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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Year 6 Performs ‘Jungle Book’

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.

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Summer Fair

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.

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Sports Day

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.

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‘Friends vs Friendly’

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.

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Hindleap Warren

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.

School journey Hindleap Warren

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Keep Nesting Bird Boxes

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

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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. Children placed coins on the silver cross and we raised over £200 for Aid to the Church In Need (CAN) and CAFOD.

Silver Cross   Silver Cross   Silver Cross

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Easter Card Competition

Amazing artwork and fabulous design skills from talented creative children, were on display as a result of Easter Card Competition.
The winners were Galvin, Chigozirim, Marysia, Remiel, Antoni, William, Ania, Alicja, Julia S, Lillian, Illsev, Bella, Osahon and Michaela.

Congratulations to all who took part.

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Easter Celebrations

The infant school began our Easter celebrations with Palm Liturgy on Tuesday. The children sang with enthusiasm and used Readings from The Bible, as well as Bidding Prayers to contribute to an excellent Liturgical Service.

Palm Liturgy

On Wednesday afternoon in church, the Solemn Liturgical Dance was 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.

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School Councillors Visits The Mayor

The School Councillors from Years 5 and 6, Michaela, Che, Llywella and Rex, spent an informative morning at the Civic Suite. Upon arrival, they completed a quiz about the London Borough of Lewisham, looked at Mayoral Regalia (included former and current mayoral Maces) and tried out the Mayoral chair. They went into the Council Chambers, where they met the Deputy Young Mayor of Lewisham, Tekisha Henry, from Sedgehill School. Tekisha explained how she was elected and her role. They went on to meet Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor of Lewisham, who showed them The Mayoral Chain and Medal and explained the work of Lewisham Council. Our school councillors asked the Mayor about Lewisham’s policies and questioned him on his achievements and role as Mayor.

At the end of the morning Sir Steve Bullock announced the winners of the quiz and we were delighted to hear that it was………..St. Augustines!  A fantastic end to a thought provoking and interesting morning.

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The St. Augustine’s Choir

On Wednesday 8th March, the St Augustine’s Choir, made up of a selection of singers from Years 4-6, performed at the Catford Broadway Theatre as part of Lewisham Live 2017! The children participated in a fantastic performance in front of a crowd of over 600 friends, parents and guests, alongside several other local schools. Prior to the event, the choir were the only school treated to a special talk with Peter Hammond, the organist, and were taken on a complete tour of the venue. The choir’s experiences have been recorded in their personal portfolios which will lead to a very special Arts Award Discover Certificate. Our thanks go to Mr Rowe for preparing and inspiring the children and Ms Walcott for organising the Art’s Award.

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STEM Week

This year STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Week took place on the 13th-17th March with particular focus on Science Experiments and Maths investigations across all year groups to boost the children’s interest in these areas. Each class had been asked to do one Maths and one Science investigation each day, and study the life and contributions of a mathematician and scientist. The children worked systematically to explore variations and possibilities, used their fine motor skills to investigate time, made playdough, circuits and exploding volcanoes, tested magnets and their strengths, investigated polygons, the perimeter of a rectangle and number patterns and sequences, played board games in the hall – a busy week was had by all. There was a celebration assembly on Friday the 17th to congratulate quiz winners and investigative ideas. The children’s tremendous effort and resilience was recognised with fantastic prizes. To celebrate the end of a busy week, the children took part a fabulous mathematician/ scientist/ inventor costume parade and winners were chosen from each year group. It was lovely to watch the children enjoy these practical activities, especially the glow on their face in the moments when they had discovered and learnt something new.

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World Book Day

Pupils and staff designed, made and wore masks as some of their favourite fictional characters in celebration of the 20th World Book Day.  Staff shared their favourite books when they swapped classes for Storytime.   There was a very popular Book Character Hunt to find characters who had escaped from their book and  clues to solve in Book Cluedo. The day also included a theatre trip to see an Iron Man. 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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Shrove Tuesday

On Shrove Tuesday children, parents and staff came into school early and shared delicious croissants and pancakes that were enjoyed by all. The breakfast marked the start of our Lenten preparation. Never have I seen so much syrup on some pancakes. During Lent we will be holding a Lenten porridge breakfast every Tuesday so please do join us from 8.20 in the school hall. Money donated will go to Mary’s Meals and CAFOD. A big thank you must go to all the staff and parents who made the event so successful.​

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When Cells Misbehave

‘When cells misbehave’ is a school programme teaching primary aged children (Y4 –Y6) about the science of cancer to help them understand how and why cancer grows, how cancer is treated, and ways to keep their own cells healthy.

Years 4, 5 & 6 had an Assembly plus workshop on “When cells misbehave”
The children really enjoyed the visit from the organisation “When cells misbehave”, which was pitched at just the right level for them. The classes showed a mature attitude in the preparatory session, listening well to others and sharing their own knowledge. It showed how involved many are in current affairs e.g. many knew the latest thoughts on eating burnt toast! However there were many misconceptions.

After the assembly, children attended a workshop in class. They learnt many things; What cells and organs are, What is inside a cell Characteristics of cancer cells etc.
The organisers had done a terrific job creating some fun activities to embed the learning in the minds of the children.  A favourite was the “surgery” activity station. The children wore clinical uniforms and took on the roles of anaesthetist, nurse, pathologist, surgeon and oncologist. Each then had a number of jobs to do during an operation on a mannequin.

The organisation took what could have been a very difficult topic for these children, and made it both accessible and intriguing; many children came away with a much better understanding of what cancer is and how it is treated.

We must thank Fruit Fly Collective for organising the assembly and workshop. For information http://fruitflycollective.com/cancer-education-primary-schools/

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