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Thursday 22nd June 2017

The children have had a busy week taking various end of academic year tests. We will analyse the results and use the findings to set individual targets and support. The results will be sent home to parents as a part of our Annual Pupil Progress Reports (due to go out on Friday 7th July).

It was lovely to see so many parents, carers and family members at our Early Years assembly on Tuesday. Our youngest members of the school taught us what it means to be a true ‘super hero’ and how we can all use our gifts to help others. The children said their lines and sang brilliantly!

Thank you for all the donations of luxury items received today and also for all the nearly new uniform, books and toys sent in this week. We hope to see you at our Summer Fete on Saturday (from 12pm). Our PTA have worked extremely hard organising the various stalls and attractions and it promises to be a fun day for all!

Friday – Non Uniform Day

I know this is a very busy week for the school with our summer fair happening on Saturday and an already planned non- uniform day planned for Thursday.  I know we are asking for money and help again but it is such an important cause and as a school we feel we should join together with Catholic schools across the Diocese to try and raise money for the families of Grenfell Tower with the planned non uniform day on Friday. As a Diocese we want to show our support both through contributing money but also remembering the Grenfell Tower community in our thoughts and prayers.

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

Early Years Trip

Tomorrow, our Early Years pupils will visit the Look Out Centre in Bracknell. Please remember not to send book bags as children will not need them. Please make sure to apply sun cream at home and send your child wearing school uniform and a sun hat.

Health Week 2017

Throughout next week we will be celebrating our annual Health Week in school. On Friday 30th June we have arranged for Lynne Wilkes to lead some Mindfulness workshops with all classes. These sessions will explore techniques pupils can use to help combat any worries that they may have and to promote mental wellbeing. Lynne has asked if all children can bring a cushion into school on this day. For more information about the benefits of Mindfulness, please visit the following NHS website:

Group photographs orders

Photographs orders will be collected on next week, please make sure to send your orders by Wednesday 28th June via children’s book bag. Any late orders will need to be posted directly to the photographers by the parent/carer.

Year 5 Trip

Next Tuesday (27th June), Year 5 will visit Whipsnade Zoo.

St Peter and St Paul Mass on 29th June

All parents, carers and relatives are invited to St Peter and St Paul Mass on Thursday 29th June at 2:00 p.m. in the school Hall.

Nursery Parents Induction Meetings

All new nursery families have been invited to attend individual meetings on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th June. We all look forward to meeting all the new families.

Reception Meetings and Induction Day

Families whose children will be moving to our Reception class in September have been             invited to meet their teacher on Wednesday 28th June.

All nursery children moving to Reception class in September have been invited for their induction day and staying for lunch on Tuesday 4th July. Please note that on Monday and the rest of the week, children need to attend their usual Nursery sessions.

The Pantry – Parents’ Questions

On 28th June, staff from The Pantry Caterers (suppliers of the school meals) will be available to answer any questions (i.e. food allergies, menus, etc.) and assist parents to set up their accounts to order dinners on their website. Please come along between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Reading Gladiators Challenge Day

On Monday our Year Four Reading Gladiators will be travelling to Reading to take part in the end of year challenge day. We wish them all the best!

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.

House Points

This week’s winning house is:

St Thomas with 233 house points

Class House Points winners this week



House Points

Year 1



Year 2



Year 3



Year 4



Year 5



Year 6

Ryan P


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. 

Parent Governor Election

We will have a parent governor vacancy from September 2017 and would like to invite nominations for this.  Our governing body now has a skills matrix in place and we have to be quite specific in experience required, with the candidate perhaps having involvement with the health service or building project management.  Depending on how many applications we receive we may need to go to election.  Documents describing the role and the qualifications can be emailed if required.  Please email  if you wish to register an interest in this vacancy or require more information. 

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.


Dates for your Diary

June 2017

Fri 23rd – EYs Trip – Look Out Centre

Non-uniform day - £1 donation for Grenfell Tower community

Year 6 Football Tournament

Sat 24th – Summer Fete

Mon 26th – Start of Health Week

New Nursery meetings

Reading Gladiators challenge day

Tue 27th – New Nursery meetings

Y5 Whipsnade Zoo Trip

Wed 28th – Year 4 Trip to Gunnersbury

New Reception meetings

The Pantry Catering available for queries at school

Thu 29th – St Peter and St Paul Mass (2:00 – 3:00 pm)


July 2017

Mon 3rd – Year 6 Bikeability

Tue 4th – All school induction day

School dinners taster session for Nursery parents (1:00 p.m.)

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.


School Fundraising Team (PTA) Newsletter 22nd June 2017

2 days

to our largest fund raiser of the year!!!

Summer Fete 24th June


We would all like to thank

the parents and teachers who have worked very hard to make our fete on a success. Please come and support this fun-filled family event.

All your favourite stalls and lots of displays:



Irish Dancing

Family- friendly, professional wrestling


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

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.


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


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

Spirits, wine and chocolates

Until Friday 3.30pm please in case you forget today.

Please bring in these items until Friday at 3.30pm

Please bring in 2nd hand uniform, children’s DVDs, children’s books, games, jigsaws and cuddly toys please.

Clean T-shirts of all colours and sizes

PTA Team AGM and night out

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

Home-made cakes for the fete

Please bring these in on Friday or Saturday by 11am. Many thanks.

Here is a sneak preview of the Silent Auction offers so far, get your bids ready for the fete!


  1. One hour holistic/sports massage in your own home – Angie Brydges, qualified Massage Practitioner worth £40
  2. Two 45 minutes baby massage sessions in your home by qualified Baby Massage Practitioner, Sarah, Mum to Laura Y3. For babies from 6 weeks to crawling.
  3. Sue Serret, qualified Life Coach offering two, 1 hour sessions to an adult or child at a mutually agreed day and time
  4. 2 hours ironing (or 2 sessions of 1 hour) Denise, Mum to Elias, Madina and Jawdan
  5. One session of reflexology worth £40, Qualified Reflexologist, Beverley Parmar (therapy room at her house in Uxbridge)
  6. One evening of Babysitting 7pm – midnight – Sarah Wells mum to Laura Y3
  7. 4 one day passes for Euro Disney, Paris valid until 26 Dec 2017
  8. Cut and blow dry – Jenny Lewis
  9. 6 course French dinner cooked by Amelie and Sebastian, parents to Justine Y3, and Clemence Y6. To share with them in their home on a mutually agreed evening
  10. Dinner for two at the Steak and Lobster restaurant, Edwardian Radisson BLU Hotel, Bath Road
  11. YSL Yves Saint Laurent beauty products
  12. 3 course traditional Spanish meal for 5 people prepared by Margarita and delivered to your house at a mutually agreed date
  13. Celebration chocolate cake baked by Irene, to be baked on a mutually agreed date
  14. Two 1 hour sessions of Physics GCSE/A level tuition by Qualified science teacher from St Mark’s Catholic Secondary school
  15. Rush fitness 1 month pass to start a mutually agreed date
  16. MN film club vouchers to attend their Academy of Film and Theatre in Windsor, worth £75 each
  17. Theatre Train, 2 free lessons for 2 children in Hillingdon

Please note changes may occur by Saturday. Final list will be printed by Saturday 12noon.First bids will be taken at the fete at 12noon, last bid 2.45pm.




























School Fundraising Team (PTA) Newsletter 15th June 2017