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Today we opened our new Oscar Romero Atrium. The Atrium was built using funding from HSBC Bank. The HSBC staff worked with the staff and Governors here at St. Peter's, together we have created a new space in school that can be enjoyed by everyone!
Here is a picture of our House Captains and Fr Gubbins cutting the ribbon to officially open the atrium!
This week some of our Governors visited school to monitor the standard of RE teaching. They observed lessons, looked at pupil's books and talked to groups of pupils. They were very happy with the high standards in school.
The Year 6 School Council have worked hard to create a video about our HSBC bid for renovation of our Outdoor Space.
Welcome back, I hope everyone had a nice Easter break and enjoyed the good weather! Yesterday we were on a joint Teacher Training day with St. Augustine's, St. George's and Our Lady and St. Peter's School. It was wonderful to spend time with our partner schools and work on developing the school's ethos and Catholic Values.
I have included some pictures of our Palm Sunday Procession, which was a great success, thank you to Fr Eddie and Fr. Albert for including the children in their mission!
Today the pupils worked with Dawn and Lee Threadgold on a piece of Land Art that will be displayed on the finish line of the Tour De' Yorkshire! The children were all invited to sign the shirt andfound out about the project and the history of the Tour.
I am so proud of the Year 6 pupils! Yesterday they led our Last Supper Assembly, this was a scripted version of Holy Week which they have written over the past half term in their R.E lessons with Mrs Holloway.
The acting and singing was amazing and the whole school were able to watch the performance.
Thank you Mrs Holloway for directing the performance and thank you Mr Richardson for directing the music.
The School Council are concerned about school attendance, they met with me to discuss the issue. The Councillors had lots of different ideas on how we could improve the school’s attendance figure.
They decided upon the following:
Our Key Stage Two children have entered a national poetry competition! They have produced some fantastic work.
I am very proud of all of our poets in St. Peter's School!
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that you all enjoyed Christmas with your families and are ready for the new term in school.
Some of our Year 5 children worked with Ben Sellers on the Garage Band Project. Please follow this link to find out more and to watch our video!
I am so proud of the music that the children have created and I am sure you will agree it is amazing!
The children worked with Dawn and Lee Threadgold on an art project based on light, they studied different festivals of light from other cultures! They then designed their own objects based on the theme of light. We thn paraded around Peasholm Park with our lanterns!
London Trip: Yesterday we visited London for the day. The children visited the houses of Parliament and were given a guided tour of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords! The children found out all about the history of Westminster and Parliament.
We then had lunch in the gardens of Westminster
After lunch we were booked onto the London Eye and enjoyed the magnificent views of London!
We walked to 10 Downing Street and said hello to MPs as they arrived! The next stop was Buckingham Place where the children tried to catch a glimpse of the Queen!
The children and staff really enjoyed the visit. Our children were a credit to the school and their families!
We were visited this week by the Pearl of Africa Children's Choir, many of the children are hosting Choir members for the week and learning lots about Uganda! We were treated to a performance today, the choir are amazing!
Here is a link to a survey about how your children have settled into the new school year at St Peter's!
This week we were visited by 2 famous children's authors from London, Rob Biddulph and Marcia Williams!
The children were involved in writing and illustrating workshops, everyone enjoyed getting their books signed by both authors!
The clear message from both Marcia and Rob was.. if you want to be an author of your own books, you can do it!!!
Our local M.P MR Robert Goodwill visited our school on Friday and spoke at length with our School Council members. The children discussed democracy and the current E.U Referendum! Thank you to Mr Goodwill for taking the time to visit the school.
Some of our Year 6 pupils were invited by the Mayor to the launch of our Armed Forces week. They really enjoyed the day and spent time talking to some Veterans of World War 2. The Mayor's Office congratulated the children for their participation and their fantastic behaviour.
After half term we will be celebrating National Bookstart week, here is a link to the webpage!
A local author called C.D. Field will be in school on Monday 6th of June to launch the event and will have some free books for the pupils.
Have a great half term!
Sports Day 2016
Thank you to all of the parents and members of our community who attended our Sports Day! The day was fantastic and the sun even came out to greet us! All of the children were fantastic and represented school brilliantly.
We received a visit today from Jonathan Greening who is a former professional football player for York, Manchester United, West Brom, Middlesbrough and England! Jonathan Greening was a former pupil at St. Peter's School! He spoke to the children about following their dreams no matter how big they were and explained to them that they could achieve anything that they set their minds to! What a super role model for our pupils!
Here are some pictures of the pupils with Jonathan, who kindly let the children wear some of his medals from the Champions League!
Thank you to all of the people that have helped to create the Memorial Garden for Philip Matla. Here are some photographs of the team at work on Sunday! I feel so proud to be the Headteacher of such a fantastic school!
Animated Objects Theater Company worked with our pupils earlier this year and produced some amazing shadow puppet theatre.
Here is the recording of The Song of the Leviathan.
I hope that you enjoy watching!
I have designed a parental survey to help us to improve the school even further. I would really appreciate it if you could find the time to fill it in!
Here is the link PARENTAL SURVEY 2016
many thanks for your continued support!
We have exciting news in school! I have applied for £10,000 from the National Lotteries Awards for All to develop our Key Stage Two playground. After three failed applications we finally got the good news that our application has been successful!
My plan is to put an outdoor gym on the Key Stage Two playground to allow the pupils to develop their strength and fitness!
Our EYFS playground will also be developed to include a trim trail for the pupils.
The area outside of Year 1 & 2 will be developed to include a shelter and a outdoor workstation.
We also have a climbing wall planned for the Key Stage 2 playground.
I believe it is very important that the pupils have outstanding provision for outdoor play and these developments will allow the pupils to spend their playtimes developing their fitness!
If you would like to see any of the plans please pop in to see me!
This morning we were joined by Dawn and Lee Threadgold from Animated Objects Theatre Company. The children had worked with Dawn and Lee on their Leviathan Project. We are all invited to watch the performance during the half term at South Bay Beach!
This evening in Advent Club, Mr Turley shared the story of the Poinsettia plant with us. Here is the link to the video.
Well done to the children for making such super Poinsettia buns!
Thank you to Mr Turley and Miss Bray for running Advent Club this week, the children all had a fantastic time!
We have been very busy in school during the Season of Advent. We started with our Key Stage 2 Advent Praise Service at St. Joseph's Church, which focused upon the Year of Mercy. The children all read beautifully and shared some of their fantastic artwork with the congregation. Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents and members of the church community for joining us the church was full to capacity!
We were then visited in school by Saint Nicholas who shared prayer cards and biscuits with all of the pupils!
Year 6 pupils created seasonal crafts and gifts as part of their enterprise work with Mr Turley and Mrs Holloway. All of the money that they raise will be given to Missio which is Bishop Terrance Patrick's chosen charity for our Diocese.
It was then time for Key Stage 1 Nativities! All of which were extremely well attended by proud parents, grandparents and members of the community! The children were all fantastic and shared with us the special story of Jesus' birth!
The children have also taken part in Advent Club at the end of the school day and created some brilliant advent wreaths, thank you to the staff for organizing this fantastic after school club!
Have a super Christmas!
A big thank you to everyone who helped to make Saturday's Parish and School Coffee Morning a big success. There were lots of exciting stalls selling Christmas goods, delicious Indian food was kindly provided by some of our parents and of course tea, coffee and biscuits!
Have a good week!
Welcome back to school after the half term!
A big thank you to all of the families that supported the Children's Mass last Sunday, it was amazing to see so many children in church! All of the children were a credit to the school, the readings and bidding prayers were read brilliantly!
We have now painted a zebra crossing in the entrance of school to help keep the children safe as they cross the car park. Even if the carpark gates are closed please use the zebra crossing.
As always if you have any suggestions about how we can improve safety in St. Peter's School please come in and let me know.
I have organized a St. Peter’s School Mass with Fr. William & Fr. Albert!
It will be on the first Sunday of each month!
Starting Sunday 1st November
5pm @ St. Peter’s Church Castle Road.
Children will lead the Mass, readings offertory, collection and singing!
Please support this, it would be great to see everyone there!
This week in school we have been raising money for CAFODs appeal. We all wore bright colors on Friday and brought in a donation to help their Autumn Fast Day.
I was particularly proud of four Year 5 pupils who took the initiative and designed their own range of bookmarks and crafts, which they then sold to raise even more money for CAFOD! Their entrepreneurial idea raised an extra ten pounds! Well done!
We raised 265 pounds in total for the CAFOD Harvest Appeal!
Our Macmillan Coffee Morning raised 150 pounds! Thank you for your support!!!
Have a great week!