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Newsletter Friday 18th March

posted Mar 19, 2016, 2:36 AM by Stephen Fallon
Dear Parents 

Holy Week:

The children will be practising delivering the messages of the Gospel over the coming week. During the liturgies, please ensure that young infants are kept under control and that they are refrained from running around the teaching hub and playing with noisy toys. We also ask that you do not bring food and drink into our liturgies.

Monday 21st March – 9:15am Year 1/2 Presenting Palm Sunday Liturgy

Tuesday 22nd March – 9:15am Year 3/4 Presenting Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Thursday 24th March – 9:15am Year 5/6 Presenting Stations of the Cross


Tom and Daisy Edwards:

We were very fortunate to have had the pleasure of welcoming Daisy Edwards and her family into our school community – even if it has been for a short space of time. For those of who are you unaware of the family’s story – please read below.

Daisy’s little brother, Tom, has been in receipt of complex hospital treatment over the last two and half years. Summarising Tom’s story doesn’t do his ordeals any justice whatsoever. He has required life-saving open heart surgery; suffered congenital heart disease and undergone aortic value surgery. He then had a pace-maker fitted and travelled to Birmingham Children’s hospital, who found that his aortic and mitral valves had deteriorated. Tom later underwent another 8 hour procedure called the Ross Procedure, where two of his valves were switched (one from a human donor) and he then had an artificial mitral valve replacement, which meant that Thomas would be on lifelong Warfarin medication. He then suffered a cardiac arrest in theatre too.

 In May 2015, Thomas became critically ill and was transferred to The Freeman Hospital, from Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital as was diagnosed with chronic heart failure. He was sent for a Heart Transplant Assessment but days after suffered another cardiac arrest and was then put on an artificial heart device called the Berlin Heart – with only Newcastle and Great Ormond Street offering this facility.

 Tom’s family hoped that a donor would become available; however, due to previous surgeries, he had built up a good immune system and was suspended off the transplant list. It was at this point Daisy came to St. Stephen’s and started in Year 1. Tom then needed to commence pioneering desensitisation treatment to lower his antibody level.

 Then, on November 1st Thomas received the call, which would give him the ‘gift of life’, a few days before his second birthday. He was offered a donor heart and the family have been eternally grateful for this gift. Tom did suffer a heart rejection, and was put back on life support; however, he is now doing so well and the family have their son back.

The family are now returning home and Daisy’s last day will be Thursday 24th March. We hope that you will support us in a fantastic send off for the family by supporting on non-uniform day, which will take place on Wednesday 23rd March. The purpose is to raise funds for The Sick Children’s Trust – Scott House, free of charge ‘Home from Home’ accommodation, who have enabled Tom’s family to live close to the hospital.

 They would also like you to consider organ donation.



CAFOD/5p Bus Fundraiser: £182.43 has been raised for CAFOD. A huge thank you to all of our parents for helping to support us in our ‘Lenterprise’. Also, thank you Bernie’s Café and Peaches and Dreams for providing the soup - and to Greggs for the baguettes.

 Easter Disco: Wednesday 23rd March 5pm – 7pm.

Parents’ Evening: 
The Parents’ Evening time tables will be placed on classroom doors next week – we hope that this gives you plenty of opportunity to book a convenient slot.