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St. Mary's Junior School Newsletters

Newsletter 20

Friday 8th February 2019
Dear Parents

It is hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of our half term. The children have had another busy week in school.

Science Workshop


On Monday the children of Year 5 took part in a science workshop from Freshwater Theatre. They enjoyed finding out about different materials. We are pleased to be able to welcome outside agencies like Freshwater to the school as it really enriches the curriculum for the children.

Chinese New Year
The children had lots of fun celebrating the Year of the Pig on Tuesday. This was the second of two special menus that Mrs Fleming has provided so that the children could experience a range of dishes.

Book Fair
The Book Fair concluded on Wednesday evening. Many thanks to those who supported our school by purchasing books for their children.

Unfortunately there was no liturgy this week because of other commitments for the children.

Crystal Palace Diving
On Thursday morning we welcomed a professional from British Diving Association who spent some time working with the children to assess potential future diving stars. Successful children will be contacted privately.

Swimming and PE
This term we have had more children than ever before who are not prepared for swimming or PE lessons because they do not have the correct equipment. Both activities are important parts of the curriculum and as such are not optional. We do ask that parents take time during the half term holiday to check that children have all the things that they need.

Please do not forget that the school closes for our half term holiday on Thursday 14th February. There will be no school on Friday 15th February as we will be hosting all the teachers from the other Catholic Schools in the Borough for our annual liturgy and in- service training.

Croydon School Swimming Gala Finalists
Back in January our Swim Squad competed in the Croydon School Swimming Gala with great success! 
Miss Aherne has been informed that some of the squad will be competing in the finals in March.

Congratulations to Reka in 5B and Awunterin in 5B for becoming finalists for breast stroke. Both Chiemerie in 5C and Paris in 4T will be in the finals as a result of their free style stroke. Olesia in 5B will be going through for her back stroke. Our boy’s medley relay team will also be first reserve in the finals.

Cake Sale – Last day of Term
We will be having a cake sale after school on Thursday 14th February 2019. Please come along to indulge in some goodies.

The Achievement Certificates this week are awarded to:
Sean in 3A, Olivia in 3E, James in 4D, Gabriel in 4T, Theain 5B, Caden in 5C, Joseph in 6G and Lizanne in 6P.

The Musicians of the week is Chiemerie in 5C. The Swimmer of the week is Reka in 5B.
The Headteacher’s Award goes to Charles in 5B.


Have a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

A.J. McDonald Head of School


  •   Winter coat, gloves and hat in school colours

  •   PE and swimming kit in school

  •   All clothing and equipment marked with your child’s name

  •   Medicines (if required) in date and handed to school office