Newsletter December 2015

Dear Parents/carers

Next week is the start of Advent. We are getting ready for the birth of the Holy Child Jesus. Our children are preparing in different ways to celebrate this special time. The children in the Foundation Stage are rehearsing everyday making sure they are ready for their families to see them perform and are ready for the birth of the little baby Jesus.


Wrapping up warm:

It is very pleasing to see the children coming to school with warm coats, hats and scarves as the weather has become increasingly colder.


Could I ask that grey tights only are worn. Please do not send your child in with socks over their tights. They can wear them under the tights so they cannot be seen. Also white vests are ideal to wear under shirts. Please do not wear long sleeved t shirts as they do not look smart.




Congratulations to Year 1L, Year 2M, 2T and Year 3 for their super assemblies. The effort that went into their assemblies could clearly be seen and enjoyed by parents and children alike. Thank you to all the teachers for all their hard work and thank you to you, as parents, for coming to support all the assemblies this half term.


Congratulations to the Year 5/6 Football team who won the Boys Primary Schools Football Competition. They played as a team and won as team.


Years 4/5/6/ Athletics Tournament


Well done to all the athletes who took part in the first round of this event. The competition is much stronger this year but we are confident that we at St Thomas a Becket have got through to the next round.

School Uniform:


I was visiting several schools recently and when I returned to St Thomas a becket, I realised how smart the children in our school look. What a difference it makes.


Again I would like to thank all the parents who are sending their children to school looking smart and their shirts are crisp and clean!




Could you please send your child into school with a pair of white sports socks for their PE lessons.


Christmas Panto!

Everyone is very excited about going to see Red Riding Hood. May I please remind you to return your child’s permission slip and payment needs to be made by next Monday 30th November for KS2 and for Foundation/KS1 by Monday December 7th. Thank you.


I am sure the children will be delighted to tell you all about it when they return.

Good Manners:

There are so many children in our school who have beautiful manners and are respectful to the children in their class and to teachers and adults who work with them.

One of our golden rules is to "SHOW GOOD MANNERS."


I will not put up with any child who is disrespectful to the adults who work in our school. We are a caring school and we try to show this with each other every day.


I would like to remind parents, particularly in Year 5 and 6, to encourage their children to SHOW GOOD MANNERS at all times.



The Writing Project Homework will be sent home again this Friday 27th November. There were lots of lovely pieces of writing last week describing a member of the family. Please encourage your child with this by talking to them first about the title of their writing piece and the ideas they may have. Please let them write rather than copying somebody else’s words and writing.

For the parents of children in Reception and Year 1, please feel free to annotate what your children have said to you and have tried their very best to write down their ideas.


School Voluntary Fund:


Many thanks again for your generosity with this.


The contribution to the school voluntary fund has helped the school enormously by providing reading books, and PE equipment. We have used it to buy new benches on the KS1 site for the children on both sites.

We have also been given a very generous contribution of spring bulbs from Wilko in Thamesmead as part of their "Schools Community Direct" work.

Class Masses:

By the end of the Autumn term, all the children in KS1 and KS2 will have attended Mass at St. David’s Church. The children have been beautifully behaved and we thank Father Blaise and the parishioners for always welcoming the children and staff at the church.

Arriving to School on time:


Please bring your children to school on time so they are ready for the day to begin their learning.


Ringing the School:


You must inform Ms Murphy or Mrs Nisbet if another adult is picking up your child. That adult should be one of those on the contact sheet you gave to us in September.


Thank you again for all your support with everything we do in school.

The children will be decorating the school Christmas tree in special Advent assemblies. Prayers will be said for their families and for those families who have suffered in Paris and in the world as a whole.


Have a pleasant weekend

Mrs. Greally and all the staff.