Dear Parents, Carers and Children,
In Sunday’s Gospel we will reflect on how our true self is shown by our actions - by offering help, being humble and truthful, saying sorry and by looking for good in others. Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent - may we show our love to others by being understanding, compassionate, caring and by speaking kindly of others during the season of Lent and always.
Welcome back to all our families - I hope your half term break was good! Please make a note of all the upcoming events this half term that are listed below in the ‘dates for your diary’ section - we have lots happening with our next exciting event being World Book Day! Children (and grown ups) are invited to dress up as their favourite book character on Thursday 7th March. I am eager to see this year’s imaginative costumes.
We have seen much in the media this week about the game Momo. Momo has been around for the last 18 months and is not new. It was originally an app but that has been removed and it is now scary videos that are being distributed via WhatsApp, YouTube and online gaming (live streaming). An effective tip is to turn off ‘auto play’ on YouTube and ensure that your contact details are hidden on WhatsApp. Make sure the ‘no fill’ option is ‘on’ within Fortnite and all settings within your Xbox and PlayStation are closed. The important message for all adults is to get involved and supervise what our young children are watching, whatever it may be. This is also a good opportunity to engage children in learning and play opportunities that do not involve technology.
We will be celebrating our multicultural day - World on a plate Day - on the 14th March from 3:30-4:30pm. This ever popular event on the St. Edward’s calendar is a great day for us to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of our community. It would be fantastic if every nationality we have at St. Edward’s is represented so it would be greatly appreciated if you could provide a dish of your cultural food to be sold and enjoyed on the day (no nut products please). If you can help in any way, please let the school office know or return the volunteering letters that were sent home before the half term. We will also be holding an own clothes day on the 11th March and in return children must please bring in an item for their class hampers - more details to follow. These hampers will be auctioned off at World on a Plate Day to the highest bidders. Thank you to our PTA for all their hard work in the organising of this event.
It was a pleasure to catch up with parents over a coffee on Wednesday morning. Thank you for joining Mrs Moon and I - we hope to hold similar events regularly so please keep a look out in future newsletters or for text messages.
Have a lovely weekend.
Miss Clare O’Connor
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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
Monday 4th March - CHILL study day - years 2, 3 and 4
Wednesday 6th March - Ash Wednesday Mass at Our Lady’s 10:00 am for KS2
Thursday 7th March - World Book Day - dress up as your favourite book character.
Thursday 7th March - Class 9 Assembly
Thursday 7th March - Choir to perform at Royal Albert Hall
Thursday 7th March - Year 6 Citizenship Day
Thursday 7th March - Class 8 library visit
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 - Class 7 library visit
Thursday 14th March - Multicultural Day - own clothes day - World on a Plate - 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Hope to see you there!
Friday 15th March - Deadline for Nursery September 2019 applications
Thursday 21st March - Class 4 library visit
Thursday 28th March - Class 3 library visit
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
Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to be good friends to our family, our neighbours and all who we meet through our words and actions. Amen.
Our whole school attendance this week is a brilliant 96.9% with class 7 achieving an amazing 100% attendance. Class 10 were a close second with 99.1%. Well done!
NOTICES AND REMINDERS
Art Club: This week the children decorated colourful flower vases.
OUR RE CORNER
Princess, in Class 11, has been altar serving for one year at Our Lady of the Rosary. We are very proud to announce that before half term she got her bronze medal for the altar serving work that she has been doing and for the fact that she has completed one year in the role. Congratulations Princess.
Yesterday 15 children participated in the Westminster Schools Swimming Gala at the Queen Mother Sports Centre. The children swam in different events including breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke, free style and the relays. Well done to all our swimmers on a fantastic effort and especially Nikolas who received two medals! Our team were enthusiastically cheered on by Mr Abbas, Sam and all the parents who joined them.
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.
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.