October Newsletter


19th October 2023

Dear Parents and Carers of St George’s, 

Building Work

We are still operating the school during the first phase of the building work which has been delayed due to ongoing issues with the new canopy installation. Thank you to each and everyone of you for your support and words of encouragement on how the work is progressing and how much the school site is improving. The improvements and modernisation of the school have been a long time coming and the parents, families and staff of St George’s deserve so much better. The children of St George’s are a real inspiration to us all and just get on with things no matter what’s going on. They have demonstrated a remarkable amount of resilience and a real ‘can do’ attitude which is just brilliant. They are a credit to the school and their families.


Class Open Evenings

Thank you to everyone who could attend the Class Open Evenings. We hope you found them useful. If you weren’t able to attend, please visit the class section of our school website to view any resources and information shared.


Class Emails

We have set up class email accounts for each class teacher and a separate account for our SENCo, Mrs Powell. Please see below:








These accounts will enable you to contact your child’s teacher or Mrs Powell directly if you have any queries or any pertinent information to share. Please continue to ring the school office or catch staff on the yard if you prefer. Please note, if you have urgent information to share, the best option is to ring the school office and speak to Mrs Watson or a member of the school leadership team.


Parent/Carer Evenings 

Our Parent/Carer Evenings will begin at 3.30pm and will be as follows:

Monday 6 November

Parents/carers who have more than one child on roll at St George’s

Monday 13 November

Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2


Tuesday 14 November

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6



Parent/carers will be able to make an appointment on the relevant evening using our text messaging service.


Reading Cafés

Our Reading Cafés have proven to be hugely popular with our families so we will be running these again during the rest of the autumn term and again in the spring and summer. Please check the Dates for your Diary to see when your child’s Reading Café is on.


 Anti-bullying Week

In the week beginning the 13 November we will be holding our ‘Anti-bullying Week’ at St George’s. Our Safeguarding Champions will be hosting our whole school assembly on Monday of that week and all classes will then participate in a range of activities throughout the week aimed at helping children to recognise bullying when it is happening, the negative impact it can have on others and to help develop the necessary strategies and skills to deal with bullying. On Friday 17 November, we will be celebrating Odd Socks Day. Children are invited to come into school wearing odd and brightly coloured socks for a fun and lighthearted event that encourages people to embrace individuality and celebrate differences. Odd Socks Day is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about important social issues, including bullying and prejudice.


Non-Uniform Day

On Friday 24 November, we will be having a Non-uniform Day for the whole school. We are asking for any donations, for example chocolates, toiletries, new toys and/or games to be brought in by the children which will then be used as raffle and tombola prizes for the Christmas Fair which will be hosting on the morning of Friday 1 December.


Book Fair

We will be hosting a Book Fair from Wednesday 8 November to Tuesday 14 November. Parents are invited to attend with their children at drop off and collection time to look through the books and other items on sale. Purchases can be made at the Book Fair but please note, these will be cash purchases only. Please see the Dates for your Diary to see when the Book Fair is open to your child’s class.


Attendance and Punctuality

Please see below our latest attendance figures for St George’s. 



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6









Green Zone:  97% and above; Amber Zone: 91-96%; Red Zone: 90% and below


Well done to Nursery and Year 2 who have the best school attendance so far this year. Both classes will be able to enjoy some extra Golden Time before we break up for October half term.


Please continue to support your child with their attendance and prompt arrival at school before the main gates close.


Good attendance provides every child with the best chance of success at primary school and helps ensure they are ready for the challenges of high school. Every day at school counts and no child should be put at a disadvantage by missing school days where they can learn, spend time with their friends and teachers and get the very best out of their primary school days.


We know, through experiences during Covid, the hugely negative impact non attendance at school can have on children’s lives, not only in terms of their academic acheivements but also, and more importantly, the impact this can have on their abilty to socialise with others and their mental health and well-being.


We fully undertstand and support school absences when children are too poorly to attend and we know that this type of absence is completely unavoidable, but we please ask that you make appointments, whenever possible, outside of the school day and that you do not take holidays during term time.


If your child is too poorly to attend school, please follow our school procedures and ring school on the first day of absence no later than 9.30am and by 9.30am on each subsequent day of absence.


Polite Reminder re: the school day

Our school day begins at 8.55am prompt. We have a number of children who are consistently late and who are missing the first 10-15 minutes of their learning in school. Please ensure you arrive at school in time for your child to start their school day properly and alongside their classmates.


Dates for the Diary

We have a full list of all of our school events on the Dates for your Diary on our website. Please check the dates carefully so that you don’t miss out on anything.


If there is anything you would like to discuss or if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Thank you for your continued support of St George’s; it is really very much appreciated by us all.


Best wishes,

Mrs Bullerwell

St George's Catholic Primary School is part of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust

A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number No 7841435.

Registered Office: Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9YH