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14 September 2018

Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2018.

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

 

20 July 2018

Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018.

Dear all,

Today we say goodbye to our Year 6 children who are moving to their new High Schools in September. The school would like to thank each child in the Yr 6 class for being a great ambassador for St Oswald’s and for ‘flying our flag’ over the last seven years.

During their years with us the children have helped to maintain our high standards at the school through their quality work, smart appearance, excellent conduct and high achievements. The children have achieved SAT results which are extremely high and are predicted to be above national results and Warrington results. I congratulate them all on their fantastic achievements. I am confident the children are well prepared for their move and will find great success at their new schools.

On Tuesday 17th July the staff, children, parents and families joined together in St Oswald’s Church to celebrate Year 6’s final Mass together. It was a beautiful, reflective service which focussed on walking forward together in Christ. Today Friday 20 July the children performed a wonderful, final assembly for the school and parents. It was amazing and the children spoke and sang beautifully.

I would like to extend our thanks and our best wishes to Year 1 teacher Mrs Hemming who steps out of her Year 1 teaching duties today. Mrs Hemming has worked in Year 1 for the last two years and has done an outstanding job with the children in her care. It is not really goodbye however, as we hope Mrs Hemming will be working with us again next academic year in a supply/support role. For now we thank Mrs Hemming for her Year 1 teaching duties in 2017/18 and look forward to working with her again soon.

And finally as we close 2017/18, 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.

Wishing you all a lovely and very happy summer holiday.

Helen Lennon

Head Teacher

 

May 2018

Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018.

Wishing all our families a happy Whit holiday. It has been a busy half term in school – the children have worked hard and achieved to their best. This afternoon the children have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon treat with a magical performance of The Secret Garden by a M and M Theatre in Education.

Next half term looks set an equally busy half term. We have lots to look forward to including class trips, sports day and our annual Padgate Walking Day. Padgate Walking Day takes place on Saturday 23 June and once again I know I will feel most proud to lead our school out into the community for this walk and celebration.

My best wishes,

H T Lennon

Spring 2018

Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2018.

It is hard to believe that we have already completed one full term of our 2017/18 academic year. I am sure this 12 week Spring term will fly by and before we know it we will be in our final term. At the beginning of this term we talked to our Year 6 pupils and shared with them that they are entering their final two terms at our school. This in itself seems hard to believe as it feels like no time at all since most of them joined our school in the Reception class. Next term they will sit their final Primary School assessments in.

We will be continuing this academic year to make further improvements in our standards and we ask all children to continue to work hard and do their best in all their work. We also ask parents to continue to support the children at home. Our main curriculum improvement area this academic year is Reading and we ask all parents to help their child/children every night with their reading. I will be updating parents as this year   progresses on ways to help your child’s reading.

I very much look forward to working in partnership with you all throughout 2018.

Best Wishes,

Miss H T Lennon – Head Teacher

Christmas 2017

Posted on Monday, December 18th, 2017.

As we close the school for the Christmas holiday I would like to thank you all for your support for our Christmas events 2017 – the Christmas Fayre, Productions, Disco etc – and for all your help and support throughout 2017. It is very much appreciated.

On behalf of all the staff and Governors I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our families and parishioners a very happy, peaceful and Holy Christmas and send our best wishes for a happy 2018!

Miss Lennon

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