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Newsletter – 25th November 2015

Dear Parents, Carers, Governors and Parishioners,


Ofsted Inspection

Parents and carers will be aware that the school received an Ofsted inspection last week. My thanks to all the staff, children and governors for all their hard work and to our supportive parents and carers. We will provide parents and carers with a copy of the report when it is published in a few weeks time.



Our new website has now been established for a couple of weeks. The site provides a range of news and information for parents and carers. The address for the new site is:


National Anti Bullying Week

Last week the school took part in National Anti-Bullying Week. The theme was ‘cyber bullying and e-safety.’ The children produced work on the theme which will be displayed in the junior corridor.



Our target for this year is to be close to 96% for attendance. All year groups are currently close to or above this figure for the autumn term so far:


Reception – 96.4%

Year 1 – 98.2%

Year 2 – 96.4%

Year 3 – 95.8%

Year 4 – 95.4%

Year 5 – 95.5%

Year 6 – 98.4%


My thanks to parents for their continued support with attendance.


Children in Need

On Friday 13th November we supported the Children in Need Appeal. Children came dressed in a variety of nonuniform wear in return for a monetary contribution. We managed to raise just over £147 for the charity. Many thanks for your generosity and support.


Maths Open Day

Our annual Maths Open Day took place last Tuesday morning, 17th November. Many parents came into school to join in with their child’s learning in Maths. The morning was very successful with a lot of positive feedback from parents. My thanks to the many parents who were able to attend and to Mrs Jobling for her help in organising the event.


Travelling Cribs

As in recent years, during Advent your child will be bringing home a ‘Travelling Crib.’ This will come in a bag along with other items and instructions. This is an opportunity for the family to gather together in prayer and reflection at this special time of year. We would be grateful if parents and carers could ensure that all items within the bag are returned the following day. If any parents don’t wish for their child to take part in this activity, please inform your child’s teacher. Travelling Cribs will be sent home from next Monday 30th November.


Youth Friday

Last weekend Catholic schools and parishes from across the diocese were raising funds for the Youth Ministry Team. To celebrate ‘Youth Friday’ last week, the children were invited to ‘Wear Something Purple’ and we also organised a book sale in school. On the day we managed to raised over £85 for the team. Many thanks to all who contributed by donating books or money. Your money will go towards supporting the good work that the YMT carries out across the diocese.


Sports Competitions

I mentioned in the previous letter that this year we will again be taking part in a variety of sports competitions and activities organised by St Anthony’s Academy, along with other Catholic primary schools. On the 13th November some of our children represented the school in a Year 5 football competition at St Anthony’s. The children performed very well and finished second overall. On Thursday 19th November some of our Year 3 children represented the school in a hockey tournament. The children again played extremely well, finishing second overall. This Thursday 26th November our Year 4 will be taking part in a hockey competition against teams from other Catholic schools. My thanks to all the staff who have been involved in preparing the children and accompanying them to the competitions.


Flu vaccines

Flu vaccines are due to be administered in school by the health team this Thursday 26th November to children whose parents have provided consent. The vaccine is needle-free and given as a nasal spray.


Christmas Fair

The Christmas Fair takes place in the Catholic club this Friday 27th November at 2pm. All parents and carers are warmly welcomed to attend the event. Please send in any donations of sweets or items for the tombola stall either with your child or to the office. Items such as toys or books do not need to be sent in. If parents and carers wish to collect their child early from school to attend the fair, they can do so from the yard at 2pm. Any children not collected early will be brought back into school by staff. Thank you.


Carol Service

The annual Ryhope Carol Service will be held in St Patrick’s Church on Wednesday 2nd December at 7:15pm. All families are warmly welcomed to attend the service. It is always a wonderful occasion, with the whole community coming together to celebrate ahead of Christmas. The Salvation Army Band will again be playing at the service and families can support their toy appeal, which involves donating a toy or game that can be given to children less fortunate within our communities. Thank you for your anticipated generosity.


Diary Dates

Thurs 26th Nov – Administration of flu vaccines (nasal) in the hall (am) for Y1 – Y6 children for whom consent has been provided before the given deadline

Fri 27th Nov – Christmas Fair in the Catholic club, 2pm

Mon 30th Nov – Sending home of Travelling Cribs begins

Tues 1st Dec – Oral Health team to work with KS1 children

Wed 2nd Dec – Annual Carol Service, St Patrick’s Church, 7:15pm

Fri 4th Dec – Gymnastics tournament for Y1 & Y2 children; more details to follow

Tues 8th Dec – Pantomime at The Customs House (pm)

Tues 15th Dec – Reception & KS1 Nativity in church, 1:30pm

Wed 16th Dec – Whole School Mass, 9:15am  KS2 Christmas Tableau in church, 1:30pm

Thurs 17th Dec – Christmas disco, 3:30 – 4:45pm Infants/ 5pm Juniors

Fri 18th Dec – School breaks up for Christmas holidays: 3-15pm Infants & 3-20pm Juniors

Wed 6th Jan – School reopens for children, 8:55am


Best wishes

Mr G Kelly, Headteacher


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