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Dear Parent

Thank you to the parents who came to the evening about SATs last week. I think that people were quite surprised at the level of understanding and the skills required of children in Y2 and Y6. Certainly the most important skill continues to be reading. However, just being able to read words is not enough-a good level of understanding is also required. Please do continue to hear your child read and talk about the content, even if they are in Y6. Training Day Please remember that tomorrow Friday 10th March is a staff training day. School will be CLOSED for pupils. All of our staff will be spending the morning at Hurst Green School. These training opportunities are a wonderful way of teachers learning from each other and form part of the work of the Halesowen Networked Learning Community. The staff from Hurst Green will spend the morning of St Patrick’s Day, 17th March here with us. Lent On Ash Wednesday your child should have brought home a little collecting box in the shape of a house. This is to collect money for our Lenten charity, Father Hudson’s Society, who do lots of valuable work with children, the elderly and the sick in and around Birmingham. They need our support to be able to continue this work, so please encourage your child to put some coins in to the house as part of their efforts for Lent. We shall collect the houses in after Easter. If you fill yours before then, we do have a few extra if you would like to fill another one. I hope that you read the letter from the Archbishop recommending that we support the important work that is done by Fr Hudson’s Society. It was attached to the last news letter. If you would like to find out even more about the charity, their website address is www.frhudsons.org.uk During Lent, weather permitting, all the junior children will attend Stations of the Cross in church on Friday 17th March and Friday 31st March at 2.30pm. You are very welcome to join us. Easter Fayre Friday 31st March The Easter Fayre will soon be here. We will be collecting items from 20th March, so please start to have a look for the things which may be suitable. We would be glad of the following items: good quality soft toys, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes and good quality toys and books. We do not want any household items or uniform. The Easter Fayre will start at 3.40pm until about 5.00pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Parking I must remind you not to park at school after clubs. I am very unhappy about the number of parents ignoring this rule and continuing to park here. This is a dangerous practice. We may be forced to close the gates at the end of school, if this infringement continues. Having to resort to this would be a great inconvenience to many people. Please do not drive up to school to drop your child at the gates in the morning. It is very selfish behaviour, which puts other children at risk. Water A reminder that children are allowed to bring water in sports type bottles to drink during the day. The benefits of drinking water are widely documented; it is a very good habit to develop. A Stitch in Time We are trying to establish a group of willing needleworkers who would help with costume making and repair. All materials would be provided. Please let me know if you can sew and would be willing to help us out from time to time. New Website Those of you who have visited our website recently will have noticed that it has not been updated for some time. This is because we are having a new site created by a specialist company. I hope it will be in place soon after Easter. I will let you know when we launch it officially! Easter Celebrations During the final week of term, we will be holding our traditional Easter celebrations. On Wednesday 5th April we will have our end of term Mass. The decorated Egg, Easter Gardens and Easter Bonnet Parade will be on Thursday 6th April at 2.15pm. This will not be a competition. Everyone who enters will receive a prize. Decorated eggs and Easter Gardens may be brought in to be displayed in the entrance from Monday 3rd April. This will give everyone a good opportunity to admire the works of art. Due to the ever-growing size of some of the masterpieces, there is a limit on the size. No decorated egg entry may be bigger than a shoebox. For families new to the school, infants wear a decorated hat, which has been crafted at home. The juniors produce a design with an egg somewhere within the creation. Juniors may, if they wish, produce an Easter picture or Easter garden instead of an egg creation. Once again we are very grateful to Yorkshire Building Society for donating the prizes. I am most thankful to Yorkshire Building Society for their continued support.

Yours sincerely

J C Brock (Mrs) Headteacher

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