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Weekly Update for 15th March 2024

Weekly Update for 15th March 2024

Pause in prayer, in order to receive the word of God, to pause like the Samaritan in the presence of a wounded brother or sister" because "love of God and love of neighbour are one love".

Pope Francis - Lent 2024


St. Mary’s Celebration of Diversity week

As part of our ongoing commitment in supporting the children to foster a deeper understanding of the diverse community we belong to, we are delighted to announce that this year, we will be hosting St. Mary’s Celebration of Diversity week during the week of 3rd June. One of the initiatives that will be running through this week is ‘Cultural Insights: Celebrating Diversity through parent-led lessons.’


We believe that every culture has its own rich tapestry of stories, traditions and celebrations that contribute to the vibrant mosaic of our school community. With this in mind, we invite you to share your cultural heritage with our children by volunteering to conduct lessons based on your cultural backgrounds.


These lessons could take various forms and we welcome your own suggestions and ideas that you believe would be beneficial in enhancing our children’s understanding of the world around them. Some ideas could include:

  • Sharing traditional stories from your culture, providing the children with a glimpse into the captivating narratives that have been passed down through generations.
  • Introducing celebrations and festivals that hold significance in your culture, allowing the children to gain a deeper appreciation for the diversity of traditions observed by communities around the world.
  • Exploring different cuisines through discussions and possibly even tasting sessions, providing a sensory experience that connects our children with the culinary delights of various cultures.


The primary intention of these lessons is to broaden our children’s perspectives and nurture a sense of empathy, respect and appreciation for the cultural diversity within our school community.


If you would like to volunteer to conduct a lesson or have any questions regarding this initiative, please do get in touch with us by emailing reply@smi.hounslow.sch.uk and writing ‘Celebration of Diversity week’ in the subject line. Your involvement and contributions are invaluable in creating a more inclusive and culturally enriched learning environment for our students.


Almsgiving in Lent - Lenten Penny Trail

This Lent, St Mary’s is gathering donations for the Catholic Children’s Society. Every penny raised will support their work with local and disadvantaged children and families in our area.

Each class will gather their donations in their penny jars, which will be in their classes over the next few weeks.

On Wednesday 20th March we will lay the donations out as a penny trail. The class with the longest trail will win a mufti day on Wednesday 27th March. Every penny counts!

For more information about the Catholic Children’s Society please visit



School Council’s work on lunches

The School Councillors have been busy discussing the new lunch menu and identifying popular and unpopular options for the April 2024 term – October 2024 (summer-autumn term).

We gathered together lots of tasty, new lunch options and a variety of these are now included in the new lunch menu. 

We’ve worked with Sarah Inwood (our area catering manager) to make changes to our school lunch menus.

These are the changes that we’ve agreed:

  1. Four options: 1. main, 2. alternative, 3. tomato pasta and 4. jacket potato/school sandwich packed lunch.
  2. Continue having ketchup with the beef burger and vegetarian burger and a portion of baked beans.
  3. Different flavoured ice cream with a shortbread biscuit.
  4. New desserts: chocolate ice cream, jelly, raspberry yogurt cake with fruit, chocolate cookies, Sicilian lemon cookies, banana cake and orange drizzle slice. Some cakes served with warm, thick custard.
  5. Fresh fruit or yoghurt will be available with your desserts.

We hope everyone enjoys the new menu! Remember to give your feedback to your School Council reps.



School Funding

School funding is on the national agenda again with this week's budget not addressing the issues.  Since 2010 the majority of schools have received less comparative funding.  This means that our funding has not kept up with our costs.  You can see the impact on us by clicking here.  Moving forward this means we will have to try to make the resources we have stretch further and that when staff leave we will not be able to afford to replace them.  Across lots of schools there will be larger class sizes and fewer staff.  Please consider joining the campaign to Stop School Cuts which is run by the National Education Union supported by Association of School and College Leaders, National Association of Head Teachers, National Governance Association and ParentKind.  For more information click here: https://schoolcuts.org.uk/about/


School Uniform Trial March 2024 - March 2025

You may have seen the media coverage of recent research that shows that in some cases school uniform is restricting physical activity for children. This is having a greater impact on girls. Being physically activity across the day (ideally for at least 1 hour each day) is a vital part of being healthy. We don't want our uniform to restrict physical movement in any way.

In addition it's important that our uniform isn't prohibitively expensive. Schools, by law, are not allowed to operate a monopoly with their uniforms. We are hoping that these proposed changes will also bring our uniform costs down and that you will be able to buy the uniform from a variety of places.

We want to gather the views of all of the children and yours too. In order to do this we are running a trial of the proposed changes over the coming months (March 2024-March 2025) as we need the trial to cover summer and winter uniform. The trial does not include EYFS children as they have a different uniform. There are no changes to the PE uniform.

These are the changes which we want to gather your views on:

White 'school shirts' become optional; the main shirt will be a white polo shirt (with or without logo) across all terms
Ties become optional - these are not worn with polo shirts
Summer dresses become optional (winter dresses and pinafores already are optional with more and more girls wearing trousers). In the summer girls can wear a white polo shirt with shorts, trousers or skorts (these are new) or a summer dress (as now with many wearing shorts underneath so that they can still be active).
You can look at the 'Uniform page' of our website under the 'Parent tab' for a full list of uniform. Children can start taking part in the trial as soon as they would like to - it 'officially' starts on Monday 4th March.

There are no other changes for instance on mobile phones or earrings. You will have also seen recent coverage regarding mobile phones in school. We confirm that these are banned from school and that we are not proposing to change this. Earrings are also not allowed.

Look out for a future survey were you will be able to give us your responses to these ideas.

Consultation on relationship and health education

A reminder to take part in our consultation. For more information click here. You can take part until 12 noon on Wednesday 27th March 2024 when the consultation closes.

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Have a great weekend everyone!