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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!
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.
We can confirm that Alban City School has submitted a planning application for a multi-use games area to increase outdoor learning and play space for the school’s pupils, which will enable the school to deliver its outdoor sports curriculum as well as allow all children to play together during playtime. This will include the demolition of the disused Pemberton Building, which is located in the playground.
The school has undertaken a thorough appraisal of alternative site strategies, including the retention and re-use of the Pemberton Building, which established that the Pemberton Building is not suitable for today’s educational needs, therefore cannot be retained at reasonable expense and that the public benefit of demolition significantly outweighs the loss. Furthermore, a Heritage Report commissioned by the school states that the Pemberton Building is a poor example of a building from its era and in relative terms a building of low heritage significance. To preserve some of the heritage of the site, it is proposed to re-use materials from the Pemberton Building to construct various features in the playground including an outdoor classroom. The proposal also includes a significant amount of planting to provide a high quality playground.
The school has consulted with neighbouring residents, Hertfordshire County Council, St Albans District Council, governors and other community stakeholders and their feedback and suggestions has been taken on board. Overall the majority of people consulted over the proposals were in full support and we remain optimistic about our plans.
The planning application can be found on http://planning.stalbans.gov.uk reference number 5/2015/2423
The Herts Advertiser School Awards took place on Wednesday evening at Oaklands College. We were finalists in four categories this year so thank you to our parents for taking the time to nominate our school and staff. Congratulations to Mr Edwards for winning the best Support Staff category and to Bessie who won a Special Recognition award, we are very proud of their achievement.
Next week is half term, which is followed immediately by our Occasional Day when school is closed. Children will return to school on Tuesday 2nd June at the normal time.
We hope everyone has enjoyed the variety of activities that have been taking place this week as part of our first International Week. Each class has learned about a different continent through geography, history, art and cooking activities. This is to help the children learn more about other cultures and countries. We round off the week with our Tour the World event tomorrow in the school hall and hope that parents can join us from 3pm.
We did it! Well done to everyone who helped us hop into the Guinness Book of World Records. We had tremendous support on the day and thank you to the PTA members who organised the event.
School finishes today at 1.30pm. We hope you all enjoy the Easter break and look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 21st April.
On Saturday 21st March from 11.30am, Alban City School PTA will be holding a Spring Hop-Along at the school. The main event on the day is a Guinness World Record attempt which will take place at 12pm. We need at least 400 people of any age all hopping at the same time. For anyone who is unable to hop but would like to still be involved in the event, we need a number of independent stewards on the day so please let school know if you can volunteer. Once the Hop itself is over there will be lots of activities for all the family to enjoy, along with a delicious BBQ. We hope to see as many parents as possible along with their family and friends at this amazing event.
Yesterday we were very lucky to have a visit from British sprinter, Jodie Williams who led a special PE lesson in sprinting for our Year 2 classes. She then spent time with the children in a question and answer session and also gave pupils the opportunity to hold her Commonwealth and European medals. To mark the occasion we were also joined by Ian Braid from the British Athletes Commission and the Mayor of St. Albans Geoff Harrison.
Dates for your Diary
- 01 Sep 2017 - Term Dates 2017/18 in School Calendar, Office hyperlink
- https://t.co/nJxF9jPiR3 3 months ago
- Welcome back and a big welcome to new children starting today. We hope you enjoy your new playground!... https://t.co/Usqt54ptWF 12 months ago
- We're delighted to announce that we are Primary School of the Year 2016 in the Herts Advertiser School awards! 1 year ago
- We are delighted to announce that the school has been granted planning permission to extend the outdoor play area... https://t.co/qdxFXn8T86 2 years ago
- Our Christmas Fair promises to be bigger and better this year. Today 12-2.30 https://t.co/d148NSs0Nf 2 years ago