Head’s Newsletter June 24th 2016

During the summer term we begin to prepare for the new academic year and evaluate the current one. It is part of the process that all school’s across the country do as part of the learning cycle. Mrs Porter our new deputy headteacher came to school this week to work with me on developing our plans for the new year ahead and I know that she is looking forward to joining the community of Ss Alban & Stephen. The children’s achievements continue to be rewarded as witnessed at this week’s district sport event. We managed to place in a number of events and look forward to next week’s track events. Next Thursday is our annual Open Evening, please note the change of time, the school will be open from 3.30pm through 7.00pm.


This week’s word is CHOICES: We make a number of choices every day but how many of them are informed? The famous American General Norman Schwarzkopf, said that leadership boils down to two things: Rule 13 and Rule 14. By following these two rules (I’ll let you discover what he said) most of the choices we make will help us to become better leaders.


District Sports:The school tasted success at this week’s district sports event held at Westminster Lodge. Sean in Year 6 came second in the high jump and Orla in Year 6 came 7th, Harrison in Year 6 won the long jump and Charlie in year 6 came third. Laura in Year 5 came 6th in the throwing event and Henry in Year 6 came 5th. We look forward to the final event next week and to give you the overall results. Both relay teams made the finals with the Boys coming first in their heat and the Girls coming second. Congratulations to everyone who took part and represented the school with pride.


International Afternoon: Thank you to everyone who helped this event a great success. Whilst the weather struggled to hold it dampen people’s spirits. Many parents made a dish to share and everything was eaten. Events like these help to bring the school community together and offer a chance for families and friends to spend time relaxing. Please find pictures of the event on the school twitter feed.


House Points: Congratulations to the children from Mark who were this week’s winners with 158 points.

2nd Place: John 120 points

3rd place: Luke 99 Points

4th Place: Matthew 86 points


Stay On Green Questionnaires: Thank you to those of you who have returned your questionnaires. If you haven’t sent it in to school, the deadline has been extended to MONDAY 27th JUNE. The school’s behaviour policy is a fundamental policy that underpins the ethos of the school; your support in returning the questionnaire is important in helping to shape the way children are rewarded and supported.


The Lion King: A gentle reminder to Year 6 parents, please remember to buy your tickets for this year’s end of term performance from the school office.


Get Your Grown Ups Gardening: Last Saturday under gloomy skies a hardy set of Year 4 parents who were armed with power tools, tins of paint and boundless energy set about improving the school grounds. After fours hours of hard labour, the rewards were there for all to see. The seating area in the playground was sanded down and painted sage green, the peace garden was rejuvenated and the “pizza” garden vegetables seeds were sown. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day, your efforts have really helped to lift the feel of the grounds. Our next GYGUP gardening takes place on SATURDAY 9th JULY.


Twitter: You can see some of the pictures from last week’s gardening session on our school twitter feed: @ssalbanandstephen


Maths Day:To coincide with the Queen’s 90th birthday, this year’s maths day focused on the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The children had to follow a trail around the school answering a series of questions using i Pads to access QR codes finding the answers to the questions that had been set by Mrs Jeffery. Do you know how many corgis the queen has or how many times she has sat to have her portrait painted? The children had an exciting morning following the trail answering the questions and learning more about our much loved monarch. Thank you to Mrs Jeffery for organising the event.

PTA News
*New Event*
Family Fun Day – Saturday 2nd July. 3-6pm at the Junior School.
There are still spaces in the Juniors Football Tournament (running approx from 4pm to 5.30pm). Registration costs £3 and must be done by Tuesday 28th June. See Parentmail sent 17/6/16 for details.
The afternoon also includes Irish and street dancing demonstrations, Infant sports races, face painting, live music, cream teas, tuck shop and a bar.
Bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxed afternoon in the company of family and friends. A great opportunity to bring the school community together before the end of term.
HELP REQUIRED: So that everyone can take some time to enjoy this event, we need more people prepared to volunteer for 30 mins to help out. Please email ssaspta@gmail.com if you can help.
*New Event*
Breaking Rules Day – on Friday July 1st it will be possible to pay to break some of the school rules! A list of rules will be sent out early next week and you can decide how many, and which ones, you would like to break. It will cost 50 pence a rule, money to be brought in on the day.
PTA Meeting – Monday July 4th, 8pm at the Infant school. The last meeting of the school year and the focus will be on the Autumn fair. Please come along if you would like to get involved.
Fun Run Draw – thank you to everyone who entered the fun run. We had a great turnout with over 100 entrants. The prize draw for the Nike trainers took place at the Infant school this morning and the winner was a member of the Skingle family from the Infant School



Mrs Dempsey writesSteven Gerrard’s Liverpool Shirt!

I was given a very special gift by Ray Holden on Paula’s retirement as Head Teacher last Easter. It’s a framed and authenticated Liverpool shirt, signed by Steven Gerrard. I’ve recently been offered £300 for it so I would be happy to sell it and donate the proceeds to a school project. There is a beautiful mosaic on the front of our oldest building in Vanda Crescent, created when our school was opened on 1st September 1934. It would be lovely to create a modern version for a school sign, in time to celebrate our 85th anniversary in September 2019.

If you are interested in bidding for the shirt, please send details of your bid with your name, phone number and email details in an envelope marked ’Liverpool shirt’ to the infant school office. If the bid is from someone outside the school community, a contact name and number for a school family would be appreciated.



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

2nd Place: Class 7 – 98.6%

3rd Place: Class 4 – 98.1%



Future Dates:

Tuesday 28th June – District Sports – Track events

Wednesday 29th June – Year 4 to Nicholas Breakspear

Thursday 30th June – OPEN EVENING 3.30pm – 7.00pm

Friday 1st July – Breaking Rules event

Saturday 2nd July – Summer Football Event 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Tuesday 5th July – Olympic Dance workshops for all classes

Saturday 9th July – Get Your Grown Ups Gardening 10.00am – 1.00pm



Big Question: If a friend ever got in trouble would you take the blame?



I Told God Everything

I told God everything:

I told God about all the wrongs I had done.

I gave up trying to pretend.

I gave up trying to hide.

I knew the only thing to do was confess.


And God forgave me.