Last weekend a group of eleven from Cardinal Newman, including 4 children from Years 5 and 6, were privileged to represent our school community and our diocese at the Canonisation of Cardinal Newman in Rome. Newman is the first English saint since the Reformation to be recognised by the Catholic Church and it was therefore an enormous occasion, not only in the life of our school but also in the life of the Catholic Church in England. We joined a congregation of around 100,000 for the Mass in St Peter’s Square and the children enjoyed seeing the variety of flags and hearing the range of languages of all the different people who make up “the family of God.” The school’s press release on the occasion can be found here and the very significant article written by Prince Charles, who attended the Canonisation in his role as future Head of the Church of England, can be found here.
In next week’s Collective Worship, the children will present their impressions of the occasion to the whole school and to the parishes who so kindly supported the pilgrimage, so that the legacy of the Canonisation can be shared by the whole community. We look forward to continuing to reflect on Newman’s life and example in the months and years ahead and it is important that our children (and indeed all of us!) are able to answer the question put to the four pilgrims in Rome by the Vatican News channel EWTN: Why is Cardinal Newman special to you? As we return to the normal routines of school life, let us revel in the change to our school prayer: Saint John Henry Newman, pray for us.
Trip to Lourdes (24th – 30th July 2020 tbc)
Following the success of our Rome trip, we are hoping to gather a small Cardinal Newman group as part of the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes in July. The link to Cardinal Newman school can be tenuous – bring along grannies, aunties, neighbours etc! The more, the merrier! There is some general information on the diocesan website here and specific information about the Family Group here. The new information for next year is not yet out, but the unconfirmed dates are believed to be 24th – 30th July 2020.
Helpers are always needed as the number of sick and elderly wanting to join the pilgrimage is always greater than the number of helpers available, no matter how many helpers there are! Helping might involve pushing a wheelchair, keeping someone company, organising logistics (carrying medical equipment etc) or working in the Accueil (hospital) as an unskilled helper (or doctor or nurse etc if you happen to be trained in those areas!) The diocese run a highly successful programme for young people in Years 10 and 11 called Redshirts – they can travel with/without their family and have their own itinerary. About 100 young people are involved in Redshirts every year.
We will host an information evening about the Lourdes trip in the New Year, but would encourage you to keep the dates free if you are interested in joining the trip either as an individual or as a whole family.
Active Lifestyles Information is coming out to you today regarding a new initiative inspired by the Tokyo Olympics next year and designed to support families to keep active. We know many of our families participate in lots of sporting activities through the week, but children do enjoy a new challenge, so I would encourage all families to engage with the “Travel to Tokyo” programme to continue to support healthy lifestyles for our children.
We would like to congratulate Mallena Davydova on her recent success in the “Best of the Best” Karate Championships. Mallena practises at the Hurricane Karate Club and won a Gold medal in “kata” (forms) and a Bronze medal in “kumite” (controlled fight) in the championships. Mallena has now qualified for the World Championship training squad. Well done Mallena – we are all very proud of you!
Democracy in Action
Congratulations also to all those who participated in the School Council elections this week, both as candidates or as electors. It is fantastic for the children to have an opportunity to experience democracy in action and they were, as always, very excited to be able to cast their votes in the ballot boxes. A full list of the winning candidates can be found here.
With the release of Fortnite Chapter 2 (age limit 13+), we would encourage you to check the settings your children are using when accessing online games of all kinds. There is advice for parents specifically around Fortnite Chapter 2 and on other online issues on our website here. If you find some particularly good sources of advice for online safety, do please share them with the office so we can add them to the page.
Would you like to teach?
Our Xavier Catholic Education Trust are always keen to support new and career-change teachers in their initial training. We are working with Teach South East to support Taster Days and Interview Days for those who would like to find out more about beginning “school-centred initial teacher training” (SCITT). Our annual SCITT Taster Day will be on the morning of Friday 15th November 2019. There are other Taster Days around the Trust. For more information or to register, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: https://www.teachsoutheast.co.uk/
With best wishes
We break up for half term next Friday at 3.20pm and return on Monday 4 November.
Please make a special note of the important information we sent home today about the whole school trip next Friday.
PARENT CONSULTATIONS - TUESDAY 22 AND WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER
We look forward to seeing you all next week.
Mrs Evans, our SENCo, will be here until 5pm on Tuesday and for the whole session on Wednesday for you to drop in and see her - no appointment necessary.
There will be a creche for children while you have your appointment.
CHOIR AFTER HALF TERM - CHANGE OF TIME
Please note that after half term the school choir will meet in the Music Room on Wednesdays at 8.00am, changing from lunchtimes. Choir is open to Years 4, 5 and 6 - children just need to turn up. Please can children come into school through the playground (not the front entrance). Thank you.
SCOOTERS IN THE PLAYGROUND
Our Scooter Park just inside the school gates has a new sign. All scooters must be left here and not ridden around the playground. If you want to leave your child's scooter at school during the day, please put it in the bike shed. Thank you.
HEALTHY EATING COMPETITION
Congratulations to Luma (Year 3), winner of the Surrey Commercial Services competition to create a cartoon vegetable. Her picture will now go to the overall final against entries from other schools. Thank you to everyone who took part - you can see other entries here.
SAVE THE DATE: COFFEE AND CONVERSATION - THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 8.40AM - 9.15AM
Come and have your say about the school issues that are important to you. Questions should be submitted in advance by email to the office. This time, questions the school would like to discuss include:
- Calendar of feedback to parents (would November and March be better than October and February for parent consultation?)
- Explanation of new Xavier report format for Summer 2020);
- Relationships and Sex Education - explanation of school/diocese policy and government changes for September 2020.
There will also be feedback on the uniform discussion from the previous term's discussions. Come along/send your questions if you would like to - minutes of the meeting will be shared in the Friday mailing as usual.
RECEPTION CLASSES - MISSING LITERACY SACKS
Reception Classes are missing two literacy sacks - Snail and the Whale and Mog and the Cat. If you have one of them, please can you return it. Many thanks.
ALTAR SERVERS FOR ST ERCONWALD'S
St Erconwald's is looking for altar servers. If your child has made their First Communion and would like to serve at Mass, please contact Fr Bill or Mr Flower.
NEWS FROM THE PA
Thank you to everyone who supported our sales on 27 September:
Nearly New Uniform raised £126.85 and Year 5 Cake Sale £155.30.
The Year 3 Cake Sale has moved to Thursday 24 October.
Eco Kids Recycling Eco Kids recycling bags have gone home this week for Years 2 to 6 (Reception and Year 1 to follow next week!). This is a great opportunity to raise money for the school by recycling unwanted clothes, toy, handbags and accessories. The collection is on Thursday 14 November at 11.00am. More information below.