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School Update - 19th November

Any visitor to the school today would have been amazed at the spotty faces, headbands, masks, dresses and even bear costumes! The children and staff both enjoyed the chance to join in the Children in Need fun and Year 2 even made some Pudsey Bears out of dough – thank you Mrs Bignell! It’s not too late to donate via the Arbor App/ parent portal (Clubs – Children in Need) should you wish to.

Fr Ross is on holiday for the next 2 weeks, so our pupil chaplains are leading our liturgies beautifully in his absence – thank you to Nevan from Y6 for an inspiring homily this week on being prepared and of course to Mrs Hales for coordinating as always.

Super Sports

We’ve had a great few weeks of sport with children taking part in football, netball, dodgeball and basketball, including competitions with other schools. Well done to the girls on winning their match 3-0 this week:

but the particular highlight is the children who represented us in the Y5/6 Indoor Athletics – the team came 2nd and have qualified for the county finals! Thank you of course to Mr Porter and Ms Alexander for coaching and Mrs Lindfield, Mrs Hoiles and Bev for their minibus driving and Mrs Collins for all the organising!

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Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @StPatricksSoton – we regularly post photos and news so you can find out what’s going on.

How to Treat a Poorly Child

You will find attached a useful guide from the NHS on how to treat the likely illnesses that children will experience over the winter months.

Covid Cases

Thank you to everyone for supporting us in the enhanced measures we are currently taking. We are hoping it won’t be for much longer and as soon as case numbers drop again, we will be able to go back to normal.

Are you supporting a child with ADHD or Autism?

Gail Thomas, Quality Improvement Lead - Children and Young People's Mental Health has shared some video links which may be useful to you.

1. Animations that have been made by a parent/carer charity in West Sussex in association with a small film company. Thanks to funding from West Sussex County Council, Reaching Families have designed a number of animations on various issues related to children with SEND. Views of their animations have been significantly greater than views of their factsheets and CYP/carer feedback is that they were much preferred.

2. New animation series on YouTube from Oxfordshire Health Foundation Trust (second link is the series via YouTube)

This Sunday marks the end of the Church’s year and we celebrate the great feast of Christ the King. Jesus must be the role model for all kings, rulers and leaders: he does not fight with swords, but instead brings peace and love and is our good shepherd. Do we allow him to reign in our lives?

Have a lovely weekend.

Michael Lobo

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