Serving the parish of St Hugh’s and St John
25.11.11 Newsletter 06.01.11
This Sunday sees the beginning of the season of Advent. Our special Advent assembly programme will
commence next week with a number of teachers leading the children through this very special time of waiting
and helping them to understand the significance of the birth of Christ into a world of darkness. Time seems to
fly by as the pace increases at this time of year but it is really important that we continue to remind our
children of the central message that can sometimes be forgotten.
Union Industrial Action
All parents have been informed that following a risk assessment presented to the Chair of Governors it was
determined that school will be closed on 30th November.
Luca Giovannini RIP
This has been a particularly difficult time for all in our school community. Having talked to Luca's parents I
know they appreciate the prayers, thoughts and sympathies that are being offered to them. The funeral will
take place at St Hugh's Church at 11.30am on Wednesday 30th November.
We have had number of suggestions which we are considering in respect of marking the sad loss with a
memorial. We have also had a very generous donation of £2500 form a St Hugh's parent to help with any
project. We will consider all options and discuss them with the family once they are available.
We have been in constant touch with Trafford and their bereavement counsellor and if any parents feel their
child need some additional support, please contact either their classroom teacher or Mrs Ann Reynolds. The
Giovannini's have asked for family flowers only but donations may be made to the Donor Family Network as
Luca's organs were used to enhance and save the lives of four individual children.
Visit from Bishop Mark
The Bishop will visit our school on Wednesday 8th December. He will go on a tour of the school and also lead a
Key Stage 2 assembly. I am sure the children will be really excited to meet him.
The Bishop will also be visiting St Hugh's parish on the 4th December. He will be celebrating the 10.30am Mass
at church, hence the Christmas Fair will not commence until 1p.m. This should allow the children and parents
involved in the Fair to attend Mass. It would be wonderful if as many members of our school and parish
community could attend as possible.
Once again could I remind parents that we seek to be a healthy eating school and rely heavily on your support
to do so. Please ensure that all snacks are healthy and that those children who have a packed lunch follow well
published guidance on balanced and healthy meals. It has been really disappointing to see the contents of
some lunch boxes and some playtime snacks. We are trying to stress to the children the importance of a
balanced healthy diet. Yet, a small minority of parents, insist on sending their children into school with a
collection of sweets or processed junk food. At morning break fruit or cheese is recommended, not crisps.
A piece of valuable jewellery has been found on the playground and is still being held at the office.
Admissions September 2012
Nursery application forms need to be returned by 1st December 2011 and Reception letters and application
forms are being sent out next week. If you have a child who is due to start or friend or relative who has not
placed their child’s details on our Admissions Register then this will have to be done immediately. Please visit
the school to ensure this is completed.
St Hugh’s Governing Body
The full school Governing Body met last night for the first time this academic year. The organization of the
Governing Body is based on a committee structure. These committees feed in to the full Governing Body
meeting. There are six operating committees: Admissions, Finance, Personnel, Premises, Teaching and
Learning & Pupil Welfare
I am sure that they will be as supportive and hard working as always. This year’s Governors are:- Paul Hanley
(Parent & Chair of Governors), Brenda Ackroyd (Foundation), Jim McNally (Foundation), Richard Parkes
(Teacher Rep), Brenda Coyle (Foundation), Raffaella Livesey (Foundation), Donna Jenkinson (Staff), Tracey
Dawson (Foundation), Bernard Cwiklinski (Foundation), John McHugh (Foundation), Aengus McMorrow
(Headteacher & Staff), Rob Ignatowicz (LEA) Fr Tony Myers (Ex-Officio), Neala Campling (Parent), Joanne
On Wednesday we enjoyed a really informative and entertaining assembly presented by Class 4P on the theme
of Spain as they shared a wide range of knowledge gained during European Week.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Congratulations to the children from Year 3 who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St Hugh’s Church
this week and last. Many thanks to the parents, teachers and parishioners who made it such a lovely occasion.
In addition Fr Tony will begin seeing the junior children next week and will continue the following week to offer
the Sacrament of Reconciliation in school.
The school bookfair finished on Wednesday. Many thanks to Mrs Pearson and Mrs McDowell for organizing the
event and thank you so much for supporting it.
Our netball team recently played against Stamford Park. In an exciting match, the game was poised at 2 - 2
going into the final quarter. The girls competed really well but unfortunately lost out 6 - 3. The performance
however was full of great skills and determination. This Saturday is the final race at John Leigh Park (the first
race 'starts' at 10am).
Charity Christmas Concert
‘The school choir will be holding their annual charity Christmas Concert at St Hugh’s Church on Wednesday 14 th
December at 7p.m. Afterwards the PA will be serving drinks and mince pies in the church hall with all donations
going to ‘Shelter’ the charity for the homeless. All are welcome to share in this lovely Christmas celebration’.
(Mrs Pearson and Mrs Leathley)
Parent Association News: Christmas Fair
‘The Christmas Fair’ is on Sunday 4th December 1pm - 3.30pm. Please put your donations of
gifts/books/CDs/DVDs in the box by the front door.
Dress down day is next Friday 2nd, payment for own clothes is Chocolate for Infants and Bottle for Juniors to
be taken in to the classroom.
And don’t forget your fill-a-jars!
This year we have a Winter Wonderland Father Christmas Grotto, more Christmas Games, more Fill a Jars,
Merry Go Round, Christmas Trees for sale, Irish coffee, mulled wine, turkey rolls, prizes, chocolates, gifts and a
wonderful range of Books, Gifts, Massage, Chutneys & Jewellery concessions. It’s jam packed full of Christmas
loveliness for both kids and parents.
Many thanks to all who have volunteered to help at the Christmas Fair. We are still short of helpers to run all
the stalls at the fair and really short of helpers to clear up after.
Please give an hour of your time to help us raise funds for your kids, email firstname.lastname@example.org and together
we can make this a fantastic Christmas Fair!
Check out the website on www.sthughs-pa.ik.com.
As we enter the final days of Movember the count down to the big shave has begun!! Feel free to support
anyone of us or the team generally! The male members of the teaching staff are all logged on to support men's
health issues through the “grow a moustache” for 'uk.movember.com' (St Hugh's Top Lipsters !)
Dates for your Diary
30th Nov Day of Industrial Action (school closed)
4th Dec School Christmas Fair 1pm – 3.30pm
8th Bishop Mark visits School
9th Reception Trip to Tatton
9th Theatre Trip to the Lowry 4P and 4L
11th Childrens Carol Service St Hugh's Church 3.p.m
13th Theatre Trip to the Lowry 3P and 3R & 3/4 R
14th School Christmas Dinner
14 School Choir Carol Concert St Hugh’s Church 7pm.
13th Foundation Stage Nativity Production (1) 2pm
14th Foundation Stage Nativity Production (2) 11am
15 Key Stage 1 Nativity Production (1) 2pm
16th Key Stage 1 Nativity Production (2) 2pm
Confirmed 2010 Dyslexia Aware School