Dear St Philip’s Families,
I would like to start by thanking everyone who came to my Induction Mass on Sunday. The service was very moving and I was incredibly touched by the amount of people who attended. The atmosphere was incredibly uplifting and I feel blessed to be working in a school with such supportive families.
Friends of St Philip’s
The Friends have managed to secure a Green Tokens Box in Waitrose. At the end of your shop, if you could put your green tokens in the St Philip’s Box the school will receive a donation based on the number of tokens in our box. Thank you to the Friends for organising this.
This week we have held The St Philip’s Bake Off. The school has smelt delicious and it has been hard to resist eating lots of cakes! The children have enjoyed baking and selling their cakes. I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff, parent helper and The Friend’s without whom this event would not have been possible.
Congratulations and good luck to Henri Y5 and Kate Y6 who have qualified to compete in the North Wealden Cross Country event this weekend.
Congratulations to Anastasia Y6 who has worked hard and beaten off stiff competition to earn a place at Tonbridge Grammar School.
After a rigorous interview process, we are very fortunate to have appointed Mrs Siobhan Foden as our new Finance Assistant. Mrs Foden will be working in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays and I am sure you will all give her a warm St Philip's welcome.
Mrs Fontana is leaving us today. I would like to thank Mrs Fontana for the work she has done at St Philip's over the past seven years and wish her all the best for the future.
Last week, we held a Liturgy to make our Lenten promises. Do remember to look at your Lenten calendars as we move closer to Easter.
We have reviewed and updated our Behaviour Policy to include a Courtesy Code and plans that will be implemented if children exhibit more challenging behaviour. This will be shared with the children at assembly on Monday and is also available on our website.
We have introduced a consistent form of cursive handwriting into this school . This will be introduced to children when they are developmentally ready and have secure letter formation. Children in years 3-6 will have the opportunity to improve their handwriting using the new formation. When their teacher judges they have beautiful handwriting they will earn a pen license and be given their own pen to use in school. A copy of the correct letter formation is being sent with this newsletter so you can support your child at home.
The Bridge Cottage Art Mural Project is now complete and in situ thanks to the hard work of the children and Mrs McNally. Along with other schools from Uckfield we have designed and painting a mural to represent the school and to link in with the Charleston Festival. The board is being displayed outside Bridge Cottage until the refurbishment is finished. Thank you to Mrs McNally for taking the opportunity to involve St Philip’s in this very exciting project.
Staff enjoyed gaining a tag rugby qualification after school on Wednesday this week. This was organised by Mr Schooley who has been working with our school to improve PE. I would like to thank Mr Schooley for running an after school rugby club and Mr McCurdy for running an after school football club. It is very kind of them to give up their time to offer the children these extra opportunities.
Please can we remind parents not to drive up the ‘staff only’ driveway to drop their children off at the school office as this makes it difficult for us to keep our children safe. If you have a disability please talk to us about arranging safe access.
The recent e-safety workshop for parents was well attended and 95% rated it as good or excellent. Parents fed back that they really enjoyed the workshop and it helped them to understand how to keep their child safe. Please do look out for future e-safety events.
World Book Day
World Book Day was celebrated in school yesterday with a visit from author Luke Temple. KS2 children enjoyed his visit in the hall whilst KS1 children had the opportunity to choose which story they would like to listen to in an early bedtime story session at the end of the day. Do remember to spend your tokens by the end of March as there are some great books available this year.
With very best wishes
If you have any idea where the micro scooter left by the school office at the beginning of this week has gone please see someone in the school office.
St Philip’s School Kitchen is looking for a General Kitchen Assistant weekdays, term time, 20 hours per week. Please collect an application form from the school office if you are interested in this vacancy.
A message from the Governors
"The Governors would like to thank all who were able to attend the Headteacher Induction Mass on Sunday 1st March. It was a joyful celebration involving every part of the school community and our thanks to those staff, parents and children who assisted with the arrangements or were more actively involved on the day. The children in particular deserve a special mention - they all looked very smart in their uniforms and the choir sang beautifully. This formal event marked the beginning of a new chapter in the life of St Philip's Catholic Primary School and I'm sure you would all join with the Governors in wishing Mrs Sanchez every success for the future here."