July 2011 - End of Year Report

As we come to the end of another school year, the final newsletter will reflect on all that we have achieved this year. As ever we have had a very busy time with lots going on. We have tried to include you in your child’s learning by inviting you to as many events as possible. Thank you for your support. The staff and the children are always pleased so many of you can come when invited. It means a lot to us.

During the last 18 months we have been working towards achieving the Leading Parent Partnership Award. We had our final assessment at the end of June and were delighted to hear that we have been given the award. This is a reflection of the very good partnership we have with you and we are very proud to have achieved it.

Thank you for the positive feedback on our new annual report forms. Many of you commented that you felt they were much more personal and informative about your child’s learning and attitudes in school. We have taken on board the comments made in previous years and tried very hard to improve the reports.

On Tuesday we will be saying goodbye to our Y6 class. They are a credit to their families and to the school. They have matured into very responsible individuals and we wish them well at Castlebrook, Philips, Parrenthorn, Bury Church and Bury Grammar.
Finally we say goodbye to Mrs. Stern, Mr Adams, Miss McGrath, Madame Beattie and Miss Hodder. Thank you all and good luck — we will miss you!

Back To School

We return to school on Wednesday 7th September, 2011.

PTA Success

A huge thank you to the PTA and all parents for their support at our events this year. The final event of the year was the Party in the Playground which took place in June. This year we made an amazing £1325.07! We will also be receiving a donation from Barclays who support work in the community.

The PTA will be sending out a newsletter in September to inform you of all our fund raising this year and our targets for next year.

We are aiming to use the funds to improve the technology in our hall for assemblies and performances (lights and sound system).

Thank you for your support throughout the year.

Class Teachers for 2011-2012

  • YR Miss Ashton
  • Y1 Miss Dooley
  • Y2 Mr Rhodes
  • Y3 Mrs Roberts
  • Y4 Mrs Ali
  • Y5 Mr French
  • Y6 Miss Sinclair

Dinner Money

From September dinner money will be £9.50 per week—£1.90 per day.

Summer Term Review

May 2011

The summer term began with many of our Y5 and Y6 pupils taking part in the Safer Cycling with the Road Safety Unit. They were taught road skills and how to keep safe on their bikes.

The whole school enjoyed M&M’s Theatre’s production of ’The Hobbit’ at the end of the first week back.

During the week beginning 9th May, Y6 did their SATs. We have just received their results and their hard work paid off. Well done Y6!

Y4 and Y5 both visited Philips Park to work with the Park Rangers, the Oral Health team visited Y6 and Y2 and Y4 did wonderful class assemblies. Y4 invited our Governors to a Tea Party with homemade raspberry muffins.

At the end of May we were delighted when our girls team won the Prestwich and Whitefield Netball League Final against Our Lady of Grace. Well done girls!

June 2011

After half term our classes began to go on their annual school trips. Y3 visited the Blue Planet Aquarium and YR went to Blackpool Zoo.

We held the meeting for our new parents at the beginning of June. We will be welcoming 30 new children in September. Y6 had a money skills workshop with a representative from Barclays Bank and Y5/6 took part in both a cricket and rugby tournament, winning the rugby trophies.

We held some sessions for parents to learn about the use of our Learning Platform. We will be holding more of these next year so if you would like a username and password for the Learning Platform please attend these sessions.

Y5 and Y6 represented our school and won two trophies at the Radcliffe Baths Swimming Gala. Y4 went pond dipping and Y5 represented the school in a mixed 5-a-side football tournament at Castlebrook High School.

We had great luck with the weather for our Infant Olympics and our Junior Sports days. Lots of fun was had by all! Y1 and Y3 did well in their class assemblies which were enjoyed by everyone.

We held a Language Day during which the children worked in groups that included children from each class. Y6 pupils acted as team leaders and the groups moved around the school to work with different members of staff. The activities they did were designed to help them develop their communication and collaborative skills, we were very impressed that the listening, negotiating and compromising skills the children had been taught in class were very evident during the activities.

At the end of the month Y5 went to Farmer Ted’s Farm Park and to Crucial Crew. Y6 went ice skating in Blackburn. We were pleased to see so many of you at our Art Exhibition which showcased the work done by our children in class.Each class looked at the art produced by different world cultures and used this to inspire them to produce their own art. The quality of the work was commented on by many of you.

Y2 went on their trip to Martinmere and also went orienteering at Philips Park.
At the end of June we held our World Music Day. During two performances each class performed a song or dance from a different part of the world. The children really excelled in their performances and made us all very proud!

Children from the juniors took part in the Athletics tournament at Parrenthorn High School—winning another trophy.

We ended the month by achieving the Leading Parent Partnership Award.

July 2011

July began with the Y5/6 residential trip to PGL at Winmarleigh Hall near Preston. The children had an adventurous time experiencing climbing, raft building, archery, abseiling, zip wire and had lots of fun.

Y1 visited Stockley Farm and Y4 went to Chester Zoo.

The fun continued all last week when each class cooked food from around the world. The children improved their kitchen skills and acted as good hosts to their visitors.

Y6 parents were invited to join the final brass lesson with Mr Yates and Miss Geelan. They played a number of pieces to show the skills they have developed over the last two years.

The week ended with a French morning. The children in the juniors had fun tasting French food, playing boules and watching French films.

The school year ended with us saying good-bye to our Y6 pupils. They performed their final class assembly for their parents and the school said good-bye to them in the final assembly of the school year. Thank you, Y6, for working so hard and being such a good example to all the other children in school!

Good luck in your new schools—we will miss you!

On behalf of the whole staff I would like to wish you a happy summer holiday. See you in September!

Mrs. Reynolds

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