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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

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:

 

http://www.reconcilingawoundedplanet.com/

 

 

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 Fillmore 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!

"It was delightful to see how much the children were involved, from politely greeting the guests and showing them to their seats to serving cakes, some of which they had made themselves."
"The hall looked wonderful, it was beautifully decorated with flowers and fine china!"
"The children sang Praise the Lord with such joy and gusto!"
"I know that all of the other visitors enjoyed themselves as much as I did and felt a real sense of community! We can't wait for the Christmas one!!"

 

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!

 

 

Supporting Charities

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.