Friday 7th February 2020 Newsletter

7 February 2020

Newsletter – Friday 7th February 2020

Upcoming 2020 Events (Please also refer to the school calendar, top right on our website.)


Event/Year Group

Friday 7th February

PTA Quiz Night in memory of an OLOL parent (see the information below in the PTA News)

Tuesday 11th February

Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day School Mass

Tuesday 11th February

Parent/Teacher Consultation Meetings

Thursday 13th February

Parent/Teacher Consultation Meetings

Over the next 2 weeks

Green Hearts’ initiative (see the information below in the OLOL Parish News)

Half Term: Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February 2020

Monday 24th  February

Pupils return from half-term break

Tuesday 25th  February

6pm Parent Meeting for Y5 parents about the Y6 French Residential (Oct 2020)

Thursday 27th February

Year 6 Visit to Natural History Museum

Friday 28th February

3S Class Assembly (Theme – Listening and Sharing)
















OLOL CAFOD CLUB invited to visit London CAFOD Headquarters

Congratulations to our CAFOD Club who were one of only two schools to be invited to visit the headquarters of CAFOD in central London on Wednesday 5th February. Here they met Davi from the Amazon, he is one of the people who is featured in CAFOD’s Lent materials this year, and is someone who has a long history of defending his people (the Yanomami) and their land. As part of this wonderful opportunity, the pupils took part in a question and answer session, trialled new game resources for the CAFOD team and their tour of the CAFOD building in Southwark, included a climb to the 10th floor to see the London skyline.

Our CAFOD Club (predominately Year 5 pupils) meet weekly during their lunchtime and discuss ways they can help both locally and nationally.  A huge thank you to Mrs Tyrie for leading and inspiring our CAFOD group. Her hard work has also been acknowledged at CAFOD HQ!

Davi spoke to us and told us that we are the next generation and our job is to help change the world. He said his land is the tribe’s heritage and he told us about the difficulties in his life. He told us that we can change the world and be the Yanomami’s butterflies.

You are like a butterfly.

Butterflies do not take,

Butterflies do not steal,

Butterflies are not jealous,

Butterflies do not cause climate change,

Butterflies do not cause pollution,

Butterflies do not take other’s land.

Amy and Charlotte 

Year 5, CAFOD Club


Chocolate Museum Visit Year 4

This week as part of their Geography topic on South and Central America, Year 4 made and tasted a South American bread called Arepa. They also had a visit from the Chocolate Museum! As well as tasting and making their own chocolate truffles, the children learned about the stages of cocoa production, the countries that grow cocoa and world trade both in the past and present. The children also played chocolate tasting games involving different textures, chocolate origins and flavours. It has been quite a challenging week in Year 4!

Year 4 Sunday Liturgy

Thank you to the large number of Year 4 pupils who supported the school at Mass last Sunday. Our pupils said the readings and bidding prayers so clearly and confidently and, to celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas Day, our pupils brought up candles during the Offertory.  

1DS Class Assembly – Special People

Thank you our Year 1 pupils for leading today’s reflective assembly about Special People. In a variety of ways, the pupils confidently and beautifully shared who are the important people in their lives, both at school, at home and in our community and of course the reasons why. This assembly linked with the theme of our Monday’s KS2 assembly that Mr Donalson lead about how important we all are.

Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day – 11th February

Next Tuesday is a very special day in our school, it is the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. The pupils will revisit the story of Our Lady and St Bernadette and then Father Neil Brett (from St Anne Line’s Parish) will celebrate Mass with us on Tuesday. 

To coincide and celebrate Feast Day, every year group from Nursery to Year 6 helped to create an abstract art piece to celebrate Our Lady of Lourdes. These range from roses to rocks and candles to crowns.  When you visit for our parents evening next week, do look out for this unique art display on the window by the inside hall doors. Thank you Mrs Lowe for inspiring us to show our artistic talents in a different medium.  

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Next week is our February Parent/Teacher Interviews, remember your child/children’s books are available for you to look through before you meet with their teacher. This is an opportunity for you and your child to celebrate together their progress. Year 5, Year 2, 3S and Reception parents you can find your child/children’s books in the school hall. Every other class, the books are outside the pupil’s classroom.

Cake Sale – Wednesday 12th February

Being a Rights Respecting School we look to support children locally, nationally and globally. As seen at our Christmas Fair, Mrs Daniell’s daughter is off to Uganda later this year to help support the building of a nursery and primary school. In order to support her and as part of our global support, there will be a 50p cake stall after school on Wednesday 12th February. Children will be invited to the sale on Wednesday afternoon to select their cake which they will bring home to eat. Please could cake donations be sent to the Benedict Building on Wednesday morning in labelled tins. Please remember we are a nut free school. Thank you for your continued support.


Continents of the World – School Wide Geography Theme

Our hall displays have changed this week to another school wide theme, the Continents of the World.  These displays reflect our Geography learning across the school, from Nursery to Year 6. You will find a variety of skills and knowledge have been used to obtain the information and produce the children’s work. The hall does reflect what an amazing world we live in! On that note, please read the below message from the OLOL Parish Council.

  • Message from OLOL Parish Council - ‘Green Hearts’ initiative

In support of The Climate Coalition’s ‘Share the Love’ campaign, green hearts will be available over the next 2 weeks at the school reception desk and at weekend Masses for individual climate pledges – all you need to do is to write a short pledge, and the hearts will then be gathered together and posted to our local MP. This will highlight the importance that our community places on the Government to implement policies on our behalf, and will encourage every day actions which could lead to a reduction in Climate Change. Adults and children alike can fill in a heart! For more information, visit



Get crafty and enter our green heart climate awareness competition! Create your own green heart and bring it to the teas & coffees after 9.30 Mass on Sunday 16th February. A winner will be chosen in age categories 5-8 yrs and 9-12 yrs and each will WIN A PRIZE!  Your green heart could be created from anything – paper, fabric, something you have baked... whatever you would like to make.

The OLOL youth club have already made some beautiful green origami hearts, which will be attached to their climate pledges when sent to our MP, so get creating!


PTA News

PTA News - Quiz Night in memory of OLOL parent, Barbara Gorczyca

Sharpen your pencils and get your thinking caps on, due to popular demand the PTA are reintroducing the quiz night! It's a great social event and will be hosted by our very own, fantastic Patrick Allen, quizmaster extraordinaire! 


For a change of scenery, it will be held at OLOL pastoral centre on Friday 7th February, the bar opens 7pm for 8pm start. Tickets are just £5 per person (feel free to bring your friends) and available here:


Sadly, before Christmas a mum in our school passed away leaving 3 children in Years 3 & 1. The PTA will therefore be pledging all proceeds from this event to the children.  If you can’t make the quiz, but would like to donate, please use the link:


PTA News - 'Party Pack'

Do you love parties, but hate all the waste they can create?
As part of our aim to reduce plastic waste, the PTA has set up a 'party pack' which you can hire for birthday parties, christenings or other celebrations. The kit is then returned and used again and again meaning there is zero waste. Hiring a party kit is often cheaper than buying disposable party ware from a supermarket!


For just £10 you can hire a set of colourful and durable plastic tableware: up to 60 small plates and beakers, 30 bowls, 3 serving jugs, 6 serving trays, 3 spotty tablecloths and some colourful bunting.

For more information and to book visit or email us on



Have a restful weekend,

The School Staff