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Online booking opens Friday 3rd May 2019
There are lots of exciting new clubs this term, including Irish dancing, cricket, golf and rounders! Clubs will begin next week (Tuesday 7th May 2019) and will finish the week ending 12th July 2019. There will be no clubs the last week of term.
We feel it is very important for children to take part in at least one club; please take a look at what is available and book their place online via SIMS Pay. The clubs will be available to book from Friday 3rd May 2019. A letter has been sent home with your child with a full list.
Please note we can only accept online payments this term and once the clubs are full, they will no longer be visible on SIMS Pay. Should you be able to book and pay for a place on SIMS Pay, please consider your child’s place confirmed. If the club you are trying to book is not showing when you log in, it will be because it is fully booked.
Please bear in mind that by signing up to a club your child is making a commitment and they should only sign up if they are prepared to meet the expectation that they attend regularly. Children who have demonstrated commitment (very regular attendance) to a club already, will have priority to join clubs that are over-subscribed.
Once again this year, our staff have been very generous in offering to run extra-curricular activities, which is above and beyond their contractual duties. We’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you and express our appreciation of them for this. We believe that our children are very lucky to have these clubs available to them, and consider them to be excellent value for money.
If you have any issues with SIMS Pay, please contact Mrs Rae, the School Business Manager – email@example.com
Letters are being sent home today outlining the Sex and Relationships Education programme which will be being delivered to Y6 children during the week commencing Monday 20th May. To date, the children have explored respect of self and of others and friendships through our R-time programme. This section deals with other areas such as anatomy, personal hygiene and ‘how a baby is made’.
Parents will have the opportunity to view clips from the DVD used with the children 3.30 – 4.30pm Monday 20th May and also gain an understanding of the topics covered.
Throughout the week, the boys and girls will watch the video together and complete some follow up work. On Friday 24th May at 2pm, the boys and girls will work separately. Boys will work with Mr Cooke to gain a better understanding of menstruation and have the opportunity to ask some questions. Girls will take a closer look at menstruation, products available, how they work, hygiene etc. A female relative of the girls is invited to join this session. Please do not worry if you cannot join the girls as usually enough adults are able to attend the session and we split the girls up into small groups.
Please complete the reply slip attached to the letter indicating if you are able to attend the meeting or (for girls) the workshop session.
We will be holding our annual ‘Speed Sainting’ event on Tuesday 21st May from 3.30pm-4.30pm.
Year 6 invite their parents, grandparents and/or sponsors to come along and take part! This is a great opportunity for the children to speak to a number of different adults about their choice of Saint in preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.
As always, we appreciate your support in helping make these events worthwhile.
Dates for your diary:
Sunday 12th May 2019 – Confirmation Commitment Mass – 9.30am
Saturday 18th May 2019 – Mass followed by Confession – 10am
Tuesday 21st May 2019 – Y5/6 Class Mass – 9.15am
Sunday 26th May 2019 – Confirmation Mass – 11.15am
As you are aware, KS1 SATs will be taking play during the month of May. Assessments for Year 2 children are marked by school staff and the results are used, alongside evidence gathered over the year, to determine the end of Key Stage attainment for these children. We do not publish an exact timetable for when each of the KS1 assessments will take place as the timetable is flexible and we do not wish for children to become anxious about them – and feel like they shouldn’t really consider themselves to be taking ‘tests’ as such.
These assessments are nothing for the children (or parents!) to worry about and life in school will remain as normal as possible. As always, please ensure your child maintains good attendance during this period and that they turn up to school on time, after having a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast.
The Department for Education have produced a leaflet for parents to explain these assessments in further details which we recommend that you familiarise yourself with. The leaflet is available on the following website. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-and-2-national-curriculum-tests-information-for-parents
Before the end of the academic year, you will receive a breakdown of your child’s attainment, which includes the test scores, the teacher assessments and how they have performed in relation to what is expected for children of their age. Please note that whilst the assessments are completed in May, it is not until the end of June that teacher assessments are reported to the Local Authority and July when KS2 test results are returned to school. You will therefore receive this breakdown with your child’s end of year report.
Please be reassured that, whilst in some schools and areas, there is a hype around SATs, in the main there is no need for parents or children to be unduly worried or concerned about them. We very much understand the need and importance of statutory assessments, but know that these are mainly used to measure school performance and tell us very little that we, and indeed yourselves, don’t already know about our children.
With this in mind, we don’t hold information evenings or such like for parents. That said, should you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss that you can’t find the answers to here, don’t hesitate to come and see me.
Wishing all the children and families at All Souls a happy and blessed Easter.
All the staff at All Souls x
Year 6 wish you all a happy and holy Easter!
We hope you liked your Easter cards that we made using oil pastels.
Today we said goodbye to Holly by having a fun afternoon of music and treats! We also welcomed Oliver back for the afternoon to join in! Good fun was had by all!
We hope that you all have a lovely Easter break; I know that the children (and us!) are ready for it!
Mrs McDevitt and Miss Piercy
As part of our journey through Lent and looking forward into Holy Week, this week Year 5 took part in a tasting of a traditional Jewish Passover meal.
We looked into the symbolism and meaning of each food item before a taste test.
We all had our favourites (most chose matzah) and those we did not enjoy as much, but all children should be commended for trying new foods and discussing the topic in a mature and sensible way.
We are tremendously proud of the children for their reflection of the Easter Story. Each child out in their best effort and played their part in a most reverent way- well done. We hope you enjoyed the performance ; the children took a lot from it and it helped them to understand the story of Holy Week.
Below are some pictures of the day, and the DVD is also available if you would like to order one.