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St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School - End of Year July 2019

End of the Year - Art Show

Dear Parents,

What a wonderful evening of art we celebrated this week! Thanks so much for coming along, over 350 parents came through the doors, thanks for all the positive feedback, we are pleased to be able to work so closely with you. A big thank you to the teaching team for enabling such lovely art works to be created and displayed so beautifully. An even bigger thank you to Mrs King who as Art Subject Leader led the arrangements for the evening for us.

As always, the school year has raced away from us and we find ourselves about to start the last week of term.

All reports, SATs Results for Years 2 & 6 and the Y1 phonics check have now been sent home. Please check your registered email address for pdf copies of reports from the Pupil Asset system.

It has been a very challenging term as we restructure our staffing and as you will see below, many staff are leaving us. It will be a very sad week for us all but we must make sure to remember the influence that each and every one of those leaving us have made to the school community and we wish them well in their new adventures.

The children enjoyed meeting their new teachers on Monday and Mrs Saunders has emailed you will with details of our teaching staff structure from September.

Kick of Your Shoes

Don't forget that the children can wear trainers next Thursday and Friday if they have donated good condition shoes to "Kick off your Shoes" for Bilijo Nursery schools in the Gambia. Mrs Carroll and her son Travis have arranged this for us, Travis and his friends will be collecting the shoes at both gates during Thursday and Friday morning. A slight aside - Mrs Carroll will be appearing on Catchphrase on ITV on Saturday 20th, the day after we break up. Fingers crossed she does well!

Farewell to staff who are leaving

Fond farewells to some lovely members of staff that are leaving our school family this year. We thank them all for the contribution they have made to our school community during their time with us. We wish them all the very best for the future as they will all be missed.

We are very fortunate to have had a dedicated Librarian in Caroline Warr for the past 13 years. During her time as school Librarian, Caroline has organised some magnificent book weeks and spectacular shows for multicultural weeks. Her love of books has shone through and inspired children throughout the school to develop a passion for reading. Thank you Caroline for all you have done and we wish you well in the future.

Jo Casey began her 12 years at St Cecilia’s supporting one child before moving on to her passion for guiding children and families during an emotional time. Jo trained as an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and has been invaluable in the care and kindness she has shown to so many children. The children she has worked with over the years still come to visit and word quickly spread throughout the school of her infamous biscuit baking. Jo will be sadly missed but we wish her well in her new adventure involving her second great passion - dog grooming. We are hoping to still see Mrs Casey as she is keen to build on the amazing work she has done this year with our Chaplaincy group. Good Luck Jo and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our school family.

Mary Cook has been a real character in our school for the past 12 years. She has worked as a Midday Supervisor and in class supporting children as well as being a member of the PTA for many years. Mary really comes into her own on ‘theme’ days where she can always be relied upon to dress up, be it as a Pearly Queen, Leprechaun or an Ugly Sister! We know that Mary is looking forward to spending more time spoiling her lovely grandchildren and we wish her lots of love making happy memories.

It is hard to believe that it is 12 years since Lisa Smith began her journey at St Cecilia’s. She worked in the Library before becoming a Teaching Assistant in Year 1. During that time she has fully embraced the creative side of life in Year 1. We wish her good luck and would like to thank Lisa for all that she has given to St Cecilia’s over the past 12 years.

Amy Grinham has been with us for the past year teaching in Year One whilst Mrs Scripps has been on maternity leave. The children have enjoyed their year with Amy and we thank her for her enthusiasm and hard work. We wish her well as she continues her teaching career in a local school.

Liz Lacey has worked at our school supporting children on a one to one basis for the past 3 years. Liz’s dedication and tireless patience has been invaluable. We wish her well as she moves on to a new school working in their ASD base where the children will flourish in her care.

Gemma Donovan has worked as part of the Midday team at St. Cecilia’s for the past three years. Working with our lovely children, encouraged her to develop her skills and embark on a teaching assistant apprenticeship here at St. Cecilia’s. We wish her every success as she continues her journey in education.

It has been lovely to see Bethany Stanton-Mayers grow from being a young volunteer in Early Years to successfully completing her studies. Thank you to Bethany for the kindness and support she has given to the very youngest children in our school. We wish her every happiness as she continues her career.

Bernie Stephens has been much loved member of our school family for the past 17 years working as a Midday Supervisor and tirelessly as a cleaner for many years. She is a cheerful character, who always has time for a chat - except on the days when there has been a glitter explosion in the classroom - and Bernie will be greatly missed by us all.

We also say goodbye and thank you to Sue Vincent from our cleaning team. Sue has worked diligently each night to clean the school so efficiently for the past 12 years. Sue is going on to work full time in a local Nursery and we are sure the children will be happy to have her cheery presence support their learning.

Mary McKenna is also a long time member of our Midday team, she has worked for 10 years supporting the children during their lunch time, ensuring they are safe and happy. Thank you Mary for all your hard work and kindness.

Cristina Nagy joined our Middays in 2016 and has been part of a hard working team ensuring that lunchtimes are an enjoyable time for all. The children have always enjoyed Cristina’s good humour and fun approach to lunch time activities. We wish her all the best for the future.

Maria Eldred became part of the Midday team in 2015 whilst continuing her studies to become a Teaching Assistant. Maria always shows kindness and compassion to our children. Thank you to Maria for all her hard work and dedication and we wish her good luck in continuing her career in education.

Thank you also to Claire Harrington, who although has only been a Midday Supervisor for a short time, has entered into the role with great enthusiasm. She has been a valued member of the team and a great support to the children during their lunch play. We wish her well for the future.

Yearbook 2018/19

Our first ever yearbook will be coming home to you at the end of next week. Whilst we are printing it for Year 6, it will be available on digital download and in a "flipbook" for all our other families. It's a lovely photo souvenir of the year and now we have compiled our first edition it will be even better next year! To appear in the yearbook children need to have the "Prospectus" consent. Please remember to maintain the yearbook securely and do not upload it to social media.

The link for the flipbook will be sent to registered email addresses.

Pupil Asset App

The Pupil Asset App can now be downloaded ready for the new academic year. Don't expect too much on there as yet, it will gradually build with information as the new school year commences.

  • Payments - Make payments for specific trips, clubs or items, top up your school meal balance and see your payment history.
  • Attendance - Shows attendance for the year as well as giving you the ability to report absences. (Requests for absence still require a form.)
  • Reports - Download any pupil reports.
  • Achievements - View recent milestones recorded for your child.
  • Messages - View any messages sent from us via the app.
  • Events - View and give consent to any upcoming events your child is set as attending.
  • Notify Absence - Notify the school office any absence.
  • Settings - Update the information we hold for you.

The Apps will only work for parents who are registered with the school. If you have any issues with the app please let us know in the new term, we will be discussing it in more detail at the Year Ahead meetings for Years 2-6. We have put links below which take you to either the Android or Apple App store.

Data changes

Over the summer we will be rebuilding our newsletter database, taking a fresh set of data from the Pupil Asset system. Please make sure that your emails on Pupil Asset are correct. For families that are leaving us, you will lose access to Class Dojo within a few days and the GSuite pupil accounts for leavers will be deleted towards the end of next week.

Class dojo accounts will remain active but parents will notice that they will be automatically connected to their child's new class in the new academic year.

PTA Thank You

We are very grateful to all those who supported the PTA Fair last Saturday. We were blessed with good weather and some very smooth organisation from our present PTA committee. We raised over five thousand pounds, for which many thanks.

We are hoping that the funds will go towards improving the Chromebook provision in school, our plans for the expansion of computing were delayed during the current school's budget crisis.

We have lots of photos from the fair in our yearbook.

Parent Governor Election

We are very grateful to both our candidates for standing in the recent election and thank you to all those who voted.

The election process was managed by Sutton Governor Services and they have informed us of the result. The formal announcement is:

The Headteacher has been appointed by the responsible body, the Local Authority, to act as returning officer for the parent governor election at the above school.

The following votes were cast in the parent governor election on:

Monday 8 July 2019

The votes cast for each candidate were as follows:

Minka Dyszynska-Bonnage: 104 votes

Claire Oakham-Jury: 66 votes

I declare that Minka Dyszynska-Bonnage is duly elected as Parent Governor at St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School.

Congratulations to Mrs Bonnage, the Governing Body look forward to working with you!

Farewell to Year 6 and all our pupils leaving next week

We have lots of opportunities to say goodbye next week. A big thank you to all the families who are leaving us, across the school, thank you for your contribution to the school whilst you have been with us. We will miss you.

Next Friday, please join your child's class at 1130 to wave goodbye to Year 6 and staff who are leaving in our clapping out ceremony - we will be on the field, enter through the Nursery gate.

As this is the last newsletter of the academic year, the Governing Body, staff and I wish you a very happy summer holiday filled with lots of lovely sunshine.

Vince Burke

Head Teacher

Dates for the remainder of the term.

Kick off Your Shoes for the Gambia

Thursday 18th and Friday 19th July

Yearbook Publication

Thursday 18th July

Work goes home
Thursday 18th July

End of the School Year

Friday 19th July

We do have a special end of Year Mass on the last day at 9.15am to which Year 6 parents have been especially invited, naturally all parents are welcome to attend.

At 1130 on the green playground and field area we will have the clapping out ceremony. Parents are most welcome. Dismissal will be at 12 midday from the usual collection points, although Year 6 will go home from the field. Please come along to wave and cheer Year 6 and Miss de Normanville as they start their new adventures.

Dates for the 19/20 Academic Year

Autumn Term begins

Tuesday 3rd September (Nursery / Reception dates have been sent to parents)

Year Ahead Meetings

Years 3&4 9am. Thursday 5th September

Years 5&6 9am. Friday 6th September

Year 2 9am. Wednesday 11th September

School Closed for Staff Training

Monday 7th October

Autumn Half Term

Monday 21st to Friday 25th October (Different to other local authorities)

Autumn Data Report

Friday 1st November

Parent Teacher Meetings

Monday 4th and Thursday 7th November

End of Autumn Term

Thursday 19th December

Other dates can be found through our online calendar.

St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School

London Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM3 9DL