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Our school places Christ at the centre of all thoughts, actions and words and we strive to serve, challenge, guide and inspire your child to grow in the image of Christ.

We know that this can only be achieved with your help and support, and therefore our vision is of a whole community working, learning and growing together.

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Our Lady Star of the Sea
R.C. Primary School
Kenilworth Road
St. Annes-On-Sea
Lancashire FY8 1LB

Headteacher:
Miss J Hornby
B.Ed (Hons)

Deputy Headteacher:
Mrs L Hotchkiss
B.Sc (Hons)

Telephone:
01253 726015

Facsimile:
01253 781615

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A community that prays together, stays together...

On Thursday our First Communicants completed their final practice and are now ready to receive the Eucharist for the first time; we are all looking forward immensely to Sunday and the joy of sharing this special day with our candidates and their families. It is a wonderful celebration and we are so appreciative of everyone who has helped the children on their way and in preparation for this memorable day.

Thanks go to those who have worked so hard over many weeks with the children on their spiritual preparation. Also thanks to those who will be at the Parish Centre, bright and early with cakes and tables to set up for refreshments after the Mass - it's always heart-warming to have families from the preceding year's first communicants passing on their help and support; thank you so much in advance for all your kind efforts.

Let's hope that the sun will shine and everyone will have a truly memorable and uplifting day, filled with joy at coming together as a family, a school and parish family and most of all, God's family.

New Starters!

Yesterday evening we had the pleasure of welcoming the families of the new starters for September - some are already familiar faces and some are new to us and new to our school family. It's such a privilege to have parents entrust their child to our care and we love meeting everyone on this induction evening. Our staff were there to greet our new parents who had the chance to sample delicious food from our kitchen and visit so many different areas of the curriculum. The Reception class team were on hand to talk to parents and pass on important information. A highlight of the evening was listening to Joseph and Isabel, our head boy and head girl speak to parents about life at Our Lady's and hearing their reflections on their own school journey. When parents are preparing for their child to start Reception, it's lovely and hopefully reassuring as well to meet some of the Year 6 children who are about to leave us and take the next stage of their education journey up to high school.     

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I learned the value of hard work by working hard...

This week our Year 6 children have been sitting their end of Key Stage assessment tests which they have all taken calmly in their stride. I've been inspired by their focus, concentration and hard work, all of which enabled them to approach each test with quiet confidence. The children have worked as a team, well done Year 6, you have all worked extremely hard, given of your best and we can ask for nothing more!

Now the hard work really starts as we ask our oldest children to give something back. As soon as the tests were finished the children were all eager to discover the name of the end of year play. There was great excitement as Mary Poppins was revealed and this was replicated in the Year 5 class. We are all looking forward to 'taking that spoonful of sugar' as we know 'it's a jolly holiday with Mary'. Tomorrow they will be working on the in-class job-shop as they began applying for their preferred jobs which will enable them to take on an extra responsibility around school. It is always a joy to see the children blossom at this point in the year as they use all the skills they have developed to extend their own learning and to consider the possibilities! Next week, we will have auditions and interviews; a very busy few days, full of varied experiences.

Following this, on May 22nd, Year 6 will be packing their bags and heading off on their residential trip to Lake Coniston. There is much excitement and anticipation and I'm sure they will bring back many funny stories! The children will be leaving school at 9.15am so please Year 6, be on time to give us the opportunity to check everything off, have the coach loaded and everyone accounted for!

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Sometimes we know what to do but lack the courage to do it.

The shorter week has caused confusion again as over the last four days Tuesday became Monday and Wednesday became Tuesday and suddenly we have arrived at Friday again! We've packed so much into the four days I think everyone is exhausted! Our Year 6 children have been particularly focused and we really couldn't ask them to work any harder than they have...each one of them has striven to do their very best. They're all ready to shine next week and, with a helping of early nights, I'm sure they'll all bounce into school each morning!

Walk, Scoot, Cycle to School

Thank you for all your support with this venture; it has been lovely watching families arrive at school together walking and cycling; I'm still looking for the first scooting family! I have even spotted a member of staff scooting away at lunch times to complete family tasks; I just need to make sure she isn’t exceeding the speed limit! The children as always are embracing working as a class team, encouraging each other to walk at least part of the way. Each class is trying to set a target to aspire to each week.

Holy Communion

This week the children completed their third session and they are continuing to question and ponder on the mysteries of their faith. Next week they will complete their final school session and the following week they will be meeting in church at 6pm to prepare for the mass. Can I say a big thank you to our Year 4 parents who have responded to our call for help, your response has been greatly received, thank you.

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Don't let a single day go by without being grateful for what is right in front of you...

My goodness time really is flying by! We've had a lovely two weeks back at school with so many exciting learning opportunities and watching the children strive to reach their challenging targets has been inspiring.  Our Year 6 children are really challenging themselves as they prepare for their assessments in a weeks time; we are all so proud of them.

Stepping into Spring

What better way to enjoy these Spring days than to walk, scoot or cycle into school now and during our walking month of May. All classes will be busy collecting data and evaluating how healthy their families are so please support us all and enjoy that lovely morning air! If you are struggling to walk the whole way, then why not park a little distance from school and walk the final metres, every bit makes a difference and just think of that petrol money you will save! This will lead us into June when, after half term, we will all be thinking of our health and happiness during our themed week. We will be welcoming various leading health professionals in and challenging everyone to increase activity levels. June 16th will be the date of our Gym-Jam Jog so please look out for further information on the website as we look forward to having a really special start to the school day on that particular morning!  

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Collecting children at the end of the school day

Please can I remind you that all teachers have a list of adults who you have entrusted to collect your child from school. If you would like to amend these names, please make sure that you speak to the class teacher to ensure that records are kept up to date.

It is school policy to only allow these named adults to collect your child on your behalf. If there is ever an occasion when you need another adult to collect your child, please can you inform school by talking with the teacher in the morning or letting the school office know before 3pm.

Some of our upper KS2 children are given permission to walk home. Please can you make sure you confirm this in writing; again to ensure that records are kept up to date.

Over the past year we have seen a growing number of parents waiting outside the school grounds with dogs or in cars. Please could you ensure that someone from your named adults list collects your child at the end of the day. If you are allowing another parent to escort your child to the school gates, where you are waiting, please make sure this parent is on your list.

These protocols are in place to safeguard all the children and your continuing support is greatly valued.

Thank you.

Welcome back to the Summer Term

I hope you've all enjoyed a lovely Easter with your families; all the staff have had a well-deserved rest and have arrived back at school ready for the new term. The children too have bounced back into school and are clearly ready for their new challenges! On Tuesday we gathered together to rejoice in the Easter message and share Jesus' good news, which we will all attempt to spread over the coming weeks. Many of the children have been sharing their holiday experiences with me and clearly there were a lot of holy families over Easter! Not to mention plenty of chocolate enjoyed afterwards!

This week has been one of welcomes and 'au revoirs' - Mrs Neves, our new Teaching Assistant has joined our team in KS1 and we are delighted to have her working with us. Today, Mrs Moore has commenced her maternity leave and our thoughts and prayers go with her for the safe delivery of her new baby.

Holy Communion

This week we commenced the second part of the programme as the children are slowly preparing to receive the Eucharist for the first time. All catechists said that the children returned back to the programme with great enthusiasm and again shared their many thoughts and questions.

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Because He lives, I can face tomorrow...

I'm sure everyone has been been deeply affected by the children’s portrayal of the events of our Holy week in school. Each morning we've been moved as the children have interpreted, with great sensitivity, each stage of Jesus' journey towards the Cross and then His Resurrection. We began with our Year 2 children sharing the excitement of Palm Sunday which really illustrated the joy felt by the crowds. Following which we celebrated the solemnity of the Last Supper with Year 3. From there we experienced a sense of anguish and loneliness in the Garden of Gethsemane with Year 4, who powerfully demonstrated the ability of movement to evoke an emotional response. We then shared the agony of the Crucifixion with Year 5 as they told the story through moving drama. Today we had a wonderful sense of being the Easter People with Year 6 as they shared the truth of the Resurrection in such a reflective, mature way; it was deeply thought-provoking and reminded us all of our responsibility to serve and take the Good News of Jesus to everyone. It is hard to believe that children so young can teach us so much through their heartfelt portrayal of Jesus' Passion and Resurrection even, in the case of our older children, writing their own words. Each step on the journey has been so movingly depicted by each class, with great creativity. At special times like these we are all asked to reflect and challenge ourselves; the children have definitely asked us to do so and sharing these moments as a community gives me such joy and also confirmation that together we are growing and making a difference.

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