Friday February 9th Newsletter 2018

9 February 2018


Patronal Feast Day

Many thanks to Fr. Brett for saying mass at our school feast day this Thursday. Visitors who joined the school for the mass expressed their appreciation at being invited and the outstanding behaviour of the children.


Year 5 Dance

This week Year 5 had a workshop with a local dance photographer and journalist.  She helped them to create an app to teach children about the history of dance and to learn about the different dances within cultures. The two days were filled with varied team activities and skill building ranging from creating a storyboard and timeline based on the history of creating their own dances and photographing, videoing and documenting them for the app.  We are hoping the app will go live in the next few months!


Half Term Break

Just to remind everyone that the school breaks for half term this Friday. Children return to school on Monday 19th of February. We break for Easter on March 29th, and as is custom for the school, on March 29th, the school will end for 1.30pm. Over the academic year, the school finishes at 1.30pm on three occasions, the occasions being Christmas break, Easter break and the end of Summer term.


Reception Cycling Course

The cycling course for reception classes ends this week. I know that all the children that have been involved had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the tutoring. Well done reception class!


Persistent lateness and absence (The Facts)

I’ve included two charts in this week’s newsletter to draw to the attention the impact that late arrival and absence can impede school academic studies. Please think carefully about these two issues over the coming academic year. The first of the two charts, labelled Persistent Absence, show per minute the impact that consistent lateness can have on school provision for your child. The second chart, labelled, ‘Attendance’, shows the impact of days missed from the school and how this will deteriorate academic performance through ‘missed school days’.


Nursery Application Deadline Wednesday 28th March 2018

If you would like your child to attend Our Lady of Lourdes Nursery in September 2018, please complete and submit the Supplementary Information Form as soon as possible to the School, with the supporting documents. All information regarding the Nursery Admissions are on the website.. The form can be collected from the School Office or downloaded from the website. The deadline for Nursery applications is Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 4pm.


There will be an opportunity to visit the Nursery on Thursday 1st March 2018 from 9.15am to 10.30am, if you would like to visit the Nursery before submitting your child’s application.


For those who attend Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church, please arrange a suitable time with Father Sammon, in order for him to issue you the Certificate of Catholic Practice.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Officer at the School between 8.30am-3.30pm. ”


Requests for leave of absence

The school recognises the wide diversity of cultures in the school. We also understand that there are occasions when it is necessary to visit relatives abroad as a result of family emergencies. Where families have to support relatives abroad the school strives to support members of the school community. Recently, it has come to my attention that some families are simply emailing the school at the last minute and informing the school that they are going ‘on holiday’. This is not acceptable and I would request that all applications for leave of absence are done using the published school procedures. Please be advised that in cases where school procedures are not followed it may be necessary to invoke the Penalty Charge Notice relating to unauthorised school absence. If you are unsure of school procedure for absence requests please ask advice from the school office.


Absence and late statistics for information


Consistent Late Arrival To School

Minutes late per day during the school year

Equal days’ worth of teaching lost in a year

5 minutes

3.4 days

10 minutes

6.9 days



15 minutes

10.3 days

20 minutes

13.8 days

30 minutes

20.7 days




Attendance Guide – Learning Hours Lost


Threshold Attendance

Actual Attendance

Whole Days Absence

Learning hours Lost



190 days

0 days

0 hours


188 days

2 days

10 hours



186 days

4 days

20 hours


184 days

6 days

30 hours


182.5 days

7.5 days

37.5 hours



180.5 days

9.5 days

47.5 hours

Serious Cause For Concern


171 days

19 days

95 hours

Persistent Absence

Educational Welfare



169 days

21 days

105 hours


167 days

23 days

115 hours


165 days

25 days

125 hours


163 days

27 days

135 hours


161.5 days

28.5 days

142.6 hours


159.5 days

30.5 days

152.5 hours


158 days

32 days

160 hours


156 days

34 days

170 hours


156 days

36 days

180 hours























We wish everyone a restful and peaceful break over the half term.


Edward Cottle