Dear Parents                                                                                            23 October 2020

It is hard to believe but we have completed the first half of the Autumn term and there is so much to celebrate. This week the children have completed this term’s      ’ Discovery topics’ and it has been lovely to walk around the school and see how they have been celebrating and sharing their work. The children have worked extremely hard and we are very proud of them. They are ready for a break and a few lazy days! This last week, as part of our multicultural curriculum, the children have been studying the Hindu faith. The children have worked with great enthusiasm and produced some fabulous work. We hope you enjoy looking at some of the accompanying photographs.

On Monday 19 October our school photographer took individual photographs of every child. Orders must be made via the Tempest website www.tempest-orders.co.uk  On your child’s photo pack is a reference number and web access code and you will be able to choose from a variety of packs before paying online

Thank you for your generous donations to our local Food Bank as part of our Harvest focus. Mrs Freitas is delighted to report the children raised over £100 which will help many families in our wider community who may need a little extra support at the moment. It was so lovely to witness one of our Year 1 children put an envelope of money from his money bank into our collection bucket and another little girl adding her jubbly money.There are so many examples of great kindness and quiet discipleship which reflects how our children live their faith every moment of the day.Well done children!

Due to the current COVID19 restrictions unfortunately we will be unable to hold face to face meetings for our November Parents Evening. However, teachers are presently preparing a short written report which will include all the information they would normally share at Parents Evening. These will be emailed out to Parents on Tuesday 3 November and will include guidance if you need to discuss any aspect in more detail with your child’s teacher. We hope that by our March Parents meeting we will all be in a position to hold our normal system of reporting. Thank you for your support and understanding as we try to adapt all our usual routines.

Today we say a temporary goodbye today to Mrs Warnett, Vice Principal, who leaves us for a very well deserved rest before the birth of her baby next month. I would like to thank her personally for the massive amount of extra work she has done to ensure a smooth transition as school fully reopened this term. We wish her and her family much happiness for the future. She will be missed by us all but we are all looking forward to meeting the new arrival..

After half term all children will all need to wear full winter uniform. This consists of white shirt and tie and trousers for the boys( Red polo shirts are only for summer). The girls winter uniform is white blouse and tie and grey skirt or pinafore. Can I just remind parents that culottes or trousers are not part of our girls uniform and should not be worn.  I know many parents will take their children for haircuts over the half term break. Again we remind you that extreme haircuts are not allowed. Several parents have asked what is the permitted cut and we request a Grade 3 is the shortest. Several children have had extreme haircuts recently and once grown out we request that you adhere to our uniform policy. Thank you for your support and to the many parents who double check with me before taking their child to the hairdressers.

A reminder that the application window for Reception Class 2021 is now open. Due to the current circumstances we will not be holding an Open morning but individual visits are available by arrangement.   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 contact me to arrange a visit to the school. Applications for Reception Class 2021 must be completed online by 15 January 2021. Applications for High school must be submitted by 31 October 2020. If you require any advice please contact us at school.

As you are aware it was necessary to close a class Bubble this week. The children and staff in this Bubble are having to self isolate and not leave their home at all for fourteen days. We hope everyone will be able to return safe and well on Tuesday 3 November. If at any point over the holiday any child or family member in their home is tested positive for COVID-19 please ensure you email us at secretary@wulsev.worcs.sch.uk so we can put procedures into place to ensure everyone in our school community is protected. We will check emails throughout the break. This week has been a reminder that everyone needs to maintain vigilant and adhere to all the COVID 19 safety guidance. Please note the parent guidance document on the school website which answers most questions but if at all concerned or unsure please email over the holiday or telephone when school reopens. We are extremely appreciative of all the support given to school by our families.

Many thanks for your continued support and we hope you enjoy a lovely half term break with your families. Keep safe and take care.

KE Savage

Principal

Reception class have spent a wonderful first half term in school. The children have had lots of fun, made new friends and have had a fantastic start to their learning in phonics and maths. Well done reception class!

Year 6 Mandala Art As part of our Hinduism Week, we had the opportunity to create our own mandalas. A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism representing the universe. We've had fun creating our mandalas with oil pastels, watercolours and sugar!

Emmaus CMAC
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