St. Gabriel's Catholic Primary School

17th July 2019

17th July 2019


Volume 10 Number 39


Dear Parents


Tilly Sweet RIP

Tomorrow, Thursday 18th July is the day of the funeral service for Tilly Sweet.

We remember especially Tilly and her family on this toughest of days.

We think of her Mom, Louise her Dad, Gary and her Sister Olivia on their huge loss.

May Tilly rest in peace.


Whole school Mass for the end of school year

Holy Mass will be celebrated for the end of the school year at 9.15am, on Friday 19th.  The clergy look forward to seeing any parents or friends who can attend.  Year 6 will lead us.


Parent Volunteers

Thank you to the many parents who have helped out recently in supporting our educational visits by going on trips.

Special thanks to parent volunteers who regularly volunteer to hear children read in school, Mrs Cox, Mrs Kamdar, Mrs Hackett and Mrs Wilson.


Summer Water Safety Advice

Staffordshire County Council have re issued advice urging adults and children NOT to cool off in open inland water.  Inland water can be as cold as two degrees.  Cold water in lakes and rivers can seriously affect the strength and stamina of even the strongest and most confident swimmers.  It can also cause cold water shock which can lead to sudden loss of consciousness. 

Please talk to your children about NOT COOLING OFF BY SWIMMING UNSUPERVISED IN OPEN WATERS.  Thank you.


Learning more about Christian faith and the Church

The next Alpha course will start on Thursdays from 26th September at Sacred Heart Church.  This is a great way to deepen your faith.

Contact the parish office on 01827 769403 for more info or contact Fr. Michael at


Summer Reading Challenge  

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge launches on Saturday 13th July and runs all summer.  The Summer Reading Challenge is an excellent way of supporting your child’s reading, especially during the holidays.  Please encourage your children to take part in this excellent project.  More information can be found at


Gabriel’s Angels Holiday Club

Holiday club will run over the 6 weeks holiday. The cost will be £30 a day, £15 for half a day. Sibling’s cost £28 a day, £14 for a half day. Activities include cooking, arts and crafts and sports, trips to the cinema and bowling alley.

Please contact Julie Smith on 07772 943655 to book.



Fri 19 July     -  Mass for end of the year

                       -  School closes to pupils 3.20pm

Mon 2 Sept    -  INSET DAY 1 – School closed to pupils

Tues 3 Sept   -  School re opens to pupils 9.00am


A message from the Governing Board

We would like to thank our staff, children, parents and carers for making our school the positive force that it is.  As a school we are dedicated to ensuring that every single child makes the most of their potential and achieve and to feel happy and safe.  We can only do this with a supportive and engaged body of parents and carers.  The Governors would like to thank all of the children for their positive attitudes and excellent behaviour this year.  They are a real credit to the school, to their parents and to the teachers.

Please have a restful summer break and we look forward to the new school year in September.


The end of the school year

On behalf of all the staff, thank you most sincerely for the gifts, cards and e-mails passed into school in recent days.

Your generous words of appreciation are always valued.  Thank you.

Many sporting, musical and artistic opportunities have been enjoyed by our children this year.  Most of these have been provided by teachers in unpaid extracurricular hours.  Our thanks to all those staff who provide additional opportunities for the children of our school.

Most importantly we continue to remember family and friends who have died.  We remember loved ones such as Theo Castanheira, Chris Booth, Carl Storer and Tilly Sweet.  May they rest in peace.


Prayer of Thanks

Lord, thank you.

Thank you for my children.  Let me make time to talk with them, to laugh with them, to tell them I love them.

Thank you for the passer by, whose smile or quiet “Hello” lifted my spirits.

Thank you for my life, the great gifts I have been given.

I’ll try to remember to stop and think how grateful I should be.



God Bless.


Yours sincerely


John P Hayes