Date:9th February 2018

Good afternoon everyone,

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.

ATTENDANCE

Year Group This Week This Term This Year
Whole School 96.2% 95.1% 95.08%
Reception 99.0% 95.1% 93.1%
Year 1 99.0% 97.9% 95.6%
Year 2 99.6% 96.5% 96.4%
Year 3 95.0% 95.0% 94.8%
Year 4 95.0% 94.3% 95.8%
Year 5 94.6% 95.3% 95.3%
Year 6 91.3% 91.6% 94.5%

We are aiming for every class to reach 96% every week so well done Year 2-Keep it up.

STAR ASSEMBLY

Thank you for joining us this week, if your son or daughter received a star award please remember we will inform you in three ways:

1. a push notification

2. a slip from your child's class teacher

3. on the website

AFTERNOON TEA

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

YEAR 3 ASSEMBLY

Year 3 entertained us with an assembly about the Anglo-Saxons today. We were so impressed by the singing, dancing and acting by all of the children.

Thanks to all the staff and children for their hard work!

SAFER INTERNET DAY ASSEMBLY

Mrs Holder led two very informative assemblies on Tuesday for Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children.

She talked to us all about how we can be safe on the internet by remembering 8 top tips, please discuss the top tips with your son or daughter.

1.Online friendships

Try to think of your online world as an extension of your offline friendships. Include friends in your activities.

2.Be respectful

Respect your friends on social media. Don't post photos of them that they might find embarrassing without asking first - and take them down straight away if someone asks you to.

3.Be aware of your digital footprint

Every time you go online you leave a digital 'footprint' which shows others where you are and what you have been doing.

4.Think before you post

Social media and some websites can be great for airing your opinions. However, you risk saying or writing things on the spur of the moment that you may later regret. Try to put your point across in a positive or neutral way. It will have more impact and shouldn't cause offence. When you respond to something someone has said, remember there's a person at the other end who has feelings, just like you do.

5.Know who you're dealing with

Lots of people only play or chat with people they know in person, and that's a sensible approach. But if you do meet people you don't know, use the same caution that you would offline. People may not be who they say they are, so be mindful about what you say about yourself. Keep chat general and if you are concerned that someone's asking for personal details, stop contact and tell a trusted adult. Never arrange to meet someone you only know online.

6.Protect your identity

When using the internet never give out personal information, such as your number, where you live or what school you go to - it's a big no-no. If you are using social media check your privacy settings and make sure only friends can see your posts.

7.It's not always real life

Photos and posts can exaggerate real life. Think about it - we usually select our prettiest, happiest pictures (you rarely see posts about going to the supermarket with your mum, or photos of a massive spot). Images of other people's (carefully chosen) perfect lives can leave you feeling low, but they rarely tell the whole story.

8.Keep a healthy balance

The internet is a fantastic resource for playing, sharing, and learning. But if you find yourself spending a lot of time online, or thinking about it when you could be doing fun 'real world' things, maybe it's time to back off a bit. There's a whole world out there. It's about striking a balance.

WORLD BOOK DAY

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 People´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.

LEARN TO WRITE WORKSHOP AND CHINESE CELEBRATIONS

It was wonderful to hear from so many parents how valuable the learn to write workshop was on Thursday. I would also like to thank the Reception children and staff for the fantastic Tai Chi display.

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.

EDUCATION CITY

Thank you for joining us at the Education City information session yesterday. I was delighted to hear that parents are enjoying using the resource as well.

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.

PIONEER TRIP

Please remember to bring in your payment card when you make any more installments for the Pioneer Trip. Many thanks.

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.

YEAR 5 PYRAMID CONCERT

If you would like tickets for the Schools of Rock Pyramid Concert at the Birmingham Town Hall on Thursday 15th February at 7pm, please pop into the school office or email the school office at office@st-ambrose.worcs.sch.uk.

Also, if you own your own business or know anyone who does Mr Mallinson is selling advertising space in the programme. This is to help raise funds to pay for this event. Please speak to the school office in the first instance if you would be interested in using the advertising space.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Kind regards,

Mrs Brocklesby

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

HOUSE HOUSEPOINTS
Ashley 344
Leveson 407
Oldcorne 321
Wall 305
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

MESSAGES

LEGO DONATIONS

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

YEAR GROUP MESSAGE
WHOLE SCHOOL PLEASE CAN WE ASK THAT YOU NOTIFY THE SCHOOL IF YOUR CHILD IS OFF FOR ANY REASON. ALSO WE NEED TO BE NOTIFIED IF SOMEONE ELSE WILL BE COLLECTING YOUR CHILD FROM SCHOOL.
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 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 and also they must practise their spellings and times tables.
From next week we will be using 'times Tables Rocksstars' tests so please can you ensure that your child practises their 2's, 5's and 10 x tables and divisions. We will see who is the fastest Rockstar in our class.
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.
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 still have tickets available for the Hagley Pyramid Schools of Rock Concert.
If you require a seat on the coach for the Pyramid concert please let the school office know by Monday 12th February at the latest. Thank you.
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.

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.

All classes have been given login's for 'Oxford Owl', a website where they can read books online for free.

Please encourage your child to use this resource to read a wide range of books at home.

HAPPY READING!

MASS TIMES

St Ambrose's

Sunday 11am & 6pm

CONFESSION

St Ambrose's

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

Mass will be led by Y6 on Wednesday 31st January. You are all welcome to join us.

ALTAR SERVERS

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 People´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.

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