Friday 11th October - Issue 121

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‘In all things recognise the care and wisdom of God, and give God thanks.’ St Teresa of Avila

CATHOLIC LIFE OF THE SCHOOL

This week we walked to church, luckily during a gap in the clouds, and Father Kevin led the celebration of our patron saint, St. Edward the Confessor. It was really heartwarming to see our parents who were able to join us in church and join us in singing hymns and praising God. Our children’s voices soared and they sang with reverence and enthusiasm.

This week we also continued our celebration of the Month of the Rosary with classes three, two and one. Father Kevin and Father Ben came to our school and led the prayers. Again it was lovely to see our parents joining us and I wish to remind you that our celebration of the Month of the Rosary continues every Thursday and Friday at 3:25 pm this month.


HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our first class assembly of the year was led by Mrs Pini and class 3 who educated us all on the Stone Age and contrasted life then and now. It was wonderful to see the class 3 children perform so well and fantastic to see so many parents who joined us. Well done class 3 and Mrs Pini on a fantastic assembly! We look forward to seeing class two’s assembly next week.

The visit by the Life Bus this week was very successful and we would like to thank Mrs Taylor and all the children for their participation. Here is a message from Sarah and Harold: ‘Many thanks to all the wonderful classes who have been in the Life Bus this week. They have been full of fun, enthusiasm, great ideas and caring of each other. Thank you for all your help and support.’

We have also started our visits to Church Street Library and would ask all parents to think of the school when they are clearing out books at home.

Weather wise this week it has been extremely autumnal and it is good to see our children wearing their coats. All outdoor coats should be blue in colour and, unless it is really pouring outside, we like our children to take their break outside.

Our school council have given a message in this newsletter and we hope to cut down on illness, especially colds and sniffles: ‘Our new School Council members met for the first time this week and discussed ways of improving attendance and preventing illnesses. They came up with a fabulous idea which we can now share with you.  In order to stop the spread of viruses, including cold and flu, all children should bring a handy sized pack of tissues to school, which they can keep in their pocket or school bag.  School Council reps from each class will monitor this in the new half term.  At our next meeting we shall be discussing playground equipment and how to make St. Edward's a greener school.’

Please follow this link in relation to healthy eating and healthy teeth. We hope that this will go towards helping all our pupils to attend school and reach 100% attendance as being in school everyday does enable children to make progress as well as take part in all the activities we offer.

We would like to thank St. George’s for their donation of an outdoor table tennis table and we would encourage pupils to bring in their own named bats to use.

Another gentle reminder that all clothing needs to have your child’s name on it, this does include ties. Some clothes labels now have spaces for you to write your child’s name and iron on labels are also available to buy online. There are leaflets available from the school office.

Our Homework Club is thriving and please ensure you give your child’s name to the school office. I would expect that all year 6 children to attend to accelerate their progress. Mr Tissot is able to attend Homework Club on most Mondays, so any pupil who need help with maths homework should attend on Mondays.

Finally, may I remind all parents to book their appointments as next week Tuesday and Wednesday are our Parents Evenings. All details were sent in a separate letter, however if there are any queries please contact the office on Monday as a matter of urgency.

Wishing you a happy and holy weekend.

Best wishes

Mr Tissot and Ms Thomas


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Our class assemblies are held on Thursdays at 9:00am in the Top Hall. Parents and carers of the class hosting the assembly are warmly invited to attend.

17th October - Class 2

7th November - Class 6M

14th November - Class 1

21st November - Class 4T

28th November - Class 4Y

5th December - Class 5C

12th December - Class 5G

16th January - Class 6S

OCTOBER DATES

15th October (Tuesday) - Parent Evening 3:40 - 5:50pm

16th October (Wednesday) - Parent Evening 3:40 - 5:50pm

17th October (Thursday) - Class 2 Assembly

HALF TERM - 21st October - 25th October

28th October (Monday) - INSET Day - school closed for children


THE WEDNESDAY

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THANKFULNESS

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for blessing us in so many ways. Help us to be always thankful to you and to show our thankfulness by loving those around us. Amen.


ATTENDANCE

Our whole school attendance for this week is 97.2%. Well done to class 2 on achieving 99.3% attendance this week - keep it up!

The school gates open at 8:40 am and children need to be in class by 9:00 am. Attendance and punctuality are crucial, as continuous absence and lateness will result in your child missing important teacher instructions and learning.


RE CORNER - CLASS 5G

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This week in RE, class 5G, has been understanding what it means to be a follower of Jesus. We have studied various scripture passages and stories that have helped us understand how we can be Jesus' apostles. During lessons, we have also looked at various jobs within the Christian service and what qualities and responsibilities these people might have. Class 5G has created a prayer book, which will be sent home each week for children to write a prayer, in their own faith or language. These prayers could be about children's family, what they are most grateful for or a prayer for guidance and strength.