20 May 2022

Dear Parents an Carers

This week our school population has increased by six as we celebrated the hatching of our chicks in Year 1. They are extremely cute and we would like to reassure everyone that when they leave us they are all going to a lovely home where they will live happy outdoor lives.

On Monday evening several of our KS2 children will be competing in the Catholic Teacher’s Association Athletics competition in Worcester. We wish them good luck and look forward to hearing of their successes next week.

This week has been very busy in Year 2 as the children have started their end of key stage assessments. We are very pleased with the children's diligence and enthusiasm to try their best. Well done Year 2! Writing assessments will continue in Year 2 and Year 6 as part of statutory assessments after half term so please ensure your child attends school every day to ensure they achieve to their potential.

After half term, it will be the turn of Year 1 children to take part in statutory testing as they complete their phonics screening check in the week beginning 6 June. As the children are used to their routine of daily phonics lesson they will totally unaware that this is anything different. Finally, it will be the turn of Year 4 children to take part in statutory testing as they complete their times tables check later in June. It is crucial that all children have full attendance and arrive at school promptly in order for them to achieve to their full potential in these assessments.

A reminder that next Friday, 27 May 2022, is an INSET day when staff only are in school for training. Further to this the MAC INSET day originally booked for 23 June was moved to February so all children and staff are in that day. Next year's term dates are now available on the school website or please follow the link below.

Wulstan's Lodge are holding their usual Holiday Club over half term break. Please see below for further information.

Thank you for the wonderful response from parents and carers to join us on our school trip to Twycross on Friday 17 June. Payment can now be made via ParentPay. We are very grateful for your support. If you have not yet paid for your child could payments be made as soon as possible as we will be planning groups and coaches when we return from half term. Thank you.

Congratulations to our award winners!

Year 1 have had an exciting week looking after our 6 chicks: Nugget, Cheepy, Fluffy, Chickpea, Cornflake and Chickie. The children have been calm and careful when they have handled the chicks. The chicks on the other hand are turning into quite the escape artists and try to escape at any possible chance!
 
On Wednesday, they were also lucky enough to welcome Ruth into school who brought with her Tweedie the guide dog. The children heard all about the training that Tweedie received at guide dog school and learnt how they should never pet a working dog without asking permission first.  A huge thank you to both Ruth and Tweedie for giving up their time.

Today Year 6 had an exciting opportunity to take part in orienteering activities together with other local primary schools. They were busy walking and running while navigating around a course in the woods in Wolverley. The children used a detailed map to problem solve, decide on the best route to take and arrive at several checkpoints. The children really enjoyed themselves! Thank you to Mr Tasker for organising the orienteering morning and Mrs Freitas and Mrs Mound for accompanying the children.

'It has been another busy week in Reception with visits from a guide dog and the police force. It has been a fantastic chance for the children to learn more about other people (and animals!) who can help us. Reception class were particularly excited to meet 'Peeler' the dog, try on some police uniform and even sit in a real police car. The siren was very loud!

Year 4 enjoyed a craft afternoon today and worked hard to follow instructions to create beautiful flower bouquets for Our Lady. The children thought it would be a lovely idea to share their bouquets with the other classrooms and adults in school, brightening up desks and prayer areas with wonderful colours. Well done

Year 5 have had a very busy, but wonderful week! Henry treated us all to a piece of 'rat cake' as part of his home learning - it was thoroughly enjoyed by Year 5 and looked amazing- well done! We also have been developing our leadership skills during our PE sessions and were excited to try these new skills out with our Reception class friends. It was a challenge, and harder than we thought, but it was great to put our skills to the test. 

We will be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on THURSDAY 26 MAY. The children will be able to come to school in red, white and blue or purple clothing. We will have a street party lunch together in the playground. Please do not order a school lunch but all children bring a packed lunch to eat. If you are in receipt of FSM an order can be completed through Mrs Brown in the office. We will enjoy a day off timetable celebrating this momentous day so we hope for good weather!

On Monday afternoon we will be joined by Mr Mallinson and the Hagley Mass Band for the afternoon. This is always a lovely opportunity for the children to sing, learn about the instruments they play and be entertained by Mr Mallinson's enthusiasm ! It is great that this traditional visit has been revived and we are very much looking forward to welcoming them to our school.

We hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend.

KE Savage

Principal

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