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St. Mary's Junior School Newsletters

Newsletter 17                                                                                                               Friday 17th January 2020


Dear Parents,

January always brings turbulent weather and it has been a relief that despite very high winds at the start of the week, most of the building remains standing! The children managed to play outside on most of the days. They have all felt the benefit of warm winter coats.

CUES Ed – Wellness sessions

On Wednesday this week the children of Year 3 received their first input from CUES Ed that helps them to understand their own well-being and how to deal with emotional challenges. We are very fortunate to have secured this programme for the children and I am sure that it will be a big advantage to them as they grow and learn. If you would like to find out more about this initiative, the website is:

Science Museum

On Wednesday 22nd January the children of Year 6 will be visiting the Science Museum. This is a very exciting visit and will support their learning in a number of subjects, and in particular science. Please make sure that children are in school on time on the day, and have the appropriate clothing including a waterproof coat, and that medicines are up to date and available if needed.

Chinese New Year

Through the year, Mrs Fleming and her kitchen team offer opportunities for the children to sample different kinds of food for different occasions. Following Chinese New Year the previous weekend, there will be a special Chinese-themed menu on Tuesday 28th January. Please make sure that your child has sufficient funds on Parent Pay to make the most of this culinary adventure. You will receive a menu on Wednesday.

Clothes Aid

Thank-you to everybody who brought bags of clothes to school for this initiative. We have the double benefit of knowing that the clothes are being re-purposed and the money raised for the school.

Wednesday Swimming Lessons After School

There are still a few places available for swimming after school. Lessons are on Wednesdays from 3.30pm to 4.45pm. Please log on to Parent Pay if you would like your child to attend for the term.

House Points

The tally for teams is now red team on 1501 points, blue team on 1719 points, green team on 1421 points and yellow points on 1428 points.


The achievement certificates this week are awarded to Hollie in 3A, Zara in 3E, Lord in 4D, Stelvio in 4T,

Sophia D in 5B, Ehidiamen in 5C, Jeremiah in 6G and Yasmin in 6P. The Headteacher’s award goes to Kemdiya in 3E. The Swimmer of the week is Diane in 4T. The Musician of the week is Winters in 4T. The Kindness Award goes to Sophia in 5B.


Have a pleasant weekend. Yours sincerely,


A.J. McDonald

Head of School