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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Authormelanie Haggerty