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Lockdown Acts of Charity
We have been incredibly proud to see so many of our children using their time indoors to turn their energies and talents to raising money for those that need it most.
Here are just two examples of how our children raised wonderful amounts and even made it into the news!
I am delighted to share the news that Mr and Mrs Williams started their first volunteering job today. I am blown away by people’s generosity and kindness in this time of crisis in our world. We wish them well and congratulate them for the happiness they will bring to the people they will serve in this role.
We Clapped for the NHS!
All over the UK people have been showing their appreciation for those on the front line and for critical workers. We have been overwhelmed with the photos and videos of children in our school community showing their pride, respect and love for those working hard at this challenging time!
With a national lock down and school closure the community around St. Mary’s has pulled together. Utilising the wonderful digital world we have sent messages of support and prayer to each other at what is a challenging and unprecedented time. Using a range of different communication systems and technologies we have held onto our community spirit.
In order to keep our learners thriving we have used Seesaw to set work and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Learning has been fantastic and children have shown their talents! Parents have worn their teaching hats and supported children to produce some excellent pieces. See below for just a few examples of fantastic learning that has taken place in the homes of our children.
We had a very exciting week in school exploring reading, texts, authors, reading skills, drama and reading in real life. Each class explored different aspects of reading and took part in a reading workshop exploring their aspect e.g. tales from the den, theatre workshops and story telling. On Thursday we celebrated World Book Week coming to school as our favourite book characters. The enthusiasm and skills the children gained from this week were wonderful – see class pages and ask out children for more detail.
Well Done Emily-Rose!
We were delighted in school that one of our very talented gymnasts was chosen to compete in an international competition in Dallas, USA! Emily works hard developing her talent showing dedication, determination and resilience. Upon Emily’s return she amazed us again proving that her hard-work has paid off as she came 4th in the entire competition! We can certainly see how…
Advent in School
Advent in school allows us to come together as a community and reflect on the year we have had and the year before us. As we prepare for the birth of Christ in our classrooms, as a school and in our homes we can develop our faith together. This year our celebrations started as we were led by the Mini Vinnies in our Advent liturgy where each class was presented with a wreath. These were made by the children of our school, helped by Mrs Leonard and Mrs Mullins. Reception led us in the true story behind Christmas, The Nativity. They showed their wonderful skills in singing, acting and narration – just fifteen weeks into school!
To give our children further festive experiences to reflected on; the whole school visited the historic Leeds landmark, City Varieties; Music Club showcased their performance skills playing a range of tuned and untuned instruments in a Christmas concert; Musical Theatre Club performed a Christmas inspired concert and we topped it off gathering together for Christmas Dinner. Look on class pages for further information on how we prepare for this time.
This week, we are having a school focus curriculum week on Music. The children are developing their composition skills this week through class teacher sessions, as well as external dance and drumming sessions. The children and staff looked amazing as they dressed in outfits to link to a decade in musical history! It brought back memories for many staff and created a sense of purpose to learn about different decades for the children. Look out on class pages for more information.
Harvest Festival 2019
On Friday 18th October our Mini Vinnies led our Harvest Festival. The theme was ‘Brighten Up’ linked to CAFOD. All the children came dressed in bright coloured tops and the staff made a huge effort to dress in harvest colours too! We had so many harvest gifts brought from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – thank you. KS2 sent in donations for CAFOD. Here is a taste of the morning!
Rothwell St. Mary’s open new Aldi Store in Rothwell
Our always children from Summer 1 half term had the luxury of opening the new store in Rothwell today (Thursday 4th July 2019). Miss Leonard and Mrs Hallos brought the children down to the store. The children enjoyed being the first people into the new store and meeting Callum Skinner and Olympic gold medallist.
Callum came to school to talk to the children in assembly and have his photograph taken with the whole school. It was an amazing event. Callum spoke to the children about following your dream and having a talent. Anything is possible!
On Friday 7th June we held our annual Friends of St Mary’s sleepover for Year 5 and Year 6. The weather wasn’t great but we survived playing board games, having a burger and watching Paddington 2! We had 43 children over night – looked after by 7 parents and 5 staff members. The children were a credit to themselves and their families. Everyone was settled down for a good night sleep by midnight! Not bad going. Here are some pictures which show the fun the children, parents and staff had!
Celebrating the life of Stephen Lawrence
This April we all wore orange to celebrate the life of Stephen Lawrence. On our Stephen Lawrence Day, every child in school learnt about Stephen’s life and the continuing efforts of his family to ensure that every single person gets to live their best life. All of our children worked on different projects to spread the message about being equal, kind and fair. It will certainly stay in all of our minds!
This spring we have all been bounding into our curriculum work and ensuring that every element of our curriculum has been taught at the highest level. We have had exciting events to boost skills such as writing like our Writing Week where all classrooms were transformed into an other-worldly theme. In Reception their theme of Dinosaurs took them to the theatre ; more recently their Traditional Tales theme has had them posting letters and enjoying eating breakfast cereals….I wonder which character they were thinking about! Year Five have had a very busy term with their Sports Trip to St Thomas a Becket’s where they tried out many different elements of the school gym. Along sporting themes Year Six are about to enjoy their sponsored Triathlon next week! Elsewhere in school our D & T skills have been pushed to the extreme with amazing Ancient Greek Architectural models. Throughout these busy months all of our children and staff have been working their hardest and putting 100% effort into every bit of school life!
We are so proud of our ‘Always Good’ children from Autumn One! We rewarded their brilliant behaviour with a trip out for lunch with Mrs Hallos & Mrs Martin. We all had a lot of fun! A very big well done, especially to all of the boys behaving so well in school!
What a wonderful start to the year we have had! We all have to say a very big well done to our new Reception class who have settled wonderfully! We also need to mention the amazing Y6 children who are their buddies – they are doing an amazing job too. We want to have a special mention to all of the pupils for their fantastic behaviour so far this term – our very high expectations are holding up and the children are making all of the staff very proud. Well done to all!
Summer Comes to St. Mary’s
And oh what a summer it has been! In school we have had so much creativity, celebration of skills and curriculum enrichment through art and Design and Technology. There have been many memories made once again but here are a few notable events from the final half term of the year.
Sports Day, a Family Day
Friday 18th May saw our school community come together for a family BBQ and celebration of our sporting achievements. Friend’s of St. Mary’s organised a wonderful BBQ and picnic for the whole school. Year 6 were able to celebrate the end of their SATs with a fantastic day to remember. Thank you to everyone that came and especially to Friend’s of St. Mary’s for organising the day.
May is the Month of Mary
This month we focus on Mary the Mother of Jesus, Patron Saint of our school. Across school this half term there have been endless opportunities to learn, pray & develop our spirituality. Here is a glimpse inside the doors of our school, including Year One’s beautiful Collective Worship all about Mary:
Lent is here
Our Easter preparations have been happening all over school. As we celebrate this time together as a school community we are reminded of the journey that Jesus took for us, John 3:16 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son”. In each of our classrooms we made individual Lenten promises to give something up or to do something a little extra. In school we helped this by support St. Gemma’s, taking our sponsor forms for the Good Shepherd and making Easter cards for parishioners and residents at Home Lea House.
To help us understand this wonderful miracle, More Than Dance came into school to work with each year group working together on One Story, One Message. See our class pages for each performance or our school display for some truly moving moments captured. Well done to all the children for their wonderful performances! Before we broke up to celebrate Easter with our families, Key Stage Two volunteers led us in a wonderful Collective Worship taking us to Good Friday though acting, song and worship.
Advent is here
Preparations for Christmas are in full swing with our Advent penitential service beginning this special time. Each class has their own wreath which is lit each week to remind us why we celebrate Christmas, keeping the real message at the heart of all we do. Reception and Yr1 have shared this special message in their wonderful Nativity performance and our Mini Vinnies spread this further visiting Home Lea House to see the residents there. Every night the classes travelling cribs have gone into our children’s homes keeping Christ at the heart of our Christmas celebrations.
As we will not be together on the day we shared Christmas dinner this week with staff serving the children their dinner of turkey and all the extras.
Autumn & Winter 2017
This term we have had a strong learning focus throughout school. We have frequently welcomed our families into school to show them how we learn and they have also been into school to teach us all too! Now we prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ with worship and celebration throughout school.
The summer is fast approaching and there have been some wonderful events in school recently. Our Year Three children made their First Holy Communion and we have also had our beautiful Prayer Garden completed. It has certainly been used very frequently so far and we are very proud of our children’s spiritual development.
There has been no end to the fun in school recently! We have had our Writing Theme Week with numerous topics spanning school and we have also had our Science Week where children have been adventuring all over. Have a look at our images below to see some of the best bits from a fantastic learning time in school.