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Newsletter 07.12.17

Advent Sunday last week marked the beginning of the Advent Season. There will be a number of services, reflections and other ways to prepare for Christmas available both at Holy Family Church and at school. You are most welcome to join in with any of these.

Our end of term Advent Mass is Tuesday 19th December at 9.15am.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

In preparation for Christmas, Fr. Eugene will be available to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation for Key Stage 2 (Year 4 and older) at 1.30pm on Friday 15th December.

 

KS2 Carol Service

The KS2 Carol Service is on Tuesday 12th December at 6pm at Holy Family Church.

Please note this date in your diaries as we would like as many KS2 children to attend as possible. It is one of the few evenings of the year that we ask the children to prioritise a school event.

Change of Menu Next Week

The days have swapped next week:-

Monday          Roast

Tuesday         Pizza

Wednesday   Christmas Lunch

Thursday       All Day Brunch

Friday             Fish Fingers

 

DON’T FORGET the FOSM CHRISTMAS FAYRE tomorrow at 3.45pm in the school hall.

Please volunteer to help out if you can – it is not too late! FOSM are funding a number of items for the children this year so please support this event.

 

Christmas Celebrations

Christmas Lunch, Jumper and Party Day - Wednesday 13th December

Menu

Roast Turkey

Roasted Vegetable Savoury Crumble

 **

Sausages Wrapped in Bacon

Stuffing Balls

Sprouts, Carrots and Parsnips

Roast Potatoes

Gravy

 **

Ice-cream Stars

Christmas Biscuits

Fresh Fruit

Children are invited to wear a Christmas jumper that day and don’t forget their Christmas hat! These have been sent home today to make.

As usual the children will have a Christmas party on Wednesday 13th December during the afternoon. The children will have parties in their class. Contributions of food are welcomed but these are just limited to nibbles i.e. crisps, biscuits, fruit (no nuts or products containing nuts please due to allergies).  It is just a snack for the children so please do not send too much.  Offers of help would be gratefully received.  Please sign up to help or to offer contributions of food on the notice on your child’s classroom exit door.

Holy Family Church - Parish Christmas Mass times

Fourth Sunday of Advent 23/24 Dec.

6.00pm            First Mass of the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

9.30am            Fourth Sunday of Advent

11am               Fourth Sunday of Advent.

Christmas Eve 24 December

6.00pm            Christmas Family Mass

11.15pm          Hymns and Readings to welcome Christmas.

Christmas Day. 25 December

12.00am          Christmas Mass at Midnight.

9.30am            Christmas Mass

11am               Christmas Mass

Please remember you have to go to Mass for the Sunday Obligation of the 4th Sunday of Advent AND again for the Holy Day Obligation of Christmas!

Fr. Eugene Campbell

CHRISTMAS CARDS - An Eco-Challenge!

Please can you encourage your child to send one Christmas card per class so that we can all reduce the resources used? Teachers will share the cards with the class. The Christmas post box will be available in school from Monday 11th December.

 

Miss School: Miss Out

Class

 

T2 Wk 4

T2 Wk 5

Number of late arrivals in this period

Minutes lost in this period

St George

95.3%

92.0%

10

89

St Nicholas

97.6%

97.6%

7

49

St Elizabeth

96.6%

97.6%

9

53

St Augustine

100%

99.7%

6

39

St Bernadette

97.6%

96.6%

4

30

St Martin de Porres

98.0%

95.7%

10

71

St Francis

98.6%

97.9%

4

37

Overall

97.7%

96.7%

50

368

Congratulations to St Augustine’s Class for 100% attendance.

There were nearly 6 hours and 8 minutes of learning time missed by being late, when this can often be avoided.

It is not acceptable for parents to take children out of school for term time holiday and the school will take this matter very seriously, possibly issuing a Penalty Notice to each parent. Please check term dates carefully before you book your holidays.

Uniform and Hair Guidance

Just as we expect pupils to address appropriately for school wearing the correct uniform, we also expect pupils to adopt a suitable, age appropriate hairstyle.

We actively discourage extreme hairstyles for our primary aged pupils, as they do not complement our school uniform. We consider this to include:

hair colouring, tramlines, shaven heads, rats tails and logos or any other style that could draw attention to the child and single them out from the rest of the school.

If as a school, the governors consider a hairstyle is unsuitable, parents will be asked to rectify this from Term 3.

Any hair long enough to be tied back should be; hair accessories should be discrete and school colours or neutral colours.

DIARY OF EVENTS/DATES

A full diary of dates for the academic year is attached to this newsletter. It can also be found on the calendar section on the website or by clicking on the link below:-

Diary of Dates

School website

Please use our school website as a point of reference for information about school matters. This is in the process of being updated. Please click here.

You can also find out what your children have being doing on their class page and keep up-to-date with what is happening in the school through our blog.

RECEPTION CLASS INTAKE FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

All applications have to be made through South Gloucestershire Council by 15th January 2018. Full details on the application process are available on the school website under Admissions.