The tragic events that took place in central London earlier this week, have left communities shattered and almost broken, but the candle light vigil held in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday evening, was a sign of strength in a time of sorrow and darkness. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have had their lives shattered by these awful events . May their souls and the souls of of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
The week began with a victory and ended with a celebration. The school Netball team won the St Albans large schools netball tournament on Saturday afternoon which was a wonderful achievement and proves how hard work and determination really pay off. And we finished our week with a very enjoyable Mother’s Day mass prepared by the children from Year 5. In between there has been a trip to Hazard Alley, an excellent assembly from Class 1, parent consultations and PTA Mother’s Day gift sale. Thank you to everyone who has supported these events and helped to make this week a good success.
The word of the week is HEALING – After a difficult week for many families and visitors to our country, may the love of God give us strength and heal us all.
Netball WInners – Our netball teams won the St Albans Large School tournament last Saturday afternoon. They played incredibly well through the rounds beating all comers including the school Busy Bee team before meeting Cunningham Hill in the final. The result of 6-3 was a wonderful result especially since they lost to them quite heavily during the early part of the season. Congratulations to everyone who took part and represented the school. You were great ambassadors and were gracious in victory.
Class 1 Assembly – We were reminded of the importance of Palm Sunday at Monday morning’s assembly. The children from Class 1 acted and spoke with clarity and purpose when they shard with the school the events that signal the beginning of Holy Week. Thank you children for reminding us of how Jesus accepted His death and the way He understood how this was to be done – through sacrifice. It was a powerful message that really helped all of us to focus on the week ahead.
Year 3 Trip to Hazard Alley – This popular Year 3 trip took place on Thursday afternoon. The children, parents and staff learnt about the importance of staying safe in a number of different hazardous situations. They were fantastic ambassadors for our school and responded positively to the experience. Thank you children.
Mother’s Day Mass – The children from Year 5, under the guidance of Mrs Porter, led a truly wonderful celebration on Friday morning. Fr TJ celebrated this year’s Mother’s Day mass which was well attended by mothers and grandmothers from all year groups. The children showed great reverence and were in fine voice. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a lovely occasion. Thanks must also be given to the PTA for organising the selling of daffodils for children to take home to their mothers for their special day.
Building Work – Ground work commences this weekend for the installation of new gates to the front of the school. Please refer to an earlier correspondence sent out this week for further details.
Attendance – Congratulations to Class 1 who had the best attendance this week with 99.7%
2nd Place – Class 7 – 98.6%
3rd Place – Class 6 – 97.2%
House Points – Congratulations to the children from Matthew who were this week’s winners with 733 points
2nd Place – John 697 points
3rd Place – Luke 694 points
4th Place – 658 points
PTA Update – Mother’s Day Gifts – will be on sale to the children during the school day today. Price £1.50. If the children don’t have the money today, they will still bring home a gift. Please send in the money next week. Happy Mother’s Day.
Tea Towels – there are still Junior school tea towels available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase. £5 for one, £8 for two.
Twitter – Please join and become a follower: @headaands to keep up to date with the latest events that take place at school.
The BIG QUESTION – There is a food that you don’t like. Is that because it tastes different for you or you don’t like the taste and the other person does?
Heal The World
Heal the world’s sorrow
Dry the world’s tears
Calm the world’s worries
End the world’s fears.
HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!
Over the coming weeks, work will begin to install new automated gates and erect fencing at the front of the school. Contractors will begin work this weekend to dig a trench for cables to be laid, which will carry the electricity supply to the gates. The present gates will be removed and will be replaced by heras fencing until the end of April when the new gates will be installed. Eurotec fencing will be erected on the walls to the front of the school which will act as a deterrent and offer the school greater security.
Once the gates have been installed, they will operate on a time mechanism and will remain open during the busiest points of the school day. A pedestrian gate will also be installed next to the automated gate which will operate on an intercom. Access through this gate will also be timed to remain open during the busiest times of the day.
The security and safeguarding of everyone who enters the school grounds is of paramount importance and a key priority for the school and something we take very seriously. By erecting new gates and improving the security of the boundary wall, the school is compliant with the safeguarding procedures established by the government and we remain vigilant in our actions in keeping children, families and staff safe at all times.
C D Soyka