Dodgeball / Basketball Club
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.
You came in great numbers, the weather held and the children had a wonderful day. Congratulations to the children from Matthew who were this year’s winners. It was a lovely day enjoyed by all who took part and thank you to everyone who came and supported. During the summer months please ensure that your child comes to school with a water bottle and school hat. Sun cream must be applied before children come to school in the morning. The next five weeks are an exciting time in school; please keep abreast of the future dates.
The word of the week is NOURISHMENT – This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi. How does the body of Christ nourish you in your everyday life?
Sports Day Result – Congratulations to everyone who took part; you were all fantastic!!
The winners of this year’s Sports Day were the children from Matthew on 186 points
2nd Place – Mark – 179 points
3rd Place – John – 165 points
4th Place – Luke – 160 points
Year 3 Trip to Celtic Harmony – The children from year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their day to Celtic Harmony on Tuesday. They made arrowheads from soap, experienced a real live fire and pretended to bring down a woolly mammoth! The children enjoyed learning about the stone age in an exciting environment and were great ambassadors for the school.
Athletics Meet – On Wednesday evening the school athletics team competed against three other local schools at St Peter’s School across a range of events. The standard of the competiton was very high and the children performed incredibly well. They lost the meet by 4 points to Maple School but gave a brilliant account of themselves. Thank you children.
Wacky Day – What a great day! The children went to great lengths to dress up and enter in to the spirit of the event. Over £260 was raised on the day for the children of the Santa Maria Education Fund, this term’s charity. Thank you to everyone who donated. Click on the link below to read the tweet on the school’s feed – https://twitter.com/headaands
Parent Governor – Nominations for this important position close on THURSDAY 22ND JUNE AT 3:30PM. For further details please click on the link – http://www.ssasjm.herts.sch.uk/parent-governor-vacancy/
The Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMx0waxbQ9I Have a lovely father’s day!
Attendance – Congratulations to the children of Class 2 who had the best attendance this week with 97.72%
2nd Place – 97.56 – Class 7
3rd Place – 97.26 – Class 8
Future Dates – Tuesday 20th June – Athletics District Competition Westminster Lodge – am / Key Stage 1 Sports Day – Siblings in KS2 to leave early
Wednesday 21st June – Year 6 trip to Thorpe Park
Thursday 22nd June – Gymnastics Display – 9.30am
Friday 23rd June – Art Day
Thursday 29th June – Feast of Ss Peter & Paul Mass at 11am in the hall – ALL WLECOME
Friday 30th June – Breaking Rules Day – Year 4 to Nicholas Breakspear School – Annual Community Mass
Tuesday 4th July – Year 4 to Whipsnade Zoo
Thursday 6th July – OPEN EVENING
Monday 10th July – Year 6 perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat (Class 7)
Wednesday 12th July – Year 6 perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream oat (Class 8)
Thursday 13th July – CHANGE OVER DAY
Friday 14th July – Rocksteady Concert 9.15 / Year 6 Leavers’ Disco – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Tuesday 18th July – Year 6 Leavers’ Mass 7.00pm – Ss Alban & Stephen Catholic Church Beaconsfield Road / Anglo Saxon Day for Year 4
Friday 21st July – END OF TERM AND THE ACADEMIC YEAR SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1:30PM
Soul of Christ, be my sanctification;
Body of Christ, be my salvation;
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;
Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains;
Passion of Christ, my comfort be;
O good Jesus, listen to me;
In Thy wounds I fain would hide;
Ne’er to be parted from Thy side;
Guard me, should the foe assail me;
Call me when my life shall fail me;
Bid me come to Thee above,
With Thy saints to sing Thy love,
World without end.
HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!
Welcome back to the final half term of the year. The second half of the summer term is always very busy and this week has proved to be no different. The children have developed a greater sense of the key British Values of Democracy and Individual Liberty this week. To tie in with the General Election we held our own school election. Read further below for a fuller report. It was an exciting opportunity for the four candidates and the overall winner. Thank you children for putting yourselves forward to stand in our school election. Year 4 had a rather eventful trip to the Anglo – Saxon village of West Stow on Tuesday. Despite the lashing rain and a technical problem with the coach they enjoyed learning about life in 5th century Britain. The Year 6 Maths workshop was well attended on Thursday morning and brought a close to this round of workshops. We hope that you found them useful and gave you an insight in to the teaching methods we use with the children. Sports day will take place next Friday and we look forward to welcoming you to this popular event.
The word of the week is – SPIRIT – Last week we celebrated the feast of Pentecost. Jesus sent us the spirit to act as the Paraclete, a guide in our lives. Where do you see the spirit working in your life?
Complaints – From time to time there will be occasions where certain issues will need to be reported and a complaint will be made. The link below will explain in further detail, the process and procedures that have to be followed should you feel the need to do so.
School Election – Four candidates stood in this week’s election – Dylan representing the Golden Party, Eva representing the Reward Party, Esme representing the Progressive Party and Odette representing the Smiley party. After a couple of hard days’ campaigning, everyone in the school cast their vote at the ballot. The school council spent a little time counting the votes before Mrs Butterworth the Returning Officer handed Mr Soyka the final result. In reverse order the result was announced to the school at a special assembly as follows:
4th Place – Eva and the Reward Party
3rd Place – Esme and the Progressive Party
2nd Place – Odette and the Smiley Party
1st Place – DYLAN AND THE GOLDEN PARTY
Congratulations to Dylan and his supports of the Golden Party. The children deepened their understanding of key British Values by participating in the election. Dylan will now spend the day with Mr Soyka helping to run the school and implementing his manifesto pledges.
Gates – The pedestrian gate has been fitted with a timer which allows the pedestrian gate to be open from 7.45am through to 9.00am and again from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. It is important that everyone enters through this gate in the morning avoiding the path as a matter of health and safety. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Wacky Day – WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE – Children may come to school on Wednesday next week dressed in loud and strange clothing in exchange for a £1. They may wear a coloured wig or even put streaks of colour in their hair. All money raised will be donated to the Santa Maria Education Fund – Helping Paraguay’s poor. We look forward to seeing your outfits children!
Children Arriving Before School and Staying After School – It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure that their child is adequately supervised before and after school. The school does not take responsibility for a child until the doors to classrooms open at 8:45am and when school finishes at 3:20pm. Provision must be put in place for any child who arrives to school before this time and for any child after this time. Please ensure that you comply with this very important rule of health and safety.
Development of the School Field – Over the coming months the school field will undergo a major transformation. We have secured enough funding to improve the drainage and we are in talks with an approved chartered surveying company (who the school has worked with on previous capital projects) to install a multi purpose sports surface. This is a very exciting project with enormous potential for the school. Further updates will follow as the project begins to get underway.
Parent Governor – You would have received the nomination papers before half term which explained the process for anyone who wishes to be nominated to stand in the forthcoming election. Please note that all papers have to be returned by THURSDAY 22ND JUNE. Further information can be found by clicking on the link below.
The Ball by the Lake – Saturday September 16th. There is now only one table left for this event. It can be taken by a group or up to ten individuals. Tickets cost £55. If you would like to purchase one or more please email email@example.com. Guests from outside the school community are very welcome.
Raffles – we intend to hold raffles at both the ball and the Autumn Fair on Saturday September 23rd and so need plenty of prizes. If you have anything you can donate – unused by unwanted presents etc – please bring in to the school office clearly marked. Small items can be group together to form really attractive prizes.
Future Dates – Tuesday 13th June – Year 3 to Celtic Harmony
Wednesday 14th June – Wacky Day in support of the Santa Maria Charity (£1)
Friday 16th June – SPORTS DAY 9.30 – 12.30pm (PLEASE NOTE THE START TIME)
Thursday 22nd June – CLOSING DATE FOR PARENT GOVERNOR NOMINATION
House Points – Congratulations to the children from MARK who were this week’s winners with 114 points
2nd Place – John 109 points
3rd Place – Luke 91 points
4th Place – Matthew 39 points
The Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_hlYgCNFZc
Wind and Fire
Let the wind of the Spirit blow from heaven
Let the wind of the Spirit glow from heaven.
Let the wind of the Spirit shake our lives
Let the fire of the spirit shape our lives.
HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!
Please read the letter below very carefully from Mr Adam Herron the Chair of Governors. Letters of this nature help to explain, and to remind parents and carers how to raise a complaint if they feel it is necessary. Staff work very hard to support the best interests of all children and families in the school but from time to time it is necessary to explain our processes and procedures so that everyone is clear about how to approach sensitive issues.
We all know what a very special place our school is for our children and the huge impact it has on the wider community here in St Albans. The governors know that for the vast majority of children the school is always a happy, caring place where they are very well nurtured by all staff. However we also know that the old maxim of ‘you can’t please all the people all of the time’ applies too from time to time. It is in that regard that I write you.
I would like to remind parents that the school has an open door policy and all staff are very willing to discuss any issues you may have. I would also like to remind parents of the Diocesan policy which the school adheres to, in relation to a complaint a parent may wish to make about the school or a member of staff.
Should you need it at any time the school’s Complaints Procedure may be found on the school website. The policy explains how complaints should be appropriately directed, depending on who they relate to. However Mr Soyka and his staff are always very keen to discuss any issues at an early stage to find a solution, if at all possible, and certainly before a complaint escalates to one of a formal nature.
Governors recognise that, with the best will in the world, sometimes complaints are escalated and I would like to remind parents that any such complaint must follow the prescribed process. It must also be stressed if a complaint is to be taken forward by the governors then the complaint form must be signed by the complainant. Action cannot be taken by the governors with regard to any anonymous complaints.
Thank you for your time in relation to this matter I, or Mr Soyka is happy to discuss any matter in relation to this.
Chair of Governors
On behalf of the Governing Body
Due to the inclement weather that has been forecast for tomorrow (Friday 9th June) Sports Day has been cancelled and will now take place on Friday 16th June.
Leave of Absence
Please read the correspondence below very carefully; it sets out in detail the changes around leave of absence requests. Each case will be judged on its own merit but unless there are extreme circumstances requests will not be granted.