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DATE: Friday 2nd October 2020

Good afternoon,

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

HARVEST

It was lovely today to celebrate Harvest with a virtual Service led by Father Lamb. Thank you for all the tins of food. They will be donated to the Kidderminster Foodbank.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Congratulations to all the children who will be celebrating their First Holy Communion tomorrow at Saint Ambrose Church at 12 o'clock.

Please continue to pray for the children and their families.

I would like to thank Miss Ballard and Miss Holtom who have been involved in leading and running the First Holy Communion program.

On Monday in school each child will release a balloon carrying a message of peace and have an opportunity to celebrate making their First Holy Communion.

Below is a very reflective prayer written by Cian in Year 4 who will be making his First Holy Communion tomorrow.

Dear Holy Lord,

We are your sheep, you are the shepherd. You save us from the devil and forgive us when we sin. You love us no matter what. 

You are a planet.

You are a king.

Dear God i love you and I know you love us too.

You teach us not to sin.

Thank you Lord for everything. You are everywhere.

Amen.

PARENT APPOINTMENTS

We will be using microsoft Teams to meet and discuss progress on the identified dates below. The main reason for using Teams, is to ensure if we do have a local lockdown we are prepared and will be able to continue to teach children virtually. The parents appointments will be test sessions to ensure we are all able to meet virtually. We have chosen to use Teams because it is an App that can be downloaded on a smartphone, tablet or computer (details below explaining how to download Teams). I would now like to ask you all to download the Teams app on to your device. Next week every child will receive their school sign in email and password ready for the meetings. The meeting dates and times are detailed in the table below and appointments can be booked on the school website.

TEAMS APP FOR A PHONE OR TABLET

How to install the Teams app from the app store or Google Play store.
  1. If you are on iPhone or iPad, click here or search for "Teams" in the app store.
  2. If you are on Android, click here or search for "Teams" in the Google Play store.

TEAMS FOR A WINDOWS PC

Install Teams on my Windows PC
  1. Sign in to Office 365 . ...
  2. Select the menu button and choose Teams.
  3. Select Get the Windows app.
  4. When prompted with the pop up window, select Save File.
  5. Now you have downloaded Teams

WHAT WILL HAPPEN-HOW TO ANSWER A TEAMS CALL

1. Open the Teams App and log in
 
2. You will receive an incoming call from the class teacher
 
3. You will see an onscreen notification

4. Click Accept
 
5. Click the sound and video icons
 

If you experience any technical difficulties logging into Teams please email our IT department support@stnicholasowen-mac.org.uk

Reception

5th October 3.30pm-6.30pm

12th October 1pm-4pm

Year One

5th October 3.30pm-6.30 pm

7th October 1pm-4pm

Year Two

5th October 3.30pm-6.30pm

6th October 1pm -4pm

Year Three

5th October 3.30pm -6.30pm

7th October 1pm-4pm

Year Four

5th October 3.30pm-6.30pm

8th October 1pm-4pm

Year Five

5th October 3.30pm-6.30pm

12th October 1pm-4pm

Year Six

5th October 3.30 pm-6.30pm

8th October 1pm-4pm

CONGRATULATIONS

On Monday we will celebrate the hardwork and achievements of our pupils in a virtual celebration  assembly. The following children will receive a certificate and bring a photograph home on Monday.

 

Reception

Abel

Carmen

Year One

Annabella

Alicia

Year Two

Franky

Robyn H

Year Three

Oscar

Cameron

James

Year Four

Polly-Anna

Cian 

Year Five

Demi-Leigh

Oscar

Year Six

Jess

Eugen

KEEPING IN TOUCH

As we are unable to hold face to face meetings between teacher and parents we have set up year group email addresses for you to communicate with staff. Please note that emails received after 6pm will be answered the next working day and none over the weekend.

General enquiries: office@st-ambrose.worcs.sch.uk

Reception:Reception@st-ambrose.worcs.sch.uk

Year 1: year1@st-ambrose.worcs.sch.uk

Year 2:year2@st-ambrose.worcs.sch.uk

Year 3:year3@st-ambrose.worcs.sch.uk

Year 4:year4@st-ambrose.worcs.sch.uk

Year 5:year5@st-ambrose.worcs.sch.uk

Year 6:year6@st-ambrose.worcs.sch.uk

SHOEBOX APPEAL

This year, we would like to support the shoebox appeal to support deprived children and vulnerable families this Christmas. Today, your child will have come home with a leaflet or a how to pack a shoebox information sheet which details of how to pack a shoebox. If you would like to support this worthy cause we ask for packed shoeboxes to be returned to school by Friday 13th November.

RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION AND HEALTH EDUCATION PARENT CONSULTATION

This academic year, Relationships Education and Health Education will become statutory in all primary schools in England. As a Catholic school, our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church. After careful consideration, we have decided to adopt Life to the Full by Ten Ten resources to help us deliver this area of curriculum. However, it is essential that as part of implementing Life to the Full, we consult with our children, parents, staff and academy committee members to ensure there is a general consensus on our approaches to policy and curriculum content. 

At St Ambrose, as part of our consultation process, we would like to have your feedback on our approach, and particularly on the key decisions that we need to take regarding the teaching of certain topics. Therefore, we kindly ask you to take part in an online Parent Consultation Tool to help us make key decisions.

Please access the first access a short online course on: www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-consultation-primary which provides details about the resources and answers some frequently asked questions.

You will need to log in with the username: st-ambrose-dy10 and the password: custard-111. 

Once you have completed the course, please then complete our questionnaire, through the link on our RSE Parent Consultation page and send us your feedback by 16th October.

We appreciate your time and support with this. A teapot time will be arranged for later in the term to answer any further questions and to make key decisions.

RECEPTION AND HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATIONS 2021

Applications for Reception Class 2021 have now opened and must be completed online by 15 January 2021. We welcome applications from all families of all or no faith. If you know of any families who are presently applying for a school place please encourage them to contact school. Again, if you have any queries regarding applying please do not hesitate to speak to us.

APPLICATIONS FOR HAGLEY SEPTEMBER 2021

If your son or daughter is in Year Six please see the flyer below advertising the Open Morning at Hagley Catholic High Scool on Saturday 10th October.

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation this year for our Year 6 children will be on Saint Ambrose's Feast Day, 7th December at 7pm in Church.  The Year 6 children have  received a letter from Father Lamb explaining how to enrol on the Confirmation programme. The application can be downloaded using the link below.

FACE COVERINGS

In line with Government guidance, can we please ask that from Monday you wear a face covering when coming into the school reception area. Thank you for your continued support.

Thank you to everyone who has already completed and returned their menu choices for this half term. We are currently providing a packed lunch menu and kindly ask that if you would like your child to receive a packed lunch to complete their sandwich filling choice and return to the school as soon as possible. (You will find the menu choices below.)

Meals cost £2.30 per day unless your child is in receipt of Free School Meals or they are in KS1 (Reception, Y1 and Y2) where they will receive Universal Free School Meals.

If we do not receive notification of your packed lunch choice for your child we will presume that you are sending them with a lunch from home.

UPDATED P.E. DAYS

YEAR GROUP DAYS CHILDREN ARE REQUIRED TO COME IN P.E. KIT
Reception Wednesday
Year 1 Tuesday
Year 2 Wednesday and Friday
Year 3 Monday and Thursday
Year 4 Tuesday and Friday
Year 5 Tuesday and Friday
Year 6 Tuesday and Thursday

Can we please ask that children come into school wearing their P.E. kit, school jumper, shorts/tracksuit bottoms (weather dependant) and trainers/pumps on their allocated day(s).

TEAPOT TIME

Due to the parish hall still being closed, Teapot Time will take place at school. If you would like to attend, the next session will be on Tuesday 6th October at 9am. Entrance will be via the side gate next to pre-school.

MASS

Father Lamb will be saying Mass in school on Wednesday for our Year 4 children. 

CAR PARK

Thank you to everyone for not using the school car park to drop off and pick up children, this has really enabled us to keep everyone safe. Only parents who have a car park pass will be permitted to use the school car park when it is safe to do so.

ALLERGY AWARENESS

Please remember that we have children in school who suffer from a severe allergy to all nuts and products containing nuts. Children with this condition may have a serious reaction, which could prove fatal if they come into contact with nuts. Consequently, I would ask that no nuts or related products (e.g. Kinder Bueno, Nutella spreads, peanut butter etc.) are brought into school for your child’s break or packed lunch. Your agreement with this and compliance could prevent a life threatening situation from developing. I am sure you will appreciate the reasons for making this request and trust that you will give it your full co-operation.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

If you still need to purchase uniform for your son or daughter please see the PDF document below. You can print, complete and return the form to Hagley Sports or follow the link to access their website.

Kind regards,

Mrs Brocklesby.

Part of the Saint Nicholas Owen Catholic Multi Academy Company. A Private Limited Company with charitable status.

Registered in England and Wales

Company No: 09174154 Registered Office: Hagley Catholic High School, Brake Lane, Hagley, Worcestershire DY8 2XL

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