Dodgeball / Basketball Club

 

Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge – Awards Ceremony

The final event of this year’s Dragon’s Apprentice challenge took place in the Weston Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire on Tuesday 25th April. Teams from both challenges gathered together for the awards ceremony to discover who would be crowned the overall winner.

The evening started with a number of excellent presentations from secondary schools and colleges who competed in the Senior Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge and explained how they turned their seed money of £100 in to over £1000 and at one school nearly £2000!

As the evening moved on we were incredibly fortunate to listen to a very inspiring speech from the very special guest for the evening – Derek Redmond. He spoke about his own personal challenges and set backs (including 7 operations on the hamstring he tore during the semi final of the Men’s 400m at the Barcelona Olympics) and reminded everyone in the audience to never give up even in the darkest and toughest of times.

And so we moved to the business end of the evening and it wasn’t long before we learnt that The News Warriors were crowned the Overall Winners and for having the Most Innovative Idea; a remarkable achievement. It was a wonderful evening, the memories of which will live long in the memory. The Junior Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge gave a small but hardy group of children from Year 5; the opportunity to develop new skills, an ability to work collaboratively as a team and the chance to learn about the basic fundamentals of running and sustaining a business plan. Thank you children for representing the school so confidently and achieving beyond your wildest dreams.

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The winners of the Junior and Senior Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge 2017  – The News Warriors from Ss Alban & Stephen Catholic Junior School and Team Revolution from Nicholas Breakspear Catholic Secondary School.

Headteacher’s Newsletter April 7th 2017

We celebrate Palm Sunday this weekend and are reminded of the adulation Jesus received from the crowds when he entered Jerusalem days before he was to suffer and die the most painful of deaths. The emotions of Holy Week remind us all of our frailties and triumphs; something we should give praise to God for. The end of the term is upon us and we can look back and feel proud of our achievements. The diocesan inspection and subsequent report was a good way to start the term and the recent county inspection was a reminder that the school is in good shape. The children must be congratulated on their hard work and a word of thanks must be given to the staff too. May I take this opportunity of wishing you all a happy and holy Easter.

 

Stations of the Cross and Easter Week – Members of the Chaplaincy team led the school through the events of Holy Week at a special assembly on Friday morning. They showed great reverence and understanding of this most important of weeks before Mr Soyka led Stations of the Cross. Thank you children for preparing very meaningful assembly.

 

 

Liturgical Art Competition – Thank you to everyone who entered a piece of art work for this competition. The standard of the work was very high which made the judges’ decision very difficult but the following children were presented with an Easter Egg by way of congratulations – Will, Rachel, Orlaith T, Coco, Hudson, Mabel, Will and Eva

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House Points – Congratulations to all the children from MARK who were this term’s winners with 3840 points

2nd Place – Luke 3779 points

3rd Place – John 3671 points

4th Place – Matthew 3267 points

 

 

A note from Mr Spitzer – Please follow the link below to sponsor Mr Spitzer on his desert trek. Good luck!!

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/markspitzer1

 

 

PTA Events Next Term
The last disco of the year will be on Friday May 12th from 6.30 to 8.30pm. Theme TBD. Don’t miss it!

 

 

Attendance – Congratulations to Class 1 who had the best attendance this week with 99.33%

2nd Place – Class 7 – 97.24%

3rd Place – Class 4 – 96.9%

 

 

Future Dates – INSET DAY – MONDAY 24TH APRIL SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday 25th April – School resumes

Friday 28th April – Table Tennis resumes 3.30pm – 4.30pm

MONDAY 1st MAY – MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY SCHOOL CLOSED

Thursday 4th May – Crowning of Mary assembly 9.30am

MONDAY 8TH MAY – FRIDAY 12TH MAY SATS WEEK YEAR 6

 

 

The Big Question – “What is the most important part of a fork?”

 

 

The Easter Song – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7s8lfRdz5U

 

 

Easter is About…

Good Friday is about

burdens loaded on innocent shoulders

and nails hammered in to innocent hands,

a spear piecing an innocent heart

and death enshrouding an innocent life.

 

Easter is about

unexpected and joyful reunions

and simple meals shared with friends,

old grievances forgiven and forgotten

and angels rolling wide the way to heaven.

 

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HAVE A GOOD EASTER!

Year 5 Homework – 3rd April 2017

Headteacher’s Newsletter – 31st March 2017

As we head towards the end of another term, we look forward to the promise of Easter and an opportunity for spiritual renewal. The children have worked incredibly hard through the term and tiredness is beginning to creep in. Keep going children. The Year 5 Netball team won the local St Albans Schools tournament earlier in the week and it comes off the back of the Year 6 girls success the previous week. Netball is going from strength to strength. The boys football team also secured a long awaited win last Friday night against Prae Wood. Year 5 began our week with a very poignant assembly on the theme of sacrifice and the PTA Ball by the Lake promises to be another excellent event. All lost property will be put out on Monday evening after school outside the entrance to the Year 5 classrooms.

 

The word of the week is: COMPASSION – How do you share other people’s sorrow?  Pope Francis captures his understanding of compassion beautifully – ” The compassion of God, his suffering – with – us gives meaning to our struggles and our suffering.”

 

Class 5 Assembly – Class 5 delivered a very meaningful assembly on Monday morning about the theme of sacrifice. They acted and spoke with conviction and helped the school community to spend some time in thought about this often over looked but incredibly important aspect of life.

 

Year 4/5 Netball Tournament – The Year 5 netball team built on the success of the Year 6 team by winning the local St Albans Year 4 / 5 Netball tournament on Tuesday evening. They faced some stiff competition along the way in the form of Garden Fields (twice) Skyswood and Cunningham Hill but outplayed everyone who stood between them and the trophy. Congratulations to both teams who took part in the competition and represented the school so magnificently.

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Cycle Training – Year 5 spent the week completing their Cycling Proficiency Levels 1 and 2. The instructors were impressed with their levels of understanding and concentration. Congratulations children and we look forward to presenting you with the well earned badges.

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Parent Workshops – Our workshops will begin once again in the Summer term. Dates will be sent out in the first week back in the summer term. The themes for the workshops will be on the Concrete Pictorial Abstract methods of teaching  and Go APE approach to Maths and Guided Reading in English.

 

A Message from Mrs Harvey-Kennan – On 23 April, Orla Harvey Keenan’s mum, Fleur, will be running in the London marathon. She is raising money for the Carer Support Team on the Starfish Ward at Watford General Hospital. Martina (Austin Kennedy’s mum) volunteers with the CST and there is some information about the fantastic work they do on Fleur’s JustGiving page. The CST is not a huge charity and they rely on donations to be able to continue. Please follow the link below to find out more about the team and to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Fleur-Harvey

 

House Points – Congratulation to the children from LUKE who were this week’s winners with 828 points

2nd Place – Mark 823 points

3rd Place – Matthew 810 points

4th Place – John – 727 points

 

Attendance – Congratulations to Class 5 who had the best attendance with 98.8 %

2nd Place – Class 3 – 98.7 %

3rd Place – Class 3 – 98.3 %

 

Sainsbury’s Vouchers – Please keep sending in your vouchers. To date we have collected 5446 vouchers which is a tremendous effort.

 

The BIG Question – “Is a white sheet of paper more blank than a black one?

 

Future Dates – Tuesday 4th April – Samba Afternoon – Year 6

Wednesday 5th April – LAST CODING CLUB FOR THE TERM

Thursday 6th April – Rocksteady Concert for parents – 10am

Friday 7th April – SCHOOL CLOSES FOR THE END OF TERM @ 1.30PM

MONDAY 24TH APRIL – INSET DAY SCHOOL CLOSED

TUESDAY 25TH APRIL – SCHOOL RECOMMENCES FOR CHILDREN 9.00am

 

THE COST OF SCHOOL DINNERS WILL INCREASE BY 5 PENCE FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE SUMMER TERM TO £2.30 PER MEAL. PLEASE NOT THE CHANGE IN PRICE.

 

All is Well

All is well:

the leaves of grass are growing.

All is well:

the leaves of flowers are showing.

All is well:

the leaves of trees are blowing.

All is well:

God’s springtime love is showing.

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

 

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