Headteacher’s Newsletter – 9th June 2017

Welcome back to the final half term of the year. The second half of the summer term is always very busy and this week has proved to be no different. The children have developed a greater sense of the key British Values of Democracy and Individual Liberty this week. To tie in with the General Election we held our own school election. Read further below for a fuller report. It was an exciting opportunity for the four candidates and the overall winner. Thank you children for putting yourselves forward to stand in our school election. Year 4 had a rather eventful trip to the Anglo – Saxon village of West Stow on Tuesday. Despite the lashing rain and a technical problem with the coach they enjoyed learning about life in 5th century Britain. The Year 6 Maths workshop was well attended on Thursday morning and brought a close to this round of workshops. We hope that you found them useful and gave you an insight in to the teaching methods we use with the children. Sports day will take place next Friday and we look forward to welcoming you to this popular event.

 

The word of the week is – SPIRIT – Last week we celebrated the feast of Pentecost. Jesus sent us the spirit to act as the Paraclete, a guide in our lives. Where do you see the spirit working in your life?

 

Complaints – From time to time there will be occasions where certain issues will need to be reported and a complaint will be made. The link below will explain in further detail, the process and procedures that have to be followed should you feel the need to do so.

http://www.ssasjm.herts.sch.uk/making-a-complaint/

 

 

School Election – Four candidates stood in this week’s election – Dylan representing the Golden Party, Eva representing the Reward Party, Esme representing the Progressive Party and Odette representing the Smiley party. After a couple of hard days’ campaigning, everyone in the school cast their vote at the ballot. The school council spent a little time counting the votes before Mrs Butterworth the Returning Officer handed Mr Soyka the final result. In reverse order the result was announced to the school at a special assembly as follows:

4th Place – Eva and the Reward Party

3rd Place – Esme and the Progressive Party

2nd Place – Odette and the Smiley Party

1st Place – DYLAN AND THE GOLDEN PARTY

Congratulations to Dylan and his supports of the Golden Party. The children deepened their understanding of key British Values by participating in the election. Dylan will now spend the day with Mr Soyka helping to run the school and implementing his manifesto pledges.

                      

 

 

Gates – The pedestrian gate has been fitted with a timer which allows the pedestrian gate to be open from 7.45am through to 9.00am and again from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. It is important that everyone enters through this gate in the morning avoiding the path as a matter of health and safety. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

 

Wacky Day – WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE – Children may come to school on Wednesday next week dressed in loud and strange clothing in exchange for a £1. They may wear a coloured wig or even put streaks of colour in their hair. All money raised will be donated to the Santa Maria Education Fund – Helping Paraguay’s poor. We look forward to seeing your outfits children!

 

 

Children Arriving Before School and Staying After School – It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure that their child is adequately supervised before and after school. The school does not take responsibility for a child until the doors to classrooms open at 8:45am and when school finishes at 3:20pm. Provision must be put in place for any child who arrives to school before this time and for any child after this time. Please ensure that you comply with this very important rule of health and safety.

 

 

Development of the School Field – Over the coming months the school field will undergo a major transformation. We have secured enough funding to improve the drainage and we are in talks with an approved chartered surveying company (who the school has worked with on previous capital projects) to install a multi purpose sports surface. This is a very exciting project with enormous potential for the school. Further updates will follow as the project begins to get underway.

 

 

 

Parent Governor – You would have received the nomination papers before half term which explained the process for anyone who wishes to be nominated to stand in the forthcoming election. Please note that all papers have to be returned by THURSDAY 22ND JUNE. Further information can be found by clicking on the link below.

http://www.ssasjm.herts.sch.uk/parent-governor-vacancy-2/

 

PTA News
The Ball by the Lake – Saturday September 16th. There is now only one table left for this event. It can be taken by a group or up to ten individuals. Tickets cost £55. If you would like to purchase one or more please email ssaspta@gmail.com. Guests from outside the school community are very welcome.

Raffles – we intend to hold raffles at both the ball and the Autumn Fair on Saturday September 23rd and so need plenty of prizes. If you have anything you can donate – unused by unwanted presents etc – please bring in to the school office clearly marked. Small items can be group together to form really attractive prizes.

 

 

Future Dates – Tuesday 13th June – Year 3 to Celtic Harmony

Wednesday 14th June – Wacky Day in support of the Santa Maria Charity (£1)

Friday 16th June – SPORTS DAY 9.30 – 12.30pm (PLEASE NOTE THE START TIME)

Thursday 22nd June – CLOSING DATE FOR PARENT GOVERNOR NOMINATION

 

 

House Points – Congratulations to the children from MARK who were this week’s winners with 114 points

2nd Place – John 109 points

3rd Place – Luke 91 points

4th Place – Matthew 39 points

 

 

The Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_hlYgCNFZc

 

Wind and Fire 

Let the wind of the Spirit blow from heaven

Let the wind of the Spirit glow from heaven.

Let the wind of the Spirit shake our lives

Let the fire of the spirit shape our lives.

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!