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Newsletter 14 - 07.01.22

 

Welcome back to the start of Term 3. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

The weather has turned a lot colder this week after the mild Christmas we had, so please ensure your child has plenty of layers to keep them warm.

Covid continues to be widespread and we have members of the school community that have not yet returned to school due to having the virus over the holidays and others now awaiting results, so please remain vigilant.

Also please remember that although the guidance has changed in that positive lateral flow cases in asymptomatic people do not currently require a confirmatory PCR test, if a person has symptoms then a PCR is required. This is due to the timescales of when the different tests would show positive

 

School Values for Term 3

During Term 3 our values focus is love and compassion. These values will support children to become Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and Loving their just actions and forgiving words.

Safeguarding Update

This term we will be participating in the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. online programme. Please read the letter that has been sent to you and is also attached to this newsletter.

Communication and Information

There are many events and clubs planned for this term, so please ensure you keep up-to-date with the communication sent to you through ParentMail. There is also further information on our website under School News and School Blog. The Class Blogs also keep you up-to-date with what the children have been doing in class, along with details of what they will be learning this term.

Don’t forget to use the Google Translate button if you need to – it is available on every page of the website. This newsletter can also be translated.

Liz Greenaway, in the office, has been working hard to get all events on the school website which can be found under Calendar. These are often sent as an Event in ParentMail too. If you have any queries about dates e.g. clubs, please can you look at the website and if it’s not there please contact the office.

Attendance

Welcome back!  A short, three day week this week!

Whole school attendance for this period was 95.2%. Slightly down on our usual average due to delayed travel returns and illness. There were absences in every class this week so no one class achieved 100% attendance.

There have been a small number of children arriving late for school this week. Please do allow plenty of time to ensure you arrive on time. Both gates to the playground are closed promptly after the bell has gone so children arriving after the bell are required to enter school via the main entrance at the front of the school.

Book Look

Pupils’ books will be made available to look at every Thursday afternoon at 3.30pm. If you wish to see your child’s books, please notify the office by midday on a Wednesday.

Parking

We continue to receive complaints from our neighbours concerning unsafe and thoughtless parking. As stated many times before, not only does this reflect badly on the school but it also uses up valuable staff time dealing with complaints and ultimately, endangers the lives of YOUR children. Please check that when parking you are keeping driveways clear and that you are parked in a safe parking area away from double yellow lines and off the pavements.

Cross Country Trials

Please find attached a letter regarding South Gloucestershire Cross Country Team trials.

This is for pupils in Years 5 and 6, along with strong Year 4 runners.

Yellow Fish Poster Competition

Please see attached a poster competition from the Environment Agency and Bristol Area Rivers Trust. Yellow fishes are going to be painted next to drains in the local area to remind people that only rain should go down the drain.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION GROUP 2022 at Holy Family Church

We are inviting children who will be 8 years of age by 31st August 2022 to apply to join the First Holy Communion Group 2022. To apply, you need to email Fr. Eugene at:-

bristol.holyfamily@cliftondiocese.com asking for an application form that can be completed online. Copies of Baptism Certificates will be required and please remember at least one parent / guardian MUST be Catholic.

The course will run on Saturday mornings in the Holy Family Parish Centre, depending on the numbers applying there may be the need for more than one group. The catechists who run the course are giving of their time freely, and this is the only time the course can be run. If your child has other activities running at the same time as the course, then we would expect the First Holy Communion Course to take first place.

Attendance at one of the Sunday Masses at Holy Family is also part of the course, and children will be expected to sign in for Mass. The course will run on Saturdays during school terms. The course is run by the Parish only. THE COURSE WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY 15th JANUARY 2022. FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DAY WILL BE SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2022. All information will be treated as per our current GDPR policy. Closing date for applications SUNDAY 9th JANUARY 2022.

Reception Intake September 2022 - Closing Date for Applications

Please remember that the closing date for children starting school in September 2022 is Saturday 15th January. All applications need to be made through South Gloucestershire Council.

If your child is Catholic, it is very important that you provide the school with a copy of their baptism certificate by 15th January, as this will be used when allocating places as per our admissions policy.

If you are coming into the school building, please ensure you are wearing a face mask and have taken a lateral flow test.

Flu Vaccinations

If you have not done so already, please register your consent/non-consent for your child’s flu nasal spray vaccination. Please complete the ParentMail form too, letting us know that you have registered.

Rocksteady

Would your child like to play in their very own rock band?

We have had Rocksteady provision in school for a number of years.

Rocksteady in-school band lessons are the perfect opportunity for your child to learn new skills, develop friendships and have the time of their life. 

Watch this short video to see what learning in a band could do for your child’s well-being:  

https://www.rocksteadymusicschool.com/watch-video/ 

People who help us’- What is your job?

This term, St George’s Class (Reception) are going to be learning about people who help us. If you have a job such as police, doctor, nurse, fire fighter, optician, postman/woman, etc and would be able to come into meet the class to talk about your job and show your uniform, it would be greatly appreciated. Please email the school office – admin@stmarysbs.org.uk.