20th October 2023 - Newsletter


October 2023

20th October 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,


This Week in School

It has been a very busy and eventful last week before half-term and the children (and staff) are all worn out! This is testament to the hard work and enthusiasm they show on a daily basis at St George’s and I am so proud of all the achievements and progress made, big and small.

We celebrated a very successful Harvest Mass in Church last Sunday and the room was packed to the rafters. The children led the Mass beautifully: the choir provided expert, tuneful accompaniment and the readers were clear, confident and reverent. I would like to extend my thanks to Mrs Godfrey, Mrs Tighe and Mrs Twort who have given up their time this half-term to prepare the children so well for their performance, and helped them to grow in confidence.

Today, we had our Harvest Festival and it was certainly a feast for the eyes and ears. The children were dressed very vibrantly in harvest fruit and vegetable colours, and every class performed a song, poem or drama to entertain and delight the school community. It was a roaring success and the children are to be commended for their wonderful singing voices, their flair for the dramatic and their confident performances. So many people attended the event that we could barely fit everyone in – it was our best attended Harvest Festival in over 20 years! I spoke to many parents afterwards who were full of praise for the children, and also the wonderful piano playing. We owe a special thanks to Mrs Tighe for this, as she accompanies us throughout the week in Gospel Assemblies, Hymn practices and our Golden Book assembly.

We would also like to thank the parents who were so generous in their donations to the Open Door homeless charity. I dropped the much needed items to the charity after the event and they were completely blown away by your generosity. They wanted me to pass on their sincere thanks for your kindness.


Night of Light

Father Tom has asked me to make you aware of the following Church event, which he explains below:

‘Our Night of Light celebration for primary school age children will take place on Tuesday 31st October from 3.30 to 5pm in the Taunton Catholic Centre. This will involve games and activities based on the lives of the Saints and finish with a time of prayer. There is no charge and anyone is most welcome to come for all or part of the event. Those who come always enormously enjoy this!’

A poster for the event is also attached to the email containing this newsletter.


Do make a note of some of the upcoming dates for your diary that are listed below, as I have added some important ones! I wish you all a happy half-term and we look forward to seeing you on the other side.  


Best wishes,

Edwina McDonnell


Upcoming Dates:  

Saturday 21st October – Sunday 29th October: SCHOOL CLOSED (Half-Term)

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Monday, 30th October – SCHOOL OPEN

Wednesday 1st November – All Saint’s Day Mass at Church, 9.30am. Parents welcome.

Wednesday 8th November – Year 3 will attend the Parish Mass – 9.30am at Church. Parents welcome.

Wednesday 15th November – Year 4 will attend the Parish Mass – 9.30am at Church. Parents welcome.

Wednesday 22nd November – Year 5 will attend the Parish Mass – 9.30am at Church. Parents welcome.

Wednesday 29th November – Year 6 will attend the Parish Mass – 9.30am at Church. Parents welcome.

Tuesday 5th December – Reception Class (EYFS) Nativity Play – 2.30pm

Wednesday 6th December – Key Stage 1 Nativity Play matinee performance – 2.00pm

Thursday 7th December – Key Stage 1 Nativity Play evening performance – 6pm

Wednesday 13th December – Carol Concert in Church, 2pm

Tuesday 19th December – End of Term Mass in Church, 9.30am