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.
Our annual talent show went with a “fizz & bang” – each act (dancing, singing, gymnastics, and music) was greeted with hearty eagerness and much clapping. Well done to all the children who took part you certainly showed the school all your amazing talents. It was a fantastic morning and brought the school community together.
We are delighted in our recent OFSTED Inspection on 27th -28th June 2018, the report is a positive one and the school has been judged as Good under the new Ofsted framework.
Although the report will not be on the OFSTED website until September, the full Inspection Report is available to access on our school’s website. The report recognises that the school provides a good standard of education and highlights many areas of strength across the school, recognising that we know our school well and have clearly identified appropriate areas for continuing improvements.
It was particularly pleasing to note the schools Personal development, behaviour and welfare was judged Outstanding due to the “values of family, respect and care [that] radiate palpably throughout the school” and “pupils thrive in the school’s nurturing environment” with “relationships between staff and pupils [being] excellent”.
We are also delighted our Early Years Provision was judged Outstanding. The inspectors were particularly impressed with the range and quality of activities, the learning environments and progress made by the children.
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The first ever St Augustine’s Sleepover was held on Friday 29th June to Saturday 30th June in the School Hall. This highly anticipated event for Years 4, 5 and 6 pupils proved to be a highlight of the year for many children. Eager children (and their parents) waited at the school gate with their pyjamas, toothbrushes, teddies and sleeping bags to get back into school. The summer evening activities included paddling, football, races, chalk drawing, “campfire” singing and, the forever favourite, chatting to friends. Before bed there were ice poles (with thanks to the PSA), popcorn and drinks. Then came the excitement of pyjamas and where to sleep in the hall, followed by some cartoons before lights out. Although some children made it their mission to try to stay awake all night, sleep was eventually had by all. An early morning start was followed by a buffet breakfast in the playground. After children had been collected by their parents, the staff went home for a well-deserved rest.
Thank you to all the staff, parents and governors who helped to make the event such a success. We couldn’t have done it without you!
After the children’s success in the Knights of St Columba Christmas Art competition, Year 6 entered the new Easter competition where the challenge was to design an Easter poster. In the Southwark province we are delighted to have won first and third place. Certificates and prizes were presented by Paul Okola and Michael Akinrele from Knights of St Columba. Their work will now go forward to the National competition.
The school is delighted to announce that we are proud parents of eight chicks, currently residing in a special “Brooder box” in the corridor. From the very first day the eggs were delivered there was a buzz of excitement and anticipation. Each morning when staff & children arrived they immediately popped in to check how things are going. Lots of questions and answers have generated a huge amount of lovely work, including displays, booklets and photographs. Children have also been busily naming the chicks. The children have had a great time talking and asking questions about the chicks. One of the highlights for the children has been having an opportunity to carefully hold the chicks.
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, bean bag throwing, 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 Francis of Assisi (yellow 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.
The children have been celebrating Pentecost decorating the altars with red, orange, and yellow paper flames and wrapped boxes to symbolise the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The children have been reflecting on the meaning of the gifts in their lives and how to use the gifts to make a difference.
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:
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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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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!