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9th September 2019

 

Dear Parents,

                                                                                   

Welcome back to a new academic year. I hope that you had a lovely summer and were blessed with many happy memories of time spent with family and friends.

 

The term began for staff last Wednesday when we spent some precious time in prayer before undertaking training and preparation for the year ahead. This included work on safeguarding, health and safety, our mission and ethos and the curriculum. We are very excited to be starting a new year and can assure you of our hard work and commitment to the life and work of our school.

 

Thank you

Thank you so much for the cards, gifts and kind words that were shared with staff at the end of last term. We were all overwhelmed by your kindness.

 

Staffing

For the next few weeks, Year 2 will be taught by Miss White and a teacher new to our school, Ms Broomer as Miss Philips is recovering from planned surgery. We wish her a speedy recovery.

 

Welcome

This term we welcome Mrs Kahraman who is joining us to teach Year 4. We also welcome back Miss Stevens, who following the very early birth of her daughter, Zoe, is back with us supporting children across the school.

 

We offer a very warm welcome to the new children who have started with us this term as well as the new Reception children who will be joining us over the next few weeks.

 

School Nurse

The nurse will continue to hold drop-in sessions once every month in school. If you would like to discuss any health concerns that you have for your child – bed wetting, asthma, allergies, frequent illness etc – sign up for a 10 minute slot, please see the office.

 

School Applications

If your child is in Year 6, please be aware that online applications for secondary schools open today, Monday 9th September. If you have a child who is due to start primary/infant school in September 2020, online applications open on Monday 4th November. It is really important that applications are made on time and I would strongly recommend that more than one school choice is made.

 

School Uniform

Thank you for sending your child to school in the correct uniform. Please make sure that the uniform policy is followed every day – shoes must be plain black, hair accessories should be small, green, hair coloured or yellow and shirts should be white polo shirts. Please ensure that every piece of your child’s uniform and PE kit are clearly labelled. Remember also that long hair must be tied back and off of the face and hair must not have lines/patterns shaved in to it.

 

Please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat with them every day for playtimes.

 

Nasal Flu Vaccine

This year, the school nurses are offering the nasal flu vaccine to children from Reception to Year 6 on Monday 18th November.  It is a very simple and pain free vaccine that protects children against flu and the serious complications associated with it. Letters and consent forms will be sent home in a few weeks.

 

School Building Fund

Thank you to those who have paid so promptly and to those who have signed up for the standing order. The building fund is crucial to our school budget as Catholic schools only receive 90% of the budget for building and maintenance with the remaining 10% being the responsibility of the parents who have chosen a Catholic education for their child.

 

Activities in Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council has recently launched a new ‘PYC’ website – play, youth, and community - bringing together information on adventure playgrounds, free activities and community venues for families and young people. Please visit www.pycportsmouth.co.uk

 

School Dinners

As I’m sure you are aware, Portsmouth City Council have changed catering provider for schools. Our meals are now provided by Caterlink. You should have received an e-mail to sign up but if you have not, please see the office. Meals are free for children up to the end of Year 2 but meals for Key Stage children must be paid online.

 

Dropping Off and Collecting Children

Please remember that our school is very much a part of our local community and we take our responsibilities very seriously. I therefore ask you to ensure that our local neighbours are treated considerately and with respect. Please ensure that when you are dropping off and collecting your child that you always park safely and considerately – it is not acceptable to park over our neighbours’ drives, designated bays, disabled spaces (unless you are entitled to do so) or on yellow lines, even for a few minutes. It is also not acceptable to park over the school gate. Problems are regularly reported in Bridgeside Close, on Arundel Street and in Cottage View but I am trusting that this gentle reminder will ensure that we can demonstrate that our school listens to the concerns of our neighbours and acts with compassion and respect.

 

Please also remember that dogs, even if carried, are not permitted on the school site.

 

Children who are late to school must be brought in to the office and signed in. If your child brings themselves to school, please make them aware that if they are late, they will need to bring themselves to the office and sign themselves in.

 

Polite Request

If you have a message for your child’s class teacher – eg about who is picking them up – we politely ask that you share this with your child and their teacher at the beginning of the day.

 

rather than phoning the office. Obviously, we are more than happy to pass on messages for unforeseen circumstances.

 

Meet the Teacher

Each class teacher will hold a meeting to introduce themselves and explain a little more about their expectations and the year ahead for your child. The meetings will be held in the classrooms on the following days:

Tuesday 17th September: Year 1

Wednesday 18th September: Year 3, 4, 5 and 6

A date for Year 2 will be confirmed when Miss Philips returns.

 

Term Dates

The term dates can be found on the school website or requested from the office.

The school and nursery will be closed for the following INSET days this year;

Monday 7th October

Friday 31st January

Monday 29th June

Wednesday 22nd July

 

Thank you once again for your continued support and I look forward to us having a happy and productive year ahead.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

L. Park

Head Teacher

 

DIARY DATES

 

           

 

September

Monday 9th                                                                     Secondary School Applications Open

Wednesday 11th                                           Yr 5 Trip – Butser

                                                                        Yr 3 Trip – Watercress Line

Thursday 19th                                               Yr 5 Swimming

Wednesday 25th                                           All Yr R Full Time

Thursday 26th                                               Yr 5 swimming

 

October

Thursday 3rd                                                  Yr 5 Swimming

Friday 4th                                                       CAFOD Harvest Fast Day

Saturday 5th                                                                   Family Photos at School

Monday 7th                                                    INSET Day - School and Nursery Closed

Thursday 10th                                               Yr 5 Swimming

Thursday 17th                                               Yr 5 Swimming

Sunday 20th                                                  Education Sunday

Thursday 24th                                               Yr 5 Swimming

Friday 25th                                                     3.45pm Half Term Starts

 

November

Monday 4th                                                    8.45am Back to School

School Photos

Yr R Applications Open Online

Wednesday 6th –Friday 8th                                     Yr 6 Residential

Thursday 7th                                                  Yr 5 Swimming

Monday 11th                                                  Start of Anti-Bullying Week

Wednesday 13th                                           No Pens Wednesday

Thursday 14th                                               Yr 5 Swimming

Monday 18th                                                  Nasal Flu Vaccination

                                                                        Start of Road Safety Week

Thursday 21st                                                Yr 5 Swimming

Thursday 28th                                               Yr 5 Swimming

 

December

Wednesday 18th                                           2pm Christmas Show: Cathedral

Friday 20th                                                     1.30pm End of Term

 

January

Monday 6th                                                                     8.45am Back to School

 

 

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