Head Teacher's News - Autumn Term 2017
Take a look at some of the great things we have been doing at School.
Head's News - Christmas 2017
What a busy few weeks we have had to finish our first term. Over the last two weeks, the children have told the Christmas story in many different ways. We began with KS1 telling the story a “Miracle in Town”; the children in KS2 performed a very moving Carol Service in church which included carols in German and Italian and our youngest children in Nursery and Reception presented the story of “The Sleepy Shepherd” to a very appreciative audience last Thursday. Congratulations to all the children; they really are incredible!
In this third week of Advent, great joy was brought to all who attended our very first brass concert at St Mary’s. The children in Year 4 have been learning to play an instrument together this term and dressed in Christmas jumpers, blew the audience away (excuse the pun). Well done to all the children, Mrs Morris, Miss Whitehead and Mrs Chalk for a hugely entertaining performance!
Our choirs have been busy performing at The Parish Feast Day, Acorn Lodge Residential Home and The Bridgwater Hall in Manchester where they met the world famous musician, Jonathon Scott, a former pupil of St Mary’s.
Y5 and Y6 had a fantastic day during “Bake Off” last week. They children worked collaboratively to design and make a cake. I had the unenviable task of judging it which as you will see from the pictures was not an easy job!
Congratulations to the football team in Y2 who were crowned Oldham champions and will go on to compete in the regional competition in summer and congratulations also to the Y3 team who came runners up in the competition. Well done to all; we are extremely proud of them.
I am delighted to report that we have had new carpet fitted in the Lower Key Stage 2 corridor at the weekend. This will mark the end of the redevelopment of this area of the school following two new classrooms and repainting of the corridor. The children and the staff have already said that it has had a big impact on the learning environment.
Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to improve our attendance. We were above national for Autumn 2017 at 96.2% ,an increase from 95.95% for the same period last year. Punctuality has also improved for the same period decreasing from 768 recorded late marks to 674. Let’s put a skip in our step on the way to school and aim to reduce this even further in the New Year!
May I take this opportunity to thank you for all your support during this last term and wish you all a Happy and a Holy Christmas.
Twitter Competition - December 2017
Mrs Ward ran a competition for our key stage two children which involved writing the best Tweet they could with the theme 'Reasons why we should read?'.
Here are the tweets:
Congratulations to our winners Sophie, Karizma, Jazinta, Evie, Nathan and Bruce who won our competition for the best tweet on reasons why we should read.
When you are sad, stories can make you happy. When you are bored, stories can make you excited. Books - every emotion possible. Sophie
READING. What can I say - it's amazing. It's like sinking into any great movie in your mind. Just brilliant and relaxing. Go on, give it a go. You'll get hooked! Jazinta
Whether you're a princess or knight, dragon or rabbit, let your imagination run free and wild. Have adventures by snuggling up and reading. Get your head stuck in a great book and live a world of adventure and wonderful excitement. Karizma
Books give you a new adventure everyday. Be a knight, a superhero or a storm trooper. Reading makes you clever and gives you ideas. Bruce
Books are magical. They can make you feel like you're in the book. You get twists and turns through your mind when you read a book. Evie
Through reading, you can believe in the impossible and follow your dreams. Make your dreams come true. Nathan
Head's News - Advent 2017
Congratulations to all the children in Year 3 who were presented in a beautiful service at church last week. Sunday 3rd of December was the first Sunday in Advent. In school, we lit the purple candle of Hope in preparation for the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
On Monday evening, our Upper Key Stage Two Choir were invited to perform at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester at an event organised by The Manchester and District Hospitals’ Choir in aid of CLIC Sargent, a charity which provides support for young people with cancer.
It was a truly amazing experience for the children to perform on stage at The Bridgewater Hall; one I am sure that they will never forget. At the interval the Mayor of Oldham came to meet us and spoke of how proud he was to see an Oldham School to be chosen as one of the two schools invited from across Greater Manchester. He cordially invited us to his office where he will conduct a tour of the council chambers for us. An offer we can’t refuse!
However, he was not the only visitor at the interval. The world famous organist, Jonathan Scott, came to meet us. He complimented us on our performance and spoke fondly of his time as a pupil at St Mary’s. Jonathan went on to Chetham’s School of Music before gaining a scholarship to attend The Royal Northern College of Music. Since then Jonathan has travelled the world with his career as a musician. Who knows what the future holds for members of our school choir after such an auspicious start! Thank you to all the parents and families that supported the children on the night. I hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did!
Finally, we wish our footballers in Year 2 and Year 3, who are representing the school today at a competition organised by Manchester United at their training ground, the very best of luck.
Head's News - November 2017
Last week was national Anti-bullying week. At St Mary’s we addressed the theme of “All different, All Equal” by inviting the children to wear odd socks to school. This kick started debates in classes of how we are all the same in some ways whilst being different in others leading to some excellent discussions regarding respect and tolerance of others. Assemblies continued with this theme incorporating key internet safety messages too. The week concluded with the children coming to school dressed in yellow to signify Friendship Thursday.
The Y6 residential to Robinwood was once again a huge success. The children were challenged to push themselves beyond their comfort zone and try new experiences. The children (and teachers) looked exhausted on their return which I took to be a positive sign! The children were so enthusiastic about their time at Robin Wood and couldn’t wait to tell me about their adventures!
Y5 5 had a fabulous “Greek Day “ at Newman College recently. They took part in drama lessons performing a play; in Food Technology they sampled Greek food and in Design Technology they made wooden puzzles based around a myth about a minotaur
Y6 and the film club were treated to a trip to Ashton Moss cinema to watch a film free of charge as part of The British Film Institute Week. To top it all, the whole of KS1 and KS2 had a fabulous time at the pantomime on Friday at Oldham Coliseum watching Dick Whittington.
Head's News - October 2017
The term has once again got off to a flying start. Last week the children in Year 3 visited Chester in conjunction with their topic on the Romans. They had a wonderful time and were eager to tell me all about it. They visited the amphitheatre, marched along the walls of Chester and re-enacted a gladiator fight
The Nursery’s Teddy Bear Picnic was delightful. It is lovely to see the children sharing a book so enthusiastically with their parents and of course their favourite teddy bear! The Reception dress up as a book character day was also a triumph. The children and teachers looked amazing!
Head's News - September 2017
Welcome back to another busy academic year at St Mary’s. On Monday this week, we gathered together to celebrate Mass in church. The children had been asked to think about what they were looking forward to learning about this year and these were presented to Fr Michael during the offertory.
Our Year 4 children have started their music lessons on a Monday afternoon with Mrs Chalk. All the children have the opportunity to play a brass instrument together. I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm of the children and know that they will have great fun learning to play an instrument this year.
Last week, the PDSA visited the children in KS2 teaching them how to keep safe around dogs. The children listened carefully in assembly and really enjoyed the informative workshops that followed.
I am delighted that we have been able to increase the range of activities we offer after school. These include archery, tennis, orienteering and multi skills which the children are clearly enjoying.