Pield Heath House School Autumn Newsletter - December 2014
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Autumn Newsletter

December 2014

Dear Friends of Pield Heath
I hope that this newsletter will give you a summary of some of the highlights of our term. Thank you to all the Students, Staff, Governors and Friends who have contributed in any way to our life here at Pield Heath.  
During this term, we are delighted to have welcomed new students, who have settled in well. Unfortunately, we have to say farewell to Sheenac McKenzie our RE Coordinator, who is leaving us at the end of term. We wish her well for the future and thank her for all that she has contributed.
As the year draws to a close, we look back and rejoice in all the good things we have enjoyed, we also look forward in hope as expressed in this short verse.
The New Year is a challenge, Lord,
A chance to start anew,
But we need courage, strength and hope
And love which comes from you.
Please walk beside us through the year,
And all our fears dispel,
Then, in our hearts, we’ll hear your voice:
“Go forward, all is well”
                                           Iris Hesselden
Thank you again for your support.
Wishing you and your family peace and joy at Christmas and every blessing in the New Year.
Eryl D’Souza


The Diocese of Westminster conducted an Inspection on Friday 12th December and has rated Pield Heath House as 'Outstanding'.

Inspectors are appointed by the Archbishop and the inspection reviews and evaluates how effective school is in providing a Catholic education.

We are delighted to receive this endorsement which demonstrates the hard work and dedication of our staff and students.

A full copy of the report can be viewed here.

Class News - please click the name link under each image for more information









Christmas Performances
This year, each key stage contributed a short performance to tell the story of The Canticle of Creation by St Francis of Assisi. The performance was in Four Acts – Creation, Light, Earth, Peace & Goodwill. It led to the crib which is attributed to St Francis and into a celebration of The Nativity.
Grateful thanks to our Expressive Arts Team: Barry Richardson- Drama, Sadie Hallchurch- Music, Natasha Sackey - Dance, and to all the staff and students for their dedication in preparing the celebration. More pics here.


Christmas Shopping

Several of our classes have been Christmas shopping in Uxbridge accompanied by staff. 

Students had a marvellous time, lots of presents were chosen and purchased, and lunch was enjoyed in McDonald's. More pictures here.

Merry Christmas everyone!


Developing Music Skills

Students have been learning new skills in music and developing their self expression, confidence and a sense of achievement.

The pictures show: Guitar skills, Solo singing, Composing, Microphone technique, Keyboard, Glockenspiel and Xylophone skills.

More pictures here.

Afternoon Cabaret

On Wednesday 5th November the whole school was entertained by a cabaret performance by a number of our VBC C students. It was greatly enjoyed by everyone. 

Thank you guys, you're all stars!

More information and pictures here.

Work Experience at Waitrose

Two of our Sixth Form students are currently experiencing the world of work at Waitrose, Ruislip.

They are making great progress and learning all about how the store operates whilst helping staff and customers.

Our thanks to Waitrose for giving them this opportunity. More pictures are available here.


Football vs Meadow School

Congratulations to the football team who took on Meadow School in a friendly game winning 12 – 1.

Big thanks to the VBC Sports Leaders Mark and Daniel who helped organise the team.

Team – Mason, Daniel, Adam, Ayuub, Mark, Owen, Shazil, Jan, Walid, Levi, Joseph, Lewis.


Community Skills - Birthday Trip to London

On Tuesday 18th November to celebrate the 19th Birthday of Arash. He and two friends, accompanied by staff, went on a day trip to London's West End.

They had a very enjoyable day. They met some Chinese people who were in traditional costume and they also got to see Paddington Bear.

More information and pictures here.

Mass of Rememberance

On Wednesday 12th November we held a Mass of Rememberance to celebrate the lives of all those in our community who have passed away. 

The Mass was attended by students, parents and friends and celebrated by Father Kennedy.



Christmas Fayre - Thursday 4th December
The Deputy Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor George Cooper, and Deputy Mayoress, Judith Cooper, officially opened our Christmas Fayre where they met our students, families and friends.
The Christmas Bazaar included a large selection of stalls and there was a prize draw for our Grand Christmas Raffle Thank you to all those who so kindly donated prizes, the winners are here.
Grateful thanks also to all the volunteers who helped on the day. Thanks to your generosity the total amount raised was £1273.00
We are very grateful for your time, support and cooperation it is greatly appreciated.

More pictures are available here.

Christmas Jumper Day

On Friday 12th December our Sports Leadership Team organised a Christmas Jumper Day. All students and staff were invited to wear their best Christmas jumper - those who did were asked to donate £1 and those who did not £2.
The day raised almost £105.00 towards the purchase of a new bike to use on the cycle track and the prize for the best Christmas jumper was awarded to Louis Ebele.
More pictures here

Empties Please

We have now partnered with a company called 'Empties Please' that gives us money for recycling used ink cartridges.
If you, your friends, family or workplace have any used ink cartridges please send them to school in a plastic carrier bag marked 'used ink cartridges' and we will put them in our recycle bin and arrange for their collection. The more we recycle, the more money we raise so every one counts!


Following the visit from Patricia Morris of CAFOD who spoke to us earlier in the term about Harvest Fast Day we have continued to raise awareness of the work CAFOD does around the world.
To show our support, this term we have taken part in their World Gifts Campaign and have donated Chirpy Chickens and a Vegetable Garden. 

Important Dates for your diary:

Next (Spring) Term Dates
Term starts     Tuesday 6th January

Half Term        School ends Friday 13th February at 2.30pm
                        School starts Monday 23rd February

Term ends      Tuesday 31st March at 2.30 pm

Calendar of term dates for the year can be downloaded from the Parent/Carer section on the website here.

Parents Forum  Wednesday 28th January 10.30am - 12.00pm 

Dinner Money - Spring Term 2014

1st Half Term (6th January - 13th February) 29 Days  £58.00
2nd Half Term (23rd February - 31st March) 27 Days £54.00

Total for Autumn Term £112.00

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