Head’s Newsletter 6th May 2016

This Sunday celebrates the feast of the Ascension. Christ sends the apostles out with His blessing, as witnesses of His message of love and forgiveness. This message will be observed when Class 1 receive Christ for the first time on Saturday at their First Holy Communion mass. First Holy Communion is a very special day in the life of every Catholic; a sign in the growth and knowledge of God and His love. To celebrate it on Ascension weekend makes the day even more memorable. It has been another glorious week of weather and the sun continues to shine. The children have taken advantage of the weather and have enjoyed the continued use of the field. Please remember to send your child to school with a water bottle to keep them hydrated through the day.

Crowning of Mary Assembly

We celebrated the Crowning of Mary at Tuesday morning’s assembly. The statue of Our Lady was adorned with an array of beautiful flowers and each crown was carefully placed around the flowers. The children sang beautifully and showed great reverence and devotion at this very special assembly. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the assembly a beautiful occasion.

Mr Soyka will lead the second Joyful Mystery next Friday from 8.45am. Please bring your child along to the Peace Garden before dropping them in to the building so that we can join together and pray as a community.


Welcome Miss  Benjamin – Daley

We are pleased to announce that Miss Benjamin – Daley has been appointed as the school’s new Music teacher. Miss Benjamin – Daley is an experienced teacher who has taught in Hertfordshire and London. We look forward to welcoming her here at Ss Alban and Stephen.

Standardised Attainment Tests (SATs)

Our Year 6 children sit their SATs papers next week. They have worked hard all year and have been fully prepared to sit the tests; we wish them the very best of luck. Keep working hard!

Welcome Home Ministries – Tanzania

Tim Stevens the Treasurer of this excellent charity will be visiting school next week to meet with parents and children to discuss the work of the Karibu Nyumbani and the support we can give them as a school. He will speak at assembly at 9:05am to parents. Please make every effort to attend and to listen to the plight of the children that the charity supports.

It is our hope that we can support the charity by Running, Cycling, Rowing or Swimming from St Albans to Dar Es Salam through a series of sponsored events – a total of 4673 miles or 7520 kilometres

Further details to follow.

Please click on the link below for further information about the charity.


Year 4 Maths Parent Workshop

It was fantastic to see lots of parents at Friday morning’s workshop. Judging by the amount of noise and discussion that took place the children and parents were fully engaged in the learning. Workshops are an important way of communicating with parents about the different methods the children are taught to tackle activities, how to apply their learning across a range of different subject areas and the levels of expectation they need to achieve. Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop.

PTA Upcoming Events
Junior Disco – Friday May 20th. Last one of the school year! Theme to be agreed by the School Council.
Fun Run – Sunday June 12th. Details of how to apply will be sent out shortly. Let’s try to win back the trophy!
Family Fun Day – Saturday July 2nd from 3-6pm at the Juniors.
Happy’s Circus – Thursday July 14th from 6pm at Samuel Ryder school. A limited number of tickets will be available for our school. Parentmail with details coming out soon.
We are still looking for a Raffle Co-ordinator / team. Please email ssaspta@gmail.com if you can help.
Football Result 
Last Friday the boys football team played their latest match against Prae Wood School. After a hard fought game that ended in a draw they eventually lost on penalties. Losing on penalties is always difficult to accept but resilience is the key. Well done boys on playing so well and being true ambassadors for our school.
The Big Pedal  
The school came a very respectable 323 out of 1044 schools that took part in the Big Pedal initiative. Thank you to everyone who scooted or cycled to school over the two weeks. It was very pleasing to see so many bicycles and scooters being used as a mode of transport. As an Eco-School we encourage all children to walk, ride or scoot to school, it would be wonderful if children continued to cycle and scoot  to school on a daily basis.
House Points
Congratulations to John who were this week’s winners! Keep up the hard work children.
1st Place: John 174 points
2nd Place: Matthew 131 points
3rd Place: Luke 51 points
4th Place: Mark 46 points
The Big Question
If a friend got in to trouble would you take the blame?

Congratulations to Class 8 who had the best attendance this week with 99.1%

2nd Place: Class 1 – 98.8%

3rd Place: Class 6 – 97.5%

A Prayer for Ascension Day

Christ has no body on earth but yours,

no hands but yours, no feet but yours…..

Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good,

and yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now.