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Weekly Update for 26th April 2024

Weekly Update for 26th April 2024


Pope Francis has called 2024 the ‘Year of Prayer’ in preparation for the Holy Year in 2025. This is an opportunity for us to deepen our relationship with the Lord.

There is a particular focus on the Our Father (the Lord's Prayer) – the prayer that Jesus taught us.

Our Father,
Who art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy name;
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.


Achievement Awards Assembly

This will be on Monday 29th April.  Please send your child in with awards, certificates, belts etc that they have been awarded since the last achievement award assembly. 


Friends of St Mary's Isleworth - FOSMI

For many years a very successful Parent Teacher Association ran at St Mary's. In recent times this has been on hiatus. Over the course of the next few months (ready for the autumn term) we want to relaunch and rename this association. We are proposing that the PTA is renamed as the Friends of St Mary's Isleworth or FOSMI. Our aim is that the Friends of St Mary's Isleworth will play a key role in supporting the school through fundraising and volunteering valuable time. FOSMI will also provide opportunities for parents to meet together and socialise. The current PTA is registered with the charity commission and operates with a constitution, which was adopted in November 2012.  For the time being we are not proposing to make changes to this constitution. If you are interested in being part of this exciting relaunch please read the information on this page and respond via the link on that page


After School Clubs

It's been a couple of years since we carried out a big review into our afterschool club offer.  It's now time to have a fresh look at the clubs.  This review will be led by Mr S Lawlor and Miss Sola (with the school council).  If you have any ideas for clubs please send them to reply@smi.hounslow.sch.uk with 'School Clubs' in the subject line.  Most class teachers are running breakfast clubs because of this and other reasons they are not available to run afterschool clubs.


School Attendance (an update from LBH)

The London Borough of Hounslow Council considers regular school attendance to be a key factor in maximising the opportunities for all pupils. The expectation of schools and the Local Authority is that children attend school every day. A pupil missing 10% or more of possible sessions is classed as a persistent absentee.

The primary legal responsibility rests with the parent/carer to ensure regular school attendance; however, improving attendance is everyone’s business. To promote and maintain school attendance requires a committed partnership involving parent/carers, pupils, schools, Local Authority and any other services such as GPs.

Hounslow’s School Attendance Support Service (SASS) previously known as the Education Welfare Service remains central to this process and has contributed to the sustained improvements of attendance levels in our schools by working closely in partnership with us. The aim is to continue to improve and sustain these achievements.

School are required to regularly report attendance of invidiudal children who are below the 90% threshold to the SASS.  They will therefore, be continually monitoring your child’s attendance and where attendance falls below the expected level without medical confirmation, we, on their behalf, will send out letters or meet with parents to discuss any difficulties.


Weekly School Attendance

Well done Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe, Westminster, Cardigan, Rosary, Willesden and Ipswich!


Year 2 trip to London Wetland Centre

Year 2 had a fantastic day out at The London Wetland Centre before the Easter holidays. The children had opportunities to observe animals in their natural habitats and learn how they are adapted to their environment. They enjoyed the tour of the Wetlands environment and took part in a workshop all about habitats and wildlife.


Head lice in School

We have some cases of headline in school.  Please be vigilant and follow these steps.

Top Tips for managing head lice:

• Children who are being treated for head lice can still attend school.

• There is no evidence that head lice prefer either clean or dirty hair.

• There is no need to treat clothing or bedding that has been in contact with head lice, as
the lifespan of a head louse is very short (1 –2 days) once it is away from a human head.

• A person should only be treated if a live head louse is found. Everyone in the home
should be checked and everyone with live head lice should be treated on the same day.

• Essential oil-based treatments and herbal treatments are not recommended due to the
lack of good-quality evidence on their safety and efficacy.

• It is not possible to prevent head lice infestation. Children of primary school age should
be checked regularly at home (using a fine-toothed head lice comb) to iden8fy any live head lice as early as possible.
The main ways to treat live head lice is (as recommended by NICE guidelines):

• Wet combing with a fine-toothed head lice comb (such as the Bug Buster® comb) to remove the lice.

• Using a medicated lotion or spray to kill the lice.


Wet Combing:

Wash hair with shampoo, apply lots of conditioner, comb the whole head of hair from the roots to the ends.

Wipe the comb on some issue to remove any collected lice / eggs and repeat – taking 10-30 minutes to cover all the hair.

Repeat wet combing again on days 1, 5, 9 and 13 to catch any newly hatched head lice.

Check again that everyone's hair is free of lice on day 17. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

Video for Wet Combing: https://www.chc.org/for-parents-2/



School Funding

School funding is on the national agenda again. 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/.


St. Mary’s Celebration of Diversity Week – 3rd June

A reminder that we are holding our Celebration of Diversity week throughout the week of 3rd June.
We are inviting 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 ‘Diversity week’ in the subject line. Your involvement and contributions are invaluable in creating a more inclusive and culturally enriched learning environment for our children.