23rd June 2023 - Newsletter


23rd June 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,


The Catholic Life of our School

We are very proud of our provision for Religious Education and the Prayer Life of pupils at our school. Children are provided with an opportunity to worship every day of the week, including our Gospel Assembly on Monday, daily prayer in classes three times a day, a Hymn practice on Wednesday afternoons, a Key Stage worship on Thursdays and our celebration assembly on Fridays.

Pupils have RE lessons twice a week, and these lessons follow the liturgical calendar, bringing the life and mission of Jesus alive and promoting discussions which help them to develop spiritually and morally. As pupils reach upper Key Stage 2, there is an opportunity to join our Chaplaincy Team, leading prayer and worship in our school, and supporting charity initiatives like our Harvest collection for Open Door and the Taunton Food Bank.

We have rich links with our Church Community, with several volunteers from the Church donating their time to our school. Mary Tighe, the Church pianist reads with the children, volunteers in classrooms, plays piano for our choir and at all our worship events and, on top of all this, is our RE School Governor. Anne Twort, the Church choirmaster, leads our school choir in music and leads a Key Stage 1 hymn practice weekly. We have several other members of our Church community, like Marjorie Hart and Marie-Louise Lipscombe who read with the children every week.

Many of our school staff are Holy Communion Catechists and lead weekly sessions for our pupils, and Catholic pupils from other local schools, preparing to make their Holy Communion. Celebrating our links with our vibrant Kerala community, a Kerala Holy Communion celebration was held at St George’s School last month, attended by the Kerala community and special guests Father Rajesh and Bishop Joseph. It was a beautiful celebration of the growing faith life of the children who celebrated this special sacrament. As a school, we cherish these links with the Church community.


In order to keep our parents updated on the faith life of our school, information is provided about our Masses and Church celebrations in the weekly newsletter, and further information on RE lessons is provided in the termly RE newsletter, provided by our RE Lead Teacher, Mrs Weetch. We also report to parent on RE in our annual End of Year report. However, we are always looking for ways to improve our communication with parents and therefore we would value your views on the RE and Catholic Life of our school. As such, we would ask that you complete the Parent Survey – link below:


Thank you in advance for your time and we look forward to receiving your feedback so we can develop our provision.



Summer Fete

Thank you for your kind donations of raffle prizes in every colour of the rainbow for our Summer Fete. We were blown away by your generosity, and judging by the donations received, the hampers are going to be impressive! Make sure to get your raffle tickets asap and remember to sell as many tickets as you can to friends and family.

Remember, the Summer Fete is fast approaching! If there are any parents who would still like to offer their support in helping with our school Summer Fete, do get in touch with the school office by emailing office@stgeorgestaunton.uk and your details will be passed on to the PSG. Alternatively, you may see Laura (Hayden in Year 4’s Mum) on the playground at drop-off or after school with a clip board. She has lots of opportunities to offer to parents who are new to supporting the event, so do catch her to have a chat about how you can help. We greatly appreciate your support.



Sports Day

Thank you to Mr Chidgey, Mrs Buck and the Year 6 Sports Leaders for organising and running a very successful Key Stage 1 Sports Day on Thursday afternoon. The weather was fantastic and the children were on great form. Thank you also to the parents who attended – we hope you enjoyed the event.


The Key Stage 2 Sports Day will be held on Monday, 26th June from 1.30pm onwards. Parents are welcome. As always, please ensure you child has a sun hat, sun cream and water bottle. Thank you.


Best wishes,

Edwina McDonnell





Mr Chidgey’s Summer Holiday clubs


Tuesday 8th August

Wednesday 9th August

Wednesday 16th August

Wednesday 23rd August


9pm – 3pm – drop off available from 8.45am


£25 per day.


The day will include – Basketball, Dodgeball wars, Football, Tennis, Jailball, Rounders.

The day will also include Swimming.

You will need!

Packed lunch, Water bottle, Swimming kit, Sun cream, Sun hat.


To book please email - jakechidgey@gmail.com – Payment will be required prior to the event.


Mr Chidgey




Upcoming Dates:  

Monday 26th June – KS2 Sports Day – 1.30 – 3.15pm. Parents welcome.

Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th June – Year 6 Residential Trip to Woodlands

Thursday 29th June – St Peter and St Paul Mass in Church – 9.30 am. Parents welcome.

Week beginning 3rd July – Islam Week – all classes will be learning about this faith in school.

Wednesday 5th July -Moving Up Day– children will meet their new teachers!

Thursday 6th – Friday 7th July – Year 4 Residential Trip to Pinkery

Friday, 14th July – Summer Fete – save the date - details to follow.

Tuesday 16th July – Year 6 Production Performance – 5pm – Year 6 parents welcome.

Wednesday 19th July – Year 6 Leaver’s Mass in Church – 9.30 am in Church. Parents welcome.

Friday 21st July – Year 6 Leaver’s Assembly – more information to follow