First Holy Communion

The First Holy Communion was a great success last Sunday; all of the pupils who took part did
so with great reverence and respect. The support from family and friends was very impressive, it
was lovely to see the church so full for such a community event, thank you all for supporting
your child throughout their journey of sacramental preparation. Many thanks to Mrs Townsend
for all that she did in preparing the children so well and organising the day itself. The work
involved in sacramental preparation is quite significant and was done with great commitment
over the months. Thanks must also go to Frs Matt and Liam for sharing this special day with the
pupils and their families.

Primary School of the Year award

We are delighted to announce that we were presented with the certificate and trophy which has been awarded by the Swan’s Community Trust who sponsor the Premier League Primary Stars. Mrs Townsend attended the award ceremony last week on behalf of the school where she received the Primary School of the Year award. We are very proud of the achievements of the pupils in key stage 2 and their talent and continued sporting spirit.

Below is part of the school’s nomination statement:

Mary Immaculate Primary School have been a strong partner of our programme for many years. Not
only have they been an advocate of our school delivery, but have also been an attendee at all of our
events. This year was a particularly successful one as they became our first ever EFL Kids Cup
representatives. They went on to compete against 11 other EFL clubs in the Southern National Final,
hosted by Aston Villa. Mary Immaculate narrowly lost to representatives from Brentford F.C 1-0 in
the final and were just one result away from playing at the play-off final in Wembley.

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Social Media

Social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) has had widespread impact on the way in
which we communicate and express our thoughts and opinions. There are clearly many benefits for
us both as individuals and also as communities, and many schools are exploring how they might
best harness the power of social media to engage even more closely with parents and students.
Unfortunately, we are also experiencing an increasing number of situations where social media has
been the vehicle for inappropriate behaviour by both pupils and parents. We live in a society where
we are proud of our right to freedom of speech and would not wish to suggest that this should be
curtailed in any way. There are occasions however, when things said in the virtual world are at best
unhelpful and, at worst, may constitute harassment, bullying or intimidation which could ultimately
lead to Police involvement.

Social media as a forum for parents’ views

The staff in our school work tremendously hard to provide the very best education for our pupils and
always want to work in partnership with parents and the wider community. However, we recognise
that there will be occasions where, for whatever reason, parents may not agree with a particular
course of action or may have specific concerns. It is entirely natural to discuss school life and
express our thoughts and opinions with others face-to-face or on the phone. Some of these
conversations are now also being aired on social media and the person posting has little control over
who might ultimately see it. Sadly, some of these comments and observations could cause offence if
aired in the public domain, and may in some cases be intimidating or even slanderous. This is not to
suggest that teachers and headteachers are above criticism or do not welcome feedback. However,
it is always best when this is constructive and reasonable and is focused on finding an acceptable
solution. When difficult things need to be said, it is usually best to do so face-to-face, or at least in
some form of private communication, such as an e-mail or letter. You will be informed of things that
we feel you need to know in the usual

Bag 2 School

The Bag 2 School collection bags are coming home today with the pupils. This is a good
opportunity to have a sort out of your summer wardrobe and donate anything that is no longer
needed. This collection is a great way of raising money out of items that you would otherwise be
getting rid of. The list of items accepted is on the bag itself.

 

Please return these to school by the 22nd May.

Sandy Bears Bake Sale

Our Mini-Vinnies will be holding a Bake Sale on Friday 29th March to raise funds for Sandy Bears. If you would like to support the cause please send your child in with money (cakes will be priced between 20p-£1.00) alternatively you can make or buy cakes for the Mini-Vinnies to sell. Any cake donations will be greatly received.

 

 

Football

Our football team have returned having played as Swansea City in the Southern Finals of the EFL Cup. They had a great experience, stopping to pick up their personalised kit at the Liberty stadium before travelling on for a hotel stay at Birmingham. They wore their ‘hoodies’ provided by the Friends of the school and looked great in these. Thank you to the Friends and Menna Kerrison in particular who ensured that these were ready on time for Monday morning.

 

After an overnight hotel stay in Birmingham they travelled to Boldmere FC to compete with 11 schools who had won the right to represent their regional EFL Championship team. Our players acquitted themselves with pride and great skill, reaching the final and losing 1-0 to a last minute goal to Brentford. Brentford will now play in the EFL Final at Wembley stadium in May.

It has been an incredible journey for our team and they came within one win of playing at Wembley. The day started really well with wins against Norwich, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and a resounding  3-0 win against Bristol City in the group stage. They drew 0-0 with Brentford and then progressed into the semi-finals from Group 1. They defeated Group 2 winners Ipswich Town in the semi-final before meeting Brentford for the second time in the final. Again, there was little to separate each team before an exceptional goal saw Brentford run out as winners. We wish Brentford well for their big day at Wembley in May.

200 Club

The 200 Club

 

Background

 

The 200 Club was formed and run originally by the parishioners of our church in order to raise money for the construction of our new school building. As a result of their hard work and terrific support, we received a regular and much appreciated source of funds. Our wonderful school building is a testament to work and commitment of many notwithstanding the support through the 200 Club.

The running of the 200 Club has been taken over by the committee of The Friends of Mary Immaculate. In gratitude to the parishioners for their support, it was decided to direct the money raised in future to a parish related project.

 

Current position

 

The cost of membership is £10 and the period of membership will be from April to March each financial year (in effect £1 a month with two free months). The draws will take place either on the first Friday of each month in a whole school assembly or, if there is a Sunday parish/school Mass, in the church hall after Mass. The usual monthly draws will give prizes of £30, £20 and £10. The two ‘Super Draws’ in December and July will pay out £150, £100 and £50 in time for Christmas and the Summer Holidays.

The closing date to pay membership fees for the 200 Club will be 31st March each year and attempted payments after that date will be returned. Membership will open again the following year with the same 31st March deadline. An application form is printed below and fees may be paid to the school office. Please make cheques payable to Friends of Mary Immaculate 200 Club.

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MARY IMMACULATE CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

200 CLUB

 

Annual Payment of £10 due by 31st March  – payments maybe returned to the school office

 

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