Principal’s Message

And that’s the end of another half term- a much shorter one than last term!

Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your support yesterday when I had to take the difficult decision to close school early. I hope the children got to enjoy the snow before it started to disappear.

Next half term we will be performing at the Great Big Primary Dance Off at The Victoria Theatre for the fourth time. Our dance club have been working so hard on an amazing Tik-Tok themed performance, which blew me away when I watched it this week.

As you will be aware, our Trust has a SCITT ( school centred initial teacher training provider) and over the years many of our staff have trained through them. This term several of our staff, as experts in their field, were asked to deliver training to the current SCITT students. Mrs Crowther, Mrs Ashton and Miss Whiteley provided a week of training into the teaching of grammar and Mr O’Shea and Mrs Walsh delivered a session on physical education.

Last week we held our first Art Showcase at St Thomas’ Church. The display of work that was on show was truly outstanding and I know everyone that came to look was so impressed. A huge thank you and well-done to our Arts Ambassadors who helped Mrs Walker to set up the gallery- they were all superstars!

We are currently taking up the offer of using Cross Lane’s Forest School provision for our Year 5 children and they are thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to develop key personal and social skills that align with our school values.

Our Trust School Improvement Team also visited us recently to look at Music and Computing across the school and were yet again full of praise for our amazing children and staff and the curriculum that they are taught.

As always, we continue to give our children the opportunity to represent the school across a wide range of sports. This half term we have taken children to , boccia, new-aged curling and the KS1 Key Steps Gymnastics competition where our boys team came away with gold and our girls with sliver! We are so proud of all of them, not only for their sporting performance and achievements, but for their impeccable sportsmanship and behaviour.

After the half term, there will be a FOGS meeting at the Sportsman on 21st February and it would be lovely to see as many parents there as possible to plan future fundraising events.

I would like to wish you all an enjoyable half term break and we will see you on Monday 19th February ready for the next half term, which will end in a parents’ evening to update you on your child’s progress.

Happy holidays!

Mrs Crowther