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Newsletter No 17 - 14 January 2022


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NEWSLETTER No.17 – 14 January 2022


Dear Parents


Happy New year everyone, although Christmas and the New Year celebrations seem like such a long time ago now! It has been lovely to walk round the school with Mrs Ryan and our School Improvement Advisor from KCSP this week and see the wonderful teaching and learning going on across the school in every year group.


The teachers have come back after the break “hitting the ground running” with their rooms and corridors well displayed with the children’s work whilst continuing to teach with their usual enthusiasm. We witnessed the Early Years children taking part in some lovely activities outside to support them in maths and art work, we saw models the children are making to demonstrate their understanding of the River system and water cycle in the juniors and some wonderful printing and modelling in the infants.


We were all really impressed with the school newspaper which the children compiled at the end of last term which is available in our school entrance. It really gave me “food for thought” on how we could promote the creative and enterprise skills of the children in the future. We are also hoping that in the summer term we will be able to take the children out on trips especially outside to support them in their learning and really “hook in” their enthusiasm for their new summer topic work.


Mrs Ryan and I are so proud of all the staff, and of course the achievements of your children at the school. Thank you for all the continued support you give us at St Margaret’s


Mrs Sexton Executive Principal





It is with great sadness, despite numerous reminders and the presence of parking enforcement officers, that we have had further complaints from residents regarding parking.  We are very disappointed that some parents choose to ignore the legal requirements of parking but also the requests from the school to park appropriately and considerately. Should someone need to get out of their drive for an emergency, for example, they are completely unable to do so.  Residents who have challenged parents regarding their illegal and inappropriate parking, are being verbally abused! This is not acceptable behaviour at any time, but especially when there are children present. We are encouraging residents to contact the police and will adopt the ‘name and shame’ process should this continue. 


Our Assemblies this week have continued to trace the instances in the Bible when Jesus is revealed as the Son of God. We had already looked at the Epiphany, when Jesus was revealed to those beyond the Jewish people. This week we looked at the Baptism of Jesus, with the presence of the Holy Trinity: the Father speaking from heaven, the Holy Spirit appearing as a dove and the Son – Jesus. Today we moved on to the Transfiguration, where the Father again identifies Jesus who is also revealed in glory as he is transfigured before his disciples’ eyes. We focussed on the words “Listen to him!” and asked ourselves what that would mean for us in our everyday lives. As I was in Mrs Talty’s class, I was able to enjoy the interactive experience of assembly, which I have so missed.


On Wednesday our Reception children went on their second Seasonal Walk this week.  It was a little muddy but the sun was shining and the children thoroughly enjoyed looking at the changes taking place around us. Thank you to the many parent helpers who were able to join us, without your support these trips would not be able to take place.


On Thursday a group of Year 1 and 2 children took part in the Infant Agility event at the Angel Centre.  They all had an enjoyable and fun time and we were proud of their sporting attitudes. Well done! Thank you to all the parents who helped with transport; your support was invaluable.


Curriculum Letters

We are sending out Curriculum letters for your child’s Key Stage today.


Science Competition

We are running a science photographic competition throughout the school, please look for details on Seesaw as this has been set for homework for all children. The theme is “Science to me is…” and we will be holding an exhibition of the photos.




As the weather is getting colder, please ensure your child has a warm (named) coat, hat and gloves for outside play.  They will also need navy jogging bottoms on PE days for outside lessons. 



Further to our previous communication regarding the postponement of the Young Voices concert on 14 January, we have now had confirmation that it has been rescheduled for Tuesday 24th May. We were all very disappointed when this could not go ahead as planned, as the children and staff have worked so hard practising their song words and actions.  We are delighted that Young Voices have been able to move the dates.  All tickets purchased will be carried over to this new date.






Thursday 20 January from 7pm-7.30pm.

l will be holding a face-to-face meeting in the school hall on the above date, to explain the process around transfer to secondary education, at which I can answer your queries.  There will be further opportunities for meetings with Mrs Thomas and myself, when parents can have a short, more in-depth discussion regarding their own child’s transfer.  Details of how to book your appointment will be sent via ParentPay email to Year 5 parents.  As is usual at the moment, I would be most grateful if all attending could carry out an LFD test and wear a mask.


Early Years Consultations will be taking place on Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th January 2022.  You will be given the option of attending a face to face or Zoom appointment.  Booking details will be going out soon.




Yours sincerely



Caroline Ryan

Academy Principal                                                                                  




In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will always try to keep the school open if it is safe to do so. We would notify you via this dedicated website which will list school closures: You can register with this website in advance for an alert but there is an SMS charge. ParentPay email and the school website will also give information after 7.30am.

Should it be necessary to close the school at short notice, eg after pupils have already arrived, we will use our texting, ParentPay email and our school website to alert you. Please ensure we have your up-to-date contact details. If you are unsure please contact the school. We will look after pupils until parents can collect them.




“This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased – listen to him!”

Matthew 17:5












Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address Barham Court, Teston, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary Schoo is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

Prepare to be amazed! Year 6's poetry on their class page is stunning.