It is hard to believe that we have already completed nearly 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 are now so well established as part of the school community 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! At the other end of the school our Year 6 children have come back ready for any challenge. On Monday I was lucky enough to work alongside them as we approached the tricky task of multiplying fractions; no one gave up and by the end of the morning our perseverance brought that sweet feeling of success! We definitely have a class full of Sadie Spiders.
If you are a Year 6 parent, why not come along to our Y6 Maths evening on Wednesday 18th January at 6pm – this will give you a real opportunity to explore and have a go at some of our school strategies.
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 miracle of Jesus’ birth and thought about how each one of us could bring God's word to life through kindness and by finding time and space to welcome Him into our daily lives; a challenge for us all! Today we joined the rest of the parish in church to celebrate mass together. Thank you to everyone who accompanied us, we truly do value these times we spend praying together as one large community.
Admissions to Reception Class September 2017
The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017 - please do ensure you have completed the Lancashire County Council form online and sent in the relevant faith form to the office if appropriate - it is essential all application forms are on time.
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We look forward to another happy term filled with great endeavours and hard work. Please do keep an eye on the date section as many of the new dates have now been added; it really would be a shame to miss anything. Mrs Gregan has also updated the sports area with a new timetable. Our early morning Table Tennis clubs commence next week.
I hope you are all getting used to being back to early morning starts and routines. Try and have a rest and enjoy a lovely and relaxing weekend with the family.
What a lovely end to our Christmas in school! Watching the children dance, sing and have fun at the parties this week has been a true delight. They really are a credit to us all!
On Monday some of our Year 6 children visited Brian House to deliver the cheque. A report will follow in the New Year.
On Tuesday we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch served by our wonderful Jacqui, Sharon and Frances; they managed to serve an amazing 183 meals across both settings; thank you ladies! Our welfare assistants and staff all joined in the fun and some enjoyed a meal themselves. The vegetables were cooked to perfection and the cakes went down a treat! A good time was had by all as Christmas music filled the air and everyone left the hall with a smile.
Today has been a real delight! The pantomime was great fun with lots of cheers and boos! After dreaming of being, 'over the rainbow' (with a beautiful solo performed by Miss Woodend!) Dorothy managed to find her way back home and the scarecrow managed to melt the witch and her sister by accident, which left a cry of, ‘we’re melting, we’re melting!’ Following this we all celebrated the term in our final whole school assembly. My, what a wonderful term it has been.
The staff would like to join me and thank you again for your continued support and to wish you and your families a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas and all the very best for the New Year. We start back on Wednesday 4th January and will be starting the New Year off with a Mass at Our Lady's Church on Friday 6th January at 10am; you are all most welcome to join us.
In today’s world, which, for many, often feels broken as security, comfort and human kindness are replaced with uncertainty, fear and despair, it is all too easy to get lost in ourselves and our own very personal needs. With presents to buy, decorations to hang and needs to fulfil, we often lose sight of ‘the pure miracle which lies in the birth of such a tiny baby’; we so often lose the true meaning of Christmas beneath the wrappings and trappings of the preparations. We forget that Jesus Christ is our true pathway to happiness and take instead, the easier route which can demand less of us.
Therefore, in those special moments when we have the opportunity to stop and leave our daily toil behind, we are reminded that this world was created for all humankind to share and to look after. We are reminded that God calls each of us to think beyond ourselves, to think only with a kind heart and to ‘be the change we want to see in our world today’. I am sure like me; you were all moved yesterday as our KS2 children revealed the true message of Christmas. The church was filled with emotion and beauty as voices shared through song reached every corner; punctuated with words, read out so movingly by our Year 6 leaders. Thank you children, thank you staff, and thank you to all families who shared this special moment; we are really all truly blessed to be part of our community.
We have all heard the story of Our Lord’s birth so many times but to see each step through the eyes of a small child during our Foundation Nativity helped us all to remember the importance of Christmas. It was indeed a gift of love to us all, helping all the audience to see with fresh eyes the true message of Christmas. Each of our Nursery and Reception children played their part through dance, song and drama. I'd like to thank the whole Foundation team who worked together to nurture the children's understanding of this special time. They are truly a wonderful group of people.
This morning we shared this Christmas message of joy and hope with our Year 1 and Year 2 children as they told their story of ’A Very Special Baby’. It was told with such care and compassion; the acting, singing and dancing all a joy to behold. It always amazes me how children so young can depict the birth of Jesus with such maturity. They will share their story with families on Tuesday and Wednesday morning of next week and I'm sure like us you will all be moved! Our KS2 children will then be raising their voices in song on Thursday, telling the story of the Nativity in Church 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 scene to walk into on Monday morning! Those intrepid elves even placed our lovely carved Nativity figures in the worship area together with a marvellous display of our community Christmas tree and Year 6 children's work; we're still trying to work out how they found the backing paper! What clever creatures they are! It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
Advent has most definitely arrived and within class the children are beginning to think about the world beyond themselves thus fostering an awareness of the darkness which needs the light which Jesus shares with each one of us. We're all going to try and find time within our busy lives to pray more. All our children have been turning these thoughts into Advent promises which have now been hung on the Christmas Tree display at the front of the Hall.
The whole school seems to be filled with the sound of music as our children are rehearsing for their Nativities; it is a joy to hear their voices raised in song. I'm sure you will each be moved as you join the children on this journey. We keep reflecting, so tiny the Baby, so huge the miracle and we are each one of us touched by the story anew and it helps us focus on what truly matters.
Each new day at school brings a variety of learning opportunities which provide fresh and exciting challenges. Watching the children exploring and discovering their world is so precious and there is no greater joy than to see a child suddenly grasp a skill or concept and begin to apply knowledge and understanding when working out a problem. 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 Mrs Moore and Miss Bassett, 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! It was also lovely to see some of our former pupils dancing alongside their new friends, as part of the St Bede’s dance, choreographed by one of their pupils; Grace, Sam and Gabi, you were brilliant too! Why not take a look at our dance following the link. https://player.vimeo.com/video/192961483