St Cecilia's News

St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School - November 2018

Almost advent...

Dear Parents,

The term is racing ahead, not too long now until we enter Advent and our preparation for Christmas. It's a wonderful term for getting work done. It was good to see so many of you at the parent teacher meetings last month, we hope that you found them rewarding. We received very positive feedback about the new appointment booking system. In light of this we are also using the booking system for school events - such as our Y1 Read Write Inc phonics workshops over the coming two weeks.

Christmas Fair & PTA News

We have three large shopping trollies of chocolate for the Christmas Fair chocolate stall, many thanks for all your donations last Friday, we all enjoyed our non uniform-mufti day. The fair is just two weeks away on Saturday 1st December, please remember to put the date in your diary, there will be more news nearer the time.

We welcome Mr Nick Jury to the role of Joint PTA Chair with Mrs Siobhan Leonard. We are very grateful to the PTA Committee for all that they do for the school, it takes many meetings and phone calls to get everything done. On Friday, the PTA have sent a separate email, with more information about plans for the fair.

Events for Advent

This advent we have a number of events to help us in preparing for and celebrating Christmas:

First Week of Advent
Monday 3rd December - we begin our Advent assemblies for the children.

Tuesday 4th December - Year 2 - Discover Christmas

Second Week of Advent

Monday 10th December - Our literacy ambassadors tell us a Christmas story.

Tuesday 11th December - Year 3 Elf Day

Thursday 13th December - Year 2 Nativity Play performances for parents.

Third Week of Advent

Monday 17th December - Pantomime

Monday 17th December - Years 1-6 Class Parties (donations of party food welcome)

Tuesday 18th December - Nativity at St. Raphael's.

Wednesday 19th December - Christmas jumper day and Christmas Lunch.

Wednesday 19th December at 6pm - Carol Concert in School Hall.

Thursday 20th December - End of term for F1 (Nursery)

Friday 21st December - End of term

We reopen for the new calendar year on Tuesday 8th January.

Governors Fund

Catholic schools in England were established in 1944 with the agreement that the Government would fund all of the running costs of the school but that parents had to fund 10% of the costs of maintaining the school building. To enable us to fund this we ask for a contribution for the "Governors Fund" from which we take the 10% costs of our building improvements - for this academic year the Governing Body are suggesting a contribution of £70 per family.

Many thanks for all your contributions for the Governors Fund which we have used this year to fund many projects, including the parental contribution to our new CCTV system and the replacement of a set of gates. Parents have donated close to £5k for the new CCTV system which features over 40 high definition cameras.

Parents will shortly receive a letter requesting the contribution for the current academic year - many thanks to all of you who have already have donated or who are paying by Direct Debit.

Baby News

We are pleased to inform you that since our last newsletter both of our staff on maternity leave have given birth.

Mrs Harrison has given birth to Sylvie. Mrs Scripps has given birth to a second daughter, Elsie.

We wish them both well and look forward to welcoming them back to school for a visit with their daughters before the Christmas holidays!

Severe Weather Closures

As the weather starts to get colder, it's probably a good time to remind everyone about our severe weather closure process.

Last year, when most of the UK was affected by snow, both ParentMail and E4Education (our website provider) suffered failures in service. This meant on one day, when we had to close due to a lack of school lunches, we found it very difficult to get in touch with you.

We have a number of options to contact you and so this year we will principally use Class Dojo, as this system is non-UK based and less likely to be affected by UK wide weather issues. We will also use our website which will display a weather update banner.

Please make sure that you have access to Class Dojo and check it during the day during severe weather.

We appreciate that many parents need to get to work and we will always try to stay open, even during severe weather. Please bear in mind, that our decision to open or close can change as staff make their way in to school and as catering services open up for the morning. Keep an eye on Class Dojo for the latest in closure information throughout severe weather days.

Phonics Screening Check - top 4% of schools

We received a letter of congratulations from Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools, for our tremendous results in the Year 1 phonics screening check, where with a 98% pass rate we are placed in the top 4% of schools nationally. Well done to all the team involved in teaching phonics In EYFS and Y1 and thank you parents for your support for our teaching programme.

We have phonics workshops coming up for parents of children currently in Y1, please make sure to book a place on the course, the link can be found in the targeted email that you received from the workshop booking system.

Sports News

Before we begin our roundup of recent sporting events - well done to our Netball team for our 10-0 success against Nonsuch Primary last week.

St Cecilia's v. Manor Park

A Game 5 – 0

B Game 2 - 0

On the 31st of October 2018, 11 St Cecilia’s girls played a netball match against Manor Park. In the first match (the A-team) we won 5/0 . They were very competitive, but no match for us. We passed the ball well and had many chances to shoot.

In the second match (the B team), we won 2/0. We were very happy with our score but we did have an advantage because they had only 3 year 6s. All the rest were year 5s (including 2 boys) and they had only trained for 3 weeks.

The best part was that we had cheerleaders with blue and yellow pom poms.

We are all excited to play our third match and we can’t wait to win again. ☺

Written by Ciara and Liza.

St Cecilia's v. St Dunstan's

On the 17th of October 2018, eleven St Cecilia’s girls went to St Dunstan’s school for a netball match. We played two matches and in the first match we won 3/0. They were no match for us! Unfortunately, in our second match, we lost 1/0 but we still played really well and tried our best. Despite having fewer girls on our team, we managed to score three goals and that is excellent for our first match. We worked really hard in training and it all paid off in the game. Our teachers, Miss Moore and Mrs Everton, supported us throughout the whole game and our wonderful parents did too.

By Annmarie and Emily (Year 6)

Best wishes for the rest of this term, see you at the Fair and many thanks for your support in advance!

Vince Burke

Head Teacher

St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School

London Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM3 9DL