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School Update - 24th September

It’s been such a busy week at school again! Our new Foundation children have started full time this week and they have all settled in so well! They already know their way around the school and have been coming up to the hall for their lunch and getting to know each other and the adults they meet in school.


Mrs Bignell has been working with several classes to make an inspiring display about the Pope’s Year of Reflection on the Family – we’ll post a photo when it’s finished. Mrs Thomas was overwhelmed by the number of children who wanted to join the Y5 and 6 choir and they are already sounding amazing after just a few rehearsals. You’ll have a chance to hear their first concert before half-term. And finally I’ve been hearing from some Y1 and 2 children about all the exciting things they would like to have in the playground with the money we have been raising: some great ideas, but I’m not sure if it will stretch to a swimming pool with a slide!


Macmillan Coffee Morning

As previously advertised, this is on Tuesday 28th from 8.45am at the front of the school, with a cake sale after school in the playground. Donations of cakes very welcome (no nut products) - all proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support.


Meet The Teacher Sessions

A reminder that these start next week as notified in the email. Please come to the Porchester Road gate for 2.45 and we will let you in.


Beginning of Year Mass

Fr Ross will be celebrating this for us on Tuesday 5th October at 2pm in the hall and it will be led by children from 4CC. Year 4 and 5 will join us in the hall, with the rest of the school joining on Teams. Parents are most welcome to join us – please register from the calendar page of the school website to help us plan appropriate social distancing in the hall.


Drums!

Mrs Thomas, our music leader, is desperate for a class set of djembe drums so that she can do all sorts of exciting music activities with the children! We have been very fortunate to get a grant from the Southampton Schools Music Association towards this, but we still need to raise more (the set costs £1200!). We will be starting a short fundraise for this next week so look out for details.


Thank You

To all of you who have volunteered your time to come and help with reading in the school – the response has been fantastic. Thank you also to Mrs O’Neill who has offered to help us run the new school library, which Mrs Conway is currently designing and setting up and Mrs Chettleborough who has spent many hours this week sorting out some of the beds and shrubs in the courtyard area. If anyone is particularly interested in gardening, we could really do with a volunteer to coordinate the children’s allotments, which we are currently preparing in order to start planting in the spring.


Welcome

We welcome Tomasz Socha (father of Patrick and Christian) who has been appointed by the Bishop as a new Foundation Governor for our school.


In this week’s Sunday gospel, Jesus tells his disciples not to stop anyone who is acting in his name: in the same way, we are called to follow the loving example of Jesus by acting out his commandments in our daily lives. If we can strive to do this then Jesus assures us we will be welcomed into his Fathers’ house.


Have a lovely weekend.


Michael Lobo

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