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School Successes 2016-17

Holy Family School’s Successes 2016-17

We’re nearing the end of another school year and it has definitely been a busy one - especially with our special visitors. We have been able to offer children a variety of different clubs – from all age groups (excluding EYFS). On roll we have 207 children; 157 children participate in a wide range of afterschool activities including: choir, gardening, football, art, tag rugby, walking on a Sunday etc.  Children have also enjoyed activities during school-time too. In this report, I have detailed some of the accomplishments that our amazing children have achieved!

        September 2016

  • School Council held a Macmillan Coffee Afternoon. Children brought cakes in to sell and families were invited along to join in the afternoon. 
  • We were lucky enough to be offered an opportunity for parents to become involved a five week learning course run by the Blackpool Council (during school time) to encourage child/family learning. 6 families took part in this.
  • Well-done to 8 children from Year 3/4 Athletics team, they did a splendid job representing our school at Quadkids.

         October 2016

  • Year 3 held a fantastic Harvest festival; family, friends and parishioners were encouraged to join us. Everyone involved were very generous and the donations were given to St Cuthbert’s.
  • Year 6 represented our school in a pilgrimage to mark the Year of Mercy. The pilgrimage involved walking from the Priory Church, to Lancaster Castle, then to the statue of Queen Victoria. They also got the chance to walk through the Holy Door of Mercy at the Cathedral and took part in a short service focussing on the Year of Mercy. Children and staff enjoyed their day and an assembly was led afterwards to share their experience with the rest of the school.

         November 2016

  • On parents day we decided to display children’s work for parents, family members and friends based on Book Week. Visitors were able to come into the junior hall to see the work on display from all year groups. We also raised money by asking for donations for refreshments and selling raffle tickets for a beautiful cake (big thank you to Mrs Barber who made it). A cheque for £78.66 was sent to Macmillan.
  • Year 3/4 and 5/6 entered an Athletics competition and placed second.
  • A large group of children (girls and boys) took part in a dance festival, at the Winter Gardens. As you can imagine with nearly 50 children on the stage; it was a spectacular performance. 

       December 2016

  • The School Choir lead an Advent Service. The children attended in the evening and performed beautifully for the service. 
  • School ran their annual Jesse Tree worships each day through Advent with a range of pupils and staff each sharing a Bible story with the whole school.
  • Well done to the children who took part in an inter-school netball/high-5 tournament at Stanley Park.
  • Big thank you to everyone who helped or came along to the Christmas fair - £500 was raised!
  • EYFS/KS1 performed their Nativity, ‘Hey Ewe!’

    Year 5 performed, ‘Straw and Order’ and were supported in song by the rest of KS2.  There were several performances to children and parents - all saying they really enjoyed them.

  • Children and staff raised money for ‘Save the children’ - by wearing Christmas jumpers for a day.

January 2017

  • Years 5/6 competed in an Indoor Athletics Final.
  • A huge thank to children, parents and staff for all their hard work when the OFSTED inspectors came into our school. We’re very proud to have such a fabulous school and we’re glad they recognised this too!

       February 2017

  • 49 children took part in Schools Alive. The children performed on the stage at the Grand Theatre. We were even lucky enough to be mentioned on the radio the next day.

March 2017

  • Nearly 20 children’s art work was displayed for the Young Seasiders Arts and Crafts exhibition, at The Gallery Blackpool & the Fylde College.
  • During book week we had our annual ‘Book at Bedtime’, after school – thanks to staff and governors for attending. Again we had our ‘Character Dress Up’ day with lots of book activities and a quiz led by the head. 
  • Year 6 led an Ash Wednesday Service in church for the whole school.
  • Year 6 girls sang as part of the Blackpool Catholic Schools shared Lenten Service.
  • Well done to all the children who took part in this year’s Choir of the Year. We were all so impressed by their beautiful singing and felt so very proud of them. Holy Family was awarded the certificate for the best small school.

April 2017

  • All classes took part in raising money over the time of Lent. Year 1/2 had a St Patrick’s Day, a grandparents’ afternoon, hot crossed buns were sold, a soup kitchen for parishioners and a games day.  All money raised was for ‘CAFOD’.
  • Year 4 performed ‘The Passion Play’ to the children and families, another great show of our children’s talent.

May 2017

  • Congratulations to the 16 children from KS2 who had their First Holy Communion Day.
  • Children throughout the school showed off their musical talents in a series of 2 music concerts celebrating class songs, musical instruments and solo performances. Thank you to Miss Mallinson for all her hard work in making the concerts run smoothly.
  • This year we decided to run our KS1 and KS2 sports day in the spring term (normally it’s in the summer term) this turned out to be the right decision because both sports days were able to go ahead on the planned days. All the children enjoyed themselves and Arrowsmith came out as winners for KS2!
  • Year 6 pupils camped on the school field as a reward for all their hard work attending extra morning booster sessions in the run up to SATs.

    June 2017

  • 5 Year 3 children took part in a gymnastics competition and placed 2nd. Congratulations to these children who spent their own lunchtime practicing hard.
  • Year 3 visited St Mary’s and took part in the annual Open Air Mass. Children also enjoyed a picnic after the Mass.
  • Bishop Michael came to visit our school and he thanked the children and staff for making him feel most welcomed.
  • Huge well done to all the children who took part in Youth Games this year. All children who participated received a certificate and a medal. School also had winning teams for the Athletics and Cheerleading.
  • Year 6 pupils attending St Mary’s had two transition days at the high school and 2 lessons taught by St Mary’s teachers in our school.

    As you can see, our children are very lucky to be able to participate in so many activities at school. Our school year is far from over and our children have many more activities to look forward to, including: bikeability for Year 5, the Year 6 residential to Waterpark, all children visiting the zoo with our zoo pass, class trips and much more in a very busy final term! I hope you agree that all this wouldn’t be able to happen without our team of dedicated staff; so thank you to them! Lastly a thank you to Governors for another fantastic year and for all your hard work!

    Mrs T Whitmore

    Staff Governor July 2017

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