Oh my goodness how time flies! I can't believe we're heading next week into our final five 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 each one has 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 every child achieving the expected standard for the year group and many working at greater depth within that standard. We are incredibly proud of them all. Watching them continue to support the school as they complete their summer work experience around classrooms demonstrates just how far they've travelled. They have all given their best and as we constantly tell them; their best is always good enough! We will be celebrating their time at school next Thursday at 9:30am at Our Lady's Church; everyone is most welcome to join us. At that time we will celebrate all our leavers. This year we have many parents whose youngest child is going up to High School and so we will be saying goodbye to families also which makes us very emotional as they have been part of our community for so long. Once a part of Our Lady's though, always a part!
Poor Old Peter Pan
Our Year 5 and 6 children are almost ready to fly to Never Never Land and, after catching glimpses of rehearsals in the hall, I can guarantee that you're all in for a great treat. I don’t think there will be a dry eye in the house! I'm just wondering, if Peter Pan will ever grow up and more importantly will the Lost Boys escape that evil Captain Hook, who, I do believe, is being followed by that ominous sound of a ticking clock!
As always, we cannot have photographs taken during the performances BUT we shall once again be having the performance filmed by professional film maker Ed Greenberg of 'The (School) Play's The Thing!'
Ed and his team will be filming Tuesday - all proceeds from payment are to his company - the hours he spends on this are really only just about covered by the likely number of DVD's sold and of course School do NOT receive any payment for this. Payment details and order forms will follow at the beginning of the week.
Ed will produce them over the summer, ready for distribution as soon as we are back in September. Alternatively Year 6's can come back in all their new finery in their senior school uniforms to collect!
ALL orders will be acknowledged by text so make sure you have updated your numbers with us. Ed is happy to accept payment by cash or cheque - all cheques MUST be made payable to Ed Greenberg. It will be a lovely memento and something that may well appeal to families in classes other than Year 5 and Year 6 - all our children in School and Nursery will see the performance and many are already humming the tunes!
Obviously we need a final number for DVD's by the morning of our final day -Thursday (earlier is better though!) - thank you.
A Fabulous Year of Sport
This week we have been spending time planning ahead for next year’s clubs and sporting opportunities. As part of this process we have reviewed the year and we have much to celebrate.
Two hours of quality PE lessons each week have challenged all children to develop key skills. So many of our younger children have firmly grasped their fundamental movement skills and these would be good to keep practising over the summer. The majority of our Year 4 children can now swim that 25m and have learned important water safety skills. Again, why not consolidate over the summer!
Mr Nay has worked with every child at some point during lunchtime time, curriculum time or through a sports club. All these opportunities are supporting children to grow physically and to develop a love of sport.
We’ve seen so much school success over the year as teams of children have entered competitions and leagues. Both football and netball teams experienced great success in the autumn in the local league. Other competitions have included tennis, swimming and cricket.
Perhaps the most magic moment came in this final term as the athletics team competed with such heart to successfully secure a victory against other local schools. This was a joy to be part of as families supported the whole team with much love as each child performed to a very high standard. This gave our Year 3 and 4 children the opportunity to compete at the Lancashire Youth Games; what a great experience for them.
Across the year, as a school we have attempted to reflect each of the Olympic values. Each half term the children have aspired to demonstrate each one in their sporting endeavours. This has produced great role models and encouraged all children to understand that there really is no I in TEAM….
And now, the end is near… Sadly we’re spending a lot of time collecting in money for dinners and other items owed but it’s the nature of the job and LCC are constantly checking we’re up to date. We’ve concluded that next school year, the only way through is to suspend dinner accounts if they go over a week overdue. We keep reiterating that dinners must be paid in advance and a good many families operate that way though unfortunately not all. Thank you to all those families who do pay promptly - it is appreciated.
Important Change of Date
Next year’s May Day Bank holiday is being changed by the Government from a Monday to Friday 8th May 2020 as part of a three day weekend to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. We will be updating our website 2019/20 dates list this weekend to reflect the change.
Attendance (Half Term)
Well done Year 3 - excellent attendance this week!
As we approach the final week we are all trying so hard to fit everything in and I must report it is a real struggle; the learning goes on to the very last day and pleasingly the children are enjoying every moment of it.
Here's hoping that this last weekend before the end of term is a relaxing one with the continuation of the lovely weather and that tennis fans get the opportunity to enjoy some great final Wimbledon matches! With both the cricket and Netball World Cups I am sure this will be another great weekend of sport. Many of you will also be enjoying the Lytham Festival in the company of Kylie and Co, not to mention the Sunday Picnic and Prom Concert! Cast of Peter Pan, stay well, stay focused, we look forward to being hugely entertained by you all next week!
Please remember we finish at 2pm next Friday
Enjoy this weekend as you spend time with your families.