Dear Parents, 9th October 2017
As you know, our school Harvest Thanksgiving takes place on Friday this week (13/10) in Holy Apostles’ Church. Please bring your child/ren direct to the church where we shall meet them from 08.40 onwards. You are most welcome to join us for this service which will be led by Revd Rod Paterson. Please note that the service itself will begin at 09.00 and last no more than half an hour. Pupils and staff will then walk back to school. If you are able to assist Mrs Prescott and Mrs Herbert in walking Red Class back to school, please let them know – they will appreciate it very much.
We have asked the children to bring their Harvest gifts with them to the church on Friday morning. All our gifts will join those of Holy Apostles’ Church in supporting the lonely, needy and homeless in the local community.
Again this year we will be sending the harvest gifts to the Cheltenham Foodbank from where the food will be distributed to those in need. Items that are particularly needed include: fruit juice, tinned fruit, tinned cold meats, tinned vegetables, tinned rice pudding, long life milk, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, washing up liquid, dried pasta, packets of biscuits and treats (crisps, chocolate).
Thank you in advance for your generosity and we look forward to welcoming you to our Harvest service on Friday.
D G Davies
Dear Parents, 12th September 2017
Welcome to 2017 – 2018 at Holy Apostles’ School
Welcome to you all as we begin the new school year here at Holy Apostles’. If you are new to the school, we extend a special “hello” to you and trust that you and your child/ren will enjoy your time with us. My colleagues and I wish you all well in the terms ahead.
I’m sure you join me also in extending a warm welcome to Miss Hannah Carter – our new teacher for Class 3 – who, after just one week, is settling in very well as a member of our staff team.
As usual this term, there are several things about which you will need information. Already class teachers have written an introductory letter to you and you have received a letter from Mrs Prescott advising you of this term’s After School Club Programme which begins next week. A list of dates/events – so far – for this term is attached to this letter. Most of the more general, whole-school matters will come directly from me on average about twice per half-term while my colleagues will address other, more specific issues. Additionally, they will be posted and then archived on the school website.
This is just an early notice for your diaries that this year’s PTA AGM is on Tuesday, 3rd October at 7pm. A separate letter from me will follow with further details.
School Prayer Group
The School Prayer Group has arranged the following meeting times for this half term:
12th & 26th September; 10th October;
7th & 21st November; 5th & 19th December.
All are welcome to attend – in each case – at 09.00 for about 20 minutes. If you would like to know more or have any prayer requests, please contact Beanie Farrimond at email@example.com . Additionally, requests for prayer can be left in the Prayer Request box in the school entrance.
I am pleased to be able to say that we have been able to book seats this year for the Roses Theatre’s production of Sleeping Beauty on the last Wednesday afternoon of the term i.e. on 13th December at 13.30. As usual, further details of arrangements will be sent in due course.
SIAMS stands for Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools and it’s exactly five years ago today that we had our last inspection as a Church School! This means that I expect to be advised of our next inspection date very shortly. The appointed Inspector will visit us for one day and examine our distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England School. Additionally, our provision for Collective Worship and Religious Education will be observed and a judgement made on how effective they are. Of course, I shall let you know more details when I have them.
D G Davies
Dates for Autumn Term 2017
Tuesday 12th Governors’ first meeting 7.00pm
Monday 18th Y2 swimming begins
Tuesday 3rd Portrait photographs*
Tuesday 3rd PTA AGM 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start*
Fri – Fri 6th -13th Literature Festival*
Wednesday 11th Governors’ meeting 7.00pm
Friday 13th Harvest Festival – Holy Apostles’ Church 9am*
Friday 20th Class 4 Assembly 9.15am
Monday, 23rd October – Friday, 27th October: Half term
(School reopens on Monday, 30th October)
Wednesday 8th Parents’ Evening 4 – 5.30; 6 – 7.30pm *
Thursday 9th Parents’ Evening 4 – 5.30; 6 – 7.30pm *
Friday 1st PTA Christmas Fair*
Tuesday 5th Governors’ meeting 7.00pm
Tuesday 12th Carol Service 7pm in Holy Apostles’ Church*
Wednesday 13th Pantomime – Roses Theatre*
Monday 18th Party Day
Tuesday 19th Class 1 Assembly 9.15am
End of term
* Details of these arrangements to follow
As other dates/meetings/events are arranged, we shall keep you informed