Saint Michael Catholic Primary School The latest newsletters and parentmail from Saint Michael Catholic Primary School newsletter-thumbnail.jpg Zend_Feed_Writer 2 ( Newsletter 15 12.05.17

Dear Parents, the Year 6 pupils (and teachers!) breathed a huge sigh of relief yesterday as they finished their SATs tests. They have worked incredibly hard to prepare and we are extremely proud of their efforts. Well done Year 6! It will be a very special weekend for lots of our Year 3 pupils who will be making their First Holy Communion at Saint Michael’s Church after months of preparation. Some have already done so at other parishes and our St David’s parishioners will do so in June. We wish all of the children well on this very special occasion as they receive this blessed sacrament for the first time. Please keep the children and their families in your prayers. Voting has opened for our Talking Tree Tops project in TESCO stores for the last week so we need your votes NOW! The voting between the three projects looks extremely close so every token is important. Please, please could you pop into TESCO as often as possible this week and make sure you vote for our Talking Tree Tops project so that we win the maximum grant of £4,000. We plan to install some social spaces at various heights, perhaps in a giant tepee, so that the children have more opportunity to develop social skills, language skills and imaginative play whilst also having a lookout to observe nature around them. Spread the word and thank you in advance!]]>
Mon, 15 May 2017 08:33:00 +0000 0
Talking Tree Tops

As you know, our St Michael’s Talking Tree Tops Project is one of three selected to win a grant of up to £4,000. The amount we win will depend on the votes cast by customers in the local Tesco stores. VOTING HAS BEGUN IN STORE—VOTE NOW! Thank you for you support! ]]>
Thu, 11 May 2017 18:02:00 +0000 0
Newsletter 13 31 03 17

Dear Parents, we drew the term to a close this week with two powerful re-enactments of The Passion performed by Year 5. The children reminded us all that Easter is our most special season as Catholics and reflecting on those events should bring hope and joy into our lives. Thank you Year 5! Our school choir also took part in the Spelthorne Music Festival at St. Michael’s Church this week. It was another fantastic success so well done to the choir! Well done also to the School Council, who organised a fantastic day last Friday as we celebrated Comic Relief by having a mufti day and a disco.]]>
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:53:00 +0000 0
Netball Match

The Netball team played their first netball match of the season against Chennestone School. The teams hard work in training really paid off as we won 3 goals to 2! Thank-you to all the parents who were able to give us lifts there and from the match!]]>
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:22:00 +0000 0
Newsletter 12 17/03/17

Dear Parents, I hope you found your parents’ meetings useful and received worthwhile feedback about how well your child is progressing this year, what they need to do to keep up that progress and how you can support them at home. Thank you again for completing the parent surveys. If you have yet to do so, please click here before Monday morning, when the surveys will close. It is really important that we receive as much feedback as possible.]]>
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:39:00 +0000 0
Parent Survey

Parent Survey 2016]]>
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:54:00 +0000 0
Newsletter 5 11.11.2016

Dear Parents, I hope that you had a lovely half term. It seems like quite a while ago already! The second half of the Autumn term is always a busy one but with the joy of Christmas to look forward to, it is always a lovely time at school with the children. I have spent the week observing the teaching and learning across the school. As always, it has been a pleasure to spend some quality with the children in the classrooms. They really are a credit to the school and to you, their parents. Their positive attitudes to learning and excellent behaviour are to be commended. I hope that next week, during your meetings with teachers, you are able to share in the pride I have for how well they are achieving at St Michael’s. This is because of the excellent teaching in the classrooms and your continued support at home—long may it continue! ]]>
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:49:00 +0000 0
Remembrance Day 2016

Remembrance Day 2016]]>
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:23:00 +0000 0
Newsletter 4 21.10.2016

Dear parents, I cannot quite believe we have reached half-term already but here we are! We have had a very positive start to the year. Our new Reception and Nursery children have settled very well and the rest of the children are now used to their new classes and their new routines. I visited the classes earlier this week and I was very happy to see the children already making excellent progress. It was obvious that the focus on developing a growth mindset has inspired lots of our children to persevere, to learn from their mistakes and recognise the 'power of yet'! We have also introduced a whole school calculation policy to ensure consistency in our approach to the teaching of calculations, which is embedding successfully. We touched on both these developments at the parent's workshops last week but more information is available on the school website. I hope that those of you that attended the workshops found them useful. The slides are available on the web-site.]]>
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:13:00 +0000 0
Reception Open Morning

Our open mornings for our Reception Classes September 2017 intake will be held on Tuesday 29th November and Thursday 1st December 2016. ]]>
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:42:00 +0000 0
Help us win £12,000 to improve our play!

I have fantastic news! Saint Michael’s has been shortlisted to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – are being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.]]>
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:55:00 +0000 0
Nursery Sports Day 2016

Sports Day 2016 in the Nursery! The children took part in four races, egg & spoon, teddy bear relay, dobby horse race and an obstacle race. They were all very enthusiastic and took part brilliantly. We were very proud of all of them. Green House were the winners! The parents also took part in an exciting Mums and Dads race too. Mr Tippell and Mrs Clarke were the winners!]]>
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:44:00 +0000 0
Newsletter 28

Dear parents, Bob popped in to school earlier this week to see me. He is recovering from a fall, in which he injured his leg. He is mobile now and feels much better than he did and I wished him a speedy recovery on all our behalf. However, I am sad to inform you that he has decided that now is the right time to end his service as our lollipop man. Bob feels that his leg will not recover well enough to allow him to continue. We will all be terribly sad to see him leave as he has done such a fantastic job for the last 17 years. During that time he has become a cornerstone of our school community and served our families with dedication and true care. I think we can all agree that the job is a very difficult one at times but Bob always managed to do it well because he understood that the children's safety was his priority. He told me that he loved every minute of his time as lollipop man and will sorely miss his daily chats with the children and parents.]]>
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:25:00 +0000 0
Nursery Fathers Day, Stay and Play

Nursery Children and Parents enjoyed their first Fathers Day Stay and Play session. They explored dinosaurs together and worked on expanding the children's descriptive language. Our dinosaur also had laid four ice eggs. We discussed ice and how we might melt the eggs to hatch the baby dinosaurs. Everyone had a lovely morning.']]>
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:40:00 +0000 0
Newsletter 28 2015/16

I hope that you enjoyed visiting the children in their classrooms this afternoon. I know that chil-dren love sharing their work and their achievements with you. I am sure you are feeling very proud of them. Please remember that if you want to discuss your child’s learning further you are always welcome to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher. The Red House captains led a fantastic assembly earlier in the week, teaching the school about St George, their house’s patron saint. Well done to them! Also, we had a group of Year 5 and 6 pupils attend a cross country race yesterday afternoon. Please see below for their report. Monsignor Overton visited the school on Monday afternoon to bless the classes Doors of Mercy. He found the children’s work and their responses very moving. Each class has created a beautiful Door of Mercy which display a particular Saint of Mercy, the Parables of Mercy, the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy and Prayers of Mercy. This is in response to Pope Francis’ call for a Door of Mercy in each diocese. As we pass through the doors, we hope that they remind us of God’s love and that we should show compassion to others. We will be taking photographs of the doors so that they can be shared on the school website. Please don’t forget that we have a three day week next week. Monday is a bank holiday and we are closed for a polling day on Thursday. Have a fantastic long weekend! Mr Lane]]>
Tue, 03 May 2016 07:30:00 +0000 0
Newsletter 27 2015/16

We officially launched our play project this week. The children were given an extended playtime on Magic Monday to allow them to explore all of the new resources. They wasted no time in building dens and tyre swings, dressing up, playing in our new sand trays, listening to music, draw-ing on our new giant chalkboards and pulling each other around in the storage boxes! There is also an Arts and Crafts room open during lunchtimes. They had a fantastic time and we have rolled out this approach each day to fully embed it. Please see the gallery on the website for more pictures of 'Magic Monday'. We have already seen less accidents and lots more collaborative and imaginative play between children of all ages. Of course, despite our supervision, accidents will still happen but we are spending a lot of time teaching the children how to self evaluate and man-age risk effectively to minimise the risk and develop their awareness of one another. They will need these skills for life and, of course, when using tyres, planks and piping to play with! This is only the beginning of our play project and we hope to use PTA funds and charity funding to devel-op the school grounds in the future so that we can offer a range of exciting spaces for the children to play. I would like to thank you for your generous donations of resources so far - please keep them coming! I will, of course, keep you informed of developments as will the children I'm sure. I would also like to invite you to come an see playtimes for yourself on Friday, 17th June. From 2pm, we would like you to come and play with the children for half an hour and then Michael Fol-lett will lead a presentation on the project in the hall from 2.30pm.]]>
Tue, 03 May 2016 07:27:00 +0000 0
Opal Play Project

We have launched our exciting play project to enrich the children's play experiences during break times.]]>
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:06:00 +0000 0
Mr Ottmann Half Marathon

Mr Ottmann is running a half marathon in May to raise funds for the school's play project. He has set himself the target of raising £1000.]]>
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:49:00 +0000 0
Nursery Applications for September Now Open

We are now taking applications for children wishing to join the nursery from September 2016. Applications are welcome for consideration from families whose child reaches his/her 2nd birthday or 3rd birthday between by 31st August 2016. The deadline for applications is Friday, 13th May. Please click here for more information.]]>
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:36:00 +0000 0
Newsletter 26 2015/16

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break. The children have been enjoying their first week back, especially as the weather has been (mostly!) fantastic and they have been able to spend their breaktimes on the field and Key Stage 1 playground playing across year groups and enjoying the space. On our INSET day earlier this week, the staff had training from Michael Follett (Opal Outdoor Play and Learning). He has been working closely with us to support us in the developing our play offer to the children. The aim is to provide the children with a more varied and rich play experience so that they develop their ‘unteachable’ skills such as cooperation, resilience, perseverance, creativity, problem solving etc. This project will continue to be funded by PTA fundraising and we will launch it on Magic Monday next week! The children will be given extra time outside on Monday (weather permitting!) to explore and play with a host of new resources that we have collected and bought. I will tell you more about it next week but please ask your children to tell you more about it themselves. We will also arrange an opportunity for you to experience our play-times with the children and hear more about the exciting initiative.]]>
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:31:00 +0000 0