Friday 15th February - Issue 97

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

This Sunday at Mass we are reminded not to be troubled with the problems of life, but to place our trust in God and to remember that He is always with us. It is through trusting in God and prayer that we will find security and hope, believing that God will bring good out of all that happens in life, even when things seem to be going wrong.

On Wednesday the whole school celebrated Science Day! We had such fun taking part in workshops and performing experiments. It was great to see so many intrepid explorers, astronauts, scientists and nature lovers among our children and staff. What a fantastic day we had enriching our knowledge of all things scientific. Thank you to Miss Gaebler for arranging the event.

At Assembly today Mr Twigden announced that Class 3 had won the prize for the best Safer Internet display. Well done Class 3 and thank you Mr Twigden for a great safer Internet week!

Thank you to all parents who attended our Parents Evenings this week. If you were unable to make it for any reason, please contact your child’s teacher or school office to arrange a suitable time to meet.

As of the 25th February we will be introducing a new school lunch menu. Principals Caterers have developed exciting, healthy, balance and varied meals that I am sure our children will enjoy. This was based on the meeting with Mrs Moon and the school council earlier this term. Please click here to view the new menu.

Club letters have been sent home this week for the new half term - please follow the instructions to register your child either by payment directly with the club provider or via ParentPay. Remember to return the reply slip to Miss Wilson-Fyall.

Please don’t forget to volunteer for our multi-cultural day ‘World on a Plate’. If you need a new form, please collect one from the school office.

On Wednesday the 27th February, Mrs Moon and I will be holding a coffee morning in the playground at 8:40 am. This will be an informal opportunity to meet with other St. Edward’s parents over a free cup of coffee or tea. It would be lovely if you could join us!

There are many events/activities happening over half term, please see below for information on local activities.

Have a safe and restful half term break. See you all on Monday the 25th February.

Best wishes,

Miss Clare 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.

7th March - Class 9

14th March - Class 8

FEBRUARY DATES

Friday 15th February - School closes for half term break - 3:00pm

Monday 25th February - School reopens

Wednesday 27th February - Parents Coffee Morning @ 8:40 in the playground

MARCH DATES

Wednesday 6th March - Ash Wednesday Mass at Our Lady’s 10:00am for KS2

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day - dress up as your favourite book character.

Thursday 7th March - Class 9 Assembly

Thursday 7th March - Year 6 Citizenship Day

Monday 11th March - Own clothes day in return for a hamper donations -more details to follow.

Thursday 14th March - Class 8 Assembly

Thursday 14th March - Multicultural Day - own clothes day - World on a Plate - 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Hope to see you there!


THE WEDNESDAY

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TRUST

Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to trust in you, to share your love and to be a blessing to each other and to all those in need. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Our attendance cup winners this week are classes 4 and 7. Well done!


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

Science Day

All classes enjoyed a day of pure science on Wednesday when they took part in workshops and assemblies. In class they also got the chance to do experiments!

 

SAFER INTERNET DAY

Class 3 won the prize for their brilliant Safer Internet display!

 

Class 10’s Assembly

Class 10’s assembly was about the ‘Selfish Giant’. We performed the assembly to send a message for all of us to share with one another - to be friends with everyone. In our story the giant did not realise that he was being selfish, but it turns out in the end that he saw he was doing wrong and changed his ways. The giant felt sorry for the children and started to be their friend. By Izzy

What a lovely message to convey in an assembly! Well done class 10!

 
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OUR RE CORNER

In RE we have been studying the topic Memorial Sacrifice.  We wrote about a special memory and recounted the events of the Jews exodus from Egypt and how that memory is kept alive through the Passover meal. 

We did a freeze frame of the Last Supper picture by Leonardo da Vinci and reflected on how the disciples might be feeling at hearing that someone would betray Jesus.  This week we are learning about the important significance of the bread and wine at Mass. (Year 5)


SPORT

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Our table tennis team visited the Greenhouse Centre on Thursday to compete in the Jack Petchey tournament. All our players performed exceptionally well with Luna and Philipp going through to the semi finals.

 
 
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COMMUNITY NOTICES

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ST. EDWARD’S PTA

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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.

One of these opportunities is volunteering as a class rep - a great way to help the school and to get to know the other parents. Reps provide a great communication channel between PTA committee, the school and parents in the playground. The PTA is an important asset to the school. We organise events and help raise vital funds to benefit all our children. Being class rep allows you and the parents in your class to have a more active say in what the PTA does in terms of events and fundraising.

Typically the duties for class representatives are:

- To pass on information from the PTA to other parents in your child's class, collate the results of any surveys and encourage parents to support the PTA.
- Attend the AGM and PTA committee meetings (dates and times to be confirmed)
- Coordinate volunteers to help with fundraising activities. Reps will help to run a class stall at fairs with responsibility for setting up, managing the rota, clearing up and feeding back any information to the PTA committee.
- Organise informal social activities for parents/families in their child's class, ranging from play dates to coffee mornings. (That is optional but an effective way of generating team spirit and welcoming new families joining your class)
- Seek feedback from parents regarding PTA events or funding requests and pass it on to the committee.
- Recruit a new class rep towards the end of the summer term to take over in the new academic year.

We encourage you to sign up in pairs - tasks seem less daunting with a friend or a like minded parent  by your side! There is no formal specification for the role, but someone who is sociable, confident enough to approach parents and encourage them to help out at events and support the PTA, having organisational skills will also help. Being around at either drop off or pick up times most days will also help to build relationships with other parents. Being class rep isn’t only a job for the ‘MUMS’. Being involved as a dad can bring in fresh ideas and a different perspective!

Our PTA is currently looking for a Secretary to join our team. The Secretary ensures that the PTA runs smoothly and provides a link between Committee Members and the PTA, and between the PTA and the School.  This requires good organisational and communication skills and being able to stick to deadlines.

Secretary Job Role:
The Secretary is a key committee member as they are responsible for ensuring effective communication links between committee members and between the PTA and the school. The Secretary deals with all the correspondence that the PTA receives and helps the Chair ensure that committee meetings run smoothly. As well as dealing with correspondence, following a committee meeting, the Secretary will need to make bookings and other arrangements for events. Confirm arrangements made by telephone in writing (by letter or e-mail).  The Secretary will make arrangements for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and help the Chair prepare the annual report. 

Main duties:
• Deal with correspondence
• Arrange meetings
• Prepare and distribute agendas
• Take the minutes of meetings, type them up and distribute them.
• Write the annual report with the Chair
• Preparation and distribution of newsletters and other communications to parents
• Preparation of publicity flyers, posters, tickets, etc. for events
 
You will not do this role alone, we work as a team and always help each in anyway we can!

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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

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

 

Mathletics

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Ryan is the proud recipient of a Mathletics gold certificate this week. Well done!


HOUSE POINTS

More are our house champions again this week with 823 points! Well done!