Dear Parents/Carers,  

As we begin the season of Lent, we remind ourselves that it is a special time for focusing on journeying closer to God. The Lent that is ahead of us is a new opportunity to recommit ourselves to our lives of faith, asking the Lord to bring us through this time of Pandemic in the sure knowledge of his guiding presence in our lives and in our world.  In our assembly this week, we thought about our Lenten Mission to ’Pray, Stop, Go’: 

  • Pray –explore new and different ways of praying 
  • Stop –stop doing some things in order to make space for others 
  • Go –reach out to others with love

We have added a special Lenten section on our collective worship page with reflections led by our Lay Chaplain, Sam Downes, for you to share at home. 

As you will be aware, the government has confirmed that we will be able to re-open for all pupils as from Monday 8th March 2021. We are really looking forward to welcoming back our whole school community. Please follow the link below for detailed guidance on protective measures in place, in line with DfE guidance, to maintain the safety of pupils, staff and parents: 

https://www.mountcarmelfirstschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Letter-to-Parents-Regarding-8th-March-Re-opening-Copy-1.pdf 

We completely understand that some children may be feeling a little anxious about their return to school – if you have any concerns, please do contact your child’s class teacher. Additional support is also available via the following link: 

Helping Your Child With Anxiety (youngminds.org.uk) 

If you loaned a school device (IPad/laptop) during lockdown, can you please ensure that these are returned by Friday 5th March 2021 in order for us to have them back in use at school by Monday 8th March 2021. 

World Book Day: 

Although World Book Day, taking place on 4th March, will be a little different this year, we are looking forward to sharing a range of fun activities to celebrate our love of reading with you via our remote learning pages – watch this space! As part of the day we are encouraging the children to enjoy a screen free afternoon enjoying their favourite stories – they could design a book mark, make a puppet of their favourite character or retell the story in a different way such as a storyboard. We look forward to sharing the children’s creativity and imagination! We have decided that we will have a special ‘dressing up’ day later in the year when all of the children have settled back in to school. Please follow the link for your child’s virtual World Book Day token which entitles them to a free book: 

https://www.mountcarmelfirstschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/booktoken_PrimaryUK.pdf 

Pupil Premium Funding: 

The Pupil Premium funding is allocated on the grounds of family income and entitlement to free school meals and this generates the Pupil Premium Funding. This grant enables us to support all Our Lady of Mount Carmel families in a range of ways beyond simply providing free school meals. 

If eligible, your child does not have to take free school meals but may benefit in many other ways. 

How do I know if I am entitled to register? 

You can register your child for Pupil Premium Funding if you receive any of the following: 

  • Income Support. 
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance. 
  • Income-related employment and support allowance. 
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. 
  • The guarantee element of the State Pension Credit. 
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16190. 
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for working family tax credit. 

You can apply online at: 

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20062/schools/684/applying_for_free_school_meals 

Please do contact us in confidence if you would like more information. 

MAC Merger Consultation:  

In line with the wider Archdiocese Academy Strategy, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy and Holy Family Catholic Multi-Academy have agreed to join to create a larger company. The consultation period will run from the week commencing 8th February 2021 and will conclude at noon on Monday 22nd March 2021. Please follow the link below to complete the consultation:  

https://www.mountcarmelfirstschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Consultation-Letter-.pdf 

Take care and stay safe 

Mrs Woods 


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