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St. Mary's Junior School Newsletters

Newsletter 28                                                                                                                       Friday 29th April 2022

Dear Parents,

The April weather has been characteristically changeable this week, but it has not stopped the children making the most of their outside spaces. We have been planning and planting this week.

Platinum Jubilee – Celebration on Thursday 26th May

Because Friday 27th May is an INSET Day, the last day that we will be able to celebrate in school with the children will be Thursday 26th May.

We plan to divide the day into two celebrations for the children. Firstly, they will have a service in the school hall to commemorate Mary’s Feast Day, which is our main spiritual focus at the end of May. We will crown the Mary statue and give thanks to the Patron of our School.

After that the children will offer prayers of thanks for Her Majesty the Queen and her long service to the country.

At lunchtime we are planning a ‘street party’ for the children similar to those held on Coronation Day in 1953 – weather permitting we will eat outside in one long row of tables! This will be on the school site.

School will end at the usual time of 3.30pm

The school will be closed to children on Friday 27th and staff will be in school completing training on the INSET Day.

MFL French

It has been a pleasure to finally be able to restart face to face French lessons with the children when we changed our covid risk assessment on 1st April. We have also been using an area of Fronter for remote teaching, and have been refreshing and adding to the content in recent weeks. If you wish to support your child with language learning at home, the Fronter Room called Français (French) is the place to ask them to navigate to.

Catholic Netball and Football Tournament

Advance notice to parents of Year 6 children who are in the relevant squads – the date of the Netball and Football competition is Saturday 14th May. The event has always been hosted at Margaret Roper School and it will be such a pleasure to be able to resume this lovely event after a two-year gap. Full details and a map will be circulated later, but please keep the date clear in your diary.

Accepting school place Infant to Junior Transfer – deadline day

Please note the final day for accepting or declining school places for Infant to Junior Transfer is Wednesday 4th May.

Prayers for peace

In a week in which we have seen attempts at diplomacy regarding the crisis in Ukraine, please follow the Holy Father’s prompt and continue to pray for peace. Please encourage our children to pray with you. The people of Ukraine are our brothers and sisters in Christ and are in need of our love and support at this desperate time.

The achievement certificates this week are awarded to Shevon in 3A, Shefika in 3E, Eliab in 4D, Siobhan in 4T, Hollie in 5B, Ethan in 5C, Hanna W in 6G and Eleazar in 6P. The headteachers’ award goes to Artemio in 6P. The swimmer award goes to Jullie in 6G and the kindness award goes to Oluwasegun in 4T.

I wish you a peaceful weekend. Please remember that the school is closed on Monday 2nd May for the early Bank Holiday. School will re-open for all on Tuesday 3rd May.

Yours faithfully,


A.J. McDonald

Head of School



Coronavirus – Advice for parents and families


The legal requirements that were in place for coronavirus ended on Thursday 24th February.

To keep everyone in our school community safe, we encourage everyone to follow this guidance:


The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you have any of these symptoms you should order a PCR test. You are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people while you are waiting for the test result.


Other symptoms linked with COVID-19 include shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle ache, sore throat, headache, stuffy or runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. Any of these symptoms may also have another cause.


If you are concerned about your symptoms, or they are worsening, contact 111 or speak to your GP. In an emergency dial 999.