Term 2

Message from Mrs Anderson…

It has been a very busy few weeks since the last newsletter. The school has been a hive of industry and learning. There have been the most amazing smells as a result of the ‘Pop Up Restaurants’ in year 3 and 4- it seems like we have some budding chefs in our school.

We had our Remembrance Mass yesterday morning in Church which was very special- the focal point was very creative with beautiful poppies crafted by our children and pebbles painted with poppies. Thank you to those of you who joined us and to year 5 for hosting refreshments.

Last week we had a visit from our MP Johnny Mercer, the children loved meeting him, finding out about his job and what it is like to be a Member of Parliament. This visit was linked to the year 4/5 ‘s visit to Parliament earlier this term.

March a Mile and fundraising for Andrew...

A huge thank you to all of you who supported the fundraising event for Andrew Beaver that was organised by our Junior Field Gun Team. This was a very successful event and started the fundraising for a specialist wheelchair for Andrew, one of our family's youngest children. To date they have raised an amazing £4100 and are virtually at their target, this will enable them to get the chair and some sensory equipment for him. Such a great team effort that will make a huge difference to Andrew's life.

On behalf of the family and Andy Pearce, who organised it, thank you for your donations of cakes and sponsoring the children to March the Mile with the Gun and Limber.

E-safety and Anti-bullying week

Next week is our anti-bullying and e-safety week, this is a week where we focus on these two areas to once again raise their profile in the school. As a school we are passionate about keeping our children safe on-line and free from bullying of any forms. The children will have a range of learning experiences during the week. We would like to invite you in to share some of the learning on Friday afternoon from 2.15pm until 3pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out how we teach these areas and find out how you can support. We will look forward to seeing you in school on Friday.

Children In Need

Next Friday is Children In Need - as a school this is one of the main charities that we support annually. Once again we will be supporting this amazing charity that makes such a difference to organisations close to our hearts.

We are going to have a bring and buy sale and a cake sale. The Bring and Buy will take place on the Friday from 3.00pm in the school hall, can you send donations for this sale in on the Thursday and Friday to the main office. We are then planning on having the cake sale on the Monday afterwards, can you send cake donations in on the Monday, these will be sold at break and after school on the Monday.. Please can you send in cakes and items that we can sell on the stall? We would love the children to come into school with mad hair and spotty clothes and bring a donation for Children In Need on the official day.

Dates for the diary…

Chocolate Mufti for the fair- Friday 23rd November

Christmas Fair- Friday 30th November 3.30 onwards

Performances

Foundation and Key Stage 1:

Wednesday 12th and Friday 14th December in the afternoon

Key Stage 2:

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December 2pm

Class Dojo

Many of you are already receiving messages and updates about your child’s learning via Class Dojo. This is a great way to keep in touch with what your child is learning in class. The teachers regularly add photos of learning to this for you to see. It is also superb as it let’s you know when the children have received Dojo’s for their learning. If you have not signed up, you are missing out. For information on this please email, Mrs Griffiths kmgriffiths@stpaulsplymouth.com

Breakfast before school…

We need your help. Some of our children are coming to school without having breakfast or a drink. When this happens they are not able to learn as well as they should and it makes it very difficult. All of our children need to have eaten before they come to school- it is an expectation that they have a nutritious breakfast and drink. We understand if you oversleep and this is missed on a rare occasion- if this is the case let us know and we will give them breakfast. As a school if children are not given breakfast or a drink we do keep records of it, as it is essential that keep we our children healthy, so please help us and most importantly your child.

Gospel message:

The gospel this Sunday reminds and asks us to get ready and prepare at a much deeper level. We are not simply waiting for the bus to come or the kettle to boil; we are asked to prepare for Jesus. What does the mean for us to be watching and waiting for Jesus?

The question that is implied in the parable of the wise and foolish wedding guests, is what are we actually doing while we are waiting for Jesus? Are we sitting around with no thought or concern for ourselves and others, or are we actively living our daily lives with meaning and purpose?

The challenge and invitation this week of waiting and being prepared is that we need to be trying our very best to live our daily life as a follower of Jesus.

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