Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 26th May 2017

As we head in to another half term break it is important to look back and appreciate the achievements of the past few week and to have an eye on the events that bring the academic year to a close over the next half term. Year 6 completed their cycle training this week and were blessed with good weather. Well done children for listening to your instructors and completing the course so confidently. The latest set of Writing badges were awarded at our Monday morning assembly; the total number of children who have been presented with their red or amber stars is now over 60. This is a wonderful achievement in such a short space of time. Year 6 completed their SATs papers earlier in the month and our Year 3 children celebrated their First Holy Communion at two wonderful masses last Saturday. The second half of the Summer term is always fraught with events and completion of paperwork but it is also a special time in the school year. Please keep an eye out for events and key dates for the rest of the year.


The word of the week is – FRIENDSHIP. This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. Despite his death on a cross and feeling the loneliness of friendship, Christ reminds us once again that he will be with us always until the end of time. How is Jesus’ friendship visible in your life?



New Gates – The gates have been installed and will help to provide much needed security for the school. Please remain patient when trying to enter the school via the pedestrian entrance. The intercom is linked to the school switch board; it is not until all of the options have been completed the gate can be opened. Thank you for your understanding and patience.



Parent Governor Vacancy – You should all have received the letter and nomination forms regarding the Parent – Governor vacancy yesterday. To remind you, all nominations need to be handed in to the school office by – THURSDAY 22ND JUNE BY 3:30PM. We look forward to receiving your nominations.



First Holy Communion – The children looked lovely, showed great reverence and spoke with clarity. I was very proud to be part of their special day and a moment in their lives which they will remember forever. Thank you to Fr TJ, Sr Anita and the team of helpers who helped to prepare the children over the past few months and to all of those people who contributed in any way on the day. A special note of thanks to Mr Vellacott who provided the music at both masses. “He who sings, prays twice!” Congratulations children.



Photographs /Videos – It is always good to see family members supporting events at school and helping out on trips. Capturing these special moments on film or through a picture helps to preserve the memory. Any images or videos that are taken during assemblies should only be used for private use and should never be uploaded on to social media sites. Family members are not permitted to take images or videos of children whilst they are on a trip on the grounds of child protection and health and safety. It is everyone’s duty to ensure that these rules are adhered too. Thank you for your support with this very important issue.



Children Coming to School Early – During the warmer months children often come to school earlier than at other times of the school year. The school makes provision for any child who turns up early through access to the Breakfast Club from 7.45am. The school does not take over responsibility for your child until 8.45am. Until such time parents must ensure that adequate arrangements are in place. Thank you



Year 5 Trip to Kidzania – Year 5 made the journey over to Shepherd’s Bush on Wednesday to experience a day of team building and entrepreneurship. Working in groups they had to generate income for their team by making decisions that would benefit everyone. They learnt how to develop these valuable life skills a little further during an action packed day. Well done children for representing the school so well and for demonstrating great maturity.




AECOM Imagineering Entries – Mrs Britton and myself met this morning to look through the school’s entries to this national competition. To quote Mrs Britton she said ” I am overwhelmed by the quality of the entries, the breadth and level of innovation, and the detail in the drawings.” The school winners will be announced before the end of the academic year and the national winners in the Autumn term. Good luck children.



Year 6 Cycle Training – Year 6 completed their cycle training this week and the instructors were impressed by their listening skills and general road safety. Congratulations children.


The Big Question – “Can a homing pigeon only head for home?


House Points – Congratulations to the children from  John who were this week’s winners with 660  points

2nd Place – Mark 590 points

3rd Place – Matthew 446 points

4th Place – Luke 387 points


Attendance – Congratulations to Classes 8 and 4 who had the best attendance this week with  98.6%

2nd Place – Classes 3  and 8 – 98.3%

3rd Place – Class 5 – 97.2%


Future Dates – MONDAY 29th MAY FRIDAY 2nd JUNE – HALF TERM

Monday 5th June – School Recommences

Tuesday 6th June – KS1 Sports Day – children who have a sibling in KS1 can be collected after lunch / Year 4 to West Stow

Friday 9th June – SPORTS DAY

Thursday 8th June – Year 6 Maths Workshop 9.15 am -10.30 am

Tuesday 13th June – Year 3 to Celtic Harmony



The Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-Gr7vfCQxI


Prayer for Ascension Day

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,

no hands but yours, no feet but yours…

Yours are the feet with which he is to go

about doing good,

and yours are the hands with which he is

to bless us now.