Friday 11th November 2022

REMEMBRANCE DAY

Today at 11am , the whole school community gathered in the hall to mark Remembrance Day and commemorate those who have given their lives in the defence of our country.

Our Year 6 pupils led the poignant Remembrance Service and shared of the names of the local men from Kidderminster who died.

At 11am we paused to observe two minutes' silence and paid our respects to all of the people who took part in both World Wars.

Thank you for remembering.

YEAR 3 CHILDREN WILL RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION ON SATURDAY 17TH JUNE

WE HAVE 11 MORE SPACES AVAILABLE FOR THE HARRIERS AFTER SCHOOL CLUB ON A THURSDAY AFTERNOON FOR YEARS 2,3 AND 4. PLACES ARE SECURED WHEN YOU MAKE PAYMENT THROUGH PARENT PAY AND ARE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. A LETTER HAS BEEN SENT OUT TODAY.

RSE WORKSHOP

Miss Holtom will be running an RSE Parent Workshop after school on Tuesday 22nd November at 3.20pm. In this session we will have the opportunity to further discuss some of the key decisions that have been made (in partnership with all stakeholders) about our curriculum and looking at some of the resources used in lessons for these topics. Everyone is very welcome to join this session. Provision will be made for children in school so that we can discuss the different topics, without children being present.

ATTENDANCE

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. 

Year Group Weekly Attendance Term Attendance
Whole School 95.1% 94.9%
Reception 96.9% 93.6%
Year 1 95.5% 94.6%
Year 2 95.5% 96.2%
Year 3 96.0% 95.9%
Year 4 96.0% 94.7%
Year 5 96.6% 95.3%
Year 6 89.6% 93.9%

DATES WEEK BEGINNING 14TH NOVEMBER

CLUB/ACTIVITY DAY/TIME YEAR GROUP
Board Games Club Monday 3.20pm - 4pm Y5 and Y6
Swimming Tuesday Y4 and Y6
Choir Thursday 3.20pm - 4.20pm Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6
Harriers after school club Thursday 3.20pm - 4.20pm YR, Y1, Y2, Y3 and Y4
Sports Stars after school club Tuesday 3.20pm - 4.20pm Y4, Y5 and y6
Event Date and Time
Mental Health Awareness Workshop Tuesday 15th November 2.15pm - 3pm
Year 2 SATs Information Workshop Tuesday 15th November 9am - 10.30am
Parents Evening - Session 2 Wednesday 16th November - 3.30pm - 6.30pm
Folk Mass Sunday 20th Novemver 6pm in Church
RSE Parent Worshop Tuesday 22nd November - 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Y6 Pioneer Residential Wednesday 30th November - Friday 2nd December
St Ambrose Feast Day Wednesday 7th December
Y6 Confirmation Mass Wednesday 7th December - 7pm
KS2 Carol Concert Tuesday 13th December 1.30pm in Church
KS1 Nativity Tuesday 13th December 9.30am in School
KS2 Carol Concert Wednesday 14th December 9.30am in Church
KS1 Nativity Wednesday 14th December 1.45pm in School
Reception Hearing Screening Tuesday 31st January
Parents Evening - Session 1 Monday 6th February 3.30pm-6.30pm
Parents Evening - Session 2 Wednesday 15th February 3.30pm-6.30pm
First Holy Communion Saturday 17th June
Summer Sports Day Tuesday 18th July

Mass Dates

Date and Time Year Group
16th November Y4 and Y3
30th November Y2, Y1 and YR
7th December Whole School - St Ambrose Feast Day
16th December Whole School - End of Term

FOLK AND YOUTH MASS

All families are warmly invited to attend the Folk and Youth Mass on Sunday 20th November at 6pm in Church. It would be wonderful to see as many families as possible attending.

Please see the flyer below for a Christmas Storytime evening at school.

CHRISTMAS PRODUCTIONS

Below are the times and dates for the Christmas productions. The KS2 productions will be held in Church and KS1 productions will be held in school. Tickets for the KS1 performances will be required, please return the reply slip from the letter that your child has received this week to request tickets.

DATE/TIME YEAR GROUP LOCATION
9.30 am - Tuesday 13th December R, Y1 and Y2 School Hall - Tickets required
1.30 pm - Tuesday 13th December Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 In Church
9.30 am - Wednesday 14th December Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 In Church
1.45pm - Wednesday 14th December R, Y1 and Y2 School Hall - Tickets required

PARISH BAZAAR

The Christmas Bazaar this year will be on Sunday 4th December at 12 o'clock after Mass in the Parish Centre. It will be wonderful to see as many families as possible especially as the choir will be singing carols around the Christmas tree. We will be having two Mufti days to help support the Parish Bazaar:

Friday 18th November - Children can wear their own clothes in exchange for a chocolate donation

Friday 25th November - Children can wear their own clothes in exchange for a bottle donation.

Friday 2nd December - Children can come in their own clothes in exchange for mince pies and or cakes

 

SAINTS EXHIBITION

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on their saints projects. It was wonderful to see them all displayed in our exhibition this afternoon. Mrs Wolfe, our RE link governor, was really impressed and found it hard to choose the following winners:

Key Stage Pupil Winners
Reception/Key Stage 1 Florence (R) & Isla (Y2)
Lower Key Stage 2 Summer (Y3) & Lydia (Y4)
Upper Key Stage 2 Annabelle (Y5) & Woody (Y6)

Winners will receive a prize in Assembly on Monday - congratulations!

VIRTUES: FAITH-FILLED & HOPEFUL

This half term, we are growing to be faith-filled in our beliefs and hopeful for the future.

  • “Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your hope and faith are in God.” Peter 1:21
  • “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

COAT COLLECTION

We are kindly asking for donations of children's school coats aged 4-11years for a school 'Coat Bank'. When we have collected sufficient coats we will let parents know and you will be able to come and choose a coat.

DANCE COMPETITION

A big well done to Fia-Bella, Aurelia and Charlotte who have all reached the semi-final stage in a dance competition that will take place in Blackpool!

 

On Friday 2nd December we will be holding a dance competition that has been organised by a pupil in Year 5.

Please encourage your son or daughter to sign up by adding their name to the poster in their classroom.

EMOTIONAL WELLBEING SUPPORT

Please see the flyer below inviting you to attend a mental health awareness drop in hosted by our Education Mental Health Practitioner, Lorena.

STARTING WELL PARTNERSHIP - WEBINAR

Confirmation Meeting Dates

All meetings will be held in the Parish Centre at 6pm

Thursday 17th November Meeting 5 - Living the Life of the Apostle
Thursday 1st December Meeting 6 - Confirmation: The Rite
Wednesday 7th December Children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation

CLASS ASSEMBLIES

Year Group Date
Year 5 Thursday 24th November 2022
Year 4 Thursday 12th January 2023
Year 3 Thursday 16th February 2023
Year 1 Thursday 8th June 2023
Reception Thursday 22nd June 2023
Year 6 Play Thursday 20th July 2023 - 6pm
Year 6 Leavers Mass and Graduation Monday 24th July 2023

CONGRATULATIONS ASSEMBLY

Congratulations to the following pupils who will be receiving a certificate in our special assembly on Monday:

Year Group Curriculum Discipleship
Reception Florence W Freddie
Year 1 Jonas Bobby
Year 2 Olivia William
Year 3 Aurelia Zuzanna
Year 4 Ivy Kian
Year 5 Jaime Katie
Year 6 Darcey Cian

ARE YOU RECEIVING PUSH NOTIFICATIONS?

If you are experiencing any problems with School Life then please come to the school office to speak with Mrs Fish or Miss Downs. They can also help you with setting up for Parent Pay and School Food United accounts.

PARENTS EVENING APPOINTMENTS

Please remember to book your parents evening appointments via school life. I am looking forward to welcoming parents into school on Monday for parents evening 3.30-6.30pm.

Please follow the link below to access this week's Wednesday Word.

P.E. DAYS

Please ensure that your child comes to school in their correct P.E. kit. The P.E. uniform is as follows:

  • Black shorts, black leggings, black track suit bottoms (unbranded if possible)
  • Maroon round neck T-shirt with embroidered badge
  • P.E pumps or black trainer

PLEASE NOTE: P.E. HOODIES CAN ONLY BE WORN ON P.E. DAYS

 

 

Year Group PE Day
Reception Monday
Year 1 Tuesday and Thursday
Year 2 Tuesday and Thursday
Year 3 Monday and Friday
Year 4 Tuesday and Friday
Year 5 Tuesday and Wednesday
Year 6 Tuesday

Children are to come to school wearing their P.E. kit on the day(s) listed above. Thank you.

PARISH NEWS

UCM GROUP

This half term it has been lovely to meet representatives form the Parish UCM group.

It is a National Organisation of Women, open to all women. The Union of Catholic Mothers organises some fantastic activities in the Parish Hall and would welcome any visitors or new members. They run a craft club on the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 2-4pm. Everyone is welcome and you can pop in before you collect or after collection.

The UCM group over the next few weeks will be dropping flyers into school about their activities and will be available in the playground (dates to be confirmed) to answer any questions and tell us about future events.

 Would you like to join the Parish flower  group?

Any help you can give will be much appreciated. Whether you already have flower arranging experience or are just a beginner. They are very short and helpers and any assistance would be very welcome.  Training and guidance will be given to any beginners. Please phone or text Elaine Yates on 07951 535843 if you are interested. Many thanks.

 

STAY SAFE ONLINE

Please read the following tips to share with your son or daughter about staying safe online:

  • Never give out personal information. This includes online people you know as well. Keep them private!
  • Never send pictures of yourself because once it’s online, it’s there forever, and it could get into the wrong hands.
  • Don’t make friends with people you don’t know. People are not always who they say they are.
  • Tell your parents/carers what you’re doing online so they can act fast if there are any issues and can vet whether the website is safe for use
  • Leave the website and tell a trusted adult immediately if you see something that concerns you or makes you feel unsafe
  • Never show your real name, age or where you live in your username
  • Use strong passwords which have a mix of numbers, letters and symbols
  • Do not share passwords with others
  • Don’t open an attachment unless you’re 100% sure it’s safe
  • Don’t let strangers into your video calls. Blur your background so you don’t give away any information about where you are.
  • Be careful who you webcam with
  • Don’t meet up with someone you’ve only met online
  • Be nice online
  • Think before your post! This applies to when you send or forward content.

Please see the confirmed term dates below for 2022/23. 

Kind Regards,

Mrs Brocklesby

Stars of the Week

Diary Dates

Attendance

Class Assemblies