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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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Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart...

Another lovely week of sunshine has been enjoyed...until today! Even then, all classes have managed to get outside and make best use of the learning environment and break times have been filled with laughter and play; long may it continue! Thank you for making sure your child has been prepared with sun cream and water - let's hope we need them next week!

At the same time, inside the hall there is so much activity going on and we are getting glimpses of our play, Mary Poppins, and hearing some beautiful melodies as our upper juniors rehearse their lines and sing their hearts out. It's going to be a wonderful show and, most importantly, the children are enjoying putting it together along with Mrs Gregan.

On Tuesday we were all treated to a little glimpse of life in Reception as the children shared how they had grown over the year. It was lovely to hear them speak out, sing with joy and act in character. We are all so proud of how they have developed their confidence as they have faced each milestone; well-done children!

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Happiness; the greatest gift that I possess…

We've all returned to a very busy week full of exciting opportunities to explore our 'Health and Happiness'. This is always such an exciting theme which the children fully embrace. The school nursing team have supported staff as they have explored sun awareness, hand hygiene and the challenges of growing up. At the same time we can see that you've all been trying to stay healthy by walking, cycling or scooting to school; thank you!  

On Monday our KS2 children competed in their Sports Morning which ran like clockwork! The children ran, jumped and threw their way through a variety of events. There was great sportsmanship throughout the morning and eventually, after a close contest, Marsden were victorious. On Wednesday more glorious sunshine enabled our younger children to participate in their annual competition. The children supported each other in their house teams as they raced towards each finishing line; again the sportsmanship was terrific to see. The results were extremely close but just edging ahead, Bamber were victorious. Thank you to all those family members who joined us to cheer and clap.

Today we have brought the week to a conclusion with a combination of fun and health as we've completed our Gym Jam Jog. It was such a glorious event with a real community spirit. The children arrived from 7:45am onwards with great enthusiasm as they ran round the field with their friends, all trying to beat old records; I do believe that some even reached the golden 100! With great support from parents and grandparents, some even took to the field themselves - there were smiles everywhere. This was followed by a healthy breakfast in the hall, where a group of lovely helpers ensured that everyone was served and everything cleared afterwards, this help is always greatly appreciated. Mrs Nel is now in the process of collecting all sponsorship monies so once collected from your sponsors, please send back to school. All money raised will help us replenish our library as we introduce our new scheme. 

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Never under estimate the power of a community which walks in the footsteps of Christ...

Today as we end this half term, I would like to thank you for your continued support in helping to make Our Lady Star of the Sea a special place in which children can learn.

There seems no greater example of this than on Sunday as our Year 3 children made their First Holy Communion during the 9.30am Mass. It was a truly joyful celebration, very emotional for many and I’m sure that you, like us, were proud of the children who were a credit to everyone involved. I would like to thank all parents for their support throughout the programme. I would also like to thank the helpers who set up the Parish Centre and our wonderful Year 4 team who served drinks, washed up and who helped to make this part of the morning run so smoothly; you were like little angels ladies, thank you. A trio of Dads did a sterling job arranging the biscuits and crisps with, dare we say, artistic flair! Thank you too to those Year 4 families who baked so many beautiful cakes. A special mention to Mrs Jones who baked individual communion cupcakes. Help and support on these occasions is invaluable and it's heartwarming to have you there ‘passing it on' to the next group of parents and children. It was also wonderful to see some of our older children helping out, serving families and cleaning up.  I’m sure each of you will have your own special memories of the day.

The commitment of the Catechists must be applauded as they ensured that all the children were prepared fully to receive Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion. A special thank you goes to the team who gave up so much of their own time to lead the programme and to support the children and guide them as they questioned and pondered.

We would also like to thank Fr Peter, who has supported the programme within school; it has been a delight to work alongside such a humble and generous Parish priest.  He looks forward to welcoming us all to Mass. I hope, if your child made his or her First Holy Communion, that you found the day a wonderful and memorable celebration and that you had the happiest of days as a family.

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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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