8th December 2017 | Newsletter 7

Headteacher’s Update Dear Parents, Wasn't the Christmas Fayre fantastic? It was great to see so many families there to enjoy the day. We managed to raise a massive £5,150 for the PTA through the fayre, bauble sales and raffle, which is the largest total we have managed in many years. Added to this, we raised £860 from the Christmas card sales. This success was only possible because of the many months of preparation by the PTA and all of the volunteers that helped. Thank you very much for all your donations and your support. We are currently seeking planning permission for our Talking Treetops play structure so, all being well, the funds will go towards this project and it can be built before the end of the school year. As a little thank you to the children, we have used some of the PTA funds to buy a cracker each for the Christmas meal and a special Christmas bookmark as a keepsake. These will be sent home shortly. The Nursery Nativity received rave reviews earlier this week so well done to all of the children that took part and thank you to the staff that arranged it. We have our Reception and Key Stage 1 Nativities on Tuesday and Wednesday morning and I am sure these will be just as wonderful. Don't forget that the children can wear a Christmas jumper over their uniform on Wednesday as we will be having our Christmas lunch at school. The Key Stage 2 children will perform in the Carol Services the week after next. Years 3&4 will have the service at school on Monday, 18th at 2pm for their parents. If your child is in Years 5&6, please be reminded that the children will need to be available to join us on the evening of the 18th at Saint Michael’s Church. They will need to wear their full school uniform and be dropped off at the Church hall at 6.45pm. You will be able to make your way into the church for the service. Please bring the children’s coats with you. A letter will follow to confirm who will be collecting your child after the service. It is such a busy time of the year and it is hard not to get caught up in the materialistic side of Christmas. Monsignor Jim has been inviting the Years 4 to 6 children to reconciliation this week and the nativities and carol services remind us, and most importantly our children, that Christmas is a holy and special time as we celebrate the birth of our Lord. We had our Open Mornings for prospective parents last week. Both mornings were very well attended. Monsignor Jim will be at the school once again on Monday at 2.30pm to sign Certificates of Catholic Practice and also at the Presbytery on Monday evening at 6.30pm. You may be aware that Saint Paul's Catholic College had an OFSTED inspection recently and were graded as outstanding in all areas. This is a fantastic achievement for the school and I have passed on our congratulations to them. Most of our pupils attend St. Paul's when they leave us so it is brilliant news for the children and parents of our school community. Don’t forget that the last day of term is Wednesday, 20th December. As a Christmas gift, we will not be setting any homework over the holidays! Mr Lane

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