Friday 13th July - Issue 75

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Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

As we approach our final week of this academic year I wish to extend my thanks and gratitude to all our families for their continued support and co-operation.  St. Edward's is a truly wonderful school and that is all down to our hard working students, dedicated staff and supportive families.

It is also the time of year when we say goodbye to members of staff who are leaving and I take this opportunity wish Miss Wilson, Miss Kremer and Miss Barbe a fond farewell.  I am sure you will join me in wishing them every success and good luck for their future endeavours and thanking them for all that they have done for St. Edward's.

Please see below our staffing structure for the 2018/19 academic year.  Children will be meeting their future teachers and spending time in their new classrooms next week. 

As of September there will be a change in the morning routine at St. Edward's - I am introducing a 'soft start' day.  Please read below for further details on the dropping off procedure in the mornings.  I am sure that you will agree that this will make for a much better and efficient start to the school day which will benefit our children.  I look forward to your full co-operation.

This week our Year 6 pupils put on a fantastic end of year production - Street Child.  They have been rehearsing hard and it definitely paid off as they put on a brilliant show enjoyed by all who attended.  It is a wonderful memory that they will be able to take with them as they move on to their new schools.  Well done, Year 6 - I am very proud of you!  A big thank you to Mrs Pini, Mrs Wright and Ms Paul for their direction and support.

End of year reports will be sent home next week.  Please read these carefully and discuss them with your children.  Also, remember to keep up reading and Mathletics during the long summer holidays so that your children have a head start for the new academic year in September.

A last appeal from our PTA - they are looking for volunteers to help out on Wednesday 18th July at 9:00am  with various tasks.  Please contact Bernice Hope at if you are able to assist.

School finishes for children at 1:30pm on Friday 20th July.  School reopens for children on Wednesday the 5th September.  Please make sure your children are at school on this day and plan your holidays accordingly.  Our new term dates can be found below.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss C O'Connor



16th July - Year 6 Leavers Mass at 2:00pm

18th July - Reception Graduation Ceremony at 2:15pm

18th July - Year 6 Disco 5:00-7:00pm

19th July - Leavers Assembly at 9:00am

20th July - school finishes for summer holidays (1:30 finish)


5th September - School opens for children




Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for always being ready to listen to us.  Please help us to listen, understand and act on your words and to be good listeners to each other too.  Amen.


Class 3 (97.4%) and class 13 (98.8%) are the proud winners of our attendance trophies this week!


I do hope to see a marked improvement in punctuality in the new academic year.  When you receive your child's report you will be informed of the number of times your child has been late for school this year.  If your child is consistently late, then I kindly ask that you do your best to try and be on time to give your child the best start to their school day.  Well done  and thank you to all children who do arrive at school on time!


Information for 2018/19

A ‘Soft Start’ for the day – Wednesday 5th September!

From September, we will be starting each day with a ‘Soft Start’.  This means when your child arrives at school they will be able to go straight to class where they will have the opportunity to organise themselves for the day and get ready for their learning. They will have time to put their bags and coats away independently, organise their book bags, homework or equipment and settle themselves to a quiet activity ready for registration. Research has shown that this approach has a positive impact on children’s readiness for learning at the start of the school day.  The school gates will open at 8:40 am.  KS1 and KS2 children will enter through the large gate in the KS2 playground and EYFS will enter through the main gate.  An adult from each year group team will be available to take messages from parents at each gate.  For children in Nursery and Reception, we ask that parents stay and support their child to settle into class for the first 10 minutes of the day for the first week.  End of day procedures will remain the same. At 3:25 pm the gates will open and parents will be able to pick their children up from the playground.  We are looking forward to a calm and purposeful start to the day.


Staffing Structure


Term Dates

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Summer Party

A big thank you to our school PTA for organising another fun filled summer party!  It was great having Annie and the Dancemasters back at St. Edward's to entertain our children.  A special thank you to Mr Abbas too for organising the sporting events.  Everyone had a brilliant afternoon with lots of dancing, laughing and celebration!


'Street Child' - our year 6 production

This week Year 6 performed 'Street Child' A moving story set in Victorian times, which tells the story of Jim, a boy on a quest to find his family.  All the children made Mrs Pini, Mrs Wright and Miss Paul very proud. Their acting skills were fantastic and we expect to see some of them on the West End in the future. Well done Year 6!


KS1 visit the Science Museum

Our KS1 children enjoyed an action packed visit to the science museum!  They had excellent fun discovering and exploring the exciting world of science!


Year 4 visit FabFest

FAB FEST International Fabrication Festival is a week-long celebration of design and making, featuring over 50 pavilions built by students of architecture from across the UK and around the world. The theme for this year’s edition is ‘Pop-up City’, and the festival also features the launch of the first performance of the Architectural Robotics Theatre.  Our year 4 children were fortunate to visit the festival and they had a really interesting time!


First Holy Communion Registration

Church Of Our Lady, St. John's Wood is now accepting registrations for preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion programmes that will begin in the autumn.  Please contact Margaret Wickware for further details.

If you have a child in Year 3 or above and you would like them to be prepared in the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, Marylebone for First Holy Communion next May 2019, then please complete a form which can be obtained from the Parish Office or on Sunday at the Repository.


Congratulations to all the children who received certificates at this morning's achievement assembly!  Well done!

Congratulations to all the children who received certificates at this morning's achievement assembly!  Well done!



Anis and Natole are the proud recipients of Mathletics gold certificates this week!  Keep up the good work!


Well done to Campion on being the house cup winners this week!