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DATE: Friday 12th February 2021

Good afternoon,

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

JOB VACANCY

Please click on the PDF link below for information of our current job vacancy. You can find the person specification, job details and application form on our school website.

We know how challenging this time is for all families and how worried you are about your child/children’s education and wellbeing. We just want to reassure you that we are here to support all our children to recover, both academically and emotionally. All that we can continue to ask is for you to continue to do your best and cherish every moment you have with your family. It has been lovely seeing so many smiling faces and children sat at a table ready to learn on the TEAMS lessons. Thank you to all of the children who are working so hard remotely, you will definitely need a good rest from your screen and work! I hope you enjoy the short video that reminds us not everything is in lockdown.

 

 

STARS OF THE WEEK

We are so impressed with all the learning that is taking place in school and remotely at home. The following children will be receiving a certificate for their fantastic efforts this week. Children in school will receive their certificates on Monday when we return after half term and children at home will receive theirs in the post. Well done everyone.

Year Group Star Learner in School Star Learner at Home
Reception Nikodem Isla R
Year 1 Cody Violet
Year 2 Ruby Robyn H
Year 3 Lara Noah
Year 4 Michael Harley
Year 5 Lawrence Filip
Year 6 Jess Zach

VALENTINE'S BAKE OFF

There has been a special buzz this week at school as everyone has been talking and emailing about the Bake Off.

Mrs Wallace has organised a school wide bake off competition and the response from everyone has been phenomenal! With virtual entries from so many families-THANK YOU.

School staff had the tough job of creating a shortlist of finalists in each category - with prizes up for grabs for KS1 and Early years and Key Stage 2.The standard of baking has been so high and it was difficult to narrow down the list to just a couple of finalists in each group.

We have been absolutely amazed by your wonderful Valentine's baking creations. You have done a brilliant job! Well done.

The winners have been chosen and they are:

KS1

1st - Freya

2nd - Harriet

3rd - Aurelia

Show stopper - Ruby

KS2

1st - Jess

2nd - Katie V

3rd - Ethan

Show stopper - Natalia

FOODBANK DONATIONS

Worcestershire Children's First have received a plea from the Big Local, please see the flyer below. If you would like to donate, please find the details on the attached flyer.

THIS TERM'S VIRTUES: GRATEFUL AND GENEROUS

This half term, we have been focussing on the virtues grateful and generous. We have been growing to be grateful for all our gifts, developing them to the full so that we can be generous in the service of others. 

Well done to the following children who were nominated by their teachers for having shown these virtues: 

Year Group Teacher Nominations
Reception Amara & Oliver
Year 1 Daniel & Aurelia
Year 2 Zuzanna and Sammy
Year 3 Anthony & Niamh
Year 4 Bertie & James
Year 5 Olaf & Charlie
Year 6 Maria & Isla P

We are delighted that the following children were nominated by their parents for demonstrating these virtues at home:

Year Group Parent Nominations
Reception Harriet
Year 4 Rosie
Year 4 Ethan
Year 6 Jensen
Year 6 Izzy

Congratulations to Polly-Anna in Year 4 who received the Vice Principal's nomination this half term for always being grateful and generous and being an excellent role model to others.

RECEPTION: CHINESE NEW YEAR

Kung Hei Fat Choy-Happy New Year

This year we are celebrating the Year of the Ox.
 
We had a fantastic day at home and in school celebrating the Chinese New Year. We spent the morning preparing for the party by making moon cakes and fortune cookies. We also made money envelopes. Before the party we cleaned the classroom and the children at home tidied their rooms. 
 
Lily-We tidied the classroom to keep the spirits away.
Analisia-We got to see all the children at home to celebrate.
Eva-It was the best day ever.   
Matthew-We made moon cakes and they had jam in.
Oliver-They were yummy.
Lily-Rose-We have learnt lots about China.
 
Well done to all the children at home who made such an effort. These are some of the things we saw.
Olivia and Carmen modelled the fantastic chopstick hairstyle. 
Abel showed us his gigantic panda. 
Ciara had a very special Chinese dress. 
Freddie had drawn the flag for China. 
Noah showed us his long dragon that he had made and his scrumptious moon cakes. 
Amara showed us some very special Terracotta Soldiers which were from China. 
Oliver was dressed ready for Tai Chi and had lots of China artefacts in the background. 
Daria had a lovely red top on.
Isla showed us her Chinese lantern.
 
Reception, you have been amaaaaaaaazing this term. I am so proud of you all. Have a wonderful half term. Love Miss Brewer x x

WELL BEING WEDNESDAY: P.E. AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOCUS

This Wednesday, we took the time to focus on physical activity. Miss Ballard challenged us to complete some of the following activities: design your own sports activity or fitness work out; research your favourite sport or athlete; find out about healthy eating and design your own food plate; try a yoga session or invent your own sport. As always, we were really impressed with the results.

Year 2

Here are some pictures of our work for Well-Being Wednesday. Mrs Lloyd taught the children in Year 2 about healthy eating and they designed their own healthy plate food. At home some children also found out about healthy eating. We all had lots of fun and learnt to be fit and healthy which is so important.

SAFER INTERNET DAY

As a school we enjoyed the CBBC live lesson that focused upon how to be safe online and to gain an understanding of what we can trust and what to do if we do not feel comfortable with something we have seen online. 
Across Key Stage 2 we took part in the UK Safer Internet Centre's attempt to break an official Guiness World Record for most pledges received for an internet safety campaign within 24 hours. Guiness World Records are currently still counting the number of pledges received!

Year 2

Today the children learned about all the ways they can stay safe online. They watched a BBC Learning lesson all about Internet safety and did in class activities to learn the best ways to keep safe while enjoying the Internet. The key things the children learnt were: who they can trust and should not trust, who not to talk to or accept virtual invites from, who they can rely on and talk to when they are worried, how to spot things which put them at risk and to not give anyone their personal information. In the afternoon Year 2 learnt how to refine searches on Purple Mash using a Search tool. The children then learnt how to share their work on Purple Mash. Miss Crumpler made a virtual Year 2 display board that the children used to safely share their work on Purple Mash.

YEAR 5: SPACE TOPIC

For our Space Topic in D.T. Year 5 all chose a famous Space Mission e.g. Apollo 11 or the Mars Rover and recreated these Space crafts using household items. Take a look at some of our creations:

WONDERFUL WORK

This week I have been so impressed with the wonderful writing in Year 1. Please see below two examples of the writing from our Year One pupils.

FORMER PUPIL NEWS

We are delighted to share the wonderful news with you that our former pupil, Robert Darbyshire, has won national gold for 50m freestyle and national silver for 100m freestyle in his year group. Robert always represented our school in our CTA Swimming galas -even representing us when he was in Year 2- and we are really proud of his success.

PARENTS EVENING

The next parents appointments via Teams are for children working in school and this will be on Monday 22nd February.

WEDNESDAY WORD

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

LOCKDOWN LUNCHES AND MEAL PLANS

Change4Life have created recipes and shopping lists for families which can be used to create lunches for around £15 each week. Please click on the link below to access this information.

READY STEADY WORCESTERSHIRE

Please click on the PDF link below for more information on food and activities for children in our local area.

RELAXATION OVER HALF TERM

Take some time to relax at home with your family with YogaBugs relaxation session, a simple stretch routine, breathing and visualisation!

 Please watch this video in your spare time over half term.

Also, with it being Random Acts of Kindness Day next week, YogaBugs are giving you some free activities that you can do at home with your children and families!

HOME START JOB VACANCY

RARING2GO

Please see the flyer below from Home Start.

Please click on the link below for the winter edition of Raring2Go.

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS

Latest update on testing and isolation periods.

  • If a child or member of staff tests positive, they now have to self-isolate for at least 10 days, even if they feel well.
  • If they are NOT a known contact of a confirmed case they can return to school if the result is negative, providing they feel well and they have not had a fever for 48 hours.
  • If they are a contact of a confirmed case, they must stay off school for 14 days isolation period, even if they test negative. This is because they can develop the infection at any point up to 14 days after being in contact a confirmed case. This would apply to pupils and staff who have been in a bubble with a positive testing child.  School Leadership will decide which members of staff have come into close proximity with the bubble and therefore also need to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Please be aware that anyone admitted to hospital is likely to receive a test for Covid, whether they are showing symptoms or not.  
  • Covid symptoms are now being classed as: a persistent cough, high temperature, and/or loss of taste and smell.
  • No action needs to be taken as a school until a test result is shared with us.

Please also note that we cannot request test results, parents have to approach us with results.

Kind regards,

Mrs Brocklesby.

Emmaus CMAC
St Ambrose Catholic Primary School Ofsted
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