Deputy Head’s Newsletter – 7th October 2016

I would like to take this opportunity, whilst writing the newsletter in Mr Soyka’s absence, to sincerely thank all the staff, parents, governors, parish and most importantly the children of Ss Alban and Stephen Catholic Junior School for your very warm welcome here. I have been made to feel completely at home in my new role as Deputy Head and have been given endless advice and help when needed, for which I am truly grateful.  I feel extremely blessed to be part of such a caring thriving Catholic community and for that , I thank you.

Over the last week, school has been rather quiet without Class 7 and 8 here , though it looks as though they have had a wonderful time in Stackpole and I’m very much looking forward to hearing all about it on their return. As one child said, “They were learning whilst having fun! ” . The other classes in school  have been working extremely hard as always but particularly on the new R.E scheme we have introduced called ‘Come and See’ . I’d like to make you familiar with the scheme and the topics your children will be studying.

The scheme was published in July 2012 and directly follows the guidelines from the Religious Education Curriculum Directory (RECD) which is statutory for all Catholic Schools to follow.Every topic is a 4 week block which covers the areas of the RECD (Revelation, The Church ,Celebration and Life in Christ ) . Each unit follows the same format. Children will have a chance to firstly ‘Explore’  the theme , linking it to their own life experiences  . They will then  ‘Relate’ it to the scriptures and the teachings of Christ and the Church and finally they will ‘ Respond ‘ through an act of worship. Within each topic , the children will answer some ‘Big Questions’ which will  encourage thinking on a deeper spiritual level. At home, please talk to your children about their learning and discuss any questions linked to their topic, or anything for that matter, that they could ask the class and these will be discussed and recorded in the class ‘Big Questions’ book. I have attached information about the topics for Autumn Term and any special feast dates and holy days of obligation that fall in this term.

With regards to Catholic life in the school, the Chaplaincy team has worked extremely hard in their first few weeks and will present an assembly on Friday 14th October at 9.10 am . In this assembly , they will give an overview of what they hope to achieve this year, the charities they wish to support and they will also lead us in praying the Rosary since it is  the month of October.  If you are unable to attend the assembly, please take time to look through the Powerpoint that will be uploaded to the website after the assembly as it contains many exciting projects and information. During the month of October , Mr Soyka and myself will lead the Rosary in the prayer garden each Thursday and Friday at 8.45 am for any parents who wish to join us. This will commence on Thursday 13th October. We welcome you all for some quiet, reflective prayer.

Today, I have spoken to the children about a special ‘Prayer Intentions’  book I have introduced,  I would encourage you and your children to fill in the book on the Chaplaincy Team display so that we may keep any of your loved ones in our prayers during our acts of worship in school.

The word of the week is THANKSGIVING – In Sunday’s Gospel we will hear the story of the 10 lepers and how only 1 returned to say thank you to Jesus. Let this remind us of the importance of being thankful for everything God has given us .

A ‘Big Question’ to think about : Why am I precious?

PTA News

First PTA meeting of the year – Monday 10th October. 8pm at the Junior school. All welcome.


Christmas Cards – everyone should have received a Christmas card pack in the book bags in the last week. The Christmas cards are to be produced at home. Guidelines are given as to what works best but drawings, photos, collages, coloured paper all work well. This year you order ONLINE at HOME by Tuesday October 11th and then return to the art work to your child’s teacher by Thursday October 13th. The cards are great quality and good value.


Lottery – support the PTA and give yourself the chance to win monthly prizes. See Parentmail dated September 26th for details. The closing date is October 14th.


Thank you to everyone who has applied for pantomime tickets. The tickets will be distributed via book bags sometime in November. We will let you know when to expect them.


Monday 10th October Year 3,4 and 5 Parent Consultations 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 13th October Year 6 Parent Consultations 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 20th October Year 3 – 6 Parent Consultations 4.00pm – 6.45pm


Besides Class 7 and 8 who had full attendance this week, the results are as follows:

1st Place: Class 2 99.9%

2nd Place : Class 1 98.9%

3rd Place : 98.3 %

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS 2 – An amazing result !



For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food,

For love and friends,

For everything thy goodness sends.

Amen .