As always, time speeds up towards the end of a half term and the children have had a most exciting week awaiting the greatly anticipated Legoland Trip today! There has been a real buzz of excitement around the school all week and the children have been full of questions about it. We hope the day will fix in their memories that they were at Cardinal Newman’s School in the year of his canonisation. We have a few photos here, keep an eye out for some more when we return after half-term.
On Monday, the four children who attended the pilgrimage in Rome shared their experiences with the whole school. It was lovely for the other children to hear their stories - they shared a presentation of their daily experience in Rome and showed a ten minute montage of photos which give a flavour of the trip. If you’re interested, you can find this on the website here.
Well done to the children in Year 2 and Year 4 who led our KS1 and KS2 Harvest Liturgies for us – the standard of singing and performance was excellent and we were very proud of you! Huge thanks to all the parents who came and supported the children, as well as to all those who donated to our Harvest food collection. The children were particularly impressed by the enormous pumpkin which was centrepiece of our Harvest display! In the first week back after half term, the Year 6 Prayer Councillors will take all the donated foodstuffs to the Hersham Foodbank and learn about the important work they do supporting families through difficult times.
A date for your diaries: E-Safety Presentation at Holy Family School Tuesday 3 December at 7pm. This will be given by Sharon Girling, who many of you will remember as the former police officer who presented here at Cardinal Newman last summer. Her presentation was excellent and gave really practical up to date information for families trying to keep their children safe online. I would highly recommend going along if you possibly can. (Please contact Holy Family School to book a place). She will also be presenting at St Augustine’s in Frimley on Thursday 16 January and you are also welcome to attend there if the date is more convenient. Please do consider informing yourselves about this ever-present issue.
We wish you and your families a wonderful half-term break.
All best wishes
We break up tomorrow for half term, returning on Monday 4 November.
VIOLET CLASS ASSEMBLY - FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER
Parents in Violet Class are invited to their assembly at 9am on 8 November.
VACANCY FOR PART TIME KS1/2 CLASS TEACHER
We are looking for a part time Class Teacher KS1/2 from January 2020 with a preference for Year 1 and Phonics experience. Two days per week, fixed term contract until August 2020 (possibility of permanent contract thereafter).
Closing date for applications is Monday 4 November and interviews on Friday 8 November. For more information, including job description and application form, please look on our Vacancies page.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD - SHOEBOX COLLECTION
We are taking part again in the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection - packing boxes of gifts to send to children around the world. Please bring in your shoeboxes straight after half term and by Wednesday 13 November in the morning at the latest - when we will be delivering them. Please see below for more information.
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION - THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER
A reminder of our next Coffee and Conversation event on 14 November 8.40am to 9.15am. Please join us to discuss school issues including:
- 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.
If you can't come along, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Minutes of the meeting will be sent home.
CLUBS AFTER HALF TERM
Forms for Surrey Football Coaching went home this week. Clubs resume week commencing 4 November.
Message from Mrs Duddy
I know that many of you, and some children, are wondering why I am not in school at the moment and why I am trying to start a new trend in hats.
Unfortunately I was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and I am currently having to endure chemotherapy. Whilst I am having this treatment, I am unable to work in the school environment because my immune system is too low.
I am hoping to be back in school early next year. I miss the children and am looking forward to getting back to my role as soon as possible.
ECO KIDS RECYCLING COLLECTION - THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER
Please bring your recycling bags on Thursday 14 November (no earlier, please as we have no storage space). If you don't have a branded Eco Kids recycling bag, please use any white plastic bag instead. Thank you.
Christmas card orders must be in by Monday 4 November - please hand in at the school office. Thank you.
CHRISTMAS FAIR Programme Cover Competition - children are invited to design a cover for the Christmas Fair programme. All entries should be on an A4 piece of paper (no collages or glitter, please). Please return to the school office by Friday 8 November.
Programme Advertising - if you would like to advertise your business in the programme, please contact the PA at email@example.com. Please send by Friday 8 November.
Christmas Pudding Orders - you can either order these through Classlist and pay online or complete the order form and return with a cheque to the box outside the school office by Monday 4 November.
The Year 6 cake sale raised an amazing £275.49. Thank you to everyone who supported it.
Collective Worship Theme:
St John Henry Newman "I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple; but God declared "Go down again. I dwell among the people."
Building Learning Powers: Resilience
Prayer Intentions for this Week:
For families, especially for parents and grandparents in our community. Many of the children's prayer requests for this week asked God to bless their family and their friends.
For those who are unwell and those who care for them - your prayers are asked especially for Mr Gerard Ryan (Headteacher at Cardinal Newman until 1994) who is very unwell and for his wife and family who care for him and for Lisa Duddy and her family.
As we give thanks for the wonders of the Harvest, we pray for the environment - that God may give us the grace to be careful stewards of his creation.