Autumn No. 13, Friday 7th December 2018

Gospel of the Week

The Preaching of John

It was the fifteenth year of the rule of Tiberius Caesar. These men were under Caesar: Pontius Pilate was the ruler of Judea. Herod was the ruler of Galilee. Philip, Herod’s brother, was the ruler of Iturea and Trachonitis. And Lysanias was the ruler of Abilene. Annas and Caiaphas were the high priests. At this time, a command from God came to John son of Zechariah. John was living in the desert. He went all over the area around the Jordan River and preached to the people. He preached a baptism of changed hearts and lives for the forgiveness of their sins. As it is written in the book of Isaiah the prophet:

“This is a voice of a man

who calls out in the desert:

‘Prepare the way for the Lord.

Make the road straight for him.

Every valley should be filled in.

Every mountain and hill should be made flat.

Roads with turns should be made straight,

and rough roads should be made smooth.

And all people will know about the salvation of God!’”

Isaiah 40:3-5

Luke 3:1-6

Don't Forget

Please remember that St Winefride's closes for the Christmas holiday at 1.30pm on Wednesday 19th December.

This way we all get to start the holiday nice and early and full of energy!

Breakfast Club

Please remember that if your child attends the Breakfast Club you need to pay in advance. The club costs £3.00 per day (As agreed minimum 3 days per week), you may pay via the cashless payment system (School Money) at: if paying every week is too time consuming you may pay further in advance i.e. two or three weeks at a time etc. and the system will update as your children 'use it up'.

Romanian Great Union Day

We celebrated Romania's Great Union Day today (Friday). Although the actual day was on 1st December we delayed it a little so that Class 6M were able to perform an assembly about it.

We must give a huge thank you to our parent/carers who were the driving force behind this wonderful celebration. If you would like us to celebrate a particular National Day please talk to us and we will do everything we can to make it happen!

La multi ani România!

Parents Choir & Governor's Assembly

We are getting near to performance day so make sure you come along to all the practices! Anyone who would like to join in with the Parent/Carers Choir please just drop in to the Coffee Morning where you will be warmly welcomed. It is believed that the ability to turn up and practice is just as important as natural singing ability. Don't worry everyone is welcome and remember that the children absolutely love it when they see their parent/carers singing for them! The links to the songs are below if you would like to get some extra practice in!

The actual performance is on Wednesday 19th December 2018 at the Governor's Assembly, which begins at 10.00am.

Free School Meals

We would like to ask every parent/carer to apply for Free School Meals (FSM) via the Newham Website (see link below). While we understand that you may not be eligible and it doesn't seem worth it as you already receive FSM, if you do qualify the school gets extra funding that may only be spent on children who are eligible for FSM, so please follow the link and see if you qualify.:

Christmas Jumper Day

We will be having our annual Christmas Jumper Day on Tuesday 18th December, on the same day that the children will be having their Christmas meal. Mr Savin has promised that he will not give out any letters about the incorrect school uniform being worn on that day!

If you haven't got a Christmas Jumper just wear Christmas colours instead!

We are asking for a £1.00 donation which will go towards purchasing resources for the school.

School Dinners

The new system is getting better every day despite having all of each phase eating at the same time, this means that it is a much calmer atmosphere as there are not children constantly coming in and out through the doors and the children get to eat with all of their friends. A big thank you to the Mid Day staff for helping this change to go so smoothly.

We would also like to thank the Mini Mid Days who are doing a wonderful job. They all get to wear one of these prestigious aprons too!

House Points

Total for week ending 7th December 2018

Uniform Donations

If you have any good quality items of school uniform that your children have out grown, we would like you to donate them to the school. We will then sell them on Friday afternoons, at the end of the school day, to raise funds for the school. Please see Miss Khanom if you would like to purchase any items which will be priced at £1.00 each. Please note, we will not be selling items from lost property, these may still be claimed in the normal way.


It is very important that the children complete their MyMaths homework. It helps to reinforce their mathematical understanding by repeating what they have learnt during the school day. In some year groups less than half of the children are attempting their homework and this is making it hard for them to master the concepts they are being taught in class. Please make time to help your children log in to MyMaths and carry out their home work tasks. The Puffin app available on both android and iPhone enables you to access MyMaths through phones and tablets.

School Uniform

We have noticed that some children are beginning to get 'creative' with how they interpret the St Winefride's School Uniform. If you follow this link it will take you to our policy:

We would ask that all parent/carers adhere to the policy and send their children to school in the correct uniform, including the requirements for the PE kit and trainers. Mr Savin has begun handing out letters reminding the children of the correct uniform. If your child receives one of these letters please make strenuous efforts to dress your child appropriately as soon as is practicable.

The picture shows the correct jumper, cardigan, trousers and shoes/trainers. Skirts, dresses and shorts may also be worn according to the season.

If your children are wearing boots to school due to the cold weather please give them a pair of school shoes to change into once they arrive.

Children are still wearing fully branded tracksuits as PE kit. This is not following the school's requirements, please send your children in wearing the proper PE kit on their PE days.

Gold Letters

The totals up until this week are:

RA - 37

RP - 36

1D - 119

1/2H - 64

2B - 120

3G - 145

3/4H - 42

4H - 116

5K - 27

5/6Mc - 58

6M - 72

Well done to everyone!

Next Week's Assembly

Next week, Friday 14th December, we will be holding our whole school Nativity at 1:30pm in the church. There will not be an assembly in the morning.

Coffee Morning Presentation

6M will be performing their wonderful song from this week's assembly at 9.15am on Friday 14th December.


The School Office staff have requested that we remind you to pull the front door to open it! Once you have been buzzed through the main gate the office staff will open the front door for you. Just PULL it when you get there and it will open for you!

Nativity 2018

The children are all practising hard for this year's Nativity/Carol Service, which will be held on Friday 14th November 2018 at 1.30pm. This means that there will not be an assembly in the morning.

New Church Layout

We are sure you will have noticed the new layout in St Stephen's on Sunday. We are not quite sure how it will affect our assemblies and performances but, as ever, we will find a way to make it work! In a couple of months it will probably be hard to remember how it used to be

Christmas Parties

The teachers and support staff are busily organising parties for the children, so keep a look out for the notes about food and drink etc.

Christmas Decorations

As you can see our battle against the Decoration Gremlins is going well, however we would like just a few more decorations if you are able to spare them. If you have any spare decorations or tinsel please bring it in and leave them at the School Office. Thank you everyone who has donated

Gruffalo Tickets

The Reception, and Year 1 & 2 children are off to see the Gruffalo Christmas Show next week and we are sure they will have lots of fun! There are still a few tickets that are unpaid for. Please log in to to complete your purchase, thank you.

School Assemblies

To view our latest assemblies please go to the following link:

The assembly from each Friday will usually be added over the weekend, following the assembly. A huge thank you to Mr McAteer for all his hard work on this and also to his Digital Leaders for recording and editing the videos.

Girls Football Club

We are hoping to start a Girls Football Club in the New Year, a female FA coach will be coming in next week to run taster sessions and is hoping to run an after school club on Thursday evenings. The sessions will only cost £4.50 and will give the girls great confidence and help them to improve their hand eye coordination and football skills, while having lots of fun.

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being. The two links above will take you to the United Nations pages about the declaration of Human Rights, however some of the main points are:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.
  • Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.
  • Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.
  • Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.
  • Whenever and wherever humanity's values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.
  • We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.

We should all be thankful to Eleanor Roosevelt and the committee she led in producing this document.

Manor Park Library Reading Competition

Manor Park library would like to invite children to join the Winter Reading challenge which runs from now till 11th January 2019.This helps children to enjoy reading during their winter holidays. Children will receive a reading collecting card, stickers and have to read 3 books during this period to complete the challenge to receive their certificate. One of the Manor Park schools with highest number of children joined to the challenge will receive a “Trophy”.

Use of Mobile Phones Policy

We would like to remind parent/carers that St Winefride's operates a No Mobile Phone policy on the school premises. This means that your mobile should stay in your bag/coat/pocket etc. wile you are on the school premises, including the Dinner Hall and the playground.

Please see this link for more details:

or go to our policies page on the school website.

Commonwealth Youth Choir at Australia House

We are delighted to announce that our children, as part of the Commonwealth Youth Choir attended an event at Australia house today (Friday, 7th December). We will upload photos and a report next time.

This Week's Prayer

Dear Father,

We want to be ready.

Make our crooked ways straight and our rough places smooth.

In the name of Jesus we pray.


God Bless You,

Mr Underwood