PFA & Parents
There is an active Parents and Friends Association (PFA) of which all parents are automatically members.
The aims of the PFA are:
- to foster the relationship between the staff, parents and others associated with the School;
- to engage in activities which support the School and advance the education of the pupils; and
- to enable members and their families to meet socially.
Over the past few years the PFA has funded the purchase of computers, computer software, science equipment, musical instruments, and many other items.
To be updated...........
|Chair of PFA|
|Vice Chair of PFA|
|Mrs P. Wilson||Headmistress / President|
|Mr Lewis||Teacher Rep|
Events [back to top]
Many pupils, past and present, took part in the Brentwood Fun Run in order to raise funds for GTCA. Pictured below are the runners!
Easter festivities started at he Ursuline with the arrival of the Easter Bunny. Children were delighted by the treasure hunt, organised by the PFA, which let them to the Easter Eggs hidden in the school grounds. The great egg hunt was followed by an Easter Bonnet Parade by the infant children. All the hats were hand made and the children were awarded prizes for the best hats.
Pre-prep children proved just how much their mothers mean to them at a special Mother's Day Assembly. Mums and grandmothers were invited to the school, where the children sang and recited specially appropriate songs and poems dedicated to their mother's. At the end of the assembly, the children presented mums with a hand made card and a flowering plant. All the mums agreed that it was a really special time for them.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their shopping experiences at the bazaar; the stalls were stocked with some wonderful gifts which were expertly wrapped by the PFA Tea. The whole day was an absolute delight and the school would like to thank the PFA once again for all their help; the stall holders made the Hall lool magical and the wrappers worked very hard to wrap what must total hundreds of presents. The result of the team effort was very satisfied shoppers and £2,367 raised for the GTCA - a charity very dear to the Ursuline Prep community.
The Class of Upper Two 2011/12 came back to visit the school on 25th October. We were delighted to see them all and hear about their experiences at their new schools. It was a very positive, informative afternoon and the most pleasing news of all was that everyone of them was happy at their new school.
The Ursuline Preparatory School recently opened its doors to the ultimate Eastender, June Brown, otherwise known as Dot Cotton.
Taking a break from her role as launderette manageress and Albert Square do gooder, June visited the school for filming for a BBC1 documentary. The documentary formed part of the BBC season, 'When I'm 55', which examined the situation of the elderly in Britain today. June and the production crew visited the Ursuline on 'meet the grandparents day', a scheme which the school has been running in order to encourage its pupils to connect with their older family members. Headmistress Pauline Wilson remarked, "It's only through sitting down and talking with their grandparents that the children can really begin to see them as people with past lives of their own and not just as grandad or nana. This connection is vital for young people today to truly appreciate the older generation, understand about their family history and just take time out to listen and learn from those who might have something important to say."
In an entertaining twist, June was filmed as she observed the children doing some filming of their own. The pupils were encouraged by June to create a short clip during which they interviewed their grandparents. The actress prompted the children with questions and seemed delighted when the children uncovered stories that they never knew. One pupil even discovered their grandfather had found an unexploded bomb when he was the same age!
In a day where the generations came together, stories were told, fun was had by all and the school's pupils became part of a vital message - that listening and respecting the older generation is vital to creating a successful new one.
Former pupil, Olivia Stannard, is part of the Olympic Torch Relay Team. She kindly offered to come into school during assembly and show the children the torch and discuss her role within the ceremony. Each class was photographed with the torch and these are available to download below.
Our Diamond Jubilee Celebration was a tremendous success. We had a fabulous turnout, a breath-taking display of Jubilee cakes and fantastic participation for the fancy dress/hat competitions. It was a party extravaganza that we hope the children and parents alike enjoyed and will remember in the future. Many thanks to the all parents and staff who contributed their time and efforts to make this day such a wonderful occasion. Please see below a selection of photographs taken on the day.
Please see below a small section of photographs below from this event. Many thanks to all the parents who helped organise these 'friendly', sporting matches which were played in good spirit and enjoyed by parents and pupils alike.
On the first day of the summer term the pupils were fortunate to have a demonstation all about owls. The children were taught about their habitats, what they like to eat and how they hunt for prey. It was a very informative and interesting display.
Easter was celebrated in many ways at the schools. The PFA organised a great Easter Egg Hunt which was enjoyed by all. The children loved meeting the 'Easter Characters'. There was also a fantastic display of creative Easter Hats in the Easter Hat Parade. Below are just a few of the photographs taken during these events.
Intermediate and Transition celebrated Mother's Day with a special assembly to which all their mothers were invited. During this assembly the infants recited poems, sang and thanked their mothers for caring for them. At the end, each mother was presented with a flowering plant and a hand-made card. All the mothers thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and were pleased by the appreciatiion shown to them.
As part of their History topic, Ancient Greece, the teachers, parents and children of Upper One had a taste of what life was like during this era. The children all changed their names for the day and dressed in costumes of the period. It was both an enjoyable and educational day.
Below is just a small selection of the many photographs taken of the events that took place as part of the UPS Christmas celebrations!
At the Ursuline Prep it was, 'Mum's the Word,' as mothers of the children in the Infant Department were treated to a special Mother's Day Assembley. The children sung, recited poems and read stories that they had written about their mothers. At the end of the assembley all the mums were presented with a flowering plant and hand crafted gifts made by the children. All the mums enjoyed this special occasion where the children showed their appreciation for everything their mothers did for them.
The school was delighted to take delivery of a new 16 seat minibus, kindly donated by Mr Knight, for use by the school to transport children to and from sporting events and other off premises activities. Headteacher, Mrs Wilson, said she was overwhelmed by his generosity and that the new minibus would be a great asset to all pupils and staff.
Don Baker, former Trustee of the Ursuline Preparatory School attended a school assembly where the pupils and staff of the school thanked him for his total dedication and commitment to the school for the past 18 years. Don Baker formed the board of Trustees together with Ian Dury, John Stevens and Pauline Wilson in an attempt to save the school, after The Ursuline Order declared its intention to close the school in 1987.
During that time the school has grown from 58 children, moved to a new building and blossomed to the current situation where the school is totally full and has a long waiting list.
Don Baker played a major role in this success and has given of his time and expertise without hesitation. The past and present pupils and staff are very grateful and we know we will all miss him very much.
To celebrate the season the school organised many events such as the Junior Talent Show and Christmas Party, the 'Christingle' at Brentwood Cathedral and a 'Special Visitor'! The children thoroughly enjoyed all of the celebrations.
Fireworks Evening 2010
On Saturday 13th November the PFA held a fantastic Firework Event. Not only was there a magnificent display but also children, parents, staff and friends enjoyed Carousel Rides, Gluwein and many other activities.
Fun Day 2010
This annual event took place on Saturday 10th July. It is organised and funded by the PFA and is open to all families at UPS. Many families took the opportunity to enjoy a picnic in the School grounds and the children enjoyed the many activities available. Please find below a selection of photographs taken by the PFA.
Easter Egg Hunt 2010
On the last day of the Easter Term the PFA kindly organised an Easter Egg Hunt for all of the children in the school. The Easter Bunnies and Chicks were there to assist the children, helping them to follow the clues to find some delicious Easter Eggs. Great fun was had by helpers and children. Many thanks to the PFA for all their efforts.
Easter Hat Parade
The children all looked fantastic! It was very difficult to select the winners of each class. Many thanks to all parents and children for their tremendous efforts.
Mothers Day Assembly for Pre-Prep and Infants
This annual event is always welcomed by pupils and parents and this year was no exception. The children presented their mothers with cards and flowers and performed and sang beautifully.
The Role of Parents [back to top]
The continuing success of the School is due in no small part to the support given by parents to the School’s aims and traditions.
Parents are encouraged to participate in School life on many occasions including some assemblies and celebratory Masses both in school and at the Cathedral. This participation engenders a closer relationship between parents and teachers.
Although there are parents/teacher interviews when parents can monitor their child’s progress with the class teacher and/or Headteacher, we are happy to discuss a child’s progress at any time by appointment.