DATE: Friday 15th May
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
THIS WEEK I WOULD LIKE TO START WITH A THOUGHT.
It is often through our actions that we show love, but now we can show our love in many different ways. We can show love and care in other ways through our prayers, phone calls, texts, emails and video chat technology. For this reason, I would llike to thank everyone for your emails, calls and prayers.
We can also show our love to others by praying for them.
Christ, you are the centre of our school community
Help us to live together in peace
Help us to love one another as you have loved us
Help us to learn your ways so that the truth will set us free.
A MESSAGE FROM MRS STEWART:
To all the Parents and Children at St Ambrose,
I realised this morning that it is two weeks since I left school. As I am now computer savvy I did put a message on Twitter but forgot about the newsletter! I would therefore just like to say a heartfelt thank you for all your kind messages and gifts. Retirement is great although rather surreal in these present times, it feels strange not being part of the preparations for schools to return when I hear the news everyday. I have been having a good sort out and reminiscing about all the wonderful times and events over the past 14 years. I hope you are all keeping well and safe and I look forward to following St Ambrose's journey in the future. I hope that things will quickly return to some sense of normality for you all.
God Bless and I hope to see you all soon.
POTENTIAL SCHOOL OPENING FOR RECEPTION, YEAR 1 AND YEAR 6 PUPILS:
You will have heard the announcement about schools potentially opening for pupils in Reception, Years 1 and 6 from 1st June.
The government guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settingsinformation-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settingsfrom-1-june
To help us plan, at this early stage it is important to gauge your views. Please could you complete the survey that you can access under the news section of our school website titled 'Phased Return Survey'.
Alternatively, parents of the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 can click on the link below to be taken directly to the survey.
LIVE STREAM DAILY MASSES:
I am so pleased to inform you that Father Lamb will be continuing to say Mass every day next week at 9am via a live stream from the Prayer Room. You can celebrate Mass with Father by following the link below and selecting the 'Live Stream Masses' tab from the menu on the left hand side.
TEAPOT TIME AND HOME LEARNING:
THANK YOU for sharing your views, they have really made a difference. As a result of us all working together we have changed the format of the home learning plans. This week, the week 7 home learning plan has been adjusted to support parents and children. Let us know what you think by joining Mrs Wallace for her virtual teapot time.
HOME LEARNING PLANS FOR WEEK 7 ARE AVAILABLE ON YOUR SON OR DAUGHTERS CLASS PAGE FROM SUNDAY 17TH MAY.
Please continue to share your views by joining Mrs Wallace for her virtual teapot time next week. If you are free to join on Tuesday please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the meeting details will be emailed to you
VE DAY CELEBRATIONS:
Thank you to everyone for sending in your photographs of your VE Day celebrations. It looks like you all had a great time!
Thank you to everyone who sent in their photography challenge pictures. We were so impressed with your photography skills. Please see the winners of the challenge below and a video of all of the entries and winning pictures. We will be displaying all the entries in school.
|Key Stage||1st Place||Runner up|
|KS1||Hannah M||Isla P, Parisa and Darius A|
|KS2||Luke C||Archie M and Lilli-Rose C|
THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGES:
VIRTUES: ELOQUENT AND TRUTHFUL
Please see the above flyer. We follow the Jesuit Pupil Profile and each half term our pupils focus on different virtues to help us become better followers of Christ. This half term we have been trying to be eloquent and truthful in what we say about ourselves, the relations we have with other people and the world.
We would love to hear how your son or daughter have shown these virtues at home and are asking you to nominate them for a special award. We can't wait to see who has demonstrated these important virtues.
Please send any entries to email@example.com by 2pm on Wedensday 20th May
Please see the above flyer for the details of this week's challenge. All entries should be received no later than 2pm on Thursday 21st May.
We are really excited to see you showcasing your talents.
I AM WITH YOU:
Please share the video below with your son/daughter.
YEAR 6 LEAVERS HOODIES:
Please see the letter below regarding the Year 6 leavers hoodies. Once we have collated information on who would like one and finalised design details we will send out an order form to all parents of children who are interested in purchasing one.
If you haven't already done so, please can you let us know of your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name
READING BOOK EXCHANGE:
|Monday 18th||Year 5||1pm - 2.30pm|
|Tuesday 19th||Year 1||10am - 12pm|
|Year 2||1pm - 2.30pm|
|Wednesday 20th||Year 3||1pm - 2.30pm|
|Thursday 21st||Reception||1pm - 2.30pm|
|Friday 22nd||Year 4 and Year 6||1pm - 2.30pm|
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 18TH-24TH MAY:
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. We believe that mental health is everyone’s business.
So, for one week each May, we campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week.
The campaign reaches millions of people every year. This year, with your support, we want to reach more people than ever.
One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times. We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope.
The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing.
Kindness could transform our schools, places of work, communities and families. Let's shape a society that tips the balance in favour of good mental health, for all of us, but especially for those who are most vulnerable.
For more inforamtion and activity packs please click the link below.
ONE LIFE MUSIC:
Dan and Emily from One Life Music are kindly continuing to record a weekly liturgy for schools and home. It is such a wonderful way to bring us together as a community of prayer and I am sure that we will all be strengthened by it.
Weekly Worship & Song Week 7 is now available:
EXPLAINING COVID-19 TO CHILDREN BOOKS FOR CHILDREN:
So many children are feeling worried and anxious right now, the books below will help alleviate some of their fears.
WORCESTERSHIRE HEALTH AND CARE NHS TRUST:
The school nurse team are putting out daily tweets and information for parents and young people to help with their activities and emotional health during lock down.
Please see the link below for information and activities to share with your children.
SEVERN TRENT ONLINE RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES:
My name is Claire and I am part of the Severn Trent Education Team. To date I haven’t yet visited your school and as we’re currently unable to organise a visit, our team wanted to share a selection of the free online resources we’ve put together. We hope these resources will ensure children can continue to learn about all the things we are passionate about: our sewers, the importance of keeping hydrated, looking after our wonderful water and protecting our environment.
Our online page is packed with fun activities that include core school subjects and more. Most of the activities children can do independently but where adult support is needed, we will ensure that it is made clear in the instructions.
We will be adding new content each Monday over the coming weeks so be sure to regularly check out our page for new resources. All resources can be found at www.stwater.co.uk/kidszone.
We really appreciate the work schools are doing to ensure our vulnerable children and children of key workers are looked after. During this challenging time, we hope our resources will help you to engage the children in purposeful, fun activities.
SHOOTING STARS ENTERTAINMENTS PRESENTS 'CAPTAIN WONDERWEB AND THE LOCKDOWN:
With many children having been home schooled for over a month now, we are aware that Internet Safety may not be at the forefront of their minds.
Therefore, we have created an Internet Safety Video, specially for Primary aged children, which we are giving to you now, completely free, with all our best wishes.
You can access the video by cliking on the link below.
ONLINE SAFETY AT HOME FROM CEOP:
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.
Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about online abuse.
Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
We're excited to tell you that our third #OnlineSafetyAtHome pack is now available with new activities for parents and carers to use at home! Access them here:
You can still find all of our previous home activity packs on our parents and carers website. These can be downloaded at any time you choose.
Worcestershire County Council have launched a new public campaign called Here2Help. Please follow the link below to access their website.
The types of additional support available to people through Here2Help is as follows and the aim is to prevent families/households getting to crisis points:
This is a useful link for us all as also on their webpage they have a keeping kids entertained section and five ways we can look after ourselves and others.
Please see the link below that will take to their webpage with links to a number of activities and educational support links.
USEFUL TIPS FOR FAMILIES ON MANAGING ANXIETY:
Please see the useful documents below detailing how to reduce stress and anxiety for you and your child during Covid-19.
RAINBOWS IN YOUR WINDOW:
These are worrying times for anyone but it can be particularly hard for children, some of whom will struggle to comprehend why they can no longer see their friends at school.
With schools across the UK closing and people being urged to step up social distancing, communities are rallying round to bring a little brightness to young ones amid the gloom.
Please brighten your community by displaying the beautiful rainbows in your windows at home.
Send us a photo of a rainbow in your window to email@example.com