Date:16th February 2018

Good afternoon everyone,

ASH WEDNESDAY

On Ash Wednesday, Father Lamb reminded us that, we wear ashes to show that we want to turn away from whatever keeps us from God, so that we can live happily with God and each other.

Every year during Lent we support the Good Shepherd Appeal by filling our boxes with any spare pennies, so please send in your box before the end of Lent.

SHROVE TUESDAY

Thank you to FOSAS and to all the parents that donated pancakes and toppings on Tuesday.

It was great to see so many parents and children enjoying pancakes together after school.

ATTENDANCE

Year Group This Week This Term This Year
Whole School 94.6% 95.1% 95.0%
Reception 97.0% 95.3% 93.3%
Year 1 97.9% 97.9% 95.7%
Year 2 94.4% 96.3% 96.3%
Year 3 95.0% 95.0% 94.8%
Year 4 88.3% 96.3% 95.5%
Year 5 94.1% 95.1% 95.2%
Year 6 95.2% 92.1% 94.6%

Well Done Year One!!!

STAR ASSEMBLY

The next Star Assembly is Tuesday 6th March at 9am.

OUR RECEPTION CHILDREN WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!! PLEASE SEE THE PHOTO'S OF THEIR CELEBRATION WHERE THEY MADE LANTERNS, MOON CAKES, FORTUNE COOKIES AND NOODLES.

AFTERNOON TEA

Well Done to the seven children who joined me for 'afternoon tea' today.

PYRAMID CONCERT

Last night was a wonderful occasion as our children joined their peers from other feeder schools at the Hagley Pyramid Concert, at Birmingham Town Hall. The event was very well supported and everyone present enjoyed hearing the children perform a mix of hymns and rock songs, which had the audience singing along and dancing in their seats! A huge thank you to Mrs Neri, Mrs O'Hara, Miss Ballard and Miss Brewer for taking the children, and to Mr Mallinson (from Hagley) for his enthusiasm, vision and dedication which made it all possible. Thanks also to the many parents who went along to support the children.

SCHOOL

We have some wonderful displays emerging throughout the school. Year Two have a display outside of their classroom about what they would like to achieve and upstairs is looking creative also, with some fantastic poetry from Year 4. It is great to see the children take such pride in their work; the quality demonstrates the potential that they show and I know that the teachers are impressed with the children's appetite for learning. Well done to all. We look forward to welcoming you into school over the next half term at the following upcoming events:

DATE EVENT TIME
Monday 26th February First Holy Communion Meeting. 6.30pm
Wednesday 28th February School Life troubleshooting session for all parents - WE AIM TO RESOLVE ANY SCHOOL LIFE ISSUES THAT YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING AT THIS SESSION. 2.30pm
SATS information meeting for Year 2 Parents. 5pm
SATS information evening for Year 6 Parents. 6pm
Sunday 4th March KS2 Family Mass in Church. 11am
Monday 5th March Maths Workshop for all Parents. 9am or 2.15pm
Wednesday 7th March Phonics workshop for Reception Parents. 2pm
Parent's Evening. 5pm - 7.30pm
Thursday 8th March Parent's Evening. 3.30pm - 6pm
Monday 12th March Phonics workshop for Year 1 Parents. 5.30pm
Tuesday 13th March First Holy Communion Meeting. 6.30pm
Thursday 15th March SEN Parents meetings. 9am - 2.30pm
Friday 16th March SEN Parents meetings. 9am - 2.30pm

PARENT'S EVENING

The appointment booking system for parent's evening will now be done via 'School Life'. We will open the appointments on Monday 26th February. Please speak to the school office if you do not have, cannot get access to or are having problems with School Life.

SEN PARENT'S EVENING

All SEN pupils will have recived a letter this week with regards to parents meetings. The booking system for the meetings will also be on 'School Life' and will be open for you to make appointments from Monday 5th March. Again, if you are having any difficulties please contact the school office where they will be able to help you.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL ONLY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE SEN APPOINTMENT AS YOUR CHILD'S CLASS TEACHER WILL ALSO BE PRESENT.

PRAYER INTENTIONS

During the month of November, we always have a prayer intention book where families can record the names of deceased loved ones. We are planning to introduce a 'Prayer Intentions' book for other periods in the school year. This will be located in the school reception area and will be available for families to record their prayer intentions, for example: you may wish to offer a prayer for a family member who is ill, a prayer for a significant family celebration or maybe a prayer during a time of worry such as exams. Every Monday morning, when the staff gather at 8:30am for weekly briefing, we will share your intentions and join our prayers with yours.

WORLD BOOK DAY

After half term, on Friday 2nd March, we will be celebrating World Book Day. We are looking forward to seeing the children dress up as one of their favourite characters from a book.

The following week we are excited to have author Edward Trayer, writing under the pen name Billy Bob Buttons, visiting school in the afternoon on Wednesday 7th March. He has written lots of children's books and was the 2014 UK PeopleĀ“s Book Prize Winner. On the day of his visit, children will be able to buy signed copies of his books and further information about this will be sent out shortly.

Then on the 12th-16th March our Scholastic Book Club will be back in school where children will have the opportunity after school to browse and purchase the different books on offer for their collections at home.

PRAYER SESSIONS

We were delighted that some parents were able to join us for our end of the school day collective worship this week. This is now a regular event and all parents, grandparents etc. are most welcome. This is on a Friday, for children in Years 2 and 4 until Easter.

EXCITING MATHS EVENT FOR ALL PARENTS

Have you booked a place at the Maths Event on Monday March 5th at 9am or 2.15pm?

All children from Reception to Year 6 will have a Maths Passport to keep in school. This document will accompany your child on their exciting journey through the world of mental maths. This important document shows your child the steps they need to take, as well as the direction they will travel on their learning journey and will track the progress they make as they develop their rapid recall of key number facts. At the meeting Mrs Sherwood will explain how you can support your son or daughter and after the meeting you will have the opportunity to visit classrooms.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

It was wonderful to welcome so many Year 3 families to continue their faith journeys, as they start the preparation to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DATE
2nd Meeting 26th February
3rd Meeting 13th March
4th Meeting 22nd March
5th Meeting 25th April
6th Meeting 8th May
7th Meeting 23rd May
8th Meeting 8th June

ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT 6.30PM AT SCHOOL. HOLY COMMUNION WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY 9TH JUNE AT 12PM.

Yet another half-term has passed us by and it is hard to believe that we are at the half-way mark in our academic year, so I am sure you will agree that everyone deserves a well-earned break. See you all on Monday 26th February ready to start the second half of the spring term.

Kind regards,

Mrs Brocklesby

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

HOUSE HOUSEPOINTS LAST WEEK HOUSEPOINTS THIS HALF TERM
Ashley 429 1263
Leveson 518 1355
Oldcorne 413 1166
Wall 336 1278
Monday Y5 & Y6 Football 3.10 - 4.10pm
Monday Y5 & Y6 Netball 3.10 - 4.10pm
Tuesday Y3 & Y4 Football 3.10 - 4.10pm
Tuesday Y3 & Y4 Netball 3.10 - 4.15pm
Friday Mad Science 3.10 - 4.10pm

THE FINAL 2 SESSIONS OF THE 'MAD SCIENCE' CLUB WILL BE ON FRIDAY 2ND AND 9TH MARCH.

Mrs LLoyd will be starting her bell plates club again. The sessions will commence after half term once 'Mad Science' has finished. The club will be held on a Friday after school 3.10pm - 4pm. Details will be given out when we return to school after half term.

MESSAGES

LEGO DONATIONS

Please can we kindly ask for any donations of unwanted lego. Many thanks.

YEAR GROUP MESSAGE
WHOLE SCHOOL CAN WE PLEASE ASK YOU TO BE EXTRA VIGILANT IN CHECKING AND TREATING YOUR CHILD'S HAIR FOR HEAD LICE. IF LICE ARE SPOTTED IN YOUR CHILD'S HAIR YOU WILL BE CONTACTED TO COLLECT THEM FROM SCHOOL TO TREAT THEM.
RECEPTION Please can you ensure that your child has their p.e kit in with them every Monday and that earrings are removed or covered with plasters.
Please keep sending in your child's WOW vouchers to celebrate anything positive that they do at home and also please read with your child 5 times a week.
YEAR 1 YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN GIVEN SPELLINGS HOMEWORK FOR THE HALF TERM.
Please can you listen to your child read 5 times a week and record it in their reading record.
Can you please ensure that ALL of your child's uniform and p.e. are clearly labelled with their name. We are accumulating a lot of unnamed items of uniform.
Please note that there are new activities on 'Education City' from 10th February - 2nd March. Thank you.
YEAR 2 Please can we remind you that your child needs to read 5 times a week. They will be rewarded by moving up the zone board and will receive housepoints if they have read 5 times. Also, they must practise their spellings and times tables.
Children are doing really well at the 'Times Tables Rockstars'. Please encourage them to keep practicing the multiplication and division facts of the 2 x table.
Please can you check your child's bag as they will be bringing home rapid recall tests to practice over the half term.
YEAR 3 Please can you ensure that your child's p.e kit is in school at all times. P.e. is on a Monday but we do have other games sessions planned for different days in the week.
Please ensure that you are encouraging your child to read 5 times a week and to also practice their spellings and times tables.
YEAR 4 Please encourage your child to complete all homework in their homework books before handing them in and that they have carefully read through their work checking for errors.
Please can we remind you that children should be wearing black school shoes to school and NOT ankle boots.
Please remember to use the Oxford Owl reading and the Times Tables Rock Stars logins at home to support your child's learning at school.
Please ensure that p.e kits are in school on Mondays and swimming kits on Wednesdays.
YEAR 5 We would like to extend a huge thank you to all children and parents for yet another successful Pyramid Concert. Thank you for all of your support and we hope that you enjoyed your evening of rock!
YEAR 6 Please can we remind you that your child needs to read 5 times a week and that homework must be completed and handed in on time.
PLEASE CAN WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT USE 2016/2017 PAST SATS PAPERS FOR REVISION WITH YOUR CHILD. WE ARE USING THESE PAPERS FOR ASSESSMENT AND IF YOUR CHILD HAS ALREADY COMPLETED THEM THEIR TEST WILL BE VOID. THIS IS FOR READING, WRITING, SPELLING AND NUMERACY.

EXCITING READING NEWS!!

After half term, we will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 2nd March and are looking forward to seeing the children dress up as one of their favourite characters from a book.

The following week we are excited to have author Edward Trayer, writing under the pen name Billy Bob Buttons, visiting school in the afternoon on Wednesday 7th March. He has written lots of children's books and was the 2014 UK PeopleĀ“s Book Prize Winner. On the day of his visit, children will be able to buy signed copies of his books and further information about this will be sent out shortly.

Then on the 12th- 16th March our Scholastic Book Club will be back in school where children will have the opportunity after school to browse and purchase the different books on offer for their collections at home.

HOMEWORK RESOURCES

Please use the homework resources during half term for your children. They are fun and exciting ways to encourage learning and understanding.

SCHOOL PLACES

We have places available in Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 & Year 6. If you know of anyone who would be interested please refer them to the school office in the first instance. Many thanks.

HAPPY READING!

MASS TIMES

St Ambrose's

Sunday 11am & 6pm

CONFESSION

St Ambrose's

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

School Mass will be led by Y4 on Wednesday 28th February. We warmly invite you all to join us.

ALTAR SERVERS

Stars of the Week

Diary Dates

Attendance

  • Whole School - 96.2%
  • Year R - 94.6%
  • Year 1 - 92.6%
  • Year 2 - 98.1%
  • Year 3 - 97.0%
  • Year 4 - 94.4%
  • Year 5 - 99.3%
  • Year 6 - 97.9%
  • Class Assemblies

  • Year 4 - 08/02/19
  • Year 3 - 22/03/19
  • Year 2 - 17/05/19
  • Reception - 21/06/19
  • Year 6 - 16/07/19