Dear Parents, Carers and Children,
There are times when we all need encouragement, just as Jesus encouraged his disciples. May each of us encourage someone during this Lenten season by offering words of support and helping someone if they are struggling.
Yesterday we celebrated Multicultural Day and the children had an activity packed day starting with a fantastic assembly performed by class 8, followed by African drumming workshops, art and learning interesting facts and information about the different continents. We have so many nationalities represented at St. Edward’s and yesterday was a perfect celebration of our diversity. I loved seeing everyone dressed in their cultural clothes and colours - proudly displaying their cultural origins.
Our Multicultural Day ended with our brilliant ‘World on a Plate’ event. Thank you so very much to everyone who supported - either by cooking delicious food or attending. Our PTA put so much time and hard work into planning the event and so on behalf of the whole school community I wish to express our gratitude and appreciation. A very special thank you too to Firebrand Pizza, The Sea Shell and Tesco Lisson Grove for their very generous donations of pizza, fish and chips and Easter eggs. The money raised will be used towards redeveloping our technology department - something that will be of great and direct benefit to the children of St. Edward’s. So once again, thank you!
We will be auctioning the hampers that were made up with the donations from our own clothes day. Parents will be able to place bids from Monday morning till afternoon - bidding closes at 3:45pm. Please come to the KS2 playground where the hampers will be on display under the awning.
Please see below for message from our Governors and our term dates for the academic year 2019/20.
Have a lovely weekend.
Miss Clare O’Connor
A MESSAGE FROM OUR GOVERNORS
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Monday 18th March - Silent auction of hampers
Thursday 21st March - Class 7’s assembly
Thursday 21st March - Class 4 library visit
Thursday 28th March - Class 3 library visit
Wednesday 3rd April - Individual and sibling photographs
Monday 8th April - Palm Sunday Liturgy
Thursday 11th April - Maundy Thursday Liturgy
Friday 12th April - Good Friday Liturgy
Friday 12th April - End of term - 1:30pm finish
Monday 29th April - Return to school
Monday 20th May - Class and group photographs
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for encouraging us. Please help us to be more like you - to be an encouragement to those around us. Amen.
Class 13 are our attendance cup winners this week with 97.7%.
NOTICES AND REMINDERS
Class 8’s assembly - Multicultural Day
Class 8 conveyed a beautiful message in their assembly - everyone is the same no matter where we come from. Class 8 has 20 different nationalities in their class and so were the perfect class to host an assembly on our Multicultural Day! Thank you to all parents who came along to watch.
We spent the day taking part in fun activities that showcased our appreciation of all the different nationalities that we are so fortunate to have at St. Edward’s. Our families come from so many parts of the world and that is what makes us such a great school!
World on a Plate Day
As you can tell from the photos we had a excellent ‘World on a Plate’ day with so much delicious food and good company! Our PTA pulled out all the stops to create a lovely event for us all to enjoy. We were very fortunate to receive donations from Firebrand Pizza, The Sea Shell and Tesco of Lisson Grove. We are very grateful to them for their generosity and the pizzas and fish and chips were very much enjoyed! Thank you to all who supported the event - we are already looking forward to next year!
In Year 5, we looked at the British value, INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY. We spent time discussing what that meant to us and what it involved, in order to have liberty in Great Britain today.
Year 5, Mr Twigden and Mrs Pini then created and sang a song about Unity in Britain.
The message was to reinforce that ‘WE ARE ONE’ despite our differences.
OUR RE CORNER
As we are in Lent it is a time to reflect and think about those less fortunate then ourselves. Part of what makes St Edward’s school so special is the generosity of our students and their families and friends. Over the next couple of weeks, each year group will be holding a fund raising event to help raise money for Mary’s Meals.
Mary’s Meals is a charity that believes that every child deserves an education and enough to eat.
Please see below to find out what your child's class will be completing.
Year 5/6: Sponsored 3K fun run
Year 4: Sponsored Spellathon
Year 3: Sponsored shootout
Year 1/2: Sponsored dance
Reception/Nursery: Sponsored obstacle course
Please support your child in any way you can. It costs just £13.90 to feed a child for a whole school year in countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. Thank you.
WSU Annual 3 v 3 Basketball
Our team played well alongside 19 other schools, displaying impressive basketball skills. The children enjoyed the pregames training and the competition games. Congratulations to Gracie (year 5) who, out of 160 children, received a medal during the warm ups for showing great determination!
ST. EDWARD’S PTA
The PTA wishes to thank all families of St.Edward’s who helped, donated or came along to our ‘World on a Plate’ event. It was a great success and the delicious food was enjoyed by everyone who attended! A special thank you to Firebrand Pizza, The Seashell and Tesco, Lisson Grove for their generous and much appreciated donations!
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.
• 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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Thank you to all our families for their continued support.