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Weekly Update 29th September 2023

Read our newsletter to find out what has been happening in school this week and upcoming events ...

Dear Parents and Carers,

Today is National Teaching Assistants’ Day and in assembly the children showed their thanks to our Teaching Assistants. We are fortunate to have such a fantastic team of Teaching Assistants at St Elizabeth’s who support the children and the whole school in so many different ways each day.

Macmillan Cancer Support Cake Sale

Thank you to the Y5 and Y6 children for baking the cakes for the Macmillan Cancer Support cake sale that took place after school yesterday. They made so many that we had a second sale today and have raised a fantastic £298.40. Thank you also to the Pupil Chaplains for organising this fundraiser for this worthy charity.

Our World Cup Mufti Day last week raised an amazing £520 to support the people of Morocco and Libya – well done everyone!

Class Information Sessions

We held the last of our Class Information Sessions today and we hope that you have found these useful. For us, certainly, the feedback we receive during these is very helpful. Please do take a look at the curriculum map and the topic Knowledge Organisers on the class pages of the website to give you further information about what your child is learning.

Sports News from Mr Sagar

Our football team played a friendly football match against Ibstock School this week. St Elizabeth’s played really well with some great teamwork and it was a very close game! Also this week, some of our Y4 pupils took part in a Tag Rugby festival. The festival was played at Rosslyn Park Rugby club and the team were very excited to practise their skills on an actual rugby pitch!

Upcoming events

We have a number of events coming up in the next few weeks. You will find the full list below, but I would like to draw your attention to the following:

National Poetry Week

The children are being encouraged to write a poem at home for National Poetry Week. You will have received a Parentmail about this earlier today. We look forward to reading the entries next Wednesday.

Brighten Up for Harvest – Foodbank Donation

On Friday 6th October we will be thinking about Harvest in our assembly. We will be using CAFOD ‘Brighten Up Day’ resources to explore how we should share what we have with those who have less. We are inviting children on this day to wear something bright with their school uniform. This could be an accessory, colourful socks, a colourful jumper etc. In return for doing this we would like the children to bring in an item of food for the foodbank. You can find a list of most needed items on the Richmond Foodbank website

Mental Health Day Coffee and Talk

On Thursday 12th October, we will be marking Mental Health Day with a talk by the Mental Health Support Trust who provide individual and small groups sessions for our pupils in school. The talk is open to all parents and will focus on promoting good mental health in children and there will be an opportunity to have a coffee and chat with other parents before the session.

PTA Bingo Night

Also on Thursday 12th October, we have our first PTA event of the year, Bingo Night. This is always a popular event as children and parents play Bingo together to win prizes. More information will follow shortly from the PTA and we hope to see you there.

Dates for your Diary

Thursday 5th October 8:45am - Pre-loved Uniform Sale

Thursday 5th October 9:10am – Y5 assembly

Friday 6th October 9am – PTA Annual General Meeting in school – all welcome

Friday 6th October – Wear something bright and bring in a Foodbank donation

Friday 6th October 3:30pm – KS1 Choir singing at Greville House Care Home

Tuesday 10th October – Y3 educational visit to Kew Gardens

Tuesday 10th October 9am to 10am - Reception Phonics workshop for parents and carers

Thursday 12th October 9am to 10am – Mental Health Day Coffee Morning and Talk

Thursday 12th October 6pm to 8pm – PTA Bingo

Tuesday 17th October am – Calendar photos being taken in school

Million Word Reader

Congratulations to Sam in Y5 on becoming a Million Word Reader. Well done.

Values Awards

Congratulations to the following children who received a Values Award and came to Headteacher’s breakfast this morning:

Y1 - Alexander

Y2 – Oliver

Y3 – Aidan

Y4 – Simon

Y5 – Zac

Y6 – Elisa

Weekly Attendance

Our average attendance this week was 98%. It is great to see the children in school and learning every day. Thank you for your support in this.

Have a lovely weekend,

Jane Hines