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DATE: Friday 6th March 2020

Good Afternoon,

On Sunday, 1st March, we celebrated the feast day of St.David, the only saint of the British Isles to have actually been born in the country of which he is patron. He seems to have been a man of tremendous spiritual influence as there are churches dedicated to him throughout the southern Celtic world – Ireland, Cornwall, and Brittany.  May St David pray for us so that we too may proclaim the fullness of the gospel that comes to us from the Apostles.

UCM GROUP:

I would like to thank the UCM group on behalf of the whole school for donating £650 to school funds.

Mrs Stewart was delighted to accept their donation on Monday evening.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:

"May the Church always be a place where everyone can feel welcomed, loved and encouraged."

POPE FRANCIS

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for coming to strengthen and encourage us. Help us to be more like you - to be an encouragement to those around us.

Amen.

CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY:

Congratulations to all of the children who received an award this week, they were;

Jaime B, Mia B, Lauren E, Izzie M, Daniel P, Isla P, Lottie P, Woddy P, Thomas R, Freya S, Ksawery S, Oscar S & Alex W.

If your son or daughter is selected to receive an award at a Celebration Assembly this year you will receive two invitations from school on a Thursday. The first invitation is a push notification and the second invite is a slip in your son or daughter's book bag.

A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF SISTER BREDA 1923-2020:

Today Year 6 led a wonderful and fitting celebration of the life of Sister Breda. They gave an insight into her time working at St. Ambrose school where she finally progressed to the role of headteacher. Her work here spanned an amazing 33 years in total.

Year 6 have worked so hard and have created some wonderful portraits and prayers. They also made  commemorative bookmarks that were given out to all of those who jopined us in our celebration.

There is a memory book that will be displayed in the school foyer and we would welcome anyone to contribute any recollections or memories that they have of Sister Breda.

CATHOLIC LIFE: YEAR OF THE WORD

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Yesterday was World Book Day and the children were reminded that the Bible is the best selling book of all time. The Guinness Book of World Records estimates that more than 5 billion copies of the Bible have been printed world - wide and the New Testament has ben translated into over 2000 languages. The Bible tells the story of God’s relationship with His people. It is a library of books covering every genre: letters, stories, prophecy, poems, wisdom, teaching, history.

Jesus was the ultimate storyteller who used parables to teach people about how to live. Whatever we are feeling God’s word can help us: When we feel scared, remember we are not alone for God says in the book of Joshua, “Do not be afraid; do not be discovered, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!” When we feel worried, we can tell God about it. In 1 Peter, it says, “Cast all of your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” When we feel sad, we can remember that it won’t always be. In the book of Revelation, God promises that in heaven, ”He will wipe every tear from our eyes.” When we feel lost or confused we can remember what Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew, “With Man this is impossible but with God all things are possible.” And when we feel happy, we can join with Christians throughout the centuries in the words from the book of Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”

The Bible is like a treasure chest filled with wisdom, comfort and advice – if only we choose to read it!

 It is God’s word, given to us, filled with stories that teach us how to live the best lives we can.

SOMETHING FOR THE ADULTS TO THINK ABOUT:

For your own personal development try reading the Bible in a year using an app such as Bible in One Year.

LENTEN OBSERVANCE:

Traditionally Lent is a time, where during the 40 days leading up to Easter, we think about Jesus’ time in the desert refusing to give into temptation, so we give up something such as chocolate or crisps. Father Lamb also reminded the children that this is a time where we can also do something extra, particularly in this Year of the Word. He suggested they think of it in terms of the 3 R’s: Repent, Reflect and Retreat – saying sorry to God and each other, taking time to think about what Jesus tells us in the Bible about how God wants us to behave towards each other and  spending quiet time to get to know God better and think about how we should follow Jesus’ example.

At St Ambrose Lent is always a time where we think of others. Traditionally during Lent each class has decided on a fundraising event for a charity of their choice. This year we are making our Lenten Observances through three whole school events:

Bric-a-Brac sale

Sponsored Readathon

Foodbank Friday

WORLD BOOK DAY:

On Thursday everyone was excited to come together to celebrate our love of reading for World Book Day and we had some amazing outfits worn because teachers and children came to school as a one of their favourite book characters. 

At St Ambrose we are very grateful to Rowberry's Farm Shop in Chaddesley Corbett who gave us a lovely deal on 200 potatoes for all children to have the chance to decorate one as a character from a book. We had some amazing entries and each class had the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The winners will be announced in Celebration Assembly on Monday and all entries will be displayed in the hall at the end of the day. All children and parents are welcome to come and view them all after school on Monday - they really are fantastic!

'I thought it was fun to paint a potato for World Book Day - it spud-tastic' - Mia Y6

'I really enjoyed decorating my potato, I needed a little bit of help using a glue gun at home but I was very pleased with the final result. It was really nice to do something different.' Josh Y6

READATHON LENTEN CHARITY CHALLENGE:

On World Book Day we launched our 'Readathon' challenge to help raise money for disadvantaged children in schools and hospitals across the country and each child received a sponsorship form to bring home. The money we raise will help these children enjoy brand new books and inspiring storyteller visits. We will also get brand new books for our school! Please can we ask you to support your child with this challenge. All sponsorship forms and monies need to returned to school by Monday 20th April.

E-SAFETY TALK FOR PARENTS:

Thank you to the parents who came to the e-safety presentation this morning. We hope that they found it informative and a useful guide to helping their children safely use the internet.

CTA FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT:

U9s and U11s went to Winterfold this morning for the annual CTA football competition.

The U9s drew 1 game and won 4 games in their group, making it through to the semi final. They battled and battled, but after 0-0 at the end and 0-0 after golden goal they lost at penalties. They finished 4th overall.


The U11s drew 1 game, lost 1 game and won 3 games. Although they played amazingly, through goal difference they ended up in 6th place playoffs, and finished 6th overall.


Every single player should be extremely proud of themselves for playing so well together, it was a fantastic morning!


Bring on next year!

HYGIENE LESSONS:

All classes have had a hygiene lesson this week to ensure they are aware of the importance of washing their hands regularly. Please remind your son or daughter to follow these five steps every time.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
  • FOOD BANK DONATIONS:

    The Y6 SVP will be collecting food donations for the foodbank, from each class every Friday during Lent. Please contribute generously as always.

     Once again, a sincere thank you for all your support with helping the children to think of others less fortunate than themselves during Lent.

    SCIENCE DAY:

    On Tuesday, three boys from Year 4 went on a Science trip. The theme of the day was ‘Hooked on Physics’ and we learnt all about sound. We completed different science experiments throughout the day and answers scientific questions.

    Oscar (Year 4) said, “I enjoyed all of the trip especially when we made straw oboes because it taught me that you make different sounds from different lengths of straws. I made a really long one that made a very low sound”.

    Ethan (Year 4) said, “My favourite part of the trip was when we got to make a loud speaker out of: a plastic pot, paper, a copper wire, sellotape, a magnet and a washer. It actually worked!”

    We had a brilliant time being scientists for the day and we learnt a lot.

    SCIENCE WEEK 9TH - 12TH MARCH:

    Next week is science week.

    To celebrate science week each year group will take part in a science activity based on the theme ‘Our diverse planet’.

    We will also launch a poster competition next week.

    SCHOOLS VOCATION COMPETITION:

    This spring the Diocese are running a competition for children in all diocesan schools, with the theme of ‘The God Who Speaks’. They are asking pupils to build a Lego scene of Vocation based on Scripture and to send pictures to office@st-ambrose.worcs.sch.uk

    All entries will be shared at the weekly Gospel Assembly on a Friday. We have already recieved our first entry and remember there will be prizes for winning pupils. The closing date is Thursday 19th March (St. Joseph’s Day), with the winners announced on the Solemnity of the Annunciation (25th March). Please see below the poster and rules and entry information.

    EXCITING BAKE OFF OPPORTUNITY:

    Channel 4 are looking for the UK's best young bakers for their tv show. They are accepting applications until the 5th of April.

    Interested bakers can apply online at - WWW.APPLYFORJUNIORBAKEOFF.CO.UK 

    Tapp have organised a school disco for KS1 and KS2 on Friday 27th March. Letters have gone out with your child today with more information. Please check their school and book bags. Alternatively you can print a copy at home by clicking on the link below.

    In a similar format to the Reverse Advent Calendar, from next week, each child will be given a day when they are encouraged to bring in an item to sell – book, toy, hairband etc. (NOT FOOD or CLOTHING) to contribute to a whole school Bric a Brac sale on Friday 3rd April with the money raised being divided between supporting pupils in school and a charity of the children’s choice. Any leftover items will also be donated towards helping a charity such as Kemp or Oxfam.

    TWITTER:

    Please don't forget to follow us on Twitter where you can see all the wonderful tweets that the teachers share.

    @ambrose_primary

    DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

    PLEASE REGULARLY CHECK THE DIARY DATES FOR ANY UPDATES.

    CAN WE PLEASE REMIND YOU THAT VIOLIN LESSONS ARE ON A MONDAY AND CLARINET LESSONS ARE ON A FRIDAY. PLEASE CAN YOU ENSURE THAT YOUR CHILD BRINGS THEIR INSTRUMENT INTO SCHOOL WITH THEM ON THE RELEVANT DAYS. MANY THANKS.

    DATE TIME EVENT
    9th - 13th March Science Week
    23rd March 5.30 - 7pm Parents' Evening 1
    27th March 6.15 - 7.15pm KS1 School Disco
    27th March 7.20 - 8.30pm KS2 School Disco
    30th march 3.30 - 6pm Parents' Evening 2
    2nd April 2pm Easter Performance KS2 School Hall
    6th - 17th April Easter Break
    8th May May Day Bank Holiday
    25th - 29th May Half Term
    1st June TED Day
    13th June 12pm First Holy Communion
    14th July 9.15am KS1 Sports Day
    12.45pm KS2 Sports Day
    15th July Back Up Sports Day
    3.30-6pm Drop in Parents' Meeting

    YEAR 6 PARENT'S EVENING NOTICE:

    Mr. Hodgson and Mr. Miatowski from Hagley High School will be present at parents evening on Monday 30th March between 3.30pm and 6pm to talk to year 6 parents. If you would like an appointment to see them you can book this via the School Life app.

    CLASS ASSEMBLIES:

    Year Group Date Time
    Year 2 20th March 9am
    Year 3 7th May 9am
    Reception 19th June 9am
    Year 6 Leavers Assembly 16th July 9am

    Thank you to all of the parents, carers and family members who attended the Year 6 SATS workshop. We hope that you found it informative and that you enjoyed spending time in schoool with your child.

    Please see below the dates for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 tests.

    KEY STAGE 1:

    Date Activity
    May 2020 Key Stage 1 test period
    Week commencing Monday 8th June 2020 Phonics screening check week

    KEY STAGE 2:

    Date Activity
    Monday 11th May 2020 English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
    Tuesday 12th May 2020 English reading
    Wednesday 13th May 2020 Mathematics papers 1 and 2
    Thursday 14th May 2020 Mathematics paper 3

    FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:

    First Holy Communion Day is Saturday 13th June 2020 at 12pm

    The preparation classes for your child this academic year will be held after school on a Wednesday 3.10-4pm (see below for the dates).

    CHILDREN'S MEETING DATES:

    DATE
    Wednesday 11th March 2020
    Wednesday 1st April 2020
    Wednesday 22nd April 2020
    Wednesday 29th April 2020
    Wednesday 6th May 2020
    Wednesday 20th May 2020
    Wednesday 10th June 2020

    Father Lamb will lead the evening meetings for parents at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre. 

    PARENT'S MEETING DATES:

    Wednesday 18th March
    Wednesday 29th April
    Wednesday 13th May
    Wednesday 10th June

    SCHOOL MASS:

    Please see below the Mass dates for the Spring and Summer terms.

    Date Time Year Group
    11th March 2020 9.30am Y5
    18th March 2020 9.30am Y4
    25th March 2020 9.30am Rec, Y1, Y2 & Y3
    3rd April 2020 (Friday) 10.30am Whole School
    22nd April 2020 9.30am Whole School
    29th April 2020 9.30am Y6
    6th May 2020 9.30am Y5
    20th May 2020 9.30am Y4
    3rd June 2020 9.30am Y3
    10th June 2020 9.30am Rec, Y1, Y2
    17th June 2020 9.30am Y6
    24th June 2020 9.30am Y5
    1st July 2020 9.30am Y4
    8th July 2020 9.30am Rec, Y1, Y2 & Y3
    16th July 2020 (Thursday) 6pm Y6 Leaver's Mass
    17th July 2020 (Friday) 10.30am Whole School Mass

    THE ALTAR SERVERS' ROTA HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED. IF YOU REQUIRE ANY FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE.

    KNOCK SHRINE DEVOTIONS:

    Please see the poster below giving details of the Knock Shrine Devotions that are being held at St. Ambrose Church on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th Macrh. 

    A warm welcome is extended to everyone.

    SCHOOL PLACES:

    We have places available in Years Reception, 1, 4, 5 & 6. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please refer them to the School Office in the first instance.

    ATTENDANCE:

    Year Group This Week This Term This Year
    Whole School 95.6% 94.8% 94.9%
    YR 91.1% 91.4% 94.7%
    Y1 95.2% 94.8% 93.9%
    Y2 93.3% 89.1% 94.9%
    Y3 97.0% 97.6% 95.4%
    Y4 96.7% 96.2% 94.6%
    Y5 97.8% 97.1% 95.3%
    Y6 98.2% 97.6% 95.5%

    Well done Year 6  !!

    CREATIVE CURRICULUM:

    PARISH BABY AND TODDLER GROUP:

    If you or anyone you know would be interested in going along to the Parish's Baby and Toddler group, the sessions are held on Wednesdays in term time from 9-11 am (except the last Wednesday of the month). We welcome newborn up to pre-school children and their parents. Your first session will be free of charge and thereafter will be 80p. This cost includes refreshments for you and your child. We have an array of toys and activities for you and your child to enjoy and this is also a great opportunity to meet and socialise with other families. If you have any enquiries, please see the Facebook page 'St Ambrose Toddlers Kidderminster'.

    MASS TIMES AND PARISH INFORMATION:

    St Ambrose

    Sunday 11am & 6pm

    CONFESSION:

    Saturday 11:45 am - 12:45 pm, and by request.

    Please see the attached poster detailing the Montini Group meetings for 2019/2020.

    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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