I hope you've all enjoyed a lovely week with your children, who have returned full of energy and enthusiasm for their learning. Walking around classes and talking to children demonstrates how quickly they have all refocused as they continue with or begin new areas of learning. This is such a short term and there is so much to pack in, I just hope we can all keep up!
There is huge excitement and anticipation for our visit from Spellbinder next week and our Book Character Dress Up Day on World Book Day Thursday 5th March - it will be great to see much loved characters come to life and the Staff are just as enthusiastic about it as the children!
It's hard to believe that we've reached the half term holiday already and within school we've been preparing for Lent.
This has been such a special week for us all as on Tuesday our children, staff and Governors, along with Father Peter, welcomed Bishop Michael into our school community. During his time here, Bishop Michael shared a reflective assembly with all the children and Year 5, alongside our head boy and girl, led us in prayer to think about our lives of service. We were all challenged to reflect on the sacrifice Our Lord made; the true ‘Servant King'. You would have been so proud of every child, as they shared the true values of our mission statement with the leader of our Diocese. Following assembly, the children had the opportunity to ask Bishop Michael questions - my word, what thought provoking ones they came up with! The Bishop responded by sharing his own thoughts and insights with great compassion and humility. Finally, our new outside chapel was blessed in a short service which brought together pupils past and present to accompany the Bishop. When asked about the part he'd played in the planning of the chapel, Frankie, now in Year 7 at St Bede’s, responded by saying ‘our school is holy and prayer is such an important part of life. We wanted a space where we could spend time with God and therefore the Chapel was the answer.’ It is so inspiring to see young people who have understood the importance of faith and prayer. To our great pleasure, we'd had alongside us at the blessing of the chapel, Wayne Swarbrick, who built it with such care and love; he talked about how he had breathed life into the vision of others. As he left, Bishop Michael spoke of how impressed he had been with all the children and their engagement in prayer, he has promised to return soon and has asked me to invite him to one of our Easter assemblies next year! We have all been left feeling inspired and refreshed and we are already planning his next visit!
My goodness where does the time go! It's hard to believe that we are already heading towards half-term although these lovely crisp mornings are helping us all to put a skip in our stride! As always, the learning within school continues to be nurtured as the varied curriculum evokes great excitement in each year group. The Reception children are all still exploring all things Alice with great enjoyment whilst our Year One children are brimming with information about London, including past times! Year Three is awash with history of the various invaders and settlers and the enthusiasm is tangible. I have spent many a lunchtime discussing the impact of invasions on our little island!
Do not think that the staff are immune from learning new things either as we have our termly reading and inspirational quotes from visionary people to capture our attention and cause us to stop and think as we go around school. Many staff attend evening classes too apart from ones connected with their work - lifelong learning - you can't beat it! And never do we forget that not only what we are teaching is important, what your children teach us is just as important.
It's hard to believe that we have already been back at school for four weeks; where does the time go? This week we welcomed the return of Mrs Hotchkiss who had been absent due to illness. It is good to see her looking well and she has enjoyed being back and teaching her class; we've all missed her.
The weather has certainly become colder this week and coats have been a must during break times. Undeterred though, the children have continued to run around outside making every minute count! Learning inside has continued to engage children and reading some of the wonderful writing produced this week has been a joy. I have to say some of the story ideas have been incredibly imaginative!
We are busily planning lots of wonderful activities surrounding writing and storytelling in order to capture everyone's interest and generate excitement in the written and spoken word and we shall, as always, be celebrating World Book Day on 5th March 2015. Our £1 vouchers have already arrived in school in readiness for the occasion...where would we be without words and stories? Who knows what great writers this school may yet produce!
It is hard to believe that we have already completed two weeks of the spring term! The children have arrived back after Christmas fired up and ready to face the new challenges of the spring curriculum. As I walk through school, I continue to be amazed as I see so much learning going on all around and the thirst for discovering new things which so many children display! Our Reception children have started their new topic exploring Alice in Wonderland and are just flowing with brilliant vocabulary and so much confidence. They are grasping new challenges and developing their independence which is fantastic to see!
A happy New Year to you all!
It has been lovely returning to school following the Christmas break and hearing the many stories which the children have shared; Father Christmas clearly had a very busy time in St Anne's! We started the week together reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas and thought about how each of us could bring God's word to life by 'being the change we want to see in the world today'. The children are so reflective and also very perceptive, qualities which were clearly visible in the lead up to Christmas in school.
As you are aware, during December we were inspected and through this process the inspectors explored the Catholic life of the school and the quality of our RE provision. It was a valuable confirmation for us to have our personal judgements and self-evaluation celebrated as a true reflection of practice and daily life in the final report. Thank you for all your supportive comments on the parental questionnaires; it is always lovely to hear that our partnership with you is so appreciated. The report can now be viewed in the parents section of the site and by clicking here you can read a letter from Mrs Margaret Sellick, our chair of governors.