In Sunday’s Gospel, (Matthew 21:33- 43), Jesus uses the story of a man who owns a vineyard to represent how people respond to God’s word. The owner takes good care of his vineyard, before, when he needs to go away, asking his tenants to look after it. When the time comes for the harvest, the man sends his servants to collect his share. But the tenants kill the servants and keep the grapes for themselves. Eventually the owner sends his son because he thinks the tenants will respect and listen to him. But they kill the owner’s son too. When Jesus asked the chief priests what the owner should do with the tenants, they suggest he should kill them as they are clearly wicked people.
Jesus told this story so that people could understand more about God and what Jesus had come to do on earth. The owner of the vineyard, God, sent the prophets, who were ignored. So then God sent his son to show us how to live. But people did not listen; they crucified Jesus. However, God did not respond by killing everyone; he offered us all salvation, if we listen and follow Jesus’ message.
Closing prayer: Loving God, you sent your son Jesus to show us how to live. Help us to listen to your word and care for the world that you have given us.
Update on the Edith Stein Catholic Schools Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)
Last week, we were informed that the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth had made a decision to pause its MAT plans. The Diocese had wanted all Catholic schools in the Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham and Gosport area to become part of the Edith Stein MAT. When the decision to form the MAT was made, the government was minded to force all schools to become academies; however, that is no longer the case and the DfE have other priorities. The Diocese recognise that schools are under considerable financial pressures currently and moving into a MAT will add to these.
The Bishop and Trustees will expect local Catholic schools to continue to work together but have, ‘decided to take a prudential pause in the academy conversion programme until the political outlook is more certain.’ A copy of the Diocese statement to schools can be found at:
These will be held at St Swithun’s Church commencing at 10am. We look forward to welcoming you at your child’s own class mass.
These will be held in the School Hall every Wednesday afternoon. Please join us for your own child’s class assembly, which begins at 3.10pm for which you may arrive at the School Office from 3pm.
Apollo Suite – Thank you FOSSS
Thanks to FOSSS‘ fundraising last year, we have £3000 to buy equipment and resources for our new Design Technology room, The Apollo Suite. Mrs Verhiest has been busy buying induction hobs, cooking equipment and resources so that whole classes can soon be cooking an array of delicious dishes. ‘We were so excited to use the Apollo studio this afternoon. It’s such a lovely place to work and we were really careful when we were using our hack saws! We can’t wait to come back and do more DT, some art and definitely cooking!’ Aidan, Oscar and Drew
Reception Tea Party
On Friday FOSSS organised a tea party for our youngest school members and their families. It was a great event for families to come together and forge new
friendships. The Early Years children had fun and a lot of cake was enjoyed by everyone! A big thank you to FOSSS, and everyone who generously made party food for us.
“It was amazing! There were a million cakes!” James
“I loved all of the party. I wish we could have a party every week!” Maximus
“I loved eating all the cakes!” Grace
New School Council
We would like to welcome the new School Council team to St Swithun’s. The members consist of five, Year 6 pupils;
- Hudson – Chairperson
- Evangeline – Vice Chairperson
- Conrad – Treasurer
- Isobel – Public Relations Officer
- Matteo – Secretary
It is a pleasure having these students in the role and they are honoured to have the job. They hope to consistently change the school for the benefit of the younger children.
The School Nursing team will be visiting our school on Wednesday 8th November to offer free annual nasal flu vaccinations for all children in years R, 1, 2, 3 and 4. An information leaflet and consent form will be sent home within the next few weeks.
CANCELLED – International Autumn Jamboree
The International Autumn Jamboree has been cancelled as the Heartbeatz Parents’ session, teaching us about resuscitation, is being held from 3.30- 4.30pm on Friday 13th October.
We are currently looking for staff to join our Sunlight and Twilight team. Both clubs are proving very
popular with our children and we are looking to recruit people who are enthusiastic and dedicated to help us provide high quality care. If you are interested in any of our three vacancies below, please speak to Mrs Verhiest or email correspondence@st- swithuns.portsmouth.sch.uk by Wednesday 11th October.
- Monday to Friday 30-8.45am
- Monday to Friday 00-8.45am
- Wednesday and Thursday 3.30- 6.00pm
We are currently working with our Fairtrade uniform provider to offer online ordering! Please watch this space for further information.
Volunteering at St Swithun’s
We had many people who were kind enough to volunteer in school last year and helped in all sorts of ways; e.g. listening to readers, helping in a classroom, helping with school trips and one-off curriculum events. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know by email, correspondence@st- swithuns.portsmouth.sch.uk or a note to your child’s class teacher or school office. A short induction will be given to all volunteers by Mrs. Verhiest or Mr. Olive.
Secondary School Open Days
St John’s College, Southsea is holding their Open Day on Saturday 7th October, from 9.30-12.30pm. Please contact them on 02392 815118 to book a place.
St Edmund’s is holding tours of the school on the following dates:
- Wednesday 11th October
- Thursday 12th October
Tours will start at 8.45am and will take approximately 45 minutes.
Please contact Mrs Slight on 02392 892585 or email@example.com.
Portsmouth High School is holding their annual Open Morning on Saturday 7th October, from 9am- 12.30pm. All are welcome to attend, or please contact the school to arrange an alternative day to visit.
Mayville is holding a Whole School Open Day from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 7th October. They are also holding a Senior School Experience event on Thursday 12th October from 5pm – 7pm. Please contact them on 02392 734847 to book a place.
Harry Potter – A History of Magic
In partnership with the British Library, Portsmouth Libraries will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Portsmouth Central Library will be hosting an exhibition from 23rd October 2017 to 28th February 2018 of twelve panels of information and images from the British Library’s exhibition in London. There will be a range of related activities in public libraries over half term for Harry Potter fans.
Harriet Muncaster event at Waterstones
Waterstones will be hosting a special story time event with Harriet Muncaster, author of the ‘Isadora Moon’ series. The event is on Saturday 21st October from 1-2pm. The books are aimed at 5-8 year olds and the event will be suitable for ages 3+.
Helping Hands, Portsmouth
Helping Hands is a charity which helps homeless people in Portsmouth. A company owned by one of our parents is supporting the charity this year and are asking for your support with donations. Food, clothing, and toiletries are amongst the items needed this winter. For more information, please contact Sarah Banks on 07891 984933.
Please note that the dates on the Portsmouth City Council website DO NOT include our Inset days. These can be found here in our newsletters, or on our website.
Friday 20th October 2017
Monday 19th February 2018
Monday 23rd July 2018
Tuesday 24th July 2018