Below is the latest school newsletter from 14th June 2019 in a basic format. You can use the button to print it, or alternatively download it as a PDF here



During this term we will be talking about ‘Inside Out’ as a way we can think about spirituality and the way we connect with ourselves, others, the world and God. Our Inside Out Room (old library) is nearly complete and has a lovely reading zone and spaces for groups to work, including for example our Adoption-Friendly School and SEND coffee mornings, Trick Box parent courses, After School Club and Breakfast Club.


Prayer Boards

We recently commissioned two prayer boards to be made by local artist South.66 who has very generously donated them to the school. They have been put up today in the Inside Out Room and in the Sensory Room corridor and are already filled with prayers. South.66 create all their art work from ocean trash found on Southbourne beaches. To have a look at their work, check them out on Instagram @south.66


Jessica Blackwell

Last year, Jess (yr6 at the time) wrote and performed an amazing song at the leavers’ service. We recently contacted her to see if we could get a copy of it and AMAZINGLY, she has recorded it in a studio with session musicians. It’s called ‘The Power in You’ and we can’t wait to get singing along to it in school. Jessica is kindly hoping to raise £100 for St Katharine’s through downloads. The song can be downloaded on itunes search for the power in you a song for st katherines.


Staff News

Congratulations to Mr Matthews and Miss Peaty who have both gained promotions to different schools. Mr Matthews is heading to St Luke’s to be phase leader and Miss Peaty to Avonwood to be year leader. We are really pleased that Mrs McKeown and Mrs Burton will both be remaining at St Katharine’s next year. We have several teaching assistants who will be moving on to initial teacher training and we will be saying a big, fond farewell to Mrs Hack who will be retiring at the end of term after many years at St Katharine’s.



We are awaiting the finishing touches to our boat. Thank you to the parents who sent in a fabulous selection of plants for us – they look great!



As you know, the field is out of action, which is why we are holding our sports day at King’s Park. We are finalising arrangements and plans for work on the field and will let you know when contracts have been agreed. At this stage, we believe the field will be out of action until the spring term. We won’t let this defeat us though and intend to carry on with as full a programme of sport as we can after school – PE lessons will not be affected as we are lucky enough to have two playground areas.



Children will meet their new teachers on Wednesday 10th July. There will be lots of other transition activities/strategies happening, some of which the children will not be aware of (for example, taking messages to an adult in the new year group to get used to visiting the area). We also put in extra events for the younger children and children who we know need extra reassurance. We will be emphasising familiar people and places so that children know where and whom they can go to in addition to their new teacher; this is a particularly useful strategy for some of our children who have anxiety or attachment difficulties including adopted children and children with SEND.


Play on the Pitch

A selection of children from year 5 were given the opportunity to play on the pitch at AFCB ground within a mini football tournament. This was a great experience for them to play on a premier league pitch with premier league facilities. Let’s hope that this will not be the last time that we will see any St Katharine’s children playing on a premier league football pitch!


Quad Kids

Our Quad Kids team, which is made up of children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have been very busy over the last month competing in 2 different Quad Kids’ competitions. Quad kids is an athletics event where each child must compete within 4 events, these are: standing long jump, throw, sprint and 400m or 600m. Our first competition was against all the schools in the Christchurch area, taking place at Twynham Senior School. This was a great opportunity to put into practice all the skills they had developed within the school’s athletic club. Some great effort was put in, especially in the longer runs.


Our second competition took place at Winton and Glenmoor Academy against other schools in the Bournemouth area and was part of the School Games selection for the Summer School Games Level 3. Both of our teams performed very well and some amazing individual performances, Stanley in year 6 was placed first out of all the boys and Zara in year 6 winning the girls sector. Both teams won their age groups with the year 5/6 team now going in the Summer Schools Games Level at Bryanston.


Cricket Season Begins with a Flurry

It’s been a busy few weeks for the cricket teams in years 4, 5 and 6. Over the past 2 weeks we have had year 4 taking part in a Kwik Cricket Festival, where they were taught lots of different games and skills by students from Bourne Academy to help them develop their kwik cricket knowledge.


Whilst the year 5 and 6 have been playing in the inter schools Kwik Cricket Tournament against schools from Bournemouth and Christchurch. All of the teams did very well, working as a team and collaborating together to get some great results. The girls team and year 5 boys team narrowly missed out on going to the Dorset Final’s by one place, but the year 6 boys were able to qualify in 2nd place. A great effort by all, which for many was their first experience of playing competitive cricket games. Once again St Katharine’s were in full numbers, as we were the only school that entered all age groups with 2 teams.


Musical Activities

With so many musical events happening in the next few weeks, we thought it would be useful to give you a quick summary.


Peter Pan The performances of Peter Pan take place next week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm.  We are really looking forward to the culmination of all the hard work in rehearsals being seen by our audiences.  Ticket requests should already have reached the school office, tickets can be collected directly from the office once payment has been received.


BSO trip  Y3 and Y5 are off to the Lighthouse, Poole on Wednesday morning (19th June) for a concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  Please ensure your payment for the coach has been paid via Wisepay as this also acts as your permission for your child to go.  We will be leaving before 9am so please bring your child to the cloakroom doors between 8.35 and 8.45 so we can be on the coach in time.  Children need to be in uniform as normal.


School Summer Fair  If your child is involved in Dance Club, Choir, School Band or Peter Pan you should have received a letter asking if they are available to perform at the school Summer Fair next Friday, 21st June.  Please return these forms to the school office so that staff can make arrangements.


Bournemouth Music Festival On Friday 28th June both school choirs will be competing in the Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival at the Pavilion Theatre.  If your child is part of choir please ensure your reply slip is returned and payment is made for the coach via Wisepay.


Great Big Dance Off

A huge well done to all the children who competed in the Great Big Dance Off Primary Schools Final last Tuesday in Oxford. As it was only the best 30 dances from across the UK regionals, the standard was exceptionally high. The children overcame their excitable nerves and danced with confidence and enthusiasm in front of an expectant audience. They also cheered on the other schools brilliantly and demonstrated our school's values throughout the day. You should all be very proud of yourselves. We have come away inspired and ready for next year! 


Watersports Day

Congratulations to our year 4, 5 and 6 children who attended the Watersports day at Poole Park on Tuesday. They were able to try sailing and kayaking, and then they took part in kayak races against other schools. Debbie and Zoe were placed first in their race and the whole team were overall winners! A fantastic day was had by all.


St Nicholas and St Katharine’s Church Summer Fair

The Summer Fair for St Nicholas and St Katharine’s Churches is taking place tomorrow afternoon from 1pm—5pm at St Nicholas’ church. There’s lots of activities taking place including a bouncy castle, BBQ, raffle and cake stall.


School Nurse Drop In

The school nurse drop in session will take place on Thursday 20th June from 8:45am, please come into the school office if you wish to see the nurse.


Coffee Morning and Educational Psychology Speaker

We still have some spaces for our coffee morning on Monday 17th June at 9am. Lucy Chapple will be our guest speaker focusing on literacy development, needs and intervention. Please ask at the school office for more information.


School Summer Fair—Friday 17th June

FSK are now in the final stages of organising the school's summer fair which is set to be a fun evening, however to make it even better we need your help! 

FSK Champions are currently looking for volunteers to spend just 30 minutes on a stall for their child's year group. Please let your FSK Champion know if you can assist us.


School Absence Policy

If you do have the need to take your child out of school , for any reason, you must notify the school in writing either by email or letter, please ensure you provide the dates of requested absence and the reason. We ask that you give as much notice as possible.


Vacancy – Breakfast Club Assistant

We have a vacancy for a breakfast club assistant. You will work as part of a team to provide before school care for children at St Katharine’s Primary School. Typical duties would be:

· Registering children into the club.

· Preparing and serving breakfast to the children.

· Assist in the provision of a programme of activities for the children at breakfast club.

· Pass on messages to teachers and office staff given by parents at drop off.

The position is 5 days a week for 1 hour a day. Please e-mail the school office FAO Mrs T Deem if you are interested in this position.

 Dorset Police Headquarters Open Day

This exciting free event for families takes place on Saturday 20 July between 11am and 4pm at Dorset Police HQ, DT2 8DZ. There will be lots of different activities and stalls taking place including a dog section, drone unit, safer schools team, forensics team, search teams and many more.


Teacher Training to become a Physics Teacher

Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) in Poole are running Physics courses. This course is designed for non-specialists with no experience of teaching these subjects through to those who would like to update and refresh their pedagogy. For more information, please visit their website:


For Sale

The school has a number of footstools for sale, the stools are £10 each or £150 for all 18 stools. Please contact the school office if you are interested in purchasing one.


Sun Safety

On sunny days please could you ensure your child comes to school each day with a sun hat and sun protection applied.



Please ensure no nuts or nut products are brought into school. We have a number of children with severe allergies and their health must not be compromised.


Hot School Meals

Please remember to order your hot school meals by 11.59pm every Sunday to ensure your child has a hot school meal for the coming week.



Please see the PDF version of the newsletter for all our diary dates