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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,
On behalf of the Our Lady of Lourdes Trust and St Mary’s School, I would like to welcome Yvonne Alcock, our new governor, to our Local Governing Body. I ask you to keep Mrs Alcock and our governors in your prayers as they continue to guide and support St Mary’s.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
There was a great turn out for our McMillan Coffee Morning. Thank you for your delicious donations of cakes! A total of £189.20 was raised to support this charity.
Advent Charity Focus - Framework
This term’s fundraising focus, chosen by Year 2 and Year 3, is on the homelessness charity Framework. This charity supports a variety of homeless people with housing, health care and employment. The number of people sleeping rough in Nottingham has increased substantially in recent months, and the charity needs support to ensure those living on the street can be offered shelter and care. Classes will be collecting donations throughout the term which children can put into the jars in their classrooms. We will also be holding a Teddy Tombola on Thursday 19th December - more details to follow.
Our Harvest Assembly took place on 11th October and was exceptionally well attended by parents and carers. Thanks to you - our generous families, a huge amount of produce was donated for us to take to St Paul’s Soup Kitchen, and to share with families in the community who are less fortunate than ourselves. The staff and customers at the Soup Kitchen were very grateful. We raised a fantastic sum of £181 which we sent to CAFOD to help families in countries around the world.
Judaism was our other faith focus week this term. We were very lucky to be visited by Reverend Ken who supported the children’s understanding through his in depth workshop. The children enjoyed learning about another world faith and asked reflective and interesting questions. Reverend Ken remarked on how receptive our children were to the information presented.
Chaplaincy Team Update
Our Chaplaincy Team have been very busy. Aside from leading whole school Liturgies each week with our Chaplain, Issie McElhone, they have been delivering street prayers in our local area and leading Prayer Club at break times. During October, the team led other children and staff in saying a decade of the Rosary each break time in honour of Mary. As November is All Soul’s month, they are helping us to remember and pray for those we have lost.
Advent Reflection Day
Our Advent Reflection Day will take place on Monday 2nd December. This will be a great opportunity for children and staff to reflect deeply on the season of Advent and think about how to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas. Our School Chaplain will support us with activities throughout the day.
Christmas dinner for children and staff will be on Tuesday 17th December. If your child normally has sandwiches and would like a Christmas dinner, please inform the office staff by Friday 30th November. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to have a Christmas dinner if you do not order before the deadline. Children who usually have school dinners do not need to place an order.
National Youth Funday
We will be celebrating National Youth Funday on Friday 22nd November with a non-uniform day. It is the sister day to National Youth Sunday on the 24th November - a day in the Church’s calendar dedicated to celebrating Young People. The day will be punctuated with singing, games and prayer. This year’s theme is ‘Significance’ ...
For him, you have worth; you are not insignificant.
You are important to him, for you are the work of his hands.
That is why he is concerned about you and looks to you with affection.
(Christus Vivit, 115)
We ask that the children bring a £1 donation to go towards the Nottingham Diocesan Youth Service.
I am pleased to announce that I am expecting my first baby, which means I will be on maternity leave starting in the Lenten Term. During this time Ms O’Neill will cover as Acting Head of School. Mrs Toner will support as Executive Head Teacher.
Faith in Families Support
Faith in Families provide School Social Work services across the Diocese, and we are very fortunate to have Beth Udoh on our team. She has been working with the children and families at St Mary’s for some time now, and is a very important member of our team. The aim of the service offered is to support children and families who may be going through a difficult time for various reasons. This includes providing 1:1 support sessions for children in school, and also support for parents which can include home visits if needed. The service includes support with issues relating to bereavement, managing your child's behaviour, financial/housing difficulties and managing anxiety and family conflict, amongst others. Each Friday lunchtime, Beth runs a ‘Drop In’ session whereby any child who needs to talk, can go and have a short time with her.
If you and/or your child would like some support, you can contact the school office, speak to a member of staff, or alternatively contact Beth directly on 07894 566957.
Dates for the Diary
Monday 2nd Advent Reflection Day
Tuesday 10th F1 and F2 Christmas Singalong – 10am and 2pm
Thursday 12th KS1 Nativity – 1.45pm
Friday 13th KS2 Nativity – 1.30pm (at St. Mary’s Church)
Tuesday 17th Christmas dinner and Christmas Jumper Day
Wednesday 18th F1 Christmas Party
Thursday 19th Teddy Tombola in aid of Framework
Friday 20th Break up for Christmas
Monday 6th Return to school
Acting Head of School