" Children starting school are particularly well supported in a number of ways. During the inspection, for example, a lively and very enjoyable lunch was held for parents and carers with their nursery age children who will be starting school in September." Ofsted Report, July 2011
Our cook Concepta Ertan and her team make freshly prepared school dinners ensuring each child chooses something from each food group. Our School Crossing Patrol, Christine Mawby, makes sure we safely cross Camp Road.
We have extremely strong links with the Junior school, with Mrs Dempsey and Mr Soyka working very closely together.
At the end of Year 2 the children transfer to the Junior School which is close by. The year 2 children have the opportunity to visit the Juniors regularly during the year such as sharing Liturgical celebrations or watching end of term productions. They also visit through various family events that the PTA holds. At the end of year 2, the children visit the Junior school to meet their new teachers and see their new classroom. The teachers from both schools meet up to discuss the needs of individual children to ensure a smooth transfer. All records and reports are discussed and passed to the Junior staff.
The Junior School children come to help the Infants with their Bring and Buy Sale (held in Maths week each year) and to watch our productions too.
There are very close links between Ss Alban & Stephen parish and our school, with frequent masses (both at school and at church). Sister Anita and Fr TJ visit us regularly and talk with the children about important events in the year (such as the Advent Wreath) and the children show them the work they had produced during their RE lessons.
We have a vibrant youth section in our parish. There are activities for children from birth to adulthood.
We have charitable links both here and abroad and strongly believe that the children should learn to share with others not as fortunate as ourselves. Throughout the year there are several charities that we support, at a local, national and international level.
Christmas 2017 - Thank you for your programme donations at the Foundation Stage play which have raised £250 for the Catholic Children’s Society. Our KS1 plays raised £330 for STEPS, a charity which supports children with lower limb conditions and their families. Thank you.
Children in Need - We were dancing in assembly, dressed in spots and stripes and rambling at Gorhambury! Thanks to all who donated, we raised £570. Thank you to Miss Ketley for organising events.
In 2017 we collected 130 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We have had a ‘Thank you’ message from the Samaritan’s Purse charity to say that our shoe boxes were part of 6370 sent from London Colney to Liberia in time for Christmas. Thank you on behalf of all the children who will have a wonderful experience as a result of your generosity.
Royal British Legion Poppy appeal - this year’s collection raised an amazing £241.87 – a record for our school.
We had a wonderful turnout for Harvest Assembly and we collected an impressive amount of food and toiletries for the St Albans Women’s Refuge. They appreciate receiving our gifts, not just because they need these items, but because they know that others are thinking of them.
Grenfell Tower - Our non-uniform day plus donations raised £750 which we sent to the Catholic Children's Society Crisis Fund. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generous donations to the fund. (July 2017)
St Alban Day - we had a blue and yellow day which raised over £200 for the new museum.
The 2017 Lenten collection boxes raised £275 for the Catholic Children’s Society. CCS do vital work to support children and families all over the UK. For example, we have been offered training to support children who have been bereaved or affected by family breakdown.
The children were proud to present a cheque for £450 to Margaret Hebblethwaite in Feb 2017. The funds will go to support the work of the Santa Maria Education fund in Paraguay which was set up by Margaret. The terrific total was collected through programme donations at our Christmas plays and carols – thank you for your generosity.
"They [pupils] make a tremendous contribution to the school and wider community through a wide range of responsibilities and activities, especially through charity work." Ofsted Report, July 2011