DATE: Friday 29th November 2019

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

Good Afternoon,

CATHOLIC LIFE: YEAR OF THE WORD

Sunday marks the beginning of a special year designated  by The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales as the ‘Year of the Word’ – a campaign to  re-centre ourselves upon the Scriptures. Throughout the year the children will have opportunities to explore the word of God in the Bible in different ways, for as Pope Francis states: ‘ When we take time to pray and meditate on the sacred text, we can speak from the heart and thus reach the hearts of those who hear us.” Tonight the children will be bringing home a prayer card each and in the new year we will be having a workshop, where children and parents can discover more about the Bible together.

Look out for more information each week on the newsletter.

YEAR 6 FAMILY MASS:

Our Year 6 children have been working hard to prepare for their Family Mass on the 8th December. They have been preparing to talk about their chosen Confirmation saint and how they are inspired to be like them in their lives and how this saint will help them in their journey of faith.

YEAR 5 ASSEMBLY:

Thank you to Year 5 for a fantastic assembly. Here are a few words from them.

Today we performed our class assembly. We show cased all our hard work. We have learnt so much including, the history of rollercoasters, the materials that roller coasters are made from, how they work, forces on a rollercoaster, designing and making our own roller coaster (STEM), where rollercoasters are in the world and gymnastic movements, including mirroring, inspired by roller coasters.

Lacie-Mae, “It has been really interesting and exciting to learn about rollercoasters. I learnt about different famous roller coasters and where they were in the world on a map.”

Adam, “Our assembly was all about rollercoasters and what we were learning, it was really fun and I enjoyed being part of it. I learnt about how roller coasters work and I enjoyed doing roller coaster themed gymnastics.”

Thomas B ,“I enjoyed making our own paper marble runs and I learnt about different forces and how roller coasters work.”

Agata, “I enjoyed watching a video which showed us what it was like to be on a rollercoaster.”

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:

'Advent is like a springtime, when everything is renewed and so is fresh and healthy'

St Teresa of Calcutta.

REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR:

Sunday marks the beginning of the Liturgical year, with the season of Advent and the children have already started learning about how they can prepare for the birth of Jesus by thinking of others.

This year each class will be creating a reverse Advent Calendar to collect items to donate to the food bank and your child will be bringing a letter home tonight detailing the day they have been allocated to bring in an item for their class box.

ADVENT: NSPCC FITNESS:

As you are aware, the NSPCC have been in school recently to support our children with the PSHE /e- safety curriculum. As a thank you each year we offer to support the charity by taking part in a sponsored event. Your child will be bringing home a sponsor form tonight (some classes may already have sent then home) and all children in school will be taking part in a sponsor circuit training event as part of their PE curriculum on Tuesday 3rd December. They will need their PE kit in school on this day.

It would be much appreciated if you would support the children with their Advent commitment to help the NSPCC by completing the sponsor form by the 13th December.

CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY:

The children who received an award are:

Isla H, Hubert L, Luke V, Jacob R, James V, Natalia H, Lara M, Darcey G, Cian A, Samual S, Annabella B, Jacob H, Apalonia M & Freya S.

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. 

CHADDESLEY CORBETT RINGERS:

Next Friday at 3pm, we have the Chaddesley Corbett Ringers performing with our Belle plates group led by Mrs LLoyd. The peformance will be in the hall and if you are free please join us.

STAFF CHRISTMAS HAMPER:

Raffle tickets are now on sale for the staff Christmas hamper. They cost £1 per strip and 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 this Sunday, 1st December in the Parish Hall. You are all warmly invited to attend. Children from across all year groups will be performing Christmas carols at the Bazaar.

Father Lamb and the parish would like to extend a huge thank you to all the parents and carers that have generously contributed towards the bazaar.

NATIVITY COSTUMES:

Thank you to everyone who swapped a nativity costume. What a great idea! We do still have some costumes so please speak to the school office to see if we can accomodate your request.

We will be organising a swap shop again in the New Year but this time it will be with school uniform.

CURRICULUM:

YEAR 3 MULTIPLICATION WORKSHOP

Some parents comments:

  • “It’s going to make maths easier.”
  • “Really interesting and lots of tips.”
  • “Very successful, with fun ideas to help with maths at home.”
  • “It was very good to see how the children learn and we really enjoyed it.”
  • “It was lovely to see the children and help them learn.”
  • “An insight into maths in school, and will help with the games at home.”
  • “I think the workshops are a fab idea.”
  • “It was very helpful, kids loved it. Great ideas.”
  • We would like to thank all of the parents of children in Year 3 that came along and supported the times table workshop on Wednesday morning.

    Thank you, to those that helped other children so they could also take part in the event.

    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.

    The children joined their parents at 10:40 and then moved around 5 different stations:

  • Online free times table games
  • Rock, paper, scissors times tables
  • Times table bingo
  • Making memory cards
  • Playing cards times table games.
  • Resources were then taken home by parents with instructions to show them how to play each of the games.

    Catholic life: we discussed the SVP and their role generally and at school.

    Some of the ideas Luke and Oliver will take to Mrs Brocklesby from the suggestion box are:

    Netball equipment

    Art and Cooking clubs at lunch time

    Attendance prizes

    Cake sales

    Year 6 Leavers hoodies

    Ways to stop people parking near to the school when it’s dropping off and picking up time.

    Year 4 are in charge of the suggestion box this week.

    We discussed the idea of 6 rules to be rewarded at lunchtimes, children are going to discuss with their classes and feedback at the next meeting.

    Our next meeting date has been set for Wednesday 4th December

    READING:

    Mrs McCormacks favourite childhood read:

    Famous Five written by Enid Blyton.

    My favourite series of books when I was growing up was the Famous Five.  I always wanted to get to the end to find out who the ‘baddy’ was.  I always tried to fathom out who I thought it could be however I was normally completely wrong!

    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. 

    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.

    CONFIRMATION:

    The Confirmation Celebration Mass will be held on Wednesday 11th of December at 6pm. If you would like to take a photograph of your child before the service then we would advise that you come to the Parish hall for 5pm.

    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 95.2% 94.6% 95.5%
    YR 95.7% 98.0% 95.7%
    Y1 96.8% 94.0% 93.8%
    Y2 95.0% 94.4% 95.9%
    Y3 94.0% 92.4% 95.2%
    Y4 95.5% 93.2% 90.7%
    Y5 95.7% 94.1% 95.7%
    Y6 98.5% 96.0% 96.3%

    Well done Year 6!!

    Today all children have received an attendance leaflet for parents.The leaflet identifies how we can all work together in partnership to ensure our children receive the best education.

    INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN:

    Staff will be wearing a white ribbon from Monday 25th November. 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.

    WE ARE HOPING TO COLLECT AS MANY TOKENS AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER FOR OUR SCHOOL TO BENEFIT FROM THIS WONDERFUL SCHEME!

    PLEASE KEEP SENDING IN YOUR TOKENS.

    TEAPOT TIME:

    Mrs Wallace is continuing with her 'Teapot Time'. Please come along from 9-10am on Tuesday 3rd December 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. Tea and coffee will be provided. If you would be interested please register your interest with the school office and Mrs Wallace will update you on a start date asap.

    KEY STAGE 1 CHRISTMAS PARTY:

    Thank you to everyone who has booked a place for their child on the KS1 Christmas party. Our pupil and sibling numbers are now confirmed with the venue. We look forward to seeing you there.

    If your child has any allergies or dietary requirements you need to notify the school office asap.

    Thank you.

    KEY STAGE 2 CHRISTMAS EVENT:

    Can we please remind you to make payment of £2 towards the cost of the 'Mad Science' pantomime for KS2 children. They will be in school on Friday 13th December and after the performance the children will be having a party in their classroom with party food supplied by the TAPP team.

    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
    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

    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
    1st December 12pm Parish Christmas Bazaar
    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 start Reception in September 2020 then you will need to fill out an online application form by 15th January 2020.

    TOAST:

    Toast is available to the children on the following days:

    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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