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Thursday 21st  July

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Dear Parents,

 Goodbye and Good Luck
Our Year 6 children are leaving us today. Yesterday they shared a beautiful Mass with us and then had us all in stitches with their performance of Porridge. They have been a wonderful class – worked tirelessly throughout the year and made tremendous progress. They are a great team and an inspiration to the rest of the school. We will miss every one of them and hope they will keep in touch and let us know how they are getting on in their new schools.

Congratulations to Sarah in Y3 and Farida in Y4 who have earned 140 Golden Stamps winning their Board Game.

A fantastic effort all year long means that some children will be going home with a bike or other prize today. They have earned 180 Golden Stamps – that’s nearly every day! Congratulations to Wen, Rosette, Fay, Charlotte, Britney, Sulemaan, Honufa, Leo, Daisy, Harrison, Logan, Aria, Kai Bin, Mia, Gent, Sharon, Vanessa, Sheiley, Shakirah, Venus, Jaffar, Mariam and Raegan.  Have fun with your prizes.

Our whole school attendance for this week was 95.7%. Our attendance for July was 93.11% and for the whole year, it was 96.33% The best class was Year 4 with 97.82%.

Congratulations to the children who were awarded their 100% attendance certificates today. That’s a real achievement.

Sports Day
For Sports Day this year, each house took on an Olympic Country. The winners of the morning (Years 4,5 and 6) were Eritrea and the winners of the afternoon were Bangladesh. Congratulations to the overall winners, Bangladesh. Miss Coleman had some superb entries for the ‘Show me what you know’ about the Olympics and would like to thank all the children and families who spent time creating the. It was a difficult choice:

3rd place Umar F, Sebastian, Stephanie and Farida;  2nd place  Shereese; 1st place  Holly and Shaniya. You can see the winning entries on the website soon.

Symphony Hall Concerts
The school choir and the ukulele players have both performed at Symphony Hall this week at the Birmingham Schools Gala Concerts. The standard was exceptionally high and I hope the children were inspired to continue their musical careers and perhaps join orchestras in the future.

Secondary Transfer Meeting
There will be a meeting for all Year 6 parents on Monday 12 September.   This is a very important opportunity to give you information about applying for secondary schools. We are offering 2 sessions – 3.30pm and 6pm. Please make sure you can attend one of these.

Term dates

Autumn Term 2016 Spring Term 2017 Summer Term 2017
Wednesday 7th September 2016


Friday 21st October 2016

Wednesday 4th January 2017


Friday 17th February 2017

Monday 24th April 2017


Friday 19th May 2017

Half Term (1week) Half Term (1week)  *  Half Term (2 weeks)
Monday 31st October 2016


Thursday 22nd December 2016

Monday 27th February 2017


Thursday 13th April 2017

Monday 5th June 2017


Friday 21st July 2017

* Christmas holiday * Easter holiday Summer Holiday

*St Vincent’s holidays are different to those of the other Birmingham Schools to allow us to celebrate Christmas and Holy Week with the children. Parents will be notified of 3 additional Teacher Days during the year.

Uniform Shopping
If you will be buying new school clothes for your children over the holidays please make sure you stick to the uniform agreed by the Governing Body.  Uniform will be on sale on the two training days the  5 and 6 September only.  Please note we won’t be selling it on the first day of term.

Please make sure all clothing is marked with your child’s name.

  • Grey school trousers or Grey skirt or Grey pinafore dress
  • White shirt
  • Green jumper or  cardigan or School Sweatshirt (available from the school office)
  • Plain white, grey or black socks or tights
  • Black school shoes

Please note:

  • trainers, boots and high heels are not appropriate for school and should not be worn
  • Extreme hair style including Logos and designs shaved into the hair are not allowed
  • The only jewellery allowed is a watch and one pair of plain studs which must be removed for PE
  • Years 3 and 4 will need swimming kits for September. Swimming will start the second week back.

Thought for the Holiday
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”    Mark Twain

And finally….
As we reach the end of term, I want to thank you all for your continued support throughout the year – reading at home, helping with homework, researching projects, fundraising, watching assemblies and particularly those who have been able to come in and help us in the classrooms or take part in workshops.  We are lucky to have such a great community of parents. Have a good rest and enjoy your children this holiday. See you in September!


Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 7th September New term starts