Newsletter 10

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Dear Parents and Children,
Award Assembly
Stars last week were: Olaf Lis, Lewis Cowell, Philippa Roden, Alex Pikuzinski, Farrah Adnani, Hayden Appleyard, Elsie Rose Taylor, Finn Simmons, Alessia Rossi, Aoife Hallam, Franek Abramowicz, Ciara Warner, Adam Peacock, Kuba Muszynski, George Holden, Ava Parris, Adam Kurpiel, Connie Lancaster, Evan Simmons, Emily Treacy, Rudy Simmons, Lennon Lam, Joe Bickford, Lorien Middle, Luke Bateman, Zidane Nazir, Freya Cleeton, Caitlin Busuttil, Gabriel Munson, Carla Gomez-Coles, Agatha Demby Wheeler and Luca Calabrese,
The Good Manners Award went to Daniel Perini and Charlotte Yorke.
Tom O’Connor and Lyba Nazir won the Book Prize.
The Eco Award went to Mrs Brookman’s  and  Mrs Wells’/Mrs Burrows’ classes.
Walk to School was won by Miss Lazenby’s class and Mrs Campbell’s class.
Our Sports Ambassadors are Emily Bradley, Maddie Evans, Izzy Burnard, Evan Simmons, Millie Burns, Ben Bradley, Ciara Doyle, Elena del Campo and Zidane Nazir.
Words of the Week
Year 2: academic; Year 3: aggravate; Year 4: purpose; Year 5: torrent; Year 6: disrepute.
Talk Homework
Reception
If you met the Gruffalo, what would you say to him?
Y1
What do you know about saints?
Y2
Why is Mary such an important person?
Y3
Which areas of the United Kingdom have you visited? Can you find them on a map?
Y4
Why are Shakespeare’s plays still popular?
Y5
What essentials would you pack if you were going on a rescue mission?
Y6
What are the key skills to really comprehending what you read?
Fun Run
Some of the Y6 girls asked if the staff could do a run for Children in Need this Friday. As the bishop doesn’t want us to support this charity we have found our own ‘children in need’ charity.  Fr Liam was talking at mass on Sunday about a small charity he is involved in called W.O.R.K, which supports widows and orphans in Kenya. http://www.work-kenya.org/  Some of the staff have risen to the challenge and will be running around the school field on Friday afternoon, watched by the children.  If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile charity which supports these unfortunate families who are thrown off their land when their husband dies, please send your child in with some money on Friday.
Cinema Trips
The following trips have been arranged:
Wednesday 15th November-Y3
Wednesday 22nd November –Years 4, 5 and 6
The children will be walking to the cinema, leaving just after 9.00 as the films start at 10.00.  If you feel your child cannot walk the distance you are welcome to pick them up from school and meet us at the cinema in Maidenhead just before 10.00 and return to pick them up at the end of the film.  All children will need a coat or waterproof if rain is forecast.
Learning Tables
Parents will often ask what they can do to help to support their child with maths. The best solution is to build knowledge of and then speed / fluency with times tables / division. Our minimum expectations are as follows:
Year 1 – 1 and 10′s
Year 2 – 2, 5,
Year 3 – 3, 6, 4, and 8
Year 4 – 7, 9, 11, and 12
A website that can help is:
https://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/math-trainer-multiply.html

Y6 Tag Rugby
Following on from the success of the recent Y3/4 Tag Rugby team we took 24 Year 6 children, making up two teams, to Maidenhead RFC on a gloriously sunny Monday 6th November.
Each team won 5 games and narrowly lost 3 – we are also very proud of our children for winning The Fair Play Award for good sportsmanship. What was also great to see was that although the rules stated that a minimum of 3 girls had to make up the team of 8 – we chose to field 6 girls and they more than held their own! Girl power…
Cross Country Trials
A huge congratulation to every single child that took part in the trials recently for the up-coming cross country schools competition. Even though we can only take 2 boys and 2 girls from Year 4, 5 and 6 we still had a staggering 125 children compete for just 12 places!
This goes to show that our children love taking part in sport even if some knew that they would not ‘win’, they still wanted to be a part of it and that is what sport should be about.
National Young Mathematicians’ Award 2017
Explore Learning recently ran a competition for Year 6 children to work as a team on mathematical problem solving. Our team was comprised of Nina Gibson, Millie Burns, Matthew Evans and Sebi Leivano and we are thrilled to announce that they have progressed to the next round which will be held against the Slough Region. The finals of this competition are to be held at The University of Cambridge, but one step at a time…
Christmas Shopping Evening-Friday 17th November, 7.00pm
This promises to be an exceptional evening with over 30 stalls of Christmas present ideas for you to buy.  You can also enjoy a glass of wine with friends.  Make sure you put this date in your diary so you don’t miss out.
Parents’ Evenings-27th and 28th November 3.30-6.00
Please attend the meeting at least 15 minutes early to look, with your child, at their work in their classroom.  Available in their tray will be a home school agreement for you to read and sign and an information sheet to fill in regarding your child’s interests, talents, targets or whatever comments you wish to make.  Please leave both documents in the tray when completed.  Y5/6 children are expected to attend the meeting with their parents. Other age groups can watch DVDs outside my office whilst you chat to the teacher.  Please ensure you are on time as it is a ten minute appointment and teachers must start promptly to avoid delays.
Gifts for the Elderly
One of our end of term Christmas activities is visiting the elderly at a number of residential homes.  We like to take gifts with us and if you are happy to donate, will collect these after the Christmas Fayre.  Items such as socks, pop socks, jewellery, biscuits etc would be ideal.
Turkey for the Nuns
Thanks you to those who donated cakes before half term.  We raised £360 which is more than enough to order Christmas meats and more besides.
Copas Turkeys
If you are intending to buy a turkey from Copas and are ordering online, if you use the code SEC14 £5 will be donated to the school.
Please do ask if anything in the newsletter is unclear.

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