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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Head Teacher's Newsletter (16 May 2013)

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,

Inspection Reports

As you will have seen from the Section 48 Inspection Report and the HMI Monitoring Visit Report, the School is making good progress in meeting the 'Key Issues' outlined in the Ofsted Report of December 2012.

It is very pleasing to note that the School's 'Raising Achievement Plan' was noted as robust and our new data / assessment systems are enabling us to monitor pupil progress much more accurately.  Marking, differentiation (matching teaching and learning to pupil ability) and the quantity of good and outstanding lessons have all improved.

Your children should be congratulated on the way they have conducted themselves throughout the two inspection visits and it was noted by the RE Inspectors that their behaviour was excellent.

Thank you once again to those of you who returned the questionnaires. It was noted that the great majority of parents are not only supportive of the School, but appreciative of the Catholic education it provides.  As you will read, all our hard work is coming to fruition.

Walk to School Week

Following Tuesday’s assembly, when Lydia and Shamar from Y5 presented their Powerpoint presentation of the benefits of Walking to School, our focus next week in School will be on raising awareness of how exercise and healthy eating make a difference to our bodies and minds.

Please do your best to come to school by either cycle, scooter or on foot. Even if you come part way by car, try parking a little further away from school and walking the rest of the way.  This year we are 'going for gold' in the Travel for London 'Sustainable Travel Award'.  This would be a great achievement following on from all the work done in previous years to gain bronze and silver.

Parking on yellow lines outside the School gates

Once again I am writing to ask you not to park or drop off your children in this area. I have informed the traffic police of those cars which continually flaunt this rule and put our children at risk, by the driver’s selfish and lazy behaviour.

We will in future be taking the car registration numbers of any cars in this area and will record these prior to passing the information over to the traffic police. Any abuse towards School staff will also be noted and dealt with in the appropriate manner.

Diary Dates

w/b 20 May – Book Week
23 May – Reception Day Parents’ Meeting; Y6 School Residential Journey  Meeting (3.40pm)
27/31 May - HALF TERM
7 June - Y5/6 Deanery Mass (St George’s Cathedral)
8 June - First Holy Communion
10/14 June - Y6 School Residential Journey
15 June - First Holy Communion
17 June - Mon, Tues, Wed Charity Fund Raising; Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs Y6 Bike Ability
24 June - Mon, Tues, Wed Charity Fund Raising; My Money Week; Sports Day (venue Brockley Rise Sports Ground – 10.00am /2.00pm)
1 July - Sports Day Reserve (venue Brockley Rise Sports Ground – 10.00am /2.00pm)
3 July - Summer Music Concert 7.00pm (School Hall)
6 July - Summer Fair
8 July - Y5 Opera at Beecroft Gardens Primary School
10 July - Ballet Club Performance (3.30pm)
16 July - End of Year Leaver’s Mass (Church) Provisional date; Dress Rehearsal (Y6 end of year performance) 2.15pm
17 July - Y6 Performance 7.00pm (school hall)
18 July - School closes for Summer 1.30pm

I hope that you all have a very good weekend.

Graeme McGlasson-West