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 Newsletter 28 - 13.05.22

Term 5 continues to rush by. With assessments being completed, the children are working very hard and we are busy arranging all the exciting events for the rest of the academic year. There are school trips and Sports Week to come, along with the Year 5 and 6 summer production of Peter Pan to look forward to and several class assemblies and Masses.

 St Mary’s will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a school tea party on Friday 27th May. Please complete the ParentMail form to let us know if your child would like the Jubilee lunch that day. The menu is at the end of the newsletter.

 

Crowning of Mary Service

Wednesday 18th May at 2.30pm

To honour this special date we ask that pupils come to school in special occasion/party clothes that day for the service. Please ensure that they are in clothes that they can still work and play in.

Covid in School

After a few weeks with no Covid in the school, we are starting to see cases again.  We have two confirmed cases in Reception. Please be vigilant and if your child is unwell, please get them tested and notify the school.

 The official Covid symptoms have now increased and now include:-

  • a high temperature or shivering
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • an aching body
  • a headache
  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick

 The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.

 

The Big Plastic Count

On Tuesday 17th of May, St Mary's are joining in with 'The Big Plastic Count'.

 In 2020, nearly 9 out of 10 UK households said they regularly recycle, yet the plastic waste crisis is worse than ever. Something does not add up.  

 WHAT IS THE BIG PLASTIC COUNT? The Big Plastic Count is the UK’s biggest ever household plastic waste investigation. Between 16th March and 22nd May, thousands of people in the UK are coming together to count their plastic waste.

 Currently, the UK government ships thousands of tonnes of our household plastic waste abroad where it is dumped or burned illegally. This waste causes serious problems for local communities and the environment. That is why we are calling on the government to set a target to reduce single-use plastic by 50% by 2025 and ban waste exports to other countries. Recycling alone will not solve the plastic crisis. We must reduce the amount of plastic that is being made in the first place.

 Therefore, on Tuesday 17th, in school we will be counting EVERY bit of plastic we throw away. This includes the teachers, Mrs Burden, the office staff, AND the school kitchen counting their plastic waste too. We will collect it and see how much plastic St Mary's uses and throws away in just ONE DAY!

 If you want to join in for a day, or the full week, we have a tally chart - see the office.

 

Message from Bradley Stoke Town Council – COVID-19 Experiences Project

 Bradley Stoke Town Council has been awarded SGC Community Brightside grant funding to set up a COVID-19 Experiences project on our website, which it is hoped would become an historical record of our residents’ recollections on the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community showed amazing resilience and pulled together throughout the pandemic. The online record will be a space for everyone to share stories and experiences and will help us all reflect on how the pandemic made us stronger and appreciative of the community we live in.

 The project has now been launched (see web link below and poster attached).  

 https://www.bradleystoke.gov.uk/news/news-and-information.php?article_id=838

 

May Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 17th                         Big Plastic Count

Wednesday 18th                   2:30pm Crowning of Mary Service(Special clothes to be worn)

Thursday 19th                               2:30pm St Augustine’s (Y3) Class Mass

Friday 20th                             6.00pm Taste of the Nations Evening

Wednesday 25th                   2:45pm St George’s (Rec) Class Assembly

Thursday 26th                       11.00am Ascension Mass

Friday 27th                             Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations (red, white and blue clothes)

Friday 27th                             2:30pm Celebration Assembly

Friday 27th                            End of Term 5

No Mow May and Let it Bloom in June!

 This is a national campaign where people across the country let their grass to grow throughout May and June to maximise food sources for insects. Not mowing the lawn allows wildflowers and other plants to grow which insects love. The campaign is promoted by Plantlife - plantlife.org.uk

First and foremost – put your mower at away! Think about leaving some grass long for May and June. If you don’t have any grass around your home, is there anywhere you can put planters or pots with lavender or other pollinator friendly plants?

 

Department for Children, Adults and Health

 Next week the children in St Bernadette, St Martin and St Francis’ class will be completing a short online pupil survey set up by South Gloucestershire Council. This new mini survey is aimed at capturing the wellbeing of children and young people in year groups 4 - 6 and 7-13 and living in South Gloucestershire.

 Why take part?

The survey is a powerful vehicle for children and young people to give their voices on some of their life experiences and will provide invaluable insight for the public health team, the wider council, and its partners to better inform and set priority areas for improving health and wellbeing in our communities and to ensure the allocation of resources is also influenced by these insights.

 Jo Creese

 

Our talented musicians

Some of our Year 5 pupils have been playing the piano to welcome everyone to assembly this week. Well done to Asni and Katie who played on Tuesday and Maria on Wednesday. They all did a great job and we are lucky to have so many talented musicians in the school.

 

Children on the playground before and after school

 A number of children are arriving very early at school. Please note the playground is supervised by a member of staff from 8:45am onwards. Children should not be left unattended before this time.

 Please can we also ask that younger siblings not go on the outdoor play equipment at drop off/pick up times. This is a healthy and safety issue.

Summer School Uniform

 As the weather is getting warmer, it is lovely to see some of the children wearing the school summer uniform.  It is no longer necessary for children to wear long sleeve tops under their uniform as the classrooms, although still ventilated, are at a comfortable temperature.

 Please ensure any hair accessories worn by children are school uniform colour and are of a sensible size. For health and safety reasons any earrings being worn by children should be either a small stud or hoop. These will need to be removed or taped over for PE lessons. Other jewellery e.g. necklaces or bracelets of any kind are not permitted.

 Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Attendance Matters

This week we were able to maintain our high attendance rate in school. Average attendance for the week was 97.1%. Well done once again! There have been new cases of Covid in school this week so please do continue to be vigilant and ensure children who are feeling unwell, and have possible symptoms of Covid, are still taking Covid tests to ensure the virus is not knowingly brought into school. Thank you for your continued support with this.

 There were 189 children who arrived on time for school every day this week. Well done to these children. 3 hours and 2 minutes of learning time was lost due to late arrival at school. Learning starts in the classrooms from the minute the children arrive so it’s vital that children arrive by 8.55am.

 Jo Creese

Summer Menu

Our latest school menu is available on our school website

 

St Mary’s Rangers

 Last Sunday, St Mary’s Rangers successfully completed the Schools Triathlon competition in Support of Restless Development and Friends of St Mary’s (FOSM).
They worked as a team to achieve and amazing 21st place over 77 teams of Year 3 and Year 4 children.

 
Thanks to everyone’s support, they raised an amazing £360.00

Sponsored Bounce    

 Everyone has really enjoyed the Sponsored Bounce today, organised by our wonderful Friends of St Mary’s. They work so hard to raise vital funds for our school and we appreciate the time they spend organising such fun events. We will you know the grand total they have raised when all the money has been collected – rumour has it that it is an amazing total. Thank you to FOSM and everyone that has so kindly donated!

 

Junior Reporter News- Year 6 SATS

 On Monday 9th May, Year 6 at St. Mary’s began their SATs. In the mornings, we started each day with a delicious SAT’s breakfast where we could enjoy pancakes, waffles and other snacks together (to relax before our tests).

 Our first test of the week was an English Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation: Paper 1. We had 45 minutes to complete a set of 50 questions each awarding 1 mark. After that, we went out to enjoy a whole school break time which gave us time to play, ready for the next test ahead.  The spelling test was read out by our teacher while we wrote the words one by one.

 The week continued as we completed more tests. On Tuesday, we completed an English Reading Paper, which we actually enjoyed. On Wednesday, we completed Arithmetic and Reasoning Paper 1 and Paper 2 on Thursday.

 Luckily, we had no assessments on Friday, as we finished them all!! We did some art instead.

 

Quotes of the week:

Ethan said that, “The 2019 practice papers were absolutely horrendous however the 2022 papers were absolutely brilliant!”

Luca said, “I’m very happy with how the SATs went and they were better than I expected.”

Olivia said, “I feel confident that I got good results with these tests.”

 

Our teachers are very pleased and they believe that we have done the best we can. Year 6 will eagerly await their results which will come out sometime in June/July.

 

Reporters: Jess, Chaneil, Katherine and Olivia

                                              

Newsletter 23 - 18.03.22

Diary of Dates

As the end of term approaches we are very much looking forward to welcoming you back into school for a number of events. See below. As Covid is still prevalent and still having a significant impact on both staff and pupils we want to ensure we hold our events in a safe and manageable way.  Please see below to support us in this:-  

  1. On the day of the event you are attending please do a LFT to ensure you are negative. Please do not come if you test positive.
  2. Masks are recommended, but we are not insisting they are worn. 
  3. Please be conscious around social distancing.
  4. We will be maintaining ventilation and although the temperature is likely to be comfortable enough, you may want to bring an additional layer.
  5. We have taken the decision to limit numbers at each event in order to allow for adequate ventilation and social distancing. I know this may cause some upset as both parents may want to attend together however our hall is not large enough to accommodate such a high number of parents and children in together. *There will be 60 tickets for each performance of the Easter Production.
  6. ParentMail forms will need to be completed for all events. These will be available next week.

Thank you for your support.

Date

Time

Event

Year groups

Parents

28.03.22

2:00pm

Theatre production

Whole school

No Parents

29.03.22

9:30am

Rock Steady Concert

Children who take part in rock steady

Parents of children who take part in Rock Steady

5.04.22

2:30pm

Dress rehearsal

Easter Production

All year groups

No parents

6.04.22

9:30am

Tea Dance

Year 6

Parents of Yr 6

6.04.22

2:00pm

Easter Performance

No children

Parents- 2 per child of Yr 3 / 4 *

6.04.22

6:00pm

Easter Performance

No children

Parents- 2 per child of Yr 3 / 4 *

7.04.22

1:30 – 2:15pm

Celebration assembly KS1

Rec - Yr 2

Parents- 1 per child

7.04.22

2:30 – 3:30pm

Celebration assembly KS2

Yr 3 – Yr 6

Parents- 1 per child

8.04.22

11:00am

End Of Term Mass

Whole school

Parents- 1 per child