St. Gabriel's Catholic Primary School

13th February 2020

13th February 2020


Volume 11 Number 21


Dear Parents


Safety Advice

This evening, Andy Smith, Partnership Officer from Tamworth Borough Council will be present at Parents Evening.  He will have a range of safety advice and materials.  Please approach him and see what he has to say.


School Closure Procedure

If for any reason the school has to close due to adverse weather, a text message will be sent to all parents and the county council website page for school closures will be updated.

Staffordshire County Council –

St. Gabriel’s website -

Please be aware that at times during the winter the ground, playground and surrounding footpaths can be very icy.  Please do remind the children to take care coming to and leaving school.  Parents and Carers are reminded to keep to the gritted footpaths around the perimeter of the school building at all times.  It is imperative that pedestrians do not walk across the car park at any time.  During icy weather the footpaths are gritted for your safety.  Thank you



The season starts with Ash Wednesday on Wednesday 26th February.  Please note we will have a service with readings and distribution of ashes at 9.15am.


Swimming Heats

Children from years 3 to 6 took part in swimming heats last night at TEC high school. They all performed to their very best and should be proud of their efforts.  Our captain, Evie J, led the team very well and encouraged others.  Many thanks to Mrs Cox and Mr Fowler for taking the children to the event and supervising them.


Alpha is a series of evenings with a meal, a video and a discussion for those interested in finding out about the Christian faith or to give your faith a boost.  The next course will start in Lent on Monday evenings from the 2nd March 2020 from 7.30-9.00pm at the Sacred Heart Church.   Please phone 01827 769403 and speak to Fr Michael or Fr Srinu or email to book a place.  Thank you.


Internet Safety

The NSPCC guidelines for parents place a huge emphasis on the TEAM approach:

T   -  Talk to your child about what they are doing and how to stay safe online

E    -  Explore their accounts and behaviour online

A   -  Agree rules as a family in terms of use and times.  Remember ultimately

         You are the adult, you are in charge

M   -  Manage settings to keep your child safe

As a parent, can I speak plainly on this one? 

It is tough and can cause world war 3 in the home, when you broach the subject and perhaps have to insist on certain time limits, use or non use of certain apps or games.  But DO NOT AVOID the fact that despite the short term pain it is totally worth it in keeping your child safe.  TAKE CONTROL AS ADULTS AND INSIST THAT YOUR CHILD FOLLOWS GUIDELINES FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY.

You would not leave your child alone anywhere in your home with a stranger without checking.  Just be aware of chat rooms and the pitfalls.  Thank you


Safer Internet Day
On Tuesday the children celebrated Safer Internet Day in school and took part in activities related to being safe and responsible online.  Do speak to your children about what they have learnt about online safety and discuss how you can all be safe and responsible online at home.  Thank you, Mr Fowler.


World Book Day – Thursday 5th March 2020

On Thursday 5th March 2020 we will be celebrating World Book Day.  Children are invited to come to school wearing their pyjamas/ loungewear and bring their favourite book.  Your child should have brought home a World Book Day home learning task this week, asking them to create a 'Book in a jar',  which should be brought into school on Monday 2nd March for us to share on World Book Day.  In each class a winner will be chosen to receive a book prize.  Thank you, Mrs Hughes and Miss Cunningham.


Summer Fayre – Provisional date Friday 26th June 2020 @ 3.30pm-5.00pm

We need volunteers to come forward and commit to helping run this event this year.  Please let members of the Friends of St. Gabriel’s committee know if you wish to get involved. 

We need to get enough volunteers to ensure this event goes ahead.  Thank you.


Lost Property 

Please could I ask that you make sure you put your child’s name on their uniform.  We have over 400 children all wearing similar jumpers.  It can be very difficult to locate a misplaced item without a name.  

The lost property trunk is once again full to the brim!  The majority of the clothing is unnamed and therefore impossible to return.  Parents/carers are always most welcome to check the Lost Property Trunk.  We would encourage you to do this at the end of the day when you may also have the opportunity, if needed, to check the cloakroom area. 

Please note that any unclaimed lost property will be donated to charity over half term.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Home-Start Tamworth

Home-Start, Number Eight Tamworth @ 8 St.John Street, Tamworth, B79 7EX will be running the following:

Furniture and Household Goods Warehouse - Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10am-4.00pm, Saturday Morning 9.00am-12noon

Children’s Charity Shop – Baby clothes, equipment and toys - Friday 10.00am-5.00pm, Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm

For further information or to make donations please call 07790 746748


Dates for your diary

Fri 14th Feb         -  School closes for half term at 3.20pm

Mon 24th Feb        -  Return to school 9.00am

Tues 25th Feb      -  Athletics Team at County Finals Indoor Athletics, Stoke

Weds 26th Feb     -  Ash Wednesday, start of Lent – Service at 9.15am with

                                readings and distribution of ashes

Thurs 27th Feb     -  Y5 Trip to Drayton Manor

Thurs 5th March   -  World Book Day

Sun 15th March    -  Whole School Mass at Sacred Heart 9.00am

Fri 20th March     -  Friends of St. Gabriel’s Mother’s Day Sale 2.00pm –3.00pm - selling perfumes, toiletries and gifts

Tue 24th March    -  First Holy Communion meeting for Miss Connolly’s class St John’s Church 6.30pm-7.30pm

Tue 31st March    -  First Holy Communion meeting for Mrs Holmes’ class St John’s Church 6.30pm-7.30pm

Fri 3rd April         -  Mass for end of term at 9.15am

                                End of term, school closes at 3.20pm


Dear Lord

May the light you give us help us on our journey through life.

Help me to follow you.

Help me to be a light of hope for others through my actions, day by day.



God Bless                                          


Yours sincerely



John P Hayes