1 October 2021

Dear Parents

Last Saturday, we saw many of our Year 4 children receive their First Holy Communion at church. It was a really special occasion that was celebrated with family members, friends and teachers from the school. The children looked wonderful and thoroughly enjoyed the morning. The Year 4 class then continued their celebrations at school on Monday, where a celebratory lunch for all Year4 children took place in the classroom and the children had an opportunity to share their experiences and items of clothing that were worn to mark such a special event. Well done everyone.

A reminder that the application window for Reception Class 2022 is now open. We are delighted to be holding our Open Afternoon on Saturday 9 October 2.00-4.00pm. There will be exciting craft activities for the children and a chance to chat informally with staff over tea and cake for parents as well as a tour of our lovely school. If anyone is unable to attend our Open Day or would like to visit school during a normal school day individual visits are available by arrangement. Please see the Open Day postcard in your child's book bag today. As I have said before there can be a misconception that only Catholic children can apply to our school. We welcome applications from all families of all or no faith. If you know of any families who are presently applying for a school place please encourage them to attend our Open Day or contact me to arrange a visit to the school. Applications for Reception Class 2022 must be completed online by 15 January 2022.

If you have any queries regarding application please do not hesitate to speak to us or email secretary@wulsev.worcs.sch.uk or telephone 01299 877808

A reminder that Friday, 8 October, is a staff INSET day and school is closed for the children. The school calendar is updated weekly, could you please check regularly for new dates, events and meetings.

On Monday 11 October our school photographer will be in school to take individual photographs of every child. We will ensure photographs with siblings are also taken. We would ask that the children wear winter uniform of white shirt /blouse and tie . We are pleased to say this year we will be able to include pre school siblings for photographs between 8.40 and 9.10 am

A request for all families who shop in Morrisons. For every £10 you spend (in store or online) at Morrisons, you'll get a Grow Token to help your school get everything they need to get growing.  To donate your tokens to schools, scan the QR code on your receipt and download the My Morrisons app or log in at www.mymorrisons.com 
We hope to develop our Outside Learning Area this year and all the tokens we receive will be put towards this. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Christmas will soon be upon us and we have been making plans! We will be holding  a 'St Wulstan's Outdoor Christmas Market' this year. Although not quite on the scale of Birmingham's German market we hope to have a variety of hot food stalls, festive drinks, Christmas gift stalls, Carol singing and a few other old favourites. Please make a note in your diaries for Friday 26 November. It will be wonderful to look forward to all coming together as a school community after so long. 

We are pleased that this year we are once again able to hold our Scholastic Book Fayre . The Fayre will be in the school hall from Thursday 7th - Wednesday 13th October, open 8.30 - 8.55am and from 3.30 - 4.00pm daily. This is a good Christmas shopping opportunity as the books are popular and reasonably priced. A further bonus is the commission we earn to buy library books which the children choose. Please pop in and have a browse. We would be grateful if parents wear masks and use handgel whilst  in the hall.

Wulstan's Lodge will be holding their usual Holiday Club in half term break with many exciting activities planned. Please see the attached flyer.

This morning we held our Harvest Festival. We came together to celebrate and give thanks for the wonderful gifts of food we receive from God's creation. As ever the children read scripture and prayers with maturity and great reverence. We all sang our harvest hymns with real gusto after a year of no singing , it was lovely to witness. Thank you yet again for your tremendous generosity of donations towards our local Foodbank. Sadly, there are many families in the Wyre Forest suffering real hardship and this will help alleviate some of their worry. Thank you so much.

In recent weeks the children of Year 4 and Year 5 have applied for the positions of Minnie Vinnies at St Wulstan's. The written applications were so mature and the children were clearly committed to the role. We were delighted that every applicant was successful. The Minnie Vinnies is a child branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society found in many parishes including our own. The organization aims to help children put their faith into action, supporting people in the community and trying to helping any way they can. Next week, they will support staff in organising the Harvest donations ready to take to our local Foodbank. Mrs Freitas has many ideas, as have the children, and we look forward to hearing of how our children are helping to build a better world. Thank you to all our Minnie Vinnies

This week Year 5 have been working hard rehearsing for the Pyramid concert due to take place in February. We are very lucky to have Mr Mallinson come in and teach us our Brit Pop themed songs. Year 5's singing and enthusiasm has been absolutely amazing and even though we are just getting started, we are sure it will be an unmissable performance!

It has been another busy week in Reception. This week the children have been learning some new sounds and their teachers have been so impressed by how enthusiastic the children have been to practice forming them. Well done Reception !

This week in maths Year 1 have been exploring greater than and less than. Very successfully too!

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