Head’s Newsletter – October 14th 2016

After another very busy five days we come to the end of the sixth week of term. Next Friday we close for half term and the weeks seem to be rushing by. Through the week the football team played two matches and had mixed fortunes, our first set of Teacher / Parent consultations took place, the PTA had their first meeting of the year and the governors’ resources committee sat for the first time too. Mrs Porter spoke to the children about the power of manners at a very inspirational assembly on Tuesday, the slides from which can be found on the website. The netball team played against St Bernadette’s on Thursday afternoon and ran out 15 – 1 winners; an excellent result. Next week sees the second round of Teacher Parent consultations, CAFOD visit on Monday morning at assembly and governors will also be making visits bringing to an end the first half term of the year.

This week’s word is:PRAYER – an essential part of our daily lives. God listens to us through our prayers and responds in ways, that at times, seem at odds with our lives. He wants us to talk to Him and to be in contact because He loves us and wants to be a part of our lives.


Parking – Thank you for your patience this morning over this very contentious issue. Unfortunately an arctic lorry managed to position itself at the end of Albion Road and block the traffic for nearly two hours. The driver wasn’t familiar with the roads and with the help of the local constabulary managed to get to his destination after a lot of careful manoeuvring. Incidents of this nature demonstrate the caring nature we have as a community in helping people who find themselves in tricky situations. Thank you to those of you who demonstrated your support.


Black History Month – October is Black History Month. For over 30 years this important celebration has taken place across the country and throughout the world. The influence of significant people from the black community has helped to shape  the cultural, social and political landscape in many many countries. Please spend some time talking to your child about this excellent initiative. For further ideas please click on the link below.



From the Governors – Thank you to those families who contribute to the Building Fund. Your support is vital in helping to keep the fabric and structure of the building in good condition for the children and staff. We had a number of new families who have signed up to the scheme over the past few weeks; it’s not too late start.

SAVE THE DATE – FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER – Meet the Governors  From 9.05am on Friday 4th November please come in after you have dropped your children in to school to meet some of our governors over a cup of tea or coffee. They will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about their role and will be available to discuss their core functions and how they undertake this. Please make every effort to attend.


Chaplaincy Team Assembly – The Chaplaincy Team led the assembly for the whole school on Friday morning and explained to the children, staff and family members of their plan of action for the year. We look forward to their half termly newsletters and the creation of a grotto dedicated to Our Lady. Keep watching this space. The slides from the assembly are on the website.


Get Your Grown Ups Gardening – The next session of this excellent initiative takes place on Saturday 12th November from 10.00am through to 1.00pm. 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.


Joint Parent / Carers Support Group – This academic year the Infant and Junior school will be trialling a joint Parent / carers support group.  It is intended that there will be 6 coffee mornings held over the year with a range of professionals invited to attend the meetings for parents to talk to.  They will be an opportunity to meet each other and share ideas to support each other.  The group is open to all parents / carers, there is no requirement to attend all 6 and no booking is required.  The location will alternate between the Infant and Junior school. The first session takes place on MONDAY 17th OCTOBER from 9.00am in the Infants School. We look forward to welcoming many of you.


CAFOD Assembly – A representative from CAFOD will be visiting on Monday to talk to the children at assembly. At present they are working with families in Haiti in the wake of the last week’s hurricane. We look forward to welcoming them and many of you to Monday morning’s assembly.


The Rosary – October is the month of Our Lady and we will be praying the Sorrowful Mysteries on a Thursday and Friday morning in the Peace Garden if it is dry and in the ICT Suite if it is wet. Please make every effort to join Mrs Porter and Mr Soyka to pray this devotion to our blessed mother.


From the PTA

PTA Christmas Cards
Apologies- the new system brought in by the card company has been extremely frustrating for everyone. Please persevere with your orders! The revised deadlines are: complete your online order by midnight on Monday October 17th and artwork to be returned to your child’s teacher no later than Tuesday October 18th. 
Remaining Raffle Prize
One prize from the children’s raffle is still to be claimed. All that was written on the ticket was the name ‘Gus’ and a phone number that has not replied to our messages. If you believe this is your ticket please email: ssaspta@gmail.com.



Football and Netball News – The boys football team played two matches this week and experienced mixed fortunes. They were soundly beaten on Wednesday afternoon by a very good team from St Columba’s but bounced back on Thursday afternoon in a cup match against How Wood School. After a fairly even but pulsating game How Wood scored with just over two minutes left in the second half. The boys didn’t let this affect them because within in a minute they were back on level terms. Extra time couldn’t separate the teams so a rematch has to be organised. Thank you boys for showing great sportsmanship and excellent teamwork. Even in the face of adversity you overcame the barrier and made sure you were still in the draw for the next round.

The girls put on a fantastic demonstration on Thursday evening winning 15 – 1 against St Bernadette’s. It was an excellent performance and a notable victory which will give the team confidence as they wait for their next match against Bowmansgreen School next Wednesday. Congratulations to everyone who took part. We look forward to your next game.


Twitter – @headsands – We now have 50 followers on Twitter. This is good news, we will try to keep the feed up to date with posts about different activities through the week. Please keep checking and do become one of our followers.


Dates for the Diary – Monday 17th October – CAFOD representative to lead assembly

Thursday 20th October – Parent / Carer / Teacher consultations – 4.00pm – 6.45pm


Monday 31st October – School reopens at 9.00am

Friday 4th November – Meet the Governors from 9:05am



The Big Question –  If I composed a piece of music but it was never played would it still be music?


Attendance – Congratulations to Class 1 who had the best attendance this week with 100%

2nd Place – Class 2 – 99.8%

3rd Place – Class 8 – 99.2%


Time to Pray

Now is the gentle, joyful morning

Now is the break of day

Now is the time the sun comes shining

Now is the time to pray