To continue to support a number of our wonderful families, we are pleased to signpost you towards the Ofcom website who are providing details of ways in which some families may be entitled to reduced prices for their broadband and phone.
“Social tariffs are cheaper broadband and phone packages for people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits. Some providers call them ‘essential’ or ‘basic’ broadband.
They’re delivered in the same way as normal packages, just at a lower price. Amid rising living costs, Ofcom is encouraging companies to offer social tariffs to help customers on low incomes.”
For further information, to check your eligibility, and to see if this is right for you, please follow this link to the Ofcom website.
Our wonderful children celebrated the magic of reading this week as we marked World Book Day.
Books and reading play such an important part in children's development and we had a great time finding out about new stories and new non-fiction books.
Children were also invited to bring in books for a 'Book Swap' where they could pass the books which they have already enjoyed to another child - and then choose a new one to take home.
Our younger pupils (Rec-Year 2) also enjoyed a theme of 'Bedtime Stories' and came to school in their pyjamas!
If you, a family member, or a friend have a child who is due to start school in September 2023 and you would like them to join the wonderful children in the St. Werburgh's C.E. Primary School family, then please ensure that applications are submitted online by the admissions deadline of 15th JANUARY.
To submit your application, please click here (https://ems.staffordshire.gov.uk/CitizenPortal/en)
Are you interested in training to teach?
If so, a number of local providers including, Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE); The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub; St. Joseph's College SCITT; Staffordshire University; The John Taylor SCITT; University of Derby; Teach First; The Oaks; Developing Teachers Schools and Academies (DTSA); and the Bart's Training and Support Alliance (BTSA), welcome you to join them and discuss the options available on this exciting journey.
The event will be held at Parkside School, Stafford (ST16 1TH) on Wednesday 12th October, from 4.00pm-6.00pm, with special welcome meetings at 4.30pm and 5.15pm.
For further information click here.
On Sunday a small number of staff from St Werburgh's travelled to London to lay flowers on behalf of our school community, in memory of our lovely Queen. Our flowers were placed in Green Park.
The message read:
'We would like to thank Queen Elizabeth for her service to our country. Much of our learning has been about the Queen this year and we are very sad to hear of her passing. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.'
We join the rest of the nation, Commonwealth and wider world in mourning the remarkable Queen Elizabeth II who sadly passed away on Thursday 8th September.
Queen Elizabeth has been part of all of our lives for 70 years, and in addition to being the longest reigning monarch to have served our country, she has also provided care, strength and hope in times of worry.
Her loss leaves us all feeling sad and marks a special time in the history of our nation.
As a proud Church school, we also mourn the passing of the Head of the Church of England and a lady with such incredible Christian faith.
We remember Her Majesty with the utmost fondness, admiration, and affection and send the very best wishes, love, thoughts and prayers to King Charles III and his family.
We may feel sad that she has passed, but as a school and Trust family, we celebrate in the memories which she leaves, the example of humility which she set, and the 70 years dedicated to serving the nation she so loved.
God Bless The Queen.
All are welcome to join celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in the Parish and wider community.
Plenty of events are taking place for the whole family, including:
KINGSLEY VILLAGE HALL JUBILEE TEA PARTY
(Thursday, 2nd June 2022 – 2.00pm to 5.00pm)
Great British Bake Off – Star Cake Baker competition;
Find the Queen's Corgi;
Princess and Princes Kiddies Fancy Dress;
Draw a picture for our Patchwork Jubilee Wall;
Drink Tea and Eat Cake!
LIGHTING OF BEACON – KINGSLEY WAR MEMORIAL 9.45PM
WHISTON VILLAGE HALL (Friday 3rd June 2022 – 12.00pm – 2.00pm)
The Village Hall Committee invites you to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with the unveiling of the Platinum Jubilee Sculpture at the Jubilee Gardens at 12 Noon. Followed by a ‘Cream Tea’ at The Village Hall 12.30pm to 2.00pm.
RED, WHITE & BLUE PLATINUM JUBILEE PARTY – 7.00pm
An evening of family fun! Disco, raffle, games, and prize. Fully licensed bar. Free entry. Disabled friendly.
ST. WERBURGH’S CE CHURCH (Sunday 5th June 2022 – 11.00am)
Church service celebrating the Queen's life.
KINGSLEY COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS
BETWEEN KINGSLEY VILLAGE HALL AND ST. WERBURGH’S CHURCH (Sunday 5th June 2022 – 12.00pm – 4.00pm)
This is a chance for the community to come together! Bring along a picnic and blanket, enjoy the activities, browse the stalls. There will be games for the children, cakes and treats with a fun filled day for ALL!
Dress in Jubilee colours.
Limited Parking available on the Village Hall Car Park.
Our Key Stage 2 pupils have completed a ‘mini-medics’ course in school.
Mrs Arnott, a parent of two of our fabulous children, and a first aid specialist and trainer, trained Years 3-6 with techniques and skills which can help to save lives. All of our mini-medics learnt how - and when - to use CPR and to put people in the recovery position.
These are such important skills (which we hope they will never need) which we thrilled to have been able to show the pupils of St. Werburgh’s.
...love one another.
As we reach the end of the spring term, we prepare for Easter: the most special time for Christians and the time at which we remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and the sacrifice which God made for us. It was a real delight to welcome Rev. Sue into school on Thursday to lead us, alongside the Worship Council, in our Easter Service. Rev. Sue also very kindly brought into school a palm cross for each child. This Sunday is Palm Sunday, which is the start of Holy Week (which the children will be able to talk about). Throughout the week, amongst other events, we also remember Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Rev. Sue will be leading a number of Services in church at this time and you would all be warmly welcome to be part of the congregation.
Many thanks to those who were able to take part in (and donate prizes towards) the Covid-safe PTA Easter Raffle and support the non-uniform day to raise finds for our wonderful PTA.
The money raised goes towards supporting the children in school through festive treats, library books, subsidising of school trips and much more.
We also really appreciate the generosity of the PTA in very kindly buying each child in school an Easter egg/ end-of-term treat.
Thanks to our fabulous PTA for your ongoing hard work, time and dedication, it is really appreciated.