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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2 Responses to Head Teacher’s Blog 26.11.18-30.11.18

  1. Kim - Gabriel's Mum says:

    The boys loved the Cinderella pantomime and were able to tell us all about it that evening – Chaplins did a great job!

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