Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 24th November

The retaining wall for the new pitch should be completed by the end of the weekend and the process of levelling the ground begins next week. Once this has been completed the shock base layer and the tarmac will be laid. The development of the field continues in earnest and should be completed by the end of term. It continues to be a source of enjoyment for the children and staff and the final outcome will be something very special. Watch this space for further updates! Unfortunately the new gates have been damaged this week and a Parentmail was sent out to everyone yesterday informing you of this. Please do not try and squeeze through the gap between the gates, this will only cause further damage to them: we hope to have them fixed next week. Rehearsals for the Christmas production are underway and the sound of children singing carols reminds us all that Christmas will be upon us once again very soon. Our school football and netball teams were in action again this week and had mixed results. The boys drew 2 -2 against Mandeville in a very entertaining game and the netball teams both had resounding victories against Cunningham Hill; 21 – 1 and 7 – 1.Thank you to everyone who represented the school so competitively. Please remember to send your child to school in a warm coat and a school jumper or cardigan during the cold months.



Safeguarding Catholic Education –  The following message is from the Diocesan Education Service:

The Government will be shortly making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. The Secretary of State has acknowledged this policy has been ineffective and has adversely affected Catholic families. The next few weeks will be critical for convincing the government to honour the promise made to the Catholic community to remove the cap.

Although the CES have been actively working to lobby and influence behind the scenes, a very public final campaign is now needed to ensure our voices are heard. Each Bishop will be writing to each parish to encourage members of the congregation to write, email or call local MPs and the office of the Secretary of State.

Please do encourage your school communities, governors, staff and parents to make their voice heard. A very easy way to do this is through the following CES link http://www.catholiceducation.org.uk/guidance-for-schools/item/1003640-safeguard-the-future-of-catholic-education



The word of the week is – KINDNESS – A small act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted. How do you show kindness to others in your own life?




Hurst Children’s Theatre Group Assembly –  Two fantastic representatives from this excellent theatre company brought their boundless energy to Monday morning’s assembly. They taught the whole school community (including parents) how to warm up their voice using a particular technique and some children even got to act on stage. Their understanding of the task was very funny. Further information about the Hurst Children’s Theatre Group can be found at –  http://hurstchildrenstheatregroup.com/




PTA News
PTA Meeting – there will be a PTA meeting on Monday November 27th at 7pm at the Junior School. All are welcome. If you would like to get involved in the planning and running of PTA events then please come along.
Charity Car Parking – Volunteers needed! On Sunday December 17th we will be running the AECOM car park for the day. Shoppers will contribute to the PTA in return for parking in town. Last year we made over £380. We just need an hour of your time to join the rota, no experience required, just the ability to smile and shake a collection basket  – sign up with a friend. Please email ssaspta@gmail.com
Easy Fundraising – Register Now! There are now 80 people registered with easyfundraising. Between them they have raised over £1000 for the PTA – just by purchasing online from websites such as John Lewis, Amazon and Argos. Just imagine how much more this could be if everyone signed up.
Festive Cake Stall – Thursday December 7th – It’s that time of year for the Great Festive Bake Off!! Please bring any cakes, biscuits and other festive delights to the Junior school on the morning of the sale. NO NUTS PLEASE. The sale will take place at the Junior School but all welcome.
Go to easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/ssaspta to register and then make sure you activate a donation when you shop.  It is the simplest way to support the PTA. Thank you.





Monday 27th November – The Passage Charity to assembly 9:10am / PTA Meeting 7pm @ The Junior School

Tuesday 28th November – School Tour for prospective Year 3 parents – 9:30am

Thursday 30th November – Advent Assembly 9:30am – ALL welcome


Monday 4th December – Greek Day for Year 5

Tuesday 5th December – Tudor Day for Year 6

Thursday 7th December – Children to wear their own clothes to school in exchange for a donation to the Passage Charity / Cake Sale after school

Sunday 10th December – Joint Schools Advent Mass – 9:30am




The Big Question – “Should the Earth’s resources be shared more equally?”




Attendance – Congratulations to the children from Class 2 who had the best attendance this week with 99.3 %

2nd Place – Class 6 – 98.7%

3rd Place – Class 1 – 97%



The Weekend Tune  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P75P0CY09gQ



Christ the King

Thank you God for sending Jesus to be our saviour and our friend.

Thank you also that he is a King.

Help us always to follow him, honour him, and serve him in his Kingdom.

Thank you God that we are “children of the kingdom.”

In Jesus Name, Amen