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Shirley Avenue




BD19 4NA


Dear Parents/carers

Happy New Year. I hope you had a good holiday.

Themed Lunch

On Thursday 18th January we will be having the Big Breakfast themed lunch. I have attached the menu. This is always a very popular lunch. If your child would like to take part, they just need to choose the lunch on the day.

Reading Friends

Reading is an essential part of a child’s education and is something we really care about at Gomersal St Mary’s. If you can spare an hour a week to support our pupils with reading, then you may like to sign up to become a reading friend. A new course is starting next Thursday and will run for 4 weeks. More information is attached to this email.


Mrs Wilson’s class (Reception and Year 1) will be leading our Candlemas service on Friday 2nd February at St Mary’s Church. The service will start at 10am. All families and friends of pupils in this class are welcome to join us. We look forward to welcoming you.


Please can you keep an eye out on Parent Pay for any trips your child is going to be involved in. It is essential that we receive contributions so that the trip can go ahead. Please make every endeavour to pay any contributions on time. Failure to do so will mean trips are cancelled and children miss out on wonderful opportunities.

Year 3 children trip Mrs Sunderland

The year 3 children are attending a workshop at the Town Hall on the morning Thursday 22 February 2024 and will be performing in the evening. Cost is £7.00 and the payment is on Parentpay and the payment is now overdue. Please see original letter for more information.

Year 6 children Young Voices

The year 6 children are performing at the Young Voices concert at Sheffield Arena on Monday 19th February 2024. The cost of the trip is £29. Payment is on Parentpay and is now overdue.  See original letter for more information.

Year 4 children Bolton Abbey

The year 4 children are going to Bolton Abbey on Tuesday 5 March 2024. Cost of the trip is £21.00. Three instalments have been set up: £7.00 by 31/10/23, the next £7.00 by 30/11/23 and final instalment by 31/01/24. Again see original letter for more information. 

Supporting families with children with additional needs

This is not something run by school, but it may be of interest. I have attached a poster to this email with further details.

Would you like to meet other parents for support and friendship? Then come along to some of our informal events for a coffee and a chat – bring a friend. For more information contact PCAN on 07754102336 Email us at

Outdoor kit donation:

If you have any size 12 wellies or waterproofs that could be donated to school we would really appreciate it. These would support our children who are gardening in the poorer weather.


Please look at your Parent Pay account and clear any outstanding payments. If there are any debts you run the risk of not being able to access school lunches, breakfast club and tea time club.


We are heading into the time of year when there can be lots of bugs around. This list helps families know which illnesses and conditions require pupils to stay at home and when they can come to school. However if you have any questions please contact school.

Coffee Morning:

All welcome to our informal Coffee /Tea mornings (drink and natter). These are held every Tuesday after dropping your children off at school. Under school age children welcome too as there are lots of toys for them to play with. 

Please join us in the Children’s Centre with Mrs Boyle suppling the drinks and biscuits.  

New phone number?

If you have a new phone number, or if there is a change in contact details, please contact school to update us.

Training Days 23/24 reminder:

Here are the training days for the next school year:

Thursday 2nd May 2024  
Monday 22nd July 2024  

Yours sincerely

Miss J. Barker