Friday 21st October 2022

CAN WE PLEASE REMIND ALL YEAR 6 PARENTS THAT YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR CHILD'S HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION BY 31ST OCTOBER AT THE LATEST. ANY APPLICATION SUBMITTED AFTER THIS DATE WILL BE TREATED AS A LATE APPLICATION.

SAINTS PROJECT CHALLENGE

After half term, we will be holding our very own Saints Exhibition - we are asking for pupils to research and celebrate the life of a chosen saint and the work produced will be celebrated in a whole school exhibition gallery. This is a fantastic opportunity for families to work together on this project over half term and there will be prizes for some of the most creative entries. Please see the flyer below:

MULTI-FAITH WEEK

This week has been a very important week in school - it has been Multi-Faith week, where we have been learning all about different faiths. Today, we also all came to school wearing odd socks to show that we are all made in the image and likeness of God but we are all different and we love and respect our differences.

In Reception, they have been learning about Christianity - they found lots of crosses in the Church of England Church. They also made their own churches and made a Vicar to go inside the church.

Year 1 have enjoyed celebrating Multi-Faith week. We learnt all about 'Christianity' and explored Christian churches and their beautiful stained-glass windows. We thoroughly enjoyed creating our own stained-glass windows during our Art lessons. 

Year 2 pupils have been learning all about Buddhism. "I enjoyed learning about the Buddhist temple and that there are five elements to the temple." "I learnt that the golden fish symbol is for happiness."

Year 3 have been exploring all about Hinduism. They have really enjoyed learning about the story of Rama and Sita and how this links to Divali. We created paper Divali lamps and some small divals out of clay! 

Year 4 have been learning all about Judaism. They decided to set up an area in their classroom to show their respect and tolerance for other faiths and were encouraged to visit the area throughout the week.

Year 5 have been learning about Sikhism and on Tuesday two students from Hagley came to talk about their faith and they had the opportunity to ask them lots of questions. 

Year 6 have been learning all about Islam. Please listen to two interviews that some children have prepared all about an Islam festival. Well done, Harley, Woody, Rocco, Darcey and Polly. We would like to say a huge thank you to Umar who has shared his faith with us this week and brought in things for us to look at and learn all about.

'This week has been AMAZING because I got to share all about my faith with the whole class' -Umar

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SPOOKY BAKE OFF

SPOOKY COLOURING COMPETITION WINNERS

Congratulations to the following children on their wonderful winning entries for the Spooky Colouring Competition

Key stage 1

1st Isla R 

2nd Grace 

3rd Chester 

Key stage 2

1st Allegra

2nd Solomon  

3rd Jason

SPOOKY BAKE OFF

Thank you to everyone who sent in their wonderful bake off entries. Please see the winners below:

 

Key Stage 1 winners

1st Henry 

2nd Carmen 

3rd Paddy 

Key Stage 2 winners

 1st  Alicia 

2nd  Robyn M

3rd  Annabella 

We are delighted to announce that we have raised an amazing £201.45 which will go straight back into school funds to buy things for our wonderful children. We raised £170.95 in our spooky bake off and £30.50 in our colouring competition. THANK YOU for your support with these events and a HUGE THANKYOU to TAPP and Mrs Wallace who organised it all.

CHRISTMAS CARD DESIGN

Please see the letter below that has gone out with your child today regarding the Christmas Card designs that our pupils have been busy doing this week.

EMOTIONAL WELLBEING SUPPORT

Dear parent/carers – I have been working closely with St Ambrose to understand and support students, parents, and staff with their emotional and mental wellbeing. Please keep an eye out for future events for the possibility to have a chat with me, learn something new and meet other parents in a similar position. We will be offering drop-in sessions and workshops for those of you that would like to attend. Each term there will be a different topic. Keep an eye out for these and I look forward to meeting you. The drop-in sessions  will be for 15 minutes and can be booked between 2pm and 3pm on the first Tuesday of every month starting on Tuesday 1st November. The flyer below identifies the work I do, please book your session via school life.

-Lorena
Education Mental Health Practitioner 

SHOUT OUT

This week, I would like to give a shout out to our Year 6 pupils who helped set up school ready for our Open Day and showed prospective parents around our school. They were a credit to Saint Ambrose. Well done.

Please check your child's class page to find their login details for Oxford Owl. Your child will be able to access free ebooks online to read at home. 

This year, our Reading Ambassadors are inviting children to donate a book to the library when it is their birthday, instead of sweets. They will then present to the whole school in assembly. We will put a plaque inside each book showing our appreciation and they can add their own personal quote about reading to it. We are really excited to continue growing our library of books in school.

Rewarding reading at home

Our Reading Ambassadors will be asking their teachers on a Monday, to see how many children have read at least 5x week at home for the previous week. Then the winning class will be announced in assembly. The winning class will then choose a book for us to purchase to go into their class library. Please keep listening to your children and encouraging them to read - it is so important.

DATES WEEK BEGINNING 31ST OCTOBER

CLUB/ACTIVITY DAY/TIME YEAR GROUP
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 Y4, Y5 and Y6
Sports Stars after school club Tuesday 3.20pm - 4.20pm Y1, Y2, and Y3
View christmas artwork Monday 2.45.4.45pm all year groups
View Christmas artwork Tuesday 2.45-4.45pm all year groups

DATES FOR FUTURE EVENTS

Mass Dates

Date and Time Year Group
1st November Whole School - All Saints Day
9th November Y6 and Y5
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

Confirmation Meeting Dates

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

Thursday 3rd November Meeting 4 - Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments
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

Other Important Dates

Event Date and Time
Folk Mass Sunday 30th October 6pm in Church
Hot Dog Friday organised by TAPP Friday 4th November 3.20pm in the Playground
St Ambrose Baby and Toddler Table Top Sale Saturday 5th November 9.30-11.30am (see flyer below)
Year 6 Remembrance Service Friday 11th November - 10.45am
Parents Evening - Session 1 Monday 7th November - 3.30 - 6.30pm
Year 2 SATs Information Workshop Tuesday 15th November 9am - 10.30am
Parents Evening - Session 2 Wednesday 16th November - 3.30 - 6.30pm
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
KS2 Carol Concert Wednesday 14th December 9.30am in Church
Parents Evening - Session 1 Monday 6th February 3.30-6.30pm
Parents Evening - Session 2 Wednesday 15th February 3.30-6.30pm
Summer Sports Day Tuesday 18th July

After the success of the last Folk Mass, Mrs Yates has organised one for Sunday 30th October at 6pm in Church. They warmly invite all families to join them.

ST AMBROSE BABY AND TODDLER TABLE TOP SALE

HOT DOG FRIDAY

Tapp will be selling hotdogs on the school playground from 3.20pm on Friday 4th November.

CLASS ASSEMBLIES

Year Group Date
Year 2 Thursday 10th November 2022
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

There will be no celebration assembly on Monday 31st October

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.

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

OPEN DAY

Today we held our ‘Open Day’ and it was wonderful seeing our Year 6 pupils being excellent ambassadors for our school. Parents and children had the opportunity to have a guided tour seeing the school in action, chat to staff and look around school. As I have said before there can be a misconception that only Catholic children can apply to our school. We welcome applications from all families. If you know of any families who are presently preparing to apply for a school place please encourage them to contact me to arrange a visit and tour of the school. Applications for Reception Class 2023 must be completed online by 15 January 2023.

 

KIDDERMINSTER 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 (Reception- Year 8). Younger children, 5-7 years can attend for half days if they prefer. 

The courses will feature our Star Player 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 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 Cricket Club WR9 7AN– Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th 

Worcester – Bishop Perowne College -Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th 

Kinver Sports & Community Association DY7 6ER- Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th 

Malvern –  Dyson Perrins Academy - Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th 

Kidderminster – Baxter College - Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th & Friday 28th

Cleobury Sports Centre - Thursday 27th & Friday 28th

Please bring both indoor and outdoor footwear, packed lunch, drinks, umbrella and waterproof clothing. All courses will be outdoors, in the event of adverse weather conditions, we may have to cancel. Online price is available until Friday 21st Oct before the start date after which pay on the day price applies. 

To book a place email harrierscommunity@hotmail.co.uk  Please email details EACH time you book 

 Name:                           Age:               Any Medical Conditions:              Emergency Contact number: 

 Course Venue:                                                      Days attending:                                      

 Payment details will be sent with confirmation of booking. 

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.

CHURCH CHRISTMAS 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.

 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