St Mary’s Catholic Primary Schools Trust
Friday 9th November 2018
Dear St Mary’s Families
We had a very important visitor this week; Mr Herrington, the National Schools Commissioner who is responsible for all Academies throughout the country came along on Thursday to learn about our journey since we became a Multi Academy Trust in September 2015. He took notes and will be using us as a model of success when he works with his team at Westminster, when he speaks at conferences, and in his work with developing other Academy Trusts. Well done St Mary’s – fame at last!
A big well done to Year 6 whom I understand were inundated with praise from the passengers of the trains on their journey to and from the Imperial War Museum on Thursday. I am so proud to hear of your excellent behaviour and your impeccable manners – keep it up!
Each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we observe a two minute silence. Armistice Day on 11 November marks the end of the First World War and is a day to remember and honour those who have paid the price for our freedom. This year is particularly poignant as it marks one hundred years since the end of the First World War. Today both the Junior and Infant Schools held special Remembrance assemblies where we prayed for all who gave their lives and observed the two minute silence.
November is also Holy Souls month where we remember and pray for all those people who we love who are no longer with us. There is a Book of Remembrance in both schools where the children can write the names of their loved ones who are now in Heaven with God.
At St Mary’s our minds are now turning to all things Christmas and in particular our annual Christmas Fayre. This year our Fayre will be after school on Friday 30thNovember but we need your wonderful ideas and help so please join us in the Family learning Centre at the Infants School on Tuesday 20thNovember from 9.15 a.m. to help us plan the event. Coffee, tea and chocolate biscuits will be available.
I wish you all a happy weekend.
Important Dates for your Diary
Tuesday 20thNovember – Parents and Friends Meeting in the Infant Family Learning Centre from 9.15 a.m.
Friday 30th November—Christmas Fayre
Monday 3rd December -School closed for staff training.
Thursday 6th December—Happy School Bag Collection
Friday 7th December—Nursery Nativities 11.00 a.m. and 2.15 p.m. and Year 5 and 6 Carol Singing at the Whitgift Centre from 10.00 a.m.
Monday 10thDecember at 2.00 p.m. Junior School Carol Service at St Mary’s Church.
Tuesday 11th December—Reception Nativity 2.00 p.m.
Wednesday 12th December—Children’s Christmas Lunch
Thursday 13th December—St Martin and St Therese Nativity 2.00 p.m.
Friday 14th December –St Francis and St Bernadette Nativity 2.00 p.m.
Friday 21st December – last day of term Carols by Candlelight at the Infant School 2.30 p.m.