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17-11-17

Have a lovely weekend.

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Parent Voice Minutes

Please find attached the minutes of yesterday’s parent voice meeting. It was a really productive one with lots of celebrations and some good points to consider.
Thank you all.
Minutes
Thursday 16th November 2017
Present :
Mrs O’Connor, N/Mrs Mangan (Jonny’s Mum), 1/Mrs Vinci (Isabella’s Mum), 2/Ms Concannon (Niamh’s Mum), 3/Mrs Brown (Dylan’s Mum),
4/Kelly Brennen (Evie’s mum), 6/Mrs Piazza (Elissa’s mum).
Apologies : 5/Mrs Grasso (Luca’s Mum),  6/Mrs O’Brien (Noah’s Mum), R/Mrs Nash (Esme’s Mum), Mrs Corelli (Alessia’s Mum)
1. Forest school
This is an exciting new project for us. All parents have shared how amazing it is and how the children are so lucky.
2. Parent pay
Please support us with early teething problems , should they persist then communicate it via the office
3. Continued office re-structuring
4. Reading – we are re focusing in school on children being listened to in school at least 2/3 times a week. Reading books to be changed weekly. We are 4 classes short of a parent/volunteer reader if anyone could help.
5. Parent readers – could staff communicate in class if they have a parent reader.Make them aware of timings/arrangements during their session. A note on the reading folder or a communication book would help. Readers are offering their time to help.
6. Nursery parents are appreciating the drop in lunch club prices.
7. Could we consider reception wearing less formal uniform. Could the Nursery uniform just transfer over. EYFS curriculum leads to this type of uniform.
8. Rec – very happy , key chains working well and children are progressing.
9. Money – Too much money requested all the time , evemn lots of little amounts add up (school will try to be a lot more mindful of this). Can events be thought out throughout the year (we do have them all planned but at times other things crop up or dates change)
10. Could year 6 have an update between parent consultations regarding progress. Parents want to support and are aware at parent consultations (Oct/Feb) that they find out if above/below/in line and therefore think a Dec update could help them support their children further. (School will discuss and if agree then a short slip will be sent with above/below/in line – even if chn are still in line or still below , this doesn’t mean progress hasn’t been made. Assessment criteria booklets are available for all parents from the office should you require information regarding what your child is and should be doing. We also mention this at all of our workshops).
11. Playground equipment at lunch to be re introduced.
12. Cycling proficiency – we are looking into for the new year.
13. Office to have a list of all booster children.
14. Office staff not in to open gates or doors on booster days. School to address.
15. Year 6 children very settled,happy and thriving.
16. For after school clubs could children have a healthy snack – yes we will parent mail this and address with staff.
17. Twitter – could we consider a school account?
18. Class news – many classes expressed that this wasn’t happening- staff did have a note Wednesday on this and in this weeks weekly staff update. Mr Gorton will monitor this as it should be weekly.
19. Dojo consistency – Parents asked how many per day/week – it was clarified that it should average 4 a day to make 20 a week. Over 20 is golden time. There should be very few minus dojo as that is not our policy for sanctions.Staff do need to maintain consistency around this.
20. Nursery dojo still not up – Mr Gorton is addressing
21. Y1 spelling results – could parents be informed? – could these be written in reading record book weekly?
22. How does the school decide how much events cost? Are parents subsidising those parents who never pay?
23. Toilets in younger years – can children be encouraged to go at break and lunch and also part the way through the afternoon if necessary. Some children are anxious to ask.
24. Could staff write a short explanation on homework , especially Maths.
25. Year 2 – too much homework – as a school we believe it is appropriate to raise expectations.Also in parent consultations lots of parents were appreciative of it.
26. Videos and photos of children – why can’t parents take their own in assemblies etc as they are through you tube anyway – as a school we take them as some children are not allowed to be photographed and we know who they are.
27. Swimming year 3 – why are they so late? – This is down to the amount of time it takes children to change – parents could support by teaching their children how to get dressed fast, getting dressed on their own, labelling their uniform so they are not hunting for clothes and for girls to wear socks that day as tights on damp legs with damp feet as we know is a little tricky.
28. Communication in year 3 very good through dojo
29. All enjoyed no pen day
30. Year 4 – good feedback from most for Miss Entwisle – really see that she understands the children and relates to them and made a difference individually – easily approachable
31. Class photos to be on class news weekly
32. Water bottles in all classes to go out a play or for teachers to have a routine for water
33. Could we possibly re do maths workshop after Christmas?
34. Workshop handouts still not on the website
35. Mrs Stagg leaving – parents and children weren’t aware.As a school we did try to make it special but Mrs Stagg was reluctant to share and didn’t want a fuss or anyone to know. We had to respect her wishes. Parent voice asked that we pass on to her how she will be missed by parents and children.
36. Why don’t we participate in children in need? – No real reason – we could consider alternating charities next year.
37. Permission slips – these are difficult to print if you have no printer .Could a few copies of each letter sent via parent mail be available in the reception area for parents who can’t print to access. We will make these available but hope that parents respect that these are a needs must basis and for those who genuinely struggle to print not for those who can’t be bothered.

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Year 5’s Fabulous Anti-Bullying Class Assembly

This morning, the boys and girls in Year 5 treated us to a very thought-provoking assembly on the theme of Anti-Bullying Week.

During the course of the assembly we were reminded of lots of very important messages concerning bullying, including that it is totally unacceptable and how to deal with it if bullying ever occurred. 

Another powerful message that Year 5 delivered was that we are all God’s children and should therefore all show each other love and respect.

Thank you to Year 5 and Mr. Gallagher for reinforcing the messages of Anti-Bullying Week in such an engaging way – all of the boys and girls watching certainly enjoyed the assembly and fully understood that bullying should never happen or be tolerated.

Well done Year 5!

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And The Winner Is…

Many thanks to all of you who purchased a raffle ticket to try and win Mrs. O’Connor’s incredible Forest School cake!

The ‘very’ lucky winner is…

Sofia Masucci

Congratulations to Sofia and thank you to all of those boys and girls who purchased a ticket…all of the money raised will go to further develop the Forest School.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Fabulous Forest School Cake Raffle!

Are you a cake lover?

If so…then this is the chance of a lifetime…seriously!

For only 50p, you could win Mrs O’Connor’s amazing cake that she made to commemorate the ‘official’ opening of the Forest School today.

And if you haven’t seen this spectacular piece of baking yet…take a look!

Surely it’s the ‘Great British Bake Off’ next for Mrs O’Connor!

This delicious (it will be…rest assured!) treat can be yours…all you need to do is send in your child with 50p for a raffle ticket tomorrow which will be on sale at break-time. Tickets will also be on sale after school in case you forget.

Of course, if you want to improve your chances of winning, you can purchase more tickets…as many as you want!

Could parents of younger children send in their money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name/class on?

You’ve got to be in it to win it…Good Luck!

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Forest School Opening

This afternoon our fabulous Forest School was ‘officially opened’ in glorious winter sunshine!

The ‘seeds were sown’ for developing a Forest School during last year’s Year 6 residential trip to Culmington Manor after which Mrs O’Connor and Mrs Smith returned buzzing with ideas about what they had seen in terms of outdoor learning opportunities for the children.

So…here we are barely four months later and our Forest School is a truly spectacular learning environment which all of our boys and girls can enjoy and benefit from.

Already, our Forest School has provided so many wonderful learning experiences for the children and provided them with truly memorable moments…and there are so many more to follow.

During today’s opening ceremony Fr. John planted a silver birch tree, as have all of the classes, so that our ‘forest’ can well and truly take shape. Imagine what it will look like in a year…and beyond!

Such ambitious and exciting projects require a truly inspirational ‘driving force’, and of course who better than Mrs O’Connor for this role! Her vision and passion for making the Forest School come to fruition are clearly evident in what has been achieved in such a short space of time…truly amazing! 

Rome may not have been built in a day…but our Forest School has blossomed in only two months!

Special thanks also go to Mrs Smith who has provided marvellous support for Mrs O’Connor and takes a leading role in ensuring its maintenance and development…including at weekends!

And the icing on the cake (literally!) was Mrs O’Connor’s amazing Forest School cake to commemorate this auspicious occasion!

Thank you to those invited guests and parents who attended this afternoon’s opening ceremony, making it an extra special occasion.

Click on the link below to view a film celebrating our Forest School…so far!

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Lest We Forget…

The Chaplaincy Team honour those who died so that we might live…

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
                                                       John McRae (1915)

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This Week’s Newsletter!

Another incredibly busy week whizzes by!

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10-11-17

Have a lovely weekend!

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Remembrance Service

This afternoon, we held a special Remembrance Service in the School Hall. Our service was to honour those brave men and women who have died protecting our peace in various wars and also to remember loved ones from our own families.

The service was led beautifully by the Chaplaincy Team and the School Choir also made a significant contribution with their wonderful singing.

Many thanks to those parents who attended what was a truly lovely service and to Fr. John for his very thought-provoking reflection.

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Year 2 Prayer Service – Remembrance

This afternoon, the boys and girls celebrated their Prayer Service in the Forest School…the first ever to take place there…and what a wonderful celebration it was!

As well as helping us to reflect on the theme of remembrance, the boys and girls also shared some of their topic learning on mini-beasts with us which is obviously of particular relevance to the Forest School.

Many thanks to Year 2 for leading us so well in their beautiful Prayer Service…a truly memorable occasion! 

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