A quick look back to 2016-2017
Another very busy year which saw the opening of our wonderful extension which has given us another light and airy classroom which doubles up as a computer suite and an orangery which we use for group work and as a meeting room.
Sport –West Lancs School Sports Partnership provides all our curriculum PE and offers a wide range of after school competitive fixtures for children eg cross country at Tarleton, swimming gala at Nye Bevan, cricket at Mawdesley, composite relay at Ormskirk School, Super Stars at St Bede’s, Tri Golf at Glenburn, athletics at Sporting Edge, triathlon, rounders, football, Bikeability, sports hall athletics, , netball, orienteering, chess, athletics events for both Key Stages 1 and 2
School offers other sports - fencing, judo
Able, gifted and talented events- athletics, gymnastics, tennis, as well as festivals of sport : swimming, boccia, kurling, athletics and gymnastics for those who would not normally represent school.
We received the Sainsbury’s Gold Award for PE. For the first time every child in KS2 represented their school.
RE monitoring visit from Archdiocese again reinforced that provision is Outstanding in school.
Visits –residential to Towerwood – watersports on Windermere, Parbold library, Burscough Wharf , cinema – Ice Age, Y5 and 6 retreat at Animate in St Helen’s, Williamson Park in Lancaster, Noriko Ogawa – pianist arranged by Douglas Music Society, to Parbold Douglas to share a Google experience, all staff and some governors INSET to Ampleforth Benedictine Monastery, French play at St Bede’s, decorations on the Christmas Tree outside PWI, carols around the tree with Parbold Douglas, nativity play at Parbold Douglas, took part in the Peace Proms at Liverpool Arena – practised with Parbold Douglas, service around the Christmas tree with Rev Sue Timmins, Lancashire Music brass band concert, Burscough Heritage Centre- Visit by Class 3 before the Centenary Weekend, our weekly visits from Lancashire Music Service to deliver brass tuition to Y5 and 6 and also peripatetic music teachers for guitar , saxophone, clarinet and piano.
All staff just completed Paediatric First Aid training.
Visitors - Graphic novels with authors, Parbold Ukulele, Mad Scientists. Theatre company, CAFOD representative, Canal and River Trust – local history, Scolastic Book Fair, Local fire brigade and a Greek – fresh from battle, Parbold Ukulele,
Whole school celebration of creativity at gallery in school hall “Circle of Days” – with a global eco theme to which the whole school and village community were invited.
PTFA – family camping in the school grounds, bingo, ceilidh, Ladies Night with Newburgh, Advent Fair- raised funds to purchase a new wooden play train and trips for children as well as new picnic benches for the school grounds.
Awards Quality Mark for EYFS and for KS1 and 2 and a special award for our provision for children with medical needs from the Diabetic Association.
Celebrations- the Queen’s Birthday – picnic lunch in red, white and blue and a garden party at the weekend in the school grounds as well as singing at PWI, Roald Dahl Day, Easter bonnet competition, egg hunt, Harvest Festival – children distributed food to parishioners and to food banks
Forest School - All children take part in this exciting part of our curriculum each term. Use church grounds and learn in a different way engages all children in practical way – co-operation and team work, self -esteem but still following the curriculum- always some cooking on a real fire and other activities linked to the topic they are learning about. Children love it. The next one in on the beach at Southport (Beach School).
School Development Plan -Pobble – online writing. Shared this good practice with local schools; Bickerstaff, Dalton, Newburgh, St Joseph’s, Wrightington and Parbold Douglas.
Spelling Bee – inter-house competition with dressing up- in black and yellow.
Health Week- great success, daily run, cooking competition with parents, visits from dentist, diabetic nurse, skateboarding day, etc…
Fundraising- Nugent Care – nearly £700 in Lent. Wednesday Market- children running all stalls, Good Shepherd Talent Show- a highlight of the year!
Macmillan Coffee morning - £400
Harvest – donations sent to local residents and the food bank in Skelmersdale – children delivered these.
CAFOD – World Gifts - £212
Parental involvement – parents, grandparents and governors are always welcome in school -assemblies, reading, Busy Bees- baking, gardening, ICT , an evening of grammar, regular Stay and Pray- where parents and grandparents say and join a class for morning collective worship, working party for staff, governors and parents to paint the school hall.
Clubs – chess, Lego, recorder, mathletics, gymnastics, SATs, cooking, netball, rounders, cross country, Minecraft, library, art, recorders.
Little Saints – our nursery is going from strength to strength. We take children from the age of 2 and they love being there. There is a strong and creative staff team who are always looking for exciting opportunities to engage the children. They even have a football coach in one morning. They love the wonderful outdoor space in school too.
Whole school reflections for Easter and Christmas. Whole school production of Mary Poppins.
Again lots of links with other school through the West Lancs Small Schools Cluster – headteachers meet half termly to discuss current issues and to share good practice. We have just had a visit from Rosie Cooper who met with us all at Our Lady’s to discuss our concerns over the threatened school budget cuts. Staff from these schools meet to moderate work to ensure assessment is standardised. We also gather our gifted and talented children together, most recently we hosted a writing day for publication on the internet using our online platform -Pobble.
Just a flavour of what we have been up to!