23 May 2022
ST BENET’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
EXECUTIVE HEAD – MRS SAM BARLOW
ASSISTANT HEAD – MISS AMANDA LYONS
20th May 2022
In our assembly this week we continue the Year of Pilgrimage. Just as the disciples in the Gospel were recognised for their love for each other, pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela journey together in solidarity. Led by the Pilgrimage Guides and with input from a modern-day pilgrims, the children are inspired to consider how they too can be recognised as true disciples of Jesus.
‘By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples.’ John 13: 31 – 33, 34 – 35
- Jesus gives us a simple commandment to ‘love one another’
- Solidarity and friendship in Christ is a way of following this
- We show that we are Jesus’ disciples through our words and
- The shell is a symbol of pilgrimage which reminds believers to focus on their journey to
Perhaps when you visit a beach this year, you can find a perfect shell to keep that can remind you of your faith in God and how you can always be close to him.
We keep all our children in our prayers always but especially those who are making their first Holy Communion this weekend at St Benet’s church. This is a very special time for them and their faith journey. May they always know God’s greatest gift.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the parents of our school community for their engagement in the parent questionnaires for our Section 48 inspection. The inspectors were blown away by the comments and the clear support you have for the schools. They said they don’t normally get such a strong response so it really meant a lot to us that you showed them how much you care too. Whilst I cannot reveal the outcome yet, until the report is published, I can say it went very well in both schools. Once I have the report I will of course share this with you.
Finally, I leave you with a prayer to Mary who we pray to especially in the month of May and ask that she guide us in our thoughts and actions. Please do not forget to send your child in with a flower or little posy next week for our procession. The dates are Monday 23rd Mary (St Benet’s) and Tuesday 24th May (St Edmund’s). If you wish to join us you are most welcome, the time is 2:30pm in both schools.
Have a lovely weekend.
Our Class 4 pupils at St Edmund’s will soon be starting a Blog on the website to support others in living in a more sustainable way; they have taken inspiration from Pope Francis’s letter Laudato Si. Cafod Club at St Benet’s are also thinking about a school project to help us care for our environment.
Tickets for The School Lottery are now available for purchase from The National Lottery. 40p per
£1 goes towards the school. Draws are every Saturday and tickets can be purchased here: https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/st-benets-rc-primary-school
The PTA will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 25th May at 3.30pm in the school hall. We are always looking for new members to help with fundraising for the school, and welcome any new ideas! Thank you for your support. The PTA team.
Forest School Dates
May 26th – Year 3 Half term
June 9th – Year 4 June 16th – Year 5 June 23rd – Year 6 June 30th – Class 1
July 7th – Class 2 – Group 1 July 14th – Class 2 – Group 2
This week Class One’s Heart of Gold goes to John for showing a love of our environment this week. John has been exploring our garden looking for Mini beasts and has been the chief bug hunter. What a star!
Class 2 Heart of Gold – Isabella is a patient and kind member of our class. She is a good friend to everyone and always tries her best to help others.
The Heart of Gold award goes to Sofia for caring and loving others this week. She always makes peoples days brighter with her smile and looks after others.
The Class 4 heart of gold goes to Payton for her incredible kindness towards our new pupil. She has demonstrated our values of love and inclusivity beautifully this week.
Select Payment System for Lunches
On Monday, 6th June we will move our lunch payment system to Select which is the system connected to our new catering firm, Aspens.
Each child has received a letter with a unique log in number to create an account – please create your account as soon as possible – any problems let us know.
All lunches MUST be ordered and paid for in advance, we are not able to do this for you (as have been doing!) with this new system!
Wisepay will still be used for all clubs, activities, music tuition fees and school trips. Thank you.
Start Collecting Now Please – the final token will be Saturday 16th July. Thank you.
Dates for Your Diaries
Monday, 23rd May at 2.30pm – Crowning of Mary
Friday, 27th May – Street Party for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – Wear red, white and blue Friday, 27th May – Finish for half term
Monday, 6th June – Return to School
Wednesday, 8th June until Friday 10th June – Year 6 at Hilltop
Friday, 10th June (and every Friday for 6 weeks) – Swimming Lessons for Class 3 and Class 4 at Beccle’s Lido
Friday, 24th June – Class 3 Walsingham Catholic Shrine – Coach leaves at 8.20am Wednesday, 29th June – Sports Day
Tuesday, 5th July – Friday, 8th July – Year 6 Bikeability Thursday, 14th July – Year 6 Leavers’ Variety Performance Thursday, 21st July – Finish for the summer
Wednesday, 7th September – Children return to school
Mass Times at St Benet’s Catholic Church 10.30am and 6.00pm every Sunday. Parish Priest – Father Martin Gowman.