Weekly Bulletin

Weekly Bulletin
w/c Monday 4th November 2019

Welcome back to the second half of the Michaelmas term.

We ask all parents and families to read the Weekly Bulletin when it is published and refer back to it as necessary.  Over the next term we aim to increasingly make this our primary form of communication with home, so reducing the number of separate emails parents receive in their inboxes.

Saturday’s Mud Run causes a Splash!

On Saturday, every child from the Prep School (Year 3 upwards) to the College competed in the Fun Mud Run on behalf of their School Houses.  The conditions were perfect and many claimed it was the best such event in memory. The final results together with a full gallery of photographs can be found on our Latest News page.

Our thanks to all our children for the true S. Anselm’s spirit they showed – quite literally immersing themselves in the event.  We would also like to thank all the parents who braved the drizzle and mud to support the children and to all our staff whose efforts ensured the event ran so brilliantly.

Thank you also to all the families who supported the S. Anselm’s Bonfire & Fireworks Evening – we hope everyone had a fabulous time! 

College Information Evening

This Tuesday, from 5.00pm

Parents and pupils in Years 5 to 8 are warmly invited to join us to find out more about S. Anselm’s College.  Drinks will be served in the library from 5.00pm, followed by a presentation at 5.20pm.  After the presentation, tours will be available of the College facilities.  We would be grateful if you could confirm if you are able to attend, indicating if you would like a College tour, by emailing office@anselms.co.uk.

Coffee Morning

This Friday, from 9.00am

at Stoke Hall, Grindleford Road, Calver S32 3XY

Natalie Drury has kindly invited our parents to join her for a coffee morning this Friday to help raise funds for new House Shirts for the children, which can be worn for House events.

There will be cake, croissants, coffee, a raffle and plenty of time to catch up!

Please let Natalie know if you can attend, in regards to catering on 07974 544847.

Safeguarding Information Presentation

Tuesday 12th November

Parents are invited to come along to find out about child safeguarding practice in a presentation given by Mrs Seddon.  Please note that individual cases cannot be discussed.

If you would like to attend please confirm with office@anselms.co.uk

Sports Fixtures


Changes to published information this week:


Boys’ Football – the venue of the match against the Old Vicarage is likely to change. Please check the team sheet.

Girls’ U11A & U11B Hockey Triangular vs Westbourne and St Peter & St Paul will start at 2.00pm at home.


Boys’ Football – matches will now take place at home.


ABRSM Examinations

Good luck to all our talented musicians taking ABRSM theory and practical examinations this week.  All timings are published in the music block for the children to check.

Nelson’s Mufti Day

We are delighted to report that the Nelsons Mufti Day stalls raised over £170.  Thank you for everyone’s generosity.

The cakes were delicious and sold out.  The sweet jar containing 630 sweets was won by Hugo in Year 8.  Boris the teddy was won by Amber in Year 7.  The other ‘Guess the Teddy’s name’ was not won, so will continue at the Christmas Fair.  We hope that you enjoyed the wine if you won a real bottle!  The costumes for the ‘Heroes’ theme were most enjoyable.

Nelsons’ charity this year will be The Christie Cancer Care Hospital in Manchester.

Anti-Bullying Awareness Week

11th to 14th November

S. Anselm’s will be participating in Anti-Bullying Awareness Week from 11th to 14th November (ending at Exeat).  Although we always pride ourselves on the caring, friendly and positive environment we have here at S. Anselm’s, we still feel pupils must be made aware of the important messages covered during Anti-Bullying Week to help guide them through all aspects of their lives.  The children will be made aware of this in their Form Tutor sessions and weekly PSHE lesson. During these sessions, pupils will take part in a presentation provided by the Anti-Bullying Alliance entitled ‘Change Starts With Us.’

Pupils will be made aware of what bullying actually is and take part in a discussion about this important theme. Special emphasis in the older year groups will be linked to the pressures of social media and how to deal with situations that may arise.  Each pupil with receive an Anti-Bullying leaflet which highlights all the important information they have received. The children will then be asked to sign an Anti-Bullying charter agreeing not to tolerate any form of bullying at S. Anselm’s.

Odd Socks Day will also form part of our Anti-Bullying Week on Tuesday 12th November.  All the children need to do is wear odd coloured socks with their normal school uniform: a great way to highlight Anti-Bullying Week and celebrate what makes us all unique!  The day sends an important message to people that they should be allowed to be themselves and be free from bullying. 

If parents would like any more information on this topic, please refer to the Anti-Bullying policy on the school website.

Winter Flu Vaccinations

As in previous years we are able to offer the winter flu immunisation to pupils in Years 7 – 11.

The cost for the vaccine is £20 approximately and this can be added to your school bill.  If you would like your child to benefit from this vaccine, please let Mrs Seddon know as soon as possible helen.seddon@anselms.co.uk

The vaccinations are scheduled to take place on 26th November.

Success for S. Anselm’s Equestrian Team

A marvellous day was had by the the seven pupils representing S. Anselm’s at the National Schools Equestrian Association Regional Show Jumping Qualifier and Final at Beaver Hall, Leek on 20th October.  Our congratulations to them all for riding with such confidence and maturity.

Further details of their achievements will be published in the Trips & Activities area of the parents’ portal.

If any children are interested in joining the school’s equestrian team please contact the office.  Competitions start at grass roots level so even if still on the lead rein, there are classes available. 

Carol Service Adult Choir

Parents are warmly invited to perform alongside the College Choir at the S. Anselm’s Carol Service on 12th December at 3.30pm.

The choir will perform the 4 part-harmony Normandy version of Away in a Manger from the 1st Carol for Choirs book, arranged by Reginald Jacques.

Please do inform Mr Percival if you would like to sing in the choir. Mr Percival will then arrange rehearsals with parents/staff/college choir and send out the music in advance.


Word of the week …

verb:  flummox

To confuse somebody.

“I was totally flummoxed by the whole thing.”


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