It was lovely to see the children back from their Easter break this week. Our prayer corner is now filled with our Easter tree and our Alleluia banner. This week the children have been exploring the Resurrection stories including Doubting Thomas and the road to Emmaus. Resurrection butterflies have appeared in class displays as we focus on new life and new beginnings!
This week we welcomed back some of our past pupils. Thank you to Emily Parkes, Charlotte Surry, Steve and Anne Marie O’Keeffe, Paul Pinto, Emma Donatantonio and Gail Radley for visiting us and sharing memories of their time at Pope Paul School. We were also visited by Mrs Lock (who joined the school in 1971) and Mrs Butler who were members of staff and by Marie Donatantonio who was our Chair Of Governors 10 years ago. The children have been fascinated by memories of guinea pigs as class pets, water fleas being put in the school pond, whole school teddy bear picnics and the idea of an optional school uniform! It was a lovely way to continue our celebrations of 50 years of our school.
Over the last two weeks our young musicians have been performing for us in 3 concerts. We have heard children playing the piano and recorder and singing solos and duets. Our choir have also been in good voice! Well done to all our performers and thank you to Mrs Guerin and Mrs Martin for preparing the children so well. We look forward to next term when we will hear from our string players and our guitarists.
There was great excitement this week when children’s author, Jack Trelawny visited Pope Paul. He spoke about how he gathers ideas to use to make a good story and he certainly inspired everyone to develop their writing skills further. Jack signed copies of his book for our children and was impressed with our library.
It has been a fabulous week of active outdoor science learning. Please have a look at all the class blogs to see the amazing range of activities that have taken place. Yesterday it was a wonderful sight watching the children go home with rockets, kites, planes, daffodils, owl pictures and St Patrick clover! I hope you enjoyed sharing some of your child’s science learning in class yesterday. Thank you for all the support you give to our school.
What a wonderful assembly we had this morning! Thank you to our Year 3 class for your beautiful dance interpretation of the story of St Patrick. Well done to Evie, Isabelle, Louise and Aishling for entertaining us with your dancing and to the choir for your beautiful rendition of Danny Boy and The Salley Gardens.
Last week our Netball teams played against Cranborne School. The teams played brilliantly and it was a pleasure to have three new members (Maddie, Keira and Sophie) in the squad. The A team won 7-1 and the B team won 11-0. Well done to Ruby and Sophie, who were voted player of the match by the opposition.
This week our girls football team was in action against Oakmere School. It was a very close match and after conceding first the girls worked hard to score two in the second half and won 2-1. Well done to Jessica, who was voted player of the match and to Meghan, who scored her first goal!
Well done to the Y5 and Y6 pupils, who took part in the Dame Alice Owen Indoor Athletics this week. It was a great team performance, with the boys coming 2nd and the girls 3rd – making us 3rd overall.
It was wonderful to welcome the Over50s club to our school today. Luca, Joshua H, Matthew M and Temi from Year 6 welcomed our guests and guided them to their places in the hall. The choir sang beautifully and Year 3 presented the story of St Patrick in words and music. Mrs McNamara and Miss Donatantonio provided the music for our Irish dancers, playing the tin whistle and piano. We are extremely lucky to have such talented children and staff! Parishioners played an important role 50 years ago in ensuring that a new school providing Catholic Education was built in Potters Bar. We thank them for this commitment and were privileged today to welcome them back.