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Thursday 5th October 2017

What an exciting start to Space Fortnight it’s been! To celebrate the children have been busy taking part in lots of fun and interactive activities including cross-curricular work, arts/crafts, story writing and our Space Poetry Competition. Tomorrow the children will get the opportunity to share their poems at a special assembly. Next Monday we have planned for each class (Years 1 to 6) to get involved in a virtual reality workshop exploring our universe. It promises to be a lot of fun! Please keep an eye on our website for lots of photos taken throughout the two weeks.



On 16th October the children will be learning about homelessness from Trinity Homeless Projects, who house single homeless people and children and families in emergency accommodation. Suzy Serret (Mum to Curtis Yr4) will visit each class and talk about the importance of Social Action in our community. On 17th October the children will be holding a SitOut to raise much needed donations to support single homeless people and children and families in emergency accommodation on your door step. A letter will be sent out in the book bags next week. Can children bring a cardboard box on that day. You can find out more about their projects here


Non-uniform Day

Next Friday (13th October) we are inviting all pupils to come to school wearing clothes/costumes associated with science fiction characters/creatures from space stories, films or TV programmes e.g. Star Wars, Dr Who. There will be prizes for the most imaginative costumes worn in each class.


Fundraising for the School

We are arranging a clothing collection to raise funds for the school.  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. There are some clothes collection bags at the office but any big bags or sacks can be used. Please bring these into school on Monday 16th October as the clothes 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.  Thank you very much for your continued support.


Curriculum Open Afternoon

We would like to invite all parents to attend our Curriculum Open Afternoon on Thursday 19th October (from 2pm until 3.30pm). This will be a good opportunity to have a look around the school whilst the children are working.


One World Week Dress-up Day

As a part of our planned One World Week all classes will be finding out more about the customs and cultures of a particular country. On Friday 20th October we are inviting all pupils to come to school wearing clothes/costumes associated with this country. This could simply be items of clothing that are the same colour as the national flag. No football/rugby kits please. Each class will be studying the following:


Early Years (Nursery & Reception)


Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5

New Zealand

Year 6



Cash or cheque payments sent into school

Can we please remind all parents/carers that when sending cash or cheques to school, these are sent in a named envelope indicating what it contains via the children book bags. Thank you


INSET Day – School Closed

Our third teacher training day for this year will take place on Monday 30th October. School will be closed on this day for all pupils.


School Photographer Visit

We are really sorry if you were expecting your child to have their photograph taken on Monday (as previously advertised in our Newsletter). We have just changed our photographer and will let you know as soon as they confirm a date for their first school visit.


Child protection

Can we ask parents to refrain from stopping at the school gates calling children while they are at break time.


House Points

This week’s winning house is: St Francis with 429 points.


House Point winners in each year group:



Number of House Points

Year 1



Year 2



Year 3



Year 4



Year 5



Year 6




Dates for your diary


Thursday 12th

Rec, Y1, Y2, Y3 & Y4 Nasal Flu Session


Friday 13th

Non-uniform day (Space dress-up)


Monday 16th

Start of One World Week


Tuesday 17th

SitOut for the homeless


Thursday 19th

Rugby Year 3 and Year 4 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Curriculum Afternoon 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Friday 20th

One World Week Dress-up Day


Monday 23rd – Friday 27th

Half Term Break


Monday 30th

INSET day – school closed for pupils


Tuesday 31st

Pupils back to school 8:40 a.m.



Wednesday 1st

All Saints Mass 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Tuesday 14th


Year 1 & 6 Mass at Church


Tuesday 21st

Year 5 BFI Maths Trip


Monday 27th

Test Week starts


Tuesday 28th

Year 2 & Year 5 Mass at Church 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.



Thursday 7th

Pavilion’s Concert Time  17:00 -18:00


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.