Head’s Newsletter – 4th November 2016

The second half term of the year has begun and autumn has truly arrived. We began the week basking in the sunshine and end it with leaves falling from the trees and the temperature in single figures. Please make sure that as the cold weather draws in your child wears a warm coat to school and that it has their name in it. This week Fr Tom celebrated a beautiful liturgy with the school community as we remembered the many saints whose lives continue to be a source of inspiration to all of us. We also remember the dead during the month of November. If there is someone you know who has died, and you would like for them to be remembered at assemblies on Monday mornings, please enter their names in our book of remembrance in the school canteen area. Children are beginning to learn the lines to the carols they will be singing at this year’s Christmas service. Please help them with this over the coming months, it promises to be a very special evening. You will all receive a letter today about the latest charity the school has teamed up with. We hope to raise much needed funds for the orphans of the Welcome Home Ministries – Karibyu Nyambani Tanzania. Further details are listed below and our first event in support of this will take place next Sunday.


Lost Property – Every term mountains of lost property accumulates in the corridor that leads from the Year 5 and 6 classrooms to the playground. Many items are not labelled which makes it very difficult for staff to return: jumpers, cardigans, skirts, trousers, tights, shirts, t shirts, coats, socks, shoes, trainers, goalkeeper gloves, PE kits and water bottles to children. Whilst we understand that from time to time, children may forget to collect the odd piece of clothing after lunch or when they get dressed once they have finished a club, the mound of lost property grows daily. It is a perennial problem in every school and often property is never reclaimed. Please ensure that all items of your child’s clothing is labelled and that they gather all of their belongings once they have completed every club whether it is before or after school. Thank you


This week’s word is – HEAVEN – We are told in the gospels that heaven is likened to a kingdom, a garden and a place of great happiness and beauty. Children often have an insightful understanding of what this difficult concept means to them, but our path to heaven is full of difficulties. We are reminded in this Sunday’s gospel that the children of the resurrection will have a place in heaven where everyone is treated and loved equally. Please spend some time speaking to your child about this very important aspect of our faith.


eSafety Workshop for Parents – Richard Maskrey the County eSafety Adviser will be coming to school on WEDNESDAY 7TH DECEMBER @ 7.30pm to hold a workshop for parents about this very important area of safeguarding.

When used in the appropriate ways electronic devices can help children to understand the world in a creative way, but all too often they are used for the wrong purposes. Richard will talk to parents about the positive and negative aspects of keeping children safe on line and using social media. We look forward to welcoming you to the meeting.



Meet the Governors – A small group of parents met with the governors this morning over tea and coffee. They were impressed with the range of  knowledge that was shared with them about the school especially the key areas for improvements. It was very pleasing to see two very important stakeholders from our  community coming together to support the work of the school. The next Governors’ newsletter will be published later this term and will discuss much of what was shared this morning.



Sporting News – I had the privilege of being a spectator at this week’s Cross Country race and the Boys’ football match against Bowmansgreen. It was very encouraging to see many of our older children representing the school in this way.

We entered a boys and a girls team for the latest cross country race of the season which took place at Wheatfields Junior School on Wednesday evening. The children gave a fantastic account of themselves, and in both races we had children place in the top 20 finishers – a great achievement. Congratulations to everyone who took part.

The boys football team played against a strong Bowmansgreen team on Thursday afternoon and were very unfortunate to lose 4 –  0. For much of the game both teams were evenly matched but two quick goals before half time made it difficult for the boys to get back in to the game. They battled hard in the second half and were desperately unlucky not to nick a goal or two to draw level. Two goals towards the end of the second half ensured Bowmansgreen were the winners. It was a very entertaining game – well done boys for giving a good account of yourselves.


SPONSORED 27 MILE FITNESS CHALLENGE  4th NOVEMBER – 2nd DECEMBER 2016 – IN SUPPORT OF KARIBYU – NYAMBANI CHARITY- You will have received a letter in your child’s book bag about the latest charity project the school is involved in. We want to be able to raise much needed funds for this excellent charity who care for the orphans that are brought to them in such tragic circumstances. If every child and their family complete a 27 mile fitness challenge through November we can make the virtual journey from St Albans to Dar Es Salaam approximately 6500 miles. Our first opportunity of coming together to help support you in this feat is to meet at Nicholas Breakspear School after mass on Sunday 13th November from 10:45am where we have complete access to the gym facilities.Please make every effort to attend. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!



Remembrance Assembly – We will hold  special assembly on Friday 11th November at 10:45am to remember those died during the two world wars and for those who have given their lives in many conflicts around the world. All are welcome.



Get Your Grown Ups Gardening – The next session of this excellent initiative takes place on Saturday 12th November from 12.00pm through to 2.00pm. We will focus on tidying up the grounds and putting up the willow walk. We have a hardy perennial group of parents who make up the core of  team but it would be very encouraging to see more new faces. All families and children are welcome. Tea, coffee and cakes provided.



Future Dates – Monday 7th November – Assembly presentation by the Dogs Trust

Tuesday 8th November – Girls Football Team v Wheatfields

Wednesday 9th November Boys Football Team v Garden Fields

Thursday 10th Novmber Boys Football Team v St Bernadette’s

Friday 11th November – Walk to school along the Alban Way 8:20am outside of Morrisons

Saturday 12th November – Get Your Grown Ups Gardening – 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Sunday 13th November – 27 Mile Fitness Challenge – Nicholas Breakspear School 10:45am

Friday 18th November – SCHOOL DISCO – 6:30pm – 8:30pm



Attendance – Congratulations to Class  6 who had the best attendance this week with 100%

2nd Place – Class 4 – 97.9%

3rd Place – Class 2 – 97.2%


BIG QUESTION – “Is it ever possible to learn nothing?”


Silver and Gold

Let there be silver rain.

Let there be golden grain.