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Christ is born: give him glory!

Christ has come down from heaven: receive him!

Christ is now on earth: exalt him!

O you earth, sing to the Lord! O you nations, praise him in joy, for he has been glorified!

(Prayer from the Eastern Orthodox Church printed in St Gregory The Great Catholic Church, Cheltenham, Christmas Family Mass Newsletter)

Dear Parents and Carers,

A Happy New Year to you all! We hope that you have enjoyed a blessed and happy Christmas with friends and families and we look forward to welcoming you and your children back to school on Monday 5th January 2015.

On Tuesday 6th January we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany in school with Mass at 9.15 a.m. All are welcome to join us in the school hall for this and for a coffee and (last of the season) mince pie afterwards if you have time to stay.

For parents of  children in Years 5 & 6, a reminder that there will be a curriculum assembly on Wednesday 21st January so come along and enjoy a celebration of the work your children have been doing on The Romans. The Assembly will start at 9.05 a.m. and will last slightly longer than a normal morning assembly.

We hope that all KS1 parents and as many KS2 parents as possible will take advantage of the delicious hot school meals that are available in school. Whilst the weather remains so cold it is a great advantage to the children to have a hot meal in the middle of the day. As your children have two hours of lessons after lunch, we cannot emphasise enough the importance of a hot meal to help them concentrate and make the best progress in their work in these last two hours of the day. These meals are absolutely free to every EYFS/KS1 child. At a daily cost of £2 for KS2 children they represent excellent value for money and are of a very high standard both nutritionally and in terms of taste! Menus to follow…

If you haven’t already downloaded our new school APP, please ask in the office for details. Parents who are using it have commented on how easy it is to use and how useful as all new updates to the website are automatically loaded onto it, as are urgent messages from the school office and reminders regarding meetings and events. It’s free (to you) and an easy way to stay in touch with what’s happening in school so don’t miss out!

I look forward to meeting you all again in the next few days.

Warm best wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful year in 2015,


Clare Smith


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