Friday 8th March - Issue 99

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Wednesday we celebrated Ash Wednesday, marking the start of Lent. Our keystage 2 children joined St. Joseph’s children at the Church of Our Lady to receive ashes and EYFS and keystage 1 celebtated with a liturgy in the afternoon. Lent is a time when Christians are called upon to do something special - perhaps to give something up or to do something loving and good. By making a Lenten promise we grow in love - preparing for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. At St. Edward’s we will be supporting a special organisation as our Lenten appeal this year - Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school.

I wish to express my gratitude to the whole St. Edward’s community for their support with the news that I will be leaving at the end of the academic year. I am working closely with our Governing Body to get the best person to lead St. Edward’s forward.

The whole school had a fantastic time on Thursday when we all dressed up for World Book Day! I must say the children all looked wonderful in their costumes and it was great to see so many different book characters! Children took part in a whole range of literary activities showing how much enjoyment and pleasure we can get from reading a good book. A big thank you to Miss Jamieson for organising such a brilliant day! I hope you enjoy the pictures.

As you are aware, we will be holding our Multicultural day - World on a plate event - next Thursday 14th March from 3:30-4:30pm. This ever popular event on the St. Edward’s calendar is a great day for us to celebrate 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. Thank you to our PTA for all their hard work in the planning of this event.

Children are invited to dress up in their cultural clothes on the day and there is a whole host of activities lined up to keep our children entertained throughout the day. We have African Drummers performing in the playground from 3:25pm so please come along to enjoy the event.

On Monday 11th March children are allowed to wear their own clothes in return for donations for their class hampers for our ‘World on a Plate’ event.  Each year group has been given a continent (see below) of non perishable food that they should bring in. These hampers will be auctioned off at World on a Plate Day to the highest bidders with all proceeds from the day going towards our school’s technology department. Thank you for your continued support!

Year 6 - Africa
Year 5 - South America
Year 4 - Asia
Year 3 - Australasia 
KS1 - North America
EYFS - Europe 

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.

14th March - Class 8


MARCH DATES

Monday 11th March - Own clothes day in return for a hamper donation.

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

APRIL DATES

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


THE WEDNESDAY

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LENT

Dear Lord Jesus, please help me and my family to grow in love and strength during Lent through keeping our Lenten promises. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Class 8 and Class 14 are our attendance champions this week! Well done. Our whole school attendance was 96.1% for this week.


NOTICES AND REMINDERS

World Book Day

Our whole school enjoyed celebrating World Book Day on Thursday by dressing up as book characters and taking part in activities. Teachers visited different classes to read stories and everyone had great fun!

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Our World Book Day costume winners:

 

Class 9’s assembly

This week it was world Book Day and class 9 organised their own Assembly to celebrate this day!

Children shared the different genres of Literature and especially they shared their favourite books and authors. We can't wait to go to the nearest library or bookshop to get these books to read. Well done Class 9 for sharing a very informative and fun Assembly. You looked fantastic on your favoruite character's outfits!

 

WE Day at Wembley Arena

WE Day was an amazing opportunity for us and I, for one, enjoyed it. My favourite part of the day was seeing Prince Harry, the WE Organisation brothers, Marc and Craig Kielburger, and hearing Tom Walker sing. It was incredible! By Noor HP

WE Day was a great honour to attend and I am sure everyone would agree. All of the students had the time of their lives and I would love to go again! It was lots of fun, and although the cheering was tiring, we came back grinning from ear to ear. By Amel

Thank you to Miss George for arranging for a group of students to attend the annual WE Day at Wembley Arena - a fantastic day for them to enjoy!

 

Year 6 Citizenship Day - Transport Museum

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On Thursday, Year 6 participated in the Junior Citizenship programme at the London Transport Museum. People in the emergency services shared with us information that will help us travel through London safely on our own. We had a great adventure on this trip and we got to learn many things that could one day save our lives! We went out in groups of 8 - 10 and had an adult accompany us. It was a spectacular opportunity and we would be more than pleased to visit once again. We went on life changing opportunities and it is a phenomenal trip. We hope that our younger years can visit this spectacular museum next year. By Amel

The Transport Museum was one of the most amazing museums I’ve ever been to. We got to have quizez, tours and experiences with people who work around London eg. the Fire Brigade, the Police and even security for schools. They filled us with information and tips for when we we’re older, helping us to stay safer in London and how to access services. For me, it was absolutely fantastic! By Noor HP

 

Class 1 Sow Seeds

This half term our topic is 'Sowing a Seed'. We have been focusing on the book Eddie's Garden and how things grow by Sarah Garland. This week, we planted our own seeds. We will be looking after our plants throughout the term to help them grow. 

 

Art Club

Pancake day fun!  The children had fun making pretend pancakes before going home to enjoy the real thing!

 
 

Ace Uniform Discount Code

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OUR RE CORNER

In Year 4 our topic was Giving and Receiving. We looked at St Paul's letter where he taught us the importance of giving with full heart and helping others because we love and care about them.

We looked at some challenges of Giving and Receiving, such as: loving our enemy and apologising when we do something wrong. However, we reflected on how we feel joyful when we do these, because this is what Jesus taught us to do!

 
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On Monday, our school chaplaincy held a special assembly on our Lenten appeal, Mary's Meals.

Mary’s meals are a charity which works in 18 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. The charity has a simple idea that works by providing one good meal in a place of learning. The children are encouraged into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty.

Mary’s Meals is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty.

To help raise some money for Mary's Meals, each class will come up with a fund raising event, details of which will be announced over the next few weeks. The class who raises the most money will receive a special price!


SPORT

Football Festival

A team of year 3 and 4 girls attended the Westminster Girls Football Festival at Paddington Recreation Ground on Tuesday. The festival is aimed at encouraging girls to participate in football. Our girls had lots of fun and they did extremely well winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 2. Well done!


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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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.

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    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.


ACHIEVEMENT

A big well done to all children who received certificates at this mornings assembly!

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MATHLETICS

Fiona and Lewis are the proud recipients of gold Mathletics certificates. Congratulations!


HOUSE POINTS

More are our house cup winners again this week with 560 points. Well done!