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Autumn 1

Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017.

Welcome back to our new academic year 2017/2018.

Our doors opened to the children on Wednesday 6 September and it was great to see all our children returning to school after the holiday in their full school uniforms ready to start in their new classrooms with their new teachers. They have all made a very impressive start to the new year.

Our new reception children have joined the school part-time and will be joining us full-time from Monday 18 September. They are settling in extremely well to their new school and are quickly learning all their new     routines. They have been enjoying time in their classroom and getting to know their new teacher and friends.

Father Dave will open our school year with a Mass next Tuesday morning 12/9/17 at 9:30am. Parents, families and parishioners are welcome to attend. Reception won’t be joining us for this Mass but they will have their own special Mass once they are settled into school.

As always this academic year we will again be continuing to promote and maintain the highest standards in all school areas and we ask all within our school community to join us in this aim. Please help us to achieve and maintain the highest standards at our school by:

Supporting your child’s learning through working with staff; attending parents’ evenings and meetings and supporting your child with their class work and homework so they succeed and achieve their best.

Ensuring your child proudly wears the correct uniform in school which includes; no jewellery (except plain stud ear-rings), smart hair styles – no extreme cuts, excessive hair gel or hair decorations, no make up or nail varnish, and appropriate school shoes.

Promoting excellent timekeeping and attendance, keeping term time absence for sickness only to an absolute minimum and not taking holidays during term time.

Insisting your child displays excellent behaviour, manners, conduct and shows respect and kindness towards others at all times.

Encouraging your child to take personal responsibility for their work, learning and actions.

It is our mission at St Oswald’s to promote excellence in education so that children will develop a love of learning, a thirst for knowledge, an understanding and appreciation of their faith, religion and the world they live in and have happy times with us. Together I believe we can achieve our mission.

This year we have seen improvement in our attainment across the school from EYFS, Y1 (Phonics) to KS1 and KS2. We are delighted with the improvements we have made on our 2016 results and happy now to be above national in all areas. We will be working this year to improve on our 2017 results and raise attainment even higher in 2018.

I very much look forward to working in partnership with you throughout this academic year to raise standards further and provide the very best for the children. Please remember if you have any problems or concerns regarding your child, their education or school policies, please contact us. We are always ready to listen and will always do the best we can to help.

Thanking you in advance for your support.  I look forward to working with you all to make it a great academic year for St Oswald’s school.

Miss H T Lennon

Head Teacher