Happy feast day of Cardinal Newman from Wednesday! Certainly the children had a very exciting day, both completing activities relating to John Henry Newman and his impending canonisation, but also celebrating the feast day with sweets and treats! Thank you for your generosity in sending in some goodies for the children to enjoy – all that I spoke to had a great time!
In our Feast Day liturgy on Wednesday, I showed the children a relic of John Henry Newman (his hair) which has been given to the school. These relics are quite rare and we are very lucky to have one of our very own – Fr Richard has kindly donated a reliquary to house the relic and it has pride of place in our newly-blessed chapel. Parents are most welcome to use the chapel at pick up or drop off times as a place of quiet prayer and reflection – just sign in at the office as usual. As Bishop Richard said at the blessing last week, we are truly blessed to have a space dedicated to prayer in the heart of our school.
We are also privileged to be sending a delegation to Rome this weekend to participate in the Mass of Canonisation of Cardinal Newman. As representatives of the school community and of our whole diocese, we are a group of 11 including 4 pupils and their parents, myself, Mr Flower and Fr Bill. We are very much looking forward to our pilgrimage and we will pray for the intentions of Cardinal Newman’s school and our community while we were there. If you would like to be with us in spirit, there will be live coverage of the Mass online on EWTN.
Thank you to all of you who have volunteered to support our whole school trip to Legoland on the last day of this half-term – we are delighted to have had such a great response and only sorry that we can’t take everyone who volunteered! The children are extremely excited about the trip and we are looking forward to celebrating together at Legoland as a whole school community – children, staff and parents together! What an exciting way of marking the special event of the canonisation!
Have a great weekend.
PARENT CONSULTATION APPOINTMENTS
You can now book your appointments online with your Scopay account. Please let the office know if you have a problem with your account.
There will be a creche on both evenings where you can leave your child during your appointment.
A reminder that there are no school-run after school clubs running the week of 21 October.
There are still spaces left for Pyjama Drama (Reception to Year 2). You can find out more here.
HARVEST FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS AND COLLECTION FOR FOODBANK
Harvest celebrations will take place during October. Blue Class will lead the Foundation and KS1 liturgy as the focus for their class assembly on Friday 18th October andKS2 will have a Harvest Liturgy on Thursday 24th at 9am.
All parents are warmly invited to join us for our harvest liturgies.
Walton and Hersham Foodbank are always very grateful for donations and we are once again collecting for them that week. You can find a list of items they are especially looking for at the moment here. You may bring in donations from Monday 14 October, to be here for Thursday 24. Thank you.
SAMARITAN'S PURSE SHOEBOX COLLECTION
Just to let you know that we will be collecting shoeboxes again for Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child. We hope you will enjoy packing these over half term (packing guidelines here). More information, including our collection date, to follow.
REQUESTS FROM RECEPTION CLASSES
Is anyone able to help with any of the following: sections of wood off-cuts (eg discs from a tree log), pebbles and stones, guttering/pipes, curtain rings or broom handles? If so Reception classes would be delighted to have them to develop creativity in their outside area. Fruit snacks - please can fruit be cut into small pieces for snacks, especially grapes which should be cut lengthways to avoid a choking hazard. Thank you.
GARNET MISSION WEEK CAKE SALE - THANK YOU!
Garnet Class's Mission Week cake sale raised an amazing £118 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to everyone who supported it by making cakes and buying them.
Glow Disco - Friday 18 October
Tickets for all sessions of the Glow Disco are still available - please book and pay via your Classlist account. Christmas Cards
Christmas card designs and order forms need to be handed in to the school office by Monday 4 November.
Following the success of our Xavier partner St John the Baptist School's SCITT (School Centered Initial Teacher Training) for secondary teaching, it is now expanding to primary. Please find out more here, including taster day dates and how to book.