Autumn No. 14, Friday 14th December 2018

Gospel of the Week

What Must We Do?

The people asked John, “What should we do?”

John answered, “If you have two shirts, share with the person who does not have one. If you have food, share that too.”

Even tax collectors came to John to be baptized. They said to John, “Teacher, what should we do?”

John said to them, “Don’t take more taxes from people than you have been ordered to take.”

The soldiers asked John, “What about us? What should we do?”

John said to them, “Don’t force people to give you money. Don’t lie about them. Be satisfied with the pay you get.”

All the people were hoping for the Christ to come, and they wondered about John. They thought, “Maybe he is the Christ.”

John answered everyone, “I baptize you with water, but there is one coming later who can do more than I can. I am not good enough to untie his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. He will come ready to clean the grain. He will separate the good grain from the chaff. He will put the good part of the grain into his barn. Then he will burn the chaff with a fire that cannot be put out.” And John continued to preach the Good News, saying many other things to encourage the people.

Luke 3:10-18

Don't Forget

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

We re-open on Monday 7th January at 8.55am.

Parents Choir & Governor's Assembly

The Governors Assembly begins at 10.00am on Wednesday 19th December.

There will be performances by the Parent/carers Choir, the Children's Choir and (hopefully) the Recorder Group. We will then be awarding the Governor's Prizes and the House Point Trophy.

The links to the songs the Parent/Carers Choir are singing are:

Due to a funeral we must be out of the church by 11.00am so we are asking all our parent/carers to help us by leaving as soon as the assembly is over.

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 and all of the staff will be joining them in the hall too!

We want St Winefride's to be as Christmassy as possible so please wear a Christmas jumper if you have one, if not please wear christmas colours, tinsel, decorations or anything that looks Christmassy!

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

House Points

The final House Points total of the year will be revealed on Wednesday!

SATs Tables

We are absolutely delighted to announce that St Winefride's have come second in the Primary School League Tables for Newham. This is the ninth year in a row that we have been in the top 4. A massive well done to everyone, especially the children who achieved this magnificent result!


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.

By helping your children access this homework it helps to reinforce their learning and helps them master each mathematical concept.

Gold Letters

The totals up until this week are:

RA - 37

RP - 36

1D - 119

1/2H - 64

2B - 168

3G - 145

3/4H - 43

4H - 116

5K - 68

5/6Mc - 58

6M - 72

Well done to everyone!

Nativity 2018

The children are all practising hard for this year's Nativity/Carol Service, which will be held today (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.

Girls Football Club

We are hoping to start a Girls Football Club in the New Year, a female FA coach, Anna Russell, is hoping to run an after school club on Thursday evenings. The sessions will only cost £4.50 per session (usually £6.00) and will give the girls great confidence and help them to improve their football skills, while having lots of fun. If there is great enough demand we might be able to run a club on Monday too.

Please follow this link to see the application form:

The girls who took part in the taster sessions have all been given an application form. Please fill it in and return it to the School office if you would like your children to take part in the After School Club.

Extra Curricular Clubs

There will not be any Before or After School Clubs next week EXCEPT for the Breakfast Club.

St Winefride's Icon No. 12

Mentions of Father Christmas date back as far as 16th century in England during the reign of Henry VIII, when he was pictured as a large man in green or scarlet robes lined with fur.

He typifies the spirit of good cheer at Christmas, bringing peace, joy, good food and wine and revelry. As England no longer kept the feast day of Saint Nicholas on 6 December, the Father Christmas celebration was moved to the 25th of December to coincide with Christmas Day. The Victorians style of Christmas included Father Christmas as the emblem of 'good cheer'. Originally Santa just had his trusty Elves and Mrs Claus to help him build the toys for all the children but now he has a fully mechanized production and distribution facility, equipped with the latest manufacturing technology, and overseen by the elves with Santa and Mrs. Claus as executive managers:

Santa's main distribution centre is a sight to behold. At 4,000,000 square feet, it's one of the world's largest facilities. A real-time warehouse management system is of course required to run such a complex. The facility makes extensive use of task interleaving, literally combining dozens of activities in a dynamic queue. The Warehouse and transportation system (Reindeer) are fully integrated, allowing the elves to make optimal decisions that balance transportation and order picking and other costs. Unbeknownst to many, Santa actually has to use many pre-loaded sleighs to get the job done Christmas Eve, returning to collect each sleigh from the North Pole after each country’s deliveries. Don’t forget to leave out a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for his reindeer on Christmas Eve.

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”.

Chicken Pox

We have had a small number of children who have contracted Chicken Pox. If you notice your child has the tell tale spots please DO NOT send them to school, keep them at home until they are better.

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. while 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.

Start of School Day

Please remember that the main gate is open from 8.45am to 8.55am. If you or your children arrive after this time you will need to access the school via the School Office. Please be mindful that the school staff are simply following the procedure set down by the Governors of the school. While there will always be some leeway in the time that the gate is shut (it is very rarely shut exactly on the dot of 8.55am) once it has closed it will not be reopened. The member of staff on the gate has the full support of the Senior Leadership Team of the school and as we are sure you are aware everyone in the school has a huge amount to do every day! So please make sure you arrive between 8.45am and 8.55am if you wish to use the main gate.

Merry Christmas

Finally we would like to wish the whole school community a very Merry and Holy Christmas and we hope you have a wonderful New Year and we are already looking forward to seeing you on 7th January 2019! (Don't forget to come in Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week though!)

This Week's Prayer


As we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, help us to remember those who are in need of food, shelter, and clothing. We are reminded that Jesus himself taught us that when we do something to help those in need, it is the same as doing it for him.

In the name of Jesus we pray.


God Bless You,

Mr Underwood