provided by Fit For Sport.  They provide a safe and stimulating environment for our children with an emphasis on healthy living.  If you need after school care please contact them using the details below to book a session.  If you are running late and cannot collect your child on time at 3:30pm it is your responsibility to book your child onto Fit For Sport.

 Visit Fit For Sport or call 0845 456 3233 to make bookings or for further information.

EXTENDED SCHOOL CLUB SCHEDULE AND PRICING

Breakfast Club 07.45 - 08.50: £ 4.00 (including healthy breakfast)

After School Club 15.30 - 18.00: £ 8.00 (including light snack)

After School Club 16.30 - 18.00: £ 6.50 (including light snack)

After School Club 15.30 - 16.30: £ 5.25 (excluding light snack)

 


ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES

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Congratulations to the children who received certificates at this morning's achievement assembly.  Well done!  Keep up the good work!


HOUSE POINTS

McAuley are our house cup winners this week!  Well done!