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"A Christian school is one in which the atmosphere has that kind of openness about it, that sense that people are worth spending time with, that people need time to grow.... and loving attention." Dr Rowan Williams
September 2019- July 2020
This morning (28th January), the children went to Draycott Church to learn about why Christians are baptised. They have been learning in class about Jesus' baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. Reverend Les Rees took the service and explained what happens during a baptism and the children acted it out, with parents, Godparents and baby Millie!
The proud 'parents'& 'God parents'.
The service, with the blessing of the Millie with the holy water and the Godparent's pledges to Millie.
The Godparents received certificates and candles to remind them of what God expects of them in their roles as Godparents to baby Millie.
On Monday 16th December the whole school delivered a fabulous Christmas nativity production. We were so proud of the children and staff who all worked so hard to bring this fantastic production together! We had sheep kindly brought by the Salmon Family, and due to Big Ears the donkey being unwell, a pony called James played the part of the donkey and carried Mary beautifully to Bethlehem. The children sung beautifully and it was the perfect start to Christmas week!
Class 1's Christmas Trip to the Adventure Farm
Class 1 enjoyed their annual Christmas trip to the Adventure farm at Tatenhill. They met Father Christmas with a North Pole adventure, had a tractor and trailer ride, and got involved with a nativity in the animal barn. With time to play and lots of Christmas activities to participate in we hope the children enjoyed this pre-Christmas treat!
This trip was funded by the PTA and we are incredibly thankful to them for this and all of their help throughout the year.
The children were so well behaved all day and showed kindness and friendship to lots of other children from other schools all day! So much so that the whole class got a certificate in worship the following day for showing our three core values and being great ambassadors for the school!! Well done Class 1!!
The children spent Tuesday 3rd December at Hanbury Church making Christingles. The children had a wonderful day! Many thanks to everyone who helped make it such a lovely day!
The children had a fabulous opportunity this week to learn some Diwali dancing from Wise Moves Dance School! Diwali is something the children have learnt about during their Religious Education and the chance to express the Ramayana through dance and movement was fabulous.
The children enjoyed learning about Rama and Sita.
The teacher Dee, had some lovely feedback for us at the end of the performance!
On Monday the 7th October the pupils and teachers attended a service at the Church at Draycott in the Clay. The children led the service and provided lots of information about how to save the planet for future harvests. Class 1 planted fruit and vegetable seeds, Class 2 came up with some wonderful ideas to save the planet, illustrated them and read them in the service. They had ideas such as taking a shower rather than a bath, turning off the lights and closing doors to keep warmth in this winter. Class 3 illustrated a fabulous story written by Mrs Walker and read it in the service. It was all about how God had created the world and mankind and how mankind must in turn look after the planet.
The children also lead prayers during the service, sung our harvest songs and gave thanks to God for the harvest this year. The service ended with a special harvest message of thanks from Les Rees. The children had all brought lovely gifts to donate to the soup kitchen in Burton. More about this can be found on our Supporting Charities page.
The children attended another Relax Kids session this term. It is something we try to include every term as it helps the children with relaxation, meditation and mindfulness. It is particularly important for the children's mental health and well-being and we have found helps improve learning, concentration spans and reduces anxiety.
Macmillan Coffee Morning Cake Sale
On Friday the 27th September we held a cake sale in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and raised a fantastic £72.80!! For a small school this is a great achievement and we would like to thank everyone who made cakes, bought cakes, donated money and enjoyed eating them! A massive thank you again must go to our PTA who donated so many lovely cakes, we really value all of your help and support!
Under 9 Football tournament at Denstone Preparatory School.
This September we sent a team of Year 2 & 3 children to the football tournament. They played tremendously well and were fabulous ambassadors for the school! They were the youngest team at the tournament and yet some of the most polite and well mannered children there. We had so many compliments about our team and they did the school proud! They came 5th out of a lot of very good teams and we were so proud of them all!
On the 17th September the children attended a service in Draycott Church to remember the people or pets who have passed away. The children listened to stories and prayers, and wrote down how they felt when dealing with the loss of a loved one. They also carried tea lights to symbolise remembrance of a life and shared a moment of quiet reflection.
We were very honoured to be invited to take part in a national conference held at Coventry Cathedral. ‘Reconciling a Wounded Planet’ was a two day conference where Christians came together to consider ‘stories of hope’ in the midst of the growing environmental crisis that the world is experiencing.
The pupils from our school wrote a story called Hope for our Earth which was sent to many schools nationwide and used on the ‘schools day’ to stimulate discussion and work around climate change and how we can help our planet. Please click on the link below to take you to the website where on the ‘schools day’ page you can see all the amazing work our children produced. These pieces of work were displayed at the conference for all to see!
We are continuing our work on climate change as we have chosen this as our focus at Harvest time this year. Last year at Harvest we looked at plastic and how it is destroying life in our oceans.
We hope you enjoy reading our story, Hope for our Earth and looking at the work we produced. Please click the link below:
Harvest Festival at Draycott in the Clay Church.
This September the children visited the church at Draycott in the Clay with gifts for the community. They attended a harvest service and gave thanks to the farmers for the food we eat. The children also read poems, extracts from the Bible and prayers for the harvest.
Carol Singing at Far Fillimore Care Home
This December our year 3 and 4 children went up to our local care home in Hanbury to sing some Christmas Carols for the residents. They also stayed and had tea with them and talked about their thoughts for Christmas. We were told the residents loved seeing the children and found it thoroughly uplifting! The feeling was mutual and the children loved sharing their songs with them! It was a perfect way to start Christmas!
Light Up and Sing Christmas Carol Concert
The annual Light Up and Sing concert was held this year on the 11th December. We braved the weather and held it outside under floodlight. The children sang lots of fabulous carols with great enthusiasm and the parents and grandparents joined in with a few too! Everyone got into the Christmas spirit and had a lovely time! Well done everyone!
Afternoon Tea Party
On Friday the 7th June we held a Tea Party for some of the slightly older people in our community. Some of our guests were grandparents of the children at the school and some were members of the local community who help support the school in so many ways.
The children made sandwiches and cakes and the parents and staff donated home made treats for the occasion! The children sang some songs for our guests and read some poems. The Year 3 & 4 children showed the guests to their seats and after tea showed them around the classrooms and some of their work.
We had a massive response from the guests who were thrilled to spend time with the children in a very special day. It was a brilliant day to share our beautiful school and wonderful children with the local community, their hard work, exemplary manners and the pride in which they take over their school is obvious to see. Our Core Values truly shone for all to see, and our letters of thanks really reflect this- everyone shared a truly memorable afternoon!
Keep an eye out for more information regarding the Christmas Carol afternoon next term!
Just a small selection of the lovely feedback we had from the afternoon!
Happy Mind, Happy Me Day
As part of our spiritual and mindfulness themes, on the 2nd July the children participated in a 'Happy Mind, Happy Me Day'. The children enjoyed taking part in a wide range of activities and crafts including making a memory jar filled with happy thoughts, writing prayers and making a first aid kit filled with things to sustain and support our mental health and well being. These were very thought provoking activities which the children loved.
Our memory jar!
The children chose to support the local food bank for the entire year of 2018. Each month a parcel was delivered. This started as a donation at Christmas and then in response to the local food bank saying that everyone gives at Christmas and not for the rest of the year. From feedback form the food bank we sent out items they requested. The children were shocked to find out that the food bank needed not only donations of food, but other sanitary items such as toilet roll.
A lovely letter from the food bank thanking us for the items.
In 2019 we have decided to support another charity for the whole of 2019. We are supporting the work of a local charity 'Uttoxeter Cares'. We are planning events and actions to support the lonely. We have sent Christmas cards, Valentine's Day artwork and have arranged an afternoon tea for the elderly and lonely. We are working towards a target of 10 'Acts of Kindness 'and we receive a certificate for each achievement.
A small selection of our Valentines cards, book marks and decorations for the Uttoxeter Cares Charity.
We are also supporting Feed the Hungry, a Christian based charity, which helps support children in the poorest areas of the world by sending food packages. The children at St Augustine's worked incredibly hard alongside the Saints Academies family to achieve a target of £260 to fund one thousand meal packages to be sent to Kenya. The children in Worship group and our School Council held an Easter Hat parade, a Bring and Buy sale and a sports afternoon to raise our target. We were lucky enough to help parcel the packages and received a letter thanking us for what we had achieved.
Some fabulous Easter Hats!!
We recently received a lovely email from the charity explaining where our donations have reached and the true scale of the project! We were all very impressed and so pleased to be a part of it.
Please click here to find out more about where our donations are going to be received.
We have decided to support this charity further with Kindness parcels in September.
Open Doors at Church of St Werburgh, Hanbury
We recently attended an open doors event at St Werburgh's Hanbury, the children decorated a cross donated by a local business, sang Evensong as the choir, and made their own individual crosses. The large cross was decorated with the hand prints of our worship team and painted by the children, whilst the smaller crosses were put together to make a larger one. We believe this symbolised the joining of many individuals in the school to make a beautiful unit. This is hanging in our entrance hall with our larger cross displayed outside!
The children also made the final window for our outdoor worship area. The three windows depict our core values of Love, Hope and Friendship, and provide the children with a quiet, spiritual area in our gardens.