Newsletter 11

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Dear Parents and Children,
Award Assembly
Stars last week were: Callum Willis-Hignight, Sofia Power, Alex Brennan, Sinead Fitzgerald, Lauren Evans, Vincent Delacour, Robbie Adams, Alannah Feely, Marcus Dunlop, Lucy Savin, Edward Cotter, Rose Lancaster, Huw Carter, Niamh Maher, Clara Collomb, Emily Bradley, Rory Casey, Bonnie Hutchinson, Filip Muszynski, Mia Cherry, Eddie Rostowski, Marco D’Uva, Chloe Bennett, Federico Hoyos-Toro and Alexander Billington.
The Good Manners Awards went to Vanessa Prokes and Tian Liverpool.
Oscar Menzies and Gianluca Carlo won the Book Prizes.
The Eco Award went to Mrs Burrows’ and Mrs Camp-Overy’s classes.
Walk to School was won by Miss Lazenby’s class.
Words of the Week
Year 2: workable; Year 3: rarely; Year 4: expanse; Year 5: reluctant; Year 6: gracious.
Talk Homework
What do you know about dinosaurs? Do you have a favourite one?
How can you be more like St Francis of Assisi?
Which season of the liturgical calendar is your favourite and why?
Can you name any human geographical features found in London?
How does music make you feel?
How does your faith give you strength?
Does God ever give us a glimpse of heaven whilst we are on earth?
Research on Reading
After the age of 5, we acquire most new vocabulary through reading. But if we don’t read, we don’t acquire it. Obviously the best way to build vocabulary is to read, but apparently we only learn about 15% of the vocabulary we encounter in written texts so we need to read a lot to make sure we encounter words on multiple occasions before they become part of our working vocabularies. According to one source, if you read for twenty minutes a day you’ll encounter an estimated 1,800,000 words over the course of a year whereas reading for only one minute a day will result in only 8,000 words.
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 any other 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.
Grocery Line-Friday 1st December
We will be holding a grocery line to collect items for the Christmas Fayre.  We ask each child to donate a grocery item.  Each class lines up their groceries in the school hall; the class with the longest line of groceries wins a prize.
Christmas Fayre-3rd December 12.00-3.00
If you have donations for the Fayre can they please come into school on the Friday or Saturday before.  We are not able to store items before this date.
St Edmund Campion Feast Day, Friday 1st December
We begin our feast day with a whole school Mass (not the Reception classes). In the afternoon there will be a pantomime paid for this year by the PTA.
Helping the Poor
Last Sunday was Pope Francis’ first World Day of the Poor.

Those of you at mass this weekend will have heard Tom O’Kane’s speech of thanks to our community for what you have already generously given as well as a passionate plea for more support for Foodshare within our community.  Foodshare Maidenhead currently feed over 100  families each week.
If you are able to give any time then please contact:
To donate money, visit or hand in an envelope to the school office marked Foodshare and we will get it to them.
Please remember that we do collect food donations for Foodshare in assembly every Monday.
They particularly need:

  • tinned meat/fish
  • tinned vegetables
  • soup
  • rice
  • cooking sauces
  • coffee/tea bags
  • sugar
  • cereal
  • log life milk
  • tinned desserts
  • fruit juice
  • cereal bars/biscuits
  • peanut butter

As Pope Francis reminds us, ‘Let us love, not with words but deeds’
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, we will collect these after the Christmas Fayre.  Items such as socks, pop socks, jewellery, biscuits etc would be ideal.
Visiting the Elderly
Miss Opalko’s class will walk to Clara Court on Tuesday 12th December, leaving school at 10.50.
Mr McKell’s class will be going to Harwood House, Cookham Dean on Friday 15th December. We need parents to drive there.  Volunteer drivers must be DBS checked and have fully comprehensive, business insurance on their car.  If you haven’t got this cover you can drive and take your own child.  Please let Mr McKell know if you are able to help with driving.
Quiz Night
A massive thank you to everyone who supported the PTA quiz last Saturday, we raised just over £1000 which is fantastic, thanks all!  Well done to Cloud 9 who walked away with the Golden Duck of Knowledge Trophy.
Please do ask if anything in the newsletter is unclear.

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