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                                                                                                              23/07/2010

                                                                                                           

Dear Parents

NEWSLETTER

 

Goodbye to Mr Kildear and Miss Holcroft

We send them our thanks and best wishes and wish them good luck as they leave us today to continue their careers in other schools.

 

Mrs Cunliffe

After 10 years of voluntary work with the school choir, clarinets, flutes, recorders, preparing children for Masses, helping with the First Communion, preparing children for a variety of projects including the "Children of Halton Sing",  is hanging up her musical instruments and retiring. We thank her wholeheartedly for her dedication and hard work and music.

 

Flood update

Work will continue during the holiday period.  We are all working hard to ensure the building is ready for September. The damage is extensive and not easily repaired.

 

Sports Helpers

Thank you to all the parents who assisted with sports during the year. It was very much appreciated and we hope you will continue to help next year!

 

Year 6 Leavers

The Y6 children were welcomed with cocktails (non alcoholic of course) and then danced the night away celebrating their completion of their Primary School careers.

The Year 6 leavers have all received a CD containing the photo slideshow shown at the Leaver's Mass (as requested by parents). Many thanks to Mrs Swift who donated the discs. To view the slideshow you may need to download a free piece of software from the internet called "Quicktime". Miss Holcroft wishes all her leavers the best of luck and hopes you enjoy the slideshow.

 

Care Club

The care club is taking over the Y2 Gardening club during the school holidays. During the holiday the Care Club will be running a holiday club with a wealth of interesting activities. This is a valuable resource to the school and we do need your help to support it. Activities may be booked for single days or half days. If you would like your child to take part in any of the activities on offer please contact Mrs. Campbell 07538374889.  

 

School Closes

School closes on Friday at 1.30pm (Care Club will be open for any children if needed). School reopens on Thursday the 2nd September.  The two new reception classes start school on Monday the 6th September, Mrs. Crabbe’s class in the mornings and Miss Erickson’s class in the afternoons for the first week.

 

 

Yours sincerely  

       Mrs Armstrong

                                                                                                              20/07/2010

                                                                                                           

Dear Parents

Belated NEWSLETTER

 

Flood!

We are really sorry that the school had to be closed last week and on Monday this week for the juniors but it was unavoidable! The school was seriously damaged in the storm last Wednesday. The internal drainpipes could not take the volume of heavy downpour which resulted in large areas of the school being flooded with polluted drain water. Furniture and carpets were destroyed by the dirty water. Initial estimates by the insurance have put the costs of the damage at around £24000! Hopefully we will have the school repaired and the damaged furniture and carpets replaced for next September. In the meantime we are doing are best to soldier on squeezing all the children into the infant building as the junior building is out of commission.

 

Year 6 Leaver’s Disco.

Short notice but unavoidable I am afraid. Tonight between 7.00pm. and 8.00pm. Please arrive at the office door

 

Pope’s Visit.

St John Fisher is the only school in Halton that has been invited to “A Big Assembly” with the Pope on the 17th September.  The visit will be to Twickenham and will involve a very early start in the morning. If you would like your child to take part in the experience or need any more information, please contact Mr Tasker who is organising the trip.

 

PTA.

PTA have worked very hard throughout the year, raising funds for your children.  My thanks go to all the parents who have helped with a variety of activities during then year and their efforts are greatly appreciated.

 

Care Club.

During the holiday the care club will be running a holiday club with a wealth of interesting activities. This is  a valuable resource to the school and we do need your help to support it. Activities may be booked for single days or half days. If you would like your child to take part in any of the activities on offer please contact Mrs. Campbell 07538374889.  

 

School Closes.

School closes on Friday at 1.30p.m. (Care Club will be open for any children if needed) School reopens on Thursday the 2nd September.  The two new reception classes start school on Monday the 6th September, Mrs. Crabbe’s class in the mornings and Miss Erickson’s class in the afternoons, for the first week.

 

Staff and governors have worked very hard during the last year to ensure your child is able to “Follow Jesus, Enjoy Learning and Achieve their Best” for which I thank them wholeheartedly.

I wish your children and your families a peaceful relaxing holiday and look forward to seeing you all again in the autumn term when the disruption of the last few days will be just a distant memory.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs Armstrong

 
 

 

                                                                                                              09/07/2010

                                                                                                           

Dear Parents

NEWSLETTER

Staff Changes

Sadly we say goodbye to Miss Holcroft and Mr Kildear at the end of the Summer term. They have both been really good hard working teachers for your children during their time at St John Fisher and we are sorry to lose them. However we welcome three new members of staff in the Autumn Term, Miss Hegarty will be joining the senior management team, as Deputy Head, working alongside Mr Tasker.  We will also be welcoming two new foundation teachers, Mrs Crabbe and Miss Eriksson who together will be taking charge of our “two” reception classes.

 

The classes for next year will be:-

 Rec: Miss Eriksson                                        Year3:  Miss Malone

 Rec: Mrs Crabbe                                           Year4:  Mrs Hughes

 Year1: Miss Butterworth                                Year5:  Mrs Price

 Year2: Miss Hegarty                                       Year6:  Mrs Pye

 

Transition Afternoon

On Wednesday we are having a transition afternoon when the children will spend some time in their new class room with the teacher that they will be having next year. The new reception classes will also be in for the afternoon to meet their new teachers.

 

Samba Drumming Display

Children in year 5 took part in a musical extravaganza playing the samba drums at the Brindley on Wednesday night.

 

Viking Assembly

The Widnes Vikings came into school on Wednesday to take part in an assembly as part of the “Vikings against Bullying” project, reinforcing the school’s policy of not tolerating bullying in any shape or form. The children in year 5 are now official members of the Vikings against bullying team.

 

For One Night Only!

Our school choir will be taking part in a massed choir event at the Stobart Stadium, over 1400 children from Widnes and Runcorn will be taking part in a celebration of music based around a rugby theme.

 

Year5

Sadly the chicks have gone back to the farm now the children really enjoyed the experience of having the chicks and have learnt a lot about life processes as a result of the project.

 

Catalyst Museum

Children from our school took part in a celebration of work at the Catalyst Museum. Work by the children in the “Children Challenging Industry” project was displayed at the museum.

 

 

 

Halton School’s Sports Day

Once again we were very proud of our children as they competed against the other children in Widnes at the Stobart Stadium on Wednesday night. The children did well and many exceeded our expectations with their efforts. Our special thanks go to Mrs Tansey for her help in preparing the children and all the staff who helped on the night.

 

Our School Sports and Gala Day

The infant sports were great fun and the children all enjoyed taking part in the many activities. Thanks to all the staff for their enthusiastic support.

The junior sports were a tremendous success. Children competed in more events than ever and enjoyed taking part in the many fun events. Once again thanks to all the staff involved and especially to the "Tansey" family for their valued contribution.

 

Fun Day

Thank you for your great support yesterday - the PTA raised £410! Thank you for the fantastic donations to our tombola and raffle and also thanks to the many helpers without whom we couldn't have had such a successful event. We were so lucky with the weather and everyone had a great time.

 

Lost Property

Junior lost property will be available to view in the Junior Hall on Monday 12th July from 3.10pm. After that it will be disposed of.

 

Mr McPartland's Bungalow

Please do not park across the access to his bungalow.

 

                        Achievement Awards

              R:  Daniel Hicks       Daniel McGovern

            Y1:  Leah Burns         Dominic Burns

            Y2:  Dylan Burns       Chloe Edge

            Y3:  Owen Jackson   Abbie Harrison

            Y4:  Olivia Wright       Adam Kinsella

            Y5: Jordan Forster     Joshua Salter  

            Y6:  Andrew Owens   Connor Fitzsimon

 

DIARY

 

Monday 12th July

 Parent’s Nights

 

Tuesday 13th July

Help Your Child to Read course

Wednesday 14th July

Leaver’s Mass, all welcome

 

Thursday 15th July

Parent’s Nights

Leaver’s Disco 6.30 to 7.30.

 

Friday 16th July

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs Armstrong

 
 

02/07/2010

 

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

 

Well done to all the KS2 children for a beautiful Ss Peter & Paul Mass on Tuesday.  The children read and sang very well and were very well behaved.

 

Year 5

Congratulations to Y5 who have successfully hatched seven healthy chicks so far!  They have spent three weeks looking after the eggs in incubators and have been very responsible. This week we have enjoyed having the chicks in our classroom and getting to know them. So far “Gino” seems to be the liveliest!

 

Please can we remind you that Y5 are having a “bring & buy” sale next Wednesday?  If you could pass any unwanted books, toys etc, in to school by Tuesday morning it would be much appreciated.  Many thanks.

 

Ten Y5 children have been chosen to attend and perform in a samba drumming concert on Wednesday 7th July at The Brindley Theatre.  This is after our successful 12 week samba drumming project in school.  We wish them luck and are sure that they will do us proud!

 

£1 in the bucket

This week’s winner is Mrs Brophy, ticket number 648, drawn by Tyler Cafferty in Y2.

The PTA won’t be collecting on Monday for £ in the bucket but will do it at the Sports Day on Thursday.

 

Sports Day and Fun Day

Next Thursday we will be having Sports Day (weather permitting) followed by Fun Day.

Please can Junior children dress in t-shirts or shorts in their house team colours and make sure they have suncream on and are wearing a hat.

 

For the Fun Day we will be having a Bottle Tombola and we need donations of bottles -wine, spirits, beer, lemonade etc. We also need donations of (new) Fancy Goods, sweets, chocolates, tins of food, cakes (for our cake stall) etc. Thank you in advance for supporting us and please bring your donations in on Monday or Tuesday morning.

 

 

Care Club

Please find attached information regarding the 6 week holiday period. If you require a place for your child, please fill out and return the booking form as soon as possible.

 

 

Achievement Awards

 

R:  Connor Percival & Luke Flanagan

Y1: Lauren Davies & Joseph Riley

Y2: Callum Donegan & Frankie Baker

Y3: Mica McMahon & Beth Fitzpatrick

Y4: Taylor Brady & Brandon O'Neill

Y5: Abbie Woodward & Niamh Littler

Y6: Megan Burns & Katie Dyas

 

 

 

 

DIARY

 

Monday 5th July

Bike Right

 

Tuesday 6th July

"Help Your Child to Read" 13.00

 

Wednesday 7th July

Samba drumming at The Brindley

 

Thursday 8th July

Sports day & Fun Day

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs Armstrong

 
 

 

25/06/2010

 

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

 

 

Year 3

Holy Communion Celebration Mass – well done to all Y3 children who read and sang beautifully.  Their behaviour was impeccable.  They also enjoyed a party.  Thank you to the P.T.A  for all their hard work preparing the party.

 

Tuesday – The KS2 children will be going up to church for Mass at 9.15 a.m.  It is the feast of  Ss Peter & Paul.

 

Year 6

Can all children be reminded to bring in the correct kit for games/PE, as there has been a large number of forgotten kits recently.

 

Year 2

The Y2 children worked hard to prepare for the Infant Music Festival and sang beautifully on the day.  As always, we were very proud of their good behaviour.

 

Water bottles

Children do need a drink in this hot weather, so it is important that they bring a bottle to school.  Please do not put water bottles in reading folders, as yet another book was damaged this week.

 

 

Merseyside Games

Children from our school represented Halton in the Merseyside games on Wednesday.  They played well and we were very proud of them.

 

Rounders

Some of our children took part in a rounders tournament at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic College and played really well.

 

 

 

Bag2School

Thank you everyone who sent in items for our Bag2School collection, we have raised the sum of £184.00!

 

Fund raising Y5

The children in Y5 are organising two events in a bid to fund raise for school.

  1. Cake sale on Tuesday – 10p – 20p per cake.
  2. Bring & buy sale on Wednesday 7th July.  Please bring in toys, books, games, dvd’s etc – but no clothes please.

 

 

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

R: Bethany Connor & Luke Flanagan

Y1:  Ellie Horabin & Katie White

Y2:  Ellis Webster & Daniel Kershaw

Y3:  Katie Jones & Callum Murray

Y4: Jack Taylor & Olivia Wright

Y5: Daniel Edge & Calvin McPartland

Y6: Lucy Ogburn & Morgan McKay

 

REMINDER

Can I please remind you that dogs are not allowed on to the school premises at any time - even if they are on a lead.

 

£1 in the bucket

This week the winner is Adele Melling.  The ticket was picked out by Millie Withington in Y1.

 

 

DIARY

Monday 28th June

Bike Right Y5/6.

Tuesday 29th June

KS 2 children to church.

“Help your child to read”

Wednesday 30th June

Eggs hatch.

Rugby tournament – The Park Primary, Runcorn.  4 p.m.

Thursday 1st July

Friday 2nd July

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs Armstrong

 

 

18/06/2010

Dear Parents                                                 

NEWSLETTER

 

Year 5

Thank you to the people who came to the Year 5 class Mass. It was a beautiful Mass on the “Here I Am” topic of change.

 

Mrs Campbell.

We wish Mrs Campbell a speedy recovery after her operation this week. In the meantime if you need to contact the care club please do not ring her as she is recovering but contact the school directly instead.

 

St John Fisher Feast Day

Next Tuesday is the feast day of St John Fisher and we will be celebrating the day in a variety of ways.  St John Fisher's favourite dinner was roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and so to celebrate his feast day we will be having a special St John Fisher meal.    

If you would like your child to take part in this special meal please send in £2 on Monday morning in the usual manner.

 

New Starters.

There is  a meeting for parents,  of the new children, who will be starting the school in September on Thursday at 6.00pm.

 

Book Fair

Thank you to everyone who supported the Book Fair - it was very well attended. As a result of the book sales we now have over £400 to spend on books for our school libraries.  

 

Reminder

On Wednesday there will be a Holy Communion Mass at 1.30pm in the Junior hall. There will be a party and a whole group photograph after the Mass. Children can wear Holy Communion clothes.  Please do not come to school before 1 pm as the children will be having lunch. All are welcome. There will be a cup of tea and biscuits for parents after the Mass.

 

Year 3

Well done also all Y3 children for the splendid Tudor houses they completed for homework - they are fantastic!

 

Tudor work

On Wednesday 23rd June, at 2.40p.m., Y3 & Y4 parents are invited to come to school to see the children’s Tudor houses and paintings.

 

Year 2 Music Festival

On Wednesday afternoon Year 2 will be going to Kingsway Leisure Centre to take part in the annual Infant Music Festival. This is during school hours and the children are sure to enjoy themselves. 

 

 

Merseyside Youth Games.

We wish the children the best of luck as they travel to Wavertree on Wednesday to play netball (high 5’s). As reigning champions the children represent Halton, in the Merseyside Games.

 

BikeRight!

The first sessions of the new cycling proficiency lessons took place on Monday and will continue every Monday until the end of term.

 

Cricket Tournament

The school cricket team entered a “Kwik Cricket” competition at Widnes C.C. On Monday and did really well, narrowly beaten by Moorfield in the final.

 

£1 in the bucket

This week’s winner is Mrs McMahon, ticket number 570.  The ticket was picked by Connor McCabe in the Reception class.

 

Water bottles

Please remember to supply your child with a water bottle to bring to school but try not to send the bottle into school in the book bags! Today we had a book badly damaged because a water bottle leaked on it!

 

Lost Property

We have been informed by Warrington Road nursery that a St John Fisher coat, size 7/8 has been left there, please call at the nursery if you think it is yours.

 

DIARY

 

Monday 21st June                                        

BikeRight!  

Rounders competition.

 

Tuesday 22nd June

St John Fisher day!

Special dinner.

Help your child to read 13.00

Tudor exhibition in school 2.45.

 

Wednesday 23rd June

Infant Music Festival

First Communion Mass.

Merseyside Youth Games.

 

Thursday 24th June  

Meeting for new Reception parents 6 pm      

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

  R:  Olivia Greenwood    Patryk Jasion

Y1:  Emily Sharpe           Jack Davies

Y2:  Elizabeth Borlase    Libby Ritchie

Y3:  Tamzin Harrington  Daniel Rice

Y4:  Kern Walsh              Eve Salter

Y5:  Adam Barber           Klarah Walsh

Y6:  Emma Ferris            Connor Fitzsimon

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs Armstrong

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/06/2010

Dear Parents                                                  NEWSLETTER

 

It is good to be back and I'm proud of the way the Staff and children have continued to work exceedingly hard during my absence. Special thanks go to Mr Tasker for taking over the reigns.

 

2010 Reception Class Good news - because of the population of the school next September we are expanding and having two classes in Reception. This has now created a few new spare places for the Reception class.

 

Book Fayre

The school’s annual Book Fayre will take place next week, please come along and support the school. Books will be on sale Monday to Thursday from 3.10 to 4.00pm.

The money raised goes towards purchasing new books for each class.

 

Year 4

Well done to all Y4 children for the splendid Tudor houses they completed for homework - they are very realistic!

 

Year 5

What a busy week they are having! They have had a visit from the Widnes Vikings as part of an anti-bullying project, they have had their class Service of Sorrow and next Tuesday it will be their class Mass to which all parents are invited. Also the children are starting a Literacy project, linked with several other Widnes schools based around an exciting book called “There’s a boy in the girls’ bathroom”. Plus they have just placed 18 eggs in an incubator hoping to hatch out some chicks in 3 weeks time!

 

Year 6

Y6 visited the CLC on Thursday to take part in a stop frame animation project. They all really enjoyed using the software which will be finished with a day in school next week.

Please can all Y6 children please bring in a baby photo of themselves on Monday and a photo of themselves in school from any year? Mrs Greaves from Ss Peter and Paul is meeting Y6 pupils on Monday.

 

Martin Mere

The Infant department enjoyed a wonderful day at Martin Mere on Wednesday. The weather was kind and the rain held off long enough for the children to undertake a range of activities and observe how birds move, their habitats and to participate in pond-dipping. Thank you to the staff and to the parents who volunteered to accompany the children and a special thank you to the children for being so well behaved.

 

BikeRight!

Children in year 5 and 6 will start their cycle training programme on Monday. This is a very worthwhile course and hopefully they will become safer cyclists as a result of it. Y5 will have a morning session and Y6 the afternoon session.

 

 

 

Cricket Tournament

Good luck to the children in year 5 and 6 who are taking part in a cricket competition at Moorfield Cricket club on Monday.

 

World Cup Lunch!

On Monday 14th June we will be doing an English/USA themed lunch (£2) to celebrate the start of the World Cup. Menu: Sausage on a bap with chips and beans

                                                            Fish fingers with chips and beans

                                                           Cupcakes or brownies

                                                           Milk shake

Anyone having a dinner on Monday will be entered into a draw for a small prize.

 

Celebration in Sport

Two children from St John Fisher will be taking part in the Celebration in Sport at the Foundry next week to receive an achievement award.

 

Lost Property...

Some property left from Plas Nant Glyn is available for you to look through if your child is missing anything. It will be disposed of on Monday as it is already beginning to smell a bit!

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

     R:   Timothy Collins       Naomi Rice

          Y1:   Millie Withington    Jordan Gorman

        Y2:  Owen Blackwood   Leah Dickson

      Y3:  Francesca Lyon     Bradley Edge

     Y4:  Jessica Nelson      Julia Trinidad

                                                Y5:  Danielle Prince   Declan Rice

                                                Y6: Jose Trinidad          Alex Kirkbride

                                                       Matthew Connor    Jacob Riley

 

DIARY

 

Monday 14th June                                        

Y6 remember a baby photo               

BikeRight! 9.30-11.30 & 1.10-3.10    

Cricket Tournament for year 5 and 6

Themed lunch

Book fayre

 

Tuesday 15th June

Y5 Class Mass 11.00 all welcome

Help your child to read 13.00

Celebration in Sport event

Book fayre

 

Wednesday 16th June

Book fayre

 

Thursday 17th June                                                                        

 ICT day

 Book fayre

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs Armstrong

 

 

 
 

 

21/05/2010

 

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

First Communion

Well done and congratulations to the second group of children who made their First Holy Communion last Saturday.  

 

 “Help your Child to read”

Thank you to the parents who attended the introductory session. After the holidays, the course will take place at 13.00 - 15.00 starting Tuesday 8th June.

All parents are welcome.

 

Plas Nantglyn

A great time was had by all. The weather was very kind to us (unlike last year) and made the activities that much more enjoyable. The children and staff behaved extremely well and had a really wonderful time.

 

Holy Communion Celebration

The celebration Mass and party will take place on Wednesday 23rd June at 1.30 pm. in the junior hall. Details will follow after half-term.

 

Bag2School

Thanks to everyone who sent in so many bags. With luck the PTA will raise some money from this towards treats for the children.

 

Y2

All Y2 children really enjoyed showing our garden to their parents. Many thanks to all those who made such a big effort to come along.  Thank you also to those parents who contributed to Morrison’s ‘Let’s Grow’ vouchers earlier this year.  We put them to good use!

 

£1 in the bucket

This week’s winner is Ryan Molloy.  The winning number 490 was picked by Morgan McKay from Y6.

 

Hope everybody enjoys the two weeks holiday. We look forward to seeing everyone refreshed and ready to work on Monday 7th June at normal time.

 

 

DIARY

Monday 7th June

School re-opens.

 

Tuesday 8th June

Help your child to read 13.00

 

Wednesday 9th June

KS1 trip to Martin Mere.

 

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

R:  All the class.

Y1:  Dominic Gregory & Bethany French.

Y2:  Tyler Cafferty & Mackenzie McDaid.

Y3:  Group 2 Communion children.  Francesca Lyon & Bradley Edge

Y4:  Eve Salter & Abbie Haunch.

Y5:  Jake Burns & David Donlan.

Y6: Ellen Davies & Daniel Swift.

All Y4/5/6 children for working so well together this week.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

Mr Tasker

 
 
14/05/2010

 

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

First Communion

Well done to the children who made their First Holy Communion last Saturday.  We look forward to the second group of children making their First Holy Communion tomorrow. This is one of the great milestones in the lives of our children. We pray for the children and their families on this very special day. 

 

Staff Absence

Sadly Mrs Armstrong, Mrs. Cliffe, and Mr Fielding are all still off with illness. We hope and pray that they all make speedy recoveries as the school is not the same without them.

 

Key Stage 2 Tests

The children all worked hard and tried their best in the SATs tests this week. I was particularly pleased with the 100% attendance of the year 6 children especially as 3 children were on crutches! It is now 9 years since a child missed a SAT test at St. John Fisher School.

 

“Help your Child to read”

An introduction to this certificated course will be held on Tuesday at 9.00 in the infant hall.

All parents are welcome.

 

Attendance

We are very proud of the children’s attendance in school which is above the national average. Regrettably however, some children have to be marked down as unauthorised absence in the registers because they do not have a note explaining their absence. If your child is absent please send in a little note explaining the reason.

 

Shepherd Factory Visit

As part of our “Children Challenging Industry Project”, children in year 5 visited Shepherds which is a chemical factory at Ditton. The children learnt all sorts of fascinating things about crystals and chemistry as well as taking part in practical activities such as fixing leaking pipes and cleaning dirty water.

 

Plas Nantglyn

We are hoping for good weather next week when the some of the older children go on their residential adventure trip to Wales. The children will be climbing, skiing, canoeing and taking part in lots of other exciting activities. Children leave at 9.00 am. Monday morning and return at 1.00pm on Friday.

 

Children’s tuck

The school has recently been awarded a healthy school award for promoting healthy eating. Most junior children are really sensible and bring to school their own healthy snack or buy a snack from the dinner lady who is only allowed to sell healthy snacks. We feel that it is really important that your child has a healthy diet so please encourage your child to eat healthily and to avoid junk food.

Year 3

Please bring in Tudor houses from Monday. The houses that we have had in school so far have been very, very impressive.

We are planning to complete a variety of art and craft activities next week.  It would be helpful if children could bring in an old t-shirt or shirt to cover their school uniform.

 

Holy Communion Celebration

The celebration Mass and party will take place on Wednesday 23rd June at 1.30 pm. in the junior hall.  Details to follow after half-term.

 

Bag2School

Please help the PTA to raise money for the school by sending in your bags before Tuesday morning.  Shoes, clothes, curtains, bed covers, can all be sent in to raise funds. If you have lost the original bag that we sent home or if you need more just use any plastic bag or bin sack to deposit your spare materials. All contributions welcome.

 

£1 in the bucket

This week’s winner is Mr Kildear.  The winning number 418 was picked by Rebecca Ritchie from Y5.

 

Parking in Castle Street

Fortunately we get on well with most of our neighbours who live in Castle Street, sadly though we do get an occasional complaint from residents that our parents park thoughtlessly. Please continue to park considerately and not to block anybody’s drive.

 

DIARY

Monday 17th May

Plas Nantglyn

 

Tuesday 18th May

Plas Nantglyn.

Help your child to read 9.00 Infant hall

Bag2school collection 9am

 

Wednesday 19th May

Plas Nantglyn

 

Thursday 20th May

Plas Nantglyn

 

Friday 21st May

Return from Plas Nantglyn

Finish for half-term at NORMAL TIME

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

R:  Alex Borlase & Sophia Hitchcock

Y1:  Ellis Burgess & Sally Donegan

Y2:  Daniel French & Callum Donegan

Y3:  Sean Gallagher & Owen Jackson

Y4:  Jack Taylor & Jamie Tessyman

Y5:  Rebecca White & Joe Bevan

Y6:  All Year 6

 

Yours sincerely

Mr Tasker

07/05/2010

 

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

First Communion

The first group of year 3 children will be making their First Holy Communion on Saturday. This is one of the great milestones in the lives of our children. We pray for the children and their families on this very special day. 

 

“Help your Child to read”

Mrs Farrelly will be starting the course on Tuesday 8thJune, but would like to meet parents interested and explain what is involved in the course before that on Tuesday 18th May at 9.00am in the Infant Hall.

 

Key Stage 2 SATs

All the juniors will be involved in SAT tests next week - year 6 will be taking the usual tests and so as not to be left out, years 3, 4 and 5 will also be taking part in what are known as the optional SATs, which test reading, writing, spelling and maths.

All the children should be in school on time, well-rested and having had a good breakfast to be prepared for their SATs. We wish them good luck and pray that they will all “enjoy learning and achieve their best.

Punctuality

Most parents ensure that their children arrive at school on time every day. However, a few parents do send their children in late, which can often result in the children being marked down as absent, which unless the absence is explained with a note may well be marked down as unauthorised.  Too many unauthorised absences reflect badly on the school, parent and child!

Mobile phone numbers

As you know we rely heavily on our text system to communicate with parents - this is often a last resort when the home phone is unanswered. The system was invaluable during the snow closure. Using the text system is a lot cheaper for the school than a phone call.

There are still a number of parents who have not supplied us with a valid mobile number. Please ensure that the contact numbers we have for your child are valid.

 

Year 2

Y2 have done a lot of special reading in class this week so will not be taking any group reading books home.

 

School dinners

We will be having a “pasta party” on Monday 10th May.  There will be a selection of pasta dishes e.g. spaghetti bolognese, tuna pasta salad, pasta with tomato sauce and cheese, plus pizza and sweetcorn salad.

If your child normally has a packed lunch but would like to stay on this day please send in the money (£2.00) on Monday in an envelope with your child’s name on the front. Those eligible for free school meals can stay free of charge.

 

The Selfish Giant

All the children were treated on Wednesday to an interactive play entitled “The Selfish Giant”. It was a wonderful rich, exciting theatrical production. It was a joy to watch a sea of happy smiling faces eagerly joining in with the actions of this highly entertaining theatre group.

 

Animated Films

Year 5 children spent all day on Thursday making animated movies at the CLC. The quality of their work was outstanding, based on a theme of road safety. Whilst working on their high tech computer skills, the children were also communicating, team building co-operative learning, model making, scene building, the learning process that was involved was amazing.

 

DIARY

Monday 10th May

KS2 SATs

Special pasta lunch

Rugby training - remember kit

 

Tuesday 11th May

KS2 SATs

Netball training - remember kit

Y3 group 2 first communion children straight to church after school

 

Wednesday 12th May

KS2 SATs

Y3 group 2 first communion children straight to church after school

 

Thursday 13th May

KS2 SATs

Children going to Plas Nant Glyn can bring in their "Bags2school" today.

Y3 group 2 first communion children straight to church after school

 

Friday 14th May

KS2 SATs

Y3 homework - please finish Tudor house models - bring into school Monday

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

R: Ciaran Conway & Daniel O’Neill

Y1: Jenna Cairns & Ellie Horabin

Y2: Charlotte Hornby & Reaya Whittall

Y3: Harvey McDaid & Abbie Harrison

Y4: Adam Kinsella, Larissa Herriman & Beth Harland

Y5: Paisley Stanley & Lauren Davies

Y6: Matthew Connor & Alex Kirkbride

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr Tasker

29/04/2010

Dear Parents

NEWSLETTER

Year 4 Class Mass

Well done to Year 4 for an excellent Mass and thanks to Mrs Price for organizing her class so well. Thank you to all who attended and a big thank you as always to Father Peter and Sister Eileen for their guidance.

 

First Communion

Group 1 Holy Communion children (8th May) must go straight to church after school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

There will be a meeting for parents of Group 2 children (15th May) at 2.45pm on Friday 7th May.  The meeting will be held in the Music Room in the junior building.  It is very important that each child is represented at this meeting.

 

Year 1 trip to Speke Hall

Y1 visited Speke Hall as part of their history topic entitled “Houses from the past”.  They compared household objects, furniture, decorations and clothes from the past with those from the present.  They also visited the gardens and studied the plants and wildlife.  The children had a very enjoyable day and were very pleased when a member of the National Trust commented on how well behaved they were.

Thank you to the staff and volunteers who helped  make the event a success.

 

Theatre Company

A travelling theatre company will be visiting school on Wednesday 5th May performing “The Selfish Giant”. The children really enjoy and learn a lot from this theatrical experience, it is also so much easier and cheaper to bring the theatre to the school than to travel out to a theatre.

 

INSET DAY

A reminder that school is closed tomorrow for staff training.

 

Learning Platform

If you do not receive a copy of any newsletter or you wish to refer back to an old letter, newsletters are available on line on the school platform site,  www.sjfwidnes.co.uk

 

Care Club

We are now working on a programme of events for children to take part in during the summer half term holiday at the end of May. If you would like your child to take part in the “holiday club” please contact Mrs Campbell.

 

Bag2School

The PTA will be sending home bags for the children to collect old clothes, shoes, curtains, bedding, soft toys, belts and handbags.  All the bags are then weighed and money given towards fundraising.  A letter will be sent out shortly with more information.

 

£1 in the bucket

This week’s winner is Joanne Burns, ticket number 959 drawn by Luke Taylor from Y4.

 

DIARY

Bank Holiday  Monday 3rd May

School closed.

 

Tues 4th May

Netball training after school

 

Wednesday 5th May

"The Selfish Giant"

Y5 Challenging Industry Project

 

Thursday 6th May

 

Friday  7th May

First Communion meeting – 2.45pm

 

Saturday 8th May

Children’s First Communion Mass

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

R: Mason Woodrow & Amber Canning

Y1: The entire class

Y2: Joe Gorman & Adam Rice

Y3: Lucy Woodrow & Keenan McDaid

Y4: Zac Swindley & Abbie Haunch

Y5: Klarah Walsh & Danielle Prince

Y6: Jacob Riley & Ellen Davies

 

                                     

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr Tasker

23/04/2010

Dear Parents

NEWSLETTER

Year 4 Class Mass

On Wednesday of this week Year 4 celebrated in a service of Reconciliation in preparation for their class mass next week. The Mass is on Wednesday at 11.00 in the school Hall and all parents and friends are welcome to take part.

 

First Communion Meeting

There will be a meeting for parents of Group 1 children (8th May) at 2.45pm on Thursday 29th April.  The meeting will be held in the Music Room in the junior building.  It is very important that each child is represented at this meeting.

 

Year 5 Children Challenging Industry

Children in Year 5 had a Science day on Wednesday taking part in an exciting project linked with local industry. The children took part in lots of experiments connected with water. As a follow up they will visit a factory and take part in a display at the Catalyst Museum.

 

Rugby

Both girls and boys from our school took part in a rugby competition last week at the Widnes Rugby Union Club. We were very proud of the children again with their performances; they won all their matches and came back to school with a lovely big shiny cup. A special thank you to Mrs Tansey and Mrs Cliffe who helped with the organisation.

Sadly the kit that the children use is well passed it’s sell by date! If any parents know of any kind local business that would be interesting in sponsoring a new kit please get in touch.

 

Archdiocese Levy

Thank you to all the parents who have sent in their £10 contributions for the levy. If you have not sent in your contribution yet then please do so as this money is part of our contribution to the Archdiocese funding which has helped to pay for the major building work completed in the school recently.

 

£1 in the bucket

This week’s winner is Owen Blackwood, winning number 951 picked by Jordan Ashdown Y3.

 

St Georges Day

We celebrated St. George’s Day today with the children wearing their own clothes a special meal and lots of St. George’s Day activities including a special assembly where St George once again triumphed over the wicked Dragon.

 

Absences

Please remember to send a note in if your child is off ill to help keep our records up to date and accurate. It is important.  Thank you.

 

Plas Nantglyn Meeting

Wednesday at 7.00pm a meeting for parents of children going on the residential trip, discussing itinerary, diets, what to bring etc. and answering any questions.

 

INSET DAY

Please note that school will be closed on Friday 30th April for a training day. Care Club will also be closed as staff will be involved in the training day.

Remember 3rd May is a Bank Holiday Monday. A nice long weekend!

 

DIARY

Monday 26th April

Last booster class with Miss Holcroft

 

Wednesday 28th April

Y4 Class Mass 11.00 am

Last booster class with Mrs Price

Y1 trip to Speke Hall

Plas Nantglyn Meeting

 

Thursday 29th April

Last English booster classes

First Communion meeting – 2.45pm

 

Friday 30th April

SCHOOL CLOSED FOR INSET DAY

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

            R: Brandon Hornby & Connor Percival

Y1: Ellie Webster & Lewis Melling

                                                Y2: Tom Sorvel & Lauren Cairns

                                                Y3: Peter Behan & Callum Murray

                                                Y4: Kern Walsh & Julia Trinidad

                                                Y5: Jake Burns & Joe Bevan

Y6: Andrew Owens & Katy McCue

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr Tasker

 

 

16/04/2010

 

 

 

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

 

First Communion Meeting

There is a meeting for parents of children making their First Communion on Tuesday 20th April at 7.00 o’clock in the Church Hall. If you have not yet presented your Baptism Certificate please bring it to this meeting.

 

Attendance

From January to Easter, 64 of our children had 100% attendance. This is a marvellous achievement, especially during the long cold winter months when there were lots of bugs and viruses floating about. Most of our children remained amazingly healthy. Well done to them - they received their attendance certificates just before the Easter holiday.

 

Easter Bingo

Thank you to all the parents and friends who attended the bingo, it was a fun night for all involved. We give a special big thank you to the PTA who managed to raise over £600 for school funds. The first prize has still not been claimed. It is a yellow ticket, number 955. If you have the winning ticket, please call in to the office to claim your prize.

 

St George’s Day

We will be celebrating St George’s Day on Friday 23rd April. To mark this special occasion we will be having an own-clothes day with a donation of 50p towards school funds. If your child would like to stay for lunch (and doesn't normally stay), please send in £2 in an envelope with your child’s name on the front by Wednesday 21st April. 

The Menu is:-

Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, Roast potatoes, Creamed potatoes,

Seasonal vegetables, Gravy, Variety of sweets, Milk shake or water

 

Help Your Child to Read

Sadly the lady who was planning to do this exciting course starting next week is unwell so we have had to postpone the start of the course to Tuesday the 18th May.

 Computer Club

Mrs Pye will be running a computer club with the school council from Friday 23rd April.

The sessions will run weekly and will be during lunchtime. Children will be able to have their lunch before the club begins. The aim is for the children to produce a school council newsletter about recent events in school and how children have been involved.

 Care Club

The Care Club plays a large part in school life and exists to serve the community. Please support us by sending your child to some of the activities offered in the letter you recently received.

 

Bike Stamping

Safer Halton Partnership, in conjunction with the police, have set up a bike marking initiative which is due to run in Victoria Park, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th. Between 10am and 2pm each day. Marking your bike is a very good idea!

 

London Visit.

I was amazed at the large response I had for adult helpers on the trip and as much as I would love to take you all the organisers will not let me! So I will have to have a draw to see who will be able to come! Sorry.

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 

 R: Katlyn Grindley & James Brady

Y1: Dominic Jones & Katie White

Y2: Daniel Woodward & Dylan Burns

Y3: Ellie Jones & Brodie Ritchie

Y4: Lucy Box & Olivia Wright

Y5: Adam Barber & Daniel Edge 

Y6: Katie Dyas & Connor Fitzsimon

            

 

DIARY

Monday 19th April

Miss Holcroft's Maths booster 3.20 - 3.50

Mrs Price's Maths booster 3.20 - 3.50

Tuesday 20th April

First Communion Meeting

Wednesday 21st April

Year 5 taking part in the "Children Challenging Industry" Science Project

Thursday 22nd April

Y6 games kit needed

English booster groups 3.20 - 3.50

Friday 23rd April

Own-clothes day and St George’s Day lunch

Y6 PE kit needed

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr Tasker

 
 

 

26/03/2010

 

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

Easter

During Holy week the children will be taking part in  a number of activities related to this important time of the year remembering the sacrifice Christ made for us, culminating with a celebration of the Stations of the Cross on Tuesday for Key Stage 2 children. May I take this opportunity on behalf of all the staff to thank you for your support during the term and I wish you a happy and peaceful Easter.

                                             

Year 5 First Confession                                            

Children in year 5 completed their first Confessions this week. Our thanks go to all the parents who have helped them at this time and especially to Fr Peter and Sister Eileen who have guided them through this important sacrament.

 

School Choir

Children in our choir sang beautifully at Saints Peter and Paul High School on Monday in the Annual Spring Concert. Once again we were very proud of their efforts and our thanks go to Mrs Cunliffe for her guidance and support.

 

High 5’s Tournament

Once again our talented children took part in the Widnes high 5’s competition (Netball). The children did exceptionally well winning all their matches and coming back to school with yet another gleaming trophy. The children now go on to represent Widnes in the Merseyside Games in June.

 

Year 2 Assembly

Children in year 2 celebrated their trip to Burwardsley this morning with a special assembly reliving some of the memories they had on their residential trip.  Our thanks go to all the staff for their time and effort in creating this wonderful experience for the children that they will remember all their lives.

 

Care Club

Please note that on Wednesday, 31st , Care Club will close at 3.30 P.M.  It will also be closed on Thursday of next week, 1st April, and will re-open for Holiday Club on Tuesday 6th April.

 

Easter dinner

On Tuesday 30th March we will be serving a special Easter dinner.  If your child normally has a packed lunch but would like to have a dinner on that day, please send in £2 on Monday, in an envelope with your child’s name on the front.

 

Fresh roast turkey

Chipolata sausage

Roast potatoes

Creamed potatoes

Mixed vegetables

Gravy

Kracholate with mini eggs

Milk shake or water

 

Infant Snack

From Monday 12th April, the cost of milk for the infant children will be reduced to 15p.  Therefore, toast and milk for a week will now cost £1.25.

 

£1 in the bucket

This week’s winner is Mr Tasker, ticket number 829.  The ticket was picked by Daniel Woodward in Y2.

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

             R: Tyler Harrington & Alex Unsworth

     Y1: Ellie Horabin & Nathan Bailey

Y2: Tom Sorvel & Ryan Molloy

           Y3: Kiera Percival & Caitlan McQuade

          Y4: Taylor Brady & Courteney French

       Y5: Shani Evans & Rebecca Ritchie

                              Y6: Molly Neild, Chloe Donegan & Abby O’Connor

 

DIARY

Monday 29th March

 

NO booster groups.

Easter bingo – doors open at 6.15 pm

 

Tuesday 30th March

 

Stations of the Cross service for KS2

 NO netball practice

 

Wednesday 31st March

School finishes for Easter holiday at 1.30PM

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr Tasker

 
 
 
 
19/03/2010

NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents

 

St Patrick’s Day

We celebrated this special occasion in school by having a special meal, finding out about St Patrick, Ireland and the symbolism involved. Year 6 celebrated the day with a beautiful mass.  

 

Help Your Child to Read

Shortly after the Easter Holidays the school will be running a course on Tuesday afternoons for parents who wish to improve their children’s reading skills. Parents are a vital part in the development of young children’s reading and this course will give parents ideas how to develop their children’s reading skills whilst maintaining a joy for books and reading. A crèche will be available during the course if required.

 

“New Starters” in September 2010

The list of children’s names to start in our reception class next September is already looking very full. If you have a child that is due to start school next September, please make sure that they have their name down.

 

Travelling Theatre

The school welcomes an opportunity to enrich the children’s education by bringing a theatrical production “The Reading Room” into school next week. Based on travelling back in time to meet famous authors the interactive play should be another exciting day for the children.

 

Good Shepherd

At this time of year we make a small collection each day of any loose change or odd coins to help this worthy local charitable cause. Any contribution is welcome.

 

First Communion

Reminder - there will be a First Holy communion meeting on Tuesday 23rd March at 7 p.m. in the Church hall. Please remember to bring your photographs.

 

Y2 Assembly

Y2 will be having their assembly next Friday, 26th March, at 9.15 pm.  Parents welcome.

 

Y2 children

Could we please remind Y2 parents that the children are not allowed to use the play equipment situated outside the old Reception classroom for safety reasons.  Thank you.

 

Morning Snack

As from Monday 12th April, infant's morning break milk will be reduced to 15p which will make milk and toast £1.25 per week.

 
Netball tournament

There will be a netball tournament on Wednesday 24th March at Kingsway Leisure Centre. More information and team details will follow.

 

Easter Bingo

Don’t forget that the Easter bingo will take place on Monday 29th March.

Thank you for the raffle prizes already sent in, we would be grateful for any more you wish to donate.

 

£1 in the bucket

£1 in the bucket will be back on Monday.

 

 

DIARY

 

 
Monday 22nd March

Miss Holcroft’s maths booster 3.20 – 3.50pm

                Rugby training for Y5/6 until 4.15 pm

 

Tuesday 23rdMarch

NO baths

 

Wednesday 24th March

Mrs Price’s maths booster 3.20 – 3.50pm

Netball tournament

 

Thursday 25th March

English booster groups 3.20 – 3.50pm

 

Friday 26th March

Performance of “The Reading Room”

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 

                   R:  Connor McCabe & Kayleigh Roberts

          Y1:  Millie Withington & Luke Houslay

          Y2:  Libby Ritchie & Elizabeth Borlase

 Y3:  Kirsty Lowe & Peter Behan

            Y4:  Beth Harland & Courteney French

            Y5:  Rebecca Owens & Lauren Davies

       Y6:  Michael Knowles & Katy McCue

 

 

Yours sincerely

Mr Tasker

 

12/03/2010

 

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

Year 6 Mass.

Children in year 6 will be celebrating St. Patrick’s day with a class mass in the junior Hall at 11.00 on Wednesday the 17th December, parents are welcome to attend.

 

Parent Survey.

A big thank you to all the parents who completed the survey, we had a good response and the responses look very, very positive. More details to come.

 

School dinners

Wednesday 17th March is St Patrick’s Day and we will be serving an Irish based menu.  If your child normally has a packed lunch, but would like to stay for a school dinner on that day, please send £2.00 in an envelope with your child’s name on the front.  The menu is:-

Irish stew – with crusty bread

Ulster fry up (similar to all day breakfast)

Irish oat cake

Fruit Milk shake or water

 

School Crossing Patrol

Sadly Sue will no longer be working as our exclusive ‘lollipop lady’ she has changed her role with the authority. A new “lollipop lady” , Christine will be taking her place next week.

 

 
Plas Nantglyn

Thank you for sending in your money for the residential trip. Could we please have any outstanding money paid in by Friday 26th March. We will have a meeting shortly after Easter giving you more details of the itinerary for the week and what items the children do and do not need for the trip.

 

Mobile phone numbers

Many other schools have admired our texting system for keeping parents informed in sudden changes to events at school, e.g. it proved invaluable during the snow closures. Please ensure that if you have changed your  mobile numbers to inform school of the change so we can keep our text system complete.

 

Easter Bingo

The PTA would be grateful if you could send in raffle prizes for the Easter bingo which will take place on Monday 29th March.  Items such as Easter eggs, gift sets, bottles of wine, etc are needed. Thank you.

 

Pound in the bucket

This week’s winner is Olivia Greenwood.  Ticket number 778,     drawn by Jenna Cairns  in Year 1.  The amount won is £42.00.

Please note: there will not be a collection on Monday for £1 in the bucket.

DIARY

 

Monday 15th March

Miss Holcroft’s maths booster 3.20 – 3.50pm

Tuesday 16th March

Y3/5 swimming kit needed – last visit to the baths

Wednesday 17th March

St Patrick’s Day

Y6 Mass 11.00am

Mrs Price’s maths booster 3.20 – 3.50pm

Thursday 18th March

English booster groups 3.20 – 3.50pm

Y6 games kit in and homework due in

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

R: Timothy Collins & Jack Hodgkins

Y1: Hannah Byrnes & Joseph Riley

Y2: Leah Dickson & Ellis Webster

Y3: Harvey McDaid & Owen Jackson

Y4: Ruby O’Connor & Brandon O’Neill

Y5: Roxanne Gates & Corey Campbell

Y6: Emma Ferris & Emma Ogburn

 

 

Yours sincerely

Mr Tasker

 

05/03/2010

 

Dear Parents

Newsletter

Year 5 Mass

An excellent class mass which was well supported - thank you to everyone who attended. Well done to the children of Y5 and congratulations to Mrs Pye and Mrs Campbell for a successful class mass.

 

Parent's Survey

The adults in the school work very hard to make the school as efficient as possible in order to ensure that all the children achieve the best that they can. The attached survey can be completed anonymously and will help us understand if there are areas that need to be reviewed. The results of this survey are analysed carefully and changes may be made accordingly.

 

Children's Survey

We completed a similar survey in school with the children and found the results were very positive. Most children enjoy their school; feel that they are making good progress and that the adults help them with their work. A few minor problems came out over issues such as footballs and toilet paper but thanks to the survey these have now been sorted.

 

International Book Day

Thursday was International Book Day and your child should have received a book voucher for £1 which may be redeemed at most book shops including WH Smith, Waterstones etc.

 

Crucial Crew

Children in year 5 spent a valuable morning at Halton Stadium learning about safety in their environment. This was a really enjoyable session for the children and hopefully has helped them to become more aware of the dangers around them. As usual the children’s behaviour was exceptionally good. The class received a trophy to celebrate their good work.

 

Mosaics

Children from a number of classes have been working together to produce a giant mosaic with an artist named Angela Sidwell. On completion this mosaic will go on the outside wall of the school near to the office. The giant picture will reflect the school in its local environment.

 

 

Learning Platform

I have noticed that lots of children have been making use of the platform this week, especially older children exploring a new resource to help them with their writing. Mr Kildear has put a video on the front page for you to help you find your way around the platform.  The video can be found just above School Information and is called Using the Platform.

 

Money

Thank you to all the parents who send in money marked in an envelope with their child’s name it makes life so much easier for the staff in school.

 

DIARY

 

Monday 8th March

Miss Holcroft’s maths booster group 3.20-3.50pm

 

Tuesday 9th March

Y3/5 swimming

 

Wednesday 10th March

Mrs Price’s numeracy booster group 3.20-3.50pm

Y6 service of sorrow 11.00am

 

Thursday 11th March

Literacy booster groups 3.20-3.50pm

 

 

Achievement Awards

R: Olivia Greenwood & Ben Smart Lawton.

 

Y1: Ellie Webster & Leah Burns.

 

Y2: Reaya Whittall & Olivia Dearden.

 

Y3: Keenan McDaid & Victoria Wright.

 

Y4: Eve Salter & Jack Glover.

 

Y5: Jake Burns & Niamh Littler.

 

Y6: Paul Higgins & Abby O’Connor.

 in the bucket

This week’s winner is Alison Rice with ticket no. 423.  This was picked by   Ciaran Conway in the Reception class.  The amount won is £42.00.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr Tasker

Dear Parents 

 

Class Mass

The Y5 class mass will take place on Friday 5th March, at 11 a.m. in the Junior hall.  Parents and carers are invited to attend.

 

“Crucial Crew”

Y5 children will be attending “Crucial Crew” at the Stobart Stadium on Thursday 4th March in the morning. 

 

Burwardsley.

The year 2 children really enjoyed their adventurous  residential visit to Burwardsley where they took part in a variety of outside activities including visiting the candle factory. I was really proud of their behaviour. The children will be taking part in a special assembly towards the end of this term to celebrate their adventure.

 

School Dinners

As Monday is St David’s Day we will be having a Welsh based menu for dinner.  The choices are:-

                        Mincemeat pie                     welsh sausage

                        Seasonal vegetables         creamed potatoes

                        steamed pudding               Cheese & biscuits

                        fruit

 

If your child does not normally have a school dinner, but would like one on Monday, please send in £2 on Monday morning.

 

Working with an artist.

All the children will be working with an artist  over the next few weeks, taking part in an exciting project making a giant mosaic using ceramic tiles, which will fit on to the outside wall of the school. The children will work in groups putting together the huge picture that they themselves have designed.

 Learning Platform   WWW.sjfwidnes.co.uk

The learning platform is growing and growing!  More and more activities are being place on the platform for the children to explore. If you have not got your new password contact school so that your child can access the resources.

 

 
‘Kwik’ Cricket

Coaching sessions for ‘Kwik’ Cricket will be held at Moorfield Primary School every Wednesday, for pupils from Y3 to Y6.  The session lasts from 3.30 – 5.00pm and costs £1 per session.  To book a place please ring:  0151 906 3738.

 

£ in the bucket

This week’s winner is Olivia Greenwood, ticket no. 685 – drawn by Emma Ogburn in Y6.

 

DIARY

Monday 1st March

Maths booster class – Miss Holcroft, until 3.50pm.

Y5 working with the artist.

Tuesday 2nd March

Y3/5 swimming kit needed.

Year 6 working with the artist

Netball training.

Wednesday 3rd March

Maths booster class until 3.50pm – Mrs Price.

Year 4 working with the artist

Thursday 4th March

Literacy booster groups until 3.50pm.

Y5 “Crucial Crew”.

Friday 5th March

Y5 class mass 11 a.m.

Y6 P.E. kit needed.

  

Yours sincerely

 

Mr Tasker

Achievement Awards

R: Niall Redmond & Jack Shaw-Muldoon

 

Y1: Ben Healey & Dominic Gregory

 

Y2: Ethan Campbell & Declan Davidson

 

Y3: Katie Jones & Faye O’Neill

 

Y4: Larissa Herriman & Abbie Haunch

 

Y5: Ben Reed & Rebecca White

 

Y6: Michael Knowles & Morgan McKay

 
 

12/02/2009

 

 

Dear Parents

 

Ash Wednesday.

Sadly we are not in school next week on Ash Wednesday. However church is open and families are welcome to take part in this very important day in the Catholic Church calendar.  Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent and the school will be celebrating this special time of the year before Easter after the half term holiday.

 

KS2 Open Evenings

Parents nights for KS2 children are now completed.  I hope that all parents feel updated with their child’s progress.  A good supportive partnership between home and school is the key to success in school.  Thank you to all the teachers and parents for attending these meetings.

 

Dance Festival

The Y6 children performed their "Thriller" routine in the dance festival on Wednesday at Ss Peter & Paul College, which was choreographed by the children with the help of Shelley and Olivia from the3 high school. It was a fantastic performance and a tribute to the hard work put in by Miss Holcroft and Miss Edge.

 

Haiti appeal

The children have been holding several fund raising events in the last week and have raised the fantastic sum of £234.37.  Thank you to everyone for all their efforts in raising this fantastic amount. 

 

Holiday Club

You have received a separate letter.  If you require a place for your child, please phone Care Club asap on 07538374889 or email erikac30@googlemail.com.  Please support the school by attending if you can.

 

KS1 Parents evenings

The KS1 parents evening will be held during the week beginning 22nd February.  If you haven’t already done so, please make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher.

 

“Healthy Heroes”

Children in Reception and Y1 enjoyed an afternoon’s activities provided by the Healthy Heroes team.

 

 Learning Platform.

Our learning platform is now up and running again at WWW.sjfwidnes.co.uk. If you have not had your new password yet please return the form to school as soon as possible so that you may have access to the resources on the site. If you have any problems please contact either Mr Kildear or Mr Tasker who will help to sort out platform problems.

 

Valentines Day Card Competition.

Wow!  What brilliant cards the children made for the competition. Our children are certainly very imaginative and creative, it was not easy to pick the winners. The Prize winners were, Reception Bethany Connor, year 1 Sally Donegan,  year 4 Jessica Nelson, year 5 Sam Doyle and Niamh Littler and in year 6 Beth Sharpe. Well done to all the children who took part and also thank you to the PTA for organising the competition.

 

DIARY

Monday 22nd February

Y3 P.E. kit. and spellings

KS1 Parents evening

Y5 spellings

Miss Holcroft’s maths booster class 3.20-3.50pm

Tuesday 23rd February

Swimming Y3 & Y5.  Swimming kit & big plastic bag & inhaler if needed.

 KS1 Parents evening

24th February

KS1 Parents evening

Mrs Price’s maths booster 3.20-3.50pm

Thursday 255h February

Y5/Y6 PE kit

Literacy booster groups 3.20-3.50pm

Y6 homework due in.

Friday 26th February

Y5 /6 spelling test Y3 homework

Y6 homework given out

Y6 P.E. kit in.

 

£1 in the bucket

This week’s winner of £37.50, is Liza Broome.

Winning ticket, 358, drawn by Jake Burns Y5.

 

We return to school on Monday 22nd February at normal time.  Enjoy your half-term break.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs Armstrong.

Achievement Awards

 

R:  Brandon Hornby & Alice McCann

 

Y1:  Jenna Cairns & Lauren Davies

 

Y2:  Lois Ritchie & Adam Rice

 

Y3: Abbie McDonnell & Bradley Edge

 

Y4: Daniel Roberts & Ruby O’Connor

 

Y5: Shani Evans & Joe Edge

 

Y6: Alex Kirkbride & Jose Trinidad

 
 
 

05/02/2010

Dear Parents

Newsletter

 

KS2 Open Nights

There are still some parents who have not yet signed up for an appointment to see their child’s class teacher. If you have not done so please make an appointment as soon as possible.

Dance Festival

The Y6 children will be taking part in a Dance Festival at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic College on Wednesday, 10th February, starting at 6p.m. The children need to be there for 5 p.m. There will be a dress rehearsal in the morning at Ss Peter & Paul, full costume is required. Transport is arranged by Ss Peter & Paul. The permission slips for the face painting need to be back as soon as possible.

Holy Communion Mass

Sunday 7th February – 10.30a.m.

Fiddler’s Ferry

The Y6 children enjoyed their trip to the power station earlier this week. The staff at Fiddler’s Ferry commented on the excellent behaviour of the children. Very well done.

Valentine’s Disco

Thank you to the PTA for organising this event which was enjoyed by all.

Booster classes

Booster classes, in preparation for the SATs, will start for Y6 children in the first week after half term. Maths will be on a Wednesday and Literacy on a Thursday. These sessions will take place from 3.20pm until 3.50pm.

£ in the bucket

This week’s winner is Ruby O’Connor’s mum, ticket number 593, drawn by Jamie Tessyman in Y4. Prize money is £42.00. Well done!

Please remember the PTA collect for the £1 in the bucket every Monday after school. Thank you for your continued support.

School Levy

Thank you so much to the parents who have already sent in their £10 contribution per family. If you haven’t already given your contribution, please do so before the half term. £10 a year to have your child educated in a Catholic school is very good value.

Hats for Haiti

The children have requested a "Hats for Haiti" day to raise money for the Haiti appeal. We will hold this event on Wednesday 10th February. The children can wear any type of hat to school and bring in a small donation.

Also, the Juniors have asked if they can do a sponsored run around the school field on the same day.

Infant snack money

Could we please remind parents to send snack money in to school in an envelope or wrapped in a piece of paper with their child’s name on. Please do not put snack and dinner money in the same envelope. Thank you.

DIARY

Monday 8th February

KS2 Parents Evening

Y5 spellings given out

Tuesday 9th February

Y2 trip to Burwardsley

KS2 Parents Evening

Y3/5 swimming, remember a

plastic bag with name on

Wednesday 10th February

Hats for Haiti!

Y2 return from Burwardsley

Thursday 11th February

KS2 Parents Evening

Y6 homework due in, games kit

Friday 12th February

SCHOOL CLOSES FOR HALF TERM

Y6 spelling test, homework given out, P.E kit

Y5 times table test

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs Armstrong

Achievement Awards

R: Ciaron Conway Bethany Connor

Y1: Joseph Riley Emily Sharpe

Y2: Daniel Kershaw Daniel Woodward

Y3: Francesca Lyon Tamzin Harrington

Y4: Eve Boyle Tamzin Harrington

Y5: Sean Loftus Paisley Stanley

Y6: Beth Sharpe Megan Burns

 
 
 

04/12/2009

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

 Christmas Bingo

This was a great success and raised over £1,000.  Thank you to everybody who attended and many thanks to the PTA for all their hours of hard work – it is much appreciated.

£ in the bucket

This week’s winning number is 408.  It was drawn by Daniel Kershaw at the Christmas bingo and the winner is Winnie Dearden.  The prize money is £54.00.

Junior Carol Concert

Black clothes MUST be in on Monday.

Sadly, there will be NO spare tickets for the Tuesday evening performance.

Netball

Netball practice has been cancelled until after Christmas.

Football result

St John Fisher 2 – 3 Spinney Avenue. A valiant effort by the team.

Morrisons Grow vouchers

A big thank you to everybody who sent in Morrisons vouchers. We collected over 7,000 and have placed a big order for planters, potatoes, compost etc.

 

27/11/2009

 

 

Dear Parents

 

Newsletter

 

Samba Drumming Concert

As you are aware, Y5 have had several weeks of Samba style drumming-

their efforts have been echoing around the junior building. Now at last Y5 parents, carers and family are welcome to attend on Wed 2nd Dec at 11.00 when there will be a Samba Drumming Concert in the junior hall.

 Year 3 and Year 4

Please return Junior Christmas Concert request tickets if you haven’t already.

Members of the choir need black clothes (black t-shirt, trousers/skirt) by next Friday.

 Wartime Singalong

Y3 and Y4 parents have already had a letter about this – please send in the reply slips ASAP. Children may bring in their wartime artefacts but these must be clearly labelled.

 PTA Hampers

Please if you can, send in a chocolate donation to help make up the Christmas Bingo hampers. All donations however small are welcome.

 Daresbury Science Trip

A group of children from the juniors are going to see the Sustainability Show where they will explore many exciting aspects of science and technology and discover the vital role it plays in our everyday lives.

If your child has been selected please send in the reply slip and money.

 Christmas Bingo

Please support our very popular Christmas Bingo on Thursday – there are some fantastic prizes to be won. All proceeds are used to improve the quality of your child’s education.

 School Photos

The photographer is collecting the envelopes on Monday afternoon so please return your order by Monday morning.

 Swimming Badges

These are available for Y4 and Y6 children who have had swimming this term. Please send back your badge money asap.

Mobile Numbers

There are still parents who despite several requests, have not given us an updated mobile number. These parents will not receive important messages from school as we use the Texting  system extensively.

 Money paid to school

Money must only be handed into school in an envelope or wrapped in paper marked with your child’s name and class. Can we once more remind parents not to give loose money to teachers or children? Envelopes are always available from the office. Snack money is dealt with by the kitchen and dinner money by the office so it is helpful to have them separated.  Thank you.

  £ in the bucket

 Miss Butterworth had the winning ticket this week (number 364 drawn by Millie Withington in Y1).

 

20/11/2009

NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Parents

 Christ the King Mass

Can I please encourage all the school to attend the school mass this Sunday in church at 10.30am? I very much look forward to seeing you there.

 **Year 3 Class Mass**

The Y3 Mass has now been re-arranged for Thursday 26th November at 11.00am.  This will take place in the junior hall.  All welcome.

Anti-bullying week

A lovely sea of blue greeted us today, thank you for supporting anti-bullying week.  We are glad to say that in school the children show friendship and kindness towards each other almost all the time.  We are all proud of our children’s behaviour.

Operation Christmas Child

Thank you to everyone who sent in a shoe box for the Operation Christmas Child appeal.  We collected 56 boxes altogether and they have now been picked up from school ready for delivery to children in need around the world.

Child safety

Could we please remind all children that if there is no adult to collect them after school, for whatever reason, they should go down to the school office to enable us to contact the parent or to get permission for them to attend our Care Club. 

Pound in the bucket!

This week’s lucky ticket – drawn by Olivia Greenwood in Reception – is number 303.  The winner is Mrs Cash who receives £50 prize money.  Well done!

Y1 trip to Norton Priory

The Year 1 children visited Norton Priory Museum & Gardens today, where they were actively involved in a workshop session covering a range of historical artefacts, in particular, toys from the past.  The session involved informative and interactive activities in order for the children to put theory in context and practice.  The children were very well behaved and a good day was had by all.

Sickness

Lots of children have been off this week with sickness.  To help stop the spread of infection, could parents please help children with correct hygiene procedures when coughing and sneezing.  Thank you.

School play tickets

We can only guarantee 2 tickets per family for one performance of the Junior Carol Concert and the same for the Infant Nativity play.

 

 
 

 

13/11/2009

 

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

 

Anti Bullying Week 16th – 20th  November

Next week is Anti-Bullying Week. Children will be following activities that help them to reflect upon how their behaviour can affect others and what to do if someone is making them unhappy by bullying behaviour.

 On Friday 20th November, all children are asked to wear something blue to school to symbolise our determination as a school, to say “No” to bullying. Parents of children from Y2 to Y6 have been issued with a booklet to give them an insight into our approach to anti-bullying education and to assist them to support their child at home.

 Remembrance Day

In school we marked the 90th anniversary by holding a special assembly in the Infant Hall. The assembly started with a two minute silence. The children were all very respectful and showed an increased understanding of the sad events through their questions, thoughts and ideas.
Year 1

The children in Y1 will be visiting Norton Priory on Friday 20th November.  Children should come in at the normal time and will be back before the end of the school day.  If you have not already paid please send £7.00 in a named envelope with your child.

Shoebox appeal

We are once again collecting shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child Appeal.  We hope to top last year’s amount of 50 boxes and bring as many smiles to disadvantaged and war torn children as possible. Please ensure that shoe boxes are in school by Monday at the latest.  Thank you.

Plas Nantglyn

Deposits for the trip should be sent in next Thursday please as we have to book and confirm our final numbers with the various organisers that we use during the trip.

Everton Mini Kickers Tournament

Children from Year 1 – Year 4 were selected to participate in a football tournament against other Widnes Primary schools, held at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic College.

The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and played some exciting matches with some outstanding performances –  including Abbie Harrison’s super penalty save - and numerous goals scored.

If any child would like to attend Everton mini kickers training on a weekly basis, training sessions are free of charge and are held at Ss Peter & Paul on a Thursday.  The times are:-

                        Reception – Y3  4-5pm                                       Y4 – Y6  5-6pm

 
 
 
06/11/2009

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

Judaism Week

Next week is our Judaism week in school.  In preparation Mr David Coleman, a member of the Jewish Community in Liverpool, came to speak to all the children on Thursday.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed listening to Mr Coleman.  We certainly  learned a lot which will help this coming week.

Chinese Visitors

A group of Chinese Head teachers visited our school on Monday whilst on an exchange visit to Halton.  This was a very successful day and we are now twinned with a school in Tong Ling which will bring great cultural and artistic understanding to the children in our school.  

Pumpkin Competition

Very well done to all of the children who grew their pumpkin from a plant.  This was a competition of endurance, care and commitment since before the summer.  We had an excellent response and our judge, Sue, who has been involved in the UK pumpkin championships for many years, was very impressed with our children and their pumpkin growing abilities!  Thank you to Mrs Jones for organising the judge for us and for the donation of the giant pumpkin who’s seeds will be distributed among the children in the spring term for next year’s competition!!  UK championships here we come.

Well done to all the pumpkin carvers, we had some fantastic faces! 

PTA Halloween disco

Another great success with a lovely atmosphere, thank you to the PTA for organising the event and to the children for their exemplary behaviour during the evening.   Mr Kildear found his true talent behind the disco mike, we look forward to the next entertaining event.  Thank you to all the staff who supported the event after a long day in school.

PTA meeting – Monday 9th November.

The PTA is actively looking for new members to lead and guide the group.  Everyone is welcome whether you wish to take a leading or a supportive role.  I can’t express strongly enough how valuable the PTA is to the children and our school.  Their good work enables the children to have many fun activities during the year and enables many trips, visiting theatre groups and such like to go ahead because of donations received from them.  Please show your support and attend the informal meeting in the Infant building at 7.30 pm on Monday 9th November.

Shoebox appeal

We are once again collecting shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child Appeal.  We hope to top last year’s amount of 50 boxes and bring as many smiles to disadvantaged and war torn children as possible.

Football result

The football team got beat 5 – 0 by a very good St Basil’s team.  The score does not reflect how hard our team tried.

Reminder

School photographs will be taken on Monday 9th November.

Year 3

Early notice:

Service of Sorrow Wednesday 11th November – for children in class only.  Mass - Tuesday 17th November at 11.00 am in the Junior Hall.  All parents welcome.

Welcome back

Welcome back to Mr McPartland who is now fully recovered and in good health.  Also, welcome back to Mrs Leather who’s broken arm is nearly fully recovered!  We greatly missed them both. 

 

* Mr Fielding is still unwell and we send him our thoughts and prayers and hope he returns quickly.

 

Monday 9th November

School photos.

Football training until 4.15pm.

Y3 spellings.

Tuesday 10th November

Swimming for Y4 & Y6.

 Netball training until 4.15pm.

Y3 P.E. kit & trainers.

Wednesday 11th November

Y3 library changing day.

Y3 Service of Sorrow.

Thursday 12th November

Friday 13th November

Y3 homework sent home.

 

Please put snack and dinner money

In separate envelopes.                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs  Armstrong
 
 
 

13/03/2009

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dear Parents

 

NEWSLETTER

 

 

Arts Mark Award

On Tuesday afternoon, Jo Clements, Arts Council representative, visited the school in connection with our application the Arts Mark Award.  She was very impressed with the arts undertaken at the school and will recommend that we be awarded Gold Standard.  Thank you to all the pupils, staff and governors for their hard work and for making such an excellent contribution to the art, music, dance, drama and design technology taught within the school.  A special thank you to the children who performed and those who spoke to the inspector.

A special thanks to Miss Butterworth for leading the work in this area.

Year 4

The Y4 children are making a wall hanging as part of their art and science project.  We would be really grateful if any parents or grandparents could come and help us sew.

 

Volunteers

Reception, Y1 & Y2 classes are looking for volunteers to walk up to church with the children on Tuesday for Fr Peter’s Mass at 11am.  Please see the class teachers if you can help.

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Reception: Lewis Melling & Millie Withington

Y1: Charlotte Hornby & Daniel Woodward

Y2: Elliot Smith & Paisley Giblin-Doyle

Y3: Brandon O’Neill & Courteney French

Y4: Lauren Davies & Josie Rice

Y5: Daniel Swift & Chloe Donegan

Y6: Nathan Heyes & James Knowles

 

           

 

Care Club

For the rest of the half-term we will be having the following activities at Care Club:

Monday         Arts & Crafts 

Tuesday          Cookery Class

Wednesday    Multi Sports

Thursday        Cookery Class

Friday             Regular Session

Due to the popularity of the cookery class we will be doing this on Tuesday and Thursday.

All sessions are £5 until 5pm or £6 until 5.45pm.

If you would like to book please telephone the Care Club on 07523554884.

 

Red Nose Day

We have raised a total of £337.57!  This has been a combination of donations, sale of red noses, sale of cakes and biscuits.  Many thanks to everyone for your generosity.

 

Cross Country

Parents should take their child to Pickering’s Pasture for 4pm and then wait for them until the race finishes, at about 5.30pm

On Saturday, 14th , Mr Fielding will be at Pickering’s Pasture at 4pm for anyone who wants to walk the course.  Parents must accompany their child.

 

DIARY

Monday 16th March

Y6 dance afternoon.

Tuesday 17th March

Father Peter’s Mass 11.00am.  Parents welcome.

Widnes schools cross country at Pickering’s Pasture 4pm.

Widnes Vikings working with Y5 project on bullying.

Y3 baths.

Governors policy committee meeting 5pm.

NO BOOSTER CLASS TODAY.

Wednesday 18th March

Y3 building giant tetrahedron in the afternoon, with Halton Business Partnership.

Y4 building Knex bridges.

Netball practice.

Staff meeting.

Thursday 19th March

Y3 visit to Stobart Stadium as part of science project – please return permission slips and £1 donation please.  Your child will need a coat.

Y6 maths booster class until 4pm.

Governors monitoring committee meeting 4.30pm.

Friday 20th March

Y1 assembly in the Infant Hall at 9.15am.  Parents welcome.

Rugby with Widnes Vikings after school until 4.15pm.

   Y5/6 trip to Brindley Theatre to see “ID me” 1-2pm.

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs Armstrong

Headteacher

 

 

06/03/2009

Dear Parents

Newsletter
Fr Peter’s Jubilee

To celebrate Father Peter’s 40 years as a priest, he is saying Mass for all the schoolchildren and their parents on Tues 17th March at 11.00am in Church. All welcome.

If you would like to send in a donation towards a present for Fr Peter, we would be very grateful.

Paint Your Mini Pot Day

The children have been growing daffodils and have been designing their own pot covers all in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. The children bring the daffodils home and we are asking for a small donation to this worthwhile cause.

World Book Day

The children have today been given a £1 book voucher which can be used against any book or be exchanged for one of the special Book Day books.

It’s that EGGSITING time of year again!

Year 5 will be collecting chicken eggs next week to put in to the incubator. Hopefully, three weeks later, they will hatch out, just in time for Easter.

Friday 13th March All children can wear their own clothes as long as they are on back to front. A small donation will be appreciated.

"Spot on" week

All next week Halton Borough Council are having a "spot on" week. Each day if your child is in school on time, they will receive a spot. At the end of the week any child with five spots will receive a special punctuality certificate.

DIARY

Tuesday 10th March

NO SWIMMING TODAY

Friday 13th March

Red Nose day

Yours sincerely

M Armstrong

Headteacher
 

Achievement Awards:

R: Sally Donegan Dominic Jones

Y1: Dylan Burns Frankie Baker

Y2: Caitlan, Lucy, Bradley, Tamzin, Francesca & Elliot

Y3: Abbie Haunch Olivia Wright

Y4: Klarah Walsh Lewis Haydon

Y5: Chloe, Emma F, Andrew & Megan

Y6: Callum Burns & Olivia Laveric

 

 

 

 

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