Monthly Archives: September, 2019

Living history and looking to the future

Learning really came to life for our Year 5 classes this week, as they immersed themselves in a World War II evacuees day.  Hop across to the Year 5 blog to see some great images from the day.  Having such deep learning days really help pupils to understand topics across the curriculum, with learning in a subject like History being put to good use elsewhere in English, for example, through the study of classic novels such as Carrie’s War and The Silver Sword.  Great thanks go to the Year 5 teaching team of Mrs Edge, Miss Stapley, Mr Crozier, Mrs Richardson, Mrs Lavery and Mrs Osmond for leading the way on the World War II event, and to Mrs Gray and her team in the kitchen for serving up corned beef hash and tapioca!

Many families of Year 6 pupils will be looking at secondary school applications right now.  Don’t forget that the deadline for applications to start Year 7 in September 2020 is 31st October 2019, and applications to Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College need to be accompanied by a Supplementary Information Form.  All details can be found on Oaklands’ website.

St Peter’s Open School events for our intake of September 2020 get underway soon.  If you have family or friends who have children approaching school age, please do pass on the details below:

Tuesday 8th October 9.30-11.30 am
Wednesday 23rd October 1.15 -2.45 pm
Thursday 11th November 1.15 -2.45 pm
Monday 18th November 9.30 -11.30 am
Monday 25th November 6.00 –7.00 pm
No appointment necessary, just arrive for the start time of any of the dates listed here.

Applications open on 1st November 2019 and close on 15th January 2020.

Mr R Cunningham

Abundant blessings

The autumn term started with a series of wonderful events for the school on Tuesday 17th September.  Fr Jeremy blessed our new building, to be known as The Unity Building dedicated to Saint Pope John Paul II.  In this he was joined by our 60 new Year R pupils who were also blessed as a welcome to the school.  Following that, Fr Jeremy celebrated Mass with Years 1 to 6 in full attendance and fine voice.  The message of the homily was that, like the Disciples in the boat during the storm on the Sea of Galilee, we should ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, placing our faith in Jesus.  And to round things off, with members of the School Council representing the pupil body, Fr Jeremy blessed our new Prayer Garden.  This project has been 2 years in the making, and was funded through pupil enterprise projects, a grant from our local MP, and through generous donations from our local parishes, for which we are truly grateful.  Thanks also go to Mrs Edge and Mrs Turner who led the prayer garden project.

Visit the RE Blog to see more details and pictures from this wonderful event

Mr R Cunningham

The Oscar Romero Award

We ended the week with some good news at St Peter’s when we were informed that we had achieved the first level of a national programme known as The Romero Award. The Romero Award is a programme designed to encourage schools to promote Catholic social teaching and justice, and recognise their endeavours in this field. By assessing how we promote Catholic social teaching in our curriculum, in our practical works and in our strategic vision, the Award is recognition of the work we already do, and provides a pathway for us to extend and deepen our commitment to social justice both locally and globally. Special thanks go to the staff who coordinated our submission for the Participator Level of the Award, Mrs Conlon, Miss Honeywell and Mr Land. You can read more about the Award via the following link:

Mr R Cunningham

Welcome back

A very warm welcome back to all of the pupils and families who have returned to school this week. A special welcome goes out to new pupils and their families who have joined St Peter’s for the first time this week in Years 1 to 6. As ever, it was pleasing to see the pupils returning with great enthusiasm, and settling down to work straight away. The success of our transition days in July meant that as soon as our whole school worship was concluded on Thursday, the children went straight into productive lessons and hard work.

Hopefully all of the children will have a restful weekend, and return on Monday ready for a full week of learning, and the arrival of our new intake of Reception Year pupils.

Mr R Cunningham