DATE: Friday 22nd November 2019

UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO UPDATED GDPR GUIDELINES WE ARE UNABLE TO PUBLISH ANY PICTURES OF THE CHILDREN THIS WEEK.

Good Afternoon,

This Sunday is the last Sunday of the Church's liturgical year and we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King and Youth Sunday. Each year we set aside this Sunday to reflect upon this title that we have given to Jesus. The Confirmation children have received a personal invitation to attend Mass with their families from Father Lamb.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:

Dear Lord Jesus,

Please help us to grow in the virtue of mercy - to be open to receiving your mercy and showing mercy to others.

Amen.

All children and their families (especially our Y6 confirmation candidates) are warmly invited to attend Mass at 11am on Sunday 24th November to celebrate 'Youth Sunday'.

VIRTUES:

Gospel Virtues are at the centre of our ethos and our policies, and run throughout every aspect of our curriculum to encourage our children to be kind, caring, forgiving and respectful.

Talk to your children about the Virtues for this half term, as they are growing to be attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.

A child from every class will be invited to afternoon tea on a Thursday for demonstrating the virtues. 

CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY:

The children who received an award are:

Hannah M, Luca M, Lawrence D, Szymon G, Lara B, Izzy M, James B, Josh K, Max C, Harley V, Summer M-F, Katie V, Sonny J, Charlie C, Cian L & Amelia F.

If your son or daughter is selected to receive an award at a Celebration Assembly this year you will receive two invitations from school on a Thursday. The first invitation is a push notification and the second invite is a slip in your son or daughter's book bag.

Please pop into the school office at any time if you are not receiving the push notifications. 

STAFF CHRISTMAS HAMPER:

Next week the staff will be selling raffle tickets for the staff Christmas hamper. All the money raised will be donated to the Parish Christmas Bazaar.

TAPP CHRISTMAS RAFFLE:

TAPP have been busily selling raffle tickets for their Christmas raffle at a cost of £1 per strip. All proceeds from the raffle are used to buy resources or Christmas gifts for our children.

Please see below the wonderful hampers that you could win!

PARISH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR:

The Parish Christmas Bazaar will be held after 11am Mass on Sunday 1st December. You are all warmly invited to attend. Father Lamb would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated a bottle for last week's mufti day and to the generous chocolate donations that have been gratefully received today.

NATIVITY COSTUMES:

I can’t believe we are nearly in December and getting ready for Christmas and hunting for Nativity costumes. A group of parents at Teapot Time have come up with a great idea that I would like to trial. If you have a costume at home and you would be happy to loan it to a child in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 please send it into school in a named bag by Monday. On Tuesday after school we will be displaying all the costumes so please pop in to borrow a costume rather than make or buy one. If you can’t make the event and you would like to borrow a costume please email the office at office@st-ambrose.worcs.sch.uk stating the costume and size you require.

The costumes we require are:

Pigs Dove Shepherd King
Sheep Angels Joseph Donkey
Cows Camel Mary Star

YEAR 3 MULTIPLICATION WORKSHOP

Next week we have the multiplication workshop for Year 3 Parents and pupils. The workshop is on Wednesday 27th November at 10 am to enable parents to attend the Year 3 Mass at Church first that begins at 9.15am.

We talked about the new assessment in Year 4, the different ways we are teaching multiplication in school now and also learnt some patterns that make learning and remembering your times tables easier.

Parents and children will have the opportunity to move around 5 different stations that include:

  • Online free times table games
  • Rock, paper, scissors times tables
  • Times table bingo
  • Making memory cards
  • Playing cards times table games.
  • PARENT ACADEMY REPRESENTATIVE:

    We are seeking nominations for an enthusiastic and committed parent or carer to join the academy committee.

    PLEASE SEND IN YOUR NOMINATION BY 26TH NOVEMBER. 

    If you require another letter then please see the school office.

    CURRICULUM:

    READING:

    Mr Pitt's favourite book: 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl.

    Roald Dahl was my favourite author when I was a child. I loved the range of brilliant characters and how Quentin Blake brought these characters to life with his illustrations.

    Charlie, the main character, is a young boy from a poor family who grabs the opportunity to visit Mr Wonka’s magical chocolate factory.

    I was fascinated with the chocolate factory and how it was described throughout the book.  Roald Dahl goes into great detail on how each room looked, smelt and even tasted. I was also a big fan of the original film but those fond memories as a child of exploring the chocolate factory through Dahl’s writing will always pip any film for me.

    LIBRARY:

    Key Stage Two have been busy borrowing books from our library and it has been lovely to see the children reading our brand new books. It will be Key Stage One's turn next week. 

    CROSS COUNTRY UPDATE:

    On Friday 15th November 27 Year 5 and Year 6 children went to Stourport Memorial Park for the annual WFSSP Cross Country Competition. 

    There were up to 200 children in each race, and the children made Miss Ballard proud. The children’s behaviour was exemplary, and considering we do not have a school field or anywhere appropriate to practice, the children’s running technique and skill was fantastic!

    Out of the 11 ‘small schools’ in attendance our team came 2nd overall!

    A big well done to everyone who was involved, and thanks again to all the parents who provided lifts and came to support; it would not be possible to attend without you!

    SCHOOL PLACES:

    We have places available in Years Reception, 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please refer them to the School Office in the first instance.

    TWITTER:

    We are now on Twitter you can follow us and keep up to date with all our latest news and events. You will need to register for a Twitter account first of all and then if you search for us at ambrose_primary.

    ATTENDANCE:

    Year Group This Week This Term This Year
    Whole School 94.2% 94.4% 95.5%
    YR 99.2% 98.8% 95.7%
    Y1 94.8% 93.0% 93.6%
    Y2 92.3% 94.2% 95.9%
    Y3 94.6% 91.8% 95.3%
    Y4 94.8% 94.0% 95.9%
    Y5 90.0% 93.5% 95.7%
    Y6 94.2% 95.2% 96.1%

    Well done Reception!!

    INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN:

    Staff will be wearing a white ribbon from Monday 25th Novemeber. Please see below information about the 'White Ribbon' campaign.

    BOOKS FOR SCHOOLS COMPETITION:

    We are taking part in The Sun's 'Books for Schools' campaign, which gives primary schools the chance to get their hands on more than 100 books for FREE - but we need your help. Please help us to collect 3500 tokens from The Sun and The Sun on Sunday newspapers between Saturday 23rd November, 2019 and Saturday January 18th, 2020.

    UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD/TEEN PROGRAMME:

    The next taster session will be held in school on Monday 25th November. It is delivered by The Solihull Approach and Ten Thirty Two.

    The date and time is as follows:

    Date Time
    Monday 25th November 6.30-7.30pm

    TEAPOT TIME:

    Mrs Wallace is continuing with her 'Teapot Time'. Please come along from 9-10am on Tuesday 19th November for an informal chat and to help form a group that could support you and your children.We look forward to welcoming you. Should you require any further information please see Mrs Wallace for more details.

    We can do Paediatric first aid for one hour a week for 3 weeks on a Tuesday during tea pot time.

    If you earn £16,000 or less its free and you can bring young children along. If you earn over this , its a small cost of £18 for the whole course. I'm still waiting for the cost of the dinner ladies doing a certificated one, but wanted to make a start on the other one for parents.

    There will be coffee and tea available if you're interested,please inform the office and I'll update you on a start date asap

    KEY STAGE 1 CHRISTMAS PARTY:

    We are now in the process of collating final numbers of children atedning the KS1 Christmas party. We will notify you next week of available places for siblings.

    If your child has any allergies or dietary requirements please can you advise the school office asap.

    Thank you.

    KEY STAGE 2 CHRISTMAS EVENT:

    TAPP have organised a 'Mad Science' Christmas production to come into school for the children on Friday 13th December.

    CONFIRMATION:

    The dates for your child's confirmation meetings are as below. They will be held on Wednesdays after school from 3.15-4.15pm.

    27th November

    PARENT'S MEETING DATES:

    The dates for the parent meetings are as below. They will be held from 6.30pm on a Tuesday in the Parish Hall and will last no longer than 1 hour.

    Date
    26th November

    FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:

    First Holy Communion Day next year is Saturday 13th June 2020. The preparation classes this academic year will be an after school club on a Wednesday 3.10-4pm (start date will be confirmed in January 2020). Father Lamb will lead the evening meetings for parents and the start date and time will be confirmed in January 2020.

    CAN WE PLEASE REMIND YOU THAT VIOLIN LESSONS ARE ON A MONDAY AND CLARINET LESSONS ARE ON A FRIDAY. PLEASE CAN YOU ENSURE THAT YOUR CHILD BRINGS THEIR INSTRUMENT INTO SCHOOL WITH THEM ON THE RELEVANT DAYS. MANY THANKS.

    Please see below the Mass dates for the Autumn Term.

    Date Time Year Group
    27/11/2019 9.15am Year 3
    06/12/2019 10.30am Whole School: St Ambrose Feast Day
    11/12/2019 9.15am Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
    20/12/2019 10.30am Whole School

    CLASS ASSEMBLIES:

    Year Group Date Time
    Year 5 Friday 29th November 9.05am

    THE ALTAR SERVERS' ROTA HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED. IF YOU REQUIRE ANY FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE.

    DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

    PLEASE REGULARLY CHECK THE DIARY DATES FOR ANY UPDATES.

    DATE TIME EVENT
    Monday 25th November 6.30 - 7.30pm Understanding your child session 2
    4th - 6th December Year 6 Residential
    11th December 6pm Confirmation Mass
    13th December Christmas Jumper day
    17th December 2pm R, Y1 and Y2 Nativity Performance
    6pm KS2 Carol Service in Church
    18th December 9.30am R, Y1 and Y2 Nativity Performance
    2pm KS2 Carol Service in Church
    20th December End of Autumn Term
    2020 2020 2020
    6th January Ted Day
    7th January School returns for Spring Term
    12th 2pm Reception Phonics Workshop
    13th February Y5 Pyramid Concert
    17th - 21st February Half Term
    5th March World Book Day
    9th - 13th March Science Week
    23rd March 3.30 - 6pm Parents' Evening 1
    30th march 5.30 - 7pm Parents' Evening 2
    2nd April 2pm Easter Performance KS2 School Hall
    6th - 17th April Easter Break
    8th May May Day Bank Holiday
    25th - 29th May Half Term
    1st June TED Day
    13th June 12pm First Holy Communion
    14th July 9.15am KS1 Sports Day
    12.45pm KS2 Sports Day
    15th July Back Up Sports Day
    3.30-6pm Drop in Parents' Meeting

    APPLICATIONS FOR RECEPTION AND HIGH SCHOOL 2020:

    If your child is due to transfer to High School in September 2020 then you will need to fill out an online application by 31st October 2019. All Year 6 children were given their 'admissions to high school' pack that included details of how to apply and a unique code for the individual child.

    If your child is due to start Reception in September 2020 then you will need to fill out an online application form by 15th January 2020.

    TOAST:

    Due to the increasing demand for toast we need to change the days that it is available to the children.

    KS2 will only be able to buy toast on a Tuesday break time.

    KS1 will only be able to buy toast on a Thursday break time.

    The cost per slice will remain at 20p which is to be given to the class teacher in exchange for a token that the children will use to get their toast.

    Thank you for your support in this venture.

    PARISH BABY AND TODDLER GROUP:

    If you or anyone you know would be interested in going along to the Parish's Baby and Toddler group, the sessions are held on Wednesdays in term time from 9-11 am (except the last Wednesday of the month). We welcome newborn up to pre-school children and their parents. Your first session will be free of charge and thereafter will be 80p. This cost includes refreshments for you and your child. We have an array of toys and activities for you and your child to enjoy and this is also a great opportunity to meet and socilaise with other families. If you have any enquiries, please see the Facebook page 'St Ambrose Toddlers Kidderminster'.

    MASS TIMES AND PARISH INFORMATION:

    St Ambrose

    Sunday 11am & 6pm

    CONFESSION:

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

    Please see the attached poster detailing the Montini Group meetings for 2019/2020.

    Kind regards,

    Mrs Brocklesby

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