Art Club have created a banner to celebrate Pentecost with flames, greetings from around the world and flying origami doves! Thanks to all in Years 1 and 2, and Art Club Leaders in Year 6 for their help.
In Year 4, we have been reading ‘The Amber Giant’, by Guilietta Spudich. In the story a young girl travels to Nepal with her archaeologist father to find the magical creature she has been reading about. We were lucky enough to have a visit from the author on Wednesday afternoon. She read the final part of the story to the children, answered their questions about her book and even signed some copies. We also had a go at drawing our own ‘Amber Giants’ based on the description in the story.
Bishop Alan’s visit 18th May 2017
Easter Egg Hunt 26th April 2017
Goodbye Leon (OLEM Sacristan)
Thank you very much for all your help and smile.
Easter Mass 26th April 2017
Alban went to Japan on Easter Holiday
Diocesan Summer Camp 2017
Summer Camp for the young people of our Diocese (ages 8-14) from Friday 25th August until Monday 28th. The weekend is planned following and exploring a Christian Theme with fun activities. Links to: Summer Camp Poster Summer Camp Letter Application Form
Netball team won the championship 28th March 2017
Jazzathon ks2 23rd March 2017
Science Art exhibition 22nd-23rd March 2017
St Alban’s Catholic Primary School Catholic Life Parent Survey March 2017
We would like you to give us your thoughts on your expectations of being at a Catholic school.
Please click here for the survey.
Visitors from Niger State of Nigeria – 15th March 2017
Opportunity for parents to be involved with a health and wellbeing advisory group (information link)
Cambridge University is recruiting parents of primary school aged children to be part of an advisory group that will help guide how the study is run. Healthwatch Cambridgeshire is helping with this project and Rita, our Youth Engagement Worker, will help run some of the groups.
You do not need to know anything about research, how schools work or emotional health and well-being to be part of the advisory group. Your experience as a parent will help the researchers in the work they are doing.
The role will involve coming to advisory group meetings to give your ideas, feedback and advice to make sure the project is going in the right direction.
- The commitment would be to try to come to as many of the meetings as you are able to. These will be held every four months, at an accessible venue.
- Meetings usually last less than 1.5 hours.
- You will receive a £10 shopping voucher for each meeting you attend as a token of appreciation for your time. Refreshments will be served at each meeting. Out of pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed on the day.
If you want to take part or would like more information, please contact Jasmine Childs-Fegredo at email@example.com or Rita Nunes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01480 420628
Possible new Catholic schools in East Anglia
You may have already heard that our Diocese is aiming to open up to eight new Catholic schools across the Diocese. There was a lot of newspaper coverage about it just before Christmas. The new schools would be in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Thetford and Norwich. Applications for new schools have to be with the Government by March this year and one of the key things they will look at in deciding whether to approve a bid, is how many people are interested in having more Catholic school places. Therefore we need as many people as possible to register their interest in the new schools and the Diocese has an online form on its website where you can register. This is at http://rcdea.org.uk/freeschools/.
This may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our Diocese to get more Catholic schools, so please support us by registering your interest.
Year6 Macbeth appraisal
We have just received an excellent review of our year 6 production of Macbeth from last term. The children have received a full copy, here are a few highlights:
“You came together as a full company really well, and the performance was filled with memorable and striking ensemble moments. The banquet scene was a great example of how you worked together and were always focused and bold”
“Right from the beginning you had the audience captivated by the eerie atmosphere you created”
“Every actor in this cast was committed and focused, and you created believable relationships between characters for us to enjoy”
“You all spoke loudly and clearly throughout which kept your audience captivated.”
“This was an intense, intriguing and mighty performance”
Christmas Dinner 2016
Y3 Skype session with ‘International School of Astana’ in Kazakhstan
Earlier this term Year 3 welcomed Miss Akmaral to their class. Miss Akmaral teaches English to children in a primary school in Astana, Kazakhstan. This week children from Year 3 were able to speak directly to children from Miss Akmaral’s class in Astana and introduced themselves on a video link via Skype. The children in Astana were very keen to learn about Cambridge and they told us a little bit about their city too. We hope to link up with them again soon!
Advent wreath for each class 25/11/2016
Congratulations to our footballers
Well done to the A Team for being Runners up in the City Final and now qualify for the county finals. Also, well done to the girls team for achieving 3rd in the City and didn’t lose any games.
School in Sierra Leone (Streetchild) is built!
As you know the school raised money for Streetchild, Oscar and Isaac’s mum’s charity, two years ago. We are delighted to share with you the fantastic news that the school is built. We look forward to one day being able to liaise with the school and the pupils. Well done everyone!
Bear Grylls Survival Race Summer 2016
Henry Yr4 completed the Bear Grylls survival race with his dad and two other boys, and came in 247 out of 905. They raised £400 for the PFA but if anyone would like to make a further donation to the PFA they can still do so. Well done dad and Boys!
Summer Fair 2016
Well done to the St Alban’s Gaelic football team for coming away with a beautiful silver plate at the recent Hertfordshire tournament. Although they did not win the overall tournament they did win a spin off league.
The Year 6 team literally ran away with Athletic competition!
Not only did they win the small schools competition but they won the overall athletics competition. A great achievement for the school. The Year5 children did their very best and came 3rd in their competition.
We are delighted to inform you that the recent diocesan inspection judged us to be outstanding in all areas. Our thanks to everyone who contributed to this fantastic achievement, but importantly to the children who are a true reflection of the Catholic life in our school.
Kate’s school – “Streetchild”
Last year St Alban’s was devastated by the news of one of our parents dying on Christmas day. Kate Gross, the mother of Isaac and Oscar (Year2) died from cancer. Kate’s chosen charity for donations after her death was “Streetchild”. “Streetchild” supports homeless children in Sierra Leone by providing shelter and education.
To remember Kate, the whole school community made a commitment to build a simple start-up school in an area of Sierra Leone much affected by the Ebola crisis. . The response was tremendous and St Alban’s raised enough money, in conjunction with others, to build a proper, permanent school. It will be called ‘Kate’s school’ and will serve as a model for others that the charity aims to build across the country.
The project started last year and we are delighted to share with you the progress being made.
We are learning the Rosary in KS1 and Reception
Year of Mercy Doors
Celebration of Queen’s 90th Birthday
Easter Egg Hunt – Golden Egg Found!
Easter Welcome Back Mass
Easter Egg Delivery to School
Maundy Thursday Service
Baby Archie’s born
Mr (Year5 teacher) & Mrs Gawthorpe had a baby ‘Archie’ on Monday 22nd February 2016!
CAFOD visit 22/02/2016
Ruth Flores from CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) came to school and talked about her latest project.
Click here for more information.
Open Day for 2016 Reception Class Intake
Please click here for details of the upcoming Open Days for parents of the 2016 Reception Class intake. We kindly request that children to not attend these meetings.
Bishop Alan Visited the School
We were very proud to welcome Bishop Alan to our school on Wednesday 17th June. The Bishop participated in a number of activities with the children, including mass in the school hall.
Click here to read a letter received from Bishop Alan after his visit.
Please click here to see some pictures from the visit.
Sponsored Cycle Ride
Alban the Bear joined Mr Mcleish and Mr Carvalho for a sponsored cycle ride across Europe to help raise money towards our new school minibus. All riders arrived safely home after covering over 400kms in 4 days. They raised a fantastic £1190!
For more pictures of their epic ride, please click here.
To donate please click here.
Mr. McCrossan Completes Half Marathon
Congratulations to Mr. McCrossan for completing the North London Half Marathon in a personal best time of 1 hour and 53 minutes. In addition, the amazing support and generosity of the many sponsors raised over £2,000 for the charity ‘Streetchild’.
“Many thanks for the fantastic support I received; the donations, the words of encouragement and the advice (challenge). The morning was wet, cold and windy but I am delighted to say that I completed the half marathon in one piece and in a time of 1Hr 53mins. However, the big success was the amount you helped to raise from the half marathon alone, a staggering £2150. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!” Mr. McCrossan.
St. Alban’s is an Outstanding School
The result of the recent Ofsted inspection is that St. Alban’s has been rated as an Outstanding school. Please read the Chair of Governor’s letter and Ofsted report below:
ITV News Anglia
ITV News Anglia came to visit the school to find out about the EQualities Award. They made a wonderful video of the children explaining why the school won this prestigious award. The video even features Alban, the school mascot. Please click on the link to see the video:
St. Alban’s in the Cambridge Evening News
St. Alban’s is in the local newspaper, receiving the EQualities Award.
Ofsted Inspection 25th and 26th November
The school will be inspected by Ofsted on the 25th and 26th November, 2014. Please read the letters from Ofsted below:
If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell Ofsted your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, at: http://www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.
New Awards for St. Alban’s
We are delighted to announce that St Alban’s has been accredited with the national Equality Mark. This achievement celebrates and acknowledges the work, experience and the support the school offers to promote equity and diversity in the school. It has taken a number of years to collate the evidence and embed good practice but we are delighted to be finally able to say that we are a school which embraces Britain in a multicultural society.
A special thanks to Miss Swindell, our Inclusion Coordinator, who has been responsible for this.
St. Alban’s has also been awarded the Silver Award in the Sainsbury’s School Games. The Sainsbury’s School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport. This award provides recognition of the wide variety of sporting activities offered by the school and the number of children who actively participate in these sports.
Reception Class 2015 Open Day for Parents
Parents of children eligible for the Reception Class 2015 are invited to attend our open days on:
– Thursday 16th October at 1:30pm
– Monday 17th November at 1:30pm
Parents will have an introduction from the Headteacher, a tour of the school with some Year 6 children and a short question and answer session. We kindly request that children do not attend these meetings.
Alban’s Amazing Summer Holiday
Please click on the document below to read all about Alban’s amazing summer holiday in Africa with Miss Hepworth.
Tour de France Logo Competition
Congratulations to Olivia in Year 4 for coming second in the Cambridge Tour de France T-Shirt Logo competition. The competition was organised by the Cambridge Schools Sports Partnership as part of this year’s Youth Games. Further details and the winning logo can be seen at http://www.cambridgessp.com/news/179/Cambridge-Partnership-Youth-Games-2014—The-Biggest-Yet!.
Here is Olivia’s logo:
Alban Returns Safely
Alban, our school bear, has safely returned to school after his amazing trip to the edge of space. He was attached to the payload of a weather balloon along with various cameras and sensors which streamed live data back to earth using a Raspberry Pi computer. The balloon reached the tremendous height of 34,000 metres before it burst and Alban descended back to earth. The GPS tracking enabled the two chase cars to follow his descent and find him lodged in a tree on the edge of a farmer’s field. The chase teams safely retrieved Alban from the tree and brought him back to school.
Although the live streaming of pictures failed during the flight, pictures were recorded by the onboard cameras and will be uploaded to the website soon. In the meantime, here is Alban at 34,000 metres!
Alban Launch Day
Monday 9th June 4:30pm
Alban has landed! The chase cars are on site trying to retrieve him. We look forward to seeing the pictures from Alban’s trip to the edge of space.
Monday 9th June 1:30pm
Alban is airborne! His balloon has been safely launched and he is on his way to the edge of space. The chase cars are now following the balloon and hope to retrieve Alban later this afternoon.
You can follow Alban’s flight on the tracking website http://spacenear.us/tracker.
Monday 9th June 11:00am
Alban and the launch team have arrived safely at the launch site in Ross-on-Wye. The weather is OK for launch. The earlier rain has cleared and winds are not too strong. The predictor software is suggesting Alban will land near the M6 around the Crewe area.
The first pictures have been broadcast from the camera attached to the payload and successfully received at mission control. The launch team can be seen live on camera preparing the payload. The tracker is now visible on the tracking website http://spacenear.us/tracker.
Live TV pictures can now be seen online at http://www.batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=5&id=1194.
Alban in Space
Our very brave School Bear, Alban, is heading on the mission of a lifetime. He is going to boldly go where few school bears have gone before – to the edge of space! Attached to the payload of a weather balloon, he will be launched from South Wales and tracked remotely as he flies high into the sky. Pictures and data will be broadcast back to Earth and relayed to school so the children can follow Alban’s flight. The balloon will be programmed to burst at a pre-determined altitude and then Alban will descend, by parachute, gently back to earth.
Members of the St. Alban’s Code Club will be manning Mission Control in school monitoring his progress. Other Code Club members will be in a squad of pursuit vehicles who will try to locate Alban and safely return him to school. Alban’s progress can be tracked online at the website http://spacenear.us/tracker.
Questionnaire for Parents and Carers
Please complete the following questionnaire and either email or return to the school office.
Although Cambridgeshire has been less heavily hit by the recent floods than other counties, there is further rain to come and Cambridgeshire pupils will be on half term next week. Cambridgeshire does have some areas of significant flooding where there might be danger. The Environment Agency have published the following safety advice on their website and we are seeking your help in passing on the key messages to as many pupils as possible.
· Avoid walking or cycling through flood water.
· Be aware that flooding can cause manhole covers to come off.
· Keep out of floodwater and watch out for submerged debris.
· Don’t walk on riverbanks.
· Take care or avoid crossing bridges when water levels are high.
· Take care crossing culverts or drains as they are dangerous when flooded.
· Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees.
· Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch floodwater as it may be contaminated.
Sign2Sing World Record day
The children of St. Alban’s all participated in the Sing2Sing world record attempt by singing and signing the song ‘Get Up and Sign’ in assembly. Please watch the video to see how great they all were:
CAFOD Primary Advent calendar
The St. Alban’s decorated wheelie bins from the CAFOD Hungry for Change campaign feature in the new CAFOD Primary Advent calendar. Please download the calendar from the CAFOD website at:
Updates to School Policies
Next week we will be publishing updates to the Pupil Premium Statement, Equality Objectives, P.E. and Sport Provision, Behaviour Policy, Homework, Marking and Child Protection Policy.
22nd October at 9:30am and 4th November at 1:30pm:
All parents who have children starting school in September 2014 are invited to come in, meet the Headteacher and have a look around the school. This event is for parents only.
ParentPay – our new online payment system.
Cambridgeshire Catering Service have recently chosen ParentPay as their preferred online payment system which they will provide free to all Cambridgeshire primary schools. By using one system the whole financial process behind the provision of school meals can be simplified and automated.
St. Alban’s has now migrated all Wisepay account balances across to ParentPay and activation letters for the new system were sent home on Wednesday 11th September.
Please activate your accounts as soon as possible to enable payments to be made for school meals, trips and clubs. We will continue to be a cashless school we are sure you will find ParentPay very easy to use. If you need any help with the new system please refer to the help documents on the ParentPay website or call the school office.
Cambridgeshire Young People’s Film Festival Awards 2013
St. Alban’s was successful once again at the 2013 Film Festival Awards.
Six of our seven entered films were nominated for awards. On the night the following were successful:
Year 2 – 1st Place
Year 3 – 1st Place
Year 1 – 2nd Place
Year 4 – 3rd Place
A fantastic result for everyone involved!
The entries can still be viewed on the Film Festival website by clicking here.