As we reach the end of yet another week, it seems incredible that this is the last Friday in September. As we move into October, the month of the Holy Rosary, we are delighted to invite you to our prayer garden to join your child’s class in praying the decade of the Rosary. Please see the schedule below.
Our new intake of children in Nursery and Reception, in a very short space of time, have grown in confidence and are now seasoned in the ways of the school. It is delightful to see them in their classrooms, in the lunch hall and at play. We know they are going to grow up into hard working characters like our year six children.
We have been very happy to welcome you to all the curriculum evenings and we are very pleased to be working in partnership with you to help your children progress.
I am sure you join us in congratulating our tag rugby team and Mr Abbas who made it to the semi finals in the annual Westminster Tag Rugby Competition and would like to thank you for sending them in fantastic kit, despite the wet weather and muddy conditions.
We are delighted to welcome Father Kevin from the Parish of Our Lady, St. John’s Wood who has agreed to take our Welcome Mass for our new families (date to be advertised). We look forward to a long and happy partnership.
This week the weather has been a little against us and I am sure you need no reminding that our children need outdoor coats in order to stay dry. These must be either blue or black in colour and labeled with your child’s name as these are expensive items.
As the nights draw in, we hope you are finding time to read with your children and please ensure you sign the reading record on a daily basis. Reading is a huge part of every child’s learning journey and any time you can find to read with or listen to your child read, is good for them. It’s really rewarding to be able to increase your child’s general knowledge through wide reading and it gives them a huge advantage in public examinations, starting with SATs in year two and in year six.
As we write, we are about to take part in our cake sale for Macmillan. A huge thank you to everyone who donated cakes for this event. This fantastic cake was a generous donation from Mr Beainy from La Maison du Gateau. All proceeds from today will go directly to Macmillan Cancer Support who do invaluable work to help those with cancer.
Finally, a last glimpse of summer! Here are class 4T enjoying a day at Lord’s. They were able to see the pitch where England won the Cricket World Cup and county players who will hopefully play for England one day. It is always a good to give our children hope and build aspirations.
A gentle reminder that Monday 28th October is an INSET. Everyone is back to school on the 29th October.
We hope everyone has a peaceful and happy weekend.
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.
10th October - Class 3
17th October - Class 2
31st October - Class 6S
7th November - Class 6M
14th November - Class 1
21st November - Class 4T
28th November - Class 4Y
5th December - Class 5C
12th December - Class 5G
10th October (Thursday) - Class 3 Assembly
15th October (Tuesday) - Parent Evening 3:40 - 5:50pm - more details to follow
16th October (Wednesday) - Parent Evening 3:40 - 5:50pm - more details to follow
17th October (Thursday) - Class 2 Assembly
HALF TERM - 21st October - 25th October
28th October (Monday) - INSET Day - school closed for children
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for blessing us with many good things. Please help us to see the needs of others and to share with anyone in need. Amen.
Our whole school attendance for this week is 94.6%. Well done to class 4T on achieving 99.5% 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.
The God Who Speaks
This coming academic year the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated 2019-2020 as ‘The God Who Speaks – A Year of the Word’ to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St. Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. In keeping with the Church’s three year cycle, there will also be a specific focus on St. Matthew’s Gospel. The aim of The God Who Speaks – A Year of the Word is ‘Celebrating, Living and Sharing God’s Word.’ It will be an opportunity in our school to enrich current scripture practices and to develop and explore new ways of responding to the Bible. Throughout the year, there will be available to schools a range of events, activities and creative resources which will help students engage meaningfully with the Bible. The year begins on the 30th September with the release of a specially commissioned video filmed at the National Gallery in which Cardinal Nichols will officially launch this special year using a painting St. Jerome.
The Rosary - come and join us
October is the month of the Holy Rosary and we invite parents to come and share a decade of the Rosary with their children after school. We will pray this special devotion in the Prayer Garden. Children are encouraged to bring in their own Rosary beads on their allocated date.
The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday 2nd October – Class 5G
Thursday 3rd October – Class 5C
Friday 4th October – Class 4
Wednesday 9th October - Class 3
Thursday 10th October – Class 2
Friday 11th October – Class 1
Thursday 17th October – Class 6M
Friday 18th October – Class 6S
On your child’s allocated date, please meet your child at the prayer garden at 3.25pm. Please enter the main gate and turn left, next to our Reception class.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHILDREN WHO RECEIVED CERTIFICATES AT THIS MORNING’S ACHIEVEMENT ASSEMBLY. CERTIFICATES ARE AWARDED FOR CONSISTENT GOOD WORK AND HARD EFFORT.