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Thursday 22nd  December 2016

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Dear Parents, 

A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson

Loving Father,
Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds
and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate
and open the door of love
all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake.

Congratulations to…
Co’Nall, Reanna, Taylor, Sarah and Rochelle in Y4 who have gained their Bronze Record of Achievement this week. Well done too, to Danayi, Sarah, Mohammed Rahim, Tendi, Eugenia-Lucy, Taymn, Naomi, Adrian, Arooj and Sebastian in Year 1 and to Umar F and Wen in Y2, Sharifa, Britney and Gloria in Y3, Co’Nall, Terry, Hanan, Denisandra, Nikola, Hamza, Rochelle, Pedro, Stephanie, Reanna, Alex, Lucy, Catherine and Reem in Y4 who have gained their 60 Golden Stamps and won their book prize.

 Nativity Play and Carol Concerts
Well done to the children in Nursery and Reception for their lovely singing at their Christmas Concert and to Years 1 and 2 for their beautiful nativity play. They have really helped to get our Christmas celebrations off to a great start.  Thank you to everyone who came along to watch and especially to the staff for all their hard work in planning, rehearsing, making props and costumes. You can see the photos on the school website.

Thank you to all who were able to join us this afternoon for our final celebration of the term – our Carol Service. It was wonderful to share this very special event with so many of you.

Christmas Eve Children’s Mass
Bring your family and friends along to church on Saturday 24th December, for our special Children’s Mass. The children will be acting the story of Jesus’ birth. Mass starts at 5pm, but arrive at 4.30pm to get costumes on.

 Non School Uniform Tinsel Day
Thank you to all the children who paid a pound to wear their own clothes on Tuesday. We raised over £128.00 to support the homeless.

 Talent Show
What an amazing show! The children performed with great confidence and showed us some incredible singing, dancing, acrobatics and even some footballs skills. They even managed to get 2 of the judges to join in with a dubious version of Ant and Dec. Have a look at the photos on the school website. A huge thank you to Miss Friel and Mrs Brookes for organising the show.

 International School Award
This week we have gained this award in recognition of our outstanding International Curriculum Programme. This is a national award which takes 3 years to achieve, so we are very proud to have been successful in earning it for the second time. Thank you to all the parents who have helped by supporting our international celebrations in school.

 First Holy Communion
After Christmas, the Year 3 Catholic children will begin preparing to receive Holy Communion for the first time. Any other parents who are interested in joining the church and having their children baptised, please speak to me and I can put you in touch with Father Solomon.

Parent Volunteers
A huge thank you to those of you who have been helping in school this term. You really make a difference to our children.

House Points
Well done to Moses who have won the House Points for this term by a narrow margin!

Our whole school attendance for this week is 92.71% and for the whole term it is 96.73%.   Well done everyone! Congratulations to all the children who have earned their 100% attendance certificates today – keep up the good work.

And finally…..
A happy and peace-filled Christmas to all our children and families from all the staff. Thank you for your many kind gifts, cards and good wishes


Dates for Next Term
Spring Term starts                                               Thursday 5th January
Half Term                                                             Mon –Fr 20th – 24th February
Confirmation                                                          Thursday 9th March 7pm
School closes for Easter holidays                           Thursday 13th April