...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 beyond the factory gates this week you will have been moved to tears, we all certainly were! Every year I think the children can't surprise me and every year I am always amazed 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 the echoing of claps and cheers around the hall! With each performance the children held their audiences for over two hours, which I may say passed by with such speed. Even our little nursery children were held spellbound but they too were entranced by the story and have been acting out scenes ever since! 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 share a many a ‘good deed’ and continue ‘to shine using their moral sense of right and wrong’
Oh my goodness how time flies! I can't believe we are heading into our final four days; where has the year gone? As always at this time, it is 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 far exceeded the school targets set for them, with the majority of children making the expected two levels or, in some cases, 3 levels of progress across Key Stage Two. We are incredibly proud of them all and watching them continue to support the school as they complete their summer work experience around the classrooms and office demonstrates just how far they have travelled. 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 our final days of this academic year, this week has been packed with learning! As our play develops and takes shape, the hall continues to be filled with fun and laughter as those greedy children are desperate to get everything they can from their visit to Willy Wonka's factory; the question is will he be able to get them to see the error of their ways? If you're intrigued, why not join us during the final week to see just what talented storytellers we have at school.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Play Tickets will go on sale in the entrance foyer for our Year 5 and 6 parents this Monday and Tuesday before school for £3 each and will only be sold to both classes on these days. After that, we will sell throughout the school. We have 3 performances, Monday 13th July and Tuesday 14th, both evenings at 7pm and also at 9:30am Tuesday 14th. We always find that tickets sell very quickly and due to fire regulations we are 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!
Meanwhile our Year 4 children escaped to Egypt on Thursday as they visited the Manchester Museum; a great time was had by everyone and the children came back with numerous interesting facts. There was great excitement as they explored Ancient times! Today Year 5 have been off to Waddecar where they have had a wonderful day looking at rivers, doing all kinds of studies plus some orienteering, Mrs Gregan has reported that it was a fabulous learning experience with a well qualified instructor from Hothersall Lodge thrown in - but not literally!
My goodness what a week this has been! Following our athletics team's performance on Monday evening at AKS we returned to school with great excitement as we came a wonderful third at this annual athletics event! This was a great achievement considering we were competing against some much larger schools; so many of our children secured first place and received a medal for their efforts. I have to say I watched with pride over the course of the tournament as I saw our children support, cheer and comfort each other as they competed in their individual events. At no point was anyone made to feel devalued - instead any disappointment was soothed by warm and encouraging words from team mates. Truly, this was a team in the full sense of the word! Definitely much more than the sum of our parts because we competed with pride and commitment to ourselves and each other. Thank you to the many parents and grandparents who stayed to support and encourage each child to do their best.
Already we are at the end of Week 3 and the days are just flying by. Throughout the school there is so much activity going on and we are getting glimpses of the play and 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!
At the beginning of this week the weather stayed calm so that we could enjoy the rescheduled KS2 sports day, enabling our older children to participate in their annual competition, and again, what a competition it was! Parents turned out in force and the children supported each other in their house teams as they raced and competed in a variety of events. There was fantastic sportsmanship involved; children were offering encouragement to one another and there was a lovely celebratory atmosphere. With so many family members joining us to cheer and clap, thank you. The results were extremely close but just edging ahead was Marsden who will hold the trophy for the next year.
Well we really couldn't have asked for a more beautiful sunny week for our Year 6 children, who have been enjoying their time on Lake Coniston. I must say that the children have been wonderful ambassadors for Our Lady's School. Every instructor I talk to has praised their good manners and resourcefulness. I'm sure that there will be many stories to hear on their return! If you'd like a little taste of their experience, then do visit the Year 6 area and look at the photographs and read the nightly blogs. Thank you Year 6 for making us all proud; I am sure everyone back in school will be missing you.
Meanwhile, back at school, our Year Four and Five children have entertained their parents and grandparents with a wonderful brass concert which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Learning to play a musical instrument is a gift which supports development in so many other areas and it's been lovely watching the children grow in both confidence and talent. Mrs Rayton who teaches our Brass instrumentalists was thrilled with their performance and with the progress they have made.