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.
What a lovely end to our Christmas in school! On Tuesday our KS2 children shared the birth of our Lord through song and scripture in church. Their beautiful singing was so powerful and seemed to fill every corner of the church and when combined with the real emotion of the words spoken by our Year Six children, the whole community was moved. The creation of the Nativity characters with fabric enhanced the journey to Bethlehem and brought God's word to life. I know so many of you were touched by this experience - thank you for your phone calls, cards and e-mails. I am always inspired by the children who bring together the Parish family to celebrate the joy of Christmas. Through ticket sales and donations we have raised over £600 towards supporting Brian House and St Peter's, our link school in Uganda, thank you. In addition the Christmas card donations received in each class totalled £257.30! We are on our way to funding those new toilets and kitchen in Uganda!
It never ceases to amaze me how the story of Our Lord's birth can be told with such emotion and maturity by our youngest children. Every Nursery and Reception child played their part through dance, song and drama, leading the whole audience on a journey to find Jesus in the arms of Mary. We've heard the story so many times but seeing each step through the eyes of a child helps us all to remember the importance of Christmas. I'd like to thank the whole Foundation team who worked together to nurture the children's understanding of this special time. It was lovely to see parents and families delight in watching their little ones bring such joy to everyone.
This morning we shared this same message with our Y1 and Y2 children as they set 'Off to Bethlehem' . I have to say I was absolutely amazed; it was a truly extraordinary performance. The singing, dancing and dramatical timing was a joy to behold, every child acted their hearts out. It would not have been out of place in West End and I know you will all be thoroughly entertained next week. The children will share their story with families next Monday and Tuesday morning at 9.30. Later in the day on Tuesday, down at Our Lady's Church, our KS2 children will be raising their voices in song, telling the story of the Nativity at 2pm and again at 7pm; you are all most welcome.
Over the weekend a variety of decorations appeared in the hall, including a very large Christmas tree, which was beautifully decorated. We have our suspicions that a group of elves were very busy - a wonderful sight to walk into on Monday morning! They had even placed our lovely carved Nativity figures in the worship area together with a marvellous display of our Year 4 children's work; we're still trying to work out how they found the backing paper! They managed to locate our knitted crib figures made especially for us (together with others for classes) by a gorgeous Grandma and they placed a set in the library. What clever elves they were! It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
Each new day at school brings a variety of learning opportunities which provide new and exciting challenges. Watching the children exploring and discovering their world is so precious and I have to say there is no greater joy than to see a child suddenly grasp a skill or concept and begin to apply knowledge and understanding to problem solve. Then there are those magic moments when you stand back with pride to see independent, self assured, confident children achieve great things; I enjoyed such a moment on Tuesday! Watching our dancers light up the stage as they performed at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool was a true delight. After weeks of rehearsals under the expert guidance of Miss Gorst and Mrs Moore they really did steal the show as they danced with great joy, excellent timing and quality movement which thrilled the audience. There were so many of our parents watching and I know you were all amazed at the professionalism of our dancers. Thank you children for making us all feel so proud!