Dear Parents, Carers and Children,
In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus invites each and every one of us to follow him by being kind, making peace and welcoming others - simple things we can do in our everyday lives that will make life better for all around us. Let us make the choice to follow Jesus and share God’s love and happiness in our community.
I look forward to seeing you at our Parent Evenings next week Tuesday and Wednesday. If you have not yet booked a time with your child’s teacher, I urge that you do so soon. These appointments are important to keep you informed of how your child is progressing academically this year. If you are unable to book online, please contact the school office for assistance.
Next Wednesday our whole school will be celebrating Science day! Children will have the opportunity to dress up on this day. The theme this year is 'Journeys'. In addition to dressing up, Miss Gaebler, our Science Co-ordinator has arranged workshops with exciting experiments for KS2. Our KS1 and EYFS children will take part in a special assembly. This promises to be a great day!
Letters went home yesterday about our multi-cultural day ‘World on a Plate’ which is taking place on Thursday 14th March and which our PTA is already very busy organising. At St. Edward’s we are fortunate to have families with connections to so many different parts of the world and it would be wonderful for every culture at our school to be represented on the day - so please get involved by volunteering to help with setting up, preparing a dish, manning a stall or tidying up on the day.
We are also in need of donations to have as prizes in our Silent Auction - so if you are willing to approach local shops, restaurants etc., then please let us know. Donation request letters are available from the school office. World on a Plate Day has always been a highlight on the St. Edward’s calendar, a thoroughly enjoyable event that promises to bring our school community closer and your help and support is very much appreciated. Children are invited to dress up in their cultural dress for the day.
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 11th - Yr 6 at Greenhouse - author meeting
Tuesday 12th February - Parents Evening
Wednesday 13th February - Parents Evening
Wednesday 13th - Science Day - Children may come dressed in own clothes - theme is ‘Journeys’
Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February - Half term break
Wednesday 6th March - Ash Wednesday
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 donation-more details to follow.
Thursday 14th March - Class 8 Assembly
Thursday 14th March - Multicultural Day - World on a Plate - 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Hope to see you there! - Dress up in cultural dress!
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for calling us to follow you. Please help us to be your faithful followers - helping our world to be a better place. Amen.
Our whole school attendance for this week is 91.4%. Class 7 achieved the highest class attendance with 97.6%.
NOTICES AND REMINDERS
Class 12’s assembly
Class 12 treated us to a fabulous assembly all about staying safe online. We had everything from staying safe tips, to a song which included a rap written by the class. A great assembly - Well done class 12!
Mr Abbas and our girls’ football team went to Paddington Recreation Ground to compete against other Westminster schools. Our girls displayed excellent skill and sportsmanship and tried their very best. Well done!
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!
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:
Head to easyfundraising, search for St Edwards RC Primary School PTA - London and sign up for free.
Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.
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.