Dear Parents & Carers
We are only a matter of days from the start of Advent now and Term 2 is in full swing. We thought it would be a good idea to remind you of the key events coming up this term before we get carried away in the busy-ness of Christmas preparation.
Christ the King
Our final Feast before Advent is that of Christ the King. This is celebrated this Sunday, 23rd November and we hope that all the children will attend Mass in their own parish church to worship on this day. The Feast is intended to remind us that Christ is our redeemer, our saviour, our King and it is not a coincidence that we celebrate this Feast just before Advent starts. It is intended as a reminder that, with all the commercialism of this festive season and all the hype and materialism, the true meaning of Christmas is that Jesus Christ came to live amongst us and show us how to live our lives; simply and in the service of God and one another. For your convenience the St Joseph’s Mass is at 10.30am and St John’s at 10.45am.
Please note that, as advertised at the beginning of term, Friday 28th November is an INSET Day and therefore the children will NOT be in school on that day.
Friday 5th December - Christmas Fayre in school from 3.15 pm until 5.15pm. Please note that this will be a non-uniform day for the children so that they are ready to join in the activities at the end of the day. A small charge of £1 will be made per child and will add to the overall monies raised from the Fayre. Monies raised from fundraising events organised by our Parent, teacher and friends association (PTFA) are banked and fed back in the school in ways that will benefit all your children.
Tuesday 9th December – Christmas Dinner at St Joseph’s for the children. Special tickets will be provided so that we get numbers exactly right. We hope that all the children will eat as a school family on this day. More information to follow.
Friday 12th December – Christingle Preparation: parents are welcome to come into school to help children make Christingle candles for the Christingle Service which will take place in the afternoon in school. All welcome to both events.
Tuesday 16th December – EYFS/KS1 Nativity Play at 1.30 p.m. Tickets will be made available as, in the interests of comfort and safety, we must have clear ideas of numbers attending.
Wednesday 17th December – EYFS/KS1 Nativity Play at 6.30 p.m. Tickets will be made available as, in the interests of comfort and safety, we must have clear ideas of numbers attending.
Friday 19th December – School will close for the Christmas holiday at the earlier time of 1.00 p.m. Children will be served lunch before they depart.
If your child/ren are not already eating school dinners we would urge you to consider doing so particularly during the colder weather. The food is hot and nutritious and really tasty (!) and will certainly improve your child’s ability to concentrate through the whole day.
EYFS Coffee Morning
On the first Wednesday of each month Sally Doran, our Home-School Link Worker, invites you to join her in the library for tea/coffee, biscuits and an opportunity to chat and get to know the school and one another better. The first of these will be Wednesday 3rd December and we look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on this day.
Thursday 27th November Last week in ordinary time – For Sister Elizabeth’s anniversary Years 5 and 6
Thursday 11th December Second Week of AdventYear 3, followed by First Reconciliation.
Friday 12th December Christingle Service Preparation and service.
I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a prayerful Advent and I look forward to meeting many of you at the many Christmas festivities that are arranged.
Warm best wishes,