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posted Sep 25, 2016, 6:29 AM by Stephen Fallon   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 6:30 AM ]

Dear Parents & Carers,

Thank you to all of the parents who supported the Ten Ten Theatre Company assembly. The plays were produced by the company to support the ‘Year of Mercy’ and were very poignant. Each year group’s play had a different focus and the children’s responses were very interesting and their questioning mature and adult-like. The day offered useful reflections about how we can show ‘mercy’ and ‘forgiveness’ in school. As a follow-up to some of the messages that were communicated to us on the day, all year groups will be participating in the diocesan ‘spirited arts’ competition. We are hoping to enter art work, liturgical dance and poetry into the diocesan competition.

School Councillors:

We would like to thank our ‘outgoing’ school councillors for all of the hard work and commitment they have shown (particularly with our healthy tuck shop) over the course of the last year. In conjunction with our studies of British values and democracy, elections have been held in each class, and new school councillors have been voted ‘in’. We wish them every success in their very important roles and welcome their new, creative and fresh ideas!

Our school councillors are also eager to commence the reopening of our ‘Snack Shack’ next week. Due to timetabling demands, we are only opening Snack Shack for pupils in Years 1 to 6. As you will appreciate, Reception already receive milk and a healthy snack and we wouldn’t want to overload their tummies with food – especially as they’re settling into eating the delicious dinners which are on offer at lunchtimes. Thank you for your understanding.

Key Stage 2 North-East Music Co-Operative:

A huge thank you to Mr Docherty for his excellent demonstration of the brass family instruments this afternoon. We currently have spaces for brass and woodwind instruments. Should your child wish to participate in music tuition, then please contact the school office, who will ensure that you receive a copy of the NEMCO expression of interest form. Please return the form to NEMCO – not the school office. The children who participate in the sessions really enjoy them and they are exploring additional gifts and talents that may have otherwise remained undiscovered. We are particularly encouraging Year 3 pupils to commence tuition.

School Mass:

We warmly welcome Fr. Martin Morris to his role as parish priest of St. Aidan’s, Benton and St. Teresa’s, Heaton and know that many of you will have already met him at church. Fr. Martin has offered to say Mass for us in school, on October 7th at 9:30am. Mass will be offered for harvest-time (see below for more details). A meeting for prospective parents, who wish for their child/ren to commence the sacramental preparation programme for receiving the Eucharist, will be communicated with parents of pupils in Year 4 over the coming weeks.

Harvest Festival – Friday 7th October:

Once again, harvest-time is drawing near and we are fundraising for two charities: a local charity – ‘The Peoples’ Kitchen’ and a global charity, ‘CAFOD’.

Therefore, we will be collecting physical food donations both in advance and on the day. In addition to this, children will be able to donate the price of a small snack (e.g. 50p) to the CAFOD Family Fast Day. The idea of CAFOD’s Family Fast Day is for children ‘fast from their snack’ and donate the money that they would have spent on a snack, to a worthwhile cause. Through our participation in this project, we hope that we will be raising pupils’ awareness of the terrible difficulties of hunger both in our local area and worldwide.

Attendance at School:

Pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school. Please note that the submission of a holiday request form does not mean that the request will be automatically authorised by the school’s governors.

We ask that all GP and dental appointments are arranged for outside of school time - but we appreciate that it is difficult to do this for hospital appointments. Where this is not possible, your child should only be out of school for the minimum time necessary. We will ask for evidence of your child’s appointment e.g. hospital card/letter for pre-planned visits.

Should your child’s attendance fall below expectations, then you may be subject to a penalty warning notice from the local authority’s education welfare officer.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

A timetable for extra-curricular activities has been devised and is always subject to change. We are in discussions with external bodies to help us to deliver more clubs as the year progresses. Your child/ren will be receiving invitations ASAP.

Holy Island/Breakfast Club:

On Monday morning, breakfast club will open at 7:30am for the children in Year 5 who are attending Holy Island. We understand that their siblings may also wish to attend breakfast club at this time too.

Please remember that the bus will depart at 8:00am. We are unable to wait for late comers because of the tide times, so punctuality is a must!


A number of pupils have participated in Mini-Vinnies during the last three years and we are tremendously grateful for their contribution in developing the spiritual life of the school. This year, we have decided to make Mini-Vinnies responsible for: improving the Catholic life and spirituality of school. They will also help to run our charitable giving for different causes. Letters asking for three participants from each Key Stage 2 class, will be sent out and we look forward to having a Mini-Vinnie council who can help us with raising money for good causes including: Children in Need, Harvest Festival, Dog and Cat Shelter, Shoebox appeal and the Lenten ‘Soup shack’!

Dates for the Diary: As always, dates are subject to change!

Monday 26th September – Wednesday 28th September – Year 5 Pilgrimage/Residential to Holy Island (Breakfast Club open at 7:30am for those children and their siblings who are attending Holy Island and require breakfast)

 Thursday 29th September – Tyne and Wear Fire Service Safety Talk for Year 2/Year 5 PM sessions

Thursday 6th October – Awards Assembly – 9am

Friday 7th October – Harvest Festival Whole-School Mass (in school) – 9:30am

Thursday 20th October – Awards Assembly – 9am and PTFA Halloween Disco after-school (time TBC)

Thursday 10th November – Awards Assembly – 9am

Thursday 24th November – Awards Assembly – 9am

Thursday 29th November – Mr Taylor Bible Story 1pm


Thursday 8th December – Friday 9th December – More Than Dance Liturgical Dance Workshops

Friday 16th December – PTFA Christmas Fayre (time TBC)