Dodgeball / Basketball Club
We come to the end of the first half term of the year and it hardly seems like we have been back at all. The redevelopment of the pitch commences on Monday and we are very excited by the prospect of having a first class sporting facility for the children to use in the new year. Please may I refer to the letter that was sent out yesterday and remind you of the very important points of health and safety associated with the project. It is vitally important that all members of the school community adhere to them. Teacher Parent consultations took place this week and it seems that many of you prefer having the opportunity of having a morning appointment. We will continue with this arrangement in to the Spring term. As the winter nights draw in please remember that as the temperature begins to drop children need to wear a warm coat and a jumper to school. Have a lovely half term break. School recommences on Monday 30th October at 9am.
The word of the week is – GRATITUDE – God gives us so much to be thankful for, but how do we show him our gratitude?
School Disco – The first school disco of the year will take place on Friday 17th November from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. The theme of the disco which was chosen by the school council will be Fright Night. We look forward to welcoming the children in their outfits.
House Points – Congratulations to the children from MARK who were this half term’s overall winners with 1282 points. The children enjoyed their afternoon watching Finding Nemo together. Keep up the good work everyone. Who will win next term???
Attendance – Congratulations to the children of Class 5 who have had the best overall attendance this half term with 98.53%
2nd Place – Class 1- 98.19%
3rd Place – Class 2 – 97.52%
Future Dates – Monday 30th October – School recommences 9am – Assembly starts at 9:10am – all welcome
TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER – TEACHER /PARENT CONSULTATION
Wednesday 8th November – Waste Ninjas Economic Workshop
Friday 17th November – School Disco – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 10th December – Joint Schools’ Advent Mass – 9.30am
The Big Question – “Was maths invented or discovered?”
The Half Term Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDSDmVUH6g8
I Told God Everything
I told God everything
I told God about all the wring things I had done.
I gave up trying to pretend.
I gave up trying to hide.
I knew that the only thing to do was to confess.
And God forgave me.
HAVE A LOVELY HALF TERM BREAK!!!
The redevelopment of the school field begins next week and is scheduled for completion on December 15th 2017. The letter attached to this post has more information about the project and the important health and safety precautions that need to be followed during the next couple of months. There is also further information regarding the Governors’ building fund, a vital stream of income which helps to fund capital projects of this nature. The gift aid forms are also attached to this link. We look forward to working closely with Blakedown Sport and Play during the next half term as the project gets under way.
After another successful school journey spent at Stackpole Outdoor Learning Centre in Pembrokeshire life returned to normal once again. The good weather meant that the school field has been used for longer than expected this year. We have recently received confirmation from St Albans City Council that the plans for the redevelopment of the school field have been approved. Please read below for further information. The boys football team enjoyed their first win of the season and both teams play again next Monday and Friday against Bowmansgreen – good luck children. teacher parent consultations take place through the mornings from Monday through Thursday next week. All appointments will take place in the school hall and we look forward to welcoming you.If for any reason you do not have an appointment, they can be made through the Parentmail system.
The word of the week is – INVITATION – In this week’s gospel Jesus uses the image of a wedding as being like the kingdom of heaven. We are all invited to be members at the wedding and to experience the kingdom of heaven on earth whether we are a sinner or a believer. How do you invite Christ in to your life and be a witness to the kingdom of heaven?
Allergies – For those children who have a packed lunch please can you make sure that there are no traces of nut or shellfish in your child’s food. Thank you for your understanding with this very important matter of health and safety.
Redevelopment of the School Field – A year after the bid was submitted to the government, we have received confirmation from St Albans City Council that the plans have been passed for the school field to be redeveloped as Multi Use Games Area. I am meeting with the contractors next week for a planning meeting and to set dates for the works to begin. Parking will be an issue during the second half of this term so please be even more mindful of where you park especially during pressured times of the day. If everything goes to plan the pitch will be ready to use from the beginning of the Spring term.
Parking – I had a meeting with Mrs Dempsey this week and one of the issues that we spoke about was the perennial problem of parking. Dropping off and collecting your child at the beginning and end of the school day can be a challenge, please can I remind you all to be very mindful of where you park and to consider our neighbours.
St Albans City Football Club – We have been given a special offer by our local football club for children who are interested in becoming a membership ticket holder for five games through the season. Please collect a flyer and an application form from the school office. Compete it and return it with £5 and you will be presented with a membership card for your child. The club are eager to build upon their partnerships with local schools and this is an excellent way of supporting them. ALL APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BY FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER
The BIG Question – “Can I think myself happy?”
House Points – Congratulations to the children from JOHN who were this week’s winners with 375 points
2nd Place – Mark – 364 points
3rd Place – Matthew – 360 points
4th Place – Luke 347 points
ASSEMBLY WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY AFTERNOON AT 2:40PM BECAUSE TEACHER PARENT CONSULTATIONS WILL BE TAKING PLACE IN THE HALL THROUGHOUT MONDAY MORNING
Attendance – Congratulations to the children from Class 1 who had the best attendance this week with 99.73%
2nd Place – Class 5 – 97.68%
3rd Place – Class 6 – 97.23%
Future Dates – TEACHER /PARENT CONSULTATIONS Monday 16th October through to Thursday 19th October AM Appointments
MONDAY 23RD OCTOBER – FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER HALF TERM
Tuesday 31st October – Teacher / Parent Consultations PM Appointments
Wednesday 1st November – Feast of All Saints
Thursday 2nd November – Feast of All Souls
Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bny9V67xQU
I haven’t been wicked.
I’m not evil inside
I’m just a bit mischevious.
I am sorry for upsetting people
but I am also sorry for myself.
HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!
The final day of activity was a great success and the weather was absolutely glorious. The children had another fantastic day and completed the last two rounds of activities. The Badgers and the Stoats spent the whole day away from the centre and enjoyed a wonderful coastal walk before climbing the face of the old quarry, whilst the Otters got to grips with the muddy terrain of the estate and canoeing in the moat of Pembroke Castle. The Weasels made short work of the orienteering challenge in the morning and set about discovering new parts of the estate in the afternoon on their mountain bikes. The Polecats enjoyed canoeing in the morning and spent the day at the beach in and out of the rock pools in the afternoon. The shop was open after dinner in the evening for the children to buy a little souvenir of a week they will remember for many years to come.
As day three draws to a close the children have had another great day at Stackpole. Breakfast was an interesting mix of hash browns, spaghetti hoops and rounds and rounds of toast. Activities began once again soon after breakfast was finished.
Whilst the Badgers looked for the creatures from the sea at Angle Bay, the Stoats managed to tame the winds in the moat of Pembroke Castle as they worked together in their canoes. The Otters and the Weasels spent the day exploring the Stackpole Estate and climbing the old quarry face before returning home for a hot meal. The polecats got to grips with the new mountain bikes in the morning and explored the woods in the afternoon. Class 7 went out at 7pm to experience the “night line” with Mr Jewels, Mrs King and Mr McMorrow and returned full of stories and laughter. Fatigue meant an early night for all, with much talk of merriment and adventure tomorrow.
After a decent night’s rest and a early shower (at 6:00am for some early risers!) a hearty cooked breakfast was served before (from 8:30am) the five groups set off on their day’s activities. The Badgers explored the sprawling woods and managed to orientate themselves successfully around the grounds and completed the second part of the John Muir Conservation Award pulling up brambles to clear much needed space. The Stoats took to their bicycles and enjoyed a wonderful bike ride cycling through streams and muddy tracks. The Otters spent the morning at Freshwater West beach to sample life in the rockpools whilst the Weasels canoed in the moat of Pembroke Castle. The Polecats spent the whole day away from the centre learning to climb and taking in some breathtaking views of the Stackpole Estate. Class 7 spent the last part of the day completing the teachers’ favourite activity of the week – The Night Line. After another great day the children flopped in to bed ready for Wednesday.
As day one draws to a close the children have had a very exciting day. They survived the five and half hour coach journey and arrived safely at Stackpole Outdoor Learning Centre just after three o’clock. After a quick tour of the centre they set out on their first activity which took in the view from Bob’s Bluff – the best view on the entire estate. After a short break to take in the view from the eight arch bridge the children ventured back to the centre after a three mile walk to a dinner of sausages, potatoes, sweetcorn and carrots. This was followed by a dessert of peaches and ice cream. Once dinner was finished, the children returned to their rooms to unpack and make their beds. A quick fire drill and run through of the health and safety procedures signalled an end to the first day.
October is upon us once again and it seems as if time has passed by in a heart beat. The week started with a very informative assembly given by representatives from the woodland trust; an organisation we are very happy to be involved with as a school. Mad Science, a company who have worked in schools for many years paid a flying visit on Wednesday morning and rehearsals are underway for next year’s Young Voices concert. The children have begun to settle in to their new class routines and the school is beginning to find a new rhythm to the year. I had the privilege of witnessing some of our new three children and parents joining many others from the school community at Tuesday’s Celebration of Light ceremony. Teacher Parent consultations will take place later on next month and we are in the process of setting up on line appointments using the Parentmail App. Please keep abreast of future dates and events as and when they happen.
The word of the week is CHANGE – Change is a painful process for everyone. To experience real change is to undergo a transformation – something everyone finds challenging. How do you let your love of God shape the changes in your life?
Welcome Fayre – Last week’s Welcome Fayre was a wonder community event. You came in large numbers and helped to raise much needed funds for both schools. Thank you to everyone who supported the fayre, but an extra special mention must go to the PTA and those who helped to set up and pack away.
School Facilities – We are very happy to support parents and families as much as we can. Many of you ask to use the toilets by the office before and after school regularly but please remember the staff room is off limits to parents unless invited by a member of staff. Thank you for your understanding with this important aspect of Health and Safety.
PTA AGM – This important meeting was held on Tuesday evening at The Crown. There was a fair turn out and new officers were elected. The treasurer gave a review of the year and explained how the magnificent sum of over £20,000 was raised for both schools last year. We want to use the funds from the reserves in the PTA account to buy a new set of laptops to replace the ailing ones that are on their last legs. We are also in desperate need to replace all of the interactive whiteboards across the school, many of them are nearly 10 years old and technology has moved on a great deal since they were installed. We will ask the PTA to help fund two / three new boards. One of the development points from last year’s Section 48 RE Inspection, was for a grotto to built in the grounds of the school; an exciting project we want the PTA to be involved with. Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting and to those of you who support the excellent and invaluable work of the PTA.
Future Dates – MONDAY 2nd OCTOBER – FRIDAY 6th OCTOBER – YEAR 6 SCHOOL JOURNEY TO STACKPOLE OUTDOOR LEARNING CENTRE
Monday 9th October – Food Ninja’s Assembly – 9:10am
MONDAY 16th OCTOBER – THURSDAY 19th OCTOBER – TEACHER / PARENT CONSULTATIONS – 8:45am – 12:00pm IN THE SCHOOL HALL
TUESDAY 31st OCTOBER – TEACHER / PARENT CONSULTATIONS 3.30pm – 6.30pm IN THE SCHOOL HALL
The Big Question – Which has the most freedom – an ant or a school child?
The Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS_Ri76gwY4
Prayer to St Michael
Yesterday was the feast day of the Archangels
Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you,
O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!