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‘We come to school to live and learn happily together by loving ourselves and each other as Jesus teaches us’

Chance to Shine Cricket

Chance to Shine is a national charity who work with schools to provide children with the opportunity to play and learn through Cricket.  We have been very fortunate to once again work alongside one of their coaches for 6 weeks during the Spring Term 2.  Cricket lessons will be provided for a six-week period for Years 1, 2, 3 & 5 and aim to develop the all-round skills of the children as well as improving the confidence of school staff to deliver further sessions independently. The sessions ensure that children are achieving the skills they need, as set out in the national curriculum, like throwing, catching and ball-striking; as well as enjoying themselves at the same time.  Year 4 & 6 will have a specialist coach for P.E lessons from Challenge Sport Education and will have the opportunity to take part in the  lunchtime cricket club.

SAPTA Valentine's Disco

The lovely ladies from SAPTA organised 2 successful disco’s for this year’s Valentine’s Day.  They arranged for children’s entertainer, Sally Squiggle, to add to the excitement of these events with lots of fun games and music.  An enjoyable time was had by all.   THANK YOU SAPTA for all your hard work and support for our school.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day went really well on Tuesday with a full timetable of events which the children enjoyed participating in and which provided further information on how to safe when using all technology.  A range of work from this day will be used to refresh our E-Safety display. Thank you to Mr Loveridge for co-ordinating this event.

Book Fair

Every Year the travelling Book Fair visits St. Augustine's school.  Book week provides a great opportunity to create a school-wide reading focus and build a buzz about books for the children.  Book Fair is packed with hundreds of the best children’s books for all ages – from award-winners and the newest titles to pocket-money pick-ups and treasured classics.

The range includes picture books, early readers, chapter books, books for reluctant readers, older fiction, non-fiction, home learning and lots more.  It was wonderful to see so many of you supporting your child/children at the Fair.

Chaplaincy Retreat Day

The Chaplaincy Team forms a vital part of the school’s life, especially the spiritual journey of our children.  The team are responsible for upholding and supporting the Catholic Life of the school in a variety of ways including assisting with the daily and weekly Collective Acts of Worship and liturgies.  On Wednesday they travelled to St. Joseph’s Windhill Centre in Bishops Stortford to join with other Chaplaincy teams from the local area for a Retreat Day.  They learned sign language to the hymn ‘Bread of Life’, wrote their own prayers and shared in discussion on the 10 most important things about the Eucharist.  They also visited St. Joseph’s church where they placed their prayers on the Altar. 

Christmas Festivities

It has been a very busy and exciting time at St. Augustine's with our school community coming together to make some magical Christmas memories. We have enjoyed our EYFS & KS1 Nativity performances, Christmas lunch in our Christmas jumpers, a wonderful Carol Service in Church, the Whole School Pantomime at the Spotlight Theatre, celebration of Mass in school with Father Philip and our end of term Christmas class parties. Please see the slide show of all our Christmas events. 

Merry Christmas to you all.

 

SAPTA - Christmas Fair

A big 'Thank you' to SAPTA for organising our Christmas Fair on Friday 30th November.  The afternoon was a great success and got better and better with a special visit from Father Christmas. Many parents have talked about the wonderful atmosphere and the hall was full with families and children busily trying out all the many stalls, queueing excitedly for Santa's Grotto and having some very, glittery face painting! A fabulous time was had by all.

Children in Need

Today we celebrated ‘Children in Need’.  It was fantastic to see all of the children coming to school in their spots and dots and having lots of fun filling up our drawing of Pudsey bear on the playground with their spare change. A total of £453.29 was raised for Children In Need along with a bag of foreign currency which was donated to the Royal British Legion.  Thank you as always for your generous support.

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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!

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.

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