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Weekly Update for 23rd February 2024

Weekly Update for 23rd February 2024

Heavenly Father

As I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you. Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace as I strive to become the best version of myself, honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins. As I renew my resolve each day to become a better person, let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you. Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgment. Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom, or guidance, I can always turn to you. Help me develop discipline and generosity through fasting and almsgiving, and come closer to you through prayer this Lent. In Jesus' name I pray,



Almsgiving in Lent - Lenten Penny Trail

This Lent, St Mary’s is gathering donations for the Catholic Children’s Society. Every penny raised will support their work with local and disadvantaged children and families in our area.

Each class will gather their donations in their penny jars, which will be in their classes over the next few weeks.

On Wednesday 20th March we will lay the donations out as a penny trail. The class with the longest trail will win a mufti day on Wednesday 27th March.  Every penny counts!

For more information about the Catholic Children’s Society please visit



School Uniform Trial March 2024 - March 2025

You may have seen the media coverage of recent research that shows that in some cases school uniform is restricting physical activity for children.  This is having a greater impact on girls.  Being physically activity across the day (ideally for at least 1 hour each day) is a vital part of being healthy.  We don't want our uniform to restrict physical movement in any way.  

In addition it's important that our uniform isn't prohibitively expensive. Schools, by law, are not allowed to operate a monopoly with their uniforms.  We are hoping that these proposed changes will also bring our uniform costs down and that you will be able to buy the uniform from a variety of places.

We want to gather the views of all of the children and yours too.  In order to do this we are running a trial of the proposed changes over the coming months (March 2024-March 2025) as we need the trial to cover summer and winter uniform.  The trial does not include EYFS children as they have a different uniform.  There are no changes to the PE uniform.

These are the changes which we want to gather your views on:

  • White 'school shirts' become optional; the main shirt will be a white polo shirt (with or without logo) across all terms 
  • Ties become optional - these are not worn with polo shirts
  • Summer dresses become optional (winter dresses and pinafores already are optional with more and more girls wearing trousers).  In the summer girls can wear a white polo shirt with shorts, trousers or skorts (these are new) or a summer dress (as now with many wearing shorts underneath so that they can still be active). 

You can look at the  'Uniform page' of our website under the 'Parent tab' for a full list of uniform.  Children can start taking part in the trial as soon as they would like to - it 'officially' starts on Monday 4th March. 

There are no other changes for instance on mobile phones or earrings.  You will have also seen recent coverage regarding mobile phones in school.  We confirm that these are banned from school and that we are not proposing to change this.  Earrings are also not allowed.  

Look out for a future survey were you will be able to give us your responses to these ideas.


Christmas card competition winners

This Monday, we welcomed Ruth Cadbury MP to our whole school assembly. The purpose of Ruth’s visit was to reward the three winning entries from St Mary’s, to her annual Christmas card competition. Ruth explained her job as an MP to the school and how the speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, had seen the winning design.

She also bought a Persian silk tree, which was planted by the three winners, to offset the paper used in the competition.

It was wonderful that there were so many entries from across the school and three winners from St Mary’s!



Workshop Invitation Reminder (for parents/carers of children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)

Guidance for parents to help support your child’s emotional well-being

Katie Harrison is our regular visiting Speech and Language therapist

Katie plans to cover strategies and advice for parents to support play,

(for about one hour plus time for questions) interaction, communication and understanding emotions.

Register your interest by contacting the school office 020 8560 7166 or
office@smi.hounslow.sch.uk.  Please still come even if you haven’t
managed to sign up! Mrs Winchester and Mrs Lawlor wil be available to
speak to you at the end of the workshop.


Attendance and lates for last week

 Well done to children in Knock, Cardigan, Czestochowa and Doncaster! 

attendance 9th feb 2024.pdf


Consultation on relationship and health education

A reminder to take part in our consultation.  For more information click here.  You can take part until 12 noon on Wednesday 27th March 2024 when the consultation closes.