On Friday 28th February, we had a special visitor to our school. Damien Egan, the Mayor of Lewisham came to talk to the children in our assembly. The children were enthused to find out about the role of Mayor. They got chance to see the mayoral chains close up and ask very important and intelligent questions. He was delighted to meet the children and is looking forward to meeting them again in the future.
Tuesday was our annual gathering for the Pancake Race. All children who wished to took part in a race against their peers. We then had a parent race and a staff race. It was great fun and it was delightful to mark this occasion with joy and laughter.
On Friday 31st January, our school council went to visit the ‘Council Chambers’ along with two other Lewisham schools. The children were given a pack full of information and quizzes, which they had to investigate at the ‘Civic Suite’. The children met Cllr. Jacq who told the children a lot about the history, Lewisham Council’s logo and meaning behind the Mayors Council Chambers, the ‘Chains and Badge of Office’ also the three ‘Maces’ that represent the former and current of the borough, which total to £200,000.00 in value at present.
We also met one of the former ‘Young Mayors’ Cllr. Jacob, who showed and explained the role and how important for young voices to be heard. The children were very excited and could not wait to get back to school to tell their classmates of what they have learnt.
On Thursday 19th December, we were treated to a super performance of the true representation of Christmas, the birth of Jesus. KS2 played instruments, sang beautifully and depicted through drama. Our special thanks must go to Ms Ley and Ms Ramsay for the music, the choir, soloists, narrators, Year 3 tableau and all staff who were involved in preparing our children for these performances.
We all enjoyed a fabulous performance by our Reception and KS1 classes this week. The children spoke, sang, danced and played instruments beautifully. It really brought the festive spirit to us all. The ‘Angel Express’, brought a special message to us, that we must all keep close to our hearts in this season of Advent. Thank you to all the hard work of all the staff involved, they ensured that all children were given an opportunity to shine and most importantly enjoyed participating in this wonderful performance.
On Monday 9th December, our amazing choir were accompanied by staff on a very cold afternoon to participate in ‘Carols on the Green’. They sang beautifully and represented St. Augustine’s in a truly magnificent manner. Well done and thank you to all those staff and parent who supported the children.
Our school council went to spread some festive cheer to the residents of Hazelhurst Court this week. They had great fun getting creative for Christmas.
The month of November signifies the time for ‘Remembrance’. Traditionally we remember those who have suffered harm or who have lost their lives whilst representing our country and for this purpose we have poppies in the School office which can be exchanged for a donation. We have prepared a board in the school hall to remember our loved ones.
On Wednesday 30th October, 15 children across Years 5 and 6 took part in a Football Competition against Downderry Primary and St. Winifred’s Primary Schools. Organised in separate Boys’ and Girls’ teams, the children played their very best; tackling, defending, shooting and scoring. Their enthusiasm meant that the Boys won 1 – 0 to St. Winifred’s and managed to draw 4 – 4 against Downderry, with Melvin scoring 1 goal and David and Thomas scoring 2 goals each! Well done to Millie in Year 6 who scored for the girls. Giorgia and Isabella both did a great job rotating in goal.
Overall, the Girls’ team came third, with the Boys’ team taking 2nd Place. Congratulations to Alicja, Giorgia, Isabella, Kornelia, Layla, Millie, Suri and Zuzanna and to Curtis, David, Denzel, Melvin, Michael, Thomas and William. Also, a huge thank you to all the parents who turned up, cheering the children on!
We hope that the girls will use their developing skills and techniques to win in the girls’ tournament coming up in November.
On Thursday we celebrated our harvest festival in Church. It was a wonderful occasion full of joy and enthusiasm from our fabulous children. We were delighted to be joined by some children and staff from Watergate Special School. We look forward to enjoying plenty more celebrations with our friends from that wonderful and local school. Thank you to all those who contributed to the wonderful selection of dried foods displayed so wonderfully on the altar, these will now be distributed, by Father Sam, to those who need them.
On Monday we enjoyed our first ever Buddy Assembly at St. Augustine’s. Our fabulous Year 6 children introduced their gorgeous Reception buddies to the School community. Thank you to all those parents who came along to support and enjoy the event. I know the buddies are looking forward to lots of exciting opportunities to be together during the year and develop those caring and nurturing relationships.
It is wonderful to be back amongst the family of St. Augustine’s. There are so many wonderful things to look forward to at the start of this new academic year. It is exciting to see the children in their new school uniform, looking very smart and taking huge pride in their presentation. It is having an impact in the classroom too, where children have been working hard to present work to the highest standard. All children have settled well into their new classrooms and are setting goals for the year ahead. May I also extend a very warm welcome to the new families that have joined St. Augustine’s this week, I’m confident it will not be long before you and your children make many new friends.
Our Year 6 class have been so busy with their end of year production ‘Oliver’. They gave an outstanding performance on Thursday evening in front of their families and friends. They all did a great job, singing, dancing and acting. All of their hard work truly paid off.
A special thank you to Miss Scheuermann, Mrs Allen and Mrs Ley, who ensured the singing and acting was to such a high standard. Miss Buckland, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Walding and Mr and Mrs Coutinho for all their help and support in preparing the children.
Sports Day was just fantastic! Sedgehill School who kindly hosted the day sent a number of students to assist. I must say they were super ambassadors for their school. They helped the children to enjoy the day and compete in all the races. Our children were fully engaged and had lots of fun! After a break for lunch the PSA kindly provided ice-cream for all the children and staff. A game of football was arranged for Year 6 and staff and then we had the relays. We finished the day by having parent and teacher races, thankfully no injuries other than a little hurt pride! A great day was had by all.
Last Friday the sun was shining and we all enjoyed the delights on offer. There was food, ice-creams and a plethora of activities to enjoy. Our school fair was attended by the Deputy Mayor and our local community police team. There was a lot of hard work and time dedicated in ensuring this event was a huge success. My huge thanks go to the PSA, parents and staff who volunteered their time to run stalls, paint faces and nails, offer sporting activities and provide refreshments. We raised an amazing £1200 and I know this money will go to very good use supporting the lovely children in our school.
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.