We have arrived at the end of another academic year and look forward to taking some rest over the weeks ahead. The children have had a successful year and should feel very proud of their achievements. In some senses it only seems like yesterday when Fr Tom celebrated mass to start the academic year and so much has happened in between. I was looking through the school twitter feed last weekend and couldn’t believe just how many events we have held or participated in; next year will continue at a similar pace! We say goodbye to Year 6 today and wish them all the very best of luck at their new schools. They celebrated a lovely liturgy together as a year group on Tuesday to mark the penultimate celebration of their time at Ss Alban & Stephen. The leavers’ assembly always proves to be an emotional affair and once again this was the case. I would like to wish you all a peaceful and happy summer and on behalf of the staff to thank you for your overwhelming generosity.
The word of the week is – TREASURE – Whoever finds Jesus, finds a rich treasure. Where have you found Jesus in your life?
Attendance – Congratulations to Class 2 who had the best attendance through the year with 97.66%
2nd Place – Class 7 with 97.28%
3rd Place – Class 1 and Class 8 with 96.93%
4th Place – Class 3 with 96.41%
5th Place – Class 4 with 96.26%
6th Place – Class 5 with 95.86%
7th Place – Class 6 with 95.68%
OVERALL SCHOOL ATTENDANCE FIGURE FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2016 -17 – 96.62%
From the PTA
Autumn Fair – September 23rd
A huge thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to run stalls. We are now in good shape for a fantastic fair. To everyone else, please offer to help when you are asked in September. We need LOTS of people from setting up at 9am through to clearing up at 3pm so plan to set aside an hour to volunteer as well as enjoying yourself.
Have a wonderful Summer and see you all in September.
Goodbye – We say goodbye not only to our Year 6 children and many families who have had a long association with the school but to three members of staff, Miss Elliot, Mrs Dowling and Miss Birney. I would like to thank them for their service to the school and the high standards they set for the children. You will be sorely missed. You leave our community today but please remember that you are welcome back here at any time. All the very best of luck in your future ventures and God bless.
Future Dates – SCHOOL RECOMMENCES ON MONDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2017 @9.00AM
Thursday 14th September – Secondary Transfer Meeting for Year 6 Parents 6.30pm in the school hall
The Big Question – “How would you describe an elephant to someone who had never seen one?”
The Summer Holiday Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ3eA5gxiLs
Walk With Me
Walk with me in golden sun
Walk with me in rain
Walk with me in happiness
Walk with me in pain
Walk with me at the morning time
When the world is light
Walk with me when evening comes
Watch me through the night
HAVE A LOVELY SUMMER HOLIDAY AND SEE YOU ALL ON THE 4TH SEPTEMBER!
Our new mosaic celebrating the school’s mission is now complete and hanging on the wall just before you enter the building. It captures the essence of our purpose and is a welcome addition to the school. Our thanks must go the PTA for funding the project and continuing to show their support for the school. We hope that you enjoy the art work and appreciate all that it stands for.
We head in to the final week of term and of the school year with much to be thankful for. It has been a very successful year,one which has brought renewed energy and success. There have been moments along the way where the journey has been rocky but with God’s grace and the support from a loyal community we can look back and feel proud of our achievements. There have been many things we can feel proud of but the recent end of term production of Joseph, winning the district netball tournament, the School Council’s visit to the Palace of Westminster, excellent SATs results and successful diocesan inspection are ones that spring to mind. We will continue to build on these successes next year. Children met their new teachers for the first time yesterday and were excited to know who would be teaching them next year. I hope that you will offer our new members of staff a warm welcome from September. You will have all received your child’s annual report this week; if you would like to discuss its content in further detail please make an appointment through the school office to speak with your child’s class teacher. We say good bye to the children of Year 6 next week. The final stage of their journey begins tonight with their leavers’ disco and concludes next week at their leavers’ mass and assembly.Please think of them during this special time in your prayers. With one week to go please remember to send your child to school in full uniform (NO TRAINERS) and a water bottle.
The Word of the Week is – FAITHFUL – If God is faithful to us in our lives; where do we show our faithfulness in return?
Joseph and The Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat – They sang, they acted, and most importantly they enjoyed themselves. What a great show from a great set of children. Two amazing performances from two very talented classes. The hours of hard work paid off and the results were there to be seen on Monday and Wednesday evening. We were very proud of the children and were amazed at their talents. Thank you for giving us such lovely memories to treasure.
New Mosaic – The children have worked with enjoyment and enthusiasm all week to create a new mosaic which captures our mission as a school perfectly. It will hang on one of the outside walls of the school for everyone to enjoy but to act as reminder that Christ is our centre and acts as our guide. Thank you Mrs Butterworth for arranging for this project to take place.
PTA News Tea Towels We have a few left! Every child currently in the school appears on them and they are good quality and attractive. The PTA will not produce them for at least another four years so it will be the only one with your child on it. £5 each or two for £8. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like one. Autumn Fair Please read the Parentmail that came out earlier this week and contact us before the end of term if you can ‘own’ any of the remaining stalls. email@example.com
Early Arrivals – There are still a number of children who arrive at school unsupervised before 8.30am. The school takes responsibility for your child from 8.45am. It is every parent’s responsibility to make provision for their child before and after school. The school provides a Breakfast and After School Club for any parent who wishes to access it. Please make sure you keep your child safe.
House Points – Congratulations to the children from Matthew who were this week’s winners with 403 points
2nd Place – Mark 370 points
3rd Place – Luke 319 points
4th Place – John 312 points
Attendance – Congratulations to Class 2 who currently have the best attendance this year with 97.68 %
2nd Place – Class 7 – 97.32%
3rd Place – Class 8 – 92.21%
The BIG Question – “If you set out to fail and succeed in failing,did you fail or succeed?”
The Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN4tPkX0MG0
Future Dates – Friday 14th July – Leavers’ Disco – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Tuesday 18th July – Anglo – Saxon Day Year 4 – Leavers’ Mass 7pm @ the church
Friday 21st July – Leavers Assembly 10.00am
SCHOOL RECOMMENCES MONDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER @9.00AM
Into Your Hands
Into your hands I place my worries, cares and troubles
Into your wisdom
I place my path, my direction and my goal,
Into your love, I place my life.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
SATs Results 2017
The provisional results for this year’s SATs results are once again very encouraging. The children worked incredibly hard and should be very proud of their efforts; they have attained well above national averages for a second year running under the new system. Congratulations to everyone who has helped to prepare the children over the past four years; your hard work and dedication have paid off.
After an action packed week I think we are all looking forward to a relaxing weekend! When we set the dates in the diary for the first week in July back in September,the only event in the calendar was Open Evening, how quickly that all changed! Our annual school journey meeting for Year 5 parents kick started the week’s events and it finished with the first dress rehearsal of the Year 6 production of Joseph for the children and staff from the Infant school. We welcomed Derek Redmond the former 400 metre world champion to school on Wednesday morning (and he didn’t disappoint) and you came in large numbers for Open Evening. Next week will be another busy week too and the focus moves to our children in Year 6. They will perform and dance sing and shout; we wish them luck as they tread the boards and prepare for their end of year party. Please remember in the hot weather to send your child to school with their red school hat and a bottle of water.
The word of the week is – COMPANION – Where is Christ’s teaching of inner peace and happiness witnessed in your life? How do we make Christ our friend and put him at the centre of our lives?
Derek Redmond – On Wednesday morning and most of the afternoon the whole school was empowered by the visit of the former World Champion and former Olympic athlete Derek Redmond. He spoke to the whole school about his action packed career with great interest. One of highs and lows but his message was very clear – if you want to succeed in life be the person you want to be. His inspirational story and resilience was a clear message to us all. Thank you Derek for infecting us with your energy and enthusiasm. Remember children – aspiration, dedication, discipline and hard work.
Santa Maria Education Fund – Thank you to those of you who have sent in your sponsorship money in support of this excellent charity. The final day to send in all money is MONDAY 10th JULY.
Open Evening – We welcomed many families on Thursday evening to our annual Open Evening. The children and staff have worked incredibly hard through the year and to showcase their efforts has been one of the highlights of the year. The quality of work on display and the high standards everyone has achieved is testament to the efforts of the whole community. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the evening a great success.
Year 4 Trip to Whipsnade Zoo – The children and staff from year 4 made the short trip to Whipsnade Zoo on Tuesday and were treated to the spectacular sights. They enjoyed the Lemur breakfast and watching the flamingos in their natural environment.The African hunting dogs certainly caused a stir and the opportunity to stroke a snake caused great excitement. The children were very well behaved through the day and were excellent ambassadors for the school.
Grenfell Tower Disaster – Over £750 has been collected for the victims and families of this national tragedy. Thank you to everyone who has donated to this very worthwhile cause. All money will be sent to the Catholic Children’s Society who are supporting those in needs of assistance.
Future Dates – Monday 11th July – Class 7 to perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat
Tuesday 11th July – Brass Concert – 9.10am – Parent invited
Wednesday 12th July – Class 8 to perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat
Thursday 13th July – CHANGE OVER DAY – Current Year 2 Parents Meeting 9.15am – School Hall
Friday 14th July – Rocksteady Concert 9.15am – Parents invited – Year 6 Leavers’ Party 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Monday 17th July – AECOM Winners Assembly 9.10am
Tuesday 18th July – Year 6 Leavers’ Mass – Anglo Saxon Day Year 4
Friday 21st July – END OF TERM – SCHOOL FINISHES AT 1:30PM
After School Club – Please note that there will be no After School Club on THURSDAY 20th and FRIDAY 21st JULY
Attendance – Congratulations to Class 2 who have the best attendance so far this year with 97.65%
2nd Place – Class 7 – 97.26%
3rd Place – Class 8 – 97.18%
House Points – Congratulations to the children from Matthew who were this week’s winners with 412 points
2nd Place – Mark 392 points
3rd Place – John 336 points
4th Place – Luke 270 points
The Big Question – “If I paint over a window,is it still a window?”
The Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Lv4Y3Dc4Rg
be good to me; the sea is so wide, and my boat is so small…
HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND !
Former 400 metre World Champion Derek Redmond spent the morning at school and shared with the children his life story. He spoke passionately about the personal tragedy he suffered during the 400 metre semi – final at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics (where he was the joint favourite for the gold) and how this set back inspired him to greater things. Derek spent the morning in each class fielding questions about his life and his career and was a true inspiration to everyone. His message about success was very clear and easy to follow: aspiration, dedication, discipline and hard work.
He spent over half an hour signing autographs on t-shirts, scraps of paper and other various pieces of card before heading off back home. His visit will be remembered for a long time to come and his message will echo around the building as our mantra about how to succeed in life. He truly is one of the good guys!
The slides from the presentation given by Mr Soyka about next year’s residential trip to Stackpole can be found at the link below. We hope that you find them useful. If there is anything further information that you require please speak to Mr Soyka.
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
Wednesday 12th July – PERFORMANCE 2 OF THE YEAR 6 END OF TERM PRODUCTION 7.00PM
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
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
Clouds in the sky above,
Waves on the sea,
Angels up in heaven
Watching over you and me
HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!
SECONDARY TRANSFER OPEN EVENINGS 2017
Please find a link to the list of time and dates for the secondary transfer open evenings 2017 – 2018. A secondary transfer meeting for Year 6 parents will take place very soon after we return to school in September. You will be given the time and date in early September.
May you also make a note that the Year 6 school journey to Stackpole Outdoor Learning Centre takes place during the week of the 2nd through to the 6th October 2017.