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Remembrance Sunday - 11th November 2018

It is with much reflection that we approach remembrance weekend.  Our thoughts and prayers are for those who have lost their lives and for those that remain in sufferance from the devastating effects of war.  Some of our parents kindly arranged for a poppy wreath from our school to be laid at the Hoddesdon Remembrance service on Sunday 11th November 2018. 

Families have been leaving their prayers on our Remembrance tree for loved one’s past and present. 

Year 6 visit Crucial Crew and Remembrance Assembly

On Wednesday 7th November Year 6 met with the Crucial Crew team at Herts. Regional College.  They were delivered a personal safety educational message in preparation for secondary school through participation in a range of active scenario’s and interactive videos.  First Aid, Rail safety, Road safety, Safe/Dangerous Medicines, Water safety and Health issues were amongst the many areas covered.

The following day they performed their World War II/Remembrance Assembly with reverence as a mark of respect for the people who have lost their lives and continue to suffer in war.  An excellent portrayal.  Well done. 

Tie Ceremony

On Thursday 18th October the whole school, Reception parents and family witnessed our Reception children and other new members to our school having their official welcoming to St. Augustine’s with our annual Reception Tie Ceremony. In what is always such a lovely celebration, all our new children received their Red Book for special work to be kept during their years at St. Augustine’s, their personal Bible and their school tie. The singing was beautiful and the ceremony ended on a high note with the Reception children singing ‘If I were a butterfly’ with confidence and beautiful voices. A very special "Thank you" to Mrs Blackwell and team!

Steel Pan Workshop

As part of our celebration of Black History Month, SAPTA funded a Steel Pan Workshop for the whole school to take part in on Tuesday 16th October. The workshop provided each year group with the opportunity to learn about the music of the Steel Pans and how to play them. The children did amazingly well and it was a pleasure to see so many parents joining us at the end of the day to share in the experience. A ‘Big Thank You’ to SAPTA for funding this special event.

Charity Morning

On Friday 28th September 2018, we held our annual MacMillan Coffee morning where we sold cakes, coffee and tea. A big thank you to SAPTA for assisting us with this.

During the morning, Mrs Napier was brave enough to have her hair cut off in order to fundraise for Isabel Hospice! Mrs Napier donated her hair to The Little Princesses Trust who provide real hair wigs, free of charge to children and young people up to the age of 24 that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer. We would like to express our gratitude to Ms Phelps who took time out of her day to style Mrs Napier's new haircut!

A huge amount of generosity was displayed throughout the morning which was heart warming to see. Thank you to our school community for your support and donations to such worthy causes.

CAFOD Assembly

Amongst the many events this week has brought, one that has stood out is our CAFOD assembly on the 1st October led by the CAFOD representative Mrs Kavanagh.  Once again, she provided a crucial insight into the magnificent work CAFOD do around the world. 

First Mass of the School Year

On the afternoon of Wednesday 12th September, Father Philip celebrated our first Whole School Mass of the academic year.  It was lovely to see so many parents joining us for this special event.

Roald Dahl Day

On Thursday 13th September, we celebrated Roald Dahl Day. All children were invited to bring a Roald Dahl book into school to read and throughout the day, each class participated in themed activities such making potions in Science and writing poems in Literacy.  It was the perfect celebration of this historic author's life and works.

Sports Day

On Friday 6th July, we held our Sports Day! The weather was beautiful and all the children enjoyed taking part in the racing events.  Well done to your all for showing such great determination, team work and sportsmanship.  After lots of races, we had a picnic on the school field. 

Nursery Toddle

On Wednesday 20th June, we held a Nursey Toddle with St. Augustine's Under 5's on the school field. The morning was a great success with children completing a fun obstacle course alongside our Sports Ambassadors helpers and families enjoying the craft stalls as well as tea, coffee and cake. This event provided a perfect example of how our school community works so well together.

Year 3 School Trip

On Tuesday 12th June, Year 3 had their school visit to Waltham Abbey gardens where they took part in a plant discover day which was linked to their Science topic ‘Plants’.  A great day was had by all.

Bounce-a-Thon

On the last day of term-25th May-we held a non school uniform day with a sports theme as well as our annual Bounce-a-Thon. 

It was great to see the children having such a fun time. Even some of our staff got involved with the bouncing!  A big thank you to SAPTA for organising this event.

St. Augustine's Grand Afternoon Tea Party

Daily Mile

On Friday 4th May, our pupils and parents took part in the Daily Mile Event s held on our school field.  We had a fun afternoon as well as keeping fit.

Athletics

On Tuesday 8th May, Years 1 and 2 went to St Edmund's School to participate in an Athletics tournament alongside schools from the local area. The children all did so well and showed good sportsmanship even managing to bring back some well earned medals!

Tennis Taster

On Thursday 3rd May, we hosted a Tennis Taster Session for children in Nursery to Year 2. This session provided children with the opportunity to receive some expert coaching in tennis skills with staff from the Legends Tennis Centre, Hertford. Every child received a certificate entitling them to a free tennis session.

Inter Primary Football Tournament

A big well done to our football team who attended the tournament at Cranbourne School on the 14th March. Their excellent skills and superb sportsmanship ensured they managed to reach the semi-finals. Overall they managed to claim fourth place!

Science Day

On Friday 23rd March, a company specialising in wildlife, the 'Spirit of the Wild' brought to our school a vast array of animals; owls, snakes, frogs, meerkats and many more! 'Spirit of the Wild' representatives taught the children about conservation, how to look after different species and how to handle them. 

We owe a big thank you to Mrs Finn for organising the day and SAPTA for funding the workshop!

Chaplaincy Team Retreat Day

On Thursday 22nd March, our Chaplaincy Team attended a retreat day at the Niland Center in Bushey, Watford along with other chaplaincy teams from Catholic Primary Schools in the local area. They participated in a number of reflection activities put together by other teams.  This provided them with the opportunity to experience other types of sessions enabling them to enrich their own weekly lunchtime reflective sessions.

Sports Leader's Assembly

On Tuesday 13th March, we held an assembly to announce our new Sports Leaders. Seven children were selected and they will now have the job to help improve sporting activities throughout the school. Well done to all who applied, Miss Colhoun was very impressed with all the applications received and it was very difficult for her to select the final seven.  

Congratulations to our new Sports Leaders!

Tag Rugby

On Tuesday 13th March, Year 2 visited St. Edmund’s Prep. School to participate in a Tag Rugby tournament alongside schools from the local area. They scored more than 10 tries. Well done to them all for demonstrating so successfully the skills they have been learning througout their weekly P.E. lessons.

Mother's Day Gift Sale

On Friday 9th March, SAPTA organised a Mothers Day Sale where the children were able to choose 3 gifts for their mum's in exchange for £5. Each child was then entered into a raffle to win a larger gift. The children had much fun choosing the perfect presents for their mum!

World Book Day

On Thursday 1st March, we celebrated World Book Day. The children and staff came dressed as their favourite book character and the day was spent learning about the work of various illustrators and authors.

Samaritans

On Tuesday 27th February 2018, volunteers from The Samaritans returned to our school to lead emotional health and well being sessions throughout the day for pupils and staff. These sessions enabled students and staff to consider a range of factors that can affect emotional health and how to recognise signs of poor emotional health and where to go for help.

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 6th February 2018, we held a Safer Internet Day.  The children enjoyed participating in lots of different class activities that provided them with information on how to stay safe when using online technology. There were some wonderful poems, posters, raps and videos produced by the classes. Thank you to Mrs Blackwell for co-ordinating this event!

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