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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.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Head Teacher's Spring Newsletter to Parents and Carers

As usual, it is lovely to see the children return to School with such enthusiasm after the Easter break. I do hope that you had a relaxing time with family and friends.

I have included a list of key dates for this busy term so please add the dates to your family calendar so that you are prepared for the term ahead.  I have put reminders in about uniform.  It feels like a long list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ but we are proud of our smart uniform and we often get complimented when we are out and about.  If we all adhere to the ‘rules’, we show that we are proud to belong to our School community.

Please encourage your children to always put maximum effort into their school work and homework, and help them to develop self-motivation, so that they can do their very best!

We were very fortunate to meet our new priests for a shared lunch with all of our staff and governors last Thursday, and we look forward to working closely with them.

Mary’s Month of May - ‘Mother of Divine Grace, pray for us.’

It is fortunate that our SATs tests fall within Mary’s Month of May as it gives us an extra opportunity to offer up to her all of our prayers and aspirations for our children’s progress and achievement.

During May, we celebrate our love for Mary and as Catholics attend special devotions held in church to honour Mary, Queen of the May.

Year 1 Phonics Screening

This will commence on the week of the 12 May and will be administered on a one- to-one basis by our Year 1 staff.  They have been well prepared throughout the year, with parental support but if you would like to discuss any aspects of this process, do not hesitate to speak to Miss Clarke.  The results will be sent with the Year 1 reports in July.

Key Stage 1 SATs

Testing in KS1 will start in May and will take place over 2 to 3 weeks.  Because of their young age, the pupils will be tested more informally than in KS2 and the papers are marked internally by the Year 2 staff.  The data is sent to Lewisham when all the tests have been finished and marked.

Key Stage 2 SATs Week - Timetable

Mon 8 May - English Reading Test
Tues 9 May - English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling - Paper 1: Questions, Paper 2: Spelling
Weds 10 May – Maths - Paper 1: Arithmetic Test, Maths Paper 2: Reasoning
Thurs 11 May – Maths - Paper 3: Reasoning

As Year 6 pupils will be sitting more formal tests, we will provide them with a daily healthy breakfast, free of charge.  Our KS2 pupils, as with our KS1 pupils, have been prepared for these tests throughout their KS2 education.  They have had great support from all of their class teachers, teaching assistants and you, their parents.  Your parental support is invaluable in terms of keeping your children motivated, happy and inspired to the best of their ability.  Please ensure they have a good night’s sleep each night.  The KS2 papers will be marked externally and we will have the results back in July. The School reports the results with the Year 6 reports and are also sent to their senior schools.

Dates for your diary - Please see 'Calendar' tab above.

School Uniform

Children can now wear their summer uniform.  As the weather can still be unpredictable however, they can continue to wear winter uniform until half term.  All children must be wearing summer uniform when we return to School after half term - 5 June 2017.

Dinner Money

Dinner money for KS2 this term is £58.00 – as you have already been informed dinner money was increased to £2.10 per day as from 1 May 2017 - £2.10 per day.  Payments can be made on www.parentpay.com.

Do you receive any of these?
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers allowance or employment and support allowance
  • Child tax credit only – income below £16,190
  • Guarantee element of pension credit
  • Support under Pat VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
If so your child could be entitled to free school meals which could save you up to £400 per year.  Apply online at www.lewisham.gov.uk/pupilpremium.  Also the school could get extra pupil premium funding of £1,320 to benefit your child.

Beginning of the day

Children (excluding Reception Class) attending Porridge Club can come into school at 8.15am and will then be allowed in the playground after 8.30am when the gate is open and a member of staff is  in the playground to supervise the children.  Reception Class children must be accompanied by an parent/carer (not a sibling) in the playground.   Children cannot be left in the playground unsupervised.

Messages regarding collection of children at the end of the day

Unless it is an emergency situation please inform the School Office either in the morning or early afternoon if someone else collecting your child.  The Office is very busy at the end of the day, staff may be dealing with first aid or there may only be one member of staff in the office which could mean that messages do not reach the relevant teachers in time.  It is also important that you contact the school if, due to unforeseen circumstances, you are going to be late collecting your child as this means that the office staff do not have to make telephone calls to chase parents.

Sally Saunders  Head Teacher