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NEWSLETTER 10 -  31.01.19 Available to Translate

What a busy two weeks we’ve had!

 The Diocesan RE Inspection went well and we will share the report with you when it is received. We are so proud of the pupils, who were eager to show the inspectors what they had learnt. The school’s values were evident in their behaviour and learning over the two day inspection. Thank you to everyone who completed a questionnaire.

The latest RE Newsletter is available on the website.

Emergency School Closures

With the threat of snow and ice over the coming months, we would like to remind you how we communicate school closures.

 We will notify you through ParentMail, on the school website (click here) and on the South Gloucestershire Council website (click here). We will not take this decision lightly but will prioritise the health and safety of pupils and staff, along with their ability to get to school.

Children arriving early

We have several pupils that are arriving early; some before 8.30am. We are unable to supervise pupils before 8.45, when we offer Wake and Shake.

Please ensure your children are not dropped off and left unattended before 8.45am, as this is both a safeguarding and health and safety issue.

Non-Uniform Day

The School Council have asked to have a non-uniform day on Friday 8th March. This is to raise money to purchase new games to play during lunch and break times when it is wet.  It is asked that pupils contribute £1 to take part.

Chaplaincy Club News….

Last week was World Faith Week for our school and what an amazing week it was. The faith that we were studying was Judaism.

 After a week of fun with research about Jewish festivals, foods and rituals, each of the classes shared what they had learnt in our sharing assembly on 28.01.19.

 What an assembly! Each class had learned so much and everyone was intrigued with what they had to say. There were bright posters, sweet songs and an incredible interview.

 A big thanks to Mrs Lever for organising all of this week and the amazing assembly at the end. I have to say this was one of the best faith weeks we’ve had so far.


From Esha, (St Francis Class)

OPAS Support Administrator

 An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Curial Finance Team! 

The Diocese is currently rolling out a new online accounting system (OPAS) for all of its 107 parishes.  Additional support is needed in the Finance team over the next twelve months to help train and support parishes with the new system, as well as general administrative support within the Finance team to allow other members of the team to work on this project.   Full training on OPAS will be provided.

 The role is a full-time, fixed term contract for twelve months, salary up to £22,000 depending on experience.  Interviews will take place in late February.  Ideally the successful applicant will be in post by mid-March. 

 Please visit: for a full job description and application form.

 The role is based at Alexander House, Bristol but there may occasionally be a need to travel to parishes throughout the Diocese. 

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th February

Mark Williams (Total Coaching), who teaches PE and runs the after-school on a Monday and Wednesday, is now offering a holiday club during the February half-term. Please see attached leaflet.


FOSM’s Sponsored Bounce

Reminder: if your child wishes to take part, sponsor forms need to be returned by tomorrow (1st February), as this is their permission. Please do not send in money yet, as the form will be returned to them to bring back to school with money raised after the event has taken place.

 This event will take place on Friday 8th February.

 We appreciate your support of this event.

Children's Mental Health Week 4-10th February

Next week we will be recognising Children’s Mental Health Week throughout the school. This year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out - thinking about how we look after our bodies and minds.

When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep.

However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too.

There will be whole school assemblies, and PE/classroom activities during the week to aim to:

  • understand that in order to be healthy, we have to look after both our bodies and our minds.
  • recognise that our bodies and our minds are connected, so food, being active and sleep can help our minds as well as our bodies.
  • explore what it means to be ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’ and plan some ways that we can look after our bodies and our minds.

Please find some weblinks to some parenting advice linked to some of the subjects related to the Healthy: Inside and Out theme.

Top Tips for Parents and Carers:

Sleep Toolkit for Children:

Mrs Creese

No boots please!

There are an increasing number of girls coming into school wearing boots, instead of school shoes.  These are not school uniform.

 If your child wears boots for the journey to school due to snow or icy weather, please ensure that they have appropriate shoes to change into in class.


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.


News from our local leisure centre….

Active South Goucestershire

There are currently places on our Junior Football Courses on Thursday & Friday. Ages are between 4-7 with both sessions on between 4-5pm.


There are again have Active Camps during February half-term on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

There are numerous activities available with the Bouncy Castle, Climbing Walls, Football, Go Karts and many more.

 There is also an inflatable session in the main pool during half-term. This is on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday between 1-3pm.


Uniform and Hair Guidance

Just as we expect pupils to dress 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.

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


Department for Children, Adults and Health

Health & Wellbeing Online Pupil Survey 2019

Children in St Bernadette, St Martin and St Francis classes (Y4-6) are taking part in a survey being conducted on behalf of South Gloucestershire Council, through the Health in Schools Programme.  It provides an opportunity for pupils to voice their opinions on different health and wellbeing themes and have some influence in the future provision of health and wellbeing resources.


We will receive feedback on our pupils’ life experiences, health and emotional wellbeing etc.  The survey is completely anonymous, will be completed by the children online, at school, during term 3.  We look forward to sharing the information with parents/carers later in the year when the data has been analysed.


Mrs Creese


Sports News…….

 Dodgeball Tournament – 16th January

Two teams of pupils from Years 5 and 6 took part in a recent Dodgeball Tournament at Yate International Academy.


Both A and B teams performed very well. They each played 4 games and they both qualified to the next round, whereas some teams went home at this point.

Team A came 4th in their cup final group but were noticed for being very honest in their play.

Team B came 3rd in the plate final and gave 100% effort in their final game.  


Well done to all the children that took part.

Team A: Greta, Caitlyn, Hector, Henry, C, Oliver D,

Team B : Evan, Oliver H, Isabella T, Imogen , Mollie M.

Mr Williams is also taking a team of pupils to various schools for football matches in a local schools league.


There are still numerous after-school sports clubs, including football/rugby, gymnastics, multi-sports and netball. Years 3 and 4 are currently benefitting from weekly cricket lessons and there are many further events coming up; including a gymnastics, kwik cricket and multi-skills tournaments.

Eco-Council News

As part of our plan of action to attain the Eco Schools Green Flag Award, we have abandoned the use of milk cartons and plastic straws in KS1; the milk is now delivered in large containers and the children use beakers.  It seems to have had a positive effect and not just for ecological reasons: the children have taken to it very well, it is easier for the adults to see exactly how much they are drinking and so far we have recorded less waste than was the case with the cartons.