Our Mission Statement
“To walk hand in hand with God, loving him, loving each other and loving ourselves, doing our best with the gifts he gave us to make the world a richer place.”
Dear Parents and Carers,
Lenten Reflection Day
Our Lenten reflection day on Ash Wednesday enabled children to reflect more deeply on themselves and to think about their Lenten promises this year. Children from KS1 and KS2 received their ashes at Mass. It was lovely to hear such positive comments from St Mary’s parishioners about the reverence shown by our children.
Parents’ and Carers’ Evening
Thank you to you all for coming to parents’ evening this week. Staff were pleased to be able to share your child’s work and achievements so far this academic year and to discuss their next steps in learning. It is lovely to work with such caring and committed parents and carers.
World Book Day
National World Book Day is on Thursday 1st March. We ask children to come to school on that day dressed as their favourite book character. Please do not go to any expense; home-made outfits look just as good! On that day, the Book Fair Stall arrives in our school hall. You are more than welcome to browse and purchase any books after school. Book tokens will go home tonight and can be used at the Book Fair or at participating bookshops.
Family Cyberwise – Parent/Carer Workshop
We are holding a workshop in school on Wednesday 7th March, 9am-11am. It is open to parents and carers from Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6. The aim is to educate our children about how to be respectful and safe online and to promote positive cyber citizenship. A letter has already been sent out but if you are interested, please let the school office know by Wednesday 28th February so we can reserve a place for you.
Great Big Dance Off
Congratulations to our KS2 dance group who have qualified for the East Midlands heats of the ‘Great Big Dance Off’, at the Albert Hall in Nottingham. They will perform and compete with a number of other schools across the region on 5th March. We wish them luck and we will keep you updated on their success.
Friday Food and Friends
Each Friday at 6pm, at the Vine Community Centre on Bobbersmill Road, they hold a ‘Friday Food and Friends’ event where, for a suggested £1 donation, you can receive a hot home-cooked three course meal! There is no need to book – just turn up. For further details, please call 0115 9249700.
We hope you have received and are happy with your child’s school photo. Should you wish to purchase through school, orders need to be returned to the school office by Thursday 8th March. Alternatively, you can order on the photographer’s website. Details can be found in your photo pack.
First Communion Preparation
The children’s lessons started last week on Thursday 8th February. They are held in the school hall every Thursday 3:15pm - 4:15pm. Please keep our children in your prayers during their preparation for this special sacrament.
Over the half term break, you might be interested in visiting our school website which shares our highlights from last year and some of the enriching activities that our children have been involved in since the beginning of this academic year.
Please note that the remaining INSET days this year are as follows:
Friday 13th July
Monday 23rd July
Tuesday 24th July
School will be closed on these days.
Dates for your Diary
Please note the Easter holidays are not straightforward this year.
Mon 19th School closed for half term holiday
Mon 26th School re-opens
Thurs 1st World Book Day and Feast of St. David
Mon 12th Science Week
Sat 17th St Patrick’s Day and First Confession
Fri 30th Good Friday and School closes for the Easter holidays
Mon 16th School re-opens
Ms K O’Neill
Acting Head Teacher