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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust


Newsletter 35                                                                                                                    Friday 21st June 2024

Dear Parents,

We began the week considering the Gospel from last Sunday in which Jesus explained the Kingdom of God by using the parable of the mustard seed. From a tiny seed comes a marvellous strong tree that shelters the birds of the air. It was interesting to listen to the children’s thoughts on their role in spreading the Good News of the Kingdom here on Earth.

This week we have also considered the ‘Golden Rule’ and how many different faiths have ideas that are very similar to the Greatest Commandment. We considered comparisons between Christ’s instruction and those communicated in the Mahabharata, by The Buddha, Confucius, Isocrates and in the Qu’ran. It is important for the children to understand that the message of tolerance and love is communicated by many different people across history.

Windrush Day Celebration – Friday 21st June

It was wonderful to see such a beautiful range of clothes today. The children looked amazing and really enjoyed showing their teachers and friends and explaining about their special items of dress. Thank-you to all the parents who embraced this initiative.

Online safety

We always have concerns about safe internet use among our children. We have noticed recently that this is a particular problem at the moment for some children in Year 5, who are talking to their teachers and worried about some contacts that have been made with them. It is vitally important that children are supeevised online at home, and that parents can report concerns to us.

Please take time this weekend to read through the NSPCC advice online, which is very helpful:

Cross Country

The results of last week’s Cross Country Competition at John Fisher Playing Fields arrived on Monday. We are delighted to report that our team came 2nd of 12 schools. There were some outstanding individual performances.

Dance Festival

We are delighted to report that on Monday twelve children will represent our school at a Dance Festival at Shirley High School.

Sports Day

Next Wednesday, 26th June, is our sports day. Parents who are free are welcome to come to cheer along their children. We will open the pupil entrance gate at 9.15am.

Catholic Schools’ Athletics Competition

Our preparations are nearly complete for this very exciting annual event. Children who have been selected for the squad have been informed by their teachers.

Environmental responsibility

We have been talking to the children in school about the different environmental impact of foods. It is startling to see how much more beef affects the environment compared to other meats. As part of our PSHE learning we have been talking to the children about making good food choices and we would really appreciate support from parents in this. A good place to start is a Carbon Footprint calculator:

Assemblies and Liturgies

On Monday our Year 6 children shared Holy Mass at Our Lady of Reparation. Many thanks to Father Patrick who is always so kind to the children.

Open Evening

There is an Open Evening at St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls on Tuesday 2nd July from 3.30pm until 7.30pm. This evening is for parents of children applying for entry in September 2025 (currently Year 5).

Achievement Certificates

The achievement certificates this week are awarded to Anthony in 3A, Mark in 3E, David in 4D, Joel in 4T, Raphael in 5B, Xorlali in 5C, Monica in 6G and Akua in 6P. The Head of School’s award goes to Jack in 6G.

I wish you a restful weekend.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew McDonald

Head of School

Health Advice for parents


The World Health Organisation now considers the covid pandemic to not be a global health emergency. For advice and support if you suspect someone has covid, please visit:

When using a test, check that it is a recent one that is set up to detect new strains of the virus.


Group A Strep (streptococci)

Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, but it is highly infectious. Look out for symptoms in your child, which include a sore throat, headache, and fever, along with a fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel. On darker skin the rash can be more difficult to detect visually but will have a sandpapery feel. Children with these symptoms should not attend school.