Please find the link to the latest PTA Newsletter below. In it you will find reviews of the Spring term events and dates for the future ones too. If you are interested in helping out please get in touch via the email address in the newsletter.
As we head in to another half term break it is important to look back and appreciate the achievements of the past few week and to have an eye on the events that bring the academic year to a close over the next half term. Year 6 completed their cycle training this week and were blessed with good weather. Well done children for listening to your instructors and completing the course so confidently. The latest set of Writing badges were awarded at our Monday morning assembly; the total number of children who have been presented with their red or amber stars is now over 60. This is a wonderful achievement in such a short space of time. Year 6 completed their SATs papers earlier in the month and our Year 3 children celebrated their First Holy Communion at two wonderful masses last Saturday. The second half of the Summer term is always fraught with events and completion of paperwork but it is also a special time in the school year. Please keep an eye out for events and key dates for the rest of the year.
The word of the week is – FRIENDSHIP. This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. Despite his death on a cross and feeling the loneliness of friendship, Christ reminds us once again that he will be with us always until the end of time. How is Jesus’ friendship visible in your life?
New Gates – The gates have been installed and will help to provide much needed security for the school. Please remain patient when trying to enter the school via the pedestrian entrance. The intercom is linked to the school switch board; it is not until all of the options have been completed the gate can be opened. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Parent Governor Vacancy – You should all have received the letter and nomination forms regarding the Parent – Governor vacancy yesterday. To remind you, all nominations need to be handed in to the school office by – THURSDAY 22ND JUNE BY 3:30PM. We look forward to receiving your nominations.
First Holy Communion – The children looked lovely, showed great reverence and spoke with clarity. I was very proud to be part of their special day and a moment in their lives which they will remember forever. Thank you to Fr TJ, Sr Anita and the team of helpers who helped to prepare the children over the past few months and to all of those people who contributed in any way on the day. A special note of thanks to Mr Vellacott who provided the music at both masses. “He who sings, prays twice!” Congratulations children.
Photographs /Videos – It is always good to see family members supporting events at school and helping out on trips. Capturing these special moments on film or through a picture helps to preserve the memory. Any images or videos that are taken during assemblies should only be used for private use and should never be uploaded on to social media sites. Family members are not permitted to take images or videos of children whilst they are on a trip on the grounds of child protection and health and safety. It is everyone’s duty to ensure that these rules are adhered too. Thank you for your support with this very important issue.
Children Coming to School Early – During the warmer months children often come to school earlier than at other times of the school year. The school makes provision for any child who turns up early through access to the Breakfast Club from 7.45am. The school does not take over responsibility for your child until 8.45am. Until such time parents must ensure that adequate arrangements are in place. Thank you
Year 5 Trip to Kidzania – Year 5 made the journey over to Shepherd’s Bush on Wednesday to experience a day of team building and entrepreneurship. Working in groups they had to generate income for their team by making decisions that would benefit everyone. They learnt how to develop these valuable life skills a little further during an action packed day. Well done children for representing the school so well and for demonstrating great maturity.
AECOM Imagineering Entries – Mrs Britton and myself met this morning to look through the school’s entries to this national competition. To quote Mrs Britton she said ” I am overwhelmed by the quality of the entries, the breadth and level of innovation, and the detail in the drawings.” The school winners will be announced before the end of the academic year and the national winners in the Autumn term. Good luck children.
Year 6 Cycle Training – Year 6 completed their cycle training this week and the instructors were impressed by their listening skills and general road safety. Congratulations children.
The Big Question – “Can a homing pigeon only head for home?
House Points – Congratulations to the children from John who were this week’s winners with 660 points
2nd Place – Mark 590 points
3rd Place – Matthew 446 points
4th Place – Luke 387 points
Attendance – Congratulations to Classes 8 and 4 who had the best attendance this week with 98.6%
2nd Place – Classes 3 and 8 – 98.3%
3rd Place – Class 5 – 97.2%
Future Dates – MONDAY 29th MAY FRIDAY 2nd JUNE – HALF TERM
Monday 5th June – School Recommences
Tuesday 6th June – KS1 Sports Day – children who have a sibling in KS1 can be collected after lunch / Year 4 to West Stow
Friday 9th June – SPORTS DAY
Thursday 8th June – Year 6 Maths Workshop 9.15 am -10.30 am
Tuesday 13th June – Year 3 to Celtic Harmony
The Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-Gr7vfCQxI
Prayer for Ascension Day
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours, no feet but yours…
Yours are the feet with which he is to go
about doing good,
and yours are the hands with which he is
to bless us now.
HAVE A LOVELY HALF TERM!
Please find the link to this term’s eSafety newsletter below. We encourage all parents to spend some time reading through it to familiarise themselves with the latest updates around this very important aspect of every child’s learning.
Mr Adam Herron steps down from the governing body after eight years of loyal service, the past two of which he has been the chair of the school’s new reconstituted body. He has been a loyal governor during his time of office and I would like to personally thank him for the work he has done for the school in executing his core functions. As a result there is a vacancy for a new parent governor. If you are interested in standing for the position please read the attached letter which details the nomination process.
Mr Adam Herron steps down from the governing body after eight years of loyal service. Over the past two years he has been the chair of a new governing body and has worked tirelessly to ensure that it continues to execute its three core functions:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
Thank you Adam. As a result of Adam’s departure from the governing body there is a vacancy for a parent governor. The letter that was sent to all families sets out the process for those parents who wish to stand in the forthcoming election. If you are interested in becoming a governor please read through the letter below carefully before making your decision.
PARENT GOVERNOR VACANCY/NOMINATIONS
I am writing to notify you that there is a vacancy for a parent governor on the school’s Governing Body due to the end of Adam Herron’s four year term of office. Adam has completed two four year terms and has been a loyal servant to the school. He has served as the Chair of Governors for the past two years and has done a very significant and excellent job.
The Governing Body plays a significant part in shaping the development of the school and Parent Governors play an important role in this. As members of the Governing Body they help shape policy, set strategic priorities and oversee the school budget. In your role as Parent Governor, you will be supported in these duties by other experienced members of the Governing Body, the Headteacher, the Clerk to the Governors, the Diocese and the Local Authority. Any person who is a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school is invited to stand for election and has the right to vote. You are asked to read the attached eligibility criteria before making your nomination.
As a Parent Governor, you will normally hold office for a period of four years even if your child leaves the school during this time. However, you can resign from the Governing Body at any time. You will be expected to attend five full governing body evening meetings a year which normally take place on Thursday evenings (7.00pm – 8.30pm) and to sit on at least one governing body sub-committee which meet up to three times a year. All governors are expected to undertake regular training and you will be required to attend governor induction training provided by the Local Authority within the first three months of your appointment.
We are particularly looking for people with skills in the following areas: fundraising, marketing and finance.
If you wish to nominate yourself for the Parent Governor position, please compete and return the Nomination Form and Declaration of Eligibility in a sealed envelope labelled ‘Parent Governor Nomination’ by 15.30 am on Thursday 22nd June. Please also include a short statement about yourself including reasons why you wish to become a school governor and how you can contribute to the work of the Governing Body (no more than 500 words).
All nominees will be given notice of receipt of their nomination on Friday 23rd June. If more than two candidates are nominated, there will be an election and I will notify all parents/carers of the election date and time and details provided by the candidates will be sent out.
You can find out more about the roles and responsibilities of School Governors by following the link below:
Paper copies of the information contained in this link are available from the office on request.
Mr C Soyka
ELECTION OF A PARENT TO THE GOVERNING BODY OF ST. ALBAN & ST STEPHEN CATHOLIC JUNIOR SCHOOL MAY 2017
I would like to nominate myself/ ___________________________________(Full Name of Nominee) for the vacant post of Parent Governor.
Signed: _____________________________________ (Nominee)
Telephone number: _____________________________________
I am Parent/Guardian of: _____________________________________ (child/children’s names) in class/es _____________________________________
For office use only:
Date/time received: ___________________________________