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Head Teacher’s Blog 25.11.19-29.11.19

Hi Everyone,

Another busy and super week – thank-you everyone and WELL DONE! The highlight of this week was the visiting theatre company who performed ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ for KS2 in the morning and KS1 in the afternoon. The children loved it! Sincere thanks to the PSA who funded this for the whole school – FANTASTIC!

We had the first full governors meeting last night, the autumn term meeting. The governing board meet once per term but also have committee meetings each half term. Our Governors are invited to visit school each half term to do a Learning Walk, these are always great and help governors to have a clear insight into the daily life of school. Our Governors are vital partners in the strategic development of our school and to ensure that all educational, legal and financial requirements are met. My thanks to all governors for their valuable support.

A very BIG thank-you for the very generous donations today for our colour Christmas hamper raffle. Tickets will be on sale after Tuesday next week and the draw will be after Advent Mass on Wednesday 18th December.

Our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are rehearsing hard for their nativity performances. We look forward to seeing our wonderful Reception Class perform their nativity play ‘Our First Nativity’ next week!

Every class is getting ready to start their Advent journey and we will begin as whole school next week following the first Sunday in Advent this Sunday. We will be reflecting on how we can prepare to welcome the baby Jesus into our hearts. lives, homes and world.

PSA News

The PSA will be having a Christmas Coffee Morning on Friday 6th December and our KS2 Singing Club will be singing Christmas carols as you enjoy a hot drink and a mince pie!

Come and join us in the school hall from 8.50-9.30am.

The next event will be the Race Night on Friday 7th February – details coming soon! Keep the date!

Sporting News

After school sporting events are quiet at the moment due to weather conditions and shorter days. We will keep you updated!

STARS OF THE WEEK

Reception           Jim and Penelope

Year 1                   Bobby and Isabella

Year 2                   Aperio and Grace W

Year 3                   Eliza and Neo

Year 4                   Kelsie and Scarlett B

Year 5                   Ali and Ethan

Year 6                   James and Owen

House of the Week

FRANCIS

Reminders for next week

  • Tues. – If you are visiting Bolton town centre in the morning 4 of our Y6 pupils and Mrs Grant will be manning our ‘Migration’ project display in the Market Place along with other Catholic schools – come and have a look and a chat about the project and read the wonderful stories!
  • Thurs. –Reception Class Nativity performances for parents at 2pm and 6pm
  • Friday – PSA Christmas Carols and Coffee morning 8.50-9.30am.
  • Friday – ‘Hats on for the homeless’ this is our CARITAS day and all donations are welcome that will be sent to Urban Outreach to support their work with the homeless in Bolton over the Christmas season.

I fully appreciate this is such a busy time of year for all of you and we are asking you for support and donations, please know your generosity is greatly valued. All the events and Advent/Christmas activities in school do help to make it a wonderful time for the children –  A VERY BIG THANK-YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY!

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 18.11.19-22.11.19

Hi Everyone,

WELL DONE everyone on another great week! The children have worked hard on their assessments – WELL DONE!

Flu vaccinations were done on Monday for all the children that had completed consent forms from parents.

Year 3 Sacramental Programme children were excellent in their first preparation session on Tuesday after school. WELL DONE! They listened beautifully and have begun a very special journey, we will be praying for them.

Thank-you to all the Reception parents who attended the Reception Phonics Workshop on Tuesday after school. We hope you found it useful and helpful in terms of being able to support your child with their phonics development.

Every class enjoyed the Road Safety Workshops on Wednesday and a great opportunity to remind them of the Green Cross Code and especially keeping safe on our roads in autumn/winter time. WELL DONE to every class as I received super reports from the instructors who delivered the sessions!

A very BIG thank-you fro all the wonderful ‘Migration Project’ stories that have been sent in. This whole school project along with other Catholic schools in Bolton will be launching a celebration event in Bolton’s Market Place from the 2nd December. Please come and see the display – it will be FANTASTIC! We will send you more details, so please if you are in Bolton, come and see us!

We have been informed by Salford Diocese that we will have RE/Section 48 inspection next term. Our last RE inspection was in March 2015 and we received a ‘good’ judgement overall but ‘outstanding’ in ‘Welcome, welfare, witness and Catholic leadership’. We had a very successful and enthusiastic joint training session for governors and staff on Wednesday evening as part of our preparation. It was lovely to share our views, insights and pupils’ work to confirm our judgements of continued ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features. We will inform you when we receive notification of the inspection in the spring term.

PSA News

The PSA will be having a Christmas Coffee Morning on Friday 6th December and our KS2 Singing Club will be singing Christmas carols as you enjoy a hot drink and a mince pie!

Come and join us in the school hall from 8.50-9.30am.

The next event will be the Race Night on Friday 7th February – details coming soon! Keep the date!

Sporting News

After school sporting events are quiet at the moment due to weather conditions and shorter days. We will keep you updated!

STARS OF THE WEEK

Reception           Ollie and Sara

Year 1                   Finley and Lily

Year 2                   Alfie L and Jed

Year 3                   Hevin and Veer

Year 4                   Izzy B and Zuzanna

Year 5                   Annabel and Jack

Year 6                   Amelia F and Jasmine

House of the Week

MATILDA

Reminders for next week

  • Fri. OWN CLOTHES DAY donations for the Christmas Hamper raffle please

Reception Class and Classes 1 and 2 are very busy rehearsing their nativity plays and this is such an important and wonderful part of our Advent journey. As we approach the Feast of Christ the King and look forward to the beginning of Advent on the 1st December we are reminded that the birth of a baby in Bethlehem changed the world. The nativity story is so beautifully shared by our Reception and KS1 children, I know you will be looking forward to the performances.

We will continue to ‘Remember’ in November with our memory basket and prayers in assembly until we begin our Advent journey. Such an important time for families so we keep all of you in our prayers especially those families who may be experiencing loss or difficulty.

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

We will look forward to another SUPER week!

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 11.11.19-15.11.19

Hi Everyone,

WELL DONE everyone on another great week! We started the week with our assembly on Monday on the theme of anti-bullying as it is national anti-bullying week. The children have followed this up in their classes with work on friendship and strategies on what to do if they felt they were being bullied or someone else. We always find the children enjoy the sessions and I was so impressed that one child in Monday’s assembly remembered a strategy they had learnt last year!

Sincere thanks to all the parents, grandparents and family members who came to join us for the KS2 Mass on Wednesday morning. It was a beautiful Mass on the theme of Remembrance and the children were FANTASTIC! Fr Morrough was thrilled with the number of parents who attended – thank-you!

Our next Mass will be our Advent Mass on 18th December at 11am, please come and join us.

Mrs Grant and I have been visiting each class this week as part of our on-going monitoring programme throughout the year. It was wonderful to be in all the classes – the children were SUPER and their learning impressive!

The children will be doing assessments at the moment we now do these once per term as directed by the DfE. Previously we did half termly assessments but all schools have now been directed to assess three times per year maximum. The results of the assessments feed into our assessment system to ensure children stay on track and access any further support or intervention needed.

PSA News

The PSA are hoping to organise a coffee morning for parents and grandparents before the end of term so please watch out for a date and details! We are just finalising details now and will let you know as soon as possible. Come and join us for a hot drink and a mince pie in the festive season!

Sporting News

The final race for Cross Country took place on Thursday at Rivington and Blackrod high school during the afternoon. We had been asked by the organisers to send a smaller team due to it being a different course. Our team did really well despite very muddy conditions – WELL DONE Cross Country team! Great running and great spirit!

Unfortunately the Y3/4 Tag Rugby competition was cancelled on Wednesday afternoon

STARS OF THE WEEK

Reception           Leo and Ralph

Year 1                   Emma and Rowan

Year 2                   Isabelle and Portia

Year 3                   Ava and Isabel

Year 4                   Frankie and Isabel

Year 5                   Evangeline and Gabriel

Year 6                   Livia and Rhyana

House of the Week

VINCENT

Reminders for next week

  • Mon. – Flu vaccinations
  • Tues. – Y3 Sacramental Programme preparation session in Class 3 3.15-4pm
  • Wed. – Road Safety workshops for every class during the day

We brought our memory basket to assembly today and also included were remembrance notes from parents and family members from KS2 Mass on Wednesday. Please know all your loved ones were prayed for in our assembly.

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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