So, it has been quite some time since my last post, as we have been working with our website developer to make the format more user-friendly in response to your communication feedback.
Our new Communication Policy has been uploaded to the website, under Parents’ Area/Policies. Following feedback from a range of stakeholders, communication will now be via the following routes:
- Events – We will endeavour to ensure that all events are added to the school calendar at least 6 weeks before they are due to take place. We now have a ‘Subscribe to Calendar’ option, which will import all calendar events into your own calendar on Outlook, on your Ipad or Iphone. When events are added, these will sync with your phone and automatically update. To subscribe to the calendar, please follow the instructions which were sent out on Parentmail and attached on the document below.
- Newsflash – The newsflash page now takes the form of a Twitter feed. For those who subscribe to Twitter, following this page will ensure you get updates as they are posted. These will include any deviations from the calendar and will also include class announcements. If you do not currently use Twitter, you can view the Newsflash page on the website in the usual way.
- Parentmail – Where we need to notify parents of last-minute, important information (such as school closure), we will also send a Parentmail. However, as the recent school closure notification showed, a high volume of messages (such as snow days) can result in a significant delay in Parentmail messages being received. As such, we would encourage all parents to use the Newsflash page as the primary source of urgent information.
4. Head's Blog - It is now posible to subscribe to this. You wil receive automatic notifications once a new blog has been posted. Again, seen the document below which will instruct you how to do this.
The last half-term was jam-packed, with the whole school competing to demonstrate which class was the most entrepreneurial! We were astonished to see the children’s ideas come to fruition, with such a variety of money-making schemes all executed to ensure maximum profit. The highlight of the week was our ‘Dragons’ Den’, where pupils pitched their enterprise ideas to a select panel of ‘Dragons’, which included Mr Marsegelia (Music teacher at St Michael’s), Mrs Spiff (Business Studies teacher at St Michael’s, David Aniebonam (Head Boy at St Michael’s), Tara Pelley (Head Girl at St Michael’s) and Vera Woolls (Governor).
Community WeekIt was wonderful to start the Summer term with activities based around our local, national and international community. These themed weeks are a vehicle for children to put their learning into context and to make links across the whole curriculum. As such, Community Week involved a wide variety of different activities in each class. On Monday, we were fortunate enough to have eight Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers visit the school, complete with their cars and vans! Each class took part in a workshop around an aspect of Safety, such as ‘Stranger Danger’, bullying and e-safety. They also had lots of fun….
- Mentoring younger children within the school;
- Carrying out guided reading with younger children;
- Teaching others about good oral hygiene;
- Tidying our Outdoor Area and mucking out the farm animals;
- Passing on our faith through our Easter Story production at Coates Way School; and
- Performing the ‘Three Little Pigs’ to nursery children at St Michael’s pre-school.
St George’s Day.We celebrated the feast of St George on Monday 23rd April and in keeping with our British values we looked at how St George’s heroic deeds pre-empted the actions of people in our community who stand up against prejudice and intolerance today. EYFS demonstrated their amazing acting skills, re-enacting the myth of George and the Dragon for the whole school!
Earth DayOur view of ‘community’ extends to the global community of which we are part. As Stewards of Creation, we have a sacred duty to protect and preserve our planet. Today we have been responding to Pope Francis’ call to enter into ‘a dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet’ (Laudato Si). The children have been discussing how we can act to reduce environmental damage and contribute to a sustainable future for all.
First Holy CommunionCongratulations to those who have made their First Holy Communion and good luck to those who will be celebrating the Sacrament for the first time this weekend. We will update the blog with photos once all the children have received the Sacrament.
It was wonderful to see the Home Learning which took place over the Easter holidays. EYFS Faustyna’s Easter gardens were a joy to behold! Thank you to those families in all classes who worked together to produce such marvellous work!
Please note that our school calendar has been updated. ‘Trip Season’ will soon be upon us, so please do make sure you are aware of key dates such as evening meetings. We look forward to celebrating our St Catherine of Siena Feast Day Mass on Monday 30th April. We would be delighted if you could join us on this special occasion. Please let the office know if you are available to help with walking to the Church. Our next themed week is ‘Media Week’. Again, we hope that this will be even bigger and better than last year! Now that we have a fully-functioning website, we will endeavour to update you on a much more regular basis.
With love from the family of St Catherine’s,