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St. Mary's Junior School Newsletters

Newsletter 34                                                                                                                  Friday 18th June 2021


Dear Parents,

It has been a hot week in school, and the children have managed extremely well to continue to learn despite a high temperature of 29°C on Wednesday.

Local news

We were saddened to arrive at school on Thursday morning to discover that the flats across the road from the Junior School had been badly damaged by fire on Wednesday night. I will be making enquiries today to see if any of the families involved need our support.

Covid-19 reminders

The rapid growth of the Delta variant of covid-19 remains a major concern for us all, especially in light of the fact that it seems to be transmitted rapidly through younger people in the population. As you are aware the proposed easing of restrictions on Monday, 21st June, will now not take place and this has affected some of our planned activities towards the end of the Summer Term. I wrote to the parents and carers of Year 6 children on Wednesday, as they are the most affected.

Class Photographs and School uniform

Thank-you for the extra efforts made on Tuesday. The children looked so smart on their Class Photographs and I am sure they will be a valuable keepsake for the children in a disrupted year.

I am particularly grateful to parents who went to such lengths to make sure that children were wearing the correct footwear – we all understand that after long periods of home learning, school shoes have not been a priority as young feet have been growing. We now have almost 100% of children in smart school shoes rather than trainers.

If your child has sensitive skin, don’t forget to provide a sun hat on hot days.

How much sugar?

As part of assemblies this week we discussed the amount of sugar that is added to some drinks. The children were shocked at some of the findings. It is a good opportunity to discuss this at home and to suggest small changes if your child has a fondness for sweet drinks.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Ofsted recently produced a report for professionals relating to sexual abuse in schools. There were some startling findings, widely reported in the media. It is an area of concern for all of us, and we all need to be empowered by accurate knowledge.

Please be aware that there is a resource on our school website to support parents in this sensitive area of learning. Navigate to Parent Information for more information.


Next week will be the turn of Years 5 and 6, so please make sure that Year 5 children have their swimming kits on Monday and Year 6 children on Tuesday.

The achievement certificates this week are awarded to Oscar in 3A, Joseph in 3E, Katiyannah in 4D, Victor and Madison in 4T, Thomas in 5B, Andre in 5C, Paris in 6G and Zara in 6P. The headteachers’ award goes to Theo in 4D. The swimmer of the week award goes to Oluwasegun in 3E. The kindness award goes to Keelan in 5C.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Yours faithfully,

A.J. McDonald

Head of School