Headteacher’s Newsletter – November 11th 2016

Today is Remembrance Day. Children from Year 6 led a very moving assembly for the school this morning. Let us take a minute to read that very famous stanza of poetry by Robert Laurence Binyon – For The Fallen.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


This week’s word is: FAITHFULNESS. We are reminded by St Richard of Chichester that God is faithful, and if we serve him faithfully he will provide for our needs. On this very solemn day how do we know that we serve God faithfully? How do we keep Him close?


Get Your Grown Ups Gardening – The next session of this excellent initiative takes place on Saturday 12th November from 12.00pm through to 2.00pm. We will focus on tidying up the grounds and bedding new plants. We have a hardy perennial group of parents who make up the core of  team but it would be very encouraging to see more new faces. All families and children are welcome. Tea, coffee and cakes provided. (WEATHER PERMITTING)


Football – the boys and the girls teams played three matches this week between them and experienced mixed fortunes. The boys were unlucky not to win against Garden Fields and were eventually beaten by one goal to nil whilst the girls bounced back from a two nil defeat against Wheatfields to beat a strong St Bernadette’s side one goal to nil. I’m sure that next win boys is just around the corner. Well done to both teams.


27 MILE CHALLENGE – How many miles have you completed? Are you raising money yet? The next event takes place this Sunday at Nicholas Breakspear gym on Sunday after the 9:30am mass. We look forward to seeing many of you there. The session will run from 10:45am through to 1:00pm.

Thank you to those families who joined together to walk the half mile or so from Morrisons to school along the Alban Way. We meet again next Friday at 8:20am to complete the second of three walks to school. Please make every effort to join us.


Young Voices Songs  and Christmas Carol Words The songs for the Young Voices and this year’s Christmas Concert are now available on the school website .



Sustainable St Albans Week – 21st November – Friday 25th November- This year to support this excellent local initiative we will hold a Bring and Buy sale of old books and nearly new toys on Wednesday 23rd November after school in the hall from 3:20pm. Further details will be sent out via Parentmail today.




PTA News
Disco – next Friday 18th Nov from 6.30-8.30pm. Come dressed in spots or with a Pudsey bear theme! Tickets are £3 on the door.
We do need more parents to help at this event so please email ssaspta@gmail.com if you can help.
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. £15 – materials and supervision provided. See Parentmail for details.
Charity Car Parking – Saturday 3rd Dec. Volunteers needed! Last year we made over £350 by running the AECOM car park for the day. We just need an hour of your time to join the rota – sign up with a friend. Please email ssaspta@gmail.com
Tea-towels available from early December.



Attendance – Congratulations to Classes 6 and 7   who had the best attendance this week with 99%

2nd Place: Class 4 – 97.9%

3rd Place: Class 2 – 97.6%


Big Question – What is the opposite of learn?



Twitter – Our aim is for every family to have at least one member who follows us and keeps up with the latest events at school. We have nearly 60 followers which is a good achievement. Our handle is – @headaands. Do consider becoming one of our followers. We update the website regularly.



House Points – Congratulations to Matthew who were last week’s winners with 433 points

2nd Place: John 324 points

3rd Place: Luke 248 points

4th Place: Mark 189 points



Future Dates: Saturday 12th November – Get Your Grown Ups Gardening 12pm – 2pm

Sunday 13th November – 27 MILE CHALLENGE @ NICHOLAS BREAKSPEAR 10:45am – 1pm

Friday 18th Novmber – School Disco 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Wednesday 23rd November – BRING AND BUY SALE 3.20PM IN THE SCHOOL HALL


We Give Them Back to You

We give them back to you dear Lord,

who gavest them to us.

Yet as thous didst not lose in giving,

so we have not lost them by their return.

For what is thine is ours always, if we are thine.