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Last Week’s “Stars of the Week 18th October”      


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Macy S

Layla L

Alex S

Chloe A

Oscar K

Amelia B

Thomas L

Collective Worship – “Advent is a time to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus” – Pope Francis

We are Reading Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” - Anna Quindlen

Uniform- We are very proud of how smart our children look in their uniforms and we thank you for your support in this. We have noticed, particularly in KS2 that some children are wearing earrings and nail varnish to school which is not part of our uniform. Earrings must not be warn in school at all for health and safety reasons. Please can parents check that earrings and nail varnish have been removed each morning?  

Head Lice – Please can we request that parents are vigilant in checking their children for head lice as part of the usual hygiene routing to minimise the spread of head lice in school.

Scholastic Book Fair – This will be available after school on Monday and will be open during Parents’ Evening on  Tuesday. Please come and have a look at the wonderful selection of books available. Some books are proving quite popular amongst the children who have already looked at the fair. However, if the books that you/your child wanted have sold, please do not worry as we can still order additional copies, please just ask a member of staff.

St. Joseph’s Music Group The next Saturday Family Mass will be on 7th December. Preparation for this Mass and Christmas Vigil will be in church on Tuesdays 26th November, 3rd, 10th and 17th December, at 7 pm. All welcome, especially any younger parishioners from Primary and Secondary school who would like to join us.

Outdoor Learning Days – Year 5 have had their outdoor learning day today and will have got to explore many activities. The children who have experienced their outdoor learning days so far have thoroughly enjoyed their outdoor experiences: getting dirty; planting seeds; making willow stars & pomanders; bird feeders; clay cartouches; playing hide & seek and toasting marshmallows over the fire pit amongst other things.

Premier Logs, Blackrod – Thank you to Premier Logs who have kindly donated wood, kindling and equipment for our outdoor learning firepit. Premier Logs Ltd, A6 Blackrod By-Pass, Blackrod, Bolton, BL6 5HX Tel 01257 475914.      

                                                                                                                                KS1 Plays – Tickets have been sent home, with 2 tickets available per family for each performance, any additional tickets can be requested by returning the request form and will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Please note there is no restriction for Reception’s play. Both Reception and KS1’s performances will be filmed. Any parents who have concerns about their child being filmed, please contact school.

Christmas Fair – Friday 6th Dec. The PTFA are still looking for help in setting up and running stalls at the school fair. Please don’t be shy, come along and support the PTFA with this lovely start to Christmas.

Derian House Christmas Flumps – These are available to buy from next week and cost £2 each. Please send the correct money as no change can be given - ALL proceeds go directly to Derain House Children’s Hospice.

Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 13th December the children are invited to come to school in festive jumpers in exchange for a cash donation for “Heartbeat” which is a Northwest based heart care charity. This is also Christmas dinner day for the children who normally have a school meal on Fridays. If your child has a packed lunch normally on a Friday, they are welcome to have a Christmas dinner but this must be pre- booked and paid for at the office at a cost of £2.10.     50:50 Club – Please remember to return your requests and payment so that the first draw can take place. Membership extended until 2nd December.

Advent Fundraising – Each Friday in Advent, children are requested to bring in a small cash donation to support our annual ‘CAFOD World Gifts’ fundraising. Please note these will not be non-uniform days.

KS2 TT Rockstars – The winners of “Rockout 2019”. The winning class were Yr 6. Individual winners were:

1st Lily Royle, 2nd Oscar Kellett and 3rd place Harriet Roscoe. Well done to everyone who took part. A sterling effort

Dinner Payments – Please may we remind parents that school meals should be paid for in advance and not in arrears. Credit can be applied to dinner accounts at anytime. If you are having trouble accessing “Eduspot”, please contact the school office.

Eco-bricks – Please keep sending these into school, this week we have made 5 stools for the outdoor classroom and we would like to make a table, so please keep filling the bottles at home. The bottles must be filled with single use, clean plastic waste and must weigh 500g.

Parent View - We are expecting OFSTED this year and with this in mind, we would like as many parents as possible to register their views on Parent View – please visit

Class 4 Confessions – Children in class 4 will be making their First Sacrament of Reconciliation next Wednesday 4th December. Bring along the whole family to this lovely service.

Dates for your Diary


2 & 3 December – No After School Clubs

3rd – Reception Christmas play @ 9.30 am

3rd – Parents’ Consultation – from 2 pm – 6 pm

3rd – Last day for Scholastic Book Fair

4th – First Confessions @ 6pm

5th – Repeat of Reception Christmas play @ 9.30 am

6th – PTFA Christmas Fair

9th – Reception & Y1 to see ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ at The Lowry, Salford

10th – Y4 will attend Mass in church @ 9.15 am

11th – KS1 Christmas play @ 2pm

12th – KS1 Christmas play @ 6pm

13th – Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day

W/c 16th December – No Sports After School Clubs

17th – Yrs. 2-6 to see ‘Peter Pan’ at the Liverpool Empire. Details to follow. Packed lunch will be required.

17th – KS2 Christmas Carol Service in church @ 6pm. All welcome.

Thursday 19th – Finish after school for Christmas.

20th – Inset Day


Uniform Suppliers Slaters Eckersley Mill, Swan Meadow Rd, Wigan WN3 5BE Tel 01942 244426 and Impressions formerly Standish Sports and Uniform based in Standish: The Standish Centre, Cross Street, Standish, WN6 0HQ. Tel 01257 400010. Deliveries can be made to school free of charge

Office Hours -The school office is unavailable between 9.30am and 11am daily. Please drop any items in the drop-off box in the entrance vestibule during this time.