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Prevent  Digest - Schools Newsletter Summer 2019

Prevent Digest - Schools Newsletter Summer 2019

  The Prevent Strategy makes clear the important role that schools have to play in safeguarding people before they may become terrorists or support terrorism.
Phonics Screening Check - A Guide for Parents

Phonics Screening Check - A Guide for Parents

What is Phonics? Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. Children are taught how to recognise the sounds each individual letter makes and to identify the sounds that different combination of letters make such as ‘sh’ and ‘oo’. Children are taught to read by breaking down words into separate phonemes (sounds). They are then taught how to blend these sounds together to read the whole word.
NewsLetter 15th March 2019

NewsLetter 15th March 2019

Friday 15th March 2019 Dear Parents and Carers, We are half way through the second half of the Spring term.  The school year is passing by quickly.  We are now in the liturgical season of Lent. We are asked to do three things during Lent.  Firstly, to pray, secondly, to fast and thirdly, to give alms.  For the children we are asking them to show acts of kindness, to be extra respectful and to really consider their actions when playing with others.  When discussing this with your children I would like you to remind them of our Golden Rules. Juniors Infants ·         Follow in God’s footsteps and be a positive role model ·         Have respect for other people and their property ·         Walk quietly and sensibly up and down the stairs ·         Honesty, manners and truthfulness are priceless gifts that we can share with everybody ·         Keep your arms, feet and nasty words to yourself ·         We are gentle: We do not  hurt others ·         We are kind and helpful: We do not hurt anybody’s feelings ·         We listen: We don’t interrupt ·         We are honest: We don’t cover up the truth ·         We work hard: We don’t waste our own or others’ time ·         We look after property: We don’t waste or damage things So that we maintain our high standards of behaviour for learning, our fundamental and non-negotiable classroom expectations are: To be able to teach without interruption To have ‘quiet’ when explaining things To stay in their places if told to To put their hand up and ask politely To look and listen when the teacher is talking To use quiet working voices in the classroom Please recap these rules and expectations with your children so they can see we are working together. CAFOD  The children had a CAFOD assembly where they learnt all about the issues facing Bangladeshi fishermen who no longer can feed their families because there are no fish and there is no money. On Friday 15th March there is a non-uniform day to support CAFOD. This is also the family fast day of Lent. We are asking the children to bring in a donation - £1 would be fabulous. Likewise, on Tuesday 19th March it is St Joseph’s Day – our patron saint. The children can wear non uniform on this day and we will be celebrating the great saint in all sorts…
Newsletter - 8th February 2019

Newsletter - 8th February 2019

8th February 2019 Dear Parents and Carers, We are already in the penultimate week of the first Spring half term.  Time has flown by and we are almost at half term! Building works Over the next few months there will be significant building works taking place on site that will impact the whole school. This is the continuation of the windows project and essential work that needs to be completed regarding the external maintenance of our school building.  The age of our school is beginning to tell! School Dinners Our school dinner company ‘Caterlink’ are producing some lovely meals for our children.  We are very lucky in Southwark in that every child receives a free school meal in primary school.  ‘Caterlink’ adhere to government guidelines regarding sugar intake and only cook with food that has been approved to the Soil Association Food for Life Silver Award standard.  Please ask Mrs Gallagher, Mr Reilly or Ms Kirrane for any further information. TeCola Project Over the last couple of years Mr Balseiro has been working very hard to establish Spanish as our chosen Modern Foreign Language.  This academic year he is engaging with a project that is directly linked to Queen Mary University.  This project allows children from all over the world to communicate in real time with other children – in Spanish!  We have some amazing children who are excellent at Spanish, even though it is not their first or second language, taking part in this project.   This is very exciting for us! Sporting activities  The school has again achieved well in sports this half-term. Yr 6 boys and girls have both qualified for the finals of the Bacon’s Cup whilst the girls are also through to a final where they are representing Dulwich Hamlet F.C. at Sutton Utd. Football Club. In athletics both Yr 6 and Yr 5 have qualified for the indoor finals to be held at Crystal Palace next week. Yr.2 competed in an indoor athletics competition against other Southwark Schools where they finished a close second. Clubs and enrichment A range of clubs are offered throughout the school; at present cooking, multi-sports, art, sewing, drumming, violin, football, drama, art, Taekwando and gymnastics are taking place. We have had some very good feedback about our clubs so make sure you register in good time for them. School trips  All year groups are very busy supporting learning with their…


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Spiritual Life

This article outlines the Spiritual year month by month, with interesting facts along the way.

Month of December

Celebrating The Birth Of Jesus

At the beginning of December, the season of Advent starts. Some people use advent calendars to celebrate this and some people light candles on an advent wreath.
The word Advent means "coming" and its name suggest it is a time of preparation for the coming feast of Christmas.
Along with Easter, Christmas time is one of the most important periods on the Christian calendar, and is closely connected to other holidays at this time of year, such as Advent, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, St. Nicholas Day, St. Stephens Day, New Years and the Feast of the Epiphany.
We celebrate the Birth of Jesus in our school by acting out the story of Christmas. We display wonderful productions from all Key Stages of the story where parents and family are more than welcome to see.


Month of January

Holy Name Of Jesus

January is the month of the Holy name of Jesus. This has been celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church since the end of the fifteenth century. The celebration has been held on January 1st, eight days after Christmas, which celebrates the circumcision and naming of the child Jesus; as recounted in the Gospel read that day "at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, we was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb."


Month of February

The month dedicated to the Holy Family

Between the events which marked Christmas and the beginning of Christ's public life the Church has seen fit to recall the example of the Holy Family for the other uses of the Christian family.
The feast of the Presentation (or Candlemas) forms a fitting transition from Christmas to Easter. The small Christ-Child is still in his Mother's arms, but already she is offering Him in sacrifice. In February we celebrate Shrove Tuesday, we will find ourselves preparing for Ash Wednesday, This month bridges Christmas and Easter. A candle symbolises "the light of Christ" and the Paschal candle burns brightly during the Easter vigil liturgy. We accept the cross of blessed ashes on Ash Wednesday and take part in the major excercises of Lent (fasting and praying) laying our thoughts and prayers on the hearts of our Mother Mary. The lady, who offered her Son in the temple and on the cross, will teach us how to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow after her Son.


The months of March and April

Easter Story 

March this year introduces us to an important part of the Catholic Diary, Easter. At Easter we celebrate Jesus, God's only Son, giving up his life for us and we also celebrate his resurrection.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. We ask the children in school to wear something purple every Friday during Lent.
In school we celebrate this by performing Easter productions in which parents, friends and family are more than welcome to come and watch.
Easter begins on Holy Week. During this time we celebrate Palm Sunday, Maunday Thursday, The Last Supper, Good Friday and lastly Easter Sunday.
The Year 5 children will perform Good Friday. This is the day that Jesus was crucified and died on the cross for us. The Children act this very important story with great and powerful detail, educating us, the audience with every bit of the story.

Easter Sunday is a joyous occasion where, and is known as the most important day in the Catholic Diary, where, praise be to God (hallelujah) Jesus, the Son of God, has rose again. Jesus' body was laid to rest in the tomb when Mary Magdalene went to anoint the body only to find the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty! Angels appeared, letting Mary Magdalene know that everything was ok and in fact Jesus had risen and to inform the disciples, which she did so.



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