Head Teacher’s Blog 4.11.19-8.11.19

Hi Everyone,

WELL DONE everyone on another great week! We have been busy doing our Christmas card designs for the PSA Christmas card programme- they look great!

We welcomed lots of visitors on Wednesday evening and today in school during our open session for any parents and new Reception children for September 2020. It was wonderful to meet so many new parents and children. Our Year 6 House Captains did all the tours today showing new parents and children round our lovely school – they were FANTASTIC! WELL DONE YEAR 6!

Sincere thanks to all of you as our existing parents who help us to spread the word about our school – it really helps! Your recommendations are so valuable, thank-you!

PSA News

The  Christmas Card design project designs have now been collected and you will receive information soon about how to order the cards with your child’s design.

This was a very successful project last year and well supported by parents, it also raises vital money for school.

Thank-you for your support and to the PSA for organising it.

Sporting News

Year 5 and Year 6 footballers took part in the inter-school football competition last night and did well. WELL DONE to our Y5 and Y6 teams.

The final race for Cross Country will take place next Thursday at Rivington and Blackrod high school during the afternoon. This is the last race of the season and we have been sent a list of the runners from the results of previous races to take part.

All our runners have had an excellent season – WELL DONE!

We wish our team well next Thursday!

STARS OF THE WEEK

Reception           Eva and Pari

Year 1                   Holly and Sebastian

Year 2                   Finlay and Joseph

Year 3                   Isaac and Kassidy

Year 4                   Evie and Lucas

Year 5                   Molly and Thomas

Year 6                   Lewis and Taylor

House of the Week

VINCENT

Reminders for next week

  • Wed. – KS2 Mass on the theme of remembrance at 11am in the hall.
  • Wed. – Y3/4 Tag Rugby tournament in the afternoon.
  • Thurs. – Cross Country final race in the afternoon back for home time.
  • Fri. – OWN CLOTHES chocolate donations please for the parish Christmas Fair, many thanks.

We focussed on ‘November to Remember’ in our assembly on Monday and a HUGE thank-you for supporting the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal – our collection tub is overflowing!! The children are writing down any loved ones we wish to remember in this special month as well as all those who gave their lives for peace in our world. The Memory Basket will be on our prayer table in every assembly so we can pray for all those remembered.

I hope you all have a lovely and enjoyable weekend, God bless.

We will look forward to another GREAT week!

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 28.10.19-1.11.19

Hi Everyone,

WELL DONE everyone on a GREAT first week back and it has been busy! I do hope you all had a lovely half term holiday – it has been brilliant to see everyone back this week!

We started the week by talking about the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in our assembly on Monday and it has been lovely to see children starting to buy their poppies and wearing them from today. The poppies will be on sale all next week as we approach Remembrance Sunday on the 10th November. The children were great at answering questions in assembly and we talked about the Feast of All Saints today and ‘November to Remember’.

There was great excitement yesterday as the children could dress up in their Halloween costumes if they wished and of course the Halloween Disco. The children all looked amazing and the Disco was GREAT! Thank-you for your support all money raised goes into school fund so we can continue to enrich our provision for the children.

The School Council ran their pumpkin competition and the entries were FANTASTIC! Thank-you again for your support, the School Council want the money raised to go to ‘Cash for Kids’ so we will be sorting a cheque to send to the charity.

Year 6 had ‘Heights and weights’ done today, this is a national NHS programme for all primary schools. Year 6 took it all in their stride and then went on their walk in the local area as part of their topic work plus a visit to Haslam park as their class reward! Class 6 were brilliant on their walk and enjoyed the park – WELL DONE YEAR 6!

Class 4 had the ‘LUSH’ workshop this morning as part of their topic work on ‘Potions’ and thoroughly enjoyed it! They have all made a bath bomb to take home and school smelt wonderful! The children were brilliant in the workshop and got two class rewards – WELL DONE CLASS 4!

Year 3 Sacramental Programme 2019-2020

Parents of Year 3 children who are doing the Sacramental Programme this year will be receiving a letter and outline of the programme soon as I am just finalising it with Fr Morrough. I would like to give you the dates for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion so can put those in your diary or phone.

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation/First confession in church:                               Thursday 19th March 7pm
  • Sacrament of the Eucharist/First Holy Communion Mass:                     Sunday 21st June 1pm

PSA News

The PSA will be doing the Christmas Card design project this half term and the children are busy with their designs. These will then go to print and you will receive information about how you can order your child’s designed Christmas card.

This was a very successful project last year and well supported by parents, it also raises vital money for school.

Thank-you for your support and to the PSA for organising it.

Sporting News

There will be some competitions and sporting events this half term but due to the change in weather and daylight hours this will be less. We will keep you posted!

STARS OF THE WEEK

Reception           Elliott and Kian

Year 1                   Amaanah and Ben

Year 2                   Niall and Zachary

Year 3                   Alanna and Finlay

Year 4                   Jacob and Sanaa

Year 5                   Lucy and Malachy

Year 6                   Akacia and Louie

House of the Week

VINCENT

Reminders for next week

  • Wed. – 4-6pm OPEN EVENING for new Reception parents 2020. If you know of any families with a child due to start Reception in September 2020 please tell them to come along and have a tour of our school with a member of staff.
  • Fri. – 10.30-11.30am OPEN SESSION for new Reception parents 2020

We have made a great start to the half term and it is a busy one but together we can make it a great one, enjoyable, rewarding and successful! We will be asking Jesus to walk with us and help us on our way. Can I wish you all a lovely and enjoyable weekend.

We look forward to another SUPER week!

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 14.10.19-18.10.19

Hi Everyone,

WELL DONE everyone on a GREAT first half term! Everyone has settled so well especially our new Reception children. They are firmly established as wonderful school family members now!

A busy first half term and always a challenge as we all get back into our learning, new expectations. new teachers and classrooms. The children have been FABULOUS and I think we are now all into our routines – keep it up everyone!

The children are ready for a well deserved break but I know they will return after the holiday ready to work hard and enjoy the run up to Christmas!

Our Harvest Mass on Wednesday was lovely, sincere thanks for your very generous donations of tea, coffee and sugar that will be collected by the Brothers from the Missionaries of Charity. It was wonderful to be joined by so many parents, grandparents and family members, thank-you.

In Monday’s assembly the focus was behaviour and reflecting on our first half term, we celebrated our successes and reminded ourselves about being good listeners.

Parental Conferences went very well, many thanks for your attendance and we hope you found them useful. We have Parental Conferences again in the spring term but in the summer term you will receive your child’s annual written report. This means that as parents you receive information about your child’s attainment and progress each term.

We had our first Own Clothes Day today so much excitement! Thank-you for  the donations and we normally have an own clothes day each half term. There are other occasions when we do additional days but we will let you know.

PSA News

The PSA are busy organising their next event and looking at other ways to promote events. Please keep your eyes out for text messages and promotions coming soon!

The next event will be ‘Race Night’ in February – a GREAT event!

Sporting News

No events this week but congratulation again to our Cross Country runners who have made such an excellent start to the season!

STARS OF THE WEEK

Reception           Bailey and Olivia

Year 1                   Alyssia and Isabella

Year 2                   Alexander and Angel

Year 3                   Hannah H and Jeyah

Year 4                   Dhruv and Isabella B

Year 5                   Andrea and Italia

Year 6                   Joseph and Ruby

House of the Week

FRANCIS

House of the half term

FRANCIS

Half term scores

Francis    5952

Vincent   5850

Ignatius   5098

Hedwig    4950

Malachy   4869

Matilda   4519

FANTASTIC scores everyone – WELL DONE!

WELL DONE FRANCIS on being our first House of the half term.

Reminders for half term

  • We return on Monday 28th October
  • Thurs. 31st- HALLOWEEN DISCO 3.15-4.45pm

The children have been busy writing prayers each day with our Pupil Chaplains so much so we have filled the prayer basket each week! We remember all those prayer intentions in our Friday Awards Assembly and it is always lovely to share the children’s prayers.

On behalf of all the staff can I wish you all a happy, enjoyable, safe and lovely half term holiday. You will all be in my prayers and we look forward to seeing you on the 28th!

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 7.10.19-11.10.19

Hi Everyone,

WELL DONE everyone on another SUPER week! Everyone has settled in so well this first half term and it has flown! A very special WELL DONE to our Reception children who have been WONDERFUL!

As we approach the end of our first half term together it is always uplifting and rewarding to see how the children settle in and help one another as part of our school family. We had our first House Afternoon this week and the children thoroughly enjoyed it! House Afternoons are great opportunities for the children to work together in their Houses from Reception to Year 6. Our Year 6 House Captains are kept very busy and did a brilliant job – WELL DONE House Captains! It gave all the children a chance to welcome their new members from Reception and get to know one another. A GREAT afternoon – WELL DONE EVERYONE!

In Monday’s assembly the focus was one of our CARITAS themes ‘The dignity of the human person’. Our ‘Caritas’ Diocesan scheme of work focusses on the social teaching of the Catholic church and we cover the themes throughout the year. The children were brilliant in my assembly and each class then continued work on the theme in class. It was wonderful to see how the children could empathise and reach out to others, they produced some lovely, high quality work too!

The Fire Service came to visit Year 6 on Wednesday afternoon to talk about fire safety. This is an annual visit for Year 6 and they will also go on the ‘Crucial Crew Visit’ later in the year that is delivered by the emergency services on personal safety.

Harvest Mass

The Harvest Mass will be our first school of the year and it is always lovely to welcome you all to join us. Our new Reception children will join Mass at the offertory as it is their first Mass in school. We look forward to celebrating Mass with you and Fr Morrough, sincere thanks for the generous donations of tea, coffee and sugar that are vital to the Brothers of the Missionaries of Charity for their work with the poor and homeless.

PSA News

The PSA are busy organising their next event and looking at other ways to promote events. Please keep your eyes out for text messages and promotions coming soon!

The next event will be ‘Race Night’ in February – a GREAT event!

Sporting News

Unfortunately the Y3/4 Tag Rugby tournament was cancelled this week so we will let you know if that is re-scheduled after half term.

Cross Country ‘Fun Run’ and championship dates will be sent to us in due course so we will let you know.

A great start for our sport this half term and every week in Awards Assembly we celebrate FANTASTIC sporting achievements from cycling, running, dancing, swimming and martial arts that the children do outside of school.

We have also made a super start to the ‘Daily Mile’ in KS2 and every day weather permitting that will take place. All children are invited to take part at their pace and level,  it is great to look out on the field and see all those athletes!

STARS OF THE WEEK

Reception           Heidi and Maheela

Year 1                   Adam and Elliott

Year 2                   David and Lucy

Year 3                   Grayson and Summer

Year 4                   Scarlett C and Tobias

Year 5                   Eleanor and Isaac

Year 6                   Cadence and Missie

House of the Week

VINCENT

Reminders for next week

  • PARENTAL CONFERENCES Tues. 15th  2.30-4.30pm and Wed. 16th October 2.30-6.30pm in the hall.
  • HARVEST MASS – Wed. 16th October at 11am in the school hall ALL welcome. Many thanks for your kind donations of tea, coffee and sugar so far that will go to the Missionaries of the Poor to run their drop-in centre for the homeless in Manchester.
  • Friday – OWN CLOTHES DAY £1 donation for school funds and finish for half term holiday.

We remember that October is one of the special months of prayer and devotion to Our Lady. We have talked about this in assemblies and said the special prayer to her the ‘Hail Mary’. I will be keeping you all in my prayers this week and asking Our Lady to bless each of you, God bless.

We look forward to another GREAT week!

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 30.9.19-4.10.19

Hi Everyone,

WELL DONE everyone on another GREAT week! Every class is working hard and classrooms are looking so good with excellent work displayed. It is hard to believe we are approaching  half term it certainly has flown!

Class 3 enjoyed their ‘Stone Age’ workshop on Wednesday afternoon as part of their topic work. It is quite a challenging topic especially for the children to imagine life in the Stone Age but this history workshop really helps as the lady who delivers it is completely in role. Well done Class 3!

In Monday’s assembly we reflected on the Feast of Guardian Angels (2nd October) and how angels often bring a message and watch over us. The children were brilliant with their answers and insights. Our Pupil Chaplains led us in prayer and have been very busy this week on Prayer Duty. Our prayer intention basket was full in Friday’s assembly so we had to pick some out and remember all our intentions together. Keep up the prayers everyone!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

My apologies I did not give you a final figure for funds raised as we still had cakes left over and sold those on Monday. The final figure was: £165 – FANTASTIC! Sincere thanks for your generosity and support to such a worthy cause. All part of our Mission Statement ‘to reach out to others’.

PSA News

The PSA are busy organising their next event and looking at other ways to promote events. Please keep your eyes out for text messages and promotions coming soon!

The next event will be ‘Race Night’ in February – a GREAT event!

Sporting News

Unfortunately the Cross Country Race was cancelled this week so we will look forward to the rest of the season- more news soon!

STARS OF THE WEEK

Reception           Penelope and Sophia  

Year 1                   Eliza and Ralph

Year 2                   Oscar and Ruby

Year 3                   D’nae and Kadie

Year 4                   Catherine and Thomas

Year 5                    Dominic and James

Year 6                    Freya and Jaylen

House of the Week

IGNATIUS

Reminders for next week

  • Wed. – Y3/4 Tag Rugby tournament

Dates for your diaries

  • PARENTAL CONFERENCES Tues. 15th and Wed. 16th October – appointment slips should have come home to you so please make a note.
  • HARVEST MASS – Wed. 16th October at 11am in the school hall – donations of tea, coffee and sugar very welcome from this week.

As we think about guardian angels and how God cares and loves each one of us I asked the children if they could be guardian angels to one another over the week. I have seen some lovely examples of that throughout the week such as the KS2 child helping the Reception child by taking their hand and guiding them. The friend who comforted their friend when they weren’t well and kept them company. Keep up the great work everyone!

We look forward to another SUPER week!

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 23.9.19-27.9.19

Hi Everyone,

WELL DONE everyone on another SUPER week! It has been great to see our KS2 children taking part in the ‘Daily Mile’ each dinnertime – FANTASTIC PARTICIPATION EVERYONE WELL DONE! We introduced the ‘Daily Mile’ last year and it was a great success. It is a national initiative and promotes our healthy lifestyles and keeping fit aims. We now have Y5 Daily Mile Leaders who stamp the children’s cards each time they complete a lap. It is a great and fun way to keep fit and be with your friends – everyone can join in!

In Monday’s assembly we reflected on how important it is to treat one another with kindness and to share a smile! Mr Greenland our Brass teacher from Bolton Music Service also joined us to promote brass instruments. We have some places available for new brass players in KS2 and the children thoroughly enjoyed listening to the trumpet and trombone!

We also welcomed our new Year 5 Pupil Chaplains and awarded them with their certificates in assembly. Well done to Annabel, Eleanor, Evangeline, Layla, Malachy and Molly – you will be FANTASTIC!

We had school photographs on Wednesday and the children were excellent! We were all done by 11.30am. Class photographs are done later in the academic year.

Our Macmillan Coffee Morning next Friday in the hall from 8.50am and support this worthy cause. There will be tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits for you to enjoy! Our Year 6 pupils and Pupil Chaplains will be organising and running this- come and enjoy a brew, cake and chat with us!

Art Enrichment Day

We have had a FANTASTIC day today on our Art Enrichment Day studying different artists in each class and producing wonderful art work based on that artist’s work. Each class then choose a winner for our art competition and we awarded certificates and prizes in Awards Assembly.

Here are our winners – WELL DONE!

Reception Class        Bridget

Class 1                         Ben

Class 2                        Angel

Class 3                        Rose

Class 4                        Tobias

Class 5                        Gabriel

Class 6                       Maddie

PSA News

Thank-you to the parents who came to the meeting on Monday. WATCH THIS SPACE for more news!

  • The PSA are already going to fund a theatre company coming in this term to perform pantomimes for KS2 and KS2.
  • Please sign up to our school lottery, this is great and very easy way to raise money for school. Please visit: www.yourschoollottery.co.uk and search for St Bernard’s.
  • There will be great family events throughout the year so come and join us!

Sporting News

Our Y5 and Y6 Cross Country team had another  run last night and a harder course! WELL DONE TEAM GREAT RESULTS AGAIN!

Last race next week.

STARS OF THE WEEK

Reception             Myla and Rocco G

Year 1                     Adam and Charlie T

Year 2                    Ayla and Isla

Year 3                    Llain and Thomas

Year 4                    Paa and Poppy

Year 5                    Bobby and Emmie

Year 6                    Rachel and Tom

House of the Week

FRANCIS

Reminders for next week

  • Tues. – Bolton Evening News in school to take new Reception Class photograph.
  • Wed.Stone Age workshop for Class 3 as part of their Stone Age topic work.

Dates for your diaries

  • PARENTAL CONFERENCES Tues. 15th and Wed. 16th October.
  • HARVEST MASS – Wed. 16th October at 11am in the school hall

It has been lovely visiting classes this week and talking to children to see how well they are settling back into the new school year. Children helping one another in class, on the playground and in the dinner hall. Our new Reception children are doing so well and I was very impressed with them in their first ‘Sing Time’ with me this week! Super singing! However one little Reception boy did say to me that he was finishing school in three weeks – obviously thought he done his bit then! I gently said that was a holiday and I really hoped he would be coming back – fingers crossed! We sometimes need reminding that change is a challenge for all of us but we can do it together!

I hope you all have a lovely, relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

We look forward to another GREAT week!

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 16.9.19-20.9.19

Hi Everyone,

WELL DONE everyone on another GREAT week! Every class is settling so well into the new term. FANTASTIC! Another special mention for our new Reception children who are now joining assemblies and doing so well – WELL DONE Reception Class!

Many thanks to all of you who attended the ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings this week, we hope you found them useful. Teachers will be publishing their power point presentations on the website, so please have a look if you couldn’t attend or wanted to clarify something.

Miss Whittingham is busy sorting new Year 5 Pupil Chaplains so thank-you to all who applied and for your support. This is a wonderful role for children and really helps us with the Catholic life of our school, collective worship, fund raising and developing our prayer life. We will let you know who our new Chaplains are and they will join our current year 6 team who do a great job

The weeks are now getting busier as we get into the term so please check the website calendar for up and coming events. Next Friday we will having an Art Enrichment day in school so the children can deepen their art skills and knowledge. We had a fantastic time last year and produced such wonderful work! We are confident this year will be even better!

Please come and join us for our Macmillan Coffee Morning next Friday in the hall from 8.50am and support this worthy cause. There will be tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits for you to enjoy! Our Year 6 pupils and Pupil Chaplains will be organising and running this- come and enjoy a brew, cake and chat with us!

PSA News

There will be an ‘Open Meeting’ this Monday 23rd at 3.30pm in Class 4. This is a meeting to welcome new members and ALL are welcome! The PSA will be reviewing last year’s events, fund raising and planning for the year ahead.

Please come along and join us it is a great way to get involved and help!

Sporting News

Our Y5 and Y6 Cross Country team had another FANTASTIC run last night at Moss Bank Park– WELL DONE TEAM GREAT RESULTS AGAIN!

The Team will be  running again next week – keep going GREAT runners!

STARS OF THE WEEK

Reception             Rocco H and Willow 

Year 1                     India and Isabelle

Year 2                    Eva and Summer

Year 3                    Charlotte and Holly

Year 4                    Brooke and Jayden 

Year 5                    Jake and Noah

Year 6                    Charlie and Teddy

House of the Week

FRANCIS

Reminders for next week

  • Mon. – PSA meeting 3.30-4.30pm in school, Class 4
  • Wed.PHOTOGRAPHS day, individual, siblings and family groups.
  • Fri. – Macmillan Coffee Morning in the hall, 8.50am start – ALL welcome!
  • Fri. – ART ENRICHMENT DAY

This week in assembly we reflected on Jesus as the good shepherd and the parable of ‘The Lost Sheep’ . The children helped me to find the lost sheep in the hall and we did it! We talked about how important each one of us is to God and that no matter where we wander, he will find us and bring us back to him throughout our lives. We are reminded that we must reach out to one another and help one another in our daily lives – the children are fantastic at this as I watched Year 6 pupils helping new Reception pupils during dinnertime! Keep it up everyone!

We look forward to another SUPER week!

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 4.9.19-13.9.19

Hi Everyone,

WELL DONE to everyone for a FANTASTIC start to the new academic year especially our Reception children who have been AMAZING and even joined us for Awards Assembly on Friday!

It is GREAT to be back, to see all the children and be back together as our school family. I hope you all had a lovely summer but I am sure we are all glad to get back into routine!

We welcomed Miss Shaw as our new teacher and Mrs Kay as our new Teaching Assistant as well. We try to live our Mission Statement tag line ‘A unique family in faith, love and learning’ every day and I am always reminded when we start a new school year that it is a privilege to be with the children on their learning journey and to work with such a dedicated staff.  Sincere thanks to you as parents for your support and continued partnership, it all makes a difference!

The children are all settling now into their new classes and I hope you can join us for the ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings over these first few weeks. ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings are an opportunity to gain a further insight into the routines and expectations of your child’s new class. Each class teacher will present a power point outlining routines, timetable information and expectations. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions about those things. All the teachers will put their power point presentations on the school website afterwards for your reference and information particularly if you cannot attend the meeting.

Mrs Spencer had her meeting on Friday 13th with new Reception parents and the rest of the meetings are scheduled as follows:

Monday 16.9.19: Class 1, Class 2 and Class 6

Tuesday 17.9.19: Class 3 and Class 4

Wednesday 18.9.19: Class 5

PSA News

Sincere thanks to PSA members who ran the PSA Coffee Morning for new and existing parents on Friday 6th September. It was lovely to welcome new parents and catch up with familiar faces!

The PSA is a vital support to our school and through fund raising has made a significant difference over the years to enhance the provision for all the children, for example funding a theatre company to perform pantomimes in schools for KS1 and KS2.

It is a great way to get involved and any time or help you can give is greatly appreciated. We are always looking for new members so please come along to the next meeting, all are welcome!

The first meeting of the year will take place in September so watch out for the date and come along!

Sporting News

Our Y5 and Y6 Cross Country team got off to a flying start on Thursday 12th – WELL DONE TEAM GREAT RESULTS!

We look forward to another fantastic season from our Cross Country Team!

Sacred Heart Alliance Teaching School

This week we welcomed two teaching students from the Sacred Heart Alliance. Sacred Heart RC Primary school, Westhoughton is a teaching school and part of that is to provide teacher training. They are partnered with Cumbria University to deliver this training and we are a partner school. We are delighted that this year we will have two ‘home’ students who will be with us for three days a week (Wednesday-Friday) unless they are on placement in another school. We will also have students on placement during the year.

This is an important part of our partnership with the Alliance and to support the training of future teachers. It is an enrichment to our school and an opportunity for us to pass our good practice. Your child may come home and mention the students and this half term they are placed in Class 4 and Class 5.

STARS OF THE WEEK

Each week every class teacher chooses their ‘Stars of the Week’ for great work, learning attitude, behaviour and attitude to others. We celebrate that in our Awards Assembly every Friday afternoon. We also celebrate ‘Dojo’ winners from Reception class and raffle ticket winners from Class 1-Class 6. These are all part of our reward system. The children can bring their awards and achievements from outside school to celebrate in that assembly too – it is always wonderful to hear and share their achievements!

Reception              WHOLE CLASS for settling in so brilliantly!

Year 1                      Isla and Sophie

Year 2                     Casey and Mason

Year 3                     Arnika and Rose

Year 4                     Bella and Joshua

Year 5                     Christopher and Layla

Year 6                     Hugo and Lucy

House of the Week

VINCENT       

Reminders for next week

  • Mon. – Wed.: ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings

We have reflected and talked about our school family in assembly and the foundations that we build it on. The children had brilliant answers that reflected how we try to live our daily lives in school. It has been lovely to see all the children helping the new Reception children, the kindness shown and how much they want them to feel settled. Out Year 6 House Captains have stepped up to their new roles and we are in the middle of appointing new Year 5 Pupil Chaplains to join our Y6 team so our unique family continues to grow in faith, love and learning.

We look forward to another GREAT week!

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 15.7.19-19.7.19 End of the school year

Hi Everyone,

We have had a lovely last week of term – WELL DONE EVERYONE!

Year 6 enjoyed their Leavers Trip to ‘Inflatanation’ on Monday with lunch at Macdonald’s afterwards! We say a sad goodbye to our Year 6 children, they have been a wonderful class and we will miss them. WELL DONE YEAR 6 AND GO LUCK IN YOUR HIGH SCHOOLS! We say to everyone who leaves St Bernard’s that St Bernard will always be with them on their journey and he will!

The Y6 Leavers Mass on Wednesday was beautiful and lovely to see so many parents and family members there. The Year 6 children led the Mass so well and made it so special for everyone. My thanks to all of them, Mrs Grant, Miss Settle and especially Fr Morrough.

Vincent our winning House of the Year enjoyed their treat yesterday afternoon and were fantastic!

Today we had our final assembly of the year we awarded the children who have had 100% this year – FANTASTIC! We also presented Miss Turner with her gifts and said our farewell to s SUPER teacher! I know you will join me in giving your good wishes and prayers with mine to wish her every success and happiness at St William of York RC primary school.

Sporting News

We had a brilliant Sports Awards assembly yesterday and it was great to acknowledge and celebrate all our sporting participation and success this year. WELL DONE to EVERYONE!

Special thanks to Mrs Spencer/PE Leader, Mrs Maguire and Mr Fenton/Coach for their dedication and support over the year.

Staffing News

  • Miss Shaw will be joining us in September as our new Class 1 teacher. She has been to visit over the last couple of weeks and she is raring to go so we look forward to seeing her in September.
  • We have just appointed a new Teaching Assistant for KS1 due to a review of pupil need across the school. Mrs Kay will be joining us as  new Teaching Assistant based in Class 2 and Miss Knowles will now be based in the Reception class.

2019 School Results

Reception percentage of children attaining a ‘Good Level of Development’          83%

Y1 phonics screening pass rate                 93%

KS1/Y2 SATs (percentage of children meeting the expected standard at the end of KS1)

Reading              77% 

Writing               70%

Maths                   73%

KS2/Y6 SATs (percentage of children meeting the expected standard at the end of KS2)

Reading                  80%

Writing                   83%

Maths                     77%

We are delighted with these results and the children in those classes have worked so hard – WELL DONE!

Reminders for next week

Have a wonderful, happy, safe and enjoyable holiday everyone!

  • Please remember that the new autumn term starts on Wednesday 4th September

It has been a GREAT year and sincere thanks for your continued support, generosity and partnership. On behalf of all the staff heartfelt thanks for the beautiful cards and gifts, your generosity and thoughtfulness is overwhelming.

Your children are a privilege to have as members of our school family and even more of a privilege to teach them and be with them everyday in school – THANK-YOU!

We look forward to another brilliant year for 2019-2020!

God bless always and may the blessing St Bernard be with you all.

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 8.7.19-12.7.19

Hi Everyone,

WELL DONE to everyone for another GREAT week especially our Year 5 and Year 6 children who were AMAZING in their production ‘Aladdin Trouble’ on Wednesday!

The dress rehearsal on Monday was a bit flat but the performances on Wednesday were FANTASTIC! Great audiences too, so sincere thanks to all parents, grandparents and family members who came to watch. What a GREAT SHOW!

Mr McCabe and Miss Prunty from St Joseph’s came on Monday after school to deliver a ‘St Joseph’s Road show’ for Year 4 and Year 5 parents and children. This was well attended and the opportunity to find out more about St Joseph’s and ask any questions. Mr McCabe did say that if you would like to visit the school just contact them and there will be open evenings next term if you would like to attend. Thank-you to all who came and I hope you found it useful.

Year 1 and Year 2 children took part in an after-school enrichment activity on Wednesday and we awarded certificates in assembly on Friday for resilience, being a good team player and problem solving – BRILLIANT Y1 and Y2 WELL DONE!

Friday was our French Day and the children very much enjoyed their croissants! They also enjoyed the activities to further promote French as our modern foreign language. Tres bien everyone!

‘Bernie’s Got Talent’ winners joined me for lunch on Friday and we had a lovely time, they were a SUPER group! WELL DONE again to all our winners but to also say everyone who took part was super too!

Sporting News

Our Year 1 and Year 2 football teams had matches at Lostock on Monday after school and played well – GREAT team spirit! WELL DONE Year 1 and Year 2!

Unfortunately the Year 5/6 netball tournament on Tuesday was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

STARS OF THE WEEK

Reception              Emmy and Isla

Year 1                      Alfie L and Portia

Year 2                     Jeyah and Summer

Year 3                     Dhruv and Izaac

Year 4                     Bobby and Eleanor

Year 5                     WHOLE CLASS FOR A BRILLIANT PRODUCTION

Year 6                     WHOLE CLASS FOR A BRILLIANT PRODUCTION

House results for half term, term and year  

House of the half term                    FRANCIS

House of the term                             VINCENT

HOUSE OF THE TERM                    VINCENT

WELL DONE to Vincent, they will enjoy a treat next Thursday!

End of year totals

Vincent     34,063

Hedwig     32,023

Francis     30,763

Matilda     30,728

Ignatius    28,022

Malachy     27,612                 

WELL DONE to all Houses because the end of year totals were FANTASTIC!

Reminders for next week

  • Mon. – Y6 Leavers trip
  • Wed. – Y6 Leavers Mass, all welcome to attend.
  • Thurs. – Sports Awards assembly. Y6 swimming assessment and House of the Year treat in the afternoon.
  • Fri. – OWN CLOTHES (no donations), last day and early finish at 1.45pm.

This year seems to have absolutely flown and it has been a great year! There are always the ups and downs, challenges and sorrows but there are also the joys and success. We look forward to this last week together and hope it is a happy and rewarding one for all. We ask for St Bernard’s continued blessing and guidance as we approach the end of another school year.

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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