Newsletter 23

Wednesday 14th March 2018

Dear Parents and Children,
Gospel Target
Based on the Gospel reading from Sunday Mass: To turn to God whenever you have problems.
Award Assembly
The stars for last week were: Adam Peacock, Matilda Gilfeather-Carr, Ben Perkins, Alessandro D’Uva,
Arthur Sevenou, Joe loureiro, Izabella Barua-Wilding, Steffi Swanson, Luke Bateman, Jackson Chandler, Inigo Demby-Wheeler, Ava Parris, William Flavelle, Olaf Lis, George Thompson, Amelia Nawrocka, Sam Sibley, Florence Prescott, Simon Kandre, Natasha Roberts, Erin Morris, Oskar Roberts, Gabriel Kitchener, Ciaran Farrell, Sienna Spires
Good Manners Award: Caitlin Busuttil, Joshua Cookson
Eco Award: Mr McKell & Miss Dobson
Book Prize: Vanessa Prokes, Lois Atkinson, Jacob Donnelly, Ellie Lam
Words of the Week
Year 2: courage; Year 3: glimpse; Year 4: dedication; Year 5: sprawl; Year 6: quaint.
Talk Homework
Reception
Which 3D shapes can you find in your kitchen?
Y1
Which materials in your house are reflective? Discuss how you know?
Y2
Which foods are most healthy to eat? Why?
Y3
Why was the bow and arrow so important in the Stone Age?
Y4
What is the story of the Lion King?
Y5
If you could ask one question of Kieran Larwood what would it be?
Y6
What were the common themes of why children were being recognized during the awards assembly? How can we all learn from this?
Loose Change Day-Friday 16th March
This is a day when you empty out the loose change from your pocket or purse to support the PTA.  The class with the heaviest bucket of change will win a prize. Now we have six touch screen TVs in Y4, 5 and 6 courtesy of our wonderful PTA, the other classes are very jealous and are keen for them to fund raise even harder so that they too can access this wonderful resource.
Wear It Wild Day-Tuesday 20th March
Children may wear their own clothes, perhaps with a wild animal theme, but this is not compulsory. We are collecting a voluntary contribution of £1 per family if you wish to donate to the World Wildlife Fund.
Class Assembly
Thursday 15th March: Mr Woods’ class assembly.
Tuesday 20th March: Mrs Burrows’ and Mrs Wells’ class assembly.
Class parents welcome. All assemblies start at 9.10 in the school hall.
Parents’ Evenings
Mon 26 March: 3:30-6.00
Tues 27 March: 3.30-6.00
Sign up lists are on the front doors of the school.  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 (Y6) and Mrs Camp-Overy and Mrs Brookman (Y2) would like to meet with all their parents in their year group, rather than just their registration classes, so additional 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.
Nursery Coffee Morning
The playgroup and Nursery are having a St Patrick’s coffee morning on Friday 16th March in the parish hall from 9am-10.45. All welcome.
Touch Screen TVs
If you would like to see the new touch screen TVs purchased by the PTA just pop in to a Y4, 5 or 6 classroom during parents’ evening.
Cross Country Competition
Thank you to the parents that arrived early to transport our squad of 30 to this event last week. Children from St Edmund Campion were among 8 schools that were invited to attend a x-country event at The Marist School in Sunninghill. Over 100 children took part and just a week after the recent snowfall it was a beautiful sunny afternoon for the children to run the 1500m course through the woods. The girls performed extremely well and were in the top 3 schools for each of the age groups. The boys went one stage further by claiming 1st and 2nd positions in both the Y4 and the Y5 category. The Y6 boys went one stage further than that and took a clean sweep of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals!  All good training for the cross country at Altwood in April and the biathlon at The Marist in May.
Year 3/4 Mixed Football Tournament
21 year 4s, including 5 girls who hadn’t played much football before, made up 2 teams and played in a mixed football tournament recently.  Both teams put on a fantastic performance and managed to reach the semi-finals, having collectively won 7 and drawn 1 of their total group matches.  The school just missed out having 2 teams in the final, with one team beating Courthouse on penalties and the other narrowly losing to Furze Platt 1-0.
The finalists will now represent Ascot and Maidenhead at the forth coming Berkshire School games.  Well done to the 7 girls and 14 boys who took part.
Earth Hour-Saturday 24th March 8.30-9.30pm
Your family might like to take part in this year’s Earth Hour. WWF’s Earth Hour is one of the biggest movements to protect our planet. Hundreds of millions of people around the planet take part in WWF’s Earth Hour every year. Last year around 9 million took part in the UK alone. People do a wide range of things in the hour to show they care about our planet’s future. Millions choose to mark Earth Hour by going ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm – a symbolic show of solidarity for the planet.
PTA Quiz
Thank you to all those who attended the quiz on Saturday 24th February.  As well as having a fun night, we raised over £600 for the school.  Let’s hope we will be able to buy more touch screen TVs very soon!
Hiring the Parish Centre
We would like to remind all parents that the Church Hall is available for hire for parties at £25 per hour. If of interest please contact Gillian in the Church Office at stec@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
Please do ask if anything in the newsletter is unclear.

Yours sincerely,

P A Opalko

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