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AUTUMN TERM NEWSLETTER No.12 Friday 2 December 2011
PARKING AND DANGEROUS DRIVING
Would the owner of vehicle registration number B10 DVD please not park in the disabled bay in the cul-de-sac. This space is for
the family of a severely disabled adult and is in regular use. Thank you.
A Silver Honda, RL03 WMD, was reported earlier this week to have climbed the pavement in order to overtake another car. The
parent who reported this said that the driver could have knocked over a child who was walking just ahead of their parent.
Holy Family Choir was part of the Slough Primary Singing Festival on Tuesday evening of this week at The Centre. It was a
magical evening and our choir was outstanding. They sang their hearts out and many people commented on them being the
standout performance of the night! The Holy Family Choir members, led by Barbara McNeillie, are fantastic ambassadors for our
school and whenever we hear them sing it is a real privilege. A big thank you to Barbara and all the members of staff who have
been involved in helping to prepare the children for this wondrous performance. Mr Broadbridge
PARTY DAY FOR YEARS 1-6
This will be on Monday 19 December. The children may wear their party clothes and should each make Christmas hat for a
class competition. Each child needs to bring in their own festive lunch box; please feel free to make it as special as you like.
School packed lunches will not be available on this day.
We had a very lively and interesting meeting last night – many thanks to all of you who attended. A few reminders …
Donations still needed!
Pre-loved (washed) teddies & soft toys - for the Teddy Bear Tombola
Filled Jars (sweets, treats, mini gifts) - for the jar tombola. Please hand into your child’s teacher. A prize is given to the class with
the most jars collected.
New (unwanted) toys - for the toy tombola.
Raffle prize donations – could you possibly ask your employer or company to donate please?
Cakes - to be sold on the day of the Fayre so please bring in to school the day before (9th December).
Please leave these items (apart from the jars, to be left in the classroom) in reception in a bag marked Christmas Fayre.
Facepainters - if you are able to offer your skills on the day even if it is just for 1 hour this would be most appreciated.
We still need helpers to run the many stalls and to help with setting up (Friday pm & Saturday am) and clearing away
afterwards. We will be in school on Friday 9th December from 3.30pm onwards.
Please fill in the form on the bottom of the newsletter with your details if you are available to help in any way. Return to the
school marked for Vice Chairs.
Please contact Marrisa Bartlett on 07970675909 or Tina Brennan on 07770 593279 - Co-Vice Chairs. Many thanks.
Raffle Tickets. Please return any unsold books of raffle tickets. For those parents who wish to have extra books they are
available from Reception.
Tombola: Mufti day is next Friday – please send in toiletries, chocolates, wine etc. Thank you.
Wrapping: A big thank you to all you helpers who came to the wrapping evening at Zoe Ward’s house and many thanks, too, to
Zoe for her gracious hospitality and enviable cooking skills. We are already looking forward to next year!
We have decided to do it a bit differently this year: instead of the early evening discos on the 19 December, these will be
taking place during that afternoon in school time, ie on party day. It saves you all having to come out on a dark, cold and
possibly wet evening! PTA will still be funding this event.
CHRISTMAS DAY IDEAS FROM SPEND AND RAISE
Thanks to those of you who have visited the Spend and Raise eStore - we have raised over £40 over the last couple of weeks.
Many thanks to those of you who have contributed in this way. You can see this week's newsletter at the PTA website
www.holyfpta.com - click on SpendandRaiseNews on the navigation bar. Alternatively go straight to the eStore at
www.spendandraise.com/holyfamilypta . Thanks. Andrew Dickson.
If anybody has any contact with a marquee rental company would they be kind enough to get in touch with school please.
Apologies to Adele O’Reilly for omitting her name from the list of team members who beat Trevelyan last week – sorry Adele!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD - SAMARITANS PURSE
The School Council were recently very busy organising the shoe box appeal. From your generosity they were able to make up 18
shoe boxes to send to children less fortunate than themselves. They gave up their lunch break for a week to collect and sort all
your donations, cover shoe boxes and fill them with gifts. Many thanks to John Paul Morgan-Frankham and Mark Andrews for
giving up a further lunch break to deliver them to our local collection point. Thank you to everyone who donated an item for
this worthwhile cause. It is lovely to know there will be 18 children somewhere around the World who will have a better
Christmas because of you. God Bless. Mrs Bowler, Mrs English, Miss Wheeler and the School Council.
REMEMBRANCE TREE ‘LEAVES’
Mrs Pearmaine is taking all of your loved ones’ names and is having Masses said for them – thank you Mrs Pearmaine!
You may recall last summer that we sent out a questionnaire for you to complete about our school and what you felt then about
the service we provide. 175 of you replied. The following sub title reflects an area that more than 10% of parents felt they knew
least about and, over the next few weeks, I shall attempt to fill in some of the gaps through this newsletter, when there is space.
If there is anything you wish to know further, please get in touch with school and we’ll do our best to provide clarification.
84% agreed they were satisfied with the curriculum; 7% neither agreed nor disagreed; 3% disagreed; 2% didn’t feel able to
answer and 4% didn’t respond to this question.
Like the majority of maintained schools nationally, we teach the National Curriculum. Subjects taught are: English (Reading,
Writing, Speaking and Listening), Maths, ICT and Science (the core subjects); History, Geography, Music, Art, Design Technology
and PE (foundation subjects); Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education curriculum (PSHCE). English (otherwise known
as Literacy) is taught as a separate subject but also through all other subjects; Maths is also taught separately to other subjects.
ICT is taught both as a separate subject and as a tool to support learning in many other subjects. History, Geography, Art and DT
are often put together and taught through topic work. As a Catholic school, we teach our own Catholic RE scheme, approved by
our diocese, called ‘Here I Am’. We shall be reviewing what we teach when we learn more about the revised curriculum soon to
be published by the Department for Education.
Teaching plans for each subject are completed by year group teachers on a termly or half-termly basis and we publish on our
school website the topics in all subjects that your children are learning each term. Half-termly assessment of progress is carried
out in Writing and Science; progress in Maths and Reading are on a termly basis. The foundation subjects are only required to
have assessments published at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, and you receive this information in your child’s annual
We try to further enrich the curriculum by arranging visits and off-site activities: for example, Year 2 children walked to the
Langley War Memorial recently to lay a wreath and say a prayer for those who died in the First World War; they also visited the
London Eye as part of their geography topic on London; in the summer term, they may visit Verulanium as part of their History
topic. Year 5 go to Bray Lake to try out some water sports; Year 6 are taken to La Fosca in Spain for a week of water sports; they
also walked to Langley Free Church this week to attend a workshop on Advent; next term, they will be taking part in a debate
with local Catholic schools. Sporting events too numerous to list here are organised by Mr Stannard and Mrs Bowler when our
children compete with teams from other schools. Each year Mrs McNeillie enters our Choir in the Slough Primary Schools
Singing Festival. These are just a few examples of the enrichment activities we organise to support your children’s learning.
I trust that this information is useful and fills in any gaps you may have in your knowledge about our curriculum.
That’s it for this week. Have a lovely weekend.