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Newsletter Friday 13th May

posted May 16, 2016, 12:59 AM by Stephen Fallon

Please note that there has been a change to our Mass calendar.


First Holy Communions:

Our First Holy Communicants have their final liturgy on Sunday 15th May. Our First Holy Communion celebration is due to take place Sunday 22nd May. The parish of St. Aidan’s have kindly arranged a buffet for the children, who have made their First Holy Communion, in the parish hall after Mass. Please ensure that all pupils who are making their First Holy Communion, bring their ‘I Belong’ books to the session. These will be collected in and presented in church during the session.


Pilgrimage to St. Mary’s Cathedral:

The Bishop has invited all KS2 (Years 3-6) pupils to participate in a pilgrimage to St. Mary’s Cathedral. Please return the consent form ASAP. Please note that Years 3 and 4 will attend the pilgrimage together on Tuesday 17th May, and Years 5 and 6 are due to go the following week, on Tuesday 24th May. Please ensure that all consent forms are returned to the school office. We hope that all pupils will arrive back at school for 3:20-3:30pm. Art club will still be on, for those children affected.



Our PTFA and School Council are asking pupils to design a poster for the impending summer fayre. There will be a Reception/KS1 winner and a KS2 winner, with posters being displayed locally. Final entries are due on Monday 23rd May, so please start designing!!!

 Our PTFA would also like donations of any scrap or remnants of material, so that they can make bunting and decorations for the fayre. Please send any donations to the school office.


We sent our support to parent and ex-soldier Gareth Golightly, who has participated in wheelchair basketball at the Invictus Games in Florida. He is a huge inspiration to our school community and we are very proud of his achievements.


End of Key Stage Assessments:

In addition to being proud of our parents, we are incredibly delighted with our Year 6 pupils, who have shown resilience and a huge amount of emotional maturity as they participated in their tests this week. Many reported that they enjoyed the challenge of the tests and the class were full of smiles yesterday afternoon! Well done to the children and thank you to all who have been involved in preparing them for the assessment week.

 Year 2 are due to participate in their assessments in small groups over the next two weeks; however, this is nothing to be worried about! We make this as easy as possible for all pupils concerned. Pupils work in small groups with the teachers at this time and we use the information to help inform our ‘teacher assessment’, which will be reported to parents at the end of the year. Most of the tasks are similar to the learning activities that children have already completed. Teachers ensure that this is a calm and positive experience for the pupils and we always make it stress-free.

SVP Holy Island:

Would you like your child to have a week’s holiday without you?! Would you like them to meet new children, of the same age, and a have a fun-packed activity holiday? The Saint Vincent de Paul society have been in touch to let us know that there are some spaces for the six week holiday camp during weeks 2, 3 and 4 of the summer holidays. The camps run Saturday to Saturday, for 7 nights, with a suggested donation of £85; however, if you are in financial difficulty, then you could apply for a sponsored place for your child. It would be fantastic for a group of children to go together and experience the wonderful place of Holy Island. Ask Mrs Swaddle for more details or the visit