Our last week of the Spring term has been a lovely preparation for the children for Easter.
This week, our Y3 and Y4 pupils performed their Passion Play to the whole school and to parents. This is the first time at St Elizabeth’s that we have performed this play, and it was very moving to see the children tell the story of Holy Week with such maturity and sensitivity. Thank you to Miss Williams, and our Y3 and Y4 class teachers, for working so well with the children and giving them this opportunity to be part of something very special.
On Wednesday, we had our Lent Mass with Monsignor Bill and the children sang beautifully. Thank you to Y5 for preparing the Mass for us.
Thank you for your generous support to our Lenten charity, the Catholic Children’s Society. With ‘Mufti day’ last week, and the children’s Lenten collection boxes, £515 has been raised so far .. and this amount is rising as collection boxes are still being returned to school. If you have a collection box at home still to be returned, we would be very grateful to receive this on the first week back of the new term.
On Thursday this week, as part of their History topic, our Y6 pupils came to school dressed as evacuees from World War II.
We are very excited about a new ‘Eco’ initiative in school. A team of ‘Y6 Eco Warriors’ have just launched a ‘Big Battery’ recycling programme and went around the classes and delivered a short presentation. This programme is being run by Duracell who wish to work with schools to educate children on the importance of recycling. Our Eco Warriors have asked pupils in Y1 – Y6 to collect as many used batteries as possible over the Easter holiday and put them in their battery recycling box which has been sent home this week. Children have been reminded that they must only handle batteries under the supervision of an adult. There will be class activities to support this recycling programme. Thank you to Mrs Renshaw for raising pupil awareness on this important eco matter.
Looking ahead to the Summer Term.
Children return to school on Tuesday 23rd April for the start of the Summer term. Children must wear Summer school uniform and full details can be found on the school website: http://www.st-elizabeths.richmond.sch.uk/information/school-uniform/summer-school-uniform/
Please note in particular that pupils must either wear a white shirt without a tie (revere neck, short sleeve) or a white shirt with a tie (button up collar, short sleeve). If the shirt has a top button, this must be done up and a tie worn. Thank you.
We will send out the Summer term dates soon after we return to school. Summer has many events in the calendar and it is an exciting term. There are also some important dates to note for your diary so please see below for advance notification.
Tuesday 23rd April. Summer term begins.
Friday 3rd May – School Closed. Staff training.
Monday 6th May – School Closed. May Day Bank Holiday.
Tuesday 7th May – Friday 10th May. Y5 School Journey to Isle of Wight.
w/c Monday 13th May. Y6 National Curriculum Test Week (SATs)
Sunday 19th May. School May Fair.
Monday 20th May – Thursday 23rd May. Y6 School Journey to France.
27th May – 31st May. Half Term.
Monday 3rd June – School Closed. Staff training.
A Parentmail has also been sent this week for the sign up to Summer term clubs and a registration form has been sent home in your child’s reading packet. School clubs start week commencing Monday 29th April. Please ensure that you return the registration form, together with your payment for school run clubs, to the school office by Friday 26th April.
And finally, we have sent home today a letter informing you about the second phase of ‘Sponsor a Brick’. We have had many new families joining St Elizabeth’s and we feel it is the right time to re-launch this sponsorship initiative. For this second phase, our target is to raise funds for a new class set of computers in our ICT suite as learning on PCs remains an integral part of the Computing curriculum and we are in pressing need of upgrading the PCs we have in our ICT suite in the next year. At the same time, children are very excited to have their own personalised brick on permanent display on the school wall and it leaves a legacy and a part of school history for many years to come.
And some wonderful news to share! We are delighted to say that Miss Thompson has had a baby boy and mother and son are doing very well. Miss Thompson will visit us next term and we are looking forward to meeting him.
Wishing you and your family a lovely holiday and a happy and holy Easter.