Headteacher’s Newsletter-December 21st 2016
And so we come to the end of another Autumn term. Christmas is just around the corner and the spirit of the season is with us all. On behalf of all the staff may I take this opportunity of thanking you all for your kindness and generosity; it has been overwhelming. The children continue to be a delight and many members of staff have commented on how happy and relaxed they have been over the past few weeks during a very busy time of year. From everyone at Ss Alban & Stephen Catholic Junior School, we wish you all a happy and holy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
The word of the week is: CHRISTMAS Pope Francis reminds us that, ‘Christ comes among us at Christmas; it is the perfect time for a personal encounter with the Lord.’ What does Christmas mean to you? Have a wonderful time celebrating, spending time together as a family.
Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge – Over the past six weeks eight children from Year 5 have taken part in the Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge. They teamed up with the Talking Papers charity and set themselves the target of raising £300. Ably assisted by Mrs Mill, the children worked hard to promote and run; a photo booth at the school disco, a Pokemon card sale and the soaking of Mr Soyka. To date their efforts have managed to raise in excess of the £300 target they set from themselves. They made a visit to the talking radio station last week and left with a good understanding of how the money would be put to good use. We are all very proud of the children and their endless enthusiasm for the project. Congratulations to you all. A special word of thanks to Mrs Mill for helping the ‘News Warriors’ to plan and organise their ideas and to the parents of our band of entrepreneurs for their support of the project too.
THANK YOU TO THE PTA – We are very blessed to have such a strong and supportive Parent Teacher Association. They work tirelessly to organise events which raise a lot of money to improve the quality of learning for the children. Last week’s cake sale alone managed to raise over £170 on a cold Friday afternoon. There are a number of events to look forward to in the Spring and Summer terms so please keep abreast of their latest news.Thank you to Mrs Roberts and her team for their hard work and incredible efforts in helping to improve the learning opportunities for the children.
Roofing Works – The work to replace part of the roof is well under way. The workmen have told me that the project should be completed by the time the children return to school in January – weather permitting. Please see the school website Latest News section for further details.
House Points – Congratulations to LUKE & MATTHEW who were this term’s joint winners on 3,881 points. Congratulations children on your achievement and for working hard for your house.
2nd Place – Mark 3,662 points
3rd Place – John 2,183 points
OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS OUR ENERGY CONSUMPTION HAS GONE DOWN. ON AVERAGE THE SCHOOL BURNS 1100KWH OF ENERGY. CAN WE REDUCE THIS FIGURE BY 100KWH IN THE NEW YEAR?
Future Dates – SCHOOL RECOMMENCES FOR CHILDREN MONDAY 9TH JANUARY AT 9:00AM
Monday 16th January – Class 8 Assembly 9:10am
Tuesday 17th January – PTA Meeting @ the Infant School 8.00pm
Wednesday 18th January – Young Voices @ the O2
Friday 20th January – Year 4 Class Mass 2pm in the school hall
Big Question – ‘Is it possible for something to be neither good nor bad?’
The Christmas Tunes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7_va1zvC_E
Let Us Travel to Christmas
Let us travel to Christmas
By the light of the star.
Let us go to the hillside where the shepherds are.
Let us see shining angels
Singing from heaven above.
Let us see Mary cradling
God’s holy child with love.
HAVE A HAPPY AND HOLY CHRISTMAS AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR