Newsletter 4th April 22
Executive Headteacher: Mr. R. Barraclough Head of School: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 4th April 2022
Spiritual Reflection – How kind and compassionate are we?
There are few people that we know better than the members of our own family. We know one another’s strengths and abilities, and we also know one another’s limitations and weaknesses. Sometimes, we may be tempted to focus on the faults and sins that familiarity with one another can sometimes reveal. As family members, however, we also have the ability to see one another’s faults and sins within the context of the whole person. When we can keep this perspective, we are more likely to look upon one another with compassion. Family life, then, presents us the opportunity to see one another as God sees us, not with judgment and condemnation for our weaknesses and failings, but with mercy and compassion. When we learn to withhold judgment for the faults we know are there and seek the best in one another, we help one another to experience the depths of God’s compassion, mercy and love.
When we know people well we know their faults as well as their strengths.
At times, we can be tempted to focus on the faults we see in others.
What would life be like in your family home if you always focused on one another’s faults?
In the Gospel Jesus refuses to focus on people’s sins in contrast to how the teachers of the Law were too concerned about the wrongdoings of others, failing to recognise that they weren’t perfect either.
None of us gets it right all the time.
This week, try to recognise that we can help each other to grow in God’s love by refusing to focus on one another’s faults and sins. In this way, we can help one another to see ourselves as God sees us: with understanding and compassion.
Virtues to live by
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
RG: Oscar RS: Wobase 1K: Bukunmi 1/2T: Simran 2B: Phoebe 3C: Karin 3/4MT: Jomin F 4C: Joshua 5W: Victoria 5/6B: Maja 6CD: Ben
Uniform Bank Stall – New date Friday 8th April
Apologies that the Uniform stall had to be cancelled last week, this has now been rearranged for this Friday 8th April at 3.30pm in the KS2 hall, please enter via the school office.
Remember – after the Easter holidays, children have the option to wear the Summer Uniform.
School communication and reporting pupil absence.
Reminder – Class Dojo is now the method of communication for school to parents. You will no longer receive Xpressions messages or emails with information. To ensure that you are fully informed about all school related information, it is strongly recommended that parents connect to Class Dojo. To report a pupil absence please telephone 01924 339435 and select option 1 (as this is an answer machine you can leave a message before school opens if you wish) or use Class Dojo to the newly created ‘Contact School Office’ teacher option within the messaging section. Please do not message class teachers about absences. Please ensure that you call the school office or use Dojo messaging before 9.30am to report your child’s absence. In line with our attendance policy, if we do not receive a call or message and are unable to obtain a response from you, the Safeguarding Team will conduct a home visit. To protect staff time and avoid unnecessary home visits, we kindly request that parents do report absences in a timely manner and do not wait for office staff to call you.
Parents Evening will take virtually via an online meeting with your child’s class teacher through your child’s Google Classroom account on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April, as we did in the Autumn term. Please ensure you have checked and know what your child’s Google classroom login is before the day of your parents evening, this should be located in your child’s reading record. We would recommend parents practice logging in before their appointment time. Parents who have requested a telephone appointment will receive a phone call from the class teacher. This may show as No Caller ID as an incoming call to you, please ensure you are ready to accept the call allocated times are only 10 minutes per appointment.
The booking system for appointments has now closed.
Reminders – Lenten Fundraising events in School
During the Church’s season of Lent, school have organised a number of optional fundraising events. This information has previously been sent to parents by letter and on Class Dojo. We appreciate that at this time of increasing household costs that charitable giving is only possible where families have the means to do so. Below are the details of the events we have planned in school.
Easter Egg Raffle
We kindly request donations of Easter Eggs from families. Donated eggs will then be added to a large Easter Egg Raffle that will take place on Thursday 14th April so we kindly request donations of eggs to be sent into school before this date. Children will have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for 20p per ticket, or £1 per strip of tickets. Raffle tickets will go on sale on the following dates to children :
Reception , Years 1 and 2 – Raffle tickets on sale to children on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April
Years 3 and 4 – Raffle tickets on sale to children on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th April
Years 5 and 6 – Raffle tickets on sale to children on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th April
Cereal Box Dominoes
To support our local food bank, the Mini Vinnies are organising a Cereal Box Dominoes event in school. We are requesting that families donate a box of unopened cereal on Monday 11th April, all donated boxed will then be lined up on the playground in a domino line to see how far they can travel. The cereal boxes will then be donated to the local food bank for families in need in our local area.
Mosaic Cross Competition
Catholic Care have requested that schools take part in the Mosaic Cross Competition. If your child would like to part, please ask for a Mosaic Cross template for colouring from your class teacher. Once completed, your child can return their completed Mosiac Cross colouring sheet to their teacher with a £1 donation and be entered into the class draw to win an Easter Egg. The closing date for this competition is the morning of Monday 11th April.
Rainbow Non Uniform Day – CAFOD Walk Against Hunger
To raise money for this CAFOD Lenten Project, we will be holding a rainbow non uniform day and a ‘walk against hunger’ in the school grounds on Friday 8th April. Children are asked to wear a rainbow colour so we can create a whole school rainbow to symbolise unity and hope for those in need. We kindly request that children wear the following colours on this day and bring in a £1 donation for the CAFOD cause. This can be any item of clothing, headwear or accessory. If your child does not own an item in the colour selected for their year group then we do not expect families to make special purchases and so would suggest they wear any one of the colours below that they do own.
Reception -RS and RG – Pink
Year 1 – 1K and 1T – Yellow
Year 2 – 2T and 2B – Red
Year 3 – 3C and 3MT- Orange
Year 4 – 4MT and 4C – Green
Year 5 – 5W and 5B – Blue
Year 6 – 6B and 6CD – Purple
Head of School Recognition award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Head of School, Mr Molyneux .
Handwriters of the week
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
Winners of the handwriting award will have their work displayed in school.
Class Attendance Award
Class 3/ 4MT were the last weeks attendance winners with 99.35%. There have been a number of cases of chicken pox throughout school which has affected attendance this week.
Extra Curricular Achievements
Well done to Miles in Y1/2T achieved his purple belt in his recent Martial Arts belt testing. Miles has been working hard on the required combinations and sparring techniques.
We would love to celebrate your child’s out of school achievements, please send any information you would like to be celebrated to firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April – Easter Egg raffle tickets on sale to children in Reception, Year 1 and 2
Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th April – Parents Evening via Google Classroom Meet on your child’s Google Classroom account (closing date to book appointment is Wednesday 30th March)
Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th April – Easter egg raffle tickets on sale to children in Year 3 and 4
Thursday 7th April – Rock Steady Concert 2.45pm (Parents of children who have Rock Steady lessons in school welcome to attend)
Monday 4th – Friday 8th April – Bikeability Year 1 (Children to come in warm outdoor PE kits)
Friday 8th April – Rainbow Non Uniform Day
Friday 8th April – Uniform Bank stall – parents welcome
Monday 11th April – Cereal Box Dominoes
Monday 11th April – Mosaic Cross Competition deadline
Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th April – Easter Egg raffle tickets on sale to children in Years 5 and 6
Thursday 14th April – Last day of term
Friday 29th April – EXCITING event happening in school – look out for more details
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