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November 27th Newsletter

posted Nov 26, 2015, 3:20 PM by Stephen Fallon   [ updated Nov 26, 2015, 3:21 PM ]

Dear Parents & Carers,

 First Holy Communion:

The second of our Sacramental Preparation classes, for those children who are making their First Holy Communion, commences on Tuesday 1st December at 3:30pm (parents are invited from 4:15pm for the closing liturgy). We look forward to seeing the Year 4 children at the session. Please remember that pupils will be expected to attend Mass on Sunday 6th December at 9:30am.

 School Mass:

The children who are preparing to make their First Holy Communion have to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation first. Therefore, there is a celebration planned (this is not Mass) on Friday 4th December at 9:30am for Key Stage 2 in our school hall, where pupils will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession). Children in Years 5 and 6, who have already made their First Holy Communion, may also participate in the session. It is expected that parents of the pupils who are participating on the First Holy Communion programme, will attend to support their child.

 School Council Request:

Our school council have been busy working with Mrs Dunbar selecting sports equipment for our playground as well as planning exciting ideas.The first idea that they have had is to organise a non-uniform day, with a difference! Traditionally non-uniform days have always asked pupils to bring in a £1 voluntary contribution where possible. However, for this year’s non-uniform, all pupils who come into school for non-uniform day, are required to bring in an item to donate to the Christmas fayre, instead of donating £1. The non-uniform day will be held on Thursday 3rd December.


Early Years pupils and Key Stage 1 pupils – Chocolate donations – for the chocolate tombola

Key Stage 2 pupils – Bring a bottle – for the bottle tombola

(Please ensure that all glass or alcoholic beverages are brought by you, not your child, and are given to the school office, so that accidents do not occur! Thank you in advance for your cooperation.)


Thank you to those parents who approached us and are willing to help support our school in fundraising for the children. A provisional meeting will be held on Wednesday 2nd December 3:30-4:15pm for those wishing to form a PTFA. Children can be looked after in school whilst the meeting takes place in the community building.

 Musical Coffee Morning:

As our last musical coffee morning was such a success, we would like to repeat the event. While it may not be possible for every child to participate (as some are at the very infancy of learning their instrument), we do hope that there will be entertainment from many of our instrumental pupils. Watch this space for more information!

Awards Assembly:

Our next Awards Assembly will take place on Thursday 3rd December. We hope that your child receives a golden ticket!


Throughout this term, we have been very fortunate to work in school with Sustrans North East (@SustransNE), a leading UK charity who are working towards their aim of helping 4 out of 5 local journeys be made by bike, foot or public transport by 2020. One way that they hope to achieve this aim is by working with local primary schools and educating children about the benefits of cycling and walking on both their health and the environment. So far this year, Kian from Sustrans has worked with all classes from Year 1-6 on a range of different objectives based around our focus of cycling e.g. road safety when cycling, bike maintenance and skills development through practice on the school yard.

 We are delighted to say that this collaboration with Sustrans will continue for the remainder of this term and throughout the Spring term, with all of Key Stage 2 having the opportunity to use our newly acquired set of school ‘Specialised’ bikes. Following an initial survey at the beginning of this programme which showed that a relatively low number of children cycle on a regular basis, our aim is to raise this figure by the end of the Spring term by educating the children about the enjoyment of cycling and also the benefits that it can have on our health and on our environment.