Newsletter 29

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Dear Parents and Children,
Pupil Prayer
Dear God, Thank you for the world, animals, flowers and my family. Thank you also for my lovely school, teachers and friends. Amen.  A Y2 pupil.
Words of the Week
Year 2: violence; Year 3:relief;  Year 4:necessity;  Year 5:persistent;  Year 6:eradicate.
Star of the Term Assembly
The following children were stars last week: Oscar Purdy, Robbie Adams, Pippa Bailey, Gianluca Carlo, Ruby Sibley, Jerika Schmitt, Marcos Dunlop, Jacob Donnelly, May Kelly, Gabriel Munson, Olivia Smyth, Jemima Price, Awais Akbar, Isabel Jackson-Poza, Lottie Mitchell, Connie Lancaster, Caitlin Busuttil, Rebecca Purves, Jaiden Smith-Gil, Josephina Rowe, Rafa Dukes Pinto, Amelia Richards, Darcey Cooper, Lucas Davies, Xavier Barua Wilding and Erin Morris and the whole of Y6
Good Manners awards went to Ollie Murray and Nicholas Issi.
Zach Mullin-Brown and Murphy Camp-Overy won a Book Prize each.
Walk to School was won by Mrs Ashwell’s and Mrs Brookman’s classes.
Sumdog
Well done to our most active Sumdog students last week who were: Connie Lancaster, Ciara Warner, Lena Dlugolecka, Kael O’Kelly, and Ella Ramdeen.
Talk Homework
Reception
We have read The Rainbow Fish. What special thing could you share with your friends and family?
Year 1
How do you make a paper-mache model?
Year 2
How can you be a follower of Jesus?
Year 3
What are the features of a newspaper?
Year 4
Is fire a living thing?
Year 5
We are learning about what the Victorians did for us.
What do you think is the most important modern day invention? Why?
Year 6
How does living close to a river affect our daily lives throughout the year? What percentage of the World’s population do you estimate are settled close to a river?
Calling all gardeners!
We are looking for keen gardeners to help two current parents look after the veg patches throughout this term. Any amount of time you have available would be appreciated. We will show you what needs to be done. Please contact the office or me if you are interested in helping.
Diary Dates
We will open the school from 3.30 -7.00pm on July 17th so that you can come and look at your child’s work if you wish.
There will be a Mass followed by tea on Friday 14th July at 6.00pm to say goodbye to Mrs Barry.
Notification of Two Vacancies for Parent Governors
Vacancies have arisen for two Parent Governors on the school’s governing body. There are approximately ten governors’ meetings a year; usually on a Thursday evening. There is a substantial amount of reading in preparation for each meeting. It is expected that you will attend and come prepared for all meetings.
Further information is available on the nomination form or feel free to speak to Mrs Opalko or Julia Evans (Chair Person).
Nomination forms were sent out by email on Monday or are available via the school office. Please return your completed nomination form to the school office for the attention of the Returning Officer.
Nominations will close at 11am on Friday 26th May 2017.
Nominations are invited from anyone with parental responsibility for a pupil registered at the school.
All nominees will be invited for an informal chat with the Chair to ensure that the responsibilities of this role are understood.
If the number of nominations received does not exceed the number of vacancies, the persons nominated will be appointed without a ballot.  If there are more than two nominations, a secret ballot will be held, and each family will be issued with a voting paper.  In the event of a ballot, notice of election will be given to parents on 21st June. The ballot will take place from 23rd-30th June 2017.
Results of the ballot will be announced on 5th July 2017.
Vacancy for Foundation/Parent Foundation Governor 
The Bishop of Portsmouth, who has absolute discretion in the appointment of Foundation Governors, is seeking applications from committed baptised Catholics who wish to be considered. The skills required are enthusiasm, and time. At least one for the following skills would also be advantageous: financial data analysis, data analysis, leadership, recruitment or HR.
The governors of a Catholic school work as a team, in close co-operation with the headteacher and all staff.  In addition to the legal responsibilities of the Governing Body, the Foundation Governors have a responsibility for preserving the religious character of the school, sustaining and developing the school as a Catholic educating community in accordance with Canon (Church) law and the teaching of the Catholic Church and giving clear witness, as individuals, and as a team, to the Gospel message and to the Church’s teaching.
Appropriate training is available during the period of service.  Lack of experience in education in a Catholic school should not deter anyone from applying if there is a genuine desire to serve the mission of the Church. If you are interested in applying, please make an appointment with Julia Evans, Chair of Governors to ensure you have all the relevant information and understanding of what it means to be a foundation governor. This can be done through the school office, 01628 620183.
Application packs are available from the School Office, Parish Office or the Department for Schools Governance, Park Place Pastoral Centre, Winchester Road, Wickham, PO17 5HA. Tel: 01329 835363 schools@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk   Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday 26th May 2017.
Biathlon
Congratulations to the girls that took part in the biathlon at The Marist last week. Girls swam before transitioning into their trainers and running tops followed by a considerable run, so they were practising independence, as well as endurance.
Y3 Emelia Duell, Amelia Smyth, Niamh Maher, Ella Ramdeen, Charlotte Griffiths and Amelia Rodgers
Y4 Maddie Evans, Sinead Fitzgerald, Niamh Fitzgerald, Katie Aspinall and Elena Del Campo
Y5 Caitlin Freeman,  Millie Burns, Steffi Swanson,  Rebecca Purves,and Clara Collomb
The girls competed superbly well against 70 year 5/6 girls and over 130 year 3/4 from a wide range of local schools. Our squad did the school proud and of particular note were Caitlin Freeman finishing 2nd, Millie Burns 5th in the Year 5 race and Katie Aspinall for her 2nd place in the Y4 event. Well done to all of the girls involved.
Rotary Maths Competition
The Fitzgerald twins were busy on Thursday as they had a one hour window to get from the biathlon to have tea, get changed back into uniform and get to this maths competition! Niamh and Sinead Fitzgerald were joined by Zidane Nazir to represent our school against 20 others from Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead. The competition was built around solving problems and promotes collaborative team work. Our team narrowly missed out on a top 3 finish but they certainly won the ‘gold medal’ for the team having the most fun throughout the event. They were laughing from start to finish and thoroughly enjoying the challenge. What wonderfully joyous ambassadors for our school!
Year 5/6 Boy’s Football
Congratulations go to the Year 5/6 boy’s school football team who have been confirmed as League Champions for the second consecutive season.
The team has ‘raised the bar’ with the quality of football they have played, finishing 3 points clear of Lowbrook and remaining unbeaten again.
Very well done to the 16 boys who represented the school throughout the season.
Walk to School Week
Please consider walking to school for the rest of this week – or at least park and striding. As usual the pupils get a point for every time they walk to school.  In Walk to School Week the winning class will get doughnuts or ice lollies.  In addition we will be providing a bike-it breakfast for all those who cycle to school tomorrow Wednesday 17th May. Hope to see you there.
Menu Swap
Fish & Chips menu option will be served on Thursday 18 May and the Spaghetti Bolognaise option on Friday.
Travelling Book Fair
The Travelling Book Company is coming to our school from 15th – 19th May.  As usual a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts will be available to purchase. Each class will visit the book fair during the school day.
There is also a Special Summer Offer 3 for 2.  Buy 3 books at the Book Fair and get the cheapest free.
If you wish you are welcome to come in anytime to purchase books. The book fair will also be open daily from 3.15pm-4.00pm from Monday-Friday.
Class Photos-22nd May
A class photo will be taken of your child for you to purchase.  Try to ensure your child is present that day.
Changes Talk for Y6 Parents
There is an opportunity for Y6 parents to hear about the sex education their child will be learning about later in the term. The date for this is Monday 22nd May at 7.30 in Mrs Barry’s classroom. Please join by the side door.
KS1 and KS2 Discos-26th May
Helpers are needed to run these discos.  Please respond through the PTA Facebook Page or let Kelly Phelan or Charlotte Corrigan, our PTA co-chairs know. The infant and nursery disco is from 5.15-6.30 and the junior from 6.45-8.30.  The cost at £3.50 includes refreshments.  Nursery parents only must attend with their child.
If there is anything in this newsletter that is not clear please do ask.

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