The Junior Carol Concert was a lovely and thought-provoking service, giving us time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Our special thanks must go to Mr Bramley for the music, the choir, narrators, drummers and our marvellous ukulele players. All the children and staff worked tirelessly to produce such amazing performances. A wonderful and well-attended afternoon performance.
The children had the opportunity to take part in Advent Reflection Services in the Hub – which was transformed to a wonderful reflective room, with candles, music and incense. The children listen to the Gospel readings and pray quietly and reflectively together.
The Infant Nativity was a great event for the first week of Advent. After practising, learning their lines, the carols and dance routines “A Wriggly Nativity” was a resounding success with the children reading, acting and singing with much gusto and enthusiasm. A special mention must also be made for the musicians who played so well, and the narrators who spoke clearly and confidently.
The Year 3 Christingle Service was a lovely and reflective way to begin Advent this year. Through song, readings and explanation the children revealed the history of the Christingle and it’s symbolism to parents, friends and fellow pupils. The service finished with ”This Little Light’ – a reminder to use the talents and skills given to us by God.
The Choir performed at Carols on the Green on Monday 4th December. A number of local schools and organisations attended the event including Sedgehill School Orchestra who provided accompaniment to the carols. Our choir have worked hard under the guidance of Mr Bramley and Miss Walcott and sung clearly and beautifully. It was wonderful to be part of an event supported by the local community, The Mayor of Lewisham and Churches Together.
On Friday, November 10th, Year 5 went to the memorial service at Downham. The service was on the 10th because the 11th (when Remembrance Day actually is – the children have been learning all about it in English) was a Saturday. The service was very poignant with readings and hymns led by students from Bonus Pastor but supported by a large number of local primary schools and members of the community. It was very similar to the memorial service held at the Cenotaph. They played The Last Post to mark the end of the two-minute silence; it was all very proper and grown-up.
“The memorial service made me feel sad because I was thinking about all the people who had given their lives so that I could live freely”. John Richard
It delights me to announce that St Augustine’s has been awarded the Gold Standard Award in the school games 2016-17. We have gone from a Bronze Standard to Gold Standard within 2 years showing our sporting excellence and the extensive range of opportunities provided for all children to excel in P.E. and Sport . This includes 2 hours of quality P.E. lessons each week, a range of extra-curricular clubs, intra-house competitions and organised competitions outside of school taking place throughout the year.
The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark is an awards scheme to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. As a school we have worked hard to achieve the best standards in Sport and P.E. It is all about providing our children with the opportunities and positive experiences in physical education; helping them to be fit and skilled for life.
Well done everyone and especially Miss Mcguire who organises sport within the school and to all the staff and parents who support the out of school events.
Thank you to all parents for the wonderful donations that were sent into school. We celebrated our Harvest Festival at St. Augustine’s Church. It was a lovely and reflective service giving us all time to thank God for the food that we take for granted. Children read from the Bible, performed poems and the School Councillors read the CAFOD Harvest prayer. The ‘own clothes’ day raised over £200 for the CAFOD and Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). A very big ‘thank you’ for all your generosity. The food will be distributed by the Church to those in need including the Manna Centre.
Pupils from the school took part in a disability awareness day on Monday 18th September following a visit to the school from John McCorkell to share what inclusion means. Mr McCorkell, led a whole school assembly in which he explained to the children about the nature of his disabilities, the problems he has faced and the successes he has achieved in overcoming them; including playing wheelchair basketball and gaining a degree from university. The assembly concluded with 3 pupils from Year 5 reading prayers based on the Beatitudes which reminded the children on the importance of treating everyone equally and being aware of people’s differing needs. Mr McCorkell continued his day by leading a workshop with each class individually. This enabled them to focus in more depth on the issues raised in assembly at their level. The children took part in practical activities which gave them some understanding of what it might be like to be without sight or speech, experienced using a wheelchair, learned about sign language and the need for clear communication. All of the children learned a great deal from the experience, asked many questions and certainly gained a huge amount of awareness of the various disabilities some members of society have. Mr McCorkell provided an opportunity for everyone to experience the meaning of disability and to ask questions about disabilities. A truly memorable day.
Sunday 10th September the Parish celebrated “International Day” with the event being organised by the French Community. We were very fortunate with the weather which remained dry and sunny. This gave everyone the opportunity to enjoy the delicious food and mingle with each other. The children enjoyed the “pop up” slide as well as the food from across the world.