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Friday 27th May 2016

'Puzzles with Parents' Afternoon

Maths Week

The children have had an exciting week taking part in lots of fun maths-based activities. Thank you to everybody who attended our ‘Puzzles with Parents Afternoon’ on Monday. We hope you enjoyed visiting the challenges and investigations, taking place in each class, and that you had a chance to look at some of the resources/information displayed in the Hall. We are very grateful to our PTA for providing the tea, coffee (and delicious cakes)! All pupils completed their Sponsored Times Tables Test on Tuesday. It would be much appreciated if you could collect any sponsor money over the half term break and bring it into school during the first week back.


Helping to Support ‘WE Day’

This year the children, alongside Miss Copper, have been working on an initiative called ‘WE Day’. This is a celebration of youth making a difference in local and global communities. As a part of this scheme, the School Council and Eco Committee would like to help raise money for one local and one global charity. They aim to do this by holding a stall at the Summer Fair, where all proceeds will be shared between the two charities. To make this possible, Miss Copper would appreciate any donations of the following:

  • Sweets, dry snacks and cakes
  • Books and nearly new toys
  • Key rings and jewellery

Please send any items into school after the half term break – thank you in advance.

To find out more about ‘WE Day’ please visit:


Health Week

After the May holiday, we will be celebrating our Health Week in school. The aim of this week is to promote healthy eating and the importance of physical activity. We have used some of our Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers to book ‘fitness workshops’ for all classes from Year 1 upwards. All pupils will be involved in first aid training, as a part of the Mayor of London’s ‘Saving Londoners’ Lives Scheme’. Year 6 will also take part in safe cycling training as a part of the ‘Bikeability’ initiative. PE kits are required all week.


Food Containing Bones

Due to health and safety reasons, we ask that pupils do not bring food into school, in their lunch box, containing bones e.g. chicken drumsticks. Thank you in advance.


Reading Record Books

As a part of their homework, we ask that all pupils (from Reception/UEYs upwards) read at least three pages every night. We ask that parents hear their child read and complete their Reading Record Book daily indicating the name of the book and the pages that have been read. Thank you for your support.


Sainsburys Vouchers

If you have any more vouchers lying around at home, please bring these into school during the first week back after half term. We will use all donations to purchase additional PE and games equipment for our pupils.


Non Uniform Day Fundraising Results
Thanks to everyone’s efforts last Non Uniform Day we raised £250 for the Ecuador Earthquake Fund. Well done to everybody!


Year 4 Class Assembly

Well done to Year 4 for a fantastic assembly on Tuesday, teaching us lots about the terrible working conditions for children in Victorian times. There performance of ‘Work Terrible Work’ was particularly popular with the rest of the pupils in school!


Year 4 Book Sale

On Wednesday 8th June, Year 4 will be holding a Book Sale in the school hall at 3.30pm. If you would like to purchase any books please remember to bring in some change after school on this day. Year 4 would be very grateful for any donations of nearly new books – please bring them into school on either the Monday or Tuesday after the May holiday. Thank you.

Cake Containers
This is a final reminder that we still have some plastic food boxes and serving plates in the office that were forgotten after Year 5s recent cake sale. If you think one of these might be yours, please come to the office to claim it. All unclaimed containers will soon be disposed of.

Eco Silver Award

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the ‘Eco Silver Award’ for our work on creating a more environmentally friendly and sustainable school. Our Eco Committee have worked hard this year on trying to save electricity and water across the school. Thank you to Miss Copper for leading this initiative with the children.


Recycling Bags

Thank you to everybody who donated their unwanted clothes and textiles to the collection at the end of last month. We are pleased to announce that we raised a fantastic £390 towards school resources. We would like to remind everyone that we currently have another clothing collection ongoing, if you are in need of another letter or more bags, please feel free to come into the office and collect some.

A reminder that we still collect used stamps which help to support hearing dogs for the deaf. If you have any that you would like to donate, please send them in via your child’s bookbag.


Upcoming Diary Dates




Fri 27th May


Finish for Half Term Break (usual time)

Mon 6th June


All pupils return to school (8.40am)

Start of Health Week (PE kits needed all week)

Beginning of Year 6 Bikeability

Tues 7th June


Collecting books for Year 4 Sale

Wed 8th June


Year 4 Book Sale (Hall)

Fri 10th June


Non-Uniform Day (Red, White and Blue) – please return filled ‘Sweet Cups’

Mon 13th June – Wed 15th June


Year 6 PGL Residential Trip


PTA News

Thank you for eating cake……….

Thank you to all who enjoyed the PTA refreshments after the 'Puzzles with Parents' event on Monday, we raised £76.60 which will in part-fund the coach for the upcoming Year 6 PGL trip.


Launch of the Summer Raffle

All children will have received their book of raffle tickets this week, as part of the build-up to the Summer Fete. If you require additional books or wish to return your ‘sold’ book before the half-term holiday, we will have a table set-up on Friday morning and afternoon.


Sweetie Cups and Dress-up day Friday 10th June

Plastic cups will be given out on Monday 6th June, please return them filled with sweets or small treats on Friday 10th June. This is one of the most popular stalls at the fete and your support is very much appreciated.  We thought it would be fun for children to wear red, white and blue on the 10th June to acknowledge the Queen’s 90th birthday. Pupils may wear either all three colours, or just one, whatever clothes you have at home. If you wish, feel free to make a crown or tiara and wear for the day!


Launch of the PTA Facebook page

We are really excited to announce the launch of St Mary’s PTA Facebook page, please join: ‘Parent Teacher Association of St. Mary's Catholic Primary Uxbridge’

The group’s aim is for the whole school community to share and promote fundraising ideas for the school and for parents to feedback on events organised by the St Mary's PTA. It was also serve as an additional and fun way to keep up-to-date with what’s going on and for parents to engage with each other easily.

Please share the group with other parents/carers/family, this is a closed group to ensure data/photographic protection and will be closely monitored by the PTA.

Photos will not be published on the page unless they are school approved or linked to school published photos. 
All applications, school policy queries or complaints should be addressed directly with school as they will not be published.


School uniform donations

Another popular stall at the fete is the second-hand uniform stall, please send in all uniform that no longer fits etc. We will be collecting uniform until Friday 24th June. Just pop it into a bag and leave at school door main entrance.


We still need ………….

Profit-matching, ads. for fete programme, raffle prizes

Please think about approaching your employer about profit matching schemes, these can hugely boost profits with very little effort.

Also how about advertising in the Fete programme and the need for raffle prizes is ever present! Thank you for your support, all offers of help or text me Sarah Wells, 07855 998693.