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St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School -October Half Term 2017

Happy half term holiday

We are already at half term, how time flies by. We hope that you have had a wonderful half term full of wonderful learning opportunities. I have visited many classes this past week asking the children about happiness, friendships and safety. It helps us to examine pastoral aspects of school life. The children all reported how safe they feel at St Cecilia's and that was largely down to the school staff around them and the closeness of their friendship groups. It was clearly evident that the children enjoy school, with "our teacher is fun" and "learning is fun" popular phrases across year groups. When difficulties arise the children were confident that they could find and talk to staff, that there were systems to support them. A big thank you to all the staff for making school fun, learning and the rich personal relationships that we enable at school are always easier when we are having fun along the way.

Much of the fun has continued this week with children and staff dressed as early Britons and knights and princesses. Playtime will be very interesting today with so many knights and princesses in the front playground! Thanks for supporting us with all the costumes and helping to make the "fun."

Keep reading

Over the holidays we want all the children to read even more with all that lovely extra time. Don't forget that your child can download books to read with a Sutton or Merton Library Card, using the Libby App on a suitable device. It can save a trip to the library and they have some great books in the "juvenile" section of the app. Books can be downloaded for two weeks at a time, they have all the popular children's authors on the system. We have attached a video about Libby for you below,
Libby the free e-books app

Libby works with Merton and Sutton Children's Libraries

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Parent Workshop on enabling better patterns of sleep in children

It can be a real struggle when a child does not sleep well. We are very pleased to be able to offer this workshop with Helen Thorneloe, from the School Nursing Team, Royal Marsden NHS Trust. More details below, please sign up on the form if you are interested,

Happy Healthy Families Workshop - Enabling children to sleep well

Friday, Nov. 10th, 9am

St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School, Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Worcester Park, England

A session with our school nurse, Helen Thorneloe which through a workshop approach will visit the following themes:

  • common causes of poor sleep
  • promoting good sleep
  • overcoming causes of poor sleep
  • routines to follow when there are issues with sleep

Registration for this event has closed.

CAFOD - Harvest Assembly

We were very pleased to welcome Mary from CAFOD this week, she spoke at both our Key Stage 1&2 assemblies this week. The children heard about the tremendous work of CAFOD in El Salvador. Year 1 are busy preparing for their Harvest Assembly after half term, donations towards CAFOD will be taken at the end of the assembly. If you would like to contribute please send any donations in to school via the office. Our main fundraiser for CAFOD will be during Lent. The children will work together to decide how they will support small farms in El Salvador,

I have attached the video shown to KS2 pupils below for you, it's lovely to watch with the children, especially during multi-cultural week. A great chance to show our virtues of helpfulness and compassion.

Virtues - The Gifts of Character

If you have a look at the list below, what are the virtues that your child clearly shows? What are the virtues that you are trying to develop? Over the coming months, we will be working more closely with the Virtues that you can see within this chart. Quite often our children mirror our own behaviour as parents and display similar strength in virtues, but if we are aiming for a well-balanced child, we are aiming for each and every virtue be understood, practised and developed over time.

We start by acknowledging the virtues within each other when we see them. Over the half term it would be great if you could acknowledge the virtues below if you see them in your child.

Examples might be....

Thanks for your orderliness - what a tidy bedroom!

You've shown great patience, thanks for waiting for me outside Sainsbury's.

Thanks for being so joyful with your younger brother, you've really cheered us all up!

Have fun with it!

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Sport - Netball news

Great news from our netball team - they have won both their recent matches! Well done girls and well done Miss Moore! Thanks to Isabella and Kayla for your diligence in creating this article on our recent netball match against St. Dunstan's so that we can all keep in touch with your progress.

"On the 17th of October 2017, the girl’s netball team played against St. Dunstan’s primary school. The A Team played first and won 9-1. The other team’s Goal shooter was really good but we managed to keep the ball down near the goal we were shooting at. It was very hard to score since the other team played really well and it was hard to make sure the ball stayed away from our net.

The B Team played next and it was a very hard game but we won with 2-0. It was a lot more difficult to keep the ball away from our goal but with our good team work we were able to win. St. Dunstan’s played really well and had good teamwork the match was difficult because kept on going to each end of the court. The match lasted for 10 minutes each half and 20 minutes in total for the 2 games. We got time to rest in half time and while we did we thought of some good game tactics and that is how we won.

Although we wanted to win we still had fun it was good experience for future matches."

Well done to all the girls for your teamwork and determination - we are all looking forward to continued success for the team.

Y6 Adventures

Year 6 are back from their adventure at Marchant's Hill near Hindhead. They had a great time with lots of activities. They have displayed tremendous friendship, working well in different teams, deepening their understanding of each other. We saw much courage as children attempted zip wires, big swings and cold muddy adventures. Blessed with good sunny weather for most of the trip, it was a beautiful few days of learning outside the classroom.

This was our first residential where we have used the Class Dojo app to keep in touch with parents - we hoped you enjoyed using the app, look forward to receiving your feedback at the end of the pilot in December. Many thanks to all the Y6 parents for your support and organisation for this trip, and thanks to the staff for the willingness you showed and joy that you brought to the experience.

Data Collection Sheet

Data Collection sheets went out on Thursday from the school office. It's really important that we hold the correct information for you, please check the form and come back to us via email at if you have any changes.

Please check your email addresses carefully as may need to sometimes email you directly from school and not via ParentMail.

Free Meals

If you think you may be entitled for free school meals please follow the link below to check out your eligibility, you can also apply online. It enables you to receive free meals and the school receives a small allowance to support your child's learning. There is no difference to how your child's meal is prepared or served, all the children eat together and we use the same system to indicate meal choice for all our pupils.

PTA Meeting & Junior Disco

Thanks to all those who came along for our PTA meeting this week, it's lovely to have you all supporting the school in so many ways, plans for the Christmas Fair are advancing well and some great ideas for events later in the year.

Please note that the PTA will be having a Years 3-6 Disco from 7-8.30pm. on Friday 17th November - please save the date, more news about this after half term.

One of the PTA Fundraising programmes includes the Giving Machine. They receive a small commission when you shop online at stores like John Lewis and Amazon. It's easy to sign up, the system will even remind you when you visit sites online. Every penny counts! If you can, we would be glad for your support through The Giving Tree, the link is shown below.

The PTA Giving Machine - Commission for Purchases

This link takes you to the PTA Giving Machine.

Multicultural Week

It's been a very busy week with lots of activities celebrating different cultures. We have had Earthsong in the hall and lots of rhythmic and creative drumming. In classes we have had many parent visitors with a rich variety of storytelling, dance and cookery. many thanks for all your support this past week, it so good of you to give up your time, make special arrangements and plan resources for us.
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Half term Holiday

We return to school on 31st October, a Tuesday. Please remember that we are not open on Monday 30th, staff will be busy learning about the latest techniques in Maths teaching.

The week we return is a busy one:

Wednesday 1st November - we will have Mass for Year 5&6 pupils at local churches for the Feast of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation.

Thursday 2nd November - Year 1 Harvest Assembly at 9am.

Friday 3rd November - PTA Doughnut Sale - all doughnuts £1 - on sale at hometime in the front playground. Some Krispy Kreme loveliness.

For those of you interested in Yoga, Mrs Hopson is running activities during the half term, please see the flyer below.

Best wishes, enjoy the break,

Vince Burke and all at St Cecilia's.

St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School

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