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International Week

Last week supported by our parents and the local community we held our third International Week. With a ‘Food’ theme, children took part in workshops within school and in some of our local shops and restaurants to learn about, taste and cook foods from different countries. The week was rounded off with a ‘Food Court’ in the school hall for the children to share with their parents samples of foods from the many countries represented. Thank you to everyone who helped make the week such a success.

Eco Schools

We are pleased to let you know that we have been awarded the Eco Schools bronze award for our work on sustainability with the children. We are now working towards the next level of the programme and working towards the silver standard. We have started the year by working on a waste project where we are weighing the food waste during the lunch session every day this week. We will then be using this information for learning activities with the children and later in the term will repeat the food weighing exercise again to see if we have made a difference.

Eco Committee

Following our recent elections, each class now has two eco reps who along with staff, parent and governor representatives will make up our eco committee. Our new committee will meet half termly to discuss how we can work to bring about change to the environment and increase knowledge. We are working towards achieving the bronze level award in the Eco Schools programme. These are our newly elected eco reps.

 

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Outdoor PE

The children have been able to use our new Multi Use Games Area to enjoy an outdoor PE lesson for the first time today. We thought you might like to see some photographs of the children honing their hockey skills.

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Playground

Over the holidays, work has progressed well on the playground development. As expected, the first half of the playground will be completed for the start of term and work will then begin on the sports pitch. Here are a couple of pictures to show you how much things have changed in six weeks!

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We look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday for the start of the new school year.

Paddington Bear comes to Alban City School

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Last Friday we held a charity scooter wash in support of Action Medical Research who help sick and disabled children. Action Medical Research is Paddington Bear’s favourite charity and he paid school a very special visit. As well as bringing their favourite bear to school to meet Paddington, the children also brought their scooters to school and helped a team of volunteers wash them.  The total amount raised on the day was £428. Thank you to everyone for supporting this event by organising, donating and volunteering.

 

Planning Application

We are pleased to announce that the planning application for the demolition of the Pemberton Building and the creation of a multipurpose games area and increased play space has been approved by St Albans District Council. Work will commence later in the year once all planning pre-requisites and conditions have been met.

The school are looking forward to having an outdoor sports facility alongside an imaginative and high quality playground.

Our Chair of Governors is awarded an MBE

Linda Crawley, the lead proposer, founder and current Chair of Governors for Alban City School was recognised for her services to education during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire on Tuesday 8th December.

“I am delighted to receive such an accolade for something I enjoy and I am passionate about. This award is not just for me but for the teams I have been fortunate enough to work with. I continue to be excited about ensuring every child receives a high quality and well-rounded education.” said Mrs Crawley.

Children in Need

Thank you to everyone who has supported Children in Need today by helping with activities and in sending in donations. The children have had fun with the sports activities that school have been running in the hall. Special thanks to the PTA for holding their Scooter Wash in the courtyard. The parent helpers along with four volunteers from our accountants Kingston Smith helped the children clean their scooters a class at a time & completed the challenge despite some very changeable weather, they did a great job!

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Alban City School and Access Self Storage join forces

Alban City School and Access Self Storage join forces to help refugees in Calais

This year, the parents and children at Alban City School are helping efforts to provide aid for refugees in Calais. They have already sent hundreds of items including firewood, building materials and cooking equipment to bring comfort to refugees stuck in camps.

The donations are piling up quickly, so quickly in fact that here at the school we have no room for them anymore! Luckily, the team at Access Self Storage Hemel Hempstead has agreed to store all of the excess items free of charge until sufficient funds can be raised to transport them to Calais.

Local parent Max Abbiss-Biro has set up a crowd-funding page with a target of £500 to cover the cost of transporting the items to the refugees by the end of the month. Staff, students and parents have already donated over £350 to the cause.

Max said: “With help from the community, we can deliver real and effective relief through what promises to be a very challenging winter for men, women and children trapped in the dunes outside Calais – a two hour drive and a half-hour ferry ride from our front doors.”

If you would like to get involved, you can help in two ways:

Either by making a donation at: http://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/AlbantoCalais or by donating items to be sent over to Calais: currently Max and his team are looking for donations of tents, boots, jackets, mobile phones, razors and food, to help refugees in the coming winter months.

All item donations should be taken to Access Self Storage Hemel Hempstead on Riversend Road, which has kindly offered free use of its storage space until the end of the appeal.