Our Start of Year Family Mass is this Sunday at 12noon in the school grounds (or in the hall if wet – hopefully not!) All are welcome to join us for Mass and for a picnic in the grounds afterwards – please bring lunch for your family! Our Prayer Council will be commissioned at this Mass and all of our children who made their First Holy Communion over the summer have been invited to process with Fr Richard at the beginning of Mass. We are looking forward to a lovely celebration of our school community – do come along!
Art Exhibition – 21st – 26th September
Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary School are hosting our own Art Exhibition at the Riverhouse Barn next week. The exhibition will be open 10am to 4pm from Wednesday 21st September until Sunday 26th September – every child who was in our school last summer will have their work exhibited! The children have produced portraits in different styles. Do bring your children along to see their work and celebrate their artistic achievements!
Y1 Parents – Thank you!
A big shout out to Mrs Reeve and the Year 1 parents who really showed the best of our Community of Learners, Believers and Friends this summer, by supporting one of our families with a new baby – they provided meals on a rota for the family and really ensured they felt loved and cared for at this important time! Well done and thank you.
Open Evening – Wednesday 28th September 5-7pm
We are holding our first ever open evening in ten days’ time to encourage prospective Reception parents to visit our fantastic school. We have always been an over-subscribed school, but with falling birth rates in Elmbridge, it is important that we maintain our strong pupil numbers through the next few years.
There is sometimes a perception that Cardinal Newman is only for Catholic children – we know that this is not the case and there are many in our community of different faiths or none. Our oversubscription criteria will continue to give children from our parishes the first priority, but it is important for us to share the message that we welcome children of all faiths or none at Cardinal Newman.
We will be inviting some of the older children to help out with activities during the evening.
Many children have had their ears pierced over the summer holidays. Thank you to all those who followed the guidance to have them pierced at the beginning of the holidays, so that children would be able to continue to access their curriculum right to PE in school from September.
Children cannot wear earrings during PE due to insurance regulations – it is now known not to be safe. Ideally children should learn to remove and / or replace their earrings for PE lessons; if this is not possible, earrings should not be worn on PE days please. If you have any queries about this, please speak to Mr Flower or Mrs Burnham.
Thank you for supporting your children to access their PE curriculum safely.
Free parking permits are available for Hersham Station car park and parents are encouraged to park at the station and walk through the pedestrian tunnel to school. Please email the office with your name, address and car reg number.
Free parking is also available at Coronation Recreation Ground which offers a short, traffic-free walk to school.
School parking on Arch Road is not permitted – please respect the local residents and don’t drive down Arch Rd.
Families with exceptional circumstances causing a specific need to drop off onsite are asked to contact Mrs Burnham to arrange use of the staff car park.
Many thanks for your support with this.
Have a lovely long weekend.
All the best,
Partners in Learning
These presentations will go on the website next week.
Sundries on Scopay
Can we kindly ask parents if you are able to, please pay the £5 voluntary Sundries contribution on Scopay. This is used for baking supplies etc. These contributions are much appreciated, thank you.
eSafety Parent Workshop 21st September
Parents are invited to attend an eSafety Workshop run by Sharon Girling. This will take place on Wednesday 21st September 6 pm – 7 pm. Children in Y1-Y6 will have an eSafety workshop during the day.
Is your child in Year 6?
Please click here and here for an information leaflet on applying for Secondary school.
Is your child starting school in September 2023?
Please click here and here for an information leaflet on applying for
First Holy Communion Application Forms
First Holy Communion Application Forms are now available from the back of All Saints Church and to download from the Parish website: www.stbarnabasmolesey.org The application forms need to be returned to the Parish office at St Barnabas, Molesey by Friday 14 October 2022 at 11am.
Please note no application will be considered unless all the required information and documentation is returned.
Forms for St. Erconwald's will be published when available.
Building Learning Power (BLP) Competition
Can you design a character for one of the 5 Learning Powers?
In school, we use Building Learning Power (BLP) to teach good learning strategies. There are four key learning powers – resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness and relationships, with the addition of risk taking. We believe that it is important to equip and support our children to become good, happy and successful learners.
We would like children to design characters to represent each of the learning powers at home. We would like these designs to be done on the computer. (If you don’t have access to a computer, you can draw your character on paper.) The winning designs for each character will be used throughout the school.
These are the characteristics of each learning power.
Resilience: not giving up,
Resourcefulness: being able to use a range of learning strategies and knowing what to do when you get stuck
Reflectiveness: being able to think about yourself as a learner and how you might be able to do this better
Relationships: being able to learn with and from others as well as on your own
Risk Taking: being able to have a go – you are ready and willing to try something new.
Closing date: Tuesday 27th September
We look forward to displaying our new learning power characters.
Self Portrait Art Exhibition
A great opportunity for all to see your children's artwork displayed in a gallery.
Walton and Hersham Food Bank
Bee-lieve in Boots Fun Day
Autumn term Clubs
Please see information here for external Autumn Term clubs. Please see details of teacher-led clubs here.
Teacher-led Clubs will be beginning from 3rd October, after our E-Safety Workshop, Art Exhibition and Open Evening events. The clubs list was published today and sign up is available now.
Homework Club starts from 12th September, it runs from 3.15 pm - 4.15 pm, cost £5 (free if your child attend's Whizz Kids after-school club).
Join out action-packed netball classes 5-11 yr olds.
Learn great skills, make friends and have lots of
fun with Netstars! Join us now
Saturdays 12:30-1:30, Esher Church of England High School, Gear Up - years 1,2 & 3. Aim High - years 4, 5 & 6 SEE www.netstarsnetball.com. They do have free spaces available for pupil premium children. For more information, click here.
Teach Southeast Teacher Training
For information on Teach South East, please click here and here
Messages for teachers can be put in their reading/homework diary, eg. homework issues, pick up arrangements, requesting a meeting with the teacher or anything else you would like the teacher to know. For KS2 children, please remind your child to tell the teacher that the message is in there.
Pick-up notes - new system!
If possible, please write pick-up notes in your child's reading/homework book or give them a note to pass onto the teacher.
If you do need to let the office know about a last minute pick-up change, please do so before 2 pm if possible. If you do email the office about a pick-up, you will not receive an acknowledgement reply but we will of course pass the message on. This is due to the large volume of emails we receive in relation to this daily. Thank you for understanding.
Report your child's absence
Please notify the school office every day your child is absent from school before 9 am so we can adjust dinner figures and complete the registers. Please either ring the school office and leave a voicemail or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do email the office about an absence, you will not receive an acknowledgement reply but we will of course pass the message on. This is due to the large volume of emails we receive in relation to this daily. Thank you for understanding.
If you require a school absence, please email the school office with the details.
Parents Association Notes
PA Uniform Sale
Thank you for all your uniform donations so far. The uniform sale will take place in the hall on Friday 30th September after school. Please drop off any donations before then into the office. Thank you.
Support groups and workshops for parents and carers
A virtual support group for parents and carers facilitated by the Hope Service and currently offered via Microsoft Teams. A safe space to share experiences, encourage and support each other. Help for the Helper and Care for the Carer. Click here for more information.
Parent Wellbeing Service
For more information on the Parent Wellbeing Service, please click here.
Parent Wellbeing Service, Barnardo's Referral Form
This form here is to be used by anyone referring a parent/carer to the Barnardo’s Parent Wellbeing Service outside of the CAMHS SPA referral pathway.
Healthy weight for children
Do you need help to achieve a healthy weight for your child? Please click here for more information.
Invite to ASD parent support group 2022
Support group for parents whose child is awaiting ASD assessment or just had a diagnosis. For more information and future dates please click the flyer here.
Sibling rivalry, healthy gaming habits, dealing with meltdowns and anxiety
Parents may find this useful. It has a very comprehensive range of information including sibling rivalry, healthy gaming habits, dealing with meltdowns and anxiety. Please click here
Wellbeing resources recommended by Dr Alison D'Amario, Educational Psychologist for the Xavier trust can be found here
'Supporting your Child's Wellbeing' Workshop - Please find presentation here from the workshop.
eSafety and Safeguarding
Reminder: Keeping children safe online and in the real world
At Cardinal Newman School we are always reminding the children how they can keep themselves safe whether in the real world or in the virtual world. Class teachers regularly use the Zones of Regulation to assess how the children in their classes are feeling. Children are encouraged to share their worries using the ‘What I want my teacher to know boxes’ which are in each Key Stage 2 classrooms and the Worry Monsters which can be found in the Keys Stage 1 Classrooms.
Information to support parents can be found on the school website here.
Please continue to report any safeguarding concerns to Mr Flower (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Burnham (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead).