Newsletter 21

Wednesday 28th February 2017

Dear Parents and Children,
Gospel Target
Based on the scripture reading from Sunday Mass: to continue your Lenten promise.
Words of the Week
Year 2: bedraggled; Year 3: co-operative; Year 4: alienate; Year 5: wade; Year 6:omit.
Talk Homework
Do you think it will snow this week? What will change e.g. travel, clothes choices?
What is your favourite book of all time and why?
Who is your favourite character that you have met in a story?  Why are they your favourite?
How do plants transport water?
What can we do to help wildlife survive during snowy weather?
What is your favourite book of all time and why?
Whilst reading ‘Wonder’ Mr Tushman suggested a new rule, ‘Try to act a little kinder than is necessary’. In what ways could you achieve this?
Playground Rules
Children should not be cycling, riding their scooters or throwing balls in the infant playground before or after school.
Year 3/4 Badminton Festival
The school again played hosts, overseeing the annual Ascot and Maidenhead badminton festival. A new format was introduced by Badminton England, featuring slightly less badminton and more focus on catching, throwing and shuttle run skills.
Two St Edmund Campion school teams took part with five other schools and put up an amazing performance. Especially as many of the year 3s taking part were new to the sport.
The more experienced of the two teams just missed out on a place in the final by finishing a close second to Courthouse.
Special praise must go to the eighteen Year 5/6 badminton club players who acted as event leaders. They received many compliments from staff from other schools on their organisation skills and knowledge of the events. Very well done to both teams and the event leaders.
Year 5/6 Girl’s Football Tournament
Two teams, one from Year 5 and one from Year 6, represented the school at the recent girl’s football tournament held at Furze Platt. The girls played some outstanding football throughout.
The Year 5 team can be very proud of themselves, gaining invaluable experience against mostly older girls. They managed to win one and draw two of their games including a well-earned draw against the Year 6 team.
The Year 6 team managed to remain unbeaten in the group matches without conceding a goal. Their semi-final match against Courthouse, the eventual tournament winners, finished 0-0 after extra time and was eventually decided by a ‘golden goal’ scored by Courthouse. Very well done to the 17 girls who took part.
Berkshire Schools Under 11 Boys In2Hockey Tournament:
On Tuesday 19th March, 8 of our Y5/6 boys attended this hockey tournament at Reading and Sonning Hockey Club.  As usual, it was a busy day with up to 11 boys’ teams competing.  For many of the boys it was the first time they had competed in hockey matches with professional rules put in place and even a fully kitted keeper.  The boys played seven matches in total, drawing in many and losing a couple and with these results they were put forward for  Plate Tournament and came 2nd.They were great sportsmen, represented the school well and should be extremely proud of their efforts!
PTA Meeting-Tuesday 6th March
This meeting will be held in the staffroom at 8.00pm.  Please consider coming to add your voice and support.  Last week we had six touch screen TVs installed in Years 4, 5 and 6.  I would love for Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3 to have one installed in each of their classrooms as they are really making a big impact to our older learners.  This means we will really have to work at our fund raising for the rest of the year.
Cake Sale for Lifeboats-March 9th
Every year our Y6 pupils visit the Lifeboat Station in Barmouth on our trip to North Wales.  This is an organisation that relies entirely on charitable donations. We like to take a donation with us and to this end we will hold our annual cake sale.  If you are able to supply cakes for the event that would be wonderful. The children may bring up to a £1 on the day to buy cakes after lunch.
Parents’ Evenings
Mon 26 March            : 3:30-6.00
Tues 27 March: 3.30-6.00
Sign up lists will be on the front doors of the school from Wednesday.  Please come to the meeting at least 15 minutes early to look at your child’s work prior to the meeting so that you are prepared to ask questions if required. Pupils in Y5 and 6 are expected to attend the meeting with their parents.
Miss Opalko and Mr McKell and Mrs Camp-Overy and Mrs Brookman would like to meet with all their parents rather than just their registration classes, so times will also be available from 1:00-6:00 on Wednesday 28th. If you are able to make an early 1-3pm Wednesday slot then it would be appreciated if you would do so, thus leaving the later appointments for parents that can’t get away during office hours.
Easter Egg Hunt
We still need a few volunteers to help with the Easter Egg Hunt on March 29th 2.30 – 4.30.
If you would like to be involved please email Kelley at
Class Assembly
Friday 2nd March: Miss Thompson’s class assembly.
Thursday 15th March: Mr Woods’ class assembly.
Tuesday 20th March: Mrs Burrows and Mrs Wells’ class assembly.
Class parents welcome. All assemblies are at 9.10 in the school hall.
World Book Day March 1st
The children will be able to dress up as a book character if they like.  If you don’t have a costume available or if your child doesn’t like to dress up, they can come in their own clothes and be a reader. We have requested a voluntary contribution of £1 per junior child to cover the cost of a visit from the author Kieran Larwood.
Nursery Admissions 2018-19
Children born between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016 will be allocated in the academic year 2018-19.
The deadline to hand the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to the nursery is 28th February 2018. If you require Fr Liam to sign your SIF as per our Admission Policy, he has asked us to let you know that he will be available after Mass during January and February. For any queries or to arrange a visit please contact Mrs Powell on 01628 639891 or email her on
Please do ask if anything in the newsletter is unclear.

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