Next Wednesday we arrive at the end of our first half-term and what a lovely (nearly) seven weeks it has been! The children have all grown into their new roles and each class has been immersed in learning and exploring new concepts. Some classes have managed to visit new places to enhance their curriculum and the children have truly benefited from these experiences; I think that the volunteers who have accompanied classes have also enjoyed the trips!
As we have all explored what it means to be ‘learned and wise’ we have been challenged to look inside our hearts and consider how the choices we make impact on the lives of those around us. This is often a very humbling process; being wise is not always the easy pathway to travel. We hope you have been able to join us on this journey. Next half term as we head towards Advent we will be exploring our next two virtues, becoming ‘faith-filled and hopeful’. Alongside love, they underpin our whole understanding of what it is to be human and the nature of our relationship with God.
Open Afternoons This week some of our Year 6 children have stepped into their role as tour guides as they have shown prospective parents around school. It is always a joy to see the children answer questions and provide their own view of Our Lady’s with knowledge and confidence. As parents have left school the feedback has been extremely positive. Thank you children.
Sports News All our teams competed in their second inter school matches on Tuesday and once again the children were great ambassadors even in the face of a difficult opposition. All teams struggled to gain that win but our Football A Team managed to secure a 1-1 draw and were a little unlucky not to find the back of the net for the second time.
Early morning clubs are thriving and Thursdays have become a real hive of activity as our athletes have been practising their skills, competing to beat their own records. Our dancers have continued to develop their routine too.
Shakespeare at the Grand This weekend (Saturday 1:30pm) many of our Year 5 children will be supporting the RSC in their production of the Merchant of Venice. From lighting, to staging, to acting, they will be fulfilling a variety of roles; such a wonderful experience. If you would like to come and see them why not get yourself some tickets and head off to the Grand Theatre for a Saturday afternoon treat!
Danceathon We are all very excited; it’s that time again when we will all be moving to the music as we attempt to dance the day away and to learn the Cha Cha Cha! This is always such a fun day when we manage to raise money to bring to life a plan designed by the children. This year we are hoping to replace some elements of the trim trial which have been in place since 2003. Please help us by finding those sponsors and by dancing with us at 8:15am on Tuesday 29th October. You too can learn our much loved routines! Forms should arrive home but spare ones can be found here.
As we come to the end of another half - term, we would like to thank you all, staff too, for a great improvement on the prompt paying of dinner money and in advance as well. It does make a difference to us. We really don’t like having to suspend dinner accounts - fortunately this has been averted in all cases by immediate payment. Phew!
Obviously if there is ever a genuine problem then we would always seek to find a supportive resolution but it’s the chasing because people have forgotten to pay which takes such time - ditto following up on late trip payments. It’s such a fraction of what we do ( so much more technical stuff and data or personnel work is now falling to us). And always, the calls, the delivering of items to children or messages which takes time too.
It’s just really good to have a little less debt collecting to add on and we know that doesn’t apply to the vast majority who never need a reminder - our biggest thanks should go to you!
Remember too that it is photograph day on Wednesday next week - further information can be found in last week’s blog.
Attendance (Half Term)
Well done to Year 3 yet again for another splendid 100% attendance. Enjoy those well earned extra playtime minutes next week.
Well done to Marsden and Harcourt too who have collected the most learning points this half term. Your house colour day will be on Tuesday.
Next week is a shorter week, jam-packed full of learning, with our harvest on Tuesday followed by our Online Safety day on Wednesday; both opportunities for us all to think about how our actions impact on others. This will lead us to half term… We are very grateful for all the donations for harvest which are coming in through our classes - each one has had a separate item to collect and you have been, and continue to be, very generous.
We hope that you will have a lovely, relaxing holiday week with your children. Staff look forward to meeting parents on Parents Day on Thursday 17th October, following the final day of this half term, Wednesday 16th October (Please note that we finish on Wednesday at our usual time - 3:30pm).
We will be pleased to welcome the children back on Monday 28th October at 8.45am. We would also like to remind you that on Thursday 21st at 6pm we are hosting our annual Curriculum Evening, which is always such a popular event, please put the date in your diary. This year an exciting opportunity to explore mastery!
Thank you for all your support over the half term, it makes all the difference, working in partnership with you to ensure that children have every opportunity to learn and grow.
Enjoy a lovely weekend - let's hope that this rain and wind eases to allow us to get out and about with our families!