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ST ANNE'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, CAVERSHAM 

'THE SCHOOL THAT'S KNOWN BY LOVE'

Are you a prospective parent looking for a school place in September 2021? 

Please email me on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk and I would be delighted to organise a virtual meeting to tell you all about our fantastic school!


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Learning to live by faith and to be known by love

The children of St Anne's are known for their smiles, their generosity and their passion for learning!  We are a vibrant, happy forward-looking school in the heart of Caversham for children of any faith and no faith, where every pupil is scaffolded to aim for the stars.  Here, we believe that children learn best when they feel safe, are loved and are challenged.  As a result, teachers are committed to providing outstanding pastoral care alongisde the highest quality, engaging learning experiences.  

As recognised in our 2019 Ofsted report,

The school is a small but close-knit community. There is a strong sense of family values. Relationships between staff and pupils are warm and caring. The school is highly inclusive. Pupils with all different types of need are welcomed and feel part of the school community .... At the heart of this is a strong, shared commitment to every child’s success, underpinned by the school’s ethos...'

Our curriculum provision is outstanding and involves teaching by subject specialists from Year 3 meaning that children experience the best quality teaching across the entire curriculum.  

Currently, we have 197 children across 7 year groups.    We also have a 26 place Nursery.  Children come into our Reception class in the year that they are 5 and move up to secondary school at the end of Year 6, when they are 11.  Our school day starts at 8.50am and finishes at 3.25pm.  However, we do also have a super Before and After School Club, run by school staff which opens at 8.00 and ends at 18.00.

Please do contact the school office for a tour and I would love to show you round!

Mrs Sarah Bernto

Headteacher 

Contact details for enquiries

If you have any questions or queries about our school, please contact the Head - Mrs Bernto - via email on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or phone the school office on 01189375537.

For enquires regarding SEND, please email our SENCO - Mrs Gemma Burnitt on senco@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or phone the school office on 01189375537.

NOTICES FOR THE WEEK

Friday 26th March, 2021

Do check out this week's newsletter for photos and information about what everyone has been up to!  Please remember that we finish school next week on Thursday at 1p.m. and there is no After School Club.

We are now using the school twitter account so please do have a look at our posts!

 

Friday 19th March, 2021

Please check out the latest newsletter (attached above) for photos of our amazing Red Nose Day as well as details of the Sacramental Preparation Programmes and a summary of the government publication on lateral flow testing for families of primary pupils.

 

Friday 12th March, 2021

What a fantastic week we have had!  It has been so lovely to see all our wonderful children and parents again.  Please check out the newsletter for our Book Day Competition winners and photos of everything we have been up to!

 

Friday 5th March, 2021

We are so excited to be welcoming back all the children on Monday.  Please see today's newsletter with important information about the return to school.

Remember, full winter uniform must be worn - including appropriate school shoes, not trainers.  

Year 6 - please bring in your pencil cases and pupils from Years 5 and 6 please bring in any reading book that you are currently devouring at home!

 

Tuesday 2nd March, 2021

Message for parents of children in Year 1

I am writing to let you know that Mrs McAdden will not be in school until after the Easter break as she will be undertaking 15 days at another school as part of her training.  We realise that this timing is tricky for the children since they are due back on Monday.  However, we are really pleased that Mrs Tuggey (who previously taught Year 1 at St Anne’s and has been delivering Covid Catch Up Tutoring to many of the current Year 1 pupils) has agreed to cover the class for the full three weeks. 

Mrs Tuggey will be on the door first thing on Monday morning so please feel free to introduce yourself.  Miss Bradshaw will continue to support the class as usual.

 

 

Monday 1st March, 2021

Please find attached above our new risk assessment in readiness for the full reopening of school on 8 March, 2021.  If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to email me on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE RE UNIFORM

It is expected that, when children return to school on 8 March, they will be looking smart and wearing full school uniform, including school shoes except on PE days when they should come to school (and go home) in PE kit.  We would like to emphasise that PE kit must be as defined in the school uniform list please.

If your child has grown out of their current school shoes and you are struggling to get new ones, we would kindly ask that your child wear the most appropriate alternative from their wardrobe!  We would, however, expect that new shoes will be purchased as soon as possible.

 

 

Friday 26 February, 2021

Please see above this week's newsletter.  Don't forget, next Thursday is Book Day: time to dress up as your favourite book character or wear your pjs ready for a story!

 

Wednesday 24 February, 2021

Please see below a letter regarding sacramental preparation for Years 3, 4 and 6.

 

Dear parents and carers,

Fr Patrick has requested that the school commence preparation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  We do not have any dates as yet for either sacrament but will advise you of this when we have further information.

This year’s First Holy Communion classes will run for both Year 3 and Year 4 pupils whilst Confirmation will run for Year 6 only. 

Lessons for First Holy Communion will run on Thursdays at 12.45-1.15 alternate weeks for each class commencing with Year 3 on 11 March.  Year 4 will therefore have their first session on Thursday 18th March.

Lessons for Confirmation will run on alternate Mondays at 12.15-12.45 commencing Monday 15th March.

Many parents have already advised me that their child would like to participate.  If you have not done so, please email me on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk by Friday 5th March.  You will need to bring your child’s original baptismal certificate into school (when we return) in order to present them for the sacrament.

Please note that, throughout the period of sacramental preparation, it is expected that the children

Fr will also (Covid-permitting) arrange 1:1 meetings with parents and carers.

This programme requires a long-term, meaningful commitment and we hope all our families embrace this opportunity with home, school and parish working together positively.

Kind regards,

Sarah.

 

Monday 22 February 2021 

Please check out our amazing plans for World Book Day 2021. 

World Book Day 2021

Dear Parents or carers,

We are excited to announce our plans for World Book Day on Thursday 4th March, 2021.

Dress up!

Here at St. Anne’s, we simply love to dress up and this year is no exception. If you are at home or in school, children are encouraged to choose either to dress up as a book character or to wear pyjamas in time for their morning Google Meet. Additionally, we would love to see pictures of children dressed up with their favourite book posted on the Google Classroom site or emailed to the teacher. 

A whole school book

This year, for World Book Day, every class from Nursey to Year 6 will be learning and reading from the same book: Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. The children will be engaging in discussion based on the book about being a part of the global and local community and will be undertaking exciting activities. All children - at home and in school - will be joining in with these activities. Activities will be posted on Google Classroom for those at home and there will be a focus on World Book Day in the children’s Google Meet session.

World book day voucher

The National Book voucher will be offered digitally; this can be exchanged for any World Book Day £1 book or £1 off a book of choice in participating bookshops and supermarkets. The book token is valid from Thursday 18 February – Sunday 28 March 2021. To receive the voucher, please copy and paste the link below into your web browser or follow the link on the school website and print off your voucher. https://www.worldbookday.com/wpcontent/uploads/2021/01/booktoken_PrimaryUK.pdf

Please contact your child’s class teacher if you would like a printed version of the voucher which can be left in the school office. There are also many free audio books for children on the World Book Day website: https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/

Competition time!

In addition to all these exciting activities, there is also a competition. Simply design a cover for a book about the Caversham community. There will be three categories: EYFS, KS1 and KS2. KS2 entries should also include a book blurb as part of the design. See below the template for the book design.  Copies of the template will also be available at the front office.

Entries for the competition should be dropped off in the World Book Day box by 5th March 2021. Winners will be announced in the school newsletter on March 12th and will receive a book voucher for £5.

 

Many Thanks,

Mrs King

Literacy and Phonics Coordinator

 

Thursday 18th February, 2021

Do check out the latest government publication for parents on remote education.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/supporting-your-childrens-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=16%20February%202021%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19

Watch Dr Elizabeth Kilbey's video on how to support your child's learning at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZaC3Jsgb4Q&feature=youtu.be

The Education Endowment Fund has lots of great resources also for parents.

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources/support-resources-for-schools/?mc_cid=28ab38d3ec&mc_eid=a6866aabbb

 

Online live tutorials on google meet

How do I use google.meet? please also see the online agreement above. 

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Our School Leaders

Thank you to our One World Council this term for their work on our Anti-Bullying Leaflets, for collecting bottle tops ready for our library masterpiece and for help with the second hand sale.

Thank you to our Reading leaders for striving (against the odds) to keep the library tidy!

Thank you to our Sports leaders for accompanying classes to sporting events and for supporting them.

Thank you to our Music leaders for assisting Mrs Asbury with lunchtime clubs.

One World Council

Year 1 – Roli and Mathias

Year 2 – Safa and Erickah

Year 3 – Isla and Gwen

Year 4 – Iva and Maria

Year 5 – Isabella de Jode, Marilyn and Isabella Huber-Valencia

Year 6 – Savvy, Lola and Lizzie

 

Music Leaders

Julia, Lola and Lizzie

 

Reading Leaders

Sapphi and Lianna

 

Sports Leaders

Aleka, Isabella and Izaac

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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