This week has been another exciting and hectic week in the life of the school. Year 5 have returned today from their three day trip to High Ashurst, where they have enjoyed all kinds of adventurous outdoor activities. Their verdicts on the best of these ranged from “zip wire” to “climbing wall” to “Leap of faith” but they were unanimous in their opinion that it was a “great” trip! Our thanks go to the staff and parents who supported this adventurous trip (in somewhat challenging weather conditions!). I think adults and children have all earned a long bath and a relaxing weekend ahead!
Red Class presented their first class assembly this week, at the end of a Mission Week which has focussed on the little things that the children can do to make a big difference. The children used big confident voices and sang beautifully, to the delight of their watching parents. It was good to see the transformation from their first whole school assembly back in September and the growth in confidence and maturity by the Summer Term! Well done Red Class! Well done too to the Green Class readers, who I sadly missed out of the newsletter last week – they had shared the super reading and Mass preparation for the Year 1 Mass and did a wonderful job! Thank you!
Year 3 have been blessed today with a visit from the charity “Children of the Eucharist” (COTE) who came to support with their preparation for First Holy Communion and to give the children an experience of meeting Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in a very intimate way. Both classes gathered in our chapel for guided sessions of reflection in front of the Holy Eucharist. Many of the children said they experienced great joy and peace in their hearts when praying in this way and all of them responded really positively to the experience. We hope to repeat it again, perhaps monthly, so that the children develop in their relationship with Jesus after they have made their First Holy Communion. Please keep our Year 3 children in your prayers – the first of them make their First Holy Communion this weekend and there will be many more weekends between now and the end of June when individual children will have this special celebration.
It was very noticeable as the COTE presenter went around the Year 3 classes, just how diverse our family backgrounds are. She encouraged the children to talk about where they and their families came from – there was a huge range from Nigeria to Hungary, from South Africa to Lithuania, from Australia to Ireland. You will have noticed that we are holding a Celebrating Difference Day at the beginning of next half term and it would be wonderful to have some input from parents with different backgrounds and cultures, so do please get in touch if you would be able to help us in the first week in June.
With best wishes
A reminder that Surrey Football Coaching will not be running on Monday 13 May.
SCHOOL NURSE APPOINTMENTS FOR PARENTS
There are still appointments available for parents to see the school nurse on Friday 17 May and Friday 14 June between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Please contact the school office to book.
VACANCY FOR FINANCE MANAGER (PART-TIME)
The closing date for applications for this vacancy is Tuesday 21 May. Our office roles often attract parents who would prefer to work in term-time, so if you know anyone who is qualified to work in finance and is looking for a part-time role to fit around the children, do please let them know about this vacancy. You can find information about the role and how to apply here.
PARKING IN ARCH ROAD
Unfortunately there are still a lot of cars parking on the pavement in Arch Road. This is obviously extremely dangerous for pedestrians. Please can we ask again that parents park safely within the marked bays in the road. Alternatively, especially with summer approaching, families can park at Hersham Station car park and walk to school - free permits are available via the school office. Thank you.
YEAR 5 AT HIGH ASHURST
Year 5 children have spent the last 2 days on a residential trip at High Ashurst in the Surrey Hills, dodging the rain to enjoy orienteering, climbing, woodland skills, teambuilding, camp fires and more.
GOLDEN BOOT CHALLENGE - 4 TO 28 JUNE
We will be taking part in this year's Golden Boot Challenge. Families are encouraged to try green travel to and from school and classes compete to win the Golden Boot Trophy. The Challenge will run 4 to 28 June and children will gain points for their class if they have walked, scooted, cycled or travelled to school by public transport. Points can also be won with park and stride - free parking permits so you can walk from Hersham Station car park are available via the school office.