We have all been enjoying the lovely weather this week! All sorts or weird and wonderful papier mache structures have appeared in the Year 5 classrooms (see photo!) and Foundation children have started planning and planting their herb garden. Year 1 and Year 2 had a visit from Monty the Monkey who was very shy, so we are hoping he will come back and speak to them next week.
Our Y6 pupil chaplains led this week's liturgy in the absence of Fr Ross and performed a very thought-provoking drama about Jesus the Good Shepherd. They were so good I'm not sure we even need Fr Ross any more!
Following successful interviews, we welcome Mrs Naomi Affleck as a Teaching Assistant. I am sure she will soon feel part of our St Patrick’s family.
Social Distancing Reminder
It's so easy to forget with things seeming like normal, but please do try to keep your distance when waiting to collect children at the end of the day. This is particularly difficult in the Year 4 waiting area, so I would encourage parents waiting to move right over towards the play trail so there is plenty of room to space out - please try not to congregate too close to the passageway and the gate.
We are starting to get quite excited now about the playground refurbishment which is taking place in the summer holidays! Our architect, Liam Watford, has appointed the Year 6 children to prepare proposals and costings and present them to the rest of the school community and they have been busy all week measuring, drawing and researching and trying to follow the design brief. More to follow on how you can give your views.
Message from Mrs Davis
If you are a parent of a child with a disability or additional needs, you may qualify for a Max Card Plus by registering with the Buzz Network - you may qualify for access to specialist play schemes and discounted prices at a selection of restaurants and venues across the city, including:
Go Ape! Itchen Valley Country Park
Partyman World of Play
Longdown Dairy Farm
New Forest Wildlife Park
Sea City Museum
For more information please go to https://sid.southampton.gov.uk/kb5/southampton/directory/advice.page?id=0hlPQQzxo5w or https://sid.southampton.gov.uk/kb5/southampton/directory/advice.page?id=0hlPQQzxo5w or contact Mrs Davis to discuss - firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from the Council
The early May bank holiday this weekend presents a wonderful chance to meet family and friends, do some local shopping or visit a local pub or restaurant. However, it's vital that we continue to work together, observe the rules and follow 'Hands. Face. Space and Fresh Air.' in order to prevent more infections, which would only reduce our chances of meeting the June 21 date and going back to our normal lives this summer.
If you're heading out to shop or go to a restaurant, don't forget to make sure you and your group all scan the Test and Trace QR code when out and about to help control the spread of the virus.
We are making good progress in the plans to lift lockdown but please remember that there are still steps we must take to keep ourselves and each other safe.
This Sunday, the 5th Sunday of Easter, Jesus refers to us as branches of the true vine: Our mission is essentially to go out and to bear fruit by following Jesus' example - exactly as our school mission statement tells us.
Have a lovely long weekend.
Reminder: May Bank Holiday is on Monday 3rd May and school will be closed!