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October 20th 2017

Fr Paul came in to celebrate our Harvest Mass last Monday at 9.30. It was a beautiful Mass and our children were amazing – especially their singing. I think Fr Paul must have been very impressed as this was the first Mass he had celebrated in school. Thank you so much for your generosity. The harvest table was magnificent. Check out the school blogs for some of the photographs. On Tuesday our school councillors helped to load the van from the Food bank. There are some photographs on our Facebook page.

On Tuesday, Mrs Baker and I took our 21 girls from Year 6 for a tour of Sacred Heart High school as they were going to miss the parents’ evening the following day. It was a great experience for the girls, who seemed very impressed with our feeder high school. Before we left I had been invited to read a story (The book with no pictures) to Reception Class. I was so pleased I was able to squeeze this in between swimming and Sacred Heart. The children were very responsive. I didn’t realise it was being videoed and a short clip is now available on our Facebook page!

On Tuesday we also held our first parents’ evening of the term and it was lovely to see so many parents come in to find out more about our school.

On Wednesday Year 6 went going to the Diocesan Youth Village for an overnight stay, returning at the end of the school day on Thursday. I was delighted to hear that the trip was such a success with the children being commended for their behaviour (which was far superior to the other school in attendance!)

On Thursday we had our first meeting for the First Holy Communion group in Year 4 with our Chair of Governors, Mrs Baker. I sat through the first session, which was really good. Please keep our group in your prayers. The first Mass takes place at the Cathedral this coming Sunday at 10 a.m.

CONGRATULATIONS ALESSIA in Year 6 who has been selected for the Newcastle Girls’ Football Squad. This is a great achievement.

We recently held an absence review meetings and sent letters to those children who currently have an attendance figure below 90%. I appreciate it is early on the term so if your child has been ill or on holiday their attendance may well appear unusually low. The letters are to let people know that they now need to work hard to ensure attendance is at an acceptable level.

On Tuesday, Reception Class were able to get changed much more quickly at the end of their swimming lesson. From now on, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will receive a weekly swimming lesson each Tuesday. Please support us by encouraging your children to dress and undress independently at home.

It has been a good start in terms of children having the correct uniform. Please remember that earrings are not part of the school uniform. We recommend that ears are pierced at the beginning of the summer holidays so they can be removed for school days once they have healed over, after 6 weeks.

Please make sure names are written in all items of uniform.

Children should now have their P.E. kits in school.

SNAPCHAT DANGER – If your child uses “Snapchat” please be aware that people can see your location if you are using it without altering the settings. For further information, please visit the Facebook part of this website. You will find it at the bottom of the Homepage.

Our next OFSTED inspection is now well overdue. If you haven’t already done so, please help us by giving your views about the school. You can do this by clicking the “Parent View” button on the top of the home page of this website. Please note you should complete this every year so please access the site even if you have used it previously. Thanks to Miss Thompson, one of our staff, and Mr Stolliday, one of our governors, who were at the parents’ evening last term, for encouraging more parents to give their views on Parent View via our ipads. Thanks also to all who have completed the questionnaire on Parent View so far.

Recently the author Vivian French visited our school. She was so impressed with us that she has dedicated her brand new book to us. We received a copy in the post last week. Inside the cover it says, “Dedicated to the amazing staff and pupils at Our Lady and St Anne’s School, Newcastle.” Vivian was visiting local schools this week so Miss Hodgson met her and got a photograph of the two of them with the book. Some of Year 3 sent written thank you messages to Vivian, who very kindly gave us her email address so the rest of the class can follow suit. Thanks to Miss Hodgson for everything she does to promote and improve reading in our school!

Some of our pupils have alerted us to a social networking site, “Musical.ly”, which several children are using. The minimum age expectation for this site is 13 and I have been informed that there are inappropriate images which can be accessed. Please help to keep your children safe by restricting and controlling their internet use. Thanks.

Attendance has been amazing again this week. The whole school attendance for the past week was 97.26. All classes were above 95%. The best attenders this week were Year 5 with 99.35%. Year 5 were also best Key Stage 2 attenders so they were treated to top yard with the award winners from Year 3, 4 and 6 during treat time. Overall attendance after the first half term stands at 97.48%. Thank you for your support. We currently exceed our ambitious target of 97%. Congratulations to Year 6 who won the attendance competition for this half term with 98.77%. They have earned a treat after the half term holiday.

Congratulations also to Lindisfarne House who won the half-termly house points competition. Their reward is a non-uniform day on 31st October.

Please click on the link from this page to see the award winners from this week’s achievement assembly.