12th January 2018 | Newsletter 8

Dear Parents, Happy New Year! I do hope you enjoyed a good Christmas. It was lovely to welcome the children back last week, full of energy and ready for a new term. Since they have returned, we have been focusing our assemblies on the Epiphany and the theme of Hope. As we start a new year, we often reflect on the year passed and look to the future, setting resolutions and making plans. As the children do the same, I wanted them to think positively and realise that, with God at their side, their true hopes can become a reality if they set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them. When we read the news headlines, it is hard to find much sign of hope in the world at the moment but one of the joys of working with children is that they are infectiously hopeful, joyful and positive. Monsignor Overton celebrated mass on Tuesday to welcome the new year in with the children and our Reception children joined us for the first time. It was a lovely service led by year 5 and the Reception Children participated very well. We also welcomed Dr Wayne Tennent back to the school earlier this week. He has been supporting us in developing our approach to the teaching and learning of Reading. He was so impressed with the quality of teaching that he observed during his last visit, he asked to come back this week and record some lessons as case studies for his further research and future editions of his book. Thank you to the teachers involved. It is exciting for the school to be part of research projects such as this and develop a level of expertise that will benefit the pupils in our school and in other schools. I hope that those of you that bought the Nativity DVD enjoyed watching the performance again over Christmas. Some that were ordered have not been collected so if you ordered one, please get in touch with Mrs O’Keeffe. The Carol Concert DVDs will be available shortly so please keep a look out for a parentmail to confirm. As you know, the results of the parent survey were very positive and I am pleased to say that the pupil survey was very similar. A summary of results are shared on the website if you are interested in having a look. The class teachers have discussed any concerning responses with the children. Thankfully, the pupils have usually clicked the wrong answer accidentally or have slightly misunderstood the question. You should have received a ‘Bag 2 School’ by now. If you have any unwanted textiles at home, you can fill the bag (and additional black bags if needed) and bring it into school for collection. More details of what can be donated are attached. On the 29th January, Bags 2 School will weigh the textiles and take them away to be recycled so they avoid landfill. Our PTA will then receive a payment based on the weight —win, win! Please drop any bags to the main hall during the week beginning 22nd January or on the morning of the 29th January at the latest?!!!! Have a lovely weekend! Mr Lane

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