Head Teacher's News - Summer Term 2017
Take a look at some of the great things we have been doing at school.
Head's News - Wednesday 19th July 2017
Well, it really is hard to believe we have reached the end of this academic year. The time seems to have flown by. Once again the term has been a busy one with lots of exciting experiences to enrich our curriculum.
I was particularly delighted when the Upper Key Stage Two choir performed with the Woodwind Musicians at The Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of The Oldham Music Festival in June. They were marvellous and commended by the Adjudicator for their lively and varied programme.
The Summer Concert in school last week “Disney through The Ages” was also a great success and as always well supported by parents.
Trips this term have included a trip to Eureka by Y2; An Ice Cream Farm by Y1; Blackpool by Y4 and an end of year treat for Y6 at The Play Factore.
The Year 3 children received First Holy Communion over two weekends in July and celebrated with a party in school last week
Sports Day was a huge success. I’d like to thank Miss Whitehead for all her hard work organising this event.
This week was Nursery Graduation! As you can imagine, it was a lovely occasion; a showcase for their learning journey this year.
Today was the first ever KS2 Award Ceremony. It was a joyful celebration with many children being recognised for their contribution to school life.
I am looking forward to experiencing Well Being Day tomorrow and the Leavers’ Assembly on Thursday.
It has been a fantastic year which I have thoroughly enjoyed and I am sure that the children have too! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and hope that you all have a lovely holiday.
Head's News - Friday 19th May 2017
On Tuesday 27th April, Greater Manchester Police visited school for the day. They spent the morning in KS2 teaching them how to keep safe and the importance of the Rule of Law and the afternoon in KS1 where the children were treated to a visit from the police dogs. It was a very informative day and I have been delighted with the feedback from children and parents who have reported a positive impact as a result of the day.
Our May Procession was a great success. Thank you to all the children and families who brought flowers to honour Our Lady and create a beautiful shrine in church. As always, the behaviour was exemplary and the singing was magnificent.
Monday evening saw the culmination of the “Adopt a Halle Player Project” at Newman College. Y5F performed a piece of music they had composed with The Halle musician alongside St Joseph’s, Holy Family and the students from Newman College. It was an amazing experience one which I hope will stay with the children forever.
Last Thursday, our Year 6 children joined the other ten Catholic Primary Schools in Oldham for a special Mass at Salford Cathedral. It was a lovely opportunity for the children to come together and meet new friends, many of whom will be attending Newman College in September.
Head's News - Wednesday 13th April 2017
As you can see, we are now coming to the end of our outdoor improvement projects. The Early Years children have an exciting outdoor classroom area including a tunnel, rope ladder, stage and a colossal climbing frame which they are clearly enjoying!
Our junior children are now benefiting from the new trim trail and the demarcated ball areas in the playground. It is a joy to watch the children so active at break times.
I am also pleased to announce the official opening of the KS1 Library which took place last week. The library area has been transformed into a beautiful reading garden. The children now have the opportunity to take a library book to share at home and foster the love of reading. Work will take place during the Easter holidays in the covered area to prepare for the opening of the KS2 library which is planned with a Harry Potter Hogwarts theme. How exciting!
Last Friday the KS1 children, led by Year 6, brought their palms to Mass to mark the start of the Passion Story. On Monday, the story continued with a very powerful performance of “Watch the Lamb” by the Y6 children. On Tuesday, the Year 5 children presented “Resurrection Rock” which started out as a sorrowful production with some very moving solo performances by Mary, Jesus and Pontius Pilate before finishing with a very joyful Easter message that Jesus is alive and lives on in us today.
Once again I was amazed by the response to the Year 3 Easter Garden home project. The care and effort that went into each and every one of them was breathtaking.
The week ended with a fantastic Easter Bonnet competition. Well done to all the children for taking part. It really was an Easter Eggstravaganza !!