What a wonderful gift we have… to be able to give to others!

Our Lady of the Assumption has such a wonderful supportive community, who are always so willing to help and care for each other in difficult times. This has been particularly visible through everyone’s outpouring of love and support for Amy (Y1) and her family during the diagnosis and treatment of her illness.

Unfortunately Amy still has to undergo a long journey of treatment and her family are a real inspiration to us all in their positivity and deep faith - shown in the strength to continue with all they do.

We are therefore asking again, as a community, for us to continue to remember the family in our prayers and also to try to offer some support through a ‘fundraiser’ which has been organised.

Parishioners and PTA have come together to organise a ‘race night’ which will be a great social event for parents, friends and local community as well as a way to raise some much needed funds for Amy’s family.

You may have already seen the posters - or have been given a flyer (if not - please check your child’s bag!) with details of this wonderful event. It will take place in the school hall on Friday 10th May. Doors open at 6.30pm and first race will start at 7pm. Cost of a ticket is £5 and will include food, and entry to a prize draw.

It would be a lovely way to support Amy and her family and have a lovely evening too. Hopefully you can join us for this great event. Tickets are on sale at church and from school office.

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Authormelanie Haggerty

Friday ‘Challenge Mass’

Challenge Masses begin this week - Friday at 8.10am. We have given children the challenge to ‘do something extra’ during Lent this year. Please try and come along to mass for the next 3 Fridays - a great way to prepare ourselves for the final few weeks of Lent! We would love parents to be able to join us for these masses and a quick brew afterwards!

Mothers Day Tree Planting

On Mothering Sunday we will be getting together following 10.30am mass to ‘dedicate’ and plant a tree sapling on the school grounds. Come and join us at 11.30am for some tea/coffee, cakes (you can bring a spade/fork & your wellies too!) - you will be able to plant and dedicate a tree for Mum or someone special. Hope you can come and join us!

Lent Reflections

As we usually do, leading up to the events of Holy Week the children will be presenting their reflections on the events of the last days of Jesus before Easter.

Monday 8th April - Key Stage 1 ‘Palm Sunday’ Liturgy 2.30pm in church

Tuesday 9th April - Year 3 Last Supper reflection 9.15am - school hall

Wednesday 10th April - Year 4 Garden of Gethsemane reflection 9.15am - school hall

Thursday 11th April - Year 5 Crucifixion reflection 9.15am - school hall

Friday 12th April - Year 6 Resurrection reflection 9.15am - school hall (Challenge mass 8.10am in hall - parents can then stay for a tea/coffee before assembly)

Easter Break

A reminder that we break for Easter at 2pm on Friday 12th April. There will be no after school club on this day. We return to school after the Easter Break on Tuesday 23rd April at 8.45am

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73% of pupils trust parents on online safety, but only 56% talk about it more than once a year’

‘2 in 5 pupils have never told anyone about the worst thing that has happened to them online’

‘But of those who did, 71% chose to tell a parent or carer’

There are constantly new sites apps, downloads, pop-ups etc which will target children (and adults) . Given the real threats which young people face online - it is more important than ever to be having regular conversations with your children about being safe and responsible and talking to you openly about their worries and concerns of items seen online.

SAFEGUARDING LINKS

BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47359623

Thank you for your support

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Authormelanie Haggerty

In our last few days before the excitement of Christmas, it is worth spending some time reflecting upon the real ‘spirit of Christmas’ - the love that Christ brought to the heart of each one of us!

There is no greater way of seeing that than through our wonderful children - in seeing a child going to help a Reception child with their coat, helping and supporting each other if someone is finding work tricky, holding a door open for someone, or (my favourites!) hearing a ‘Good Morning’, or a ‘Thank You’, or a ‘You’re welcome’. These really are the gifts that Jesus brought us - and hopefully we can spread more of these good manners and good cheer everywhere we go this Christmas!

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The children have really shown their understanding of the True Meaning of Christmas in the wonderful ways they have rehearsed and presented their nativities and concerts. They have made us all so proud!

I am also humbled by the way our whole school community has pulled together to support Amy and her family, during what must be an incredibly difficult time for them. You have all shown your love and care in so many ways and I know the family are truly astounded by all the love you have shown them.

We still have our Fun Run (Santa Dash) tomorrow morning from 8.45am (proceeds going towards Amy and her family/Christie’s Hospital) so we hope as many of you as possible can come to join us on our ‘dash’ around the school field (or KS2 playground - if it’s too wet!) The children are expected to come in PE kits for the day (Trainers definitely needed!) and can wear their Christmas jumpers over the top if they want to! Our PTA and Kitchen Staff are providing a ‘bacon buttie’ & hot chocolate for the children after their run and if parents can stay - their will be hot drinks on sale in the playground!

We have also been given 3 Christmas Food Hampers by St Bede’s… if anyone knows of any families who could make use of one of these, can you please let us know at the school office. They are there ready to be collected - so please take one!

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A last reminder for our mass at 8.15am on Friday 21st December. This would be a wonderful way to come together to offer our prayers for Amy and her family and we will have tea, toast and mince pies after the mass - please come and join us if you can!

We will break up at 2pm on Friday 21st - and there will be no After School Club on that day. We return to school on Tuesday 8th January at 8.45am.

I wish everyone a happy, and joyful Christmas and New Year and my many thanks again for all your support.

M Haggerty

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