Headteacher’s Newsletter – November 18th 2016

It has been a relatively quiet week but all of that will change at tonight’s school disco. It has been anti-bullying week throughout the country and the children have responded well to the activities they have completed in class. The theme for this year was “The Power for Good”. The slides that were used at Monday’s assembly can be found on the website; please spend some time reading through them with your child. Our annual joint schools’ Advent mass will take place next Sunday at 9:30am; please make every effort to attend.


The word of the week is: MERCY – We find ourselves at the end of the Year of Mercy and look back to see how open we have been to receive mercy from God. Was it in the things we have done or the way we have treated others? As Pope Francis reminds us:

“Mercy is the very foundation of the church’s life. May every Church and Christian Community be a place of mercy.”


27 Mile Challenge – How many miles of sponsored activity have you completed so far? It was very encouraging to see children and families at Nicholas Breakspear last Sunday as they competed a few more miles of our challenge. Mr Linnane the Headteacher was very impressed by the children’s commitment and the energy they showed on a cold autumn morning.

It was lovely to see many parents and children take in a morning stroll along the Alban Way this morning. It completed another half a mile toward the challenge. Don’t forget our last early morning walk takes place on FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER at 8:20am – meet at the back of Morrisons car park. We look forward to seeing many of you there.




Boys’ and Girls’ Football – Both teams tasted victory this week; the girls with a 6 – 0 resounding win over Windermere and the boys a 4 -1 triumph over How Wood in the local cup. Congratulations to both teams, you have made us all very proud. The trick is to keep the success going.



eSafety Workshop for Parents – Richard Maskrey the County eSafety Adviser will be coming to school on WEDNESDAY 7TH DECEMBER @ 6.30pm 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.



Sustainable St Albans Week – SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 26TH NOVEMBER  My office is slowly beginning to fill with the many donations for the Bring and Buy sale next Wednesday. Please keep sending in your items through the early part of next week. All money raised by the sale will be split between two charities; Sustainable St Albans Week and Emmaus. We look forward to welcoming you to the hall after school on Wednesday 23rd November.






Travelling Crib – Mrs Porter led a special assembly this morning (aided by the Chaplaincy Team) and spoke to the children about the Travelling Cribs which will be given to each class. The cribs will travel from family to family throughout the whole of Advent. They are an opportunity to spend some time in prayer and reflection as a family during this most precious of times. We hope that you enjoy using them.





School Disco – Don’t forget to come dressed in spots or as a Pudsey bear to tonight’s disco. We look forward to seeing the children in their outfits. Please remember all coats and bags have to be left with adult.



Attendance – Congratulations to Class 6 who had the best attendance this week with 98.6 %

2nd Place – Class 7 – 98.3%

3rd Place – Class 4 – 97.6%



House Points – Congratulations to John who were this week’s winners with 273 points.

2nd Place – Matthew 272 points

3rd Place – Luke 196 points

4th Place – Mark 178 points


The winning House and Vice Captains of John proudly displaying the school trophy and their house certificate.




PTA News

Disco – tonight from 6.30-8.30pm. Come dressed in spots or with a Pudsey bear theme! Including charity photo booth. Tickets are £3 on the door. No coats or overnight bags should be brought into the disco.

Thank you to the parents and teachers who have volunteered to supervise this event.


Christmas Wreath Making – Wednesday 30th Nov 7.30pm at the Junior School. All welcome. A fabulous chance to make a stunning wreath for your door. Tickets £15 must be paid in advance by Friday 25th NovemberMaterials and supervision provided. See Parentmail for details. Tickets are not issued for this event. If you have paid then you have a place.


Charity Car Parking – Saturday 3rd Dec Many thanks to those who have offered to help. We still need a couple more people to give up an hour of their time for the PTA. If you can help please email ssaspta@gmail.com.


Tea-towels available from early December.


Raffle Prizes – we are always looking for raffle prizes. If you are having a pre or post Christmas clear out and have any unwanted, unused items that would make good prizes or part prizes then please bring to the school office and we will put them to good use.


Future Dates –  Friday 18th November – Disco – 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Wednesday 23rd November – Bring and Buy Sale – 3:30pm – 4:15pm in the school hall

Friday 25th November – 27 Mile Challenge – Walk along the Alban Way – 8:20am behind Morrisons Car Park

Advent Assembly – 9:10am – All welcome

Wednesday 7th December – Children to Westminster Cathedral for the annual Advent Carol Service

eSafety Workshop for Parents 6:30pm



BIG Question – “Which has the most freedom? An ant or a school child?”




Now the wind is coming,

Now the wind is strong,

Now the winter freezes

And the darkness will be long.

Now we see the starlight

In the midnight sky,

We know that God is with us

And the angels are close by.


The Weekend Tune