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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 2022? 

Please email me on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk and I would be delighted either to show you round to tell you all about our fantastic school!

We will also be holding the following events and Open Mornings/Afternoons for prospective parents.  No need to book: just come along!

Friday 26 November 9.30-10.30 Open Morning (on our Break the Rules Day!)

Tuesday 30 November, 9.30-10.30 come to the Fabulous (and free) Forest School Taster Session for 3 and 4 year olds led by an experienced Forest School Leader

Wednesday 1 December 8:40-9:30 come and make Christmas Decorations

Monday 13 December 1.30 Open Afternoon

Friday 7 January 9.30 Open Morning and 1.30 Open Afternoon

We would love to see you and your children!


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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 185 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 8.40am 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 on 01189365537 or contact me direct via email on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk 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.

For safeguarding enquires, please contact Mrs Bernto via email on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or phone the school office on 01189375537 and ask to speak to the Headteacher.

26 November, 2021

No one is Breaking the Rules today with greater style and panache than our gorgeous puppy Aggy: loving the pink pigtails Aggy Boo!  

I have to say that wearing blue jeans is a very special treat today and one that the staff are loving.  

Please check out this week's newsletter for information about upcoming Christmas events and for photos of the wonderful things we have been up to.

 

19 November 2021

Other Faiths Week, a visit from a Buddhist monk, the first pupil-led prayer group of the year, a trip to MERL, recording a CD and Comic Relief PJ Day; these are just some of the things we have been getting up to this week!  Check out this week's newsletter for the full details and photos.

 

12 November 2021

This week's newsletter is totally packed with the many exciting things we have been up to this week from COP26 Day to a Parent Maths Workshop and from Judo to Parents' Eveniings!  

We also have some very exciting news for any pre-school age children and for parents looking for school places in September 2022: some extra Open Morning/Afternoon dates are now available as well as some Open Events for 3 and 4 year olds!

Friday 26 November 9.30-10.30 Open Morning (on our Break the Rules Day!)

Tuesday 30 November, 9.30-10.30 come to the Fabulous (and free) Forest School Taster Session led by an experienced Forest School Leader

Wednesday 1 December 8.40-9.30 come and make Christmas Decorations

Monday 13 December 1.30 Open Afternoon

Friday 7 January 9.30 Open Morning and 1.30 Open Afternoon

Please spread the news and invite your friends with youngsters to come to these events!

 

For current Nursery parents, we have some Stay and Play events when you will also have an opportunity to visit the Reception class.  These are on

  • Wednesday 17 November 8.40-9.30: this session has a focus on reading
  • Wednesday 1 December 8.40-9.30: this is the Christmas Decoration session

Please do come along!

 

5 November, 2021

Happy Bonfire Night!  Do have a fun-filled and safe time this weekend.

Please see attached this week's newsletter with lots of information about forthcoming events.

 

22 October, 2021

Half term is upon us and we are heading home with weary bones!  Lots of careful work and thoughtful application has taken place this term and the children should be feeling very proud of the progress they have made.  

Please do have a fabulous break and stay well!

 

19 October, 2021

It was great to see so many parents at the Next Schools Presentation this evening.  Please see above the powerpoint.

 

15 October, 2021

I have to say that I am very excited: this weekend, we are hiring a drone to shoot some footage of the school and its grounds for the school promotional video.  I have been appointed director of operations!!!  I am very optimistic that this means I will get to drive the drone and have a special director's chair!  

Please check out this week's newsletter for updates of what the children have been up to and some important information about the Christmas performances.

 

 8 October, 2021

This week has seen owls visiting Nursery, a Maya archeologist visiting Y5, a prison governor and a prison officer visiting Y6 and Years 5 and 6 attending a drumming workshop at Queen Anne's!  See the newsletter for photos and details as well as more information about our British Council partner school Ol Moran.

 

1 October, 2021

This morning started with a wonderful whole school assembly attended by the parents and carers of pupils in Y6.  The children were awarded with their gold ties, marking them out as leaders of the school.  

The One World Council, Reading, Sports and Music leaders were also announced.  These children should be congratulated on their appointment since they were chosen on the basis of their written applications, interviews with senior leaders and most especially on the recommendation of their teachers. 

 

24 September 2021

Please see attached this week's newsletter.  Please note that there are some new dates included including a Next Schools Presentation for parents of children in Y4 and Y5 as well as the first whole school Mass in church.

 

19 September 2021

COVID-19 Update

We now have confirmed cases in Y1 and Y4.  A number of parents have contacted the school about whether their child should self-isolate.  Government guidance is that no child under 18 should self isolate unless contacted by Track and Trace and asked to do so. 

We would kindly request, however, that should your child show any signs at all associated with Covid (a temperature, cough or change to sense of taste or smell) that you keep them at home and get a PCR test.  Once the test comes back - if it is negative - your child can return to school. 

Last week, we had a case of a parent who had a child with a very slight cough (which was assumed to be asthma).  On our request, the parent did seek a PCR test and this came back positive!  Please help us to keep everyone safe as this parent did.

Many thanks,

Sarah.

 

17 September 2021

Welcome to our Reception children of 2021!

We have been really lucky this week to have started working with 14 wonderful volunteers from The Oratory school.  The GCSE and A Level students are working with children from Years 1-6 every Thursday afternoon.  See the newsletter for more details.

I hope that all parents have now had time to download the School Ping app to their phone.  We are now sending all letters, newsletters, surveys etc out via this route.  Please do contact Trudy on admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk if you are having any problems.

 

10 September 2021

We have had a wonderful week and are now fully immersed in our exciting new learning.  The new Reception children have joined us this week and Year 6 are loving helping their buddies!

 

WELCOME BACK!

We have had an awesome first day back starting with our first whole school assembly in a year and a half!  It was fabulous to see the whole community together and the children were unbelievably excited at the prospect of being able to play with friends from other year groups.  During the course of the day, pupils have been learning about our new partner school in Kenya - Ol Moran.  

For more information, please see this week's newsletter.

 

Vacancies

If you are interested in a position as a Teaching Assistant or as a Business Manager with us, please check out the advertisement on the Vacancies page.  We would love to hear from you!

NOTICES FOR THE WEEK

 
School News Feed
  • Newsletter
    26 November 2021
    Newsletter
    Please find attached this week's missive! Sarah
  • Newsletter
    19 November 2021
    Newsletter
    We are all loving PJ day in aid of Comic Relief: thinking of changing the uniform to a onesie!!!! Please check out the newsletter for photos and information about what we have been up to this week.
  • Important
    17 November 2021
    Covid Update
    Dear parents and carers, Just a quick note to say that the Y1 assembly will go ahead this week but we would kindly ask parents to wear masks. We would also request that any parents entering the building wear a mask. Many thanks, Sarah.
  • Important
    16 November 2021
    Covid Update
    Dear parents and carers, Just a quick update on the Covid situation in school and how we are handling it. There has been a significant increase in Covid cases this week and we now have 12 cases across all year groups with the exception of Reception and Y2. We also have 6 members of staff (this has gone up 2 in the last 30 mins) who are currently at home with Covid. We also have a number of children at home awaiting PCR results. As a result and on the guidance of the local Public Health Officer, we are reintroducing some of our Covid protection measures including midday cleaning, double washing of recently touched surfaces and mask wearing by adults. We are not currently returning to bubbles since the only time the children mix is at break when they are outside. Furthermore, we can map transmission thus far to within a class and within families. Should you have any questions, please email them to me on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk Kind regards, Sarah.
  • Newsletter
    12 November 2021
    Newsletter (updated)
    Apologies; this version has times of the Stay and Plays added.
  • Newsletter
    12 November 2021
    Newsletter
    Dear all, Please find attached this week's newsletter which is absolutely packed with the events of the week and next week's schedule. Have a wonderful weekend! Sarah
  • Important
    10 November 2021
    Symptoms of Covid in children
    Just a quick note to say that a Year 6 student has now tested positive for Covid having suffered only from a headache and runny nose. Please remember that symptoms in children are often milder than those displayed by adults. We have seen children test positive who have shown only one or two of the following symptoms: - a headache - a sore throat - a runny nose - a cough - a temperature - an upset tummy Please, if your child is at all unwell, do seek a PCR test. We would all like to stay well for Christmas!
  • Reminder
    25 October 2021
    Covid update
    Please find attached a letter from the local authority about the recent increase in Covid cases in the Reading area.
  • Club
    24 October 2021
    Before and After School Care
    Dear parents and carers, From the beginning of next half term, we will be logging the cost for any days that you use Breakfast/After School Club without booking on Parentpay. You will therefore be required to pay these costs through Parentpay. Could we please also ask that childcare vouchers be submitted in advance if you would like to use them for After School Club or Breakfast club? Vouchers should be on the Parentpay system for you to use for forthcoming childcare sessions. We can upload these vouchers on your behalf. Thank you for your support.
  • Newsletter
    24 October 2021
    PSA News
    Please find attached this week's PSA news.
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