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School Update - 23rd September 2022

We’ve had a great start to the new academic year and it’s been so nice to see all the children settle into their classes and get to know their new teachers and teaching assistants. Well done especially to the new Year F children who have settled in so quickly and are enjoying being at big school!


Only a few weeks in and already the children are starting to get out and about. Year 6 have all had the opportunity to go the beautiful priory at Sway in the New Forest and have a day of reflection with the Dominican Sisters. It was a chance to be quiet and reflect on the meaning of God in their lives and also to have some fun in the forest (and even meet a horse or 2!).

Mrs Thomas took the school choir on a special visit to see the Lion King at the Mayflower Theatre – they loved it (although we still think our Y6 version last summer was better!). And this afternoon I was privileged when Y1 invited me to hear their latest performance story of the Little Red Hen!

Welcome

  • To Mr Daniel Matthews who has joined us as a Year 1 teacher.

  • To all our new children, those in Year F and those who have joined in other classes.

  • To all our new parents and families.

We hope you will quickly settle in and become part of our St Patrick’s community.


Keep Up to Date

Keep an eye on our school website (www.spcps.co.uk) where you can sign up as a site member and download the app and also on our Twitter feed @StPatricksSoton where there are photos and notes about what the children have been up to.


Wanted

Do you have any board games/ indoor activities that your children don’t use anymore? It would be lovely to have them to use at school during wet playtimes – please drop them off at the office if you can.


E-Safety from Mrs Claridge

This week, our E-safety newsletter focuses on Reddit. Reddit is an online platform that allows users to post opinions, news and stories in different groups known as subreddits. These subreddits are created and run by its users as ‘moderators’ and everyone is allowed to stay anonymous. It is recommended for 13 years an above because the content posted can be misleading, offensive and harmful. This guide will give you a deeper understanding of the risks associated with Reddit and also some handy tips if your child uses it.


As always, if there is anything you’d like to see in our weekly E-safety newsletter, let me know.


Family Learning

The council are offering free Family Learning sessions to help parents support their children with their learning. Details below.

This Sunday’s gospel story is very topical as we hear about the parable of how the rich man refused to help poor Lazarus and therefore did not come to a good end: we must pray the government will make the right decisions to reduce the gap between rich and poor and do whatever we can ourselves to help.


Have a lovely weekend.


Michael Lobo

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