Our Catholic Mission: 'We do our best by following Jesus.'
Our Catholic Mission: 'We do our best by following Jesus.'
Friday 9th February 2024
Message from Mrs Brocklesby
This year Ash Wednesday the start of Lent falls during half term. Lent is a season of preparation, a time to deepen our relationship with God. During this time we will focus on the impact of Lent on ourselves and who we are able to be.
The focus will be:
- We are Powerful People
- We are People of Change
- We are People of Love
- We are People of Obedience
- We are People of Hope
- We are People of Transformation
During Lent this year we are asking families to come together in our school community to support the Father Hudson's Good Shepherd appeal and CAFOD Big Lent Walk. We will all be standing in solidarity walking together as part of God's family.
Message from Mrs Laskey
Dear Parents and Carers
The week started with a very excited Year Five as they prepared themselves to take part in the MAC Pyramid Concert at the Symphony Hall. From September the children have been practising their chosen song and the group numbers with Mr. Pitt and Mr. Mallinson, who is the Head of Music at Hagley. The theme this year was ‘Electric Dreams’ and we were celebrating its fourteenth year. Once the children and staff arrived, they had the afternoon practising with the other schools and then prepared themselves for the big event. Mrs. Brocklesby and I attended and we were so proud of the children and their achievement for performing to an audience of over 1,400 people. Their chosen song was Kim Wilde’s ‘Kids in America’ and then we enjoyed numbers like ‘I should be so lucky’ and ‘Gold’. Thank you to all the children for representing St. Ambrose so well and to Mr. Pitt, Miss Gawthorp and Mrs. O’Hara who supported the children. The children said,
"It's the best time I've had in school for a long time!"
"It was a great opportunity to sing in front of over 1200 people."
"It was the best concert I have ever been too!"
"The atmosphere was amazing and I loved the experience of performing."
Tuesday was a very special day for the Parish of St. Ambrose as it was the installation of Father Lamb as an Honorary Canon of the Metropolitan Cathedral of St Chad. Myself and Mrs. Brocklesby joined the parishioners of St. Ambrose at St. Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham. the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, the Archbishop of Birmingham presided over the Mass and it was a wonderful celebration of recognition of Canon Lamb’s work within our parish and beyond. During the Key Stage One Mass on Wednesday the children presented a card and present from all the children and staff.
This week we held our parents’ evenings and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those parents who were able to attend. Positive relationships between a child’s Class Teacher and parents are instrumental in ensuring the very best for the children in our care. Thank you to all the staff who always prepare thoroughly for these events. If you were unable to attend, then please ensure that you arrange a time after half-term to meet with your child’s Class Teacher.
I wish you all a lovely half-term break and look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 19th February.
This half-term our virtues have been Compassionate and Loving. All children have worked hard at demonstrating these virtues within their learning, friendships and the school community. Congratulations to those who will receive their certificates on Friday 24th February. We would like to invite their parents/carers into school for the Virtues and Values Assembly at 9.05 a.m. on Friday 24th February.
Safer Internet Day!
Safer Internet Day is held in February all around the world. Last year, over 170 different countries celebrated the day!
Safer Internet Day is a chance to think about any worries we might have about using technology and the internet, but it's also about celebrating all the fantastic things technology can help us with.
In assembly, we thought about how seeing things change online can make us feel a number of different emotions, and they're not always good! We recapped the trusted adults that children might turn to if they needed to speak to someone about something that might have happened to them online that didn't make them feel good.
Back in class, we completed activities linked to Safer Internet Day.
Here are some quotes from the children:
"Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to focus on online safety with your child, whatever their age. This year’s theme is all about change and influence online and we have created a range of pages to help you talk about these issues and ideas with your child, no matter how much time you have and in an age-appropriate way."
Top Tips for Parents and carers
These top tips have been written for you (parents and carers) to help you support your child to stay safe and happy online.
Just like in their offline lives, children need role models online too. Set clear and fair expectations about how the whole family should use the internet and technology, and demonstrate these yourself. A Family Agreement is a great way to start conversations and put your ideas down on paper, to refer back to later and adapt as your child and your family’s internet use changes.
Having regular and open conversations with your child about their use of technology and the internet is the best way to stay up to date, not only with changes in the online world, but also with what they are doing and seeing online. Starting these conversations can sometimes feel daunting, but they can help you feel more informed and show your child that you are taking an interest in their online life. Not sure where to begin? Use the tips and conversations starters in our “Let’s Talk About Life Online” resource.
Giving young people the opportunity to talk about their life online, and enjoying online content together, can be a great way to gain an insight into the content they are viewing. Our ‘Parents and Carers Resource Sheet’ is a great tool that you can use to research any websites, apps and games and find out more about specific content.
If your child needs help, it’s important you know where to go for further support. Using the report and block buttons, websites such as ‘Report Harmful Content’, and other safety tools is a great starting point. It can also be useful to discuss any concerns or worries with your child’s school as they may be able to offer further advice and guidance. It can also help to talk to other parents and carers who may have experienced something similar.
Take a look at https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2024/parents-and-carers to find out more about what you can do to support your children online.
Once again the Bake Off was a huge success. We were amazed by the entries and everyone did such a wonderful job.
With the bake off, tombola & cake raffle you have helped to raise an amazing £344 for the children!!
Thank you to all the bakers and to Tapp, UCM and school staff volunteers who helped sell cakes and tickets.
Please see some of the amazing entries and the winners below.
Bake Off Winners!
Key Stage 1
1st Paddy Year 1
2nd Ariah – Reception
3rd Violet – Reception
Key Stage 2
1st Ruby – Year 5
2nd Izabela – Year 6
3rd Rocco – Year 4
Chinese New Year Day in Reception
The children in Reception had a wonderful day today celebrating Chinese New Year. It was lovely to see them in their party outfits and especially those who chose to wear red and yellow as they are the traditional colours of the celebration.
World Thinking Day
Please see the letter below regarding World Thinking Day. We would like to invite all Guides, Scouts, Cubs, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows to come into school wearing their Guides uniform on Thursday 22nd February.
|Tuesday and Thursday
|Tuesday and Friday
|Tuesday and Thursday
|Tuesday and Friday
|Tuesday and Wednesday
Half Term Activities
HARRIERS HALF TERM FOOTBALL CLUB
Kidderminster Harriers Community Scheme will be holding our holiday football courses during half term. Course run 10am-3pm and are open to children aged 5-13 years. Younger children can attend for half days if they prefer. The courses will feature our Goalscorers Award and a mini soccer tournament, everyone who competes receive a prize.
Cost: Online price: 1 day = £10, 2 days = £20, 3 days = £28 Half days (5-7 years only)@ £5 per day 10-12.30 or 1-3pm - 10% sibling discount
Pay on the day price: 1 day = £12, 2 days = £22, 3 days = £30 Half days @ £6 per day- No sibling discount
The venues are:-
Droitwich Leisure Centre Astro– Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th *£15 per day
Kinver Sports & Community Association DY7 6ER - Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th
Worcester – Bishop Perowne College - Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th
Malvern – Dyson Perrins Academy - Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th
Bromsgrove - Catshill Middle School - Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th
Cleobury Mortimer Sports Centre - Thursday 15th & Friday 16th
Kidderminster – Baxter College - Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th & Friday 16th
Please bring both indoor and outdoor footwear, packed lunch, drinks, umbrella and waterproof clothing. Online price is available until Friday 9th Feb after which pay on the day price applies.
To book a place email email@example.com
We do not save your details so please email details EACH time you book!
Any Medical Conditions:
Emergency Contact number:
Payment details will be sent with confirmation of booking.
|Monday 19th February
|Return to School for Spring Term 2
|Tuesday 20th February
|First Holy Communion Meeting for Parents in the Adams Lounge
|Wednesday 21st February
|Year 6 Class Mass
|Friday 29th February
|Year 5 Class Assembly
|Sunday 3rd March
|Enrolment Mass for First Holy Communicants
|Friday 1st March
|St Chad's House Mass (Yellow House)
|Wednesday 6th March
|Year 5 Class Mass
|Thursday 7th March
|World Book Day - See poster above
|Year One Class Assembly
|Wednesday 13th March
|Year 4 Class Mass
|Thursday 14th March
|Year 2 Class Assembly
|Friday 15th March
|Tuesday 19th March
|Meeting One for First Holy Communion Parents
|Friday 22nd March
|Whole School Mass
|Break up for Easter
Regular attendance at school means that your child will make the most of their education and improve their chances later on in life. At St Ambrose, good attendance is of high importance and we strive to have at least 96% attendance. Please help us with this target. If you need any support, then school is here to help so that your child can get the very best out of the education we provide.
We will continue sending out regular push notifications about attendance so that you are aware if you child falls below our 96% target and we are working with Louise Howles, our Education Welfare Officer to support us with improvements.
Mass Times at St. Ambrose Catholic Church
The Folk Group will be playing at the evening Mass on Sunday 18th February.
BEE HIVE CLUB
The Bee Hive Club is now open. The Club is based in the Bee Hive which is the nursery building currently.
The Bee Hive Club is open to children between 7.45am – 8.45am & 3.20pm - 6.00pm every school day.
There is a minimum of two qualified members of staff and a ratio of one member of staff to eight children under the age of eight years.
The Bee Hive Admissions Policy
The Bee Hive (Before and After School Club) will admit any child who attends St Ambrose School subject to availability of places, and the admissions criteria below.
The Bee Hive Morning Club will accept up to 20 children on any one day. The Bee Hive Evening Club will accept up to 20 children on any one day. The club operates a minimum staffing of one adult per eight children under the age of 8 years.
|Autumn Term 1
|Monday 4th September - Friday 27th October
|Autumn Term 2
|Monday 6th November - Friday 22nd December
|Spring Term 1
|Monday 8th January - Friday 9th February
|Spring Term 2
|Monday 19th February - Friday 22nd March
|Summer Term 1
|Monday 8th April - Friday 24th May
|Summer Term 2
|Monday 3rd June - Monday 22nd July
|Staff Training Days
|Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th September 23. Friday 6th October 23. Friday 9th February 24. Monday 22nd July 24.
Mrs Laskey and Mrs Brocklesby