Friday 25th January - Issue 94

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

The word Gospel means ‘good news’ and this Sunday we will hear how Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, preached in the synagogue to spread God’s love. This good news is for all us to share with others through our everyday words and actions, so let us use the gospel to guide us to be kind and thoughtful to everyone we meet.

Being prepared for the school day is an important skill that our pupils need to learn.  Parents can help by ensuring that children are fully equipped to start their school day and by helping them the evening before.  This includes packed lunches, swimming and P.E. kits, water bottles and homework. Establishing a routine where everything is prepared and ready for the morning is a great start in teaching our children to be responsible adults, and will make your mornings run more smoothly!

A gentle reminder that children experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea must be kept off school. They can return 48 hours after their symptoms disappear. This is to limit the spread of bugs. Most cases of vomiting or diarrhoea get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP. Thank you for your cooperation in regard to this matter.

This past week we have seen very cold weather and so I ask that you please make sure children are dressed appropriately for the cold. School coats, scarves, hats and gloves must be worn and please ensure that all items are labelled. Children must also have their full winter PE kit in school - tracksuit top, bottoms, polo shirt and trainers. Items of uniform are available to buy from Ace Clothing.

Thank you to those parents who have already volunteered to be PTA representatives for your child’s class, but we do need more parents for these positions. Also, if you have the time to commit, there is a vacancy for a PTA secretary. The job role description for both these positions can be found below in our PTA information section. If you are interested in any of these roles please speak to either Miss O’Connor, Mrs Moon or our PTA Chair, Mrs Hope.

Have a lovely weekend.

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.

31st January - Class 11

7th February - Class 12

14th February - Class 10

7th March - Class 9

14th March - Class 8

JANUARY DATES

Thursday 31st January - Class 11 Assembly

FEBRUARY DATES

Tuesday 5th February - Safer Internet Day

Thursday 7th February - Class 12 Assembly

Tuesday 12th February - Parents Evening - more details to follow

Wednesday 13th February - Parents Evening - more details to follow

Thursday 14th February - Class 10 Assembly

Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February - Half term break

MARCH DATES

Wednesday 6th March - Ash Wednesday

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day

Thursday 7th March - Class 9 Assembly

Thursday 7th March - Year 6 Citizenship Day

Thursday 14th March - Class 8 Assembly

Thursday 14th March - Multicultural Day - World on a Plate - 3:30pm - 4:30pm


THE WEDNESDAY

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GOOD NEWS

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for bringing good news to my family and the world. Please help us to be ‘Good News’ to everyone we meet this week. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Class 7 have taken the top attendance spot again this week with an amazing 100%. Well done! In second place we have class 12 with 98.8%. Our whole school attendance for this week was 95.5%.


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

CLASS 13’S ASSEMBLY

On Thursday, Class 13 held an assembly on their current RE topic, Sources. During the assembly they explained the history of books and why the Bible was so important, they explained the difference between the Old and New Testament and included lots of fun facts. For example, did you know that the Bible was written over a 1500 year span? The children also performed the song 'Gotta keep Reading' and included some great dance moves. Well done Class 13!  

 

EYFS HAND HYGIENE WORKSHOP

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On Monday we had a visit from the school nurse.  We learnt about hand hygiene.  Germs are all around us and most germs sit on our hands, so it is important that we keep our hands clean.

This is what our children learnt:

We wash our hands -

  • after using the toilet

  • before and after eating

  • after sneezing, coughing or picking your nose

  • after touching your pet

  • after you have come off public transport

  • after playing outside

How to wash your hands:

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ST. EDWARD’S ART GALLERY

Our Art Gallery is the perfect spot to display some of the brilliant art created by our talented students.


OUR RE CORNER

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Your child will now have the opportunity to bring home their class prayer book. The aim of this book to celebrate the different religions, we have here at St Edward’s.  

If possible spend some time with your child and write a prayer together. This could be a prayer of thanks, praise, forgiveness or asking God to look after your own family and friends.  You can write a prayer in your own language and for your own religion. If you have young children in the school, then they could draw a picture. 

If you would like the children and staff of St Edward’s to pray for a particular person then please write this in the prayer book also.


SPORT

Last Friday a team from years 3 and 4 attended the Westminster Sports Hall Athletics event at Moberly Sports Centre. Our athletes were able to participate in various activities and they all tried their hardest competing against fifteen other schools. Thank you to Mr Abbas and all the parents who went along to support and encourage our team.


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. 

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!

Easyfundraising

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online you could be raising a free donation for St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School PTA? There are over 3,100 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation when you shop with them, including Amazon, John Lewis and Sainsbury's and it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

To get started, all you have to do is:

  1. Join.
    Head to easyfundraising, search for St Edwards RC Primary School PTA - London and sign up for free.

  2. Shop.
    Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.

  3. Raise.
    After you've checked out, that retailer will make a donation to us and it won't cost you a penny extra!

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.


COMMUNITY NOTICES

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Children Events at Church Street Library

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ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES

Congratulations to all children who have worked hard this week and have been awarded with a certificate at this morning’s achievement assembly!


HOUSE POINTS

More are our house cup winners this week with 610 points. Well done!