Head Teacher’s Blog 11.2.19-15.2.19 and end of half term/spring 1

Hi Everyone,

A SUPER half-term and start to 2019 everyone – WELL DONE! The children have worked hard and deserve a lovely break!

This half term we have had the Birds of Prey workshop for Class 3, dinosaur workshop for Class 1, Year 6 Crucial Crew visit, a fabulous Maths Day, the Book Bus and of course the PSA Race Night! We have also had the ‘Wear your Onesie’ day to raise money for type 1 diabetes.

A busy half term and in addition to that we have had snow and the excitement that brought!

Sincere thanks to all members of the PSA who worked so hard for the Race Night last Friday, the total raised was £876 – FANTASTIC!

The PSA have asked me to thank the following sponsors of horses and races for their generosity in supporting the event.


LGW Building and Electrical Contractors

Penny Black Unique

Ross Roofing

Perfect Cuts hair salon

Halycon Financial Services

Openshaw Snacks

Time to Run Events

The Beaumont Arms Pub and Restaurant

Carol’s Wave In Hair salon

David Lloyd Fitness Club

Total Fitness Health Club

Café Italia

  • You will have received the PSA Newsletter today – please have a read!

This week has been busy too with our Road Safety quizzes for KS2 classes. Our lucky winners were:

Year 3      Isabella B

Year 4      Lili

Year 5      Ruby

Year 6      Alex

We had House Afternoon on Tuesday all the children were AMAZING and every House got great scores! The children really enjoyed their afternoon together and it was lovely to see them looking after each other and working together. WELL DONE EVERYONE! We ended the week with Own Clothes day so many thanks for your donations, these all help towards new resources and continuing to enhance our provision in school for all the children!


Reception          Emmy and Lucy

Year 1                  Eva and Ruby

Year 2                 WHOLE CLASS

Year 3                 Evie and Oscar

Year 4                 Chris and Lili

Year 5                 Rachel and Yahya

Year 6                 Libby and Milo

  • Class 2 got their whole class reward for working so hard all half term and no one has been to ‘Think Tank’ for 6 weeks!
  • ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT CLASS 2 – I am so impressed!




VINCENT         6833 points

All the Houses got over 4500 points – FANTASTIC!

In our Monday assembly this week we reflected on the Bible story of how Jesus told Simon, Andrew, James and John to put their nets out to catch more fish and they did! We talked about how Jesus needed the apostles to help him with his work and how we need to help one another to follow Jesus. To be able to do the small things well and let our lights shine!

On behalf of all the staff can I wish you all a lovely half term holiday! Enjoy it and the chance to recharge our batteries for another great half term!

Reminders for the first week back 25.2.19-1.3.19

  • Mon. – Y2 SATs Workshop 3.15-4pm. ALL Y2 parents welcome!
  • Tues. -Y6 SATs Workshop 3.15-4pm. ALL Y6 parents welcome!
  • Wed. – Y3 and Y4 after school Enrichment Activity 3.15-4pm

God bless

Mrs Doodson


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Head Teacher’s Blog 4.2.19-8.2.19

Hi Everyone,

Another good week and the children have worked so hard as it has been assessments this week – WELL DONE EVERYONE!

We started the week with the ‘Book Bus’ as a  joint project with Beaumont school on Monday. This was a new venture for us and an opportunity for parents and children to look at books and buy them if they wished. In the past we have had ‘Book Fairs’ but as always it is an opportunity not an expectation that everyone buys books, it is to promote the love of reading.

Year 6 had a great visit to ‘Crucial Crew’ on Thursday morning. This trip always takes place in Year 6 and is part of the preparation work for moving on to high school. It is delivered by the emergency services and focuses on personal safety so it is age appropriate and the children always enjoy it. WELL DONE YEAR 6 !

Archie and Libby our Road Safety Ambassadors announced the winners of the KS1 road safety competition in our Awards assembly yesterday. WELL DONE to Elliott/Reception, David/Year 1 and Isabel/Year 2 who were our lucky winners! The competitions continue next week with the Y3/Y4 quiz on Monday and the Y5/Y6 quiz on Wednesday – come and test your road safety knowledge KS2!

WELL DONE to our girls football team who played their first match against Sacred Heart on Tuesday. It wasn’t a victory but a great effort from the girls and great team spirit!

The week ended with our half termly ‘Open Session’ – sincere thanks to all parents, grandparents and family members who came to look at their child’s topic work. It is always lovely to welcome you all and to see the excitement of the children as they share their work – FANTASTIC! THANK-YOU!

The PSA ‘Race Night’ last night was the icing on the cake – a SUPER night! Many thanks to the hardworking PSA members and volunteers who made it such a great event. It was very well attended, great atmosphere, lots of lucky winners and the children who came were fantastic too! Many thanks to all of you who sponsored races and bought horses, it all helps to make this a successful night. I know the PSA will be letting you know next week how much was raised.


Reception          India and Charlie T

Year 1                  Isabelle and Mason

Year 2                 Charlotte and Leo H

Year 3                 Scarlett B and Scarlett C

Year 4                 Layla and Lucie H

Year 5                 John and Livia

Year 6                 Jake and Katie



Reminders for next week

  • Mon.- Y3/4 Road Safety quiz during morning break time.
  • Tues. -Football match after school
  • Wed. -Y5/6 Road Safety quiz during morning break time.
  • Fri.OWN CLOTHES DAY (£1 donation) and finish for half term holiday at usual time.

In assembly this week we shared the story of the presentation of Jesus by his parents in the temple and the encounter with Simeon and Anna. We reflected on our own baptisms and being part of God’s family. We talked about Jesus being the light of the world and how we can share that light with each other by loving one another. We talked about how small gestures can make a big difference such as a smile or opening a door for someone. The children are really good at this – keep it up! We remind the children about how their good manners are highly valued and make such a difference to everyone. Thanks to you as parents who embed this at home we can continue to promote it in school, visitors always comment on how polite the children are – GREAT WORK!

I wish you all an enjoyable weekend and thanks again to all those who supported the PSA Race Night! Great to see so many families enjoying the evening together!

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 28.1.19-1.2.19

Hi Everyone,

Another good week everyone despite the weather! Thank-you for supporting us on Wednesday when the weather was challenging. The children certainly enjoyed playing in the snow! The children are working hard and it is great to see their books and super work when I visit classes during the week.

We had a FANTASTIC Maths Day on Tuesday – WELL DONE EVERYONE! Every class had the opportunity to work with Liam from ‘The Problem Solving’ company in the hall doing a workshop with giant maths equipment. Each class had different maths based activities going on all day and lots of fun! The purpose of the day was to promote problem solving and deepen our maths knowledge and skills. A GREAT day!

Unfortunately the Reception and KS1 Mass had to be cancelled on Wednesday due to the weather, we will be rearranging Mass as soon as possible with Fr Morrough so we will let you know!

Please don’t forget the PSA ‘RACE NIGHT’ next Friday 8th February. This is fun and great family night – please read the posters displayed round school for further information and come and join us! We are also looking for sponsors for races and any parent volunteers for the evening – please call into the main office for further details!

Our Road Safety competitions for this term are underway with a road safety maze sheet for KS1 and road safety quizzes taking place for KS2 week beginning 11th February. Thanks to Archie, Libby and Miss Settle who have organised the competitions.

We had an exciting KS2 times tables competition this week and we were really impressed with everyone – WELL DONE! The finalists and winners were presented with certificates and prizes in assembly today. FANTASTIC! Keep up the great work on those times tables everyone!


Reception          Alyssia and Euan

Year 1                  David and Portia

Year 2                  Jeyah and Hevin

Year 3                 Brooke and Yash

Year 4                 Andrea and Lucy T

Year 5                 Amelia F and Maddie

Year 6                 Dylan and Katlyn



Reminders for next week

  • Mon.- ‘Book Bus’ on site for the children to visit during the day.
  • Thurs. – Year 6 ‘Crucial Crew’ visit in the morning.
  • Friday – OPEN SESSION 3-3.30PM. Please note the Orchard Group only does one Open Session per term so their next one will be 29th March.
  • Friday – PSA RACE NIGHT 6.45-9.30pm

In assembly this week we talked about our Mission Statement and how we can ‘reach out to others’. The JDRF ‘Wear you Onesie’ day last week was a GREAT success and raised £250 for JDRF that supports young people and their families with type 1 diabetes. We regularly raise money for different charities throughout the year and after half term we will be doing our annual St Joseph’s Penny fund raising for CARITAS that supports many charities and projects across the Salford Diocese. We also talked about how the simplest thing can be reaching out to others such as a word of kindness, a smile, a helping hand or sharing. One child shared how she had had her hair cut and donated her hair to the ‘Little Princess’ charity that make wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy – FANTASTIC!

We look forward to another great week! I hope you all have a lovely, enjoyable and relaxing weekend.

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 21.1.19-25.1.19

Hi Everyone,

Another good week everyone – WELL DONE! My apologies my Blog has only been published today it was ready Friday but I had a few technical difficulties!

Everyone is working hard and we have talked in assembly about ‘Going for our Goals’. Goals that we have in school and at home, we compared that with the goal Jesus had to find his twelve apostles. We reflected on that scripture story in assembly and asked for God’s help as we try to go for our goals.

The snow caused much excitement this week but thank-you for your patience and support as we move through the winter months!

Please don’t forget the next BIG PSA event is the ‘RACE NIGHT’ on Friday 8th February. This is fun and great family night – please read the posters displayed round school for further information and come and join us! We are also looking for sponsors for races and any parent volunteers for the evening – please call into the main office for further details!

Our Road Safety Ambassadors Archie and Libby spoke at assembly today and launched two new competitions for this term. In KS1 it is a map and the children haver to find the safest way to school. KS2 will have road safety quizzes Y3 and Y4 together and Y5 and Y6 together. There are some great prizes and another opportunity for the children to test their road safety knowledge! Please have a go at these competitions – test your road safety knowledge!

We ended the week with our ‘Wear your Onesie’ day to raise funds for JDRF a charity that supports young people with type 1 diabetes and their families. Money raised so far is £228 – FANTASTIC!! Thank-you so much for your support! The children we have in school who are type 1 were really pleased and I think everyone enjoyed wearing their Onesies or pyjamas!!


Reception          Emma and Isabelle

Year 1                  Hannah H and Jacob

Year 3                 Annabelle and Poppy

Year 4                 Isaac and Josh

Year 5                 Freya and Rhyana

Year 6                 Leonie and Stuart



Reminders for next week

  • Tues. – MATHS DAY we are having a whole day of mathematical investigation and exploration! ‘The Problem Solving Company’ are coming into school to deliver workshops with every class. We are looking forward to lots of maths fun! Ask your child/children about it at the end of the day!
  • Wed. -Reception and KS1 Mass on the theme of ‘Friendship’. Mass is at 11am in the hall, Reception and KS1 parents are all welcome!I hope you all have a lovely and enjoyable weekend. We have had quite a lot of children who have been poorly this week so I hope they feel better and are able to return to school on Monday.

The children are very good at sharing their prayer intentions in assembly and thinking of others. Today in assembly some children asked us to pray for another child in their class who wasn’t well, it was lovely to see how much they cared and also knew that their prayers would make a difference. St Bernard had great devotion to Our Lady and knew the importance of prayer in his daily life so our prayer life in school is very important. The children are wonderful at praying so I think St Bernard would be pleased!

We look forward to another great week!

God bless

Mrs Doodson


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Head Teacher’s Blog 14.1.19-18.1.19

Hi Everyone,

Another GREAT everyone – WELL DONE!

The Year 3 Sacramental Programme  children were excellent on Tuesday in their preparation session – WELL DONE Year 3! They are now preparing to receive their first sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation/First confession in March during Lent.  Please keep them in your prayers as they continue on their Sacramental journey.

Class 1 had a very exciting afternoon yesterday when they had the ‘Dinosaur Workshop’! This fits in with their current class topic and all the children enjoyed it and were GREAT – WELL DONE Year 1!

We all cheered and prayed for Miss Hubbard this week as she gets married this weekend! She will return next week and her new name will be Mrs Ashford, so we will all try to remember! I am sure you join us in wishing her a wonderful day and every blessing for her future happiness.

You will have received our ‘Severe weather’ warning letter today so please do read it so you know the procedure in the event of severe weather. We will notify you by text as soon as possible if school was closed or needed to close earlier due to severe weather.


Reception          Isla and Olivia

Year 1                  Eve and Zachary

Year 2                 Alanna and Llain

Year 3                 Catherine and Isabel M

Year 4                 Devon and Laui

Year 5                 Akacia and Joseph

Year 6                 Darcy and Helen



Reminders for next week

  • Friday – ‘Wear your Onesie’ day to raise money type 1 diabetes charity JDRF. If your child hasn’t got a Onesie they can wear pyjamas and pelase bring a donation.

In our assembly this week we shared the Gospel story of Jesus’ baptism by St John the Baptist and how Jesus and John had their own goals to follow. We have talked about our goals this term and how we can work towards them. We reminded ourselves about Jesus’ message of ‘loving others as we love ourselves’. We try to live by this every day in school and hope we can bring that message home to our families too.

I hope you all have a lovely, relaxing and enjoyable weekend – we will see if there is any more snow! The children were very excited today when it began to snow!

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 7.1.19-11.1.19

Hi Everyone,

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the holiday. It was GREAT to see all the children on Tuesday as we start the new spring term together. I couldn’t believe how much the children have grown in two weeks! All the children have made a super start and I think by today we are getting back into routine.

All the staff were in school on Monday for a training day so were up to speed for the children’s return on Tuesday. INSET/training days are very important to ensure training is up to date for all staff.

PSA had their first meeting of the term on Tuesday evening, thank-you to all who attended. Plans are well underway for the ‘Race Night’ on the 8th February – come and join us for a GREAT night! You will be receiving regular texts over the next few weeks about the ‘Race Night’ so please support if you can. The PSA also have some more exciting ideas about fund raising for school and all the money they raise goes straight back into school to enrich provision. Sincere thanks for ordering and buying the Christmas cards last term and Bags2School collection. Don’t forget our school lottery too!

PSA ran a ‘Coffee morning’ today for all parents, an opportunity to meet other parents enjoy a tea or coffee and a chat. Many thanks to the members of PSA who organised and ran this and to all the parents/grandparents who came. PSA coffee mornings take place on the first Friday of each term – pop in, all welcome!

Class 3 had a very exciting ‘Birds of Prey’ workshop on Wednesday morning. It was wonderful to see the beautiful owls flying around the hall. The children loved it and it fits in their current class topic. The children were FANTASTIC – WELL DONE CLASS 3!

In awards assembly today we awarded 100% attendance certificates for 100% attendance last term. We had 56 children who achieved this last term resulting in 27% of the whole school getting 100% attendance in a term. This is a good result but it would be great if we can do even better this term. We will be awarding these certificates each term and end of the year for 100% for the whole year. WELL DONE to all those children who received a certificate – GREAT ACHIEVEMENT!

In our assembly on Tuesday we focussed on the Feast of the Epiphany, the visit of the three wise men as the final part of our Christmas journey. We talked about the gift of love that we can give to Jesus and to one another.

It was great to hear in our Awards assembly today about Stars of the week who were chosen for showing kindness to others. We continue to live by our Mission statement tag line every day ‘A unique family in faith, love and learning’.


Reception          Archie and Rowan

Year 1                  Ayaan and Summer

Year 2                 Finlay and Jamie

Year 3                 Isabella B and Sanaa

Year 4                 Amelie and Bobby

Year 5                 Louie and Owen

Year 6                 Ben and Luke S



Reminders for next week

  • Tues. – Y3 Sacramental Programme preparation session after school 3.15-4pm
  • After school clubs to start, you should have received a text confirming your child’s place if they taking part in an after school club.
  • Y6 Homework Club is on Tuesday 3.15-4pm.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and we look forward to another great week next week!

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 17.12.18-21.12.18

Hi Everyone,

A GREAT last week everyone – THANK-YOU! Sincere and heartfelt thanks for all your support with fund raising this half term we have raised £1197.50 from the Colour Christmas Hamper raffle and KS2 Evening of Song and £167.70 for CAFOD. FANTASTIC!!

An exciting week for all and a tiring one as we packed everything in! Our Y6 Pupil Chaplains accompanied me to the BOSCEP Carol Service at Thornleigh on Monday morning. It was a beautiful service with all the Catholic schools and our Chaplains were superb!

KS2 children taking part in the ‘Evening of Song’ were busy practising all week and all the children enjoyed the House Afternoon on Tuesday.

Wednesday was our beautiful Advent Mass with Fr Morrough, thank-you to all of you who came to join us. The children were great and it was a fitting celebration for our Advent journey. The children reminded us of how it is a time to reach out to others and make sure we find that special place in our hearts for the baby Jesus this Christmas time.

Wednesday afternoon, all classes had their Christmas parties and Father Christmas did visit! Every child got a present from Father Christmas and we all had a great afternoon!

Thursday started with our KS2 CAFOD Coffee morning and it was lovely to welcome parents and grandparents for a hot drink and toast. We were also selling Christmas craft items that the KS2 children had made including tree decorations, handmade soap and chocolate stirrers. All donations and sales will go to CAFOD and our Pupil Chaplains will be sorting that out after the holidays.

KS2 ‘Evening of Song’ performances took place in the afternoon and evening. The children were FABULOUS! The audiences too! We hope you enjoyed our festive music, instrumentalists playing and reflections. We like to think this is a special Christmas present from us to you as we join together in prayer, song, music and festive fun.

Today we repeated the ‘Evening of Song’ performance for KS1 and they were a great audience too! We use this as our last day assembly and collective worship. We did celebrate achievements children had brought in from home such as swimming, gymnastics and dancing but we have not done ‘Stars of the Week’ this week as it was so busy and tiring for the children. All the children who took part in the ‘Evening of Song’ have received a certificate for participating so well.

House points have been totalled for the week, half term and term please see our winning Houses below. All the Houses have worked so hard this term and every House got full House points and bonus points from the House afternoon this week. Keep up the great work everyone!

Our last day today has been lovely and the children are definitely ready for a well-deserved rest and wonderful Christmas holiday! On behalf of all the staff sincere thanks for all the lovely cards and presents, it is very generous and kind of you all at such a busy and expensive time -THANK-YOU!   




HEDWIG          7770 points

All the Houses got over 6000 points – FANTASTIC!


VINCENT        13,055 points

All the Houses got over 12,000 points – AMAZING!

Reminders for the beginning of the spring term week 1

  • Term starts on Tuesday 8th January
  • Friday 11th – PSA coffee morning in the hall 9-9.30am. All parents and grandparents welcome and it is free!

We have had beautiful nativity plays, Advent Mass and celebration of Christmas song to conclude our Advent journey together. I will be praying for you all over Christmas time for a blessed, holy, happy and wonderful Christmas full of love and thanksgiving.

It has been a great first term to the school year of 2018-2019 so we look forward to the second starting in January 2019! Thank-you and well done everyone!

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 10.12.18-14.12.18

Hi Everyone,

WOW another SUPER WEEK made extra special by the BRILLIANT KS1 nativity play ‘A Midwife Crisis’! The children from Year 1 and Year 2 were AMAZING!! FANTASTIC performances and great audiences too! WELL DONE TO CLASS 1 AND CLASS 2! My sincere thanks to Miss Turner, Miss Worthington, Mrs Disley, Miss Hubbard, Mrs Lormor, Miss Knowles and Miss Edwards who made sure it was such a fabulous show!

We welcomed our Governors for a Learning Walk on Thursday and it was lovely to tour school with them. Governors were impressed with the learning environment, behaviour of all the children, the engagement and focus of the children and independent learning. GREAT news! Governors are invited to visit school in session each term so they can confirm the self-evaluation, thanks again to governors who visited.

The children enjoyed the Christmas dinner on Thursday, special thanks to Mrs Tyrer and Mrs Brown in the kitchen who work hard to make sure it is a delicious dinner for everyone!

Sincere thanks for you continued support for the Christmas colour hamper raffle – the tickets are selling well! We will be drawing the raffle after our Advent Mass next Wednesday with Fr Morrough. You might be a lucky winner!

It was great to see so many parents come to both the Reception class ‘Stay and Play’ and Open Session todayTHANK-YOU! The children love sharing their topic work with you and their work displayed in class. Our next Open Session will be on Friday 8th February.


Reception          Adam and Sebastian

Year 1                  WHOLE CLASS for a BRILLIANT nativity

Year 2                 WHOLE CLASS for a BRILLIANT nativity

Year 3                 Ellen and Holly

Year 4                 Jake and Thomas

Year 5                 Alexis and Missie

Year 6                 Ana and Dylan



Reminders for next week

  • Wed.ADVENT MASS at 11am – ALL welcome!
  • Wed. – CHRISTMAS PARTIES in the afternoon. The children can wear their own clothes all day.
  • Thurs. – 8.50-9.30am: KS2 CAFOD Coffee and toast morning in the hall for parents/grandparents. Our KS2 classes will be selling things to raise money for CAFOD so please call in for a hot drink and toast and have a look!
  • Thurs. – KS2 ‘Evening of Song’ performances at 2pm and 6.30pm
  • Friday – Last day of term finish at normal time of 3.15pn for the Christmas hoidays.

We continue our Advent journey following the light of Jesus through our Advent wreath and blessing. We are busy with preparations, excited and looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ birth with our families. We are still reaching out to others and remembering in our Advent prayers to pray for others at this time.

We look forward to a GREAT last week!

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 3.12.18-7.12.18

Hi Everyone,

WOW another GREAT week especially with the AMAZING Reception nativity performances! The children were AMAZING and sincere thanks to all our Reception parents and families who came to watch. A very precious Christmas gift was given as the children shared the Christmas story so beautifully!

WELL DONE TO ALL OUR RECEPTION CHILDREN! We look forward to Year 1 and Year 2 nativity performances next week. KS2 children taking part in the ‘Evening of Song’ will also start rehearsing.

Class 1 had a very exciting afternoon on Tuesday as the Fire Service came to visit with the fire engine! The children loved it and especially the opportunity to climb in the fire engine and hear the sirens!

On Wednesday the BOSCEP statues of Mary and Joseph arrived from St Mary’s primary school and we welcomed them in our special collective worship led by new Y5 Pupil Chaplains. The statues then went on to St Joseph’s high school and will continue their journey across all our Catholic schools until the 17th December when they will arrive at the stable at Thornleigh Salesian College. The children were great in our collective worship and we will also be doing our own shelter seeking programme across school over the next two weeks as part of our Advent preparation.

Today we have had our ‘Hats on for the homeless’ CARITAS day. The children look fantastic in their hats and sincere thanks for your generous donations. We raised £202! ALL this money will go to ‘Urban Outreach’ in Bolton to support their vital work for the poor and homeless especially over the festive season. We started the day with an assembly on the CARITAS theme of ‘The poor and vulnerable’ to raise the children’s awareness about the homeless and how important it is to ‘reach out to others’. This is a key part of our school Mission Statement and the children have done that brilliantly today!

The next two weeks are busy, exciting and fun filled with Christmas so we look forward to a great end of term. My sincere thanks for your continued generosity at a demanding time of year in supporting our Christmas colour hamper raffle, donations and tickets for the KS2 ‘Evening of Song’. These fund raisers go straight back into school to enrich our provision for all the children. THANK-YOU!


Reception          WHOLE CLASS for a BRILLIANT nativity

Year 1                  Grace T and Zachary

Year 2                 Charlotte and Isabel

Year 3                 Thomas and Yash

Year 4                 Devon and James

Year 5                 James and Lexi

Year 6                 Aida and Archie



Reminders for next week

  • Wed.KS1 nativity performances at 2.15pm and 6pm
  • Thurs.Governors Learning Walk 9.30-10.30am and Christmas dinner day
  • Friday – 9-10am: Reception ‘Stay and Play’ session for parents
  • Friday – 3-3.30pm: OPEN SESSION FOR Y1-Y6

As we journey through Advent we try to find time for Jesus amongst all the preparations, lists and excitement. I talk to the children about finding a special place in their hearts for Jesus and our beautiful nativity plays really help. We keep all of you in our prayers and today in assembly we prayed for all those who are poor and homeless on our CARITAS day.

We look forward to another SUPER week!

God bless

Mrs Doodson

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Head Teacher’s Blog 26.11.18-30.11.18


Hi Everyone,

Another GREAT week – WELL DONE EVERYONE! All the children enjoyed the ‘Cinderella’ pantomime by the ‘Chaplins’ theatre company on Wednesday. Sincere thanks to our PSA who funded this for the whole school!

On Thursday we had our Reception and KS1 Christmas Craft Night and it was a great success! The children enjoyed it and this raises money for school so a BIG thank-you!

Today we had our own clothes day for our Christmas colour hamper raffle, sincere thanks for your very generous donations of items for the hampers that will now be raffled and money raised goes to School Fund. Raffle tickets will be on sale from next week! The raffle will be drawn after our Advent Mass on the 19th December by Fr Morrough.

Today we welcomed our new Year 5 pupil Chaplains: Alexis, John, Maddie, Melia, Missie, Rachel and Ruby. They will join our Year 6 Chaplains, Ben, Katie, Katlyn and Liam. They completed an application and were awarded a special certificate in Awards assembly. WELL DONE to them all and we look forward to them working with Year 6 Chaplains especially as we now move forward into Advent. Our Pupil Chaplains really make a difference and enrich the Catholic life of our school.

You will have received a letter this week regarding a confirmed case of Meningitis in school and the advice from Public Health. I am pleased to tell you that the child concerned is recovering well and we are praying together as a school family for a full recovery. This is a truly awful experience for any child, their parents and wider family so prayers are needed and welcomed. I know you will keep them in your prayers and we look forward to more good news.


Reception          Finley and Hallie

Year 1                  Isla and Joseph

Year 2                 Jeyah and Llain

Year 3                 Joshua and Paa

Year 4                 Ali and Gabriel

Year 5                 Lucy and Melia

Year 6                 Liam and Tom



Reminders for next week

  • Mon.- Year 1 Phonics Workshop for parents 3.15-4pm. This is an opportunity to see how phonics is taught in Year 1 and how you can support your child. You are all welcome to come along!
  • Tues.PSA BAGS2SCHOOL collection day. Time to clear out before Christmas! Please leave your bags outside the main entrance for collection.
  • Wed. – We will receive the BOSCEP (Bolton Schools Catholic Education Partnership) statues of Mary and Joseph as part of the ‘Shelter Seeking’ programme during Advent. Mary and Joseph visit every Catholic school over this time and arrive safely to  the stable at Thornleigh on the 17th December for our BOSCEP Carol Service. St Mary’s primary school will bring the statues to us on Wednesday and we will take them to St Joseph’s high school on Thursday. We will welcome them with prayers and reflections so they can continue their journey safely.
  • Thurs.Reception nativity performances at 2pm and 6pm.
  • Friday – ‘Hats on for the Homeless’ CARITAS day. We reflect on the CARITAS theme of ‘the poor and vulnerable’ and particularly the plight of the homeless. In response to this we ask the children to wear a hat for the day and make a donation. All donations will go to Urban Outreach in Bolton to support their vital work with the homeless and those in need over the Christmas period. This is a BOSCEP initiative across all Catholic schools and collectively we normally give up to £2,000 to Urban Outreach  – so it does make a difference! Thank-you in advance for your support.


We begin Advent this Sunday and will use this as our theme throughout December. We will focus on the journey of Mary and Joseph and how the light grows stronger as we look forward to the birth of Jesus our saviour, the light of the world. The Reception and KS1 children are very busy rehearsing their nativity plays so you are in for a treat over the next two weeks as they share the Christmas story in their unique and beautiful way. It is a wonderful time to be in school and we are reminded that the true story of Christmas is the birth of a very special baby in Bethlehem who changed the world. You will all be remembered in our prayers during Advent.

We look forward to another SUPER week!

God bless

Mrs Doodson



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