First of all, a big thank you to all those who supported the Summer Fair last Saturday! We were blessed with fine weather and the many “new families” who are joining us in September were very impressed with the community atmosphere. The school are very grateful to all the volunteers who gave up their time to prepare, set up, run and pack away all the class stalls. The fair raised an amazing £3,300 which will support exciting opportunities for the children over the coming year! We have already booked the annual Christmas pantomime and the PA have agreed to fund some new playground markings for EYFS and Key Stage 1, which we hope to complete over the summer break. A huge thank you to all those currently involved in supporting our Parent Association!
This week has been World Faiths Week in school and our children have had the opportunity to learn a little bit about what different people in our world believe. In a school which is almost entirely comprised of Catholic families, it is important that our children have an opportunity to explore what others believe and how that relates to their own faith. In assembly on Monday, we thought (at the children’s level!) about the Vatican document on inter-faith dialogue (Nostra Aetate) and considered the lines:
“The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. ……Whatever is good, beautiful or true is ultimately rooted in the goodness, beauty and truth of God, who is the source of all beauty and truth. This rootedness in God provides the foundation for a Christian dialogue with peoples of all beliefs. Such dialogue, the Declaration reminds us, must be rooted in love. But it also demands thoughtful, faith-based discernment, and aims to support and build upon what is most praiseworthy in the religious tradition of the other.”
This week, Y3 have visited the Hindu mandir, while Y4 visited the Jewish synagogue and Y6 went to both local Christian churches (St Peter’s church and the Baptist church). Their aim in visiting was to meet people who, though worshipping in different ways to us, nonetheless hold many of the same values and beliefs: peace in God’s world; care of God’s creation; value of God-given human life; love. Cardinal Newman (soon to be St John Newman) devoted his life and teaching to inter-faith dialogue – a dialogue which led him first to the Catholic church and later to sainthood. In his memory, we encourage our children to do two things: to respect and recognise the faith of all they meet AND to seek to understand their own faith ever more, to enable them to engage confidently in inter-faith dialogue throughout their lives.
Today we have welcomed back the charity “Children of the Eucharist” who led “Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament” for our Year 3 children this morning. This is the children’s second experience of adoration in school and we have been so impressed by how they have engaged with the mediation and reflected on their own lives in the calm and quiet presence of the Lord. This is something we will certainly seek to continue in the new academic year.
This afternoon, Year 3 have celebrated together with the school community the completion of their preparation for First Holy Communion and their “Going Forth” in full communion with the Church (as represented today by their parents and the school community!) As the children have made the First Holy Communion in at least four different parishes, we are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate this special occasion in school. Our thanks to Father Bill for celebrating the Going Forth Mass with us today!
All best wishes for the weekend
END OF TERM - FRIDAY 19 JULY
We break up for the summer next Friday at 1.30pm.
END OF TERM MASS FOR KS2 - THURSDAY 18 JULY
Children in Years 3 to 6 will be at All Saints for Mass on Thursday morning - please see our letter for arrangements.
Due to promotion of one of our Learning Support Assistants to Higher Level Teaching Assistant, we are now recruiting for a Learning Support Assistant (Monday to Friday 8:30 - 3:30) for September 2019. Would consider part-time (8:30 - 1:30 and 11:30 - 3:30) for the right candidates. Surrey Pay Grade 3.
Learning Support Assistants perform a valuable and varied role within school, including 1:1 support, lunchtime supervision and small group interventions. Closing Date: Tuesday 16th July with interviews on Thursday 18th July.
Please find Job Advert and Job Description on our Vacancies page.
WALTON AND HERSHAM FOODBANK REQUEST
Our local Foodbank is experiencing very high demand which has put a strain on food stocks and they are particularly concerned that their food supply is healthy enough to see them over the long school summer holidays when many families rely on their support.
They are particularly short of the following:
Tinned peas & Carrots
Tinned and instant potato
Long life milk
Tinned custard and rice pudding
Small sponge puddings
Small jars coffee
Jams and spreads
If you would like to help, please bring your donation to the box outside the school office by Thursday 18 July. We will then deliver to the Foodbank. Thank you.
SAL'S SHOES COLLECTION - FRIDAY 19 JULY
A reminder that we are collecting for the Sal's Shoes charity next Friday - there is more information in the letter we sent this week.
CLUBS NEXT WEEK
The only before and after school clubs running next week are:
Irish Dancing, Surrey Football, KS2 Golf,Engineers R Us, Gymnastics
Whizz Kids runs as normal with the exception of After School Club on Friday 19 July when it will not be running.
Homework Club will not run next week.
Please look on the website Clubs Page for letters for Autumn 19 clubs. Information about school-run clubs will follow next term.
SUNFLOWER SEEDS FOR RECEPTION TO YEAR 4
A big thank you to Savills Estate Agents who have again donated packets of sunflower seeds. Every child in Reception to Year 4 will receive a packet. We won't be running a competition this year but hope you will still enjoy planting and growing your sunflowers at home over the summer.
PARKING ON MOLESEY ROAD
We have had a complaint about parking in Molesey Road. There are plenty of parking bays here but some parents are parking on a yellow line across driveways. This means that our neighbours are unable to get their cars out to collect their children from school. Please can we ask again that parents park safely and with consideration for our neighbours.
TOPAZ CLASS TOILET TWINNING FUNDRAISING
Following their amazing fundraising of £461 during the Mission Week, Topaz Class had a visit from Mr Young from the Toilet Twinning charity. At assembly on Tuesday they presented him with their cheque and he gave more information about how this money will help give communities clean new toilet facilities.
PA NEWS - SUMMER FAIR
Thank you to everyone who supported the PA at the Summer Fair last weekend - we are finalising the figures but around £3300 was raised on the day, which is a great effort. A huge thanks also to those who volunteered their time on the day as it would not have been possible without you!
There will be no AGM next week, however a financial update will be sent to all parents.
Year 6 Summer Production
7:00pm – 8:00pm
2:00pm – 3:15pm
KS2 End of Year Mass at All Saints
9:00am – 9:45am
Yr 6 Portfolios Presentation + French Trip Slideshow