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Thursday 29th June 2017

The children have had lots of fun this week taking part in various activities as a part of our annual Health Week. This has included learning new games, emergency first aid training, a Sponsored Run and healthy eating sessions. The week will end tomorrow with Mindfulness workshops exploring techniques pupils can use to help combat any worries that they may have and to promote mental wellbeing. The trainer has asked if all pupils (Nursery to Year 6) can bring a cushion into school on this day. For more information about the benefits of Mindfulness, please visit the following NHS website:


Summer Fete – Thankyou

A big thank you to everybody who attended our Summer Fete on Saturday. The afternoon had a fantastic community feel and we hope you enjoyed all the attractions on offer. A special thank you to our PTA and everybody who helped to make this event such a success. An incredible amount of effort went into planning the day and we are really grateful for all the support.


Lunch Box Policy – Poster Competition

As a part of our Health Week the children have been asked to design a poster to show what items of food are allowed in lunch boxes:

Never allowed in school

·Fizzy drinks


·Any food containing, or covered in, chocolate

·Chips or burgers

·Hot food and drinks


·Items of food on skewer sticks

·Fruit Winders


Allowed on Friday only – ‘Treat Day’


·Sweet biscuits


There will be a prize for the best design from each class.


Excellent Attendance

Thanks to the information given by some parents we have managed to get some passes for the Silver Blades ice rink in Slough.

As a token of our recognition to the children and their parents’ support for their 100% and the class with the best year attendance without unauthorised absences (i.e. holidays) in the academic year, children will be given two passes for them to enjoy a free ice skating session with a friend during the summer holidays.

We hope we can continue rewarding excellent attendance and if you or your company have a scheme that can support this, please let us know at the school office.


Sun Hats and Sun Cream

We are lucky enough to have seen some lovely weather over the last week or two. Please remind your child to apply sun cream before school and to bring in a sun hat and water bottle. We have sun hats available to buy from the school office for £3 each:

·Green baseball caps

·White beanie caps

·Legionaries hats

Please collect a form from the magazine boxes at school entrance and send it via your child’s book bag.


St Peter and St Paul Mass on 29th June

Father Nicholas visited school yesterday to lead our Mass with pupils and parents – thank you to all the family members who were able to attend.


Bishophalt Maths Primary Challenge

Well done to the three children from year 6 and one child from year 4 who represented us in the borough’s maths challenge.


Reception Meetings and Induction Day

All Nursery children (those moving to Reception class in September) have been invited to attend an Induction Day and to stay for lunch on Tuesday 4th July.

Children moving to Reception class in September will arrive to school at 8:45 a.m. and will be collected at 1:00 p.m. when parents who have pre-booked a school dinners taster will be taken to the hall for the taster session.

Please note that the children who are not moving to Reception in September will be coming to the morning session from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.


There will be no afternoon session on Tuesday 4th July.


Please note that on Monday and the rest of the week, children need to attend their usual Nursery sessions.


Reading Gladiators Challenge Day

Well done to the Year Four Reading Gladiators who took part in the final challenge day in Reading on Monday. They were wonderful ambassadors for our school. They won the quiz round, Nikki Gamble commented their knowledge of the books was "exceptional" and they came second in the art competition which Nikki later "tweeted" about. They should all be very proud of their hard work and achievements this year.


Sports Days

Our main Sports Day for pupils in Years 1 to 6 will take place on Monday 10th July, from 9am. The planned Sports Day for all Early Years pupils will take place on the following day - Tuesday 11th July (from 9am also). In the event of poor weather conditions we may have to reschedule (please see diary dates for back-up dates).


Nursery combined session on 11th July

All nursery children will be required to attend a combined nursery session in the morning (8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.) on Tuesday 11th July in order to participate in the Sports Day, weather permitting.


Please note that if the planned sports day gets cancelled due to bad weather, there will be another combined session for the reserve sports day on Thursday 13th July.


No Nursery sessions on 19th July

Please note that there will be no Nursery sessions on 19th July as they have already come an extra session for their school trip.


House Points

This week’s winning house is: St Bernadette’s with 202 house points.

Class House Points winners this week



House Points

Year 1



Year 2



Year 3



Year 4



Year 5



Year 6



Fundraising for the School

We are arranging a clothing collection to raise funds for the school towards the end of the term.  At the moment we have very little storage space and would ask that if you have any unwanted clothing you could store them for us. The clothes collection bags will be sent out week beginning 10th July and we ask if these can be brought into school on Monday 17th July as these will be collected on the Tuesday. We thank you in anticipation of receiving lots of bags of unwanted clothing, linens, shoes, bags and belts to raise money. 

Staff Allocation for the next Academic Year

Next Tuesday 4th July, all pupils will meet their new class teacher for the next academic year. The following teachers will teach the following classes next year:



Lower Early Years (Nursery)

Miss O’Shea

Upper Early Years (Reception)

Mrs Chandarana

Year 1

Miss Copper

Year 2

Miss Gahan

Year 3

Miss Lewis

Year 4

Mrs Kumar

Year 5

Mr Morris

Year 6

Mr Stringer

This has been planned for the same day as the Year 6’s Transition Day when the majority of pupils will visit their allocated secondary school.


School Uniform Order Deadline

Friday 11th August 2017


Dates for your diary

July 2017

                     Mon 3rd – Year 6 Bikeability

                     Tue 4th – All school induction day

                      School dinners taster session for Nursery parents (1:00 p.m.) (pre-booked only)

                      Wed 5th – Y1 & Y2 BT Workshops

                      Mon 10th – KS1 and KS2 Sports Day (9:00-12:00)

                                            Y3 & Y4 BT Workshops

                       Tue 11th – EYs Sports Day (9:00 – 12:00)

                       Wed 12th – Fri 14th - Year 6 PGL

                       Thu 13th – EYs Sports Day Back Up (9:00 -12:00)

                       Fri 14th - Year 5 Trip to Go Ape

                                          Y1 & Y2 Trip to Gulliver’s Fun Park

                       Mon 17th – KS1 and KS2 Sport Day Backup (9:00-12:00)

                       Tue 18th – Y5 & Y6 BT Workshops

                                             Open Afternoon (3:45 – 5:30 pm)

                       Tue 18th - Year 6 production (6:00- 7:00 pm)

                        Wed 19th – Year 6/End of Year Mass (9:30 – 10:30 am)

                                               Last Day of Term, school finishes 1:30 pm


 September 2017

                         Tue 5th – Pupils back to school


At St Mary’s we do not authorise any holiday booked in term time as since September 2013 Government instruction has stated that no holidays in term time can be authorised.


Weekly Newsletter: Thurs 29th June 2017


We would all like to thank all

the parents and teachers who worked so hard, in so many ways to make our fete a great success. You know who you are!

The fete could not go ahead without you.

We hope you had a great afternoon.


PTA Team AGM and night out

Friday 7th July, Beefeater Restaurant and Bar (across the road from the school) - 8pm


Please join us for a great night out, everyone welcome.

Every year the PTA elect a new committee, the elections will take place at the AGM. If you wish to apply for the role of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer, Secretary or Minute Taker, please send an email or letter to the school office FAO of Miss Shevlin. Please outline what position you would like to be elected for and why. Each post requires a Proposer and Seconder. Closing date for applications are Friday 7th July at 12noon.

The PTA committee is growing, we would love to organise more events, you may not wish to be enrolled for an elected post but if you would like to help at events, or run an event or be a class representative (we need two for each class, please come along or send an email to

We need more class reps, so please come along. To find out more about the role, have a look on the PTA area of the school website.


Money YOU have raised so far:

Coffee & cake 30/09/16:       £84.00

Coffee & cake:                    £101.35

Christmas Cards:                £136.00

Christmas Fayre:                 £999.01

Make-up Master Class:          £64.00

(offered by Kelly Doyle)

Bingo Night:                         £237.15

Family Party Night 22/04/17  £397.50

(organised Adriana, Orla, Sharon parents team)

Coffee & cake 28/04            £114.10

Cat’s Book Sale                   £170.00

Total:                             £2,303.11


Amount raised at the fete was:

£4, 292.91

We expect this figure to rise as we are still collecting donations.




The Giving Machine: ongoing – every time your make an online purchase, please donate money to the school


Be the first St Mary’s parent to ask their employer to offer profit matching.


It is easy to do, many schools double their profits by with working with parents to approach your boss. We can help you if you wish.

Meet the PTA Team:

Sarah Wells


Sue Serret

Secretary/Vice Chair

Aileen Gallahue

Treasurer/Social Media


Class Rep LEY am


Class Rep LEY am


Class Rep LEY PM


Class Rep LEY PM


Class Rep UEY


Class Rep UEY

Catherine Scotland

Class Rep Year 1


Class Rep Year 1


Class Rep Year 2


Class Rep Year 2


Class Rep Year 3


Class Rep Year 3

Jayne Brooks

Class Rep Year 4


Class Rep Year 4


Class Rep Year 5


Class Rep Year 5


Class Rep Year 6


Class Rep Year 6


As you can see we need class reps for Year 6, Year 3 and UEY. Other years need additional support too.

Class reps. tell parents about fund-raising events, a point of contact about what’s going on in the school. 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 - you are needed.