Over the last 2 weeks every class in the school has been exploring the book Westlandia by Paul Fleischman illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. The book explores what happens to the main character, Wesley when the summer holiday start! There has been some fantastic writing from every class; the ideas in the book have inspired our budding authors!
We have linked with Cranborne School and Ladbrooke School to plan this project and at the end of the month we shall be sharing the outcomes together. In this way we can work together to develop the teaching and learning of writing for all our pupils.
This week we took part in National School Parliament Week. The children used the school parliament resource box to discover how parliament works. Year 5 and 6 were visited by councillor Peter Knell who spoke to the children about local government and the role of the mayor. Year 5 led us in an assembly all about parliament; we then had our own referendum. Should we change the name of our school? The remainers are voting for the school to stay as Pope Paul Catholic Primary School and the leavers are voting for us to become St Paul VI Catholic Primary School! If you haven’t casted your vote there is still a chance on Monday morning!
Thank you to the parents who attended our information evening yesterday exploring how to support your child with relationships at school . It was highly informative and interesting. Please see the powerpoint that was used during the session.
Today the school has been filled with excitement and joy as we celebrated the canonization of Pope Paul VI. We started the day with an assembly where everyone was presented with a St Paul VI prayer card. The children then enjoyed an extra break and Fairtrade treat in the sunshine. Following the theme of peace, the children spent the morning creating flags, designs, sketches and mosaics as well as continuing their research on Pope Paul VI. This afternoon we released doves of peace in the playground as a symbol of our continuing mission, following the charism of Pope Paul, to support peace and justice for all. Our pilgrimage to Rome to share in this very special moment was inspiring and uplifting. We felt privileged to be able to represent our school community in this important event. Father Shaun also attended the Mass in St Peter’s Square and we were all invited by Alex (our Seminarian)to visit the English College for Mass and then refreshments, enjoying the view of Rome from the rooftop terrace! Throughout the weekend we remembered our Pope Paul School Community and prayed for the continuing success of our school. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of staff who are happy to make a financial and time commitment in support of our community. Thank you ladies!
Welcome back to our new school year! It was wonderful to see the many smiling faces on Wednesday as we opened the doors to a new school year. The children looked well and were enthusiastic to share their news and stories of the summer. It was lovely to welcome our 30 new Reception children to our school community: Francine, Gene, Fraser, Mya, Aanay, Madeline, Nathan, Raylan, Julia, Tiya, Frankie, Finn B, Isabelle, Anna, Filip Amelia, Charlie, Loui, Chloe P, Sienna, Phoebe, Sofia, Emily, Michael, Andreas, Teddy, Philip, Chloe A, Finn M and Zacharias. We hope that you and your families will be very happy with us.
It has been a wonderful year full of active learning opportunities. Thank you for all your support and commitment to our school community. We wish you a lovely summer holiday break. We hope you enjoy our celebration of summer!
Don’t stop (don’t stop) don’t stop the beat,
I can’t stop (can’t stop) can’t stop the beat,
I won’t stop (won’t stop) won’t stop the beat, and GO!
Well done to our Year 6 children who have achieved fabulous SATS results. 100% of our children achieved the national expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths. This is a huge achievement and well above the national average of 64%. At present we are waiting for verification of the % of pupils who reached the higher levels in each subject. Thank you to all the parents and teaching staff who supported the children. A special thanks goes to Miss Donatantonio and Mrs McNamara for their hard work and commitment.
Today all children will receive their end of year reports. We hope you enjoy reading them!
Thank you to all the parents who came to support the children on sports day. There was a wonderful atmosphere and some amazing performances! Well done to St Bernadette’s House for winning the KS1 competition and to St Vincent’s House for being victorious in the afternoon KS2 event. The overall winner was St Bernadette’s House!
Thank you to all the staff for working hard throughout the day, ensuring that the whole event ran smoothly. Well done to Miss Pringle, our PE leader for her meticulous planning and organisation.
Thank you for all your support today fundraising for the JIA Foundation. The purple looked great and the cakes were delicious! Well done to Gloria and the Year 6 for organising the day! Thank you to everyone who donated cakes for our sale. A special thank you to the parishioners who arrived at school bearing two huge plates of cakes and to Eliana, Gloria’s Reception reading partner, for her very generous donation of cakes. We raised a fabulous £250! Thank you everyone!