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DATE: Friday 17th July

Good afternoon,

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:

As we end our year, staff have been sharing memories and we have realised that alot has been achieved this year, even though it has been a difficult and challenging time for us all. I feel this shows the strength of our community.

We are so proud of the achievements of our Year 6 children and know that we send them on to their new high schools having had some wonderful, memorable learning experiences. I am looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday 5th September at 12'o'clock for a leavers Mass followed by a celebration.

We value many things here at Saint Ambrose, but not all are measurable – sporting, music, linguistic and citizenship skills are embedded in our curriculum.
I am happy to tell you that over the summer the playground equipment is being installed in the reception playground, a medical room is being installed along with two staff/visitor toilets.
Thank you once again for working with us to ensure our pupils are safe and happy and
encouraged to ‘dream, believe and achieve’ as they work towards their goals and ambitions.


We are really looking forward to reopening our school to all of our children from Thursday 3rd September 2020 and this week you have recieved a letter detailing the procedures for this. As you will see from the table below, classes have been placed into bubbles with teachers and teaching assistants allocated to each class/ bubble. For everyone’s safety, and in order to maintain social distancing, the following drop off and pick up time slots have been allocated to each year group:

Please remember if you have more than one child attending school please bring all your children in for the first time slot you have been allocated. You may also collect your children at the same time – ideally at the latest time slot to maximise their learning in school. 

One big change is that when you arrive at school, please enter on foot via the school car park gate and queue along the pathway using the 2m marked out spots. You will then be required to exit school via St Ambrose Church pathway. During this period only one adult is permitted to drop off and pick up on each occasion – please keep younger children with you at all times e.g. holding their hand. When you collect you will be asked to wait for your child to come to you and will not be able to enter the playground or school. Children will be greeted at the front door or the gate by an adult and directed to their classroom where they will then be met by adults in their bubble.

If you need any assistance with drop off or pick up times we are here to help, please call school to make arrangements. Thank you for your support.

YEAR 6'S LAST DAY:

I feel so lucky to have taught our Year 6 leavers for the past three years and have enjoyed every moment. We celebrated our last day together doing various sporting activities in the morning and in the afternoon enjoyed a quiz organised by Miss Ballard, a yummy ice-cream and watched our leaver's memories videos. I wish everyone all the best for High School and can't wait to see everyone in September for our get together. Miss Holtom

MASS:

Mass will continue to be offered in church every morning at 10 o'clock and on Sunday it will be live streamed from our Prayer Room at 3 o'clock and at 11 o'clock on the school playground. If you would like to attend the 11 o'clock Mass please bring your own chairs and contact the Presbytery on 01562 822839 if you will be attending any week day Mass.

CONFIRMATION:

Confirmation this year for our Year 6 children will be on Saint Ambrose's Feast Day, 7th December at 7pm in Church. The children will be confirmed by Bishop Elect Evans and we will contact families regarding how to enrol your son or daughter on the programme early in the Autumn Term.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:

Please see the document below with information regarding the First Holy Communion.

FUNDRAISING FOR THE NHS:

I am so proud this week of the achievements of the love bubble. They have raised a fantastic £200 by organising fundraising events. This week I spoke to the bubble and thanked them for all their hard work. Next term I have asked them to share their story with the whole school. I would like them to inspire other children to organise fundraising events for a charity of their choice.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB SURVEY:

Please click on the link below to complete and submit the survey regarding your input on after school clubs at St Ambrose.

SEVERN ARTS ONLINE TUITION AUTUMN TERM:

We have been advised by our music lesson provider, Severn Arts, that music lessons will be provided online for the Autumn Term.

If you would like to book music lessons for your son/daughter, applications should be made directly with Severn Arts. Please follow the link below for further information and early booking is advised.

https://online.severnarts.org.uk/autumn-term-online-lessons/

If you require any further information please contact Severn Arts directly, 01905 947300.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Please see the PDF document below to order school uniform. You will be able to order online from 1st July, alternatively you can print, complete and return the form to Hagley Sports at your earliest convenience.

STAFFING 2020-2021:

As you already know Mrs McCormack who is a valued member of our school community, will be leaving us at the end of term to teach mathematics at Blessed Edward Olcorne in Worcester. I know you will all want to wish her luck and and thank her for her support and commitment in teaching our children. Mrs Vessey will also be finishing in her role as a lunchtime supervisor but we are looking forward to seeing Mrs McCormack and Mrs Vessey at school events.

Please share the staffing arrangements below with your son or daughter.

YEAR GROUP TEACHER TEACHING ASSISTANT/S
Reception Miss Brewer Mrs Doohan
Year 1 Mrs Leak Mrs Davies, Mrs Staite
Year 2 Miss Crumpler Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Tew
Year 3 Miss Ballard Miss Wright
Year 4 Mrs Goodsir Mrs Baylie
Year 5 Mr Pitt Mrs O'Hara, Mrs Wallace
Year 6 Miss Holtom Mrs Joyner

If you haven't done already, please go to 'Transition' under the News section of the school website to view the letter from your child's class teacher in September and share the video below. The video will prepare your son or daughter for the necessary changes we have made to school.

KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS SUMMER HOLIDAY FOOTBALL CAMPS:

Please find details of the Kidderminster Harriers Summer holiday football programme that you may be interested in. 

Summer Holiday Football 

Kidderminster Harriers Community Trust will have summer football courses for children aged 5-12 years throughout the holidays. All courses run 10am-3pm. Cost £12 for 1 day, £20 for 2 days or £30 for 3 days (10% discount available for siblings). Competitions are held on every course including Goal of the Day and Goalscorers Award. We will be working within Government guidelines and all courses are outdoors. See below for details.     

Week 1 -  Droitwich Dodderhill School 20th & 21st July 

               Kidderminster  Baxter College - 22nd,23rd 24th July 

               
Week 2 -   Bromsgrove , Catshill Middle Sch- 27th,28th & 29th July                                                             Kinver  High School -27th & 28th July (TBC) 

                Malvern , Dyson Perrins Academy - 29th,30th & 31st July 

                Worcester , Bishop Perowne College 30th & 31st July

Week 3 -  Cleobury Mortimer Sports Centre, 3rd & 4th August (TBC)

               Stourport  High School, 5th, 6th & 7th  August 

Week 4 -  Droitwich ,Dodderhill School 10th,11th &12th August  

               Malvern  Dyson Perrins Academy 12th, 13th & 14th August 

 

Week 5 -  Bromsgrove, Catshill Middle School 17th,18th &19th August

               Kinver  High School - 17th,18th, & 19th August (TBC)

               Cleobury Mortimer  Sports Centre- 20th & 21st August (TBC)

               Worcester , Bishop Perowne College- 20th & 21st August 

Week 6 -  Kidderminster,  Baxter College 24th,25th.26th & 27th August 

 

All courses will conform to FA and Government guidelines regarding social distancing.

Payments can be made by bank transfer- we are not taking cash at present - details sent when you book a place.

Places are currently limited to 5 children per coach ( ie 25 players in 5 'bubbles'). Age limit is reduced and we are not able to offer half days.

Please book in advance. Email harrierscommunity@hotmail.co.uk - Please state the child's name, age, any medical conditions, and emergency contact and the venue and dates they wish to attend - We will confirm the booking within 2 days. 

 

Players must be symptom free and bring a face covering (mask or handkerchief to wear when needed)

Outdoors only. Access to the changing rooms and sportshalls are not available. Toilets will be available.

Coaches will be wearing face shields and masks when necessary

All equipment will be colour coded and sanitized before and after use.

Hand sanitizer will be available.

Close contact matches are not currently allowed however we will be able to play zone football. 

 

 

RARING 2 GO LEAFLET:

Please click on the link below to access a digital version of the 'Raring 2 Go' booklet. 

As venues start opening up, the magazine will be a source of up-to-date information on what's available for families (it is linked directly to the Raring2go! online What's On calendar, so it will be kept up to date with any new events and changes made as they occur).

This issue is filled with lots of ideas for families to have fun close to home, as I know many will feel more comfortable with that at the moment. Ideas include den building, craft, healthy picnic ideas, and even a sports day in the garden! But there are also details of venues/attractions that are now open - and need our support.

With a lot of holidays cancelled, parents/carers will be looking for fun activities to fill the summer break, so I hope yous find this a useful resource. 

CARPET MUSEUM:

Please find below some information about what the Museum of Carpet has to offer this summer.

This summer the Museum of Carpet invites you to the Stour Vale Mill for a day of free family fun. The Museum has two weaving sheds, and four galleries decked out with modern interactives, stunning photographs and immersive videos. You can try your hand at designing, weaving or exploring Kidderminster’s history, virtually, on our clever interactives. Children of all ages are welcome to take on our museum trail, hunting Walter the Weaver around the galleries, before taking the fun home with them, with one of the museum’s new activity packs available in our gift shop. Throughout July and August 2020 the museum is offering free entry to all visitors, as a thank you for all their kind donations on crowdfunding. Secure tickets in advance on our new online booking system at www.museumofcarpet.org/book-here-2/. The vibrant textiles on display and charismatic volunteers, leading live demonstrations, are sure to excite and engage both, big kids at heart and little ones.

 

HAND WASHING:

Please share the video below with your child and can we also ask that you remain vigilant with encouraging them to wash their hands over the summer break.

Kind regards,

Mrs Brocklesby.

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