I wanted to write to thank you for your support for your child’s learning and for your support of our school systems and operations this term. We have opened up this the academic year positively with the aim of moving our school towards the normality of school life pre-covid times. As we are still currently in the pandemic and sadly numbers once again seem to be rising throughout the country, our return to school life as we knew it has been a little slower than we would have liked but it is only right in these uncertain times that we move forward with caution.
This term we have seen the return of assemblies, singing in school, children moving freely around the building, pre and after school activities and a return to the dining room. It has felt really great to re-connect with these activities and open up our school again in a way close to how we have known it before.
This term we continue to follow the guidance and operate our school in a way that is safe for all and to ensure it works for our children, staff, parents and families.
Our priorities for this school year are:
- To bring our school back together and return to “normal” arrangements, routines and standards at St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School that we have known pre-pandemic March 2020.
- To embed our broad, balanced and exciting ‘Touch the Future’ curriculum throughout the school showing clear progression in children’s knowledge and skills.
- Improve Mathematical skills in reasoning and problem solving.
- Establish a new EYFS curriculum in Reception.
- Continue to prioritise the importance and love of Reading throughout the school and introduce a new Phonics approach to teaching early reading.
Further details of the School Improvement Plan can be found in the School Improvement section of the website.
Moving our school forward to operating as we did pre-covid times is a major priority for us this year. Children and staff are working really hard this term to close gaps in children’s learning. Staff are very impressed with the children’s efforts and dedication to their studies. They have made a great start to the school year.
By working together this academic year we will continue to move our school forward to achieve great things for our children.
My very best wishes to you all.
Ms H T Lennon
Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 4th January, the country is currently in national lockdown and schools are closed to the majority of children, to help reduce the transmission of the virus throughout the country. Schools have been instructed to remain partially open for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers only. Home learning provision is accessed via Google Classroom.
My best wishes to all in our school community – please take care of yourselves and each other.
H T Lennon
I write to you again now as we approach the end of week 8 of lockdown and partial school closure. It is hard to believe that the school has now been partially closed with most children remaining at home for almost 8 weeks. I
do hope that all our children and families continue to stay safe and well.
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on Sunday evening 10 May, I know there will be many concerns, anxieties and questions from parents seeking reassurance on the safety of your children and families. As
with other Warrington schools, we are working closely with the Local Authority on the plans on how a return to school will be managed within the Government’s guidelines and as soon as there is a clear plan I will share this with you.
Our school remains partially open for the children of parents who are key workers and staff continue to work in the school on a rota basis to look after the children and serve our key worker families. For all children who remain at home, Teachers continue to set tasks on a Monday for the children to work through at home. These are posted on the class pages of the website with messages from the Teachers – please encourage older children to read these messages and for younger children, read the messages to them. The Teachers’ messages have been lovely and will
help your child to feel like they are still in contact with their Teacher and class.
Once again I send to you all my good wishes to remain, strong, positive, happy, calm and safe throughout these most challenging of times.
God Bless and take care,
H T Lennon – Head Teacher
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of St Oswald’s School,
I write to you all again as our country’s lockdown continues. It is certainly a strange time for us all. During these most difficult of times please be assured that our children, their families and all within our school community are very much in my and thoughts and I sincerely hope you are all keeping well. Over the last couple of weeks I have had telephone conversations with a number of parents and was to delighted to hear their happy and upbeat reports on the children – it was very uplifting! Teachers will now this half term start to make calls home to check that all is well and good and that nobody is struggling to access any of the home learning we are providing.
Our school remains partially open for the children of our parents who are key workers. The numbers of children in school each day are small and staff have been working in the school on a rota basis to look after the children and serve our key worker families. The skeleton staff in school continue to do a fantastic job by following strict controls to keep the children socially distant to keep their families and themselves safe in these difficult circumstances.
We now know that the lockdown measures are set to continue for a while longer and at this stage it is impossible to know when we are likely to return to school; so for now we will continue as we are doing and I will keep you updated as and when I am made aware of any changes to our current situation. Although it is difficult to make too many future plans until we have a clearer picture of the timescales we are working towards, please be assured that we are thinking ahead. We will be working with our feeder secondary schools this term to ensure that the transition for Year 6 is well prepared for and although I can’t confirm when inductions for the new Reception September 2020 children will be able to happen, I will be contacting the parents of these children soon to officially welcome them to our school community.
Finally on behalf of all the staff and Governors of St Oswald’s, I once again send to you all my good wishes to remain, strong, positive, happy, calm and safe throughout these most challenging of times.
H T Lennon Head Teacher
God Bless and take care
H T Lennon – Head Teacher
Dear Parents, carers and friends of St Oswald’s School,
During these difficult times of uncertainty, worry and isolation I would like to send you my best wishes and let you know I am thinking of all our children and school families during these most difficult of times. It is life as we have never known it before. I hope and pray that all within our school community and parish have the strength and positivity to come through these times, staying safe and healthy in body and mind.
Our school has remained partially open since Monday 23 March, during our national lockdown, for the children of our parents who are key workers. Many key worker parents have been able to look after their children within their households themselves through work shift patterns and rotas, but for those who are unable to do this, due to their work demands and work patterns staff have been working in the school on a rota basis to look after the children and serve these families.
The skeleton staff in school have been following strict guidelines to keep the children, their families and themselves safe. Most of the school building is closed down, after being deep cleaned, with only two classrooms, one set each of pupil and staff toilets, the hall and office areas open daily. Children have adapted quickly to their new routines, hand washing every 30 minutes, lining up separately, working on their own table, using their own stationary sets, having their own hand gel, Teachers teaching from a distance, eating lunch at their own table and the saddest of all playing on their own at break times and lunch to ensure social distancing takes place for everyone during the hours of 8.45pm and 3.30pm. All staff have commented that the children in school have been excellent and in turn I commend the school staff who are continuing to do a wonderful job for our children and families accessing our school. Staff when not working in school are keeping in touch with their classes remotely and have been busy keeping the children busy at home with a good range of work tasks. A big thank you to all children and parents for working so hard to keep the learning happening at home.
On behalf of all the staff and Governors of St Oswald’s, I once again send to you all my good wishes to remain, strong, positive, happy, calm and safe throughout these most challenging of times.
God Bless and take care
H T Lennon – Head Teacher
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 sincerely hope you all had a joyous and God filled Christmas and that you thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.
The Autumn term was a busy one and we have hit the ground running this week as we have opened up our Spring term. This week our Year 5 children performed on the stage of the Liverpool Empire Theatre with great success. We also have happening this term Parent evenings, SATs meetings, Young Voices, class assemblies and preparation for SATs and Phonics assessments for Year 1, 2 and 6. It is indeed set to be a busy term!
As always, if parents have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher in the first instance to discuss any issues. I will also always be available to offer guidance, support or point parents in the right direction for help if required. I very much look forward to working in partnership with you all to keep St Oswald’s great throughout 2020.
Miss H T Lennon
Welcome back to our new academic year 2019/2020.
Our doors opened to the children on Wednesday 4 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 16 September. They have been enjoying time getting to know their new teachers Miss Morris and Mrs Fox and making friends and we very much welcome the children and their families to our school.
Last academic year we worked hard to maintain our high academic standards at the school. I was delighted to share with you provisional results in July and although still provisional, our results are showing St Oswald’s School once again to be above the Warrington and national average results in Y1 Phonics, KS1 and KS2.
This year we will be working to maintain our high standards and will continue to ensure our school remains a happy school, believing that happy children learn best. I very much looking forward to working in partnership with you all throughout this academic year to provide the very best for our children.
Our mission at St Oswald’s is to…
Promote excellence in education
Keep God at the heart of all our work and
Ensure that the school is at the center of our parish
“Together we love, learn, respect and appreciate”
I am confident that together we will have an excellent year but please remember if at any time if you have any problems or concerns regarding your child, their education or school policies, please do not hesitate to contact me. We are always ready to listen and will always do our best to help.
Thanking you in advance for your support and for being part of our school family.
Miss H T Lennon,
As we close 2018/19, on behalf of all the staff and Governors I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and families who have worked closely with us over the school year and supported all our policies, systems, standards and procedures. Your co-operation and support has enabled our school to run smoothly and allowed staff to focus on the children to ensure every child in the school receives the very best.
We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 4th September for the start of the new academic year.
Wishing you all a lovely and very happy summer holiday.
H T Lennon
Welcome back to our new academic year 2018/2019.
Our doors opened to the children on Wednesday 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 17 September. They are settling in extremely well to their new school and are quickly learning all their new routines. They have been enjoying time getting to know their new teachers Miss Morris and Mrs Fox and making friends.
I thank Father Dave for opening our school year with a beautiful Mass this week on Tuesday 11 September. Reception children who didn’t join us for this service 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.
Within our school mission we have three main strands: Learning, God and Community
At St Oswald’s we… Promote excellence in education,
Keep God at the heart of all our work and
Ensure that the school is at the center of our parish.
Staff have started our new school year by reviewing our school mission. As our year progresses I look forward to asking you for your thoughts and ideas to help you understand, strengthen and shape our school mission together further. Together I believe we can achieve great things for our children.
Last academic year we worked hard to improve on our good 2017 results. I am delighted that we achieved our aim and results across the school for 2018 are at the highest level. Local and national results are currently provisional but we are predicted to be above Warrington and national results in all year groups (Reception EYFS, Year 1 Phonics, Year 2 KS1 SATS and Year 6 KS2 SATS). I very much look forward to sharing the results with you in more detail when local and national results are confirmed.
This year we will be continuing to attain highly by maintaining our standards and offering our children a curriculum where they can learn and achieve. We will continue to ensure our school is a happy school, believing that happy children learn best! In addition to our classroom learning this year children will be using our amazing school garden more and enriching their learning in a range of curriculum areas through our outside environment. Of course we also know that all work and no play is not a good recipe for success! This year we are launching a playground development project to develop and improve our playtime environment and experience for all our children. It looks set to be a very successful and exciting year ahead and I’m glad you and your families are part of it!
I very much looking forward to working in partnership with you all throughout this academic year to raise standards further and provide the very best for our children.
Please remember if you have any problems or concerns regarding your child, their education or school policies, please do not hesitate to contact me. We are always ready to listen and will always do our best to help.
Thanking you in advance for your support and for being part of our school family. Here’s to another great year at St Oswald’s school.
Miss H T Lennon, Head Teacher