5th May 2023 - Newsletter


5th May 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,


This Week in School

We have had a very colourful Friday here at St George’s in celebration of the King’s Coronation!

Thank you to our parent volunteers who helped with manning the bouncy castle, and to our school Governors, who happily funded this jump-tastic opportunity for the children. As you know, we had planned a celebratory picnic in the School Hall, but happily the weather held and we were able to lounge in the sunshine on picnic rugs and we all enjoyed eating, chatting and listening to Mrs Farthing’s Coronation playlist. It was a joy to see the children in red, white and blue, having fun and celebrating together. There was many a crown to be seen and lots of tasty food to nibble on. Later on in class, the children also had ice lollies, kindly provided by the school’s Governing Body.

Thank you to all involved in making it such a special occasion.

As part of our Geography Wow Event, a school assembly was also held by the people at Carymoor Environmental Trust to speak about recycling and how to live more sustainably. It was a very lively and interactive session and the children gave it a big thumbs up! Thank you to Mrs Rolf for organising it.



Our Year 6 children left the building today knowing that they will come back on Tuesday to sit their KS2 SATs exams. Inevitably, there may be a little bit of worry about this prospect, and some of the children may feel a little nervous. I know that Mrs Gavins and the Year 6 team have been preparing the children for this in the best possible way. No pressure has been put on the children, and they have been reminded and reassured time and time again that they need only try their best and it will all be over soon. I am so proud of the children for their effort this year, not just in preparing for these exams, but in how they have developed and grown in mind, body and spirit. The tests they sit will simply measure what they understood in a particular moment of time. It won’t measure the joy they bring when they walk into a room and fill it with their smile, or the comfort they bring to a friend with their kind words in a time of need. It won’t capture the enthusiasm they display when faced with a challenge, or the sense of achievement gained after they solve it using only their determination and resilience. It won’t measure the delight they bring to their teachers when they hold open doors for them and ask them how their weekend has been. And it won’t show the impact they have made in the lives of their families and friends, or quantify the memories and experiences that have made them who they are today. As the parents and teachers who have watched them flourish as learners and grow into the most wonderful humans, we know who they are and what they are capable of. And we do not need a test to tell us that. So, I hope the Year 6 children will have a happy and fun-filled weekend with their families and friends, and make some lovely new memories, because all of the hard work is already done.


Family Mass – 14th May

A reminder that we will be having a ‘family Mass’ on Sunday 14th May at St George’s Church, at 9.15am. This will be a Marian themed Mass, and the choir will lead the hymns. I have sent letters home with the children who have indicated that they would like to participate. Please fill in and return these to let us know if you are available to take your child to the Mass. Thank you.


Bank Holiday Weekend

Another week, another bank holiday weekend! What an absolute treat – I hope you enjoy it. We will see you on Tuesday.


Best wishes,

Edwina McDonnell


Upcoming Dates:  

Monday 8th May – Bank Holiday – SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th May – KS2 SATS WEEK

Wednesday 10th May – KS1 and KS2 Marian Procession – 1.45pm / 2.30 pm

Sunday 14th May – Family Mass/School link Mass- 9.15am in Church

Thursday 18th May – Ascension Day Mass in Church – 9.30am. Parents welcome.

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

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