News – old

A message from Mrs Porter and Mrs Moore


Coronavirus - important numbers and websites

A message from Miss Cannon!

PTA fun run for Raise

We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Wegenek who, despite the COVID 19 lockdown, still managed to rally the troops of Ss Alban and Stephen School to take part in a socially distanced fun run.
On Saturday 13th June, many of you participated in the fun run event in your local areas or parks to complete the 1.5km run. As a result, you were able to raise an AMAZING £1000 to go towards the West Herts Hospital Charity called ‘Raise’.
Donations were made to our Just Giving page which is linked to Raise’s page.
We are in the Hers Ad too!

Raising funds for the NHS

One of our pupils has raised an amazing £109.94 for our local NHS charity by selling some of her toys and books! She was delighted to receive the attached thank you letter from the NHS! What a great achievement, well done!

Message from PTA

In 3 weeks’ time we would have been defending our winning title of ‘Most Number of Participants’ at the St. Albans Half Marathon Fun Run, but since their plans have changed, we thought we could change our plans too. We, the SSAS PTA, thought you’d be up for the challenge of our very own fun run, whilst raising some money for charity at the same time.
What are we going to do? On or near Sunday 14 June, all you need to do is to run, skip or walk 1.5-miles (2.4km) in your School PE either at home or at a nearby open space (following the current social distancing guidelines).
We’ve chosen a very worthy local charity to support; the West Herts Hospitals Charity ‘Raise’ are in desperate need of funds to support their hard-working NHS staff and their patients during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Please make your donations to our Just Giving page which is linked to Raise’s page.
So, get your PE kit ready, get training, and share your fab fun run photos to your class’ WhatsApp group.

District Schools in Bloom 2020!

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, St Albans City and District Council has scaled down the District Schools in Bloom competition, which will hopefully encourage children to engage with nature and take part in some outdoor and nature-related activities at home during this difficult time. We have registered to take part.

We would love the children to take photos of their work including before / during / after photos of their sunflowers and fruit / vegetables. Please send us photos of all your entries, along with your sunflower and fruit / vegetable measurements by email to school with your child's name and category.

We will forward entries on to District in Bloom. Closing date for photos, sunflower and fruit/vegetable measurements to arrive at the Council is Friday 18th September 2020. Please send your entries to us a few days before that.

Competition details and categories: District Schools in Bloom 2020

More info on Crafting Nature and Year of Culture - Celebrate, Share, Explore!


Competition on Living Sustainably During Lockdown

Sustainable St Albans want to hear how you and your family are living more sustainably during lock-down. Enter the prize draw competition by sending them your creative artwork, writing or photos on the theme of sustainability. See the flyer attached for details or visit Competition on Living Sustainably During Lockdown.

Celebrating Colonel Tom More's 100th birthday

In school we celebrated Captain, now Colonel, Tom's birthday and thought about what an inspirational man he is. Below, see the wonderful wall display's the children made.

Captain Tom Moore made a Colonel on his 100th birthday:
RAF flypast in honour of Captain Tom - BBC News:


FAQs re Google Classroom

Praying the Rosary

The diocese has shared this link, and suggest we come together at 10.30am every Friday to recite a decade of the Rosary.
DOW (Education Service) - Praying the Rosary - The Ascension (24th April 2020)

Keeping your children safe online – a guide for families with children under 5

Coronavirus Updates: Home Learning/Resources for the period of School Closure

Other home learning ideas on the School Life/Year Group Pages.

Living Streets - Walk to School

As we cant walk to school at the moment, the Living Street team have put together a scavenger hunt the children can do when out on their daily exercise. Scavenger Hunt

Some more links

Pearson – have given 90 day free access to Rapid Reading, Rapid Phonics, Bug Club and other curriculum resources.

Online reading books, listening to texts and following the words onscreen.

Oxford Owl -

Book Trust -

Amazon audible -

A Gospel Assembly for home Parents,
Please find the link below to a Gospel Assembly for this week. You may wish to share it with your children at home.

Mrs Duffey

A couple of ideas

ITV art competition - ITV is calling on the nation’s kids to stay creative whilst at home during the Covid-19 crisis by submitting their artwork for a chance for it to be broadcast. Each child whose work is shown will be credited on screen. Parents and guardians can submit a picture of the child’s artwork via Twitter or Instagram using #ITVKidsCreate and @itv and as many creations as possible will be broadcast. More info here:

Eat Farm Now – education resources
Eat Farm Now is a new website about the stories behind food – straight from people in the world’s fields, barns, plantations, kitchens and markets. It includes podcasts, blogs and videos created by farmers, chefs, journalists, foodies, and community groups all in one place. It includes resources for schools and parents to use during these times of remote learning:

Prayers of Hope - every Sunday at 7.00 pm

During the Coronavirus crisis thousands of Christians across Britain are praying together at 7.00 pm every Sunday evening.

An Easter message from the staff at SSAS

Coronavirus Updates: Home Learning/Resources for the period of School Closure

Other home learning ideas on the School Life/Year Group Pages.

Fun Maths Games

Mrs Mannering from the Junior School says "There are lots of fun Maths games for ages 3-11. I would love to see what children do by posting their photos on our Twitter page."

Educational Psychologist Contactline information

Clicker 8

We are delighted to offer you the chance to use Clicker 8 for your children to use free of charge during the school closure period (initially 6 weeks). Full details have been sent by Schoolcomms.

If you are having any trouble with set up, try this link:

Little Acts of Kindness

'Little Acts of Kindness' know a lot of parents are home-schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic, so they’ve put together some activities and little lessons that teach children about the importance of kindness, the science of kindness, and the positive effect it has on our physical and mental health. There’s a quiz at the end, so pay attention!

Learning Links

Mrs Herron has kindly shared some more sites: Websites that offer learning opportunities and resources

This is a list of websites and resources from across the internet to support teaching and learning (predominantly EYFS – KS2 but there will be resources appropriate for KS3 and beyond). Feel free to share these resources with friends and family.


· BBC Bitesize- lessons and explanations for all subjects with videos and games to accompany

· Twinkl- Learning resources for Foundation to KS3. Temporary free unlimited membership with code ‘UKTWINKLHELPS’

· Primary Resources- resources made by teachers for all subjects and topics (sorted by year groups)

· Orchard Toys- Activity sheets and games including maths, word searches and crafts

· PlanBee Home Learning are offering free enrolment to their online learning sessions for primary-aged children

· Purple Mash are offering free membership for schools and individual families. Not only for computing, it is filled with resources for most subject areas.
Note from Mrs Doherty: This is an updated version of the 2Simple programs that we use a lot in school!

· BBC Live lessons for Primary Schools

· Plazoom has made free home learning packs for all primary year groups

· Seneca- An online interactive revision guide. Free for students, teachers and parents!


· Centre for Literacy in Primary Education has lots of free resources from their many programmes including free learning sequences

· English games

· Phonics activities and games (free to sign up at the moment)

· Free videos of Shakespeare’s Globe play performances


· Authors reading books aloud

· Free eBooks

· Oliver Jeffers (author and illustrator) reads a book live on his Instagram page every day at 6pm

· Free reading resources for 40+ books of classic and modern literature with related activities. Appropriate for Years 3-6 ·

· Any author or illustrator’s website. They are FULL of free resources including word searches, colouring sheets and activity ideas

· Audible stories (audiobooks) are free for as long as schools are closed. They can be listened to via a desktop computer, laptop, phone or tablet

· LoveReading4Kids is a recommendation site for children’s books. Many of the books that are on the website also have free extracts and chapters

· David Walliam is releasing an audio story every day for the next 30 days for free.


· Images with questions to inspire writing and support inference skills

· Images to inspire writing, with questions, grammar activities, story starters etc


· Mrs Mannering has found another site with good resources for Maths. She writes: This looks really good and links to the thinking we have through Maths No Problem. There are really clear videos and follow up activities with answers. Parents can use the Year group which also gives flexibility for those struggling to access their year group so that they can consolidate earlier learning before moving on.

. Times Tables Rockstars- Times tables fluency app/game

· Numbots- Number, number bonds, addition and subtraction fluency app/game

· Maths games

· White Rose Maths Home Learning


· Virtual tours of museums across the world


· Joe Wicks – From Monday 23rd every weekday at 9am

· Go Noodle is full of fun dance and physical exercises to keep you active. You’ll need to sign up to a free account to access their resources.


· Live science streaming from Glasgow Science Centre

· Kew Gardens learning about the outdoors activities


· Practise coding skills while playing games

· Coding application

· Dance Mat Typing- practise touch typing skills


· National Gallery Collection – Look at the National Gallery collection up close from artists ranging from Van Gough to da Vinci

· A collection of art resources and creative ideas for children of all ages collated by Access Art

PSHE and Wellbeing

· Resources to support mindfulness from


· Free language learning website/app for over 20 languages from French to Arabic


· Name the notes written musical notes

· Collection of music games

· Music making lessons

· Band Lab- Online music making software. Free to sign up

· Chrome Music Lab – mini music making activities

· A game where you create melodies

· New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s online game collection


· RSPB has an incredible website full of activities, hunts and information

· Give nature a home in your garden- full of loads of ideas on how to make your garden more wildlife friendly and encourage biodiversity


· A collection of resources curated by STEM Learning (Science, Technology and Maths)

SEN and Support

· Signs and Symbols resources to explain Covid-19 and teach good hygiene practice

· Free British Sign Language (BSL) resources

· Free BSL course for under 18s

Send a letter to hospital staff

The aim is to get children to make A4 size letters or posters to cheer up the hospital staff coming and going from work. The letter(s) need to be sent to Andrea Hone, Watford General Hospital, Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0HB. Alternatively they can be scanned or emailed to
Please put St Alban & Stephen Infant/Juniors as the subject heading or on the back of letters/posters for St Albans hospital staff. Thank you.

Message from Mrs Porter

I just wanted to drop you a message, having spoken to a colleague, and to reassure you all about home schooling. Many of you may be working from home, as well as trying to care for your children and I appreciate how difficult this may be, especially also feeling the pressure that you should be home schooling too.
If a child enjoys studying, which many do, they may happily do any of the activities that have been sent home. If however, you are finding it a battle, please believe me you are not alone! You may have seen lots of time tables and schedules and different approaches to how people are going to home school; my advice is do what is best for you and your child.
If a strict routine works for your child, then do that. If you see an impromptu opportunity to do some work when they seem engaged, then do that. Our children are all different and not every cap fits.
Try doing half hour bursts with some play in between and mix up the subjects each day. Please be realistic, you will not be able to hold their attention much longer than that when they are not in a school setting and with the sun shining! Keep up with the reading and of course don't feel guilty about screen time as there are some fantastic sites that are fun and educational.
Regardless of what you might read and how you might be feeling, we are all in the same boat and doing the very best we can with this mad situation. Don't stress too much - the children may be anxious, annoyed and frustrated- same as you - so just do your best.
Stay safe and stay home.

Kind regards, Mrs Porter
Head of School, Ss Alban & Stephen Catholic Junior School

Home Learning/Resources for the period School Closure

Other home learning ideas on the year group pages.

From National - We know that schools are doing as much as they can to provide content and, where possible, lessons via live streaming. However, this is a difficult job, so to help out we have compiled a list of fantastic resources that are easily accessible via Amazon, and are packed full of engaging content for children to keep learning whilst at home.

Amazon has cancelled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed. Children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories across 6 different languages. All stories are free to stream on your desk top, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link:

Wellbeing Book of Wellbeing 2020

Easter themed Maths activities/competition for years 1 - 6

Herts for Learning will be awarding prizes. Closing date for entries is 24th April 2020.
eggciting ESSENTIALmaths - March 2020
eggciting ESSENTIALmaths from 2019

The Infant School will have the following home learning:

• There will be some English and maths sheets to complete
• They will also be given 2 reading books to work through
• We would also encourage you to continue with Reading Eggs
• You can also log onto Forest Phonics.
If your child is in Nursery or Reception, please could you ensure you have signed up to Tapestry and you can add any home learning activities that take place so we can see all the wonderful things you will do at home.

The Junior School will have the following home learning:

• 5 pieces set on My Maths
• Times table Rockstars practise
• They should also practise the statutory spelling word lists
• The children will be given a homework grid covering the topics for the summer term. As always, the children in Year 3 and 4 should do at least 3 activities as well as 1 R.E activity. The children in Year 5 and 6 should do at least 4 activities and 1 R.E activity. They can of course do more than this as they will have some time on their hands.
• Year 6 will work through the SATs packs and the grid homework if they wish.

All Children:
There are many sites that you can use as well. Twinkl is offering free membership for parents and there is a wealth of various learning activities and online games that the children can do.

Times table Rockstars are also offering free sign up so the children can practise their times tables.

There are several other sites offering free resources for you to use during this time. Here is a link to some fun, free educational sites.

Try to take the time to spend quality time together, play games, do puzzles, bake, have story time and enjoy each other’s company.

Summer lunch menu

Happy Retirement Mrs Beynon

On Thursday (13th March) we said our farewells to Mrs Beynon who has been working in the Junior School for 23 years, 5 months and 16 days according to her calculations! She has worked with so many children over the years and had a great impact on their learning. Netty, you will be sorely missed and we wish you all the very best in your retirement. Please come back and visit!
A message from Mrs Beynon…..
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Porter, the staff and the children at SSAS Junior School for the beautiful flower arrangement– it is truly stunning. Thank you also for the generous gifts. The children's scrapbook, which included funny quotes and kind words, will be treasured always. I have been
thoroughly spoilt!
I have really enjoyed helping children over the years to be the best that they can be. SSAS will forever hold special memories for me including the children and staff, past and present. I will miss you all terribly. In the time to come, may the amalgamation of the Nursery, Infant and Junior schools go smoothly and be a tremendous success. These are great schools! Plans for my retirement? At the moment, I have none. I may take up horse riding, bungee jumping or trampolining! If Mrs Porter will have me, I am hoping to return on occasion to assist where needed. Have a peaceful and enjoyable half term.
Love and God bless from Netty (Mrs Beynon) xxx”

Everbridge Severe Weather Closure of Schools System

On rare occasions, such as heavy snow, it may be necessary to close the school. At such times, communications can become slow due to high demand. Central information is more reliable and should be faster. Everbridge is the Hertfordshire notification system for school closure which will inform you by text/email alert if the school is closed. This system, combined with website updates and school messages, should ensure vital information reaches you quickly.
Parent Registration: To sign up, please follow this link:
This will direct you to the “Sign Up” page - click on the “Sign Up” button and follow the instructions. It should take no more than a few minutes to register and you can edit your information if you change mobile number or email address. If you have children at more than one school, you can register for these too by selecting the relevant schools.

Twitter feed on Home page

Advent assembly

Children in Need

We raised over £400 - thank you for all your support! Well done to all the staff from the Juniors and the Infants who took party in the assembly.

Harvest assembly

This afternoon our harvest donations were collected by the local women's  refuge representatives. They were overwhelmed by the generosity shown and asked us to pass on their thanks.

Year 1 went to Clarence park

Previous School Letters

C McFlynn End of Year Letter July 2020
Return to School September 2020
SENDCo Letter
The resources Mrs Murphy refers to can be found on Special Educational Needs or Disabilities
Newsletter 10th July
Newsletter 3rd July
Staffing 2020-2021
Newsletter 26th June
Letter to parents - home learning
Newsletter 22nd June
Information to parents (20 June)
School re-opening information for parents
School and home learning (May 2020)
Newsletter 22nd May
Newsletter 15th May
Possible re-opening of school June 2020
Newsletter 7th May
VE Day
Newsletter 1st May
Newsletter 24th April
School Closure letter - Coronavirus (170420)
Coronavirus update 310320

Closure of breakfast club
Closure of after-school club
Key worker parent letter
Newsletter 20th March
Key worker survey
Free School Meals
Supporting Families in Our School Communities
Homework letter
Miss Cannon Update
Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus
Coronavirus update 16 March
Letter for parents
Newsletter 13th March
School closure notification instructions
Coronavirus advice for educational settings
Department for Education Coronavirus information

World Book Day 2020
Newsletter 28th Feb
Newsletter 14th Feb
Parent Consultations - further information
Parent Consultations March 2020
Newsletter 7th Feb
Newsletter 31st Jan
Newsletter 24th Jan
Newsletter 17th Jan
Newsletter 10th Jan

Newsletter 20 Dec
Newsletter 13 Dec
Letter re Mrs Watters
Newsletter 5 Dec
Newsletter 29 Nov
Grandparents Christmas Tea
Newsletter 15 Nov
Newsletter 8 Nov

Newsletter 25 Oct
Newsletter 18 Oct
Newsletter 11 Oct
Newsletter 4 Oct
Newsletter 27 Sept
Newsletter 20 Sept
Newsletter 13 Sept
Newsletter 6 Sept