22nd September 2017 | Newsletter 2

Headteacher’s Update

Dear Parents, we have had an excellent start to the year. Our new Nursery and Reception children have

now all begun and are quickly settling into life at Saint Michael’s. It has been a joy to see a new

generation of pupils begin their school journey with such innocence, enthusiasm and curiosity. I can only

hope our new pupils grow up to be as wonderful as the Year 5 group that I spent most of this week with

at our residential trip to PGL. They were fantastic! It was amazing to see so many of them achieving goals

they would never have thought possible, from abseiling to jumping from a wobbly telegraph pole onto a

trapeze! For some of the children, the biggest achievement was spending two nights away from home

for the first time. Each of them enjoyed the experience and each of them gained a little more

independence, resilience and maturity. Thank you to all the staff that gave up their own time to look

after the children and apologies to the Year 5 parents for the muddy bag of clothes that have been

returned to you!!

In less uplifting news, I am sure you were as shocked to hear of the local arrests in relation to the recent

terrorist incident at Parsons Green. We have not spoken directly to the children about this and, to the

best of my knowledge, we have not had any children reporting that they are worried or upset. If it

provides any reassurance, the police have assured Surrey schools that there is no increased risk to the

safety of students and staff following this incident. Surrey Police have further information and advice

here and the NSPCC have some excellent advice here for parents in supporting children worried about

terrorism.

Thanks to those of you that attended the PTA meeting earlier this week. We always welcome new faces

and new ideas and there are some new initiatives on the way that will help raise further funds. For more

information, please see the minutes that were parentmailed yesterday.

Please don’t forget that the children will have their school photographs taken next Wednesday. If you

have siblings, they will have a photograph together. If you would also like individual photographs, please

make this clear on the form received.

Next Friday, we will be celebrating the feast of Saint Michael with mass at the school at 10.45am.

Parents are very welcome to join us. Looking further ahead, please make a note of the date and times

for the Curriculum evening on Tuesday, 10th October. This year, we will focus on updating you on the

various school initiatives that you may have heard being mentioned by the children but maybe not fully

explained. You may have asked yourself—What on earth is a ‘chilli challenge’? Do I have a growth

mindset?, Is ‘getting a dojo’ a good thing? Is Numicon some kind of international maths conference? All

will be revealed! Mr Lane

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