20th October 2017 | Newsletter 4

Headteacher’s Update

Dear Parents, it seems a long time ago since our Curriculum Workshops, so much happens in a few weeks! I do hope you found the workshops informative and helpful. In case you missed the parentmail last week, the powerpoint slides can be found here for your future reference.

As you know we received the terrible news that Ann Cordery, one of our Teaching Assistants and former parents, passed away at the beginning of last week. Our thoughts and prayers remain with her family and friends. I have already shared the details of her funeral via parentmail, which takes place on Monday at 10.30am at St Michael’s Church. Thank you to those of you that have contributed to the collection for The Infusion Suite at Ashford Hospital, where Ann was cared for. If you would like to contribute, you are welcome to, we have a collection box at the Front Desk. Although the staff are very sad to have lost Ann, one of the good things about working at St. Michael’s is that the joy of the children is infectious so we are able to remain positive and reflect on the good times we shared with Ann. We all have very fond memories and it has been therapeutic to share them with each other these last few weeks.

All of the Key Stage 2 children have attended mass at St. Michael’s Church over the last fortnight and I know that some of you joined them. Our liturgy leaders also invited the other children to lead praying the rosary this week. The teaching staff also attended a prayer service on Wednesday evening at St. Paul’s Catholic College. This was our annual gathering of schools in the Upper Thames Deanery, where we join with colleagues in our local Catholic schools to reflect and pray for God’s blessing in the work that we are doing as a Catholic community. The service was very special and it was wonderful to see some former pupils in the St. Paul’s school choir.

Last Friday, I e-mailed to remind you to monitor the children closely at the end of the day and to

especially ensure that scooters and bikes are not ridden on the playground. Unfortunately another young child was hurt this week by a bike. We will continue to remind the children about this and

monitor the playground more closely. On that note, could I remind you that the car park is for staff only and not to be used by parents dropping off or collecting children. Could you also ensure gateways and pathways are kept clear at busy times so children and parents can use them safely. To keep our children safe we all need to play our part.

I hope you were pleased with the school photographs and the Christmas cards that were sent home in the last fortnight. Photos will now need to be ordered from Cliff Harris directly and if you would like to order Christmas cards, please return your order to the front desk by 2nd November.

You should also have received your parents’ evening appointment. It would be greatly appreciated if you could stick to the appointment you have been given and return the slips to your child’s teacher after half-term. We look forward to seeing the children back at school on Monday, 30th October. Mr Lane

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