Our Catholic Mission: 'We do our best by following Jesus.'

Friday 10th November 2023




Message from Mrs Brocklesby

Parents' Evenings

We aim to be a  self-evaluating school by regularly consulting with children, parents, carers and other stakeholders to improve our practice. Next week you will receive a link to a questionnaire to obtain your views.

There are three Parents' Evenings every year and the first parents' evenings of the school year are next week on Tuesday and Thursday. At the meeting you will have an opportunity to discuss your child's progress, look at their work and receive an attendance update.

At Parents' Evening you will also have the opportunity to view a photo slideshow about school life and class/school events.

In addition to these parents' evenings, a written report will be sent to parents towards the end of the Summer Term.   This will include information about your child's attainment, the topics they have covered during the year as well as their own report on how they feel they have worked during the year. Thank you for your continued support.

Message from Mrs Laskey

On Monday, during Gospel Liturgy the children were introduced to the two new virtues that will be the focus for this half term.  These virtues are Attentive and Discerning and are very important virtues for us to explore in our lives and especially during the season of Advent which is fast upon us.  During this time we are asked to be attentive and wait for Jesus' second coming. 
When the children returned to their classrooms, they explored what the virtues meant to them and throughout school life we encourage the children to be attentive to their experiences and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices. I look forward to seeing these virtues lived out.
Today the children and staff all gathered in the hall for a Remembrance Service which was led by Year Six. Year Six reminded us of the history behind remembrance day and that it is an important time to remember those who have fought and died in war. 
As a community we remembered in faith all those who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces. Every child then held a poppy that they had made and prayers were said. The final prayer focused on the centre of the poppy and we asked for God's help and support in playing our own part in working for peace in the world. 
Thank you to Year Six who led our service which such reverence.
Through the Poppy Appeal the Royal British Legion raise money for men and women who have served and those that are serving in the armed forces.  Thank you to all those who have bought a poppy or another item from the children this week.  Thank you to Macey, Katie, Jakub, Niamh, James, Charlie, Anthony and Isla who kindly volunteered to sell these at the end of the school day. 
A Prayer for World Peace

O God of the nations,as we look to that day when you will gather peoplefrom north and south, east and west,into the unity of your peaceable Kingdom,guide with your just and gentle wisdom all who take counselfor the nations of the world,that all your people may spend their days in security, freedom, and peace,through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend. 

Year 3 enjoyed learning all about the history of Remembrance Day this morning - we made some beautiful artwork!

"Red poppies symbolise all the soldiers who died in the Great War" (William)

"Purple poppies represent all the animals who died in the Great War" (Nikodem)

"Black poppies symbolise all the black soldiers who died in the Great War" (Cody)

"White poppies are a promise that we will try to live in peace" (Isla)

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.

Year Group This Week This Term
Whole School 91.6% 93.0%
Reception 93.1% 94.4%
Year 1 95.1% 94.3%
Year 2 86.5% 90.2%
Year 3 94.1% 91.9%
Year 4 93.7% 96.8%
Year 5 91.3% 94.0%
Year 6 91.7% 91.9%

Mass Times at St. Ambrose Catholic Church

Important Dates

Date/Time Event
Tuesday 14th November - 3.30 - 6pm Parents' Evening 1 - Appointments to be booked via Arbor
Wednesday 15th November - 9.15am Year 6 Mass - In Church - All welcome
Thursday 16th November - 3.30 - 6pm 'Parents' Evening 2 - Appointments to be booked via Arbor
Friday 17th November Mufti Day - All children can wear their own clothes in exchange for an item of chocolate for the Parish Christmas Bazaar
Tuesday 21st November - 6pm Confirmation Meeting in the Parish Hall
Wednesday 22nd - 9.15am Y5 Mass - In Church - All welcome
Friday 24th November Mufti Day - All children can wear their own clothes in exchange for a bottle (i.e alcohol, pop, squash, sauce, bubble bath etc) for the Parish Christmas Bazaar
Tuesday 28th November - 6pm Confirmation Meeting in Parish Hall
Wednesday 29th November - 9.15am Year 4 Mass - All welcome
Thursday 30th November St Andrews Lunch - Orders to be made via School Food United
Friday 1st December Cake/Mince pie donationss for the Parish Christmas Bazaar
Sunday 3rd December - 12pm First Sunday of Advent
Parish Christmas Bazaar being held after 11am Mass - All families warmly invited to attend
Tuesday 5th December - Time to be confirmed Confirmation Service of Prayer and Practice
Wednesday 6th December - 11am Whole School Mass - All welcome
Thursday 7th December - 7pm Confirmation Mass
Feast of St Ambrose
Wednesday 13th December - 9.15am Year 3 Mass - All welcome
Wednesday 13th - Friday 15th December Year 6 Residential Trip
Tuesday 19th December 9.30am KS2 Carol Concert - In Church
Tuesday 19th December 1.45pm KS1 Nativity - In School
Wednesday 20th December 9.30am KS1 Nativity - In School
Wednesday 20th December 1.30pm KS2 Carol Concert - In Church
Thursday 21st December Christmas Lunch - Please order on the School Food United app/website
Whole School Christmas Party Day
Friday 22nd December 9.30am Whole School Mass - In Church - All welcome

The Parish Christmas Bazaar will take place after 11am Mass on Sunday 3rd of December. All children and families are warmly invited to attend to help support the Parish. Not only will there be stalls and refreshments, Father Christmas will also be paying a visit too!! Please see the flyer below for more information. 

We are kindly asking for the following donations:

17th November - Chocolates

24th November - Bottles

1st December - Cakes and/or Mince Pies


Each class has been given a knitted toy that the teachers will raffle off to their class, to parents or their family members. Each ticket will cost £1 and all donations will go to the Parish towards their Christmas Bazaar total. More information will be given next week.

The things achieved by the children outside of school are incredible.

This week I have been told that Alwen was the Kidderminster Harriers mascot and even ended up on BBC three report!!

Isla P attended a Dance competition in Nottingham at the weekend and won a trophy, she took part in Street, Rock and Roll pairs, fast pairs, slow pairs, fast solo and slow solo.

Isla said - ‘I really enjoyed taking part’

We are extremely proud of them.

(See photo's below)


The Bee Hive Club is now open. The Club is based in the Bee Hive which is the nursery building currently.

Opening Times

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.

Term Dates

Term Dates
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.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Laskey and Mrs Brocklesby

Stars of the Week

Diary Dates


Class Assemblies