Amazing artwork and fabulous design skills from talented creative children, were on display as a result of Easter Card Competition.
The winners were Galvin, Chigozirim, Marysia, Remiel, Antoni, William, Ania, Alicja, Julia S, Lillian, Illsev, Bella, Osahon and Michaela.
Congratulations to all who took part.
The infant school began our Easter celebrations with Palm Liturgy on Tuesday. The children sang with enthusiasm and used Readings from The Bible, as well as Bidding Prayers to contribute to an excellent Liturgical Service.
On Wednesday afternoon in church, the Solemn Liturgical Dance was beautifully and reverentially performed by Year 6. They told us: through readings from the bible, in song, prayer and dance, the story of the Passion of Christ. The scene was set in in the Garden of Gethsemane and included the crucifixion of Jesus and ended with the victory of Christ over death. The Passion is a story about injustice, doubt, fear, pain and, ultimately, degrading death. It tells how God experienced these things in the same way as ordinary human beings.
The School Councillors from Years 5 and 6, Michaela, Che, Llywella and Rex, spent an informative morning at the Civic Suite. Upon arrival, they completed a quiz about the London Borough of Lewisham, looked at Mayoral Regalia (included former and current mayoral Maces) and tried out the Mayoral chair. They went into the Council Chambers, where they met the Deputy Young Mayor of Lewisham, Tekisha Henry, from Sedgehill School. Tekisha explained how she was elected and her role. They went on to meet Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor of Lewisham, who showed them The Mayoral Chain and Medal and explained the work of Lewisham Council. Our school councillors asked the Mayor about Lewisham’s policies and questioned him on his achievements and role as Mayor.
At the end of the morning Sir Steve Bullock announced the winners of the quiz and we were delighted to hear that it was………..St. Augustines! A fantastic end to a thought provoking and interesting morning.
On Wednesday 8th March, the St Augustine’s Choir, made up of a selection of singers from Years 4-6, performed at the Catford Broadway Theatre as part of Lewisham Live 2017! The children participated in a fantastic performance in front of a crowd of over 600 friends, parents and guests, alongside several other local schools. Prior to the event, the choir were the only school treated to a special talk with Peter Hammond, the organist, and were taken on a complete tour of the venue. The choir’s experiences have been recorded in their personal portfolios which will lead to a very special Arts Award Discover Certificate. Our thanks go to Mr Rowe for preparing and inspiring the children and Ms Walcott for organising the Art’s Award.
This year STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Week took place on the 13th-17th March with particular focus on Science Experiments and Maths investigations across all year groups to boost the children’s interest in these areas. Each class had been asked to do one Maths and one Science investigation each day, and study the life and contributions of a mathematician and scientist. The children worked systematically to explore variations and possibilities, used their fine motor skills to investigate time, made playdough, circuits and exploding volcanoes, tested magnets and their strengths, investigated polygons, the perimeter of a rectangle and number patterns and sequences, played board games in the hall – a busy week was had by all. There was a celebration assembly on Friday the 17th to congratulate quiz winners and investigative ideas. The children’s tremendous effort and resilience was recognised with fantastic prizes. To celebrate the end of a busy week, the children took part a fabulous mathematician/ scientist/ inventor costume parade and winners were chosen from each year group. It was lovely to watch the children enjoy these practical activities, especially the glow on their face in the moments when they had discovered and learnt something new.
Pupils and staff designed, made and wore masks as some of their favourite fictional characters in celebration of the 20th World Book Day. Staff shared their favourite books when they swapped classes for Storytime. There was a very popular Book Character Hunt to find characters who had escaped from their book and clues to solve in Book Cluedo. The day also included a theatre trip to see an Iron Man. World Book Day was an excellent chance to celebrate reading in our school. Remember to use your World Book Day token to claim your free book or to get £1 off any book.
On Shrove Tuesday children, parents and staff came into school early and shared delicious croissants and pancakes that were enjoyed by all. The breakfast marked the start of our Lenten preparation. Never have I seen so much syrup on some pancakes. During Lent we will be holding a Lenten porridge breakfast every Tuesday so please do join us from 8.20 in the school hall. Money donated will go to Mary’s Meals and CAFOD. A big thank you must go to all the staff and parents who made the event so successful.