Notice Board

Changes in our school celebrations

Dear students, parents and friends of the Saint Sophia’s School,

As you are aware our school has grown so much the last two years that we have been looking constantly for alternative venues to host our celebrations. Our efforts have been very intense during last year. Unfortunately, mainly because of the high cost involved, these efforts have been unsuccessful.

As a result, and after thorough consultation with the School Governing Body, we have now decided to limit the number of classes that will participate in each celebration. More specifically:

  1. Reception classes, Y1, Y3, Y4, GCSE 1 and GCSE 2, the choir and the dance group will perform on the 28th October celebration. Only the parents of the pupils of the aforementioned classes/groups will be able to attend the celebration.
  2. The whole school will participate at the Christmas celebration and all parents will be invited to attend.
  3. Nursery classes, Y2, Y5, Y6, AS and A Level classes, the choir, the dance group and the representatives of the flag will take part on the 25th March celebration. Only the parents of the pupils of the aforementioned classes/groups will be able to attend the celebration.
  4. The summer fête will be organized by the Nursery, Reception, A Level and those students who are leaving the school. Only the parents of children who participate will watch the fête. The remaining classes will hold summer parties in their classrooms where parents will be able to attend. The end of year certificates and the school magazine will be distributed by the Form teachers at the end of the day.

All students will be required to attend school on the days of celebrations. Those not participating will be involved in classroom activities closely related to the theme of the day (arts and crafts for our younger pupils and analysis of historical texts for the older). Each school celebration will be ending with the participation of all students who will sing the National Anthem or a summer song as appropriate.

Thank you for your understanding and continuous support.

Three Hierarchs Day

On Saturday 28th January we will celebrate the Three Hierarchs Day. The school will meet at 9.30 am at the church for a special liturgy which will last approximately one hour. The children who have been appropriately prepared will receive the Holy Communion. If you do not wish your child to receive the Holy Communion during the liturgy could you please let the Form teacher know. You are kindly requested to arrive on time in the morning, as any noise inside the church due to late comers is very disruptive and disrespectful. Please note that after the liturgy the pupils will be transferred  to St Marylebone’s School by coach. All pupils will be collected from the school as usual at 1.15pm.

Vassilopita!

You are all welcome to the “vassilopita” cutting on Saturday 14th January at 9.45am. Please note that the school phone will be switched off during the blessing and any delayed students will be admitted to school after the end of the ceremony, which is expected to last approximately an hour.

Christmas Celebration

You are warmly invited  to our Christmas celebration on Saturday 17th December at St Sophia’s church.  Our celebration will start  at 9.30am with a Christmas liturgy where the children who have been appropriately prepared will receive the Holy Communion. If you do not wish your child to receive the Holy Communion during the liturgy could you please let the Form teacher know.  You are kindly requested to arrive on time in the morning as any noise inside the church due to late comers is very disruptive and disrespectful. The liturgy will be  followed by informal teachers parents’ meetings where the teachers will be available to answer any questions re your children’s reports you have already received. Our Nativity will then follow at 11am and is expected to finish at approximately 12.30pm. Pupils may come dressed in Christmas outfits, angels, stars, wise men etc or they can wear Christmas jumpers or party clothes. We hope to see you all there.

Letter from our PTA – Christmas Bazaar

Dear parents,

The PTA needs your help! We are organising a fundraising Christmas party on 10th December 2016 at the school, from 11.30am onwards, and all the parents are invited to attend.

There will be an opportunity to buy gift items and festive treats, and take part in lots of fun festive activities in aid of the school, that the children will want to participate in.  Therefore it is recommended that the children have pocket money with them.   You will need around £10 per child.

We appreciate there is not much time to organise it all, and we would like to ask for your help, by bringing lots of donations of little toys, gifts, prizes and individually wrapped confectionery to be brought to school in the morning.

We will also need lots of party finger food contributions from everyone for the food stall, such as sandwiches, sausage rolls, spinach pies, crisps, biscuits, festive treats, juices and fizzy drinks.  These are to be brought to the main hall in the morning.

Finally, we are in need of volunteers, so if you are able to assist in the preparations or run a stall just come and find us. It will be a fun day!

The PTA’s funds are used to provide assistance with purchasing additional materials for the school.  We look forward to seeing you all next Saturday.

Kind regards,
The PTA.