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“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,
I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and well. School still feels very strange without all the children here, but it has been wonderful to welcome some of our children from F1, F2, Y1 and Y6 back to school since 1st June. Letters were sent out to the parents of children in Y2-Y5 this week regarding contact with school, so if you have not yet already seen them, please look on the Coronavirus section of our website.
Year 5 Return to School
We are thrilled to be able to invite some of our Y5 children back for the last two weeks of this term. Unfortunately, we have limited capacity due to our relatively small classroom sizes, but we hope we are able to offer places for all those who are interested.
Y2-Y5 Zoom Sessions
The staff are excited about their Zoom sessions with the children next week. They cannot wait to see your children and hear about what they have been up to during lockdown. It’s very new territory for us all but we will do our best to make things run smoothly.
Y2-Y4 Transition Sessions
We are looking forward to seeing the children who can make our transition meetings in the last week of term. Thank you to those who have already signed up. We will try to accommodate your preferred timings (9.30am-11.30am or 1pm-3pm) on these days.
The dates are as follows:
Monday 20th July – Year 4
Tuesday 21st July – Year 3
Wednesday 22nd July - Year 2
Staffing for September
We are thrilled to welcome Mrs Bell, our new Head Teacher, to St Mary’s. Mrs Bell will officially start in September but has already made many visits to school this term. She is very much looking forward to meeting all our children and working with the staff, parents and governors.
Staffing for September:
F1 Miss Park and Mrs Hayes
F2 Mrs Mullen
Y1 Mrs Thurman and Mrs North
Y2 Mrs Carberry and Mrs Watkins
Y3 Miss Hill
Y4 Mr Poole
Y5 Miss Postolan and Mrs Nicholson
Y6 Mrs McDonald and Ms O’Neill
Ms O’Neill will return to her role as Deputy Head (4 days).
Mrs North will teach Spanish throughout KS2 and PE in some classes.
Mrs Thurman will continue to oversee SEND provision throughout the school.
The time has flown by and it has been greatly beneficial to have Mrs Toner, our Executive Head, working with us for the last two years. She will be leaving us at the end of this term and will return to her full time role as Head Teacher at Our Lady’s in Bulwell. On behalf of the children, staff, parents and governors, I would like to thank Mrs Toner for her vision, guidance and support during her time at St Mary’s. We wish her all the best.
Diocesan Schools Mass
Bishop Patrick is going to lead all of the schools in our diocese in the celebration of Mass on Monday, 6 July at 10:30am. Bishop Patrick will celebrate from Bishops House, with readings and prayers led by school communities. It will be a wonderful way for us all to come together and celebrate with our faith community. The children at school will be celebrating Mass at this time and we thought that our families at home may wish to join the celebration from home. It can be accessed via the link: http://youtu.be/ly7yTCquEo0
St Paul’s Church
Fr. David has asked me to let you know that Sunday Mass has started again at St Paul’s. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, Fr. David needs to know who is attending and how many from their household. If you are wanting to attend Mass, please contact Fr. David by email, text or leave a message on the presbytery answerphone.
Mass timings at St Paul’s are as follows:
Saturday 4pm, 6pm
Sunday 9:30am, 11am, 6pm (Ordinariate Use)
End of Year Reports
Your child’s school report will be available to collect at the end of their transition session. For those children who are currently attending school, we will send their reports home with them on Wednesday 22nd July. Any reports not collected will be posted to your home address on Thursday 23rd July. Please note that the reports have been adapted as a consequence of the current situation and any assessments referred to are from our Lent term data.
Once we return, please ensure your child is in full school uniform.
In the winter - this consists of:
In the summer - this consists of:
P.E. kit - this consists of:
Navy shorts (joggers in winter), white tee-shirt and trainers (all in a navy blue P.E. bag)
This current situation has made us rethink and review the way we communicate with our school community. We have always communicated via the traditional methods – face to face, phone calls and by sending out newsletters. Unfortunately, this has proven to be an ineffective way of communicating during this national health pandemic, which means we will need to make changes.
From September, almost all communications will be via email. If you have not already supplied school with an up to date email address, please do so. If you are unable to access an email account, please speak to a member of staff in the office and we will explore options with you.
Thurs 23rd July Last day of term and Year 6 Leavers’ celebration
Fri 24th July INSET day – School is closed to ALL children
Yesterday, the Government released information about what September in schools might look like. Once we have digested this information and liaised with Our Lady of Lourdes Trust, we will be in touch to share our plans for September. We can only hope and pray that we continue to make positive, healthy steps forward so that this planned return is possible.
We continue to keep you, our families and the wider school community, in our prayers, especially those of you that we have not seen for quite some time.
Ms K O’Neill
Acting Head of School