Thank you to all those children and families who have designed their posters for Black History Month. They will be put on display around the school. There is still time to bring them in as we will be celebrating Black History throughout the month of October.
Lewisham are holding a range of events this October please click on this link to find out more: https://lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/events/black-history-month
Last week we have had an amazing uptake on children coming to school on their bikes and scooters. They can continue to do this from now on as we want to encourage our children to keep on being healthy and taking regular exercise. Please remind children to dismount form their bike or scooter inside the school premises.
We have also established an Equality Council, as another of our drivers is that of Equality and Justice, we strive to empower pupils to be advocates who address issues of prejudice and discrimination and ensure that at St. Augustine’s we value fairness and can resolve our differences through positive discussion. Mrs Cooper will be responsible for leading this group and will meet to discuss a range of topics that are of importance to our children.
One of our curriculum drivers is Environmental Responsibility; we will aspire to educate children about the need to protect God’s planet from environmental damage and create eco-friendly citizens who are aware of the impact of their actions on the wider world. Mrs Brady will lead this council who will meet regularly to discuss issues and will make our school a more eco friendly environment. If you have any ideas you wish to share please address them to Mrs Brady.
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.