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Thursday 18th May 2017

Thank you to all the visitors who came along to watch Year 4’s class assembly on Tuesday morning. The children taught us lots about Jesus’ ascension into heaven, the coming of the Holy Spirit and how we can carry on Jesus’ work, making the right choices, today.  Please take a look at the list of diary dates below, for all other assemblies/productions taking place this term.

School Lockdown Drill

The NaCTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office) gave guidance to schools on reviewing safety and security. As a result the school has put in place a ‘Lockdown Policy’ which can be viewed on the school website. We are going to be carrying out a Lockdown drill shortly with all the children.  This is something we are carrying out with the children in the event of a serious incident near the school when for the safety of the school community it is necessary to remain secure in the building. A lock down drill is making sure all children staff and visitors to the school remain in their rooms and windows and doors are all locked when a signal is given. It is a bit like a fire drill except that the danger might be outside so we would have to stay inside to stay safe. During a lockdown of a school nobody will leave the premises and the school staff will not be answering the phone. Staff will speak to the children and prepare them and we will keep it very low key.

Year 5 Class Assembly

Our Year 5 Class Assembly will take place next Tuesday 23rd May, at 9am. Parents, carers and family members are most welcome to attend.

Pupil School Eco Committee

In the Eco Committee we have been looking at how to reduce electricity and water in school. We have noticed more lights being turned off in rooms when they are not in use.

School Council

We have been helping the WE movement by providing food for Hillingdon Food bank and we are hoping to run a sponsored walk to help raise money for water in

Ecuador. We will update you with news about this after half term.

If you would like to know more about the WE movement, then please visit the following website:

Parent/Carer Survey 2017

Thank you to all the parents and carers who took the time to complete our online survey this week. We will analyse the results and use the findings to inform our School Development Plan for the next academic year.

May Procession

On Friday 26th May (the last day of this half term), Father Nicholas will visit school, at 2pm, to lead our May Procession. All parents, carers are must welcome to attend, please arrive by 1:50 p.m.

New and nearly new book sale!

Please note that the book sale will not take place tomorrow 19th May as the weather forecast doesn’t look good. It will now take place on Thursday 25th May at 3:30 p.m.

Holy Communions

Congratulations to all the year 3 children who have made their First Holy Communion over the last 2 weeks.

Message from Early Years Staff

Thank you to all the parents who donated seaside items! The children are having a “whale” of a time using them in our roleplay area.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers

Thank you for all the donations of these vouchers. Could you please check if you have any Sainsbury’s vouchers at home, handbags, wallets, etc. that you could donate to school


With hay fever season almost upon us we would be grateful for donations from parents of boxes of tissues.  As you can imagine we get through loads of boxes and have depleted our budget allocation.  Donations would be gratefully appreciated.

House Points

This week’s winning house is:

St Francis with 268 points

Class House Points winners this week



House Points

Year 1

Sophie and Hanna


Year 2



Year 3



Year 4



Year 5



Year 6



Dates for your diary

        May 2017

        Tue 23rd - Year 5 Class Assembly (9:00 am)

        Thu 25th - New and nearly new book sale (3:30 pm)

        Fri 26th – May Procession (2 – 3 pm)

                           Finish for Half Term (3:30 pm)

June 2017

        Mon 5th – School re-opens (8:40 am)

        Thu 8th – Y3 Theatre Trip

        Fri 9th – Class Group photographs

        Fri 16th – Reading Gladiators challenge day

        Mon 19th – Start of Judaism Week

                              Test Week

        Tue 20th – Early Years Assembly (9:00 am)

                             Prospective Parents Tour (1-2 pm)

        Fri 23rd – EYs Trip – Look Out Centre

        Sat 24th – Summer Fate

        Mon 26th – Start of Health Week

                             New Nursery meetings

        Tue 27th – New Nursery meetings

                             Y5 Whipsnade Zoo Trip

        Wed 28th – Year 4 Trip to Gunnersbury

                              New Reception meetings

        Thu 29th – St Peter and St Paul Mass (1:30 – 3:00 pm)

July 2017

        Mon 3rd – Year 6 Bikeability

        Tue 4th – All school induction day

        Wed 5th – Y1 & Y2 BT Workshops

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

                              Year 6 production (6:00- 7:00 pm)

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

        Wed 12th – Fri 14th - Year 6 PGL

        Fri 14th - Year 5 Trip to Go Ape

                          Y1 & Y2 Trip to Gulliver’s Fun Park

                         Y3 & Y4 BT Workshops

        Mon 17th – KS1 and KS2 Sport Day Backup

        Tue 18th – Y5 & Y6 BT Workshops

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

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

                               Last Day of Term, school finishes 1:30 pm

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.



School Fundraising Team (PTA) Newsletter

5 weeks

to our largest fund raiser of the year,

Summer Fete 24th June


We need to secure our main raffle prizes very, very soon. Would your employer like to donate a prize? A local business ? A huge thank you would be printed in the Fete Programme. Very useful for community engagement. We have letters that can be given to businesses. If you need one, talk to your class rep.


I am sure you all know someone that would benefit from an our Summer Fete programme


Help to raise funds before the Fete begins.

  • Do you regularly use the same pub or restaurant?
  • Are you having work done on your house, garden or car?
  • Are you going to a hair salon or beautician this week?
  • Are you going to a children’s party?
  • Do you use a gym or a personal trainer?

Why not ask them if they want to advertise or give a raffle prize? They might say ‘yes’!

The programme is an A5, high quality, professionally printed publication that will reach 250 families. Again, we have letters ready to be given out to small, local businesses. Full page £25, half page £15.

Book sale on the Thursday 25th May

Fantastic variety of children and adult books.

All money raised will go directly back into our school resources.

All new books £5 and nearly new £1-£2 so bring lots of change please.  3.30pm

Summer Fete Meetings

Monday 22nd May

Church Hall - 8pm

Tuesday 23rd May

ICT Suite, St Mary’s - 3pm

We will need parents/family members to put their names to stalls and various tasks to make the fete a success for our children.

Important Summer Fete dates:

Raffle tickets given out by Friday 26th May

Empty Sweet cups given out on Friday 9th June

Crazy Hair Day - filled sweet cups to be handed in on Friday 16th June

Non-uniform day - wine, spirits and chocolates to be donated Thursday 22nd June

Second hand school uniform to handed in week commencing Monday 19th June

Children’s books, games, jig-saws to be handed in week commencing Monday 19th June (these need to be clean, good quality, complete, pieces counted and boxes taped closed – no cuddly toys please)

Auction of Promises

This is a great fund raiser at our fete and it really enhances the community feeling of our school family but we need your promises to make it a success. In the past we have had the following offers that people have bid on:

  • To babysit for a family for one evening
  • Cook a meal for a family and deliver to their house
  • Make a birthday cake
  • 2 hours of ironing
  • A beauty treatment
  • 2 hours of a carpentry job
  • 2 hours of gardening

The list is endless, you all have talents, offer one of them to a family. All offers to, class reps, Facebook, Sarah, Sue and Aileen.


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.


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

Total:                             £2,133.11


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

PTA on the school website!

We have updated our page on the school website, please have a read, this will be updated regularly.

Let us know what other information you would like to see on this page:

Do you have a long wheel base van?

A parent needs your help on the morning of the fete to bring equipment to the school.

Please contact Sarah 07855 998693 asap.  Thank you