We ended our Holy Week focus today with our Stations of the Cross services. In their Assemblies and RE lessons over the week, the children have reflected on the events of Holy Week. Today, Year 6 led the readings, prayers and reflections with great dignity, their reverence and solemnity was an example to us all. It really was a beautiful service. Yesterday Year 6 recorded two hymns which will be played at Deacon Pat's funeral next week. It reminded us of the time when singing was such a wonderful form of prayer in our school and hopefully one we will soon be able to enjoy again before too long. Year 6 have shown this week that despite all the changes they have lived through they have continued to grow in resilience, confidence and maturity. We are very proud of them all.
We were delighted to receive so many entries today for our decorated Easter egg competition. Once again the children have shown great imagination and ingenuity in their designs with some really excellent attempts. There was a prize for the best egg in each class but as ever it was so difficult to select an overall winner. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered. A big thank you again to Morrison's who donated 50 Easter eggs as prizes. Thank you again Leo's mum for nominating us for this wonderful gift.
Congratulations to Priscilla, winner of the 'Name the Teddy' run by Year 6. A tremendous £68 was raised by Year 6 to donate to projects aimed at helping to alleviate poverty. Well done and thank you Year 6.
Parents of children starting school in September 2021 will receive their offers of school places over the Easter holidays. If you know of any family who may be doubtful of their school offer please encourage them to contact me. Similarly if any parent has applied for St Wulstan's and has any queries or would like to visit please do not hesitate to ring or email me.
After Easter the children are able to wear summer uniform of red checked dresses for the girls and red polo shirts with shorts or trousers for the boys. Red sandals are permitted but please do not send your child in open toe sandals. Summer uniform is not obligatory if your child prefers to carry on wearing white shirt and tie. Could I also remind you that extreme haircuts, shaved or bleached, are not permissible. We are grateful to all parents who adhere to the school uniform policy thus ensuring we maintain high standards of appearance and consequently attitude and behaviour. Thank you.
After Easter we will be joined by three members of staff. Mrs Hulbert will be teaching Year 1 , Mr Blackman will be teaching Year 5 and Mrs Westwood will join us as Learning Support Assistant in KS1.
As you will be aware this year Sacramental preparation has been delayed due to the restrictions. Next term. our current Year 4 children will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion over the two weekends of 12 June and 19 June. Our present Year 3 will receive their First Holy Communion on 25 September. Although different we will endeavour to ensure these wonderful occasions are as special and memorable as ever.
The plans are presently for our Year 6 children to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on 1 July with Bishop David. We will confirm this and provide parents with fuller information once we have confirmed information from the Diocese. Please remember all our children ion your prayers as we prepare for the next step in their journey of faith.
Following DFE guidance issued yesterday, schools are asked to remain available to support test and trace activity up until Wednesday 7 April. To ensure all close contacts can be identified, it is really important that we are able to identify any person who has been in the schools setting in the period up to 2 days before the onset of symptoms or they completed a test which had a positive result.
The key message to parents is that they must inform the school of a positive test result up to and including 7 April. After this, there is no need to inform the school until the point that their child is due to return.
The school office email will continue to be monitored over the next two weeks for COVID related contact. If at any time you need to inform us of a pupil's positive result please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org It is so important we are notified so we can contact other children and staff members of the Bubble.
School term dates for 2021 - 22 are attached below and can also be found on the school website. Please remember when booking holidays that these cannot be authorized during term time. Any requests for planned time out of school must be discussed with the Principal before the holiday is booked to limit impact on your child's learning and progress. Thank you.
We also say goodbye today to Mrs Edwards and Miss Hill who leave us to begin new adventures in their careers. On behalf of the whole school community we wish them both much happiness in the future and thank them for all they have brought to St Wulstan's school.
School closes today for the Easter holiday and the staff join me in wishing you a happy and Holy Easter and we look forward to welcoming your children back to school on Monday 19 April. Thank you for all your support this term it means a great deal to us all.
Thank you to this wonderful child who saved up his own money to buy all his friends in class a doughnut.
Our Stations of the Cross Service
Congratulations to all our Easter Egg competition entrants