Its a been a very busy and exciting start to the Autumn Term so far.
We welcomed some new members of staff to our team -Miss Brown Gardner is our new Year 3 teacher and Mr Derose is our new TA in Year 6. You may recognise their faces as they were both students with us last year. They made such a good impression that we didn't want to let them leave! There are new students joining us this year again. Miss Zaidi, Miss Copeland and Miss Ashiq have started working in our Foundation Stage already and there will be teaching students from MMU starting with us before half term.
Parents and Community
Our regular Meet the Teacher sessions were well attended and it was great to see so many parents wanting to be involved in heir child's learning. We always say that we are in partnership with our parents and we see the huge impact that this can have on children, both in their academic and personal growth.
We are moving to a new way of communicating with parents and you will have all seen the text messages about this. We are going to be using a product called School Gateway which is App based. Please have a look at the news item for details of how to use it.
We have also taken over the school dinners for our school from Manchester Fayre. This means that we have more control over menus and the ingredients used. We have already noticed a huge improvement in the quality of these ingredients. If you would like your child to have school dinners please speak to Mrs McNamee or Miss Frize.
We have had three charity events this term already and we really appreciate the generosity of our families and staff. We have had a huge amount of items donated for our harvest collection. This will be going to our adopted charity, Cornerstones, which does tremendous work supporting homeless people in Manchester. All the staff made delicious cakes for our Macmillan Coffee Morning which raised over £300 for this charity that is very close to our school's heart. We also held a non uniform day for Cafod when everyone wore bright clothes and gave £1. We raised over £200.
We have seen lots of new Nursery children start this term. They look so tiny on their uniforms but they have settled really well thanks to the hard work of our Foundation Stage team.
Year 2 had a fantastic trip to Skipton Castle to introduce their Towers,Tunnels and Turrets topic. Mr McGowan was full of pride at how enthusiastic the children were. Have a look at the blog post for more pictures.
Year 3 are looking forward to their trip to Knowsley Safari Park. We hope they come back without losing any bits off the coach! They also applied to be Reading Buddies for Year 2 this year and have already had their training in how to support the Year 2 children. The first session was very busy and buzzy!
Year 4 have started their swimming lessons, taking to it like a duck to water! We look forward to watching them become confident swimmers. Let's get some inspiration from our ex pupil, Rachael Partington, who is a para swimmer achieving great things due to her determination and focus on being the best that she can be. We are very proud to know this young lady and to have some small part to play in her incredible journey
They have also had a fun filled visit to Central Library on National Poetry Day to see a poet called Matt Goodfellow. He performed his poetry and the children came back to school acting them out and reciting them. They particularly liked one about a chicken on the roof! Here is Matt in action at a school in Bolton.
Year 5 have had a very interesting trip to Jodrell Bank as a starter to their topic about Space. They came back full of knowledge that they they will use and apply during the term. There is a Blog post with some lovely pictures of what they got up to.
They have also started opera project with the Royal Northern College of Music. This is always such an amazing experience which culminates in a performance on the RNCM stage with an orchestra and opera singers. This years opera is based on Hansel and Gretel and the children have already composed some catchy songs that can be heard being sung all round school.
Year 6 are studying Mexico this term and had great fun learning about Mexican food and using their DT skills to prepare Quesedillas and cocktails.