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Headteacher Awards - 16.11.18, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 16th Nov 2018 @ 2:49pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 1 & Year 2 who were both class of the week for attendance with 99.26%!

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Kind regards

Headteacher Awards - 9.11.18, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 9th Nov 2018 @ 3:10pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 1 class of the week for attendance with 98.52%!

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Kind regards

Headteacher Awards - 19.10.18, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 19th Oct 2018 @ 2:52pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 1 class of the week for attendance with 94.81%!

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Kind regards

Headteacher Awards - 12.10.18, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 12th Oct 2018 @ 2:18pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 1 class of the week for attendance with 98.89%!

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Kind regards

Headteacher Awards - 21.9.18, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 21st Sep 2018 @ 2:26pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 2 class of the week for attendance with 100%!

Please note these photographs are for your personal use only. Please do not circulate or share on social media.

Kind regards

Headteacher Awards - 14.9.18, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 14th Sep 2018 @ 2:48pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 2 class of the week for attendance with 100%!

Please note these photographs are for your personal use only. Please do not circulate or share on social media.

Kind regards

Headteacher awards 7.9.18, by Mrs Mills

Date: 7th Sep 2018 @ 3:08pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Years 1,4 5 and 6 - all class of the week for attendance with 100%!

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Kind regards

Letter to Year 6 from Mrs Thorpe, by Mrs Thorpe

Date: 5th Sep 2018 @ 8:26pm

Dear children,

I was so pleased to meet you today and I’m delighted that I’ll be your teacher for the coming year. I thought that a good way to start the year would be for us to get to know each other. So I’ve decided to write you to, to tell you a few things about myself, and I’d like you to write back to me, telling me things you’d like me to know and understand about you. The better I can understand you, the better I can teach you – so let’s begin…

You’ll know me as Mrs Thorpe, but my husband is called Jon and he’s a Forest School Teacher.  I have two young children called Esme and James. I live quite far away from Ellesmere Port now, but I actually grew up in this town and some of my family still live here too. I’ve worked in several different places including schools in South Africa and Poland and I’m so delighted to come back home and be part of the family here at St Mary’s.

I have lots of interests and hobbies, especially cooking, reading and art. I love working with children (that’s good!) and I feel strongly about issues related to fairness and justice in our world. When I’m not working in school, I spend time helping at my local foodbank and I lead the children’s programme in the Church I belong to, which is called St Joseph’s.

I like things to be well organised and tidy and I feel happy when we all take pride in what we are doing. I think we learn best when we are secure and confident, and that’s one reason why I think a creative and organised classroom is really important. What would you like to have in our classroom?

Some things that I find come easily to me are: drawing, creating, painting and writing. Some things that I have to work harder to learn are: sports and playing musical instruments.   What do you find easy and hard?

I like to travel to new places and see new things and one of my dreams is to see the Northern Lights in Iceland.  Where would you like to travel to?

 I recently felt proud of myself when I studied for my Fellowship at Oxford University and I feel proud of others when I see them working towards new challenges. What are you proud of?

Here’s a few of my favourite things:

  • Food: BBQ food, yummy!
  • Book: To Kill a Mockingbird – by Harper Lee
  • Song: anything by a band (an old band…) called U2
  • Sweet: anything with chocolate in or on, especially Toblerone
  • Words from the Bible: Jeremiah “For I know the plans I have you says the Lord”
  • Time of Year: Advent – I love the waiting and preparations for the joy of Christmas

I promise you that this year, I will work my hardest to help you grow and progress and above all, help you to understand that you are loved and cherished by God our Father. I hope that you will write back to me and share a little about yourself so that I can get to know you as soon as possible,

Thanks,

 

Mrs Thorpe

 

 

 

Headteacher Awards - 22.6.18, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 22nd Jun 2018 @ 2:48pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 5 - class of the week for attendance with 96.30%!

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Kind regards

Headteacher Awards - 25.5.18, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 25th May 2018 @ 2:17pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 2 - class of the week for attendance with 99.60%!

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Kind regards

Headteacher Awards - 11.5.18, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 11th May 2018 @ 2:22pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 4 - class of the week for attendance with 100%!

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Kind regards

Headteacher Awards - 4.5.18, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 4th May 2018 @ 3:28pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year R - class of the week for attendance with 98.15%!

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Headteacher Awards - 23.4.18, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 23rd Apr 2018 @ 11:59am

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 3 - class of the week for attendance with 99.66%!

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Kind regards

Headteacher Awards, by Mrs Wilson

Date: 23rd Mar 2018 @ 3:35pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 5 - class of the week for attendance with 98.89%!

Please note these photographs are for your personal use only. Please do not circulate or share on social media.

Kind regards

Head Teacher Awards, by Mrs Mills

Date: 2nd Mar 2018 @ 2:43pm

Congratulations to all our Award winners this week! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Year 4 - class of the week for attendance with 99.26%!

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Kind regards

Parish links to our Catholic school..., by Mr Hughes

Date: 24th May 2017 @ 6:12pm

Sometimes people ask us, what's so different about a Catholic school? Well, for us, the school is part of a group of wider communities. First of all, we are part of St Mary of the Angels' and St Saviour's parish community. Thats why the parish priest Father Louis and the Deacon, Tony Hunt are an integral part of our school. We believe that each individual in our school is unique, and made in the likeness of God. We don't just care about their academic progress in life - we care about their spiritual progress in this life and the next. That's why we follow Jesus' first and most important commandment - Love God and Love your neighbour. The children came up with our Mission Statement - Love Jesus, love learning, love life'. It was affirmed by staff, parents and governors; and we really try to act out this ethos in what we do daily. We're also part of our wider Diocese; and then part of the Catholic Church as a whole, and the world wide Christian faith.

This week, Bishop Mark, Bishop of Shrewsbury, visited our parish to bless our new shrine to Our Lady of Fatima, one hundred years exactly since the miracle at Fatima in Portugal. It was a joy to see the church packed, many of our children there alongside other parishioners, many of whom have grown up in the area for 80 years or more. We were united in prayer, respect and love. This week, our grandparents have been invited into school for 'stay and play' sessions - and no doubt, the pupils will be spoiling them! We're that kind of school. We believe the Holy Spirit watches over us all.

Our governors have certain responsibilities that County Primary schools don't have, as we are a Catholic school. For example, our governors are the employers of all the staff. They are responsible for the upkeep of the buildings. They also take full responsibility for the admission of pupils to the school. Yet, it's much more than that. People choose to come to this school because they like our values, they feel that the Catholic ethos is somehow important to them, even if they don't go to church. The school is full every year. We have children of different faiths and they are so welcome. We are happy to learn about other faiths; we do this across the terms; and we're asked by God to share our faith with others, which we do.

Please know that your church (whether you live near St Mary of the Angels or St Saviours) is just that.....YOUR church. Father Louis doesn't want anyone to feel excluded. He wants each of you INcluded. Please join us, every Sunday. Make the parish-school lifelong bond a reality for your children, for your family. Even if you haven't been to church for a long time, please step back in; there's a warm welcome for you. We also have a programme for friends to join our church; some parents are doing this now, becuse they asked us recently.

You may well find that something which has been missing from your life will restore your faith in mankind - and in God. We thank the Lord for watching over us all at St Mary of the Angels.

 

Term time holidays....good or bad?, by Mr Hughes

Date: 15th Feb 2017 @ 3:23am

Holidays in term time are in the news. A father has taken the case to the High Court. Is it right for parents to be fined for taking their children out of school? Does it matter? Should schools have more discretion? There are many questions & arguments around this topic...many people feel strongly, one way or the other.

What we know at St. Mary's is this. Even a few days out of school can hinder your child's progress. A junior class this week was learning long division. Who has nightmares from their childhood about learning such content? I do! In short, there's a lot of content in our Maths curriculum; if you miss it on a holiday, you come back to school lacking that confidence; feeling that you aren't quite 'up with the pace'....that you are playing 'catch up'. And it's not easy, as a child; because the rest of the class have moved on, to the next concept.

And thats just by missing one subject, Maths. Maybe in English, you've missed grammar lessons on the use of apostrophes. After all, we teach this right from the age of 6 now. And then there are lessons on History, Geography, Science..and much more....imagine that feeling of having missed a chunk of it - and being behind. You can see how those who are never absent from school do achieve more highly - and crucially, have more confidence and higher self esteem.

I grew up in Anfield, Liverpool, in a council house, with my four brothers and sisters; and a mum and dad who had no qualifications. We went to a caravan in Prestatyn, North Wales every year for summer holidays, had little money; but we were very happy. But you see, lack of money doesn't mean lack of expectations. The point is that my mum and dad never allowed us to have term time holidays - because they valued education too much; and I bet it was the same for many of you. I was basically sent to school feeling ill at times! And it was fine, because I had no permanent damage (!) & I was hardly ever off so I did well in school, against the odds; and that helped me to to get a great job....as did all my other brothers and sisters. This is the way school works. If you're there more often, you do better. End of. I can say that after 30 years of working in education. We see it all the time here; everyone who works in the school agrees with this.

We have 13 weeks of school holidays per year. Please use them. Term time holidays do damage your child's achievement; and also their confidence. Look at the bigger picture and listen to the professionals. The teachers organisations are all saying the same thing. It's not about court cases, bolshy headteachers or parental rights - it's about individual pupils and helping them to be the very best that they can be. I am often looking at our children in classes, achieving highly; and thinking 'will one of them be a future headteacher of St Mary of the Angels?' If they keep coming into school every day, I dream that one of them will! (And they'll probably do a better job than me!!)

UPDATE; 28/4/17. Following the recent court case, where the Supreme Court ruled against parents' taking their children on term time holidays, fixed penalty notices and prosecutions will return in Cheshire West and Chester. More details about how this works, in the 'Parents' tab on this site, in the section 'Holidays and Attendance'.

Thanks everyone. R.H.

Free Bike Marking, by Mrs Mills

Date: 10th Jan 2017 @ 9:53am

FREE Bike Marking

Saturday 14th January 2017

10am to 3pm

@ Ellesmere Port Sports Village


Get your bikes marked and registered for free – helps reunite stolen bikes with their owners.
 

Free cycle training, by Mrs Mills

Date: 29th Jun 2016 @ 12:20pm

FREE cycle training courses during the summer holiday for children at the following venues:

 

Cheshire County Offices 1 – 5 August

Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port 8 – 12 August

Frodsham Fire Station 15 – 19 August

 

Booking is easy and can be completed on-line by visiting www.cycleexperience.com/holidaycourses/

and following the Cheshire West and Chester link.

 

 book early to avoid disappointment.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears., by Mr Merrick

Date: 15th Apr 2016 @ 5:37pm

Can you see if you can retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Your parents and family can help you. Maybe you could design some pictures to go with the story.

Who are the main characters?

Where is the story set?

What happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story?

Violin concerts, by Mrs Mills

Date: 24th Apr 2015 @ 2:40pm

Year 5 & Year 6 performed a violin extravaganza for parents on Wednesday morning. Have a look at the class pages for some videos. 

Year 1 Assembly, by Mrs Mills

Date: 24th Apr 2015 @ 2:37pm

Well done to Year 1 for a wonderful assembly this morning.  All of the parents and grandparents really enjoyed it. 

Have a look onYear 1 homepage, we have put the news report online for you to have a look at - it is fantastic! 

St Mary of the Angels Primary School, Rossall Grove, Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH66 1NN