Head’s Newsletter – October 21st 2016

As we come to the end of the first half term of the year we have much to celebrate and a lot of work to complete in the months ahead. This first set of Teacher / Parent consultations for the year were completed late on Thursday evening and the children continue to work hard. CAFOD made a visit to school on Monday morning and spoke to the children about ways that they have supported the Corporal Acts of Mercy through the Year of Mercy around the word. We will hold a non uniform day early next term in exchange for a pound to support the excellent work of this Catholic charity. Don’t forget to come and meet the governors on Friday 4th November from 9:05am in the school hall. Have a good half term. School recommence on Monday 31st October at 9 o’clock.

This week’s word is: HUMBLE – The motto of the Oblates of St Charles was Humilitas a wonderful set of priests who were dedicated to the work of St Charles Borromeo. To be humble is to see God as Pope Francis reminds us – “When we live humbly, God takes our small efforts and creates great things.”


SAVE THE DATE – FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER – Meet the Governors  From 9.05am on Friday 4th November please come in after you have dropped your children in to school to meet some of our governors over a cup of tea or coffee. They will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about their role and will be available to discuss their core functions and how they undertake this. Please make every effort to attend.


Parking – I have received a number of complaints from local residents and neighbours recently about inconsiderate parking by members of our school community. There are also a number of parents who use the school car park when they shouldn’t; either before or after school. The car park is for staff use and gets very congested through the day. There is also the matter of Health and Safety to consider so please be very mindful of where you park your cars. Thank you for your support with this very contentious issue.


Netball – The school netball team played their third match of the season against Bowmansgreen on Wednesday afternoon and were victorious. They cruised to a 17 – 0 victory and played well as a team. Paola was very impressed with the way the girls have gelled as a unit and their determination and desire to look for the next goal. Keep this up girls.


Get Your Grown Ups Gardening – The next session of this excellent initiative takes place on Saturday 12th November from 12.00pm through to 2.00pm. We will focus on tidying up the grounds and putting up the willow walk. We have a hardy perennial group of parents who make up the core of  team but it would be very encouraging to see more new faces. All families and children are welcome. Tea, coffee and cakes provided.


Mass – Everyone is invited to mass at 11 o’clock on Tuesday 1st November to celebrate the feast of All Saints in the school hall. We look forward to welcoming you.


LOST – LADIES  FLOWERED WHITE COTTON SCARF. Please see Ms Cornford in the office.

PTA News
Christmas Cards – Update
All art work should have been sent back to the school by now, even if you haven’t been able to order online yet. If you haven’t yet managed to order then you will need the unique order code, as per instructions in recent Parentmail. The latest on the ordering system is that our deadline to order is now 26th October and we will be able to order nearer to that date. The process this year has been unacceptable and we will be following up with the company involved.
The first draws for the 2016/17 PTA lottery will be made at Infant assembly on a Friday morning after half term.
The first disco of the year will be on Friday November 18th from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Theme to be confirmed. We need parents (dads especially!) to help on the night or the event canot go ahead. If you can help please email ssaspta@gmail.com.
They are back and you can never have too many! Your child may have mentioned that they have been asked to make a small drawing of their face in class. These will all be collated into a whole school t-towel. They have been extremely popular in previous years and will be on sale in good time for Christmas.
Remaining Raffle Prize
One prize from the children’s raffle is still to be claimed. All that was written on the ticket was the name ‘Gus’ and a phone number that has not replied to our messages. If you believe this is your ticket please email ssaspta@gmail.com.
Future Dates – Tuesday 1st November – Mass to celebrate the feast of All Saints – 11 o’clock
Wednesday 2nd November – Coding Club resumes
Tuesday 3rd November – Cross Country meeting
Friday 4th November – Meet the Governors – 9.05am
Friday 4th November – Year 6 to Wylotts Theatre to watch The Tempest
The Wednesday Word – We have used this excellent resource for over 6 months and trust that you are enjoying it. It is an expensive resource for the school but one that is vital in helping the children access the Gospel of the week. It also helps to offer families time to pray together; please ask your child about their Wednesday Word.
Book of Remembrance – Our Book of Remembrance can be found in the dining area in front of the Chaplaincy Team display. Please pop in to school and add to it either before or after school. All of hte listed dead will be read out at assemblies on Monday mornings in November
Twitter – @headsands – We now have over 50 followers on Twitter. This is good news, we will try to keep the feed up to date with posts about different activities through the week. Please keep checking and do become one of our followers.
The Big Question – “What is a third of love?”
Attendance – Congratulations to Class 2 who had 98.6% attendance this week
2nd Place – Class 3 – 98%
3rd Place – Class 7 – 97.2%
Growing to the Light
A little seed
unfolds its leaves
and grows up to the light
and I lift my face to heaven
and learn to do what’s right