Firstly may I thank the parents who brought to my attention their concern regarding a recent incident involving a suspicious man in a dark coloured car trying to talk to a child who was walking home from another school. I would like reassure you that St Mary's School takes our children's safety very seriously. I have contacted North Wales Police who informed me that they have not had any reported incidences of suspicious males in the Holyhead area. However, they have advised me to ask you to talk to your children about the importance of staying safe and not talking to strangers.
Here is a useful link to the National Crime Prevention Council with advice regarding talking to your children about staying safe https://ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/strangers and a website for children where you can look in the 'Advice' section where you will find information for children about staying safe away from strangers http://mcgruff.org/.
I will also be talking to the children today about staying safe and the importance about not talking to or going with strangers.
Headlice have been detected in the hair of some of our children in the Year 6 class. It is essential that you check, and if necessary, treat your child's hair immediately.
By working together we can drastically reduce this problem and I ask that you check your child's hair daily. Should you find head lice please inform the school and begin treatment immediately. Advice for parents can be found online by following the link below.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Please find attached our after school clubs timetable for the autumn term.
If your child wishes to join any clubs, individual club letters will be sent out in due course if they have not already gone out.
A belated welcome back, and a special welcome to all our new Nursery children.
I hope you had a good summer. May I begin by sharing some dates for your calendars:
13.09.17 Years 5 & 6 Healthy Schools Workshop
06.10.17: Cafod Family Fast Day. Harvest Mass at 10am
23&24.10.17: Parents Evening
27.10.17: Wear Pink for Breast Cancer
28.10-5.11.17: School Closed for Half Term
06.11.15: INSET day, School closed
07-09.11.17: Assessment week
10.11.17: Individual Photographs (Breakfast club in Miss Williams’s class)
17.11.17: Children in Need Appeal Day
19.11.17: School Sunday Mass 11am
06.12.17: Christmas Fair
11/12/13.12.17: Christmas Performances (Details to follow)
14.12.17: Panto, Venue Cymru 10.30am performance
18/19.12.17 Carol Singing in Tesco
20.12.17 Carol Singing in Lidl
20.12.17: Foundation Phase Christmas Party 1.15pm
21.12.17: Juniors’ Christmas Party 1.15pm
22.12.17: Last day of term
I will, of course inform you of any changes or additions in due course.
At the beginning of the school year all the children are looking very smart and I firmly believe that our school uniform is an outward sign of our commitment to high standards. We expect all the children to wear full school uniform at all times as follows:
Charcoal grey skirt or pinafore or black/charcoal uniform trousers
Blue / yellow polo shirt with school logo
Uniform sweatshirt or cardigan with school logo.
White/grey/black socks, grey or black tights with skirts
Black/grey socks with trousers
Black flat shoes— no trainers or Sports footwear with logos.
Charcoal grey or black uniform trousers
Uniform sweatshirt with school logo
Black shoes— no trainers or Sports footwear with logos.
No jewellery, arm bands or badges are allowed except for small studs for pierced ears. No make up. Hairstyles should be neat, tidy and school appropriate. These details can also be found in our handbook and on our website www.saintmaryscatholicschoolholyhead.com
Attendance will once again be an important focus for us as nationally a target for 96% attendance has been set and schools who fail to meet this target for 3 consecutive years fail to meet Estyn inspection standards and will be placed in a strict county monitoring programme. We appreciate your help and cooperation in achieving this target and ask that you inform school immediately on the first day of any absence by phone call and provide a written explanation for the absence when your child returns to school. The school can authorise up to 5 days of holiday absence however requests can be declined if a child’s attendance is already below 95% (which equates to 2 school weeks already missed).
Punctuality is also just as important. Staff members will be on duty from 8.50am onwards and we expect all our children to be in their lines promptly when the bell rings at 9am. To this end can I please ask the Foundation Phase (Nursery to Year 2) parents to bring your children to the enclosed playground as soon as you arrive. You are then free to go, leaving your child in our care or stay until 9am to wave your child safely into school. However can I ask you not to keep your child outside the playground until the bell rings? Also may I remind all the children that the adventure playgrounds is ‘out of bounds’ before 9am.
Please note the date of our termly Sunday Family Mass which is the 19th of November at 11am, last year around 60 children attended both our masses. With over 2 months notice of this date we would appreciate your cooperation in increasing this number by putting it in your diary now. This is an important aspect of Catholic school life, many parishioners and visitors to the church love the children’s contribution and without doubt it helps to strengthen links between the school, church and wider parish community.
During the school year the children will go on educational visits, the teachers will inform you of any such activities or visits as and when they happen. May I remind you to fill in and return the Data collection and Consent form sent to you last week to Miss Natalie Williams in the office asap. This will cover educational visits and activities until the end of the summer term next year and will also help us to improve communication as we are trying to reduce paper usage by predominantly using texts and email.
Free school meals are an entitlement for which some of you as families may be entitled. Even if you mainly choose to send your child to school with a packed lunch you can still apply. If you think this applies to you please contact the school office and we will arrange for an application form to be sent to you.
Finally, I would like to remind you that my door is always open and if you have any concerns please do come in and see me and I will do my utmost to help.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mr Richard Jones
Unfortunately there is a problem with the bottom gate to the Junior playground. Therefore, access is through the top gate only until it is fixed.
Apologies for any inconvenience
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