The Parent and Staff Association (PSA) at St Augustine’s are organising a fantastic Summer Fair for Friday 28th June. However, they will need your help! Anyone who would like to find out more about how they can support our school through the PSA and feel they can help in anyway, please let Mrs Coutinho via the school office.
We are aware that times are very difficult for some families within St. Augustine’s and as a caring, catholic community we want to do all we can to help and so have opened a food bank and second hand uniforms here for members of our community. We are asking for regular donations of food such as tins, rice and pasta and not forgetting toiletries. Also, any uniforms which your children may have grown out of. Please be mindful that these need to be clean, washed and presentable. There are boxes in the Reception Area by the school office in which donated items can be dropped. These will be transferred into boxes in our ‘Resources Room’ (by the infant’s entrance) where parents and carers are welcome and encouraged to come and select items at the end of each day.
On Friday 22nd March St Augustine’s was represented by eight fantastic swimmers at the local authority annual swimming gala held at Glass Mill Leisure Centre.
Schools across the borough were ably represented by members of Years 5 and 6. Agata, Giorgia, Thomas and Martynas swam for year 5 with Kordi, Corey, Rejane and Emmanuel representing our year 6; each swimming two lengths each. With the added excitement of four children competing in a relay at the end of the event.
As the heat rose poolside, nerves began to jangle and the excitement rose. Any butterflies from earlier in the day disappeared and our children magnificently swam. Each child trying their absolute hardest and each swimming personal bests.
Mrs Allen and Mrs Weatherhead were so proud of each child with not only their effort but their impeccable behaviour whilst representing our school. Thank you also to all parents for their sporting support.
Our science week last week was extremely successful. Mrs Thomas set a great ‘egg’ challenge in an assembly at the beginning of the week. ‘How do you make an egg bounce? Children were asked to work out the answer by the final assembly of the week. On Friday we held a fantastic assembly where each class shared the learning that had taken place throughout Science week. The all-important results were revealed; the egg should be soaked in vinegar until the shell softens. The children were amazed when the egg was sliced open and the membrane and yolk were still intact. Thank you to Mrs Thomas for engaging the children in the scientific element of our creative curriculum.
On Thursday we celebrated ‘World Book Day’, it was marvellous to see the enjoyment on the children’s faces as they came to school dressed as their favourite book character. We shared a special assembly where prizes were given to children from each class. For the rest of the day the children took part in a range of reading activites, sharing time with children in other classes to encourage the children’s enjoyment of reading.
Children brought in a frying pan with a cooked pancake which they tossed while racing. It was great fun and marks Shrove Tuesday in a memorable way.
Parents were invited to come along, to watch and take part in their own race too!
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts: the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.
Our Lenten breakfasts will be served each Wednesday from 8am throughout Lent starting on Wednesday 13 March. Please come along and join in with this wonderful community event. Donations contributed will be given to a local charity.
The children were so excited to receive our special visitor to the school this week. All children attended a beautiful assembly where Bishop Pat talked about the importance of God’s love and how by saying ‘Please, Thank you and Sorry’, we can demonstrate God’s love every day of our lives.
We have introduced the positive behaviour system of ‘Good to be Green’ in School this week through a series of assemblies. The children will start the day showing a green card on the class display and will be encouraged to make good choices and uphold our School Responsibilities to remain green. There will be rewards for remaining green for a week and a half term. However, there are also consequence cards for those children who make wrong choices.
The children’s response to ‘Good to Be Green’ has been amazing in the first week. It is lovely to hear and see how proud the children are of themselves and each other for making good choices and remaining ‘Green’. It makes me very proud of all our fantastic children who are demonstrating good self-control.
We have a new initiative in School this year, Advent friends! Children in each year group have been given the name of another child in their class and the idea is that, in secret, we need to be extra kind and considerate towards our Advent friend. This is a way of the children preparing for Christmas throughout the season of Advent and getting themselves ready in heart and mind. The staff have joined in too and each have another staff member to be extra lovely too!