Nursery Places for September 2018

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From September 2018 we are offering Nursery places for 15 and 30 hours a week.

Parents of 3 & 4 year old children may be able to access 30 hours free childcare for 38 weeks of the year.

To qualify you have to: – be a parent who is working of a 3 or 4 year old – earn, on average, at least £120 per week (or £113 if you’re under 25) – your total taxable income has to be less than £100,000 per year

To find out further information and if you might qualify you will find these websites of interest:

https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

https://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/socialcare/children/childcare/Helpwith-childcare-costs/freechildcare/freechildcare/Pages/Eligibility.aspx

Contact the school office for more information or email info@staugustines.lewisham.sch.uk

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Solemn Liturgical Dance

The school ended the Spring Term with the Solemn Liturgical Dance beautifully and reverentially performed by Year 6. They told us through readings from the bible, in song, prayer and dance, the story of The Passion of Christ. The scene was set in in the Garden of Gethsemane and included the crucifixion of Jesus and ended with the victory of Christ over death. The Passion is a story about injustice, doubt, fear, pain and ultimately, degrading death. It tells how God experienced these things in the same way as ordinary human beings.

Year 6 Liturgical Dance

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Infant Liturgy – The Palm Sunday Gospel

The children from Nursery – Year 2 re-enacted The Palm Sunday Gospel through drama and hymns. This was a very special Liturgy beautifully prepared by the children and served as a reminder of the importance of Easter to our Catholic Faith. The hymns also reminded us of the quote attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo: “They who sing pray twice”.

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Easter Cards

Easter Cards– we had an incredible number of fantastic Easter Cards designed by the children. The cards were a ray of colour, cut-outs and drawings. Children throughout the school had the opportunity to view, discuss and marvel at the displays. The winners each received a delicious Easter Egg.

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World Book Day

World Book Day helped to celebrate our love of reading at St Augustine’s.  One of the highlights was the children and staff wearing costumes they had designed and made based on their favourite book character. Staff and children made a big effort – the range of books and genres covered was amazing. Well done to the winners who received books and certificates. There was a very popular Book Character Hunt to find characters who had escaped from their books and ‘Shelfies’ where you had to guess which book shelf belonged to which member of staff. World Book Day was an excellent chance to celebrate reading in our school.
REMEMBER  to use your World Book Day token to claim your free book or to get £1 off any book.​

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Silver Cross Day

Silver Cross Day brought us together as a school community to pray for all children throughout the world and to remember the importance of Christ in our lives, especially during Lent. Children placed coins on the silver cross to raise money for our charity, Catholic Children’s Society.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

The Reception children have had a great time celebrating the Chinese New Year. The children have been making lanterns, mini dragons, and working together to make a wonderful big dragon. They took the dragon they had made for a dance around the playground, banging their drums and clashing their cymbals. The children discovered lots of different vegetables and enjoyed chopping them up to make a beautiful Chinese noodle soup. Everyone tried the soup and some children had seconds, and even third helpings. Happy New Year – or, as they say in China, Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Preparing Chinese Soup  Enjoying the soup  Our Chinese Dragon

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School Councillors visits the Mayor

The Y5 & Y6 school councillors had a fantastic opportunity to meet the Mayor of Lewisham , Sir Steve Bullock. They began their morning with a quiz about the borough of Lewisham and its councillors, met the Young Mayor Laurelle Henry and her team and bravely spoke, in front of other schools, what they would do if they were Mayors. The four forthright, confident representatives of our school raised issues about parking near our school; the possibility of extending the yellow lines; the safety of children in the community; future options for extra-curricular and cultural education for the young, especially during the holidays. The morning climaxed with the arrival of the Mayor, who patiently answered the questions of all present school councillors, talked about his youth and ambitions, the time when he was knighted and gave us valuable and wise advice to bring back and share with each other. What an amazing experience and lifelong memory!

School Councillors visits Mayor

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Knights of St Columba Nativity Competition

competition winners

Year 6 have been taking part in the Knights of St Columba annual art Competition since they were in Year 2. Over the years, many children have been successful and we are delighted that this year not only to have won first prize, but second and third prizes as well in the local competition. Their artwork will now go forward to the national level.

Well done Llywella, Rebecca and Suvetha.

 

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The Feast of the Epiphany

At our start of year Mass, we also celebrated The Feast of the Epiphany. It was a thoughtful and reflective service where Father Emmanuel’s homily reminded us on how the 3 wise men overcame adversity and hardship to find Jesus. Father Emmanuel also stressed the importance of Jesus in our lives, as well as reminding the children about showing kindness and consideration to each other both in school and the wider community. It was a timely reminder for the start of 2018.
Feast of the Epiphany

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Junior Carol Concert

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.

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Advent Reflection Services

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.

Reflection

 

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‘A Wriggly Nativity’ Infant Nativity Play

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.​

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Christingle Service

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.

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Carols on the Green

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.

Carols on the green    Carols on the green    Carols on the green

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Memorial Service in Downham

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

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School Games Gold Award

School Games Gold Award
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.

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Harvest Festival

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.

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Disability Awareness

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.

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International 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.

International Day

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School Games GoldHealthy Schoolssat member awardArts Council Stars Gold Award      Ofsted Outstanding Award