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Autumn 1

Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017.

Welcome back to our new academic year 2017/2018.

Our doors opened to the children on Wednesday 6 September and it was great to see all our children returning to school after the holiday in their full school uniforms ready to start in their new classrooms with their new teachers. They have all made a very impressive start to the new year.

Our new reception children have joined the school part-time and will be joining us full-time from Monday 18 September. They are settling in extremely well to their new school and are quickly learning all their new     routines. They have been enjoying time in their classroom and getting to know their new teacher and friends.

Father Dave will open our school year with a Mass next Tuesday morning 12/9/17 at 9:30am. Parents, families and parishioners are welcome to attend. Reception won’t be joining us for this Mass but they will have their own special Mass once they are settled into school.

As always this academic year we will again be continuing to promote and maintain the highest standards in all school areas and we ask all within our school community to join us in this aim. Please help us to achieve and maintain the highest standards at our school by:

Supporting your child’s learning through working with staff; attending parents’ evenings and meetings and supporting your child with their class work and homework so they succeed and achieve their best.

Ensuring your child proudly wears the correct uniform in school which includes; no jewellery (except plain stud ear-rings), smart hair styles – no extreme cuts, excessive hair gel or hair decorations, no make up or nail varnish, and appropriate school shoes.

Promoting excellent timekeeping and attendance, keeping term time absence for sickness only to an absolute minimum and not taking holidays during term time.

Insisting your child displays excellent behaviour, manners, conduct and shows respect and kindness towards others at all times.

Encouraging your child to take personal responsibility for their work, learning and actions.

It is our mission at St Oswald’s to promote excellence in education so that children will develop a love of learning, a thirst for knowledge, an understanding and appreciation of their faith, religion and the world they live in and have happy times with us. Together I believe we can achieve our mission.

This year we have seen improvement in our attainment across the school from EYFS, Y1 (Phonics) to KS1 and KS2. We are delighted with the improvements we have made on our 2016 results and happy now to be above national in all areas. We will be working this year to improve on our 2017 results and raise attainment even higher in 2018.

I very much look forward to working in partnership with you throughout this academic year to raise standards further and provide the very best for the children. Please remember if you have any problems or concerns regarding your child, their education or school policies, please contact us. We are always ready to listen and will always do the best we can to help.

Thanking you in advance for your support.  I look forward to working with you all to make it a great academic year for St Oswald’s school.

Miss H T Lennon

Head Teacher

 

Spring Term 2017

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.

Dear All,

On behalf of the Staff and Governors of the School I would like to wish all our children, parents, families, parishioners and friends of the school a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year.

I truly hope you all had a joyous, peaceful and God filled Christmas and that you thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. This time last year I reflected with you through this newsletter on the Christmas message from Pope Francis and his fear that Christmas had been taken hostage by dazzling materialism putting God in the shadows and blinding many to the needs of others. This year his Christmas message was equally thought provoking and focused on Peace.

‘Peace on earth to men and women of goodwill, who work quietly and patiently each day in their families and in       society, to build a more humane and just world, sustained by the conviction that only with peace is there a possibility of a more prosperous future for all.’

As we journey through 2017 let us remember and be committed in our families, work, school, parish and community to embrace and promote peace at every opportunity.

‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: he is the “Prince of Peace”. Let us welcome him! ‘

Pope Francis sent his message to all … ‘Today this message goes out to the ends of the earth to reach all peoples, especially those scarred by war and harsh conflict that seem stronger than the yearning for peace.’

He remembered children of the world…’And peace to the children , on this special day on which God became a child, above all those deprived of the joys of childhood because of hunger, wars or the selfishness of adults.

Pope Francis, who has made defence of the poor a trademark of his papacy, said the infant Jesus should remind everyone of those suffering today – particularly children.

We reflect on our children in our school community and thank God for their homes, safety and shelter and for their uniqueness, honesty and joy. Throughout 2017 we will remember and be committed to our mission as a catholic school and a parish to celebrate, support, nuture, guide develop and love all our very dear and special children.

‘We are called to contemplate the Child Jesus, who gives hope once again to every person on the face of the earth. By his grace, let us with our voices and our actions give witness to solidarity and peace.’

Holding on to the Christmas messages of Pope Francis I look forward with great hope, to moving positively and peacefully together into 2017 for the very best for our school, families and our children.

Once again my very best wishes to you and your families and all within our school and parish community for a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Best Wishes,

Ms Helen T Lennon Head Teacher

Head Teacher

 

Autumn Term 2016

Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016.

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to our new academic year 2016/2017.

Our doors opened to the children on Monday 5 September and it was great to see all our children returning to school after the holiday in their full school uniforms ready to start in their new classrooms with their new teachers. They have all made a very impressive start to the new year.
Our new reception children have joined the school part-time and will be joining us full-time from Monday 19 September. They are settling in extremely well to their new school and are quickly learning all their new routines. They have been enjoying time in their classroom and the wonderful weather this week has enabled them to have some lovely learning opportunities outside in the Reception woodland area and in our school garden.
Father Dave opened our school year with a Mass on Tuesday morning and talked to the children about making new starts, looking out for each other and spreading kindness. Father will be visiting all classes in the school in the next few weeks and is looking forward to working with the children throughout the year.
As always this academic year we will be continuing to promote and maintain the highest standards in all school areas and we ask all within our school community to join us in this aim. Please help us to achieve and maintain the highest standards at our school by:
Supporting your child’s learning through working with staff; attending parents’ evenings and meetings and supporting your child with their class work and homework so they succeed and achieve their best.
Ensuring your child proudly wears the correct uniform in school which includes; no jewellery (except plain stud ear-rings), smart hair styles – no extreme cuts, excessive hair gel or hair decorations, no make up or nail varnish, and appropriate school shoes.
Promoting excellent timekeeping and attendance, keeping term time absence for sickness only to an absolute minimum and not taking holidays during term time.
Insisting your child displays excellent behaviour, manners, conduct and shows respect and kindness towards others at all times.
Encouraging your child to take personal responsibility for their work, learning and actions.
It is our mission at St Oswald’s to promote excellence in education so that children will develop a love of learning, a thirst for knowledge, an understanding and appreciation of their faith, religion and the world they live in and have happy times with us. Together I believe we can achieve our mission.
I very much looking forward to working in partnership with you throughout this academic year and please remember as always if you have any problems or concerns regarding your child, their education or school policies, please contact us. We are always ready to listen and will always do the best we can to help.
Thanking you in advance for your support.
Miss H T Lennon

Summer 2016

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016.

Dear All,

I trust you all had a lovely Easter weekend and Spring break and feel refreshed and energised ready for the new term. Work has taken place over the holidays to further improve the school environment with new interior and exterior classroom doors to all classrooms. Ensuring that the environment is a safe, bright, comfortable, and stimulating learning place for the children is always a top priority for us.

Again this term as part of our School Improvement Plan we continue our work to raise standards of reading throughout the school. This year we have invested heavily in new books for the children, run a pre school reading club and continue to look at ways to raise the profile of reading throughout the school. On dry days this term we will be encouraging books to go out onto the playground and field so that children can enjoy the pleasure of reading at break times. Please encourage your child to read at home and share reading time with them to enhance their enjoyment of reading and help to improve their vocabulary.   Reading is a skill that the children will need throughout their education and   beyond into adult life but is also a wonderful pastime that can provide great   enjoyment at any age.

The term is set to be a really busy one. SATs tests take place in May for our Year 6 children; Year 2 will be undertaking their ‘special’ work; Sacramental preparations continue in the build up to the children receiving the Sacraments this term; May Procession; Walking Day; Sports Day; Year 6 residential visit to Condover Hall and class school trips are all set to happen over the coming weeks!

So the school really is a busy place — keep your eye on the newsletter for updates on everything happening in school this term…and until then….KEEP READING!!

H T Lennon

Head Teacher

 

Spring 1 2016

Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016.

On behalf of the Staff and Governors of the School I would like to wish all our children, parents, families, parishioners and friends of the school a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year.

I truly hope you all had a joyous, peaceful and God filled Christmas and that you thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. In 2016, if everyone is blessed with good health and our days are filled with hope, peace and love it will be a great year for us all.

As Pope Francis said in his Christmas message on Christmas day…

‘Where God is born, hope is born. He brings hope. Where God is born, peace is born. And where peace is born, there is no longer room for hatred and for war.’

In this special year of mercy ( 8 Dec 15 – 20 Nov 16) let us remember the merciful embrace of God and share his mercy for us towards others we meet over the coming months.

Pope Francis reminded us this Christmas to put our efforts, energies and values on the things in life that are important… ‘In a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearance and narcissism, the child Jesus calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential.”

In our daily work with children this year, their simplicity, innocence, enthusiasm and honesty in all their unique, and special ways will help us to remember the Pope’s words… to see and do what is important and what is essential …for our children, school and community.

Holding on to the Christmas messages of Hope, Peace, Mercy and Love we move positively into 2016.

I look forward to working closely with you to make our school community a great learning place for our children, parents, parishioners, governors and staff.

Once again my very best wishes to you and your families and all within our school and parish community for a very Happy New Year and a great 2016.

Best Wishes,

Ms Helen T Lennon

 

 

Autumn Term 2 – 2015

Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015.

This second Autumn half term is set to be a very busy one in school.  The children in all classes are well settled into their new class routines and our new Reception children are now very much a part of our school family.

We contine to promote and maintain the highest standards in all areas of our school life and ask all members of our school community; Staff, Children, Governors and Parents to be committed to this aim. Please help us to maintain our standards at our school for your children now and for children in the future.

We do of course have much to look forward to during this very busy second Autumn half term – there will be lots going on in school including a pantomime performance, e-safety talks for children and parents, anti-bullying week, Chinese visitors and our Christmas Fayre, productions, lunches and parties. Keep your eye on the newsletter and the website for more details on these forthcoming events.

I look forward to working with you all again over the next half term.

Ms H T Lennon

Autumn Term 2015

Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015.

A very warm welcome back to all our children, parents, governors and friends of the school.

Our children arrived looking really smart on Wednesday 2nd September and were ready to meet their new teachers and see all their friends again. All the staff have been delighted this week with the children who have been well behaved, displayed lovely manners, been happy and upbeat and have been ready to work. There has been great spirit in the school this week helping to make it an excellent start to the new school year.

Our new reception children have joined the school part-time and will be joining us full-time from Monday 14th September. They have all made a great start in the Reception class with Miss Morris and Mrs Fox. Long may these happy days continue. We welcome all reception children and parents and families into our school community.

This academic year we will continue to promote and maintain the highest standards in all areas of our school life and ask all members of our school community; Staff, Children, Governors and Parents to be committed to this aim. We are once again over subscribed this year due to our success and high standards. Please help us to maintain our standards at our school for your children now and for children in the future.

We aim for all children at St Oswald’s to develop a love of learning, a thirst for knowledge, an understanding and appreciation of their faith, religion and world they live in and… to have happy times with us.

I look forward to the year ahead and working with you all.

 

H T Lennon

Head Teacher

Summer Term

Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2015.

Welcome back to another busy term here at St Oswald’s. I trust you all had a lovely Easter holiday and feel refreshed and energised by the break, the good weather and the uplifting celebration of Easter.  The school has been  a busy place over the holidays with much work taking place on the school environment inside and outside.  Ensuring that the environment is a safe, bright, comfortable, and stimulating learning  place for the children is always a top priority for us.

One area of our new School Improvement Plan is to raise standards of reading throughout the school.  In addition to investing heavily in new books for the children and running new reading clubs for the children before school and during lunchtimes we are looking at ways to raise the profile of reading by taking reading out into our environment on the school playground and into the school garden.

A new reading area is being created  on the playground in addition to key words, book posters and quotes being displayed all around the playgrounds and school building  which we hope will capture the children’s attention and interest.   We hope that over the next few weeks you will see many changes happening around our school. Artist Natalie Brown will be in school next week working with Years 3, 4 and 5 this half term to help us in our reading environment work. We ask that the children in these classes bring in an old adult shirt which they can use as a protective art shirt for their Tuesday lessons. Next Tuesday it will be Year 3 & 4 who will be working with Natalie and the following Tuesday Year 5 will be spending the whole day working  on reading art!

The Grounds Maintenance team have been busy doing a garden tidy for us in the holidays and this week preparing the garden to be opened again this term.  The school is also working with Mr Mullen and ‘Grow your Own Education’ over the next 12 weeks. Mr Mullen will be working closely with the children  to plant up our vegetable garden with a range of produce.  Every class will have their own vegetable bed and produce to grow and look after in addition to their own special flower bed on the playground. Mr Mullen is also working with our theme of reading in the environment to support our work.

So the school really is a busy place…Watch this space for further developments…Till then Keep Reading!!!!

 

Easter

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014.

On Wednesday 1st April school closes for the Easter Break and it has been another busy term for us all in school during the Spring Term.

In school and at home we have been getting ready for Easter. Children have brought home ‘Lenten bags’ to prepare for Easter at home with their families; we have been amazed by the thoughtful prayers written and the activities the children and their families carried out and recorded in the special books. On Tuesday 31st March our Junior children performed for us a beautiful Passion Play. Through song, dance and drama they retold the Easter story to a packed audience of families, friends and parishioners who all really enjoyed the performance.

Next term will also be a busy one as we will continue with our focus on raising standards in Reading. Please encourage your children to read over the holidays and encourage them to become active readers by talking to them about their books. Also next term Year 6 will take their SATsY and Year 2 will do their ‘Special Work’; Year 4 children will be receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Communion; classes will enjoy school trips and sports day; and there will also be  parents’ evenings and children’s reports. Lots to do and enjoy!

We would like to thank you for your support over the Spring Term.  We look forward to a successful and productive Summer Term which starts on Monday 13th April.

The Staff and Governors of St Oswald’s would like to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Easter.

Best wishes,

Miss H Lennon