Headteacher’s Newsletter September 8th 2017

Welcome back to you all and I hope that you had a peaceful summer break. I would like to thank you for the kindness and generosity shown to staff at the end of the summer term. It was very kind and appreciated by everyone. School began in earnest once again on Monday and we welcomed our new Year 3 children. They have begun to settle well in to life at the Junior School and we look forward to watching them grow through the year. Please remember that your child must wear the correct school uniform at all times. Please click on the link to familiarise yourself with the expectations. http://www.ssasjm.herts.sch.uk/parents/uniform/

Children must not wear trainers to school. They are only permitted for use during PE lessons. Our first set of parent meetings take place through next week; please make every effort to attend. They are an important meeting and teachers will share with you the expectations for the year and the systems and protocols classes use on a day to day basis. Meetings will take place in your child’s class and we look forward to welcoming you next week.



The word of the week is – RECONCILIATION – How do you take the Gospel message of reconciliation and love in to the places where you live and work? A school community is a place that is built on love and forgiveness.



Parish Choir – Children with an interest in music, from the age of 8, will be very welcome to join Parish Choir which sings the 1130 mass on the first and third Sundays of each month. The children don’t need to read music (but do need to read!). The practices are from 1030 on the same Sundays. If interested, please contact Mr Vellacott directly after one of the 1130 masses, or let Mr Soyka know at the school and we will put you in touch. (Note that the Parish Choir is separate from, and not in competition with, the Junior Choir which sings the 0930 masses.)



Safety on the way to  and from school –  It has been brought to my attention this week that a child was spoken to inappropriately by a member of the public on their way to school. Whilst incidents of this nature are extremely unpleasant please make sure that you make adequate provision for your child’s safety. All incidents of this type should be reported to the authorities straight away. Thank you for your help with this serious matter.



Twitter – The school’s handle on Twiiter is @headaands – The feed is regularly updated so please do follow us.



The Big Question – “Do homing pigeons only head for home?”




The Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skZPzx-XlD0



School Bank – Mrs O’Connor and her team will be open to receive deposits on WEDNESDAY morning this year from 8:30am through to 8:50am in the school canteen. Please note the change of day. This is due to Mrs O’Connor’s new working schedule.



Future Dates – Monday 11th September – Year 6 Teacher Parent Meeting 9.15am (Year 6 Classroom)

Tuesday 12th September – Year 5 Teacher Parent Meeting 9.15am (Year 5 Classroom)

Wednesday 13th September – Year 4 Teacher Parent Meeting 9.15am (Year 4 Classroom)

Thursday 14th September – Year 6 Secondary Transfer Meeting 6.30pm (School Hall)

Wednesday 20th September – Representatives from Nicholas Breakspear in to school 9.00am – All welcome (School Hall) – Mass to start the beginning of the new academic year – 11.00am – All welcome  (School Hall)

Thursday 21st September – Non uniform day in exchange for a bottle for the Bottle Tombola at the Welcome Fayre

Saturday 23rd September – Autumn Fayre  at the Infant School – 12.00pm – 3.00pm




Attendance – Congratulations to Class 3 who had this week’s best attendance with 100%

2nd Place – Class 5 – 99.67%

3rd Place – Class – Class 1 – 98.67%




House Points – Congratulations to the children from MARK who were this week’s winners with 164 points

2nd Place – John – 140 points

3rd Place – Luke – 118 points

4th Place – Matthew 96 points


Today is the feast of the birth of Our Lady. Our prayer this week is the Salve Regina

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry,
Poor banished children of Eve;
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy toward us;
And after this our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
℣ Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
℟ that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.