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NEWSLETTER 4 -  18.10.18

Term 1 has gone so quickly and yet we have managed to pack so much in.

In the past week St Francis’ class have had a wonderful time on their residential trip to Mill on the Brue, St Bernadette’s Class enjoyed a trip to Glastonbury Abbey and pupils and parents have been completing the Poetry Trail together after school.

We also held our Harvest Assembly on Tuesday – thank you so much for your generous donations, which were gratefully received by the North Bristol Food Bank and the Holy Family Parish, who will donate the contributions to parishioners in need.

One more week to go until the half term break, with plenty still to do. We have the FOSM Disco tomorrow night at 6pm, Bike-It Breakfast on Tuesday (23rd), on Wednesday (24th) St George and St Francis’ classes are going on a trip together to Tyntesfield and there will be a visit from the poet James Carter.

Finally, Friday 26th October is an INSET day, so the pupils last day will be Thursday 25th, where you can join us at 2.30pm for Celebration Assembly. We will then look forward to seeing everyone rested and refreshed again on Monday 5th November.

Values at St Mary’s

Our focus Values for next term are Intentional and Prophetic. Activity can easily become the distraction of being busy. Using wisdom and discernment, we can live our lives more intentionally – getting the balance right; living in the present moment rather than in the unchangeable past or an unknown future. Living in this way is to be prophetic – announcing the new perspective of the gospel on what it means to be human. Jesus is an example of someone who lived his life intentionally and prophetically.

How can parents help at home?

The busy-ness of life can sometimes feel overwhelming.  Our children face many demands; schoolwork, tests, before and after school activities, peer pressure, social media and growing up in a fast changing world. It is all very exciting, however peer pressure to conform can be overwhelming for children, as parents we need to support our children in finding their own pathway and help them with the challenges as they grow into young people. Talk to your child about their opinions on subjects and help them to develop their own set of values and to live by it.

At bedtime, talk about their values, opinions and review the day and how their actions and viewpoints have a positive impact on others. Ask your child to reflect on how they have made a difference to others through their words and actions.

Poetry Fortnight – tomorrow is the last day to complete the popular poetry trail, which has been running after school. Please hand in your entries by Tuesday 23rd October to take part in the raffle draw.

The talented, published poet James Carter will be visiting us on Tuesday 23rd October, providing workshops and poetry readings for all the children, along with sharing his expertise in composing poetry.

Over the half term break, we will also be setting a poetry writing competition based on The Great Outdoors! Children can use all their skills that they have learnt during the focus weeks to write their own poem based on something they have experienced linked to being outside. Again there will be a KS1 and KS2 prize for the winning entries and these will be shared on our website. The closing date for this competition is Friday 9th November.

Flu Vaccinations

The vaccination clinic will be held in school on Monday 5th November. Please inform the office if your child is due to have the vaccination that day and has had any changes in asthma medication or in health since you completed the form.

PE Kit

This term there have been many pupils that have forgotten their PE kit. Many borrowed from the small stock the school had but the majority of this was not then returned.

PE is essential for the health and well-being of pupils and is a vital part of the curriculum. Please ensure that they have a PE kit in school at all times.


Our first Bike-It Breakfast is going to take place on Tuesday 23rd October from 8.30 am on the school playground (in case of the rain, this will take place in the school hall). If your child comes to school on a bike or a scooter they will have a free breakfast.  


Stars of the Month - October

St George’s (Yr R) Conan

St Nicholas’ (Yr 1) Jakub M

St Elizabeth’s (Yr 2) Brendal

St Augustine’s (Yr 3) Jakub B

St Bernadette’s (Yr 4) Holly

St Martin de Porres’ (Yr 5) Leona

St Francis’ (Yr 6) Kian

Lunchbreak Supervisor: Oskar O

Teaching Assistants: Lily E

Office Staff: Olalla

Congratulations to these children.


In the case of illness, parents must provide the class teacher with an explanatory note/email on the pupil’s first day back at school. Messages do not suffice.

On the first day of absence you must contact the school before 9:30am informing us of your child’s absence from school that day.

In the case of diarrhoea or vomiting your child must remain at home for at least 48 hours after the last bout of sickness in order to minimise the spread of illness throughout the school.

Please find attached guidance from Public Health England on a range of infectious illnesses.


Parents’ Consultation Evenings

These will take place on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th November. Appointments will be available to book from midday on Thursday 25th October through the ParentMail app.

Weekly Book Viewing Every Thursday

If you would like to drop in for book viewing, please either email the office or sign up outside your child’s class room door by Wednesday so that the staff can make sure that your child’s books are available.

Miss School: Miss Out

Attendance at St Mary’s

We would like to say “Congratulations” to everyone at St Mary’s as our school attendance last year was 97.3%; we are aiming for the same this year. We had the second highest school attendance in the local authority out of 97 primary schools - the highest school achieved 97.5%.

Our target this year is to achieve 97.3% attendance again. Every day is a learning day and we ask that all medical appointments be out of school time.



T1 Wk 5

T1 Wk 6

Number of late arrivals in this period

Minutes lost in this period

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St Martin de Porres





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Congratulations to St Nicholas and St Augustine’s Class for 100% attendance in week 6.

In the last two weeks, there were nearly 2.5 hours of learning time missed by being late, when this can often be avoided.

WANTED: Plastic Containers

If anyone has any spare plastic containers (with lids) suitable for transporting food home, please can you donate them to Cookery Club, via the office. Many thanks.


Winter Weather

Now that the weather is getting colder, please ensure that your child has a coat in school for play time and lunch times.


Looking for things for your child to do over half term? Get Active!

Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre is running Active Camps on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in half term. A great way to keep children active and ideal for parents struggling with childcare.

The camps are for children aged 5-12 and run from 8.30-5.30pm. The camp costs £22.00 but you can get a second for £17. There will be a climbing wall, bouncy castle, swimming, soft play and much more!!


Wet Weather

Wake and Shake will be running from Term 2 between 8.40 and 8.50am, where children can come into the hall and participate in a short fitness session before classes start. These sessions are cancelled when there is heavy rain, in order for staff to supervise the children in class.

Please remember it is the school’s policy to let children into class from 8.40am. This will be through their normal playground doors and not through the main entrance. However, staff are busy preparing for the day before 8.40am and are unable to supervise pupils before this time. During light rain/drizzle it is expected that pupils remain on the playground as normal until 8.55am.



St Mary's will have an open afternoon for parents seeking a place in Reception Class in September 2019 on Tuesday 13th November at 2pm (please contact the school office if you would like to attend).  Please note that this is not a meeting for children to attend.

All applications have to be made through South Gloucestershire Council, with the closing date 15th January 2019. Full details on the application process are available on the school website.


Recorder lessons We have a large number of recorder groups in the school from beginners to advanced. All children are able to read music fluently by year 3.

Some children learn for fun or to play in ensembles and there are also groups which cater for children who wish to play more seriously in competitions and music festivals. Players can also opt to prepare for grade examination if desired.

Lessons are available in lunchtimes. Please contact Mrs Mitchell direct for availability and costs, if your child would like to learn.



Please notify the office of any changes to contact numbers or addresses as a matter of urgency.  It is vital that you keep us up to date with emergency phone numbers etc. We regularly have occasions when we are unable to contact the parent.



Admission to Secondary Schools

All current Year 6 children must complete the appropriate application forms for their transfer to secondary school in September 2019.

Applications need to be made directly to the Local Authority: for residents of South Gloucestershire applications need to be made directly to South Gloucestershire Council’s Admissions & Transport Team; you can find more information on their website, where you will find an Admission to Secondary Schools booklet 2018-19.

Secondary School Admissions

Applications can take place from 10th September, with the closing date for secondary school applications being 31st October 2018.

For children applying for Year 7 places at St Bede’s Catholic College, the St Bede’s Additional Information Form must also be completed and returned directly to St Bede’s by 31st October 2018. This is available on their website.


Children in Need

After the success of last year’s fundraising for this worthy cause, Mrs Hodges and Mrs Kliczka have been busy creating events for this year’s Children in Need.

Half Term - ‘Guess the Baby’ and ‘Fill Pudsey’ forms to be sent home over half term.

Refreshments on Parents’ Consultation Evenings 6th and 8th November

  • Hotdogs, tea, coffee and juice will be on sale. More information to follow.

Friday 9th November

  • Coffee morning for parents – run by the School Council
  • Movie night: 3.30-6.00pm. Ticket costs £3.00pm

Monday 12th November

  • Pick a Spot – morning break, 20p a go

Tuesday 13th November

  • Pick a Spot – morning break, 20p a go

Wednesday 14th November

  • Toast Sale – morning break, 50p a slice

Friday 16th November

  • Non-Uniform Pyjama Day - £1 to take part
  • Walkathon – Sponsor forms to be sent home shortly.
  • Guess the amount of balloons in a car – 50p a go


If you think that your child may be eligible for free school meals, please click on this link – Free School Meals. This will be treated as confidential.

Children that are entitled to free school meals also bring an additional payment to the school through Pupil Premium funding. This money is spent on supporting your child through any required intervention, paying for school trips and many other ways. Even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and already gets the free meal that children of these ages are entitled to, you should still apply for the free school meals as it will then trigger the additional funding to support your child in a variety of ways.

Further information can be found on our website under Pupil Premium.

Sports News

Year 5 and 6 Girls’ Football Tournament

A team went to a football tournament at Yate International Academy. St. Mary's girls won 1 game 2- 0, drew 2 games 0-0 and lost 1 game 0-2.

They progressed to the quarter finals where they lost on penalties, with Olalla saving 2 out of 3 penalties. Well done to Greta and Claudia – our goal scorers.

The girl's effort and attitude was excellent and their enjoyment in competing and doing so well was evident.

Congratulations to Nicolla, Great, Claudia, Mollie, Olalla, Esha, Nicole, Alisa and Caitlyn.

Boys Football League Result:

The first game of the season was away to Little Stoke Primary School. After a nervy start, the team settled down and played some good football with the promise of more to come.  St Mary’s ended up winning 2-0, with Albert and Hector scoring the goals.

Congratulations to Albert, Henry, Oliver D, Rhys, Oliver H, Leo, Cyprian, Kieron, Sean, Hector, Lorenzo and Kian.


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