School Newsletter 11 2017/18

Dear Parents/ Carers


We have had another very busy half-term, particularly with many of the children taking their tests during May.



At St Ignatius Catholic Primary School, we aim to provide a positive, aspirational learning environment to support all our students in improving their life chances.  In order to achieve this, we need to work with parents, pupils, governors, trustees, the Local Authority, government departments and carefully selected companies.


Our school aims to ensure that all personal data collected about pupils is collected, stored and processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the expected provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018.  As we take privacy seriously, personal data is only used in conjunction with providing the best possible care and education for your child, to support teaching and learning, monitor and report on your child’s progress and to provide appropriate pastoral care.


Due to the new GDPR regulations with effect from 25th May 2018, schools must now provide parents with the opportunity to opt-in or out of data sharing.  We will never release personal information to anyone outside of the school without your consent, unless the law permits.


In order to ensure that the school has the appropriate parental consent, please could you ensure school has your up to date details and complete the Parental Consent form that was sent home and emailed yesterday and return this to school by 8th June 2018.


 Trim Trail

Big thanks to the Friends of St Ignatius and Tesco for supporting us with the Trim Trail which was finally installed last week as the field dried out. The Friends are arranging an official opening event before the summer holidays. A reminder that children should not go on the field unsupervised after school or play on the trim trail or go in the school science garden after school.


Playground Markings

Thanks also to the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Trust Fund who granted us funding for the new playground markings ‘Dance Class Moves’. Parents as well as children are allowed to have a dance before and after school!


Safety Message

It has been brought to my attention that some parents are mounting the pavement at the bottom of the school drive to avoid queuing traffic and then turning into the school drive.


This is quite simply dangerous and I do not believe anyone would like to consider the consequence of such actions and have to live with them should the worst happen.


Please ensure that you drive safely and keep all our community safe from harm. As we say in school – Safeguarding and Health and Safety are everyone’s concern and responsibility.


Also, there must be no parking on the grass verges on the sides of the church driveway.


School Attendance

I have had a number of letters informing me that a family holiday has been booked during term time. Please note that absence for holidays will not be authorised. It is important that children attend school regularly and are on time.


It is a parents’ responsibility to ensure that any child of compulsory school age attends school both regularly and on time. If your child does not attend school regularly then you will be contacted by letter to raise concerns about your child’s attendance. Support is always offered in the first instance and it is always beneficial to both parties to discuss and understand reasons for absence. If there are no improvements, then a referral may be made to the Wakefield Educational Welfare Service.


Any attendance below 90% is defined as Persistent Absence. Our school’s average attendance is just over 96%.


100% attendance is always recognised and rewarded.


St Ignatius Celebration Day

As St Ignatius Feast day falls in the summer holidays, we have decide to hold a celebration day on Wednesday 11th July. The day will start with Mass at 9:30am. There will be a picnic lunch for children and their families (more details to follow) and the afternoon will be spent on activities. We hope that you put this date in your diaries and are able to attend some / all of our celebrations.




School opens for all – Tuesday 5th June 2018

Wednesday 13th June – Big Sing event (Choir)


Monday 18th June – New Reception starters information evening 6pm

Tuesday 19th June – Class 5 RE assembly for parents 9:15am


Thursday 28th June – Sports’ Day

Friday 29th June – Feast day of Ss. Peter & Paul

Tuesday 3rd July – BKCAT Diocesan Singing Programme event at Ss Peter and Paul, Sandal (10 Year 3s) Concert for parents 6pm.

Saturday 7th July – Parish Summer Fayre 12 noon


Monday 9th July – KS2 end of Year show – first performance @ 2pm

Tuesday 10th July – KS2 show – second performance @ 9:15am

Wednesday 11th July –KS2 test results to be sent out to parents

Wednesday 11th July – St Ignatius Celebration Day


Monday 16th July -French Day – no uniform day. Children to come in Red, White and blue

Tuesday 17th July – Year 6 BBQ and reflection

Wednesday 18th July – Leavers’ Mass @ 9:5am. Everyone welcome.

Thursday 19th July – Leavers’ Assembly @ 9:15am – everyone welcome.

Friday 20th July – school closes for pupils


School re-opens for pupils in Y1-6 on Tuesday 4th September 2018. Nursery and Reception parents will be contacted directly regarding their child’s start date.


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