Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, a Happy New Year and welcome back after our Christmas break. I would like to thank all of you for the cards and presents you kindly sent to our staff - they are always much appreciated.
I would like to thank Madame Borget for all her support at our Carol Service and singing which was wonderful. It was a very special occasion and the children were excellent ambassadors for our school. It was so wonderful to hear some of our younger pupils singing solos due to other pupils not being able to attend the Carol Service. It amazes me every year that our pupils are so confident and willing to sing and read in front of a packed Church. Mrs Marsh prepared Years 5 and 6, who sang two Ghanaian songs and a Nigerian song beautifully. Mrs Azodo helped prepare the Year 6 readers with Year 6 staff and they all read with meaning and purpose. It is always a memorable occasion and ensures the true meaning of Christmas is not lost. I would like to thank Father Joel for attending the Carol Service and for speaking so passionately at the end of the service.
I would also like to thank all of the staff, who prepared and rehearsed our Nativity this year in Reception, Years 1 and 2. Our younger children always start Christmas for us in school and they make us all, both parents and staff, extremely proud of belonging to a Catholic school. To watch their faces as they performed always make me so proud of our children.
As many of you know, we asked for donations of tinned and dried goods and toiletries to make up boxes to be given to our Church. These were given on the last day of term during our Christmas Mass. These were handed on to our parishioners and they were very well received. On Christmas Day, our School Cook, Cliff, cooked a full Christmas dinner. I know that it was a very lovely day with many of our parishioners having dinner together in our School Hall.
The raffle, with all the gifts donated by staff, managed to raise £244 and the Bingo Night raised £190. These monies will be used to buy new books to cover our whole school topic of ‘Inventors and Inventions’. We are hoping to hold other events this term to raise more funds for our pupils’ education. There is always a long ‘wish list’ from staff, to enhance the learning of our children so by having fundraising events, we are able to buy extra equipment or booking in workshops for different classes and areas of the curriculum. I know all the staff in the lower school are looking for empty boxes for our theme of inventions so if you have any at home, please bring them in for the classes via the School Office or give to a member of staff at the beginning or end of the day.
I have great pleasure in informing you that my daughter safely delivered a baby granddaughter, Matilda on the 30th December.
Mrs Sally Saunders
15th September 2017