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Message from the Headteacher Dear Parents, It has been so nice to walk around the school this week and to hear all the singing coming out of the classrooms in preparation for our Christmas performances. The excitement is so great to see and I know that you will enjoy what is coming up. This Week…. We have continued to have Science and Art students in from Plymouth University, working with the children. It has really supported learning in these subjects. This allows the children to have expertise in the subject as well as being able to work in very small groups. Our Key Stage 1 classes visited Buckfast Abbey throughout the week, and on Tuesday the whole school (apart from Simon James Class who were at Buckfast!) enjoyed a visit to the cinema to see ‘Frozen 2.’ Thank you to all our adult helpers, I hope everyone enjoyed the film! Father Jacek led us in a Penitential Service and he also provided an opportunity for children to go to confession. Another Non-Uniform Day today may seem untimely following last week, but in this season of giving, it is good to show that we are thinking of others. Thank you for your continued generosity. Our focus on ‘kindness’ has continued this week and our Foundation Stage has really led the way… see page 3 for more details! Next Week… Next week, we are holding a Christmas meal for some of the elderly in our community. The children will entertain them by singing festive songs and will then take some time to enjoy talking with them. We very much look forward to welcoming them here at Holy Cross School. Our Foundation Stage will perform their Nativity play on Tuesday and Wednesday and we also have STEM workshops and Fizzpop assemblies. On Thursday we have a class Mass for Simon James class and we have our whole school Christmas dinner. I am delighted at the response to creating a school choir to sing at the Primrose Carol Service on the evening of the 20th December. Forty of you have got back to me through Class Dojo and we have begun to learn three songs to sing at the event already. Our Rocksteady bands will also be performing for their parents on Friday. I hear that some of you have now signed up to the Sing Workshops starting in January. If you have lost the letter, the link to sign up is
Have a lovely weekend.
Mr Cotter 
Liturgy in School Parents and parishioners are invited to join us for liturgy, 9am, Monday mornings. The theme for our prayer and worship next week is: Time to Change Loving Jesus, help me to make it easy for you to come into my life. Help me to turn away from bad things and to turn towards you. Amen.
Thank you to everyone who has so very kindly donated items to go in this year’s Christmas Raffle Hampers. Don’t forget to buy your tickets to be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes. If you have already purchased some but would like to buy some more, just visit the School Office. For those that do not wish to buy any tickets this year, please remember to return your tickets to the office for onward sale. 
This week, Julia Donaldson class started their Kindness Countdown Calendar by writing a letter and decorating biscuits to take to local businesses in the hope of receiving donations for the packages that they are making for the Plymouth Food Bank and Women’s Refuge. They, and us, were overwhelmed by the generosity and response that the youngest children in our school received. They cannot thank the parents and our local community enough for everything they have donated this week. A huge shout goes out to Karen and the kitchen staff for helping them make and decorate the biscuits that were shared. Also, they would like thank CaterEd for donating the ingredients to make the biscuits. Thank you to our local Tesco store for allowing the children to fill up a basket of food and toiletry items, and to our local Sainsbury’s for giving us £15 to spend in store. Thank you also to our local butchers, Jones & Champion on Ebrington Street for donating a voucher, to Tiger for donating a huge bag of toys, to Boots for donating a bag full of toiletries that we will be picking up at the weekend and to Superdrug for donating lots of toiletries! We would also like to give a special thank you to Tyler, a staff member in the Card Factory who was so touched by the children’s request that he donated his own money to let us pick stockings and sacks for the gifts to go in! We could simply not believe the generosity of all the people that Julia Donaldson met in their first week, and they can’t wait for the Kindness to continue…….! 
NEVER HAVE PARENTPAY DEBT AGAIN! PARENT PAY now offer a service (successfully tested by parents) whereby if you wish to register your bank card against your ParentPay account, they will automatically take a set amount (set by you) from your bank account as soon as your account runs low. If you do not wish to register your card against your ParentPay account, but do want the peace of mind of not falling behind with arrears, you can also set up a reminder service, to prompt you when your balance needs topping up. For more information ask Mrs Rosevear in the School Office. 
Here is a list of some important dates con-firmed for this year. All information is available on our website calendar. Thursday 12/12/19 Simon James Class Mass Tuesday 10/12/19 & Wednesday 11/12/19 Foundation Stage Nativity @ 1.45pm Tuesday 17/12/19 Christmas Production @ 2.00pm & 6.30pm & Wednesday 18/12/19 Christmas Production @ 6.30pm Tuesday 17/12/19 FS visit Pennywell Farm Thursday 19/12/19 Whole School Mass Friday 20/12/19 Last day of term Monday 06/01/20 Non-Pupil Day Tuesday 07/01/20 Back to School W/C 27/01/20 Bikeability for years FS, 3 & 6 W/C 03/02/20 National Storytelling Week W/C 17/02/20 Half Term Monday 24/02/20 Non-pupil day Tuesday 25/02/20 Term Begins Julia Donaldson (FS): ———- Simon James (Y1): Daisy Eric Carle (Y1/2): Everyone! Roger Hargreaves (Y2): Georgia Roald Dahl (Y3): David Walliams (Y3/4): Preston Michael Morpurgo (Y4): Esme Emma Carroll (Y5): William Anthony Horowitz (Y5): Emily J K Rowling (Y6): ———— David Walliams Class (Y3/4) Well done on your excellent punctuality Thank you all for your support, as always. Have a lovely weekend. Mr Cotter, Miss Buscombe and all the staff at Holy Cross.  REMINDERS FOR NEXT WEEK: -  Fizzpop Assembly—Tuesday  Foundation  Nativities—Tuesday and Wednesday  Christmas Dinner - Thursday  Simon James Class Mass—Thursday