End of Term 1

Message from Mrs Anderson

It has been really wonderful seeing so many of you meeting with your child’s class teacher this week for parent consultations. This partnership is vital between yourselves and the school to secure the best learning provision for your children. If you have not managed to see the class teacher please get in touch and we will arrange another appointment.

While you were in school many of you completed the Ofsted Parent View survey-this is greatly appreciated as we are always trying to seek your views on the school. At the end of this newsletter there are some questions for you to consider so that we can look into making further developments linked to the weaker areas of feedback on the survey.-

Thank you to the governors who facilitated this I know they really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with you at this time.

It seems really hard to believe that we are at the end of the first half term, the children have all settled back in extremely well. We would like to welcome the new families who have joined the school this term. We hope you all have a relaxing half term with your families and we will look forward to seeing you on Monday 31st October.

Reminder Friday 4th November is a non-pupil day.

Young Americans

The Young Americans are a company that simply want to teach young people to sing, dance and entertain. Sixteen children from year 5 and 6 had the opportunity to attend their workshops for three days at MAP. The outcome of the workshops was a fantastic performance that allowed all of our children to sing and dance- with some children performing singing and dancing solos. The performance was absolutely amazing! Well done to all the children involved.

Sports Ambassadors

Five children were chosen to be Sports Ambassadors for our school. They attended a training session at Plymouth Life Centre when they were taught the skills to be Sports Leaders. The children returned very excited about their new role, eager to begin promoting sport in school.

Staffing update

It is superb to be able to welcome our new cook to school, she is called Steph and has joined the CaterEd team. She started at school last Monday and has settled in beautifully to life in a school. The meals are really delicious.

As many of you are aware Mrs Pope has been off school for a period of time. Due to personal circumstances she has decided to leave our school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Pope for her commitment and hard work to our school and wish her the best for the future.

Parent Helper Volunteers

If you would like to support the school and have some spare time that you can give, we would love some extra help in school with hearing children read. Mrs Potterton will be offering training for these volunteers once they start. If you are interested please can you get in touch with either Mrs Potterton or myself. Our emails are: dpotterton@stpaulsplymouth.com and manderson@stpaulsplymouth.com

Parent Advisory Group

A huge thank you to the group of parents who volunteered to be part of our ‘Parent Advisory Group’, this group is comprised of representatives from foundation to year 6. We had a very productive first meeting and focused on ‘Safeguarding’ in school, our processes and procedures together with outlining what Ofsted expect. Thank you for all your valued feedback.

Congratulations… Eleven Plus success

A huge congratulations to Sam, Brandon, Finley and Josh who all successfully passed their Eleven-Plus this term. We are all extremely proud of you and appreciate how hard you have worked on this.

First Holy Communion

Children in year 3 are encouraged to embrace the opportunity to take their First Holy Communion. All children will be welcome to attend the Saturday evening Mass at 5.30 at St Paul’s, there are opportunities for them to be part of the weekly children’s liturgy where they access the message at their level. This is a wonderful time where children build their experiences of Mass with their families as they thoroughly enjoy the rich experience on a Thursday morning at whole school Mass.

Father Tim will be happy to discuss the children joining the programme at the end of Mass.

Plea for unwanted toys and games.

The Breakfast and After school club are looking for some new toys and games for the club. As it is that time of year that we pass on many of our children’s old toys and games in the run up to Christmas, we were wondering if you could give them to our clubs who would love them.

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