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Weekly Update for 8th March 2024

Weekly Update for 8th March 2024

We have been asked to mark today as a day of prayer for the conflict in the Middle East.  Today we can pray:

Let us pray with one heart and one soul – Lord come to our aid, grant us peace, teach us peace,
guide our steps in the way of peace.

Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: Never again war.’ Lord Hear Us.

May the weapons be stopped: they will never lead to peace, and may the conflict not widen! Enough! Enough, brothers! In Gaza, let the wounded be rescued immediately, let civilians be protected, let far more humanitarian aid be allowed to reach that stricken population. May the hostages be freed, including the elderly and children. Every human being, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, of any people or religion, every human being is sacred, is precious in the eyes of God and has the right to live in peace. Let us not lose hope: let us pray and work tirelessly so that the sense of humanity may prevail over hardness of heart.

Pope Francis


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



World Sleep Day - 15th March 2024

World Sleep Day – emphasising the important connection between sleep & health & well-being.

Sleep can impact on every aspect of your life including physical health, emotional wellbeing,

immune system, appetite & weight gain, concentration & learning, risk of accidents.

Everyone needs different amounts of sleep. According to the NHS website, on average:

adults need 7 to 9 hours

children need 9 to 13 hours

toddlers and babies need 12 to 17 hours

For more information see the attached pdf. 

world sleep day 2024.pdf


National No Smoking Day - 13th March 2024
National No Smoking Day aims to inspire and support smokers to quit for good.
For more information see the attached pdf.

national no smoking day 2024.pdf


Year 3 trip to Beckonscot Model Village

To help support our understanding of Villages, Towns and Cities, both Year 3 classes visited Bekonscot Model Village. On our tour round, we saw many different types of settlements and transport networks. The model village is set in 1930’s England and with the torrential weather that day, provided an accurate view of life in Britain!

After exploring the village, we took part in a model making working workshop. During this, we learnt about scales and how along with measurements, they are used to make model buildings in the correct proportion. This then allowed us to construct a model building, using wood, card and glue guns.

The final part of our day, was spent in a mock train station. We had great fun taking on the role of railway staff and passengers, which involved us dressing up and using different types of equipment.



Teach West London
SMI are partnering with Teach West London who offer high-quality fully immersive school-centred initial teacher training programmes for both Primary and Secondary phases.  For more information click here.

teach west london train to teach.pdf


School Council Update

Recently, the school councillors have been busy discussing with their peers the importance of having a wide range of books in the library. Pupils discussed with their classes what different genres of books they would like more of.

With the amazing amount of money raised from the book fair, different books from a range of genres have been ordered and are now available to read from the library.  These include; graphic and comic strips, mystery and thriller, de–stress (looking after our mind), the natural world and comedy and humour.  We hope you enjoy reading the new, exciting books!


Attendance and Lateness

Well done to children in Knock, Fatima, Guadalupe, Doncaster, Lourdes, Ipswich, Westminster and Cardigan!  You are all above our attendance target of 96%.  Next week Knock will get an extra playtime for 100% attendance. 


British Science Week

British Science Week is running from the 11th March to 15th March 2024. This year the theme is ‘time’.

Children will be taking part in a range of activities that looks at discoveries of time, how we measure time and influential people within the STEM industry.

There are also lots of activities you can do at home. To download the activity packs, follow this link: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/activity-packs/

Poster Competition:

As part of British Science Week, we are running a poster competition. Our school can submit up to 5 posters to the national competition where you could win some amazing prizes including:

To enter:

Encourage children to think about time – what it means to them and how it relates to the science they’ve learnt about – to come up with ideas to include in their poster.

Here are some points and questions to get you going:
• Get children to think about their own time – how do they spend it? At home, out playing in the park, arts and crafts, learning at school?
• What about time in the world, and beyond?
• How do we measure time – seconds, days, seasons, centuries?
• What about time in space?
• Are there any scientists they know of whose work relates to time?
• What about time travel in films, TV and music?

Once they’ve done their thinking, it’s time for children to get creative! Posters must be A4 or A3 in size and you’ll need to be able to take a photograph of each one so it can be sent to us online for judging. Children can use popup pictures, pull out tabs or materials such as pencils, paints, crayons and paper to create their posters.

Please hand your posters to your class teacher by Monday 18th March 2024.


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.

Have a great weekend everyone!