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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust

St. Mary's Junior School Newsletters

Newsletter 35                                                                                                                       Friday 24th June 2022

Dear Parents,

We have had a week of weather extremes, and the children have behaved very responsibly. June is the most important month to take care in the sun and the children have listened to the advice.

Windrush Day

The celebration of the Windrush Generation began in 2018 and is now an annual event. This year the children learned about the need for people to rebuild Great Britain after WW2 and how the people of the Caribbean were so generous in their response to the request for help. As a community with so many diverse origins we can take great pride in our shared successes and the contributions that people have made.

The children enjoyed the workshops that they took part in, and have more knowledge now of this important part of Britain’s history.

Sports Day

As I write we are anticipating being able to complete Sports Day today after the disappointment of a postponement last week. Unfortunately, we were not able to invite parents this year but we hope that this is the last such event that will be restricted for a while.

Catholic Schools Athletics Competition

In our PE lessons we have been busy selecting athletes to compete against the other Catholic Schools at St James the Great School on Thursday 30th June. Early next week the team will be informed by letter. Parents of the team members will be invited to attend to cheer on the children.

Summer Fair – Friday 1st July

Our annual Summer Fair will take place next Friday from 3.30pm. Please try to attend with your child. We would really appreciate it if people brought lots of coins rather than bank notes as this makes change much easier.

Pencil cases and equipment

As we approach the end of the summer term now is the time to check the contents of your child’s pencil case and replace any lost or worn out items, ready for September.

Mobile Phones

Last week all families received a letter outlining a return to the original routines for the managing of mobile phones in school. Please remember that children are now not allowed mobile phones in the school building, and phones must be handed in to the office at the start of the school day. To do this, parents must collect a consent form from the office.

The achievement certificates this week are awarded to Isabella in 3A, Esther in 3E, Nneoma in 4D, Aras in 4T, Sofia in 5B, Mateo in 5C, Alexander in 6G and Andre in 6P. The headteachers’ award goes to Natalie in 5C. The swimmer award goes to Raphael in 3A and Harmony in 4T.

Have a peaceful weekend.

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.