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.
On Thursday 7 July, Year 6 performed their end of year production, “Jungle Book” for their families and friends. A rip-roaring yarn that had the audience in stitches. Well done to our Year 6 pupils for putting on an outstanding performance. All of their hard work truly paid off. They were simply brilliant children to watch – and highly talented, too! They not only acted but sang and danced. A big thank you to Nisha and Rosie, the face painters, who contributed to the success on the night by ensuring each character looked the part.
A big thank you has to go to Mr Rowe and Mrs Thomas who ensured the singing and acting was to such a high standard. To Mrs Thomas, Mrs Allen and Faith Thomas for working with the children to make the show (drama) such a success and creating all the scenes and backdrop.
Congratulations Year 6 for a marvellous and polished performance. You have certainly made the school very proud of you all.
A big thank you must go to the PSA for organising the magnificent Summer Fair. The sun shone and there was much merriment and enjoyment. This event could only happen because of the strong support of parents and staff. The different stalls were bursting with children all wanting to either have a go i.e. goal scoring, bouncy castle or wanting to try their hand at designing a bag and cake decorating. The face painting and nail painting was also a great success. Over £1,000 (before expenses) was raised which is a fantastic amount.
Under a wonderful blue sky Sports Day got underway, the children arrived eager and ready to show their sporting prowess and skills. The children took part in a multitude of events: long jump, hurdles, beanbag shot putt, javelin, egg and spoon race, 3-legged race and a sprint. The Infants had house races by year group and the juniors competed for fastest runner in their class. All the children had a great time and showed excellent sportsmanship. Congratulations to St Josephine (blue house) who won the Infant cup and St Jerome (red house) who won the Junior Cup. A big thank you to parents who came along and supported the morning and to Miss Mcguire and staff for ensuring the success of the day.
Years 5/6 took part in a ‘Friends vs Friendly’ interactive workshop this week. The workshop was hosted by Natalie from GAV (Growing Against Violence), which is a registered charity which provides evidence-based public health and public safety education and training for children and young people. GAV’s core principles are: Protection, Prevention and Partnership. During the workshop the children learnt about gang membership and discussed the ways in which gangs recruit through manipulative and coercive techniques. A very positive workshop – A big thank you to Natalie.
Years 5 & 6 had an amazing week on their school journey to Hindleap Warren. The school journey gave the children an opportunity to work together in different situations, and test themselves in ways that they had not previously experienced. The activities included; forest adventure, zip wire, canoeing, crate stacking, navigational games, shelter building , making their own campfires and many others. It was a wonderful and exhausting week. Mrs Baker and I had a marvellous week with the children and we all returned very fit but tired and certainly needed half term to recover.
Housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat came into St Augustine’s as part of their ‘KeepNesting’ initiative which involves the building and installing of bird boxes. The team Karen, Chloe and Paul came into school on Friday 28th April and worked with the year 5 pupils. The bird boxes were flat packed but the children had to hammer the nails to join the pieces of wood in the correct order (rather like a jigsaw). After much banging but no damaged fingers!! 12 bird boxes were assembled and then carefully decorated. Paul has installed the bird boxes in trees around the school (try and spot them) and we eagerly await the new feathered owners to move in.
It was a marvellous afternoon and all the children had a real sense of satisfaction in being able to construct the bird boxes without too much mishap and to be able to use a hammer and pliers successfully.
Our thanks must go to the Keepmoat Team