St Cecilia's News

St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School - Easter 2019

A good Lent

Dear Parents,


I do hope that you have had a good term. It has rushed by as always and we are almost at the end of another lovely term in school. Class Dojo is filled with some amazing events that have taken place this term, thanks for all your support with the learning experiences in class.


I have spent the last two days at the Catholic Head Teachers conference in Worcester with the Archbishop of Liverpool, who leads the Catholic Education Service. In talking to Head Teachers around the room it is clear that so many schools are experiencing a difficult time with increasing costs and decreasing budgets and that many of us are trying to find our way through challenging austerity measures by Government. The important work of the school continues however and the children have had a very good preparation for Easter.


Lenten prayer spaces

Mrs Casey has worked with the Chaplaincy team to place some beautiful Lenten prayer spaces around the school, we also have our Stations of the Cross, created by each class. These have provided space for the children to reflect during the school and it has been great to see them in use.


40 Acts

We have provided the 40 Acts Calendar through Class Dojo for parents and each child from Year 1 up has a printed copy for home. Thank you for your support with the calendar, it has been lovely to see the children's participation in this activity, we hope that you have witnessed some of the benefits at home with extra thoughtfulness and helpfulness being shown by your child.


Stations of the Cross
Thank you to St Martin de Porres for a beautiful Stations of the Cross assembly this morning.


Lenten Mass

We have a Lenten Mass this afternoon with Father Kevan, a lovely way to mark the end of our Lenten journey in school.


Tomorrow morning we will have our final assembly of the term and the Easter raffles will be drawn, there will be a last chance to buy a ticket tomorrow morning. Proceeds from the raffle will go towards our current project for the homeless with Nightwatch Croydon, raising funds for good causes is an important part of our Lenten preparation.


Please don't forget that the children end the term as usual at 12 noon tomorrow.

School Budgets

Many thanks to all those who have taken the time to write to MPs and other representatives in recent weeks regarding school funding and the increasing pressures that schools are under through changing employer costs.


It is clear that we need to reduce our expenditure. As a Governing Body we have engaged Kingston HR to advise us on a process of reorganisation to reduce costs. We will be consulting with staff once the process is underway and I will communicate the result of the consultation to parents once it is completed and shared with staff.

We Won't Rest Sponsored Sleepout

In March our Chaplaincy group attended the We Day in Wembley Arena.


Each year thousands of young people gather for WE Day to share their achievements and listen to inspirational speakers who encourage and inspire them to make a difference.


The Chaplaincy group, along with 21 other children, have chosen to hold a WE WON’T REST sleep out in the back playground on 26h April from 3.30-7.30pm. The money raised will be used to make up emergency packs for homeless rough sleepers in the area. The children will use cardboard to sit on, and we have said if they want to bring blankets or sleeping bags they can. To make it an authentic experience they have been told to expect occasional visits from Teachers who will sometimes be pleasant but sometimes not, as is the case on the street!


The experience will end with a soup kitchen in the hall and prayer and reflection, where we will remember the homeless and people who are struggling on our streets.


The money raised from their WE Won’t Rest sleep out will be used to put together emergency packs including toothbrushes and toothpaste, socks, chocolate, plasters and other essentials which will be handed out by Mrs Casey to Nightwatch in Croydon.


Nightwatch are a charity of volunteers, who go out every night of the year to distribute food and drink to street homeless and others in need.


Please support our first ‘Me to We’ venture by donating money which can be handed in to the office in an envelope marked We Won’t Rest. We will also be collecting in the playground on Friday 26th.

Thank you for your support Mrs Casey.

Breakfast and After School Clubs - Extra places available

Our after school club is moving to the school hall and extra places are becoming available, we hope that this will happen after Easter, it is dependent on demand and staffing.


If you would like to register an interest in either breakfast or after school club please contact Mrs Dellafera via email at afterschoolclub@stcecilias.school.


Our existing clubs that use the hall are moving to the Music Room or St Ignatius Room.

Staffing News

Mrs Bray has been in Reception Class on Fridays whilst Mrs Kelly has been on maternity leave, it will be her last day with us tomorrow as our staff return from maternity leave. Both Mrs Kelly and Miss Costello will be returning after the Easter break. A big thank you to Mrs Bray for all she has done with St Bernadette's Class this year.


Miss Fenner is moving to part time working, 4 days per week after Easter and Mrs Kelly will teach St Catherine's Class on Fridays. Miss Costello will be teaching in St Bernadette's Class on Fridays.


Mrs Scripps and Mrs Harrison remain on maternity leave and return to us in September.

PTA News

General Update and Summer Fair planning


We have organised a summer fair planning evening which will be taking place on Wednesday 24th April 2019 from 7pm in the school library.


Please come along if you can to help organise this event even if it’s just ideas or if you are willing to help on the day.


If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to help please either approach one of the team during school drop off or pick up or you can contact us on the following email address:

stceciliaspta@ymail.com


On arrival please use the rear access to the school via Clarkes Avenue.


We look forward to seeing you.


Your PTA Team -

Nick Jury, Sarah Mills & Alanna Bergin

Have a good Easter

We close at 12 noon tomorrow for the Easter holiday.


Thanks for all your support this past term. The summer term is just 12 weeks, please bear in mind these key dates for the term:


23 April
Closing date for applications for Parent Governor


29 April 6.30 pm.
E Safety Workshop for Parents with Sharon Girling OBE

- Please reply to the booking email you will have received from the Parents Evening Booking system, which we use to schedule events.


13th-16th May

SATs Week for Year 6.


27th - 31st May

Summer Half Term


13th June

Sports Day for Years 1-6


2nd and 4th July

Parent Teacher Meetings


10th July

ArtShow (after school and early evening)


19th July

Last day of summer term, close at 12 noon.


For more details and dates please check the link to the school calendar below.


With best wishes from all the staff for a good rest and a Happy and Holy Easter,


Vince Burke

Head Teacher

Community News

From our Yoga After School Club teacher:


Saraswati Yoga Studio, 122 Robin Hood Lane Sutton

Children & Teenage Yoga

Fun, energising and relaxing yoga classes for Children & Teenagers during the Easter Holidays

Yoga is good for general health, strength, balance, concentration and mood.It can help ease asthma, allergies, hyperactivity and anger and improve sensory processing and spatial awareness:


The following classes will be held on Thursday 11th and 18th April 2019


5-9 year olds 9am-9.45am - £6 per session

10-16 year olds 10am–11am - £7 per session


(Please note that due to the above timetable there will NO 5-9 year olds classes 4.30pm Monday 8th or 15th April or 10-16 year olds classes 4.30pm Wednesday 10th or 17th April)

For further details please contact Laura at l.hopson2@virginmedia.com or on 07905504818