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Thursday 7th June 2018



Start of Test Week

Start of Yr1 Phonics Screening Check

NO Gymnastics


Chelsea Football KS1

Coding Club



Guitar Lessons

Chelsea Football KS2

Lego Club



NO Gymnastics

Start of Yr6 PGL Residential Trip

Yr3 Swimming

Rugby Tots KS1



Multi-sports Y3 to Y5



Non-Uniform Day (return ‘Sweet Cups’)


Basketball KS2


Dear Parent/Carer,

The children have had a fantastic start to this half-term taking part in lots of hands-on activities around the theme of ‘Dinosaurs’. The highlight of the week was a series of Dinosaur workshops followed by a visit from a life-sized, moving baby T-Rex. Thank you to everybody who donated their unwanted clothes to our Recycle2School collection on Monday. As a part of these scheme our school will receive extra funds based on the number of bags received. On Wednesday, our Year 1 and 2 pupils were lucky enough to take part in drama workshops, our Year 5 class visited Whipsnade Zoo to find out more about animals and their habitats and a group of pupils took part in a tennis competition at Dr Triplett’s CofE Primary School. We have a really busy few weeks ahead – please take a look at the diary dates below.


Mr Briggs

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Mr Briggs will be leaving St. Mary’s, at the end of this academic year, due to a promotion to Headship. Mr Briggs has served as our Deputy Headteacher, for the past 4 years, and has made a significant impact to the progress of pupils and the professional development of staff. He has also served as our Religious Education coordinator and his leadership of the RE curriculum and spiritual life of the school were fundamental in helping us to secure our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade. His hard work and dedication will be sorely missed by both pupils and staff. I’m sure you will join us in wishing him all the best for the future.


Test Week

Throughout next week each class (excluding EYs, Years 2 and 6) will be taking various age/ability appropriate tests. These results will be used to set targets and any support needed to achieve these. The results will also be included on the Annual Pupil Progress Reports.


Sweet Cups

Tomorrow, every child will be bringing home an empty cup and they have been asked to try to fill it with sweets, small toys or stationary items (to be used on our ‘Sweet Cup Children’s Tombola’). On Friday 15th June pupils may wear their own clothes to school in return from bringing in a filled cup.



Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

Throughout next week, Year 1 pupils will be taking the government’s statutory Phonics Screening Check intended to show how well children can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help. The Department for Education defines the checks as “short, light-touch assessments” that take about four to nine minutes to complete. The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.


Upcoming Assemblies and Productions

We have planned the following assemblies and productions for this half-term. All parents, carers and family members are most welcome to attend.




19th June

Year 3


26th June

Year 1


17th July

Yr6 Leavers’ Production


20th July

Yr6 Leavers’ Mass (Church)



Sports Day

Our Sports Days for this year will take place as follows:

Thu 12th July: Sports Day for Years 1 to 6, from 9.30am, on Rockingham Recreational Ground.

Fri 13th July: Early Years Sports Day, from 9.30am, in school. Both Nursery classes should attend the morning session on this day.

In the event of rain, we have arranged a back-up date for each event (please see details in the list of ‘Upcoming Events’).


Used Children's books for 20p each at Uxbridge Library

They have recently received lots of new children's fiction, picture books and board books and as a result they now have many used children's books for sale at 20p each.



House Point Winners (each class):



Number of House Points



















This week’s winning house is: St Thomas with 124 points!!



Please see below for a list of upcoming dates. Our school calendar and term dates are available to view on our school website:



Fri 8th Jun

Empty sweet cups (for Summer Fete)  to be sent home

Mon 11th Jun

Start of Test Week (Yr1 Phonics Screening Check)

Wed 13th Jun – Fri 15th Jun

Year 6 residential trip PGL – Osmington Bay

Fri 15th Jun

Non-uniform Day (return filled sweet cups for Summer Fete)

Mon 18th Jun

PTA Collecting Cuddly Toys &  Second Hand Uniform


Start of Maths Week

Tue 19th Jun

Year 3 Class Assembly

Thu 21st Jun

Crazy Hair Day (bring luxury items)

Fri 22nd Jun

PTA collecting cakes for Fete

Fri 29th Jun

St Peter and St Paul Mass at school

Sat 23rd Jun

Summer Fete 12 pm – 3 pm

Mon 2nd Jul

Year 6 Bike-ability

Tue 3rd Jul

Transition Day (Yr6 Secondary School visits)

Wed 4th Jul – Fri 6th Jul

Year 6 Bike-ability

Thu 5th Jul

Year 4 Trip

Mon 9th Jul

Start of Health & Wellbeing Week

Wed 11th Jul

Year 5 Trip – Additional Reward Trip


Early Years Trip

Thu 12th Jul

Year 1 – Year 6 Sports Day

(9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Fri 13th Jul

Early Year Sports Day 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Mon 16th Jul

Sports Day Back-up date (9.30am)

Tues 17th Jul

EYs Sports Day Back-up date (9.30am)


School Fundraising Team (PTA) Newsletter 7th June 2018 

Summer Fete update and lots more

Meet the PTA Team:

We are your contacts for the Fete

Sarah Wells Y4


07855 998693

Sue Serret  Y4

Secretary/Vice Chair  

07580 805236

Aileen Gallahue  Y3

Treasurer/Social Media

07940 987660


Class Rep LEY am


Class Rep LEY am


Class Rep LEY PM


Class Rep LEY PM


Class Rep UEY


Class Rep UEY


Class Rep Year 1


Class Rep Year 1


Class Rep Year 2


Class Rep Year 2


Class Rep Year 3


Class Rep Year 3


Class Rep Year 4


Class Rep Year 4


Class Rep Year 5


Class Rep Year 5


Class Rep Year 6


Class Rep Year 6

Class reps. tell parents about fund-raising events, a point of contact about what’s going on in the school. They will ask you all for help when needed, they come along to meetings where possible.

Enhance our feeling of a community. Please chat to one of the above for more information.

Money YOU have raised so far:

Sept 2017 - July 2018

Bingo Night 12/10/17 - cancelled

Tea & Coffee 19/11/17 £101.35

Christmas Fayre 08/12/17 £1237.99

Christmas Raffle £1018.26

Tea Towels £344.80

Scholastic Books £373.00

Race Night 05/05/18        £450.00

Summer Fete 23/06/18 £we’ll see!

The Giving Machine

24th May -  28 people joined Raised £104.76

7th June – 40 people joined

Raised £113.98   Hurrah ! 

Thank you to Miss Shevlin who has sent a welcome email to all of those who have joined the scheme

Quick sign-up this link makes it really easy!!

TOP TIP – Install the ‘Shop and Give Reminder’ this means you don’t have to shop via The Giving Machine website. Whatever online purchase you are making a Giving Machine reminder will pop up – easy!!

An invitation to tea……

More dates, please come along

All the info. is on separate poster




Empty sweet cups given out to children

Friday 8th June

Non-uniform day bring filled cups to school Friday 15th June

Crazy hair day, bring wine, spirits and chocolates to school

Thursday 21st June


PTA Team Update

Good bye Sue……

Our PTA Secretary,

Sue Serret who was

elected in 2016 is

reluctantly standing

down at the end of

this school year.

She has worked very hard on the team to fulfil our motto ‘a community not a committee’. Many of you will know her for being very at ease holding a microphone in her hand - compere extraordinaire! At the Bingo Night, Race Night and Fetes where her talents came to the fore!

We all wish her the very best in her paid role working for Trinity Homeless Charity. Sue will be heading the team in organising the Big Sleep Out 2018. Find out more,


PTA AGM Elections

We need to elect a core team ……

Sue’s post of Secretary is an elected post, therefore we need to replace her at our AGM on 16th July 2018 at 8pm - the Beefeater, Premier Inn, Uxbridge.


St Mary’s PTA cannot exist without electing a new Chair, Treasurer and Secretary on an annual basis. Please send your application for one of these posts to Miss Shevlin by Wednesday 11th July at 3.30pm.


In addition, it would be lovely to have a Vice Chair, Vice Treasurer, Class Rep. Co-ordinator and Event promotion Co-ordinator to support the team.

Summer Fete Update please help


  • Can someone loan us a small counter-top freezer from Thursday 21st June until after the fete on Saturday afternoon?
  • Bring outgrown school uniform to the school w/c Monday 18th June
  • Donate all your unwanted nearly-new cuddly toys to the school w/c Monday 18th June
  • Home made cakes please, especially chocolate!, bring to the school Friday 21st June
  • Full Throttle Wrestling, a huge hit last year, they are back! We need 5 men (or women) to put up the ring on the morning of the fete at 9am, please get in touch asap
  • Gazebos, do you have one? Can we use it for the fete?
  • We will not be having a book, DVD or toy stall this year, no need to save these items


£500 donation!!


A huge thank you to Sophie’s (Y6) Dad, who has secured this donation from his company, O’Halloran and O’Brien.


This demonstrates the importance of personal connections with a business. The PTA regularly write to many companies for support, largely without success. Therefore, please help us by being pro-active with your employer. They can only say ‘no’.