Back to school

Message from Mrs Anderson…

It has been wonderful to see the children return to school this week so excited and enthusiastic. They have all looked so smart and appear to have grown up enormously over the summer holiday. I have heard many stories about great holidays and experiences during the break.

Staff have been very busy over the summer break ensuring the school is looking good and completely organised for the children- thank you to each and every one of them.

A very big welcome to our new staff, Mrs Barnes, Miss Hill, Miss Strong and Mr Couch who have settled brilliantly into their new roles in school. You will all have the chance to meet them next week at the ‘Class Open Evenings’.

This week saw the start of school for our new foundation class. Welcome to all of the children and a big welcome to the families. The children are settling exceptionally well, each time I see them it is like they have been in school for weeks. Next week they will start school full time.

‘Class Open Evenings’

On Tuesday and Thursday evening next week the teachers will have their annual class open evening. This is an opportunity for you to come into class and meet the class teacher and find out about the routines and learning during the year. We strongly urge you to join us for these sessions. We will look forward to meeting you at 3.30 on the day.

Tuesday 15th September Thursday 17th September

Mrs Pope: Year Foundation

Miss Strong: Year 1 Mrs Barnes: Year 2

Mrs Chapman: Year 4 Mrs Potterton: Year 3

Miss Hill: Year 5

Mrs Stevenson: Year 6

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge finishes on Saturday; this is Roald Dahl day. Please can you make sure your collect your child’s medal by Saturday. If they have achieved this, the library service will present them with a certificate at school. This is a great achievement for them.

To celebrate Roald Dahl day the libraries will have craft sessions inspired by his books aimed at children form 5-11 years old. You can drop into your library to take part in this- St Budeaux library will be open between 9am and 5pm. Dressing up is optional.

Celebration Assemblies

As a staff we wanted to update you on the School Celebration Assemblies. We have decided that we will be having celebration assemblies at the end of each short term (once every six weeks). The dates for these will be sent out next week.

If your child receives ‘Learner of the week’ you will be invited to these assemblies, also if they receive a house point certificate or another award. There will be an invite sent out before the event. We hope that you will be able to join us for these assemblies to celebrate your child’s achievements.

Smoking

It has been noted that many parents are smoking just outside the school gates just before dropping off or picking up their children. Please can we request that you do not smoke outside of the school gates or near the school, as it does not give our young people the right message and it is not acceptable for other parents to have to breathe this in. Thank you for your co-operation with this matter.

Notre Dame Open Evening

Notre Dame have their Open Evening on Wednesday 23rd September from 4pm – 7pm. This is particularly for girls in years 5 and 6. There will be formal presentations at 4.30, 5.30 and 6.30pm. At all other times visitors are welcome to look around the school, talk to students and meet subject leaders. Mrs White, Headteacher is looking forward to meeting you all on the evening.

There will be a range of activities on the evening and the Dining Hall will be open for refreshments for visitors, and to see sample menus.

“Educating girls: head, heart, hands”

Message from Father Tim…

Weekly reflection on the Sunday gospel for school newsletter

Sunday 13th September (Gospel : Mark 8:27-35)

“Who do you say that I am?” That was the question Jesus asked in the gospel, and only one had the right answer, and that was Peter. “You are the Christ, the Son of God.” And if we agree with that, and believe Jesus really is God come down to earth, then that is going to change the way we live, because we have to try and follow the way of life he teaches us about. Peter, having got the first bit right, gets that second bit wrong. He tells Jesus that he shouldn’t have to give up his life on the cross; but that was why Jesus was sent into the world, to sacrifice himself for our sake. So if we believe Jesus is God, then we must try and follow his teaching in the gospel. Jesus makes it clear to us all that this will always involve sacrifice, putting God first in our lives, and others before ourselves. It can be a hard path, but if we follow it, then Jesus shows us that it leads to resurrection and eternal life.

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