Below is the latest school newsletter from 15th March 2019 in a basic format. You can use the button to print it, or alternatively download it as a PDF here


Thank you to 1EW who led worship last week. They retold the story of ‘Room on the Broom’, a book which demonstrates the teamwork and friendship that is encouraged here at St. Katharine’s. They reminded us of a quote from the Bible: "Two are better than one” Ecclesiastes 4:9. This week 1MW led our worship on St. Patrick, a Christian who showed great resilience to spread the message of God. They showed us the symbol of the shamrock which reminds all Christians of the trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Well done to both Year 1 classes for the confidence with which they spoke; you were all great!


Fit and Fruity Friday Zumba

It was our first Fit and Fruity Friday Zumba session before school today. Well done to the parents and children who took part. Mrs Cheng, one of our teaching assistants, is a Zumba teacher and leads three sessions in school each week. This has been very popular with our pupils, particularly year 6, where some of the children have quickly learnt the routines and are helping to lead our Fruity Friday sessions. Future dates are as follows:

Friday 22nd March - Years 1&5

Friday 29th March - Years 3&4

Friday 5th April - Early Years

We look forward to seeing you there!


Parents’ Evening

Thank you to all parents who have attended a parents’ evening meeting with their child’s class teacher; the support you give your child is invaluable.

A big thank you also goes to our Year 6 Values and Powerful Learning Ambassadors who did a brilliant job in the entrance, both welcoming parents and getting your feedback. We really appreciate your reflections on our Over and Above Behaviour approach and it is clear that the recognition cards and messages from teachers are much appreciated by both parents and pupils. Your ideas about our SEASIDE curriculum will be considered carefully and help us to develop and improve the future experiences your child has both inside and outside the classroom. Thank you for your support.


FSK Disco

Thank you to FSK for organising and running our school discos last week. There was a great turn out and it was lovely to see the children enjoying the music and bubble machine and dancing with their friends. Thank you to all the adults who came along to help with drinks and supervision.


The Big Pedal

The Big Pedal is back! During the week commencing 25th March we would love to see the children, parents and staff use human power for their journey to school. On each day, the children will compete to see which year group can get the most people cycling, walking or scooting. More information will be sent next week.



On Saturday, 44 members of the choir will be joining other local primary schools to form a choir. They will be performing on the Pavilion Theatre stage as part of their 90 year anniversary celebrations. The choir will be performing at 11.15 am. There are also a wide range of other free activities during the day, including backstage tours, a performance from the Pavilion Youth Theatre, free face painting and a children's theatre workshop.


Umbrella Group

The next Umbrella Group Meetings are:

23rd March 2019 - Transitions and managing change - From starting school to moving on to other schools, activities and services. Sarah Wellaway ASD Clinical Pathway Practitioner/Assistant Psychologist

27th April 2019 - Tackling Anxiety in Autism Amanda Press Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

We are a parent led support group, for parents of children and young adults with ASD which has been running for over 5 years. We are known as The Umbrella Group, with its connotations of protection and covering a wide spectrum of behaviours which all come under the same umbrella of autism. We meet at Portfield School on the 4th Saturday of the month 10am - 12am.

For more information please contact: Debbie Muldoon-Hall (07900 693131)


Swimming for Year 3

Year 3 swimming will commence on Tuesday 30th April 2019. Please provide your child with a packed lunch and do not order a hot school meal on a Tuesday.


Indoor Athletics

It was an exciting day for our Indoor Athletics team at the County Finals. Their attitude was so impressive as was their behaviour; they showed such support towards each other and great sportsmanship too. The team achieved 2nd place overall - what a brilliant achievement. Well done to you all.



The netball team played in the Primary Schools Tournament; it was their first game together. They played four matches and won three, losing to Muscliffe in a hard fought game.

St Katharine’s hosted the league competition at school, where we played St James’, Pokesdown and Stourfield schools, winning two of the three matches. Everyone played well and demonstrated our school values brilliantly. Well done to all the teams.


Swimming Gala

Last Saturday, some of the children in years 5 and 6 competed at the Bournemouth Schools' Swimming Gala. Again, incredible effort and attitudes all round plus some impressive swims. The year 5 team achieved 2nd place overall and the year 6 team, 3rd. A special congratulations to Finley Lock (ranked first in the country presently in some strokes) and Harry Pollard who have both been chosen to join a Swim England programme. Well done team. You were amazing!


World Book Day

Thank you so much for promoting a love of reading at our school. Hopefully, during parents’ evening, you were able to see some of the fantastically decorated classroom doors. We hope the focus on genre provides a discussion opportunity for you at home to deepen your child's understanding and establish their reading identity.



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.


Polite Reminder

Please ensure children are not left unaccompanied in the school playground before 8:45am, the playground is unsupervised before this time. Thank you for your co-operation with this matter.

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