Head’s Newsletter 8th July 2016

There are just under two weeks left of the academic year but the pace of life doesn’t seem to be slowing down. It is as this time of year we begin to think about our Year 6 as the final preparations begin for their departure. Events start next week with their end of year performance of the Lion King and leavers’ and are closely followed by their mass and assembly. Yet despite all of the celebration and revelry work continues. Reports will be sent home next week and the county wide annual moving up day takes place next Thursday. Thank you to everyone who supported the family fun day last Saturday. Over £1500 was raised which was a tremendous  effort. It was the last PTA event of a very successful year.

This week’s word is: Neighbour – The parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke’s gospel is often used as the symbolic story that defines the meaning of a good neighbour; but how can we be a good neighbour unless we learn to love and accept God’s grace in our own lives?


Tea Party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday: Next Friday we shall celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with a tea party in the afternoon. Children will enjoy an afternoon tea that will consist of cake, juice and ice cream and they will be entertained by a steel band. Each child has brought home a flag for them to colour in or design a pattern on, and will be used as bunting to decorate tables and the outside area. Children are allowed to wear red, white or blue clothing or a mixture of the three colours to school on the day. Further details will be sent out next week.


House Points: Congratulations to the children from Matthew who were this week’s winners with 574 points

2nd Place: John 346 points

3rd Place: Mark 158 points



School Bank: Mrs O’Connor and the team who help to run the school bank have informed the school that Thursday 14th July is the last day for banking this year. Thank you to everyone who has made regular deposits and withdrawals; your support of this service has been invaluable.



Community Mass at Nicholas Breakspear: The children from Mrs Bates’ class joined a host of other local schools at Nicholas Breakspear Catholic secondary school on Tuesday morning to celebrate their annual community mass. Bishop Paul McAleenan was the main celebrant.He spoke to the children about the character of Zaccheaus and how we must try to live a virtuous life. The children enjoyed the experience and brought home a beautiful cross which hangs above our Door of Mercy.



Get Your Grown Ups Gardening: The last GYGUG session for this year takes place tomorrow morning. Many people have commented on how they like the new colour of the benches and the positive effect it has on the surroundings. Tomorrow’s session is a chance to finish off some of the work that has already started; paint the rest of the benches, trim back the bushes, pick the strawberries and raspberries and tidy up some of the flower and vegetable beds. The scheduled time is between 10am and 1pm  but if many people lend a hand the work should be completed in a couple of hours. If you are free and are able to help please come and enjoy a morning’s gardening. All the current hard work and efforts that have gone in to making the grounds look bright and colourful will be judged next Wednesday when the District Schools in Bloom competition takes place.



Monday 11th July Assembly: Next Monday morning’s assembly will be led by the children who attend Italian Club and a representative from the Reading Agency who will speak to the children about the “Big Friendly Read” project which takes place over the summer holiday. All are welcome.



Future Dates: Monday 11th July – Italian Club and Big Friendly Read Assembly / Year 6 Production of the Lion King 7.00pm

Tuesday 12th July – Year 6 Production of the Lion King 2.00pm

Wednesday 13th July – Year 5 to Legoland / District Schools in Bloom Competition


Friday 15th July – Queen 90th Birthday Tea Party celebrations / Year 6 Leavers’ Party 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Tuesday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers’Mass @ Ss Alban & Stephen Church 7.00pm

Thursday 21st July – Leavers’ Assembly 10am / School closes at 1.30pm



The Big Silence: From the Parish There is a Finding Silence Day planned on Saturday 16 July from 10:45 – 2:30. It is based on the based on BBC’s ‘The Big Silence’. We were fortunate earlier this year to have a visit from Father Rod Jones, former pupil and Benedictine at Worth Abbey, where the series was filmed. If you would like to know more or would like to take part, please contact krystyna@faithknowledge.org . Don’t forget the ‘Encountering Mercy’ Art exhibition in the parish church from 10:30 – 5:00pm on 9 July 2016 and between 2:00 – 6:00pm on 10 July.



Drifting Like A Seagull

Let me drift like a seagull

up in the summer sky

feeling the air grow golden

as the sun rises high.


Let me drift like a seagull

out on the sea so wide

feeling the ocean moving

as the moon pulls the tide


Let me drift through the summer

down by the ocean shore

resting in God’s creation

now and for evermore.