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DATE: Friday 6th November

Good afternoon,

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

COLLECTION TIMES

Thank you to everyone for all your support this week ensuring we are following our one way systems and remembering to wear a face covering. I am so proud of the way we are all supporting and helping each other. Please can I remind you of the collection times below and ask that only one adult collects, children are collected at their allocated time or at their siblings latest collection time. If you are collecting from more than one class at the same time, please collect your youngest child first-THANK YOU.

Reception, Year One, Year 2  Year 3 and Year 4  Year 5 and Year 6
2.45 pm 3pm 3.10pm

REMEMBRANCE DAY

On Wednesday 11th November, the whole school will be joining in virtually with St Ambrose's Parish Mass which is being live-streamed from Church at 9.30am. You can also access this Mass at home by going on the parish website and clicking on live-stream. 

Afterwards, some of our Year 6 pupils will be leading a whole school Remembrance service in school where we will all observe a two-minute silence at 11am to remember all those who have fought in war and to mark the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. 

FEAST DAY OF CHARLES BORROMEO

On Wednesday the whole school celebrated the feast of Charles Borromeo during Mass. Father Lamb spoke about Charles Borremeo and how he tried to make the world a better place. I was really impressed with the reflections Year 6 wrote inspired by how they feel Charles Borremeo has influenced their actions. Please read below the reflection written by Thomas.

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS

*AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS* 

Due to new Government guidance after school clubs can only continue if parents are using the club as a childcare resource. The clubs will still be running until either the government change their guidance or we do not have enough children to allow the club to keep running.

STAY SAFE

Thank you to everyone for supporting us with all the new necessary changes to keep safe.

Can we remind you that only 1 adult or family bubble enters the school reception area at a time.

 

OPEN DAYS

We are hosting bookable school tours for children due to start reception in Septemer 2021. 

Please can everyone share this information with family and friends and use the below link should you wish to book a tour.

You can also view the flyer by clicking on the PDF link.

SCHOOL HOODIES

Hagley Sports are now selling St Ambrose hoodies. You can order them from their website by following the link below.

Embroidered Burgundy Hoodie £13.00 all sizes.  + £2.00 if you would like your child's name embroidered opposite the crest.

Age 5-6 = 28 inch

Age 7-8 = 30 inch

Age 9=11 =32 inch

Age 12-13 = 34 inch

Age 14-15 -36 inch

Small adult =36 inch also

Medium Adult -38/40

Large adult = 42/44

SHOEBOX APPEAL

This year, we would like to support the shoebox appeal to support deprived children and vulnerable families this Christmas. If you would like to support this worthy cause we ask for packed shoeboxes to be returned to school by Friday 13th November.

Please follow the link below so that you can take part in yoga adventures,breathing and relaxation with your children over half term.

ACADEMY COMMITTEE VACANCIES AT HAGLEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Hagley Catholic High School Academy Committee Vacancies

Hagley Catholic High School have three vacancies on our Academy Committee (Governing Body), two Foundation Representatives and one Parent Representative.

We are looking to welcome members of our schools and parish communities to support us in the vital role of school governance.

This is a purely voluntary role and typically involves 6 meetings a year (one each half term) plus being linked to a department or area of school life for support, monitoring and evaluation.

Parent Representatives are not required to be practising Catholics but Foundation Representatives would be, and more details can be found about this here http://cesew.org.uk/guidance-for-schools/governance/item/1003603-foundation-governor-recruitment.

We are keen to welcome members of the community who might have experience in any of the following areas; financial and business management, legal services and HR.

Interested parties can contact Stella Batson (Clerk to the Academy Committee) on clerk@hagleyrc.worcs.sch.uk for information and applications, or Mr James Hodgson (Principal) on jhodgson@hagleyrc.worcs.sch.uk for an informal conversation about the vacancies and the role.

 

Current members of our committee are:

Mrs E Yates (Chair) - St Ambrose Parish

Mr C Guy (Vice Chair) - Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Old Hill

Mr G Taylor Smith - Our Lady and All Saints Parish

Mr T Tolkien - Our Lady and All Saints Parish

Mrs S Laskey - St Ambrose Parish

Mr M Hill (Parent representative) - St  Wulstan and St Thomas of Canterbury Parish

Mrs S Palmer (Staff Representative)

Mrs C Kirk (Staff representative)

CONFIRMATION

The confirmation class will take place for your child after school on Wednesday. Please arrange to collect your child at 4pm from the playground adhering to social distancing at all times. If you have any questions regarding the Confirmation programme this year please contact the school office and Mrs Brocklesby or Miss Holtom will get back to you.

CONGRATULATIONS

On Monday 9th November 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 Noah and Daria
Year One Daniel T, Lucy and Tommy
Year Two Szymon and Allegra
Year Three Louie and Cian
Year Four Darius and Rocco
Year Five Matisse and Ethan
Year Six Aston, Lenna and Charlotte

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

MICROSOFT TEAMS

In the event of a school closure any lessons will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. We need to ensure that you have successfully downloaded and accessed the app. Please see the flyer below and contact our IT department should you experience any difficulties or you require your login details.

RECEPTION 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.

FAMILY LEARNING COURSES

Worcestershire county council are running a variety of Family Learning Courses. Courses are FREE if individuals earn less than £17,000 per year, are unemplyed or on benefits. To view what courses are on offer and to book a place please click on the link below.

TEAPOT TIME

Due to the new national restrictions in place, Teapot time will be cancelled until these restrictions are lifted. We will notify you in due course of the next meeting.

MASS

Father Lamb will be saying a virtual Mass for the whole school from Church on Wednesday 11th November at 9.30 am to celebrate Remembrance Day. Please join us for Mass by accessing the live stream on the Parish website http://www.stambrosekidderminster.org.uk/

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.

Kind regards,

Mrs Brocklesby.

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