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.
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!
Our assembly on Monday focused on mental health and the need for us to look after our mental health just as we look after our physical health. Children were encouraged to talk about their feelings and share any concerns or problems with people around them that they can trust such as parents, teachers and friends. We will continue to look at this very important issue throughout the year and hope to build good habits and resilience in our lovely children.
“When we can talk about our feelings,
they become less overwhelming,
less upsetting and less scary.”
– Fred Rogers
We have a beautiful display in School to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1. My enormous thanks to Mrs Thomas for arranging poppies made by every child in the School. The children in Year 6 walked to the war memorial in Downham to join with Bonus Pastor Catholic College for their annual remembrance service.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them“– Laurence Binyon
The sports hall athletics festival was hosted by Bonus Pastor in their amazing sports hall. We welcomed a number of young leaders from the school who assisted in organising the events that included javelin, basketball chest push, speed bounce, long jump and then a host of different running events. They did a superb job ensuring all children had a great time and keeping all the scores.
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Thank you so much to all those who donated home made and shop bought cakes to our sale this week. It was great to see dairy and gluten free options. We made an amazing £266.00 for our fabulous PSA to put towards some lovely treats for our children. One PSA member commented on how lovely the children were by sharing their cakes with others and also giving others money when they didn’t have any. How lovely to see that our children are so well behaved and polite.
Thank you to all those who gave so generously to our Harvest appeal. The altar looked beautiful at Monday’s service decorated by a team of our fabulous support staff with all the food you have donated to help those in our local community. It was especially lovely to welcome some children from Watergate School who came along to celebrate with us.