St Cecilia's News

St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School - January 2018

Safeguarding Update

Safeguarding includes many aspects of our work, from fire safety and first aid to child protection and recruitment policy. Mrs Martin and I have just completed our update training to ensure that we are aware of best safeguarding practice in recruitment.

It's good to keep safeguarding at the forefront of our thinking, with this in mind we have updated our safeguarding page on our website to include some links to resources from various organisations.

As part of our work on safeguarding, we are required to have systems in place to cope with radicalisation. Whilst this is not an issue for us, we have included on our website how we would manage incidents of radicalisation.

We are currently working on our emergency plan, aligning our plan against the local authority plan.

With this in mind, please make sure that we have the correct information for you on our school system. In the event of an emergency, we will communicate with you through Parent Mail and through the registered contact information that you have left with the school.

You may have seen the video below as part of the NSPCC's current advertising campaign. They have a set of videos on their Youtube Channel. Many of their videos are aimed at primary age students, including the one included below, Talk Pants. They can be useful to use when talking with your child about these issues, they are well worth a look.

Term Dates

As we start a new calendar year please remember that we have agreed our term dates for 2018/19, you can download using the button below.

Please note that holidays in term time cannot be authorised within the current legislation unless there are exceptional circumstances. Applications for any absence other than sickness need to be authorised in advance, we have a new form to help parents with this, you can download a copy using the button below. Please allow at least 5 days for your form to be authorised and returned to you.

Health Education - Change 4 Life

Are you worried about your child's weight? The amount of sugar in your family's diet? The change 4 Life website contains lots of food facts, recipes and activities. They can send money off vouchers and stickers for your family to use.

We use this website in school as part of our Healthy Schools activities, one fo the new campaigns looks at everyday foods and how much sugar they contain, encouraging the children to become "Sugar Smart." Current guidance states that primary age children should not be having more than 5 or 6 spoons of sugar per day.

Be Sugar Smart

No more than 5/6 spoons of sugar per day!

Shanghai Maths

It's always good to keep our teaching fresh and invigorated with new useful ideas. In Maths at the moment, in spite of our great success in this subject, we are working with other schools as part of the South West London Maths Hub. The Hub invited two leading teachers from Shanghai over to Ham earlier this month and Mrs Martin, Miss Moore and I spent a morning with them looking at some of the methods used. We came away with a list of strategies to try with our own pupils.

Leading change in technology

Europe's largest education show took place last week in London. Mrs Warr, our librarian, Miss K Moore and I went along to help us to decide on our new library software provider and to investigate Google Cloud technology for schools. We are hoping to extend our current library this summer when investment in portable technology will mean that we can remove the current IT suite.

Miss Moore and I then met with Google to discuss staff training through a special programme being developed by the London Grid for Learning. We are pleased to report that we have been accepted, in a group of 50 schools who are at the beginning of their cloud journey as "Google Cloud Champions."

Our first two teachers to receive training will head off to Google Headquarters in London this week to start our journey into new ways of teaching with cloud technology.

Syrian Refugees

Jackie McLoughlin MBE, Chair of the Sutton Deanery Refugee Community Sponsorship Group, came along to thank all the children for supporting one of our year 6 pupils in a recent fundraiser at the school gate. Elinor Thomas raised over £200 by selling biscuits and cakes that she had made. We presented her with a Certificate of Commendation - Inspiring Service and Social Justice. It was lovely for the children to hear first hand about the preparations for welcoming a Syrian refugee family. We hope to continue to support them through toys and games and learning materials in the months ahead.

Class Dojo

Many of our classes have been using Class Dojo for a while now as part of a pilot project. We would like to find out what parents think about the app so far, if your child's class is involved in our pilot please expect a short survey to your email address over the coming days.

Book week

News from Miss J Moore and the Literacy Ambassadors about our upcoming Book Week.

Literacy 'Book Week' Competitions

As part of our celebrations for book week, the Literacy Ambassadors are holding three competitions. One designed for KS1, one for KS2 and one for everyone in school.

KS1 competition - The Flying Monkey

Children are asked to illustrate the front cover of a book entitled 'The Flying Monkey'. Entries should be handed back to your child's class teacher by Monday 19th February.

KS2 competition - Book week poetry

For KS2, we would like children to create a poem, of any style, all about books! We will be looking for the most creative and well-presented ideas.

Entries can either be handwritten and returned to the Literacy Ambassadors in St. Teresa's class by Monday 19th February or alternatively, you can email your entries to before the date with the subject heading 'Book week competition'.

Whole school competition

Our whole school competition is titled 'Rad Reading Places'. To enter this competition all you have to do is take a photo of yourself (or your family!) reading in the most unusual place you can find. There will be a winner for KS1 and a winner for KS2.

Your photo can either be printed and handed to the Literacy Ambassadors in St. Teresa's or emailed in at by Monday 19th February.

You can enter one or both of the competitions available for your key stage.

Good luck!

Sports News

Supremo Training

Many thanks to all our staff for their extra efforts to promote sport and healthy activities within our curriculum, often in their own time. Mrs Harrison leads our work in this area and we have news from her today about our latest activity.

Today some children from Year 6 completed Supremo Training with Suzy from the Sutton Schools Sports Partnership. They spent some time exploring different leadership skills and effective ways to communicate and inspire others. They then worked with some Year 1 children to put their training into practice! The Junior Supremo Leaders will now be responsible for organising and leading sports sessions and events at school, as well as helping to maintain equipment and being positive role models for all our pupils.

Best wishes for the new year

We hope that you had a good Christmas, seems a long time ago now, best wishes for the new year from all the staff.

Vince Burke

Head Teacher

St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School

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