Dear Parents/ Carers
We have had a great start to the academic year 2018/19, with a brilliant win for the Girls’ Football team at St. Wilfrid’s, followed by some great performances at the Year 5 Fun Run. 2 girls achieved a 2nd and 4th place out of approximately 120 participants. The boys also had some success. It’s wonderful to hear that everyone took part and completed the course.
Pupils Health and Well-being
It was Mental Health Day yesterday and we had some staff training from CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). Sara Kendrick led the training and couldn’t stress enough the importance of sufficient sleep for children (and adults) and the consequences that poor sleep has on children’s health, well-being and attainment.
This is a common problem with large proportions of children not having sufficient sleep. Mrs. Dixon, our Learning Mentor, has a sleep pack from Sara which she can give you a copy of if this is an issue with someone in your family. It has really sensible and practical ideas to use.
A Million Children Praying the Rosary
On Thursday next week (18th October), some of our Mini Vinnies will be leading the Rosary for children, staff and parents/carers/families. This will take place after registration (around 9:10am) in the School Hall. It will take approximately 15 minutes.
We will be joining our prayers with other children across the world to ask Our Lady to join her prayers with ours and intercede, asking Jesus for a great miracle – World Peace. Please do come and join us.
Please ensure that all your child’s school uniform is named. We are still finding brand new items of uniform which have no names in them. A school tie is part of winter uniform and must be worn by all. These are available from the school office. Also red sweatshirts are not school uniform and jewellery must not be worn in school – including earrings. See school website for full school uniform if you are unsure.
Parents’ Consultations are on 23rd and 24th October (23rd and 25th for Class 5). Appointments can be booked at https://parents-booking.co.uk/stignatiuscatholic or by contacting the school office.
We will be having the boilers replaced during the half-term break as they are not working to capacity any longer and the Trust have agreed to replace them. We are hoping that they are more efficient and that we can make some energy savings.
Ossett Remembers – A Community Art Project
As a school we are taking part in the above project. Each child in school has made a poppy which will then be displayed with about 3000 other poppies made by local people.
This project is to commemorate the sacrifices of Ossett residents during World War 1 and the finished piece of artwork will be displayed in the centre of Ossett during November.
Armistice Day Project
We are also taking part in the Armistice Day project with the other 10 Ossett schools. The children have been involved in a variety of activities. Some children have recorded the names of those who fell, some have written their names onto silhouettes which will be displayed in the library and Miss Smith has sent out a letter asking if anyone would like to represent school at the Armistice day service on 11.11.18, where the recorded names will be played.
I have been approached by our UCM (Union of Catholic Mothers) and asked if we would support a Mary’s Meals project called the Backpack Project. This provides a school Backpack filled with items necessary for a child in Malawi to attend school.
The Mini Vinnies are to lead on this project to support our UCM, which will take place after half-term during November. The website address above gives information about the items to go into a backpack. More details to follow.
We would like to thank all those families that have contributed to the Voluntary Contribution Scheme either by standing order or one off payments. It is at times like this that the voluntary contributions from parents can make the greatest difference to what we can do beyond teaching. If you would like to contribute by making a regular donation (e.g. a few £s a month) or a one-off payment of any amount, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Booth or the school office.
Friday 23rd November – Non uniform day – donations of items for the Christmas Fair
Thursday 29th November – Deco Day – class teachers will contact parents
Friday 30th November – Christmas Fair after school in Parish Centre run by the Friends
Tuesday 11th December – Choir Christmas concert for parents and Parish
Wednesday 12th December – Nursery Christmas production @ 10:30am
Thursday 13th December – KS1 Performance @ 2pm
Friday 14th December – KS1 performance @ 9:30am
Monday 17th December – Secret Santa run by the Friends
Tuesday 18th December – KS2 performance @ 2pm
Wednesday 19th December – KS2 performance @ 9:30am
Thursday 20th December – Carol Service @ 2pm in church. Those attending may collect their children after the service.