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School Update - March 2023

It has been such a busy day today as befits the feast of our patron saint, St Patrick! We started off with an Irish breakfast and it was great to see so many parents and children come along to this. Y5 and Y6 then joined the parish Mass at church, where Fr Ross in his homily told them the reason our church and parish is dedicated to St Patrick (parents – ask the children and see if they remember!). Caroline and the kitchen team then served a delicious Irish-themed lunch for us and we finished off by gathering together in the hall where we could see everyone’s green and red costumes. Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!

Girls Football Team

Our girls’ football team are having a fantastic season: so far, they are the 2023 League Winners, the Pokemon Cup Hampshire Winners and the Primary Stars Winners and next Saturday, they travel to Bristol to represent Hampshire in the SouthWest Regional Pokemon Cup Final. Well done to all of the girls and their commitment and teamwork and of course to their inspirational coach, Mr Porter.

Online Safety

Today is St Patrick’s Day as well as Red Nose Day so this week’s online safety covers a wide range of tips and ideas to help you and your children stay safe online. This poster is for all so please feel free to share with anyone you thing would benefit!

Mrs Claridge - Computing Lead

SEND Family Fun Day

This is being organized by the Southampton Parent Carer Forum on 6th April – see attached poster for details.

Lenten Observance

During lent we are asked to do 3 things. Pray, Fast and Give Alms. Almsgiving is the act of donating money or goods to the poor or performing other acts of charity. So, this Lent the children of our school have decided they would like to do their part to help other people in our community and also people who live in other parts of the world. The children have come up with 3 charities they would like to support. Please do not feel obliged to support all. You could talk to your child and decide which one you would like to donate to.

CAFOD Big Lent Walk Friday 24th March we are going to complete a sponsored walk around the playground. During the day your child will go out into the playground to complete a sponsored walk. Your family and friends can then sponsor them, and that money will go to CAFOD to help the poor people in the world. Here is the link to the St Patrick’s sponsorship website for you to share:

Basics Bank As you know with the cost of living crisis food prices are going up. The children would like to try and help out our local food bank. We are also asking for you to bring a Tin or Packet of food in so that this can help our own local community though the local food bank.

Stella Maris (Apostle Ship of the Sea) Easter Egg Appeal Can you help us give an Easter egg to Seafarers this Easter? Every year the parishioners of St Patrick’s and Annunciation parishes collect Easter Eggs to give to sailors that are in the port of Southampton and away from their families at Easter.

If you would like to donate to the basics bank or an Easter Egg to Stella Maris, then please bring it into school on Friday 24th March.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs Hales, Mr Travers and Mrs Claridge

Girls Brigade

We are excited to share with you some information about the 15th Southampton Girls Brigade and 2nd Southampton Boys Brigade groups which run locally. Children in Year F- 6 can enjoy doing crafts, cooking, playing games, learning new skills, earning awards, meeting new friends, and learning about Jesus every Monday evening, during term time. We are particularly looking to gain some more children aged 5-7.

These groups are run by passionate volunteers who are all DBS checked. The groups meet at 6:15pm - 7:45pm in Bitterne United Reformed Church. Not only do they meet on a Monday night, but they also meet for sleepovers, a residential week in the holidays and fun events at the weekends throughout the year. For only £5 a month your child/children could be enjoying exploring faith and learning new creative skills.

If you'd like to know more, please do not hesitate to ask Mrs Mabey or Mrs Hales, they will be very happy to answer any questions and can't wait to see you there. There is not a limit on spaces so just come along!

Happy Nowruz

Some of our families from the Middle East will be celebrating New Year on Tuesday next week and will wearing traditional costume so they can share this special day with others in the school. We wish them a very happy Nowruz.

This Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent, is known as Laetare Sunday – “Rejoice” Sunday, the halfway point of Lent. It is also Mothering Sunday, the day when people traditionally went back to the church in which they were baptised. Over time, this has turned into Mother’s Day, so whichever one of these traditions you are celebrating, have a wonderful weekend.

Michael Lobo

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