Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 30th June 2017

There are three weeks left of the academic year and there is much to be done! The children continue to work hard and the school is beginning to be prepared for our annual open evening. Fr TJ celebrated mass on Thursday morning for  the children, staff and families to celebrate the feast of Ss Peter and Paul. The children read beautifully and showed great understanding and reverence. Thank you to those family members who were able to join us to celebrate as a school. Year 4 attended the annual community mass at Nicholas Breakspear on Friday and were joined by children from many of the local Catholic primary schools from the St Albans and Hatfield area. Mr Linnane the headteacher was very proud to see so many young people coming together to celebrate as a Catholic community. He said – “When the community comes together we stand proud knowing we are supported and loved. This is when we are strong; but we know someone will always be there for us even through the dark times.So let your light shine!” It was a wonderful celebration which the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed. Please ensure that your child comes to school in full school uniform over the next three weeks. It is important that standards remain high and children follow the school’s uniform policy. Please keep abreast of upcoming events during this busy period.


The word of the week – SELFLESS   “Selfless people make the world a much better place.” How do you love Jesus in your life and show that you are a man or woman for others?


Art Day – The children thoroughly enjoyed making their prints in the style of the great American artist Georgia O’Keefe last week. She was renowned for her work of large flowers, New York Skyscrapers and the New Mexico landscape. Working in different mediums the children produced some excellent work which has been displayed in the hall in preparation for next week’s Open Evening.Below are a few images that were captured from the day.




District Athletics – Children from across the school participated in the annual district athletics meeting at Westminster Lodge last week. Having won their relay heats the boys and girls team in Year 6 were pipped on the line in to second place in the final. The school was well represented in the field events but unfortunately didn’t manage to get through to any final rounds of events. Congratulations to all those who took part.



After School Club – We established the club at the beginning of the academic year and it has proved to be quite popular during the Autumn and Spring term.Numbers have begun to drop off recently which is a concern. For the club to be a viable option for parents and the school a minimum of 12 children have to attend every day to cover the running costs. If you haven’t considered using this facility for your child please do give it some serious thought. Children are looked after from 3:20pm through to 6.00pm at a cost of £6.50 per session and are given a healthy snack around half past four. There is no need to book. We look forward to welcoming new faces to the club.


Grenfell Tower Fund – Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to the Grenfell Tower disaster last week. Over £400 was raised for the relief fund which will be sent to the Catholic Children’s Society who are helping the families involved in the tragedy. This was a wonderful response and demonstrates the caring nature of the community of Ss Alban & Stephen Catholic Junior School.



Future Events – Tuesday 4th July – Year 4 to Whipsnade Zoo

Wednesday 5th July – Derek Redmond to visit school

Thursday 6th July –  Violin Concert 9.10 / Guitar Concert 1.30 PARENTS ARE INVITED TO BOTH CONCERTS – School OPEN EVENING 4.00PM – 7.00PM

Friday 7th July – Dress Rehearsal  – Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat for the Infant pm

Monday 10th July – Dress Rehearsal  – Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat for the school am- PERFORMANCE 1 OF THE YEAR 6 END OF TERM PRODUCTION 7.00PM

Tuesday 11th July – Brass Recital 9.10am – Parents are invited


Friday 14th July – Rocksteady Concert 9.15am – Parents are invited to attend –  Year 6 Leavers’ Disco 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Tuesday 18th July – Year 4 Anglo Saxon Day – Year 6 Leavers’ Mass 7.00pm @ Ss Alban & Stephen Catholic Church

Friday 21st July – END OF TERM SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1.30PM



House Points – Congratulations to the children from Mark who this week’s winners on 640 points

2nd Place – Luke 608 points

3rd Place – Matthew 529 points

4th Place John 504 points


PTA News:
Last Call for the Ball!
There is one table left available for the Ball by the Lake on Saturday September 16th. Tickets cost £55 per person and the table can sit from 8 to 12 people. Places are now open everyone so you are welcome to bring people from outside the school community. We don’t know when the next ball will be, so grab the last chance to go now! Email ssaspta@gmail.com if you are interested.



The Big Question – “If I deliberately drop a bucket of point on to a canvass is it art? What if I drop it accidentally?”



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



Angels Watching

Clouds in the sky above,

Waves on the sea,

Angels up in heaven

Watching over you and me