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WELCOME

Welcome to everyone, 
St Alban’s has a new senior leadership team with myself, Mrs Ebsworth, now as full time Headteacher and Miss Brennan as full time Deputy Headteacher.  We are both delighted and feel privileged to have these roles in a school that we both know very well, in a community that we love to work with.  St Alban’s is a family school and our family is ready to grow and develop into the future. We have a dynamic team of staff, with many new and some long-standing, but all with a variety of skills and talents that combined offer excellent provision for the children of St Alban’s. 
Over recent years, many of you have seen the successes we’ve achieved: high results in phonics, solid progress by the end of KS1, outcomes at the end of KS2 some of the highest in Doncaster, recognition for our topic learning through projects such as Pit Sense and more recently our rapid move into remote learning provision that is second to none! 
We aim to build on these successes so that our children, from starting in Rosedale reception class, throughout KS1 and KS2, receive a rich curriculum with opportunities to suit all learners within a distinctive Catholic school where all children are nurtured, taught holistically, know they are loved and can achieve anything.  Through forging and strengthening our partnerships with parents, carers, governors, the Parishes of St Alban’s and English Martyrs, Mexborough, the Denaby and Conisbrough communities that we serve, schools across our Hallam Diocese and in Doncaster, we believe that we will offer something unique and something special for all our stakeholders, with our children at the very heart of all that we do. 
Although 2021 hasn’t started the way everyone hoped it would, the staff team at St Alban’s have been thrust into our new journey and are expertly moving us into the future, beyond expectations, opening safely to our key worker and more vulnerable children as well as teaching our learners at home in such an inclusive and dynamic way that most people wouldn’t think possible.  Changes are inevitable and they will be made whilst also maintaining all of the good things that already happen. Along the way, all stakeholders will be consulted with and informed of every step of our journey into our bright future.
Finally, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to all of our staff, parents and carers who have already proven, particularly in the last three weeks, that St Alban’s is a truly great school with an exciting future ahead of it. Please see our new look newsletter which initially will be emailed and added to the website monthly.  This is the first of many new ways in which we will work. 
With my best wishes to everyone, 
In love and prayer
Lindsey Ebsworth 
 

Headteacher

'Let God’s love shine in our lives as we grow and learn together'

January 2021

 

School will reopen tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd February) at 8am for Breakfast Club and 8.40am/8.50am for key worker and vulnerable children who are due to attend.

Thank you to all our families for supporting us every step of the way. Closing school due to the weather is a very difficult decision to make especially when we have a team of staff whose mission it is to open for all families who need us in the current climate. With the non-mixing of class bubbles at present and the staff team living as far away as York, Leeds and across the whole of South Yorkshire, health and safety is paramount. We hope our children and families managed to learn, worship, work and play with the variety of provision offered through our remote learning on Teams.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow - some in person and others virtually!

Thank you again,

Mrs Ebsworth, Headteacher.

Tuesday 2nd February 2021 - School closed today due to heavy snow across our region.

In the interests of safety, we have made the decision to close school today to all. Remote learning on Teams is still taking place therefore key worker and vulnerable children must access their learning through this platform today please. As planned, this afternoon we were encouraging a range of outdoor activities to support our well-being. If this is an active and creative afternoon in the snow then we look forward to seeing the photos!

We will update you later today about tomorrow. Thank you.

Children's Mental Health and Well being awareness week - starting Monday 1st February

Please click on the links below to take you to further information and a variety of activities - more will be added throughout today and next week!

Family WalksLockdown challenge a day and What am I outdoor riddles

Children’s Mental Health and Well Being and National Storytelling Week

Each afternoon will be as follows:  1.00 – 1.35 – Mindfulness activity, 1.45 – 2.45  – 1 hour of physical activity and 2.55 - 3.20 – Story time

Children learning in school:

 Please send your child to school next week in outdoor PE kit and a waterproof coat with a hood either all week or on the following days for each class:

Please note: children will be provided with wellies where necessary however please ensure your child is wearing suitable footwear (black trainers as part of their outdoor learning kit)

Class bubble learning in school

Days needing outdoor PE Kit

Rosedale Reception

Monday, Tuesday &Wednesday.

Y1 Roche

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Y2 Selby

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

Y3 Whitby

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday.

Y4 Fountains

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Y5 Kirkstall

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Y6 Rievaulx

Monday, Thursday and Friday.

 Children who are learning at home:

Please note also Tuesday 2nd February – 9.15 am Mass at St Marie’s Cathedral – Candlemas – link will be on class group Teams page.

As it is Children’s Mental Health and Well-being week, we are aiming to support the family mental well-being and encourage your family to do joint activities throughout the week and take time from work and chores where possible and get out for your family hourly exercise each day!

Teachers will post by lunchtime on Monday an RE lesson for the week along with 5 afternoon mindfulness activities and a list of physical exercise your family can engage in together!

The links to the assemblies will be posted Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. (1.15pm Monday and Wednesday and Friday).

The mindfulness activities can be done as and when suits your family this week. Those in school are completing them 1 – 1.35 pm if you wish to follow the in school timetable.

Your hour of family physical activity can be taken between 1.45 and 2.45 if you wish to keep in line with the school timetable.

A family story or film based on a book can then be listened to and/or watched and enjoyed, maybe with a warm drink after your time outside!

 Please use this week to take time, reflect, pray, join our Mass, assemblies and daily prayers as well as taking time outside all with the aim of looking after our families, not just our children’s mental health and well-being along with our staff who are also going to engage in such activities next week also.

 Thank you – relax and enjoy!  Mrs Ebsworth, Headteacher

 

Epiphany Mass


Thank you to Father Desmond for celebrating mass socially distanced with school leaders in hall today. Please take time with your families to watch the mass, celebrate and reflect on all that is good in our lives particularly in these difficult times. God bless.

Remote learning update 

All teachers will post learning activities for the day on the class Microsoft Teams assignments page by 8.30 am each day so that children can engage with learning activities and live lessons everyday.  The timetables posted on the class pages identify times of live lessons where children can engage in learning with their teacher, support staff and peers every day, both those working in school and those working at home.

Thank you to everyone in St Alban's community once again for their support and coming together to ensure that the children of St Alban's continue on their learning journeys with the least disruption as possible. Please can all parents continue to check emails and the school website daily for updates - thank you.

All of our children have worked exceptionally hard since returning after the October break but these children have been recognised as St Alban's Golden Superstars this half-term!

Rosedale: Esme and George, Roche: Primrose and Faith, Selby: Georgia, Perrie and Fergie, Whitby: Harry, Zara, Lily, Lewis and Olivia, Fountains: Layla, Skyler and Lucy, Kirkstall: Thomas, Madison and Michael, and Rievaulx: Jude, Jessica and Owen

Advent is here...let's prepare for Christmas!  Please click on St Alban's interactive advent calendar to open a door each day and reflect on the message read by a member of the St Alban's team.  Thank you to CAFOD for inspiring our Advent Calendar this year.  

https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1389933508004151298

Please see the link below for details of our Advent celebrations:

Christmas events in school

St Alban's are back and ready to fly during our new school year 2020-2021!   

It is that time of year again!  If you have a child who is due to start school in September 2021, you can apply for a place at St Alban's Catholic Primary School now!  Please click on the link to take you to the correct section of our website for more details and a welcome video to Reception class.    https://stalbans.sites.schooljotter2.com/for-parents/apply-for-a-place-admissions

Children in Need 2020.  Thank you to those of you who donated money to this cause.  We enjoyed a 'bright' day in school dressed in the colours of the rainbow!

Please encourage your child to login to their new Microsoft Office 365 for Education account.  This will now be used to support our improved provision for remote and home learning of the future!  Click on the link which will take your child directly to the Teams login page.  https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/log-in   Enjoy!

St Alban's Superstar Gold Award winners have been chosen by their teachers for making an impressive start to the school year!

These children have shown they are living out the Gospel values in and around school, are following the children's promise by being the best they can be and have made superb progress already in their learning!  We are so proud of: Nancy, Eliza and Sonny (Rosedale), Bailey, Libby and Bella-Rose (Roche), Elsie, Briella and Arthur (Selby), Daisey, Henry and Bailey (Whitby), Sam, Adi and Jakub (Fountains), Hetty, Rowan and Lexie (Kirkstall) and Eddie and Claudia (Rievaulx).

Thank you to all families that sent in produce as our Harvest offering.  Our vice-chair of Governors has collected the selection of food today to distribute to families in need within our community.  

World Mental Health Day - 9th October 2020 #helloyellow. 

Children enjoyed their daily Morning Mindfulness with Yoga, mindfulness activities and other learning throughout the day, wearing their splash of yellow in support of the day.  Fountains' Positivity Jars are full of hope, faith and joy!  Thank you to all who supported this important day and to those who sent in unexpected donations.  We will purchase books to support our work on mental well-being in school.  

We have been sent a "Welcome Message and Blessing" from Bishop Ralph for the start of the school year.
St Marie's Primary School in Sheffield celebrated mass at St Marie's Cathedral this morning for all schools in the Diocese of Hallam. 
 
God bless everyone.

It was wonderful seeing all our children and families back on Wednesday 2nd September, along with our new children and families throughout the week.  Please remember to arrive on time for your new allocated start times as detailed below.

Click here to see our Autumn Term Learning Provision including details about what is required for your child's outdoor learning kit and expectations for home learning.  This was emailed to all parents on Friday 4th September.  Please update your details by emailing the main office (admin@st-albans.doncaster.sch.uk) if your email address has changed as we will be continuing to communicate with you via email, the school website and School Jotter App.

It is important that your child attends school every day unless they are too ill or have symptoms of coronavirus.  Please read the Advice to schools symptoms checklist to help you decide if your child is or is not showing symptoms of coronavirus.  The attached letter from Public Health England also answers your questions about testing .

 PHE letter to parents

You are our pot of gold at the end of the rainbow of hope!

Monday 22nd June is the feast day of St Alban.  Please join our Yr6 Rievaulx class in celebrating our St Alban liturgy.

A heartfelt thank you from all the staff at St Alban's to all our families involved in this wonderful video.  Those of you smiling holding up the special message, those who were behind the camera and the parent who put it all together - a special thank you to all of you.  Our St Alban's school community have certainly played their part in beating coronavirus by staying home and completing their learning.  We loved seeing you all on screen but are looking forward to the day when we can see you in person at school once again!  

Welcoming wild flowers... our pathway to school is decorated with beautiful flowers to welcome us back! 

Here's something special from the staff at St Alban's...See you soon!!!

We were having such a good time at school before lockdown...but you're working supersonically hard at home.  You're all shooting stars - making everyone proud!  We'll have a ball when we're back together in school - nothing can...so don't stop us now!

For home learning a few weeks ago, the children of St Alban's were asked to write a poem.  This one has been chosen for our home page...we think you will see why when you read it...

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO READ THIS BOOK
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO READ THIS BOOK

WORLD BOOK DAY 2020!!!!  There is not a better day to share our favourite childhood stories and develop our reading detective comprehension skills!!  We can't decide whether the parents, staff or children enjoyed it the most?!  See what you think...

Parents comments include the following: 'I really enjoyed learning about different words and meanings plus watching how all the children help each other', 'It's great to see how engaged all the class were in world book day.  I really enjoy these open class mornings as it is good to see what my child is doing and I feel more involved in class topics', 'lots of fun learning for the children', 'really great seeing the teaching and progress of my children', 'It's really nice to see how the children learn and share ideas', 'My son really benefits from the learning mornings and so do I.  It helps us both to understand how to complete his homework.  We both really enjoy these mornings - thank you for inviting us again!', 'Well delivered; all children were involved', 'Really enjoyed the experience, being able to take part and it really shows how well my daughter is progressing', 'I love coming to these.  It's great for the children to show their work and for us to see how they are at school.  Great to see teachers participating (in World Book Day) as well.  Well done and keep up the good work!', 'Its very interesting to come and see the topics the children are learning about' and ' Open mornings are a fantastic idea! Such a lovely way to spend time with my child in his classroom...It brings his school day to life and is a good way to meet other parents in an informal way'.  

All the staff and children at St Alban's thank our parents, grandparents and other relatives and carers of our pupils for all their involvement and support with all we do and feel blessed that we have such a fantastic school community!  Thank you.

Safer Internet Day 2020

February 11th 2020 was Safer Internet Day and here at St Alban's, children took part in activities in class to remind them how to be safe online.  

KS2 had a special assembly where they discussed how they use the internet whilst gaming and also popular apps such as WhatsApp, TikTok, FaceBook and Youtube.  As well as keeping themselves safe online, KS2 also discussed cyberbullying and how using the internet to be mean to others is not only an unkind thing to do but also all posts can be traced back to originators so there is no anonymity even if they think there is!

More information can be found by following this link: www.saferinternet.org.uk

Due to all our hard work and enthusiastic involvement last Summer, St Alban's representatives were cordially invited to the opening of the Pit Sense Exhibition at Cusworth Hall on Saturday 2nd February 2020.  Mrs Ayres and Mrs Ebsworth along with some members of the school council attended the event and enjoyed the afternoon!  Well done to our Chair of the School Council who read the Miner's Prayer to the crowd and the rest of the children who were amazing St Alban's ambassadors!!!

Chinese New Year began here with parents, carers and relatives joining us for some explosive maths at our open event on Friday 24th January 2020!  Which marvellous mathemagicians can you spot?!

Feast of St Nicholas Open Event - Friday 6th December

Parents, carers and granparents enjoyed being creative and mastering their design technology skills with their children throughout school.  After being ultra busy in classes, visiting adults enjoyed a hot drink and a mince pie!  Thank you for coming ...we will see you again at our next open event in the new year! 

This is what our parents, carers and grandparents said:

'A really enjoyable morning - very well organised!'    'Thank you for inviting us in to take part ...it's been lots of fun and great to see the children enjoying their learning.'    'A lovely inclusive morning...great to see how confident [child] is...'    'I really enjoyed getting to spend some time in class with my children.  It's great that school is prompting this family time.'    'Looking forward to the next one!'    ' I would love to join in more lessons like this...'   'Thank you for letting me learn with [child].'   'The coffee and mince pie was a lovely ending to the morning.'   'I loved being invited into school to see how all the children interact - lovely and welcoming as always.'  

What a fabulous start to the academic year 2019-2020!  We embarked on our exciting Mission topic so everyone, including parents, grandparents and other relatives, your mission this term is to check out each class page to see what missions the children have been challenged to!  

We have been busy with our Sports Day which was a great welcome back event for the children and time to celebrate our house teams with new House Captains and Vice Captains leading the way this year!  Well done to St Andrew's for winning the trophy!

Also, we have celebrated our first mass of the academic year - outdoors!!  It was a wonderful afternoon involving all of our school community who were present and shared in the blessing of our painting celebrating the mining heritage of Denaby.

Disabled parking is available on site - Please contact school should you need to use this.

British Science Week 2019

We recently celebrated British Science Week in school by inviting parents into our classes to take part in a special science morning.  Linking with our topic theme of passion, each class chose a passionate scientist to help them investigate a range of scientific ideas.

Classes were making telephones, building and flying rockets, making bird feeders, looking at the effects of pesticide and lots more!  Check out some photos below and look at each class page for even more!

WORLD BOOK DAY 2019 - WE ARE CELEBRATING THE GREATEST BOOK OF ALL AT ST ALBAN'S...  

On Ash Wednesday, we enjoyed dressing up as characters from the Bible and making our Lenten promises. 

Thank you to everyone who participated!  How many Bible characters can you spot?!

Making our Lenten Promises on Ash Wednesday

 Share our very own fairytale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, planned, redrafted, written, edited, published, illustrated and retold by the superb storytellers throughout school!

National Storytelling Week 2019  started with a bang at St Alban's! 

Each class enjoyed a surprise visitor re-telling a favourite fairy tale during our teacher class swap recently.  Following this, the whole school together re-told Cinderella - look out for who played the ugly step-sisters!  We also enjoyed a theatrical pantomime production of Snow White - watch this space for further photos of what has already proved to be a super storytelling week! 

  

School Jotter App

Keep up to date with the latest school news and events, all through your smartphone or tablet, using the School Jotter app. Click the following links to be directed to School Jotter:

Address:

Wadworth Street

Doncaster

South Yorkshire

DN12 4AQ

 

Email:

admin@st-albans.doncaster.sch.uk

 

Phone:

01709 862298

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