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.
Please see the link below for details of our Advent celebrations:
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!
Remembrance is our word of the fortnight following on from our class liturgies this week for All Saints Day and our reflections and prayers this week and next, commemorating loved ones who have passed and all those who have suffered due to war.
If you wish to send names of loved ones who you wish for us to remember in our prayers next week, please email your child's class teacher their names. Thank you.
Children in Need - Friday 13th November 2020
We will be dressing up in the colours of the rainbow to support Children in Need this year. Each class will be a colour of the rainbow with the aim of brightening up the day and raising awareness of children everywhere in need.
Please accessorise with the following colours and bring your donation of £1 for this charity:
Rosedale Reception - Blue (Light blues)
Roche Y1 - Orange
Selby Y2 - Red
Whitby Y3 - Yellow
Fountains Y4 - Violet/Purple
Kirkstall Y5 - Indigo (Dark blues)
Rievaulx Y6 - Green
Thank you - we look forward to seeing you in colours on the day!
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.
Calling all Parents and Carers, please check your emails or read this letter regarding our Parents' Evening with a difference this term! Parents Meetings from Monday 19th October 2020.
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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 .
Please note from Monday 21st September, we can now safely welcome Rosedale children and parents/carers at the following start and finish times of 9 am and 3.25 pm due to their excellent transition into school last week. Thank you.
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...
SCHOOL UPDATES - PLEASE CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINKS FOR THE LATEST ADVICE :
WIDER OPENING RETURN TO SCHOOL FOR PRIORITY GROUPS: If your child is in F2, Y1 or Y6 and are not yet attending school but you wish for them to return to St Alban's over the next few weeks. Please read the appropriate letter below detailing all the arrangements and if you would like your child to return, email school on firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday at 10:30am of the week prior to the week you wish for them to return. Click on the link below to the approriate letter.
(Key Worker parents see yellow highlighted note below.)
LETTERS AND/OR EMAILS HAVE BEEN SENT TO PARENTS AND CARERS OF FOUNDATION 2 (ROSEDALE), Y1 (ROCHE) AND Y6 (RIEVAULX) CHILDREN INFORMING THEM OF ARRANGEMENTS FROM WEEK COMMENCING 15TH JUNE 2020.
SCHOOL PLACES: If you wish for your child to start St Alban's in September 2020, please contact the Local Authority. If you think your child is starting at St Alban's in September 2020 but you haven't received any emails from us, please email us - email@example.com. During the school closure period, school staff are continuing to work to support our families and community and we will still be organising the transition for September so please contact the admin email above with your preferred email and we can continue to update you in preparation for your child(ren) starting in September. Please check the Class Pages section for New Starters for videos and activities from our Foundation 2 team.
CHILDCARE FOR KEYWORKERS: Please email our admin email address above if you are a key worker, at the very latest on the Thursday at 10:30am before you need childcare the following week. Please detail the days you need childcare for each week and ensure you can drop off at 8.30am and collect at 3.30pm. Please see the link to the letter below.
LEARNING: Online learning activities and ideas are being updated frequently on the 'For Pupils' section of the website (click on the arrows on mobiles and tablets to access each page - Set Home Learning, TT Rockstars, Phonics, Learning ideas and online activities, Commando Jo and Active Learning). Please check parental emails and class emails for instructions on how to access new learning set by teachers on the Remarkable Reading, Exciting Writing and Marvellous Maths pages from Thursday 8th April 2020 onwards. You can now access topic learning for our new 'Global Community' topic on our Creative Curriculum Topic Learning page. Enjoy!
PHOTOGRAPHS: To continue to share our variety of gifts and talents and bring our school community together best we can whilst socially distancing to keep safe, please check daily our 'Class Pages '. Here you will find frequent updates of photographs of our children enjoying their learning at home and, for a few, at school. Thank you to all of our parents who are sending these fabulous photos and videos to class teacher emails!
HOME PAGE: In this section we will keep you up to date with UPDATES and key information needed during this time.
A prayer to help us through this difficult time:
When we are unsure, O God, help us be calm; when information comes from all sides, accurate and false, help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe, and anxiety seems to be the order of the day, slow us down, Lord our God.
Help us to reach out with our hearts, when we can't touch with our hands; help us to be socially connected, when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can, knowing that "perfect love casts out all fear."
For the doctors, we pray, for the nurses, we pray, for the technicians and the caretakers and the cleaners and the caregivers, we pray.
For the researchers and the epidemiologists and for those who are trying to develop a vaccine, we pray.
For those who are sick, and those who are grieving, we pray, for all who are affected, all around the world... we pray for safety, for health, for wholeness.
May we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked and house those without homes;
may we walk with those who feel they are alone, and may we do all that we can to heal the sick — in spite of the epidemic, in spite of the fear.
Help us, O God, that we might help each other. Amen.
If you are looking for a primary school in Doncaster which offers a safe and caring learning environment, look no further than St Alban’s Catholic Primary School.
I’d like to extend a warm welcome to St. Alban’s Catholic Primary School.
Here at St. Alban’s our ethos is rooted in the Gospel Values of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and as such we value each child as an individual with unique gifts and talents. It is our aim to nurture the whole child in an atmosphere of mutual respect within a caring and safe environment.
It is our vision to equip each of our children with the skills to understand the world around them, enabling them to make a positive contribution in school, the wider community and the world around us. We want all of our children to aim high and strive to be the very best they can be.
Through our enriched curriculum we seek to develop in each child a love of learning that ignites their senses and expands their curiosity leading them to become life-long-learners and achieve their full potential in all things.
Our mission is that each child will grow to be secure in their own ability and sense of place within the world; confident to live just and moral lives in harmony regardless of culture or belief.
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!
- This weeks learning is on the 'For Pupils' page of the school website. You will have received an email on Friday with direct links to your child's set learning. Have fun!
- Please check your emails after 5.30pm today to find information on our exciting new Summer topic - Global Community! From next Monday onwards, you can complete this by accessing the 'For Pupils' Creative Curriculum Topic Learning page.
- Please check your emails and your children's class emails for our new updated learning provision for English and maths. Also please check the home page of the school website for prayers and liturgies over the Easter period.
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