...And so the end of term has arrived and what an emotional end this has been! I'm sure if you managed to share our journey to Egypt this week you will have been moved to tears, we here were! Every year I think the children can't surprise me and, every year, I am always astonished and overwhelmed! The talent and gifts of every single child shone so brightly as they performed; the comic timing and characterisations were truly a joy to behold and had the audience laughing, crying and interacting! With each performance the children held their audiences for almost two hours, which I may say passed by with such speed, even though the Egyptian like heat was a challenge for all! Children I am so proud of each and every one of you; you were all truly amazing!
Following this we turned our thoughts to our wonderful Year 6 who have led the school with great compassion, love and laughter! They really have been great ambassadors of Our Lady's and have served us all with a smile. It is always sad to see a group of children leave us but they are ready to stretch their wings and fly and I know they will continue to love themselves, each other and all those they meet as they begin their new adventure.
The children performed their dress rehearsal today for the rest of the school and I have to say they were wonderful! So many lines, so many songs and what drama! You are all in for a real treat!
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Oh my goodness how time flies! I can't believe we're heading into our final four days; where has the year gone? As always at this time, it's lovely reading every child's end of year report to see just how much progress they have all made. I have been so impressed this year with many of our children who have worked hard, enthusiastically embraced each learning opportunity, and taken themselves on a journey of self-discovery. There is so much to celebrate in every year group and I'm sure, like us, you are very proud of your children.
Once again, our Year 6 children as a whole group have exceeded the school targets set for them, with the majority of children achieving the expected standard for the year group; with some working at a greater depth. We are incredibly proud of them all. Watching them continue to support the school as they complete their summer work experience around classrooms and office demonstrates just how far they've travelled. They have all given their absolute best and as we always tell them; their best is always good enough. We will be celebrating their time at school next Wednesday at 9:45am at Our Lady's Church; everyone is most welcome to join us.
As we fast approach the end of this academic year, this past week has been been packed with learning! As our play develops and takes shape, the hall continues to be filled with fun and laughter as Joseph’s brothers are quite fed up of hearing his dreams and are hatching a plan to get rid of him. The question is, can anyone use his skills? I believe the King of Egypt is looking for someone just like Joseph but how will he find him? If you're intrigued, why not join us during the final week to see just what talented storytellers we have at school.
Joseph Play Tickets have been on sale this week, mornings only, in the entrance foyer for our Year 5 & 6 parents and on Monday and Tuesday next week they will be going on sale again at 8:45am for families of all other members of the school community. Tickets are £3 each. We have 3 performances, Monday 18th July and Tuesday 19th, both evenings at 7pm and also at 9:30am Tuesday 19th. We always find that tickets sell very quickly and due to fire regulations we're unable to exceed sales of 120 tickets per performance so please don't miss securing your ticket for what promises to be a truly magnificent show!
Already we're at the end of Week 3 and the days are just flying by. On Monday afternoon our athletics team competed in the annual athletics meeting at AKS. There was great excitement as children from nine local schools were in competition on track and field. As always our children were great ambassadors for Our Lady's and although as a team they didn't finish in a winning spot, they made us us all very proud with their excellent and sporting behaviour. Thank you children.
In true British style the weather has returned to its old changeable self this week with the return of the rain. Our Year 1 children were caught in shower after shower on Tuesday on their visit to Blackpool Zoo but they cheerfully braved the elements to enjoy a lovely day! Miss Woodend was very proud of them all as they made their way round the Zoo finding out as much as they could about each animal and its habitat. All our younger children have visited the zoo this term which has given them the opportunity to bring their learning to life. Some of our Year 6 children have accompanied Year 1 and Year 2 children on zoo trips as they are currently supporting these classes and both teachers have commented upon how helpful they were.
Another lovely week of sunshine has been enjoyed. All classes have been able 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!
At the same time, inside the hall there is so much activity going on and we are getting glimpses of the play 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 a very committed team of staff who are assisting them in their preparations!
What a lovely start to our final half-term; we’ve been blessed with the weather and with magical moments when as a community we have all shared a cheer, a laugh and a warm embrace.
We've returned from a wonderfully sunny half term holiday 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 enjoy exploring. 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!
To commence the theme on Monday, our KS2 children bounced into school to compete in their Sports Morning, and what a competition it proved to be! It was so close, right up until the final event when Marsden just pipped Bamber to be victorious. On Wednesday morning, in bright sunshine, our younger children participated in their annual competition. The children supported each other in their house teams as they raced towards each finishing line; the sportsmanship was terrific to see. Once again Marsden was victorious! With so many family members joining us to cheer and clap, both mornings were such a pleasure and a real success; thank you to everyone who joined us. I would just like to say a special mention to our Year 6 coaches who ensured our younger children were able to access each event; once again they were great ambassadors for Our Lady’s.