Welcome to the first newsletter of the new school year. I would first like to thank all of our school staff for their hard work in preparation for the new school year.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new parents whose children have joined the school, in our Reception class and other classes in the school.
We also have Mrs Bowden joining the Senior Management team to cover Mrs Birchâ€™s maternity leave, and she is also taking on the role of SENCO.
We intend to again have a happy and successful year, and continue to develop our outstanding school, and enjoy life at Sacred Heart.
Four years ago, we had a series of school assemblies led by myself and the children, to celebrate the success of our athletes in London. Over the next few weeks we will be doing the same, only with even more to celebrate than last time!
We will also be celebrating the success of the Paralympics, which I am certain that Team GB will be the strongest team in Rio.
Our children have been inspired by so many Olympians, including Jason Kenny, Laura Trott, Andy Murray, Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Adam Peaty, Max Whitlock, Simone Biles, Team GB Hockeyâ€¦. The list is endless!!
The children will be voting in new house captains for each house, and also choosing school and sports council members from each junior class.
Following the success of our school in sport over the last few years, we intend to continue giving all children opportunities for sport in school.
We will be providing this in PE lessons, lunchtime clubs, after school clubs, bringing coaches in for sessions during and after school, and by having our own in-house competitions.
We have tried over the last four years to build on the success of London in our school, giving our children the chance to try different sports and enter every competition going.
07/09/16 Year 5 swimming restarts
16/09/16 Year 6 Assembly 9.05am
21/09/16 Cardinal Allen Open Evening 6.30pm
22/09/16 Our Open Morning 9.15am-12pm
23/09/16 Year 5 Assembly 9.05am
30/09/16 Grandparentsâ€™ Day event 2pm
05/10/16 Parentsâ€™ Evening 3.40pm to 7pm
07/10/16 Year 4 Assembly 9.05am
14/10/16 Year 3 Assembly 9.05am
19/10/16 Tag Rugby Tournament at FRUFC
21/10/16 Year 2 Assembly 9.05am
28/10/16 School finishes for half term at 3.30pm
07/11/16 School re-opens
10/11/16 Ladiesâ€™ Evening 6.30pm
18/11/16 Year 1 Assembly 9.05am
25/11/16 Reception Class Assembly 9.05am
OPEN EVENING FOR PARENTS
We will be holding our first parentâ€™s evening on Wednesday 5th October, when you can find out about the progress of your child with their academic work, and how to support them at home.
OPEN MORNING FOR POTENTIAL NEW PARENTS
We are holding our annual Open Morning for parents with children of Pre-school age, to show our school in action, and give parents the opportunity to look around school and ask questions to me and other staff. This takes place on Thursday 22nd September from 9.15am to 12pm.
SCHOOL CAR PARK
Please could all parents refrain from using the school car park when collecting children from clubs that finish at 4.30pm, as we do not have the space for all cars, and to protect the safety of parents and children.
We are continuing with music tuition this year, and we have tutors available for clarinet, guitar, keyboard, flute or violin. If your child is interested in starting to learn to play an instrument, please see the school office.
Children in Year 6 (and Years 7 and 8 in high school) are beginning their preparation for Confirmation (24/11/16), with weekly sessions in the Bamber Room from 6-6.45pm.
BREAKFAST AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
If you need childcare before or after school, please see the school office, or ring Mrs Porter direct on 07538924508. We have extended opening until 6pm.
The Breakfast Club is open from 7.30am until school time, and children receive food and drinks at both the breakfast and after school clubs.
Cardinal Allen are holding their Open Evening on Wednesday 21st September, starting at 6.30pm.
ABSENCES AND APPOINTMENTS
In addition to no longer being allowed to authorise holiday absences, we are now expected to see evidence of appointments, if your child requires a medical appointment during school time. Please contact school before 9.30am if your child is absent, otherwise the absence could be deemed unauthorised.
Articles of jewellery are not allowed in school, they could cause injury to the wearer or another person. Earrings have been a constant source of argument and injury in the past. The Local Authority bans them for P.E. and swimming. The Governors of this school have ruled that no jewellery, other than a wrist watch, can be worn in school. Shoes must be worn as standard uniform.
Please can all property and clothing belonging to your children have their names written or sewn in.
At Sacred Heart, Mohican hairstyles and shaved patterns into hair are not acceptable.
Please ensure that you have given school any change of contact details, particularly changing mobile phone numbers. Also, the more contacts listed for a child, the easier it is to get in touch regarding your child, particularly in an emergency.
ADMISSIONS FOR FUTURE YEARS
If you would like to add your child to the admissions list, please see me or Mrs Fairclough. If you have a sibling of a child currently at Sacred Heart, it is still worth registering with us. We also hold registers of interest for 2017 and 2018.
FRIENDS OF SACRED HEART
We have our first meeting of the school year on Tuesday 13th September, and all parents and grandparents are welcome to attend, and share new (and old) ideas for our school social and fundraising events.
If there is any child who would like to learn to play the violin, guitar, keyboard, clarinet, flute or brass, please speak to Mr Eaton or Mrs Fairclough, and we can arrange this for you.
We are continuing to retain our school meal price at Â£1.65 per meal, which we will continue to keep for the foreseeable future, still the lowest of all the local schools. School requires two week notice if you change from school dinner to packed lunch or vice versa.
Thank you to all the staff who have given up their time to start clubs for the children already this term.
Dance for infants (Mrs Rae) (Mon 3.30pm to 4pm)
Change4life: Y5/6 Fri 3.30pmâ€”4.30pm
Athletics (Tue 3.30pm-4.30pm Y3-6)
Wake up Shake Up (Mon/Wed/ Fri before school)
Football Y4/5/6 (Mon)
Homework Club Thursday 3.30-4.30pm
Cross Country (Fri 12.10pmY4-6)
Dance Festival Rehearsals Y3-6 Wednesday 3.30 to 4.30pm
Girls Football: Wed lunch
Tag Rugby 12.40pm Thur lunch
Yoga YR-2 Tue lunch
Speedstacking KS2 Tue 3.30-4.30pm
Choir: KS2 Thur 8.20am (Mrs Bowden)
Also Laser/running to be arranged.
And rehearsals will begin soon for our next stage showâ€¦.