Events & Trips

Filming in School

 

Some of our children had a fabulous opportunity to be filmed  for Christian Publishers SPCK to develop their assemblies programme.  The children were really enthusiastic to tell the team all about assemblies and how much they enjoy them. The team at SPCK were amazed at how wonderful the children were.

Team Day – Christmas Crafts

Red Team had a fantastic day making Christmas tea lights and playing games. They bonded as a group and worked together throughout the morning.

School Choir singing for the Community

The choir sang in celebration assembly then a select group went to St Andrew’s church to sing to the older people in the community.

CAFOD Advent Service

The children in KS2 worked with Mrs Williams to create a dance and singing reflection for the advent service on the theme ‘be ready’ in preparation for advent.

Teachers and parents were very proud of the children for their contribution to the service and they did a fantastic job sharing the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (Matthew 25)

Advent Action

 

Our chosen charity this year is Cafod World Gifts, during Advent children have been raising money in their classes to purchase gifts that will make a difference to families living in developing communities.  They raised an amazing £1021.  Here is how they spent it:

WRENS 1 X  BUILD A GREENHOUSE   This charity gift provides the essential materials to build a greenhouse and help a poor family put fresh, nutritious food on their dinner table every day.
5 X THE NET THAT PROTECTS   This charity gift is a real life-saver! This simple, treated mosquito net can keep families and babies safe from deadly diseases.
1 X GIFT OF PLAY   Having a creative outlet for their energy can be vital to stop children falling into the clutches of violent gangs. This charity gift can pay for music and dance classes providing children with a safe place to relax, make friends, learn something new and have fun!
1 X TEACH SOMEONE TO READ   Reading can open up so many doors – education, work, pleasure and self-improvement. This fabulous, life-changing charity gift can pay for children’s literacy classes
ROBINS 5 X THE NET THAT PROTECTS   This charity gift is a real life-saver! This simple, treated mosquito net can keep families and babies safe from deadly diseases.
1 X TEACH SOMEONE TO READ   Reading can open up so many doors – education, work, pleasure and self-improvement. This fabulous, life-changing charity gift can pay for children’s literacy classes
1 X WATER FOR A FAMILY   This life-saving charity gift provides families with a supply of clean, safe water in their homes for drinking and cooking. Using a water pump also means families can wash in clean water, keeping everyone safe from infection.
1 X SOLAR LAMP   Shine a light into homes and give families a bright future with this charity gift. These lamps replace smoky, polluting fossil fuel lamps with clean, renewable energy, so children can do their homework at night
OWLS 1 X COMMUNITY TOILET   This charity gift helps to build a latrine for a community with a handwashing facility. It’s the best way to stop the spread of deadly diseases like cholera and typhoid, keeping families and communities safe and well.
1 X WATER FOR A FAMILY   This life-saving charity gift provides families with a supply of clean, safe water in their homes for drinking and cooking. Using a water pump also means families can wash in clean water, keeping everyone safe from infection.
2 X SCHOOL STARTER PACK   Many children in developing countries cannot go to school, so are unable to reach their true potential. This brilliant charity gift includes a uniform, stationery and a school bag; everyday items that will give a child the gifts of education and opportunity.
5 X THE NET THAT PROTECTS   This charity gift is a real life-saver! This simple, treated mosquito net can keep families and babies safe from deadly diseases.
JAYS 1 X THE NET THAT PROTECTS   This charity gift is a real life-saver! This simple, treated mosquito net can keep families and babies safe from deadly diseases.
1 X TREE FOR LIFE   This charity gift will supply a family with five fruit tree saplings plus the tools and training to produce their own tree nursery. Not only will the trees provide fresh, nutrient-rich fruit to eat year after year, but the extra produce can be sold at market
1 X CHIRPY CHICKENS   This charity gift provides chickens, along with training to help look after them, so poor families can produce eggs to eat and sell.
1 X GIFT OF PLAY   Having a creative outlet for their energy can be vital to stop children falling into the clutches of violent gangs. This charity gift can pay for music and dance classes providing children with a safe place to relax, make friends, learn something new and have fun!
1 X WATER FOR A FAMILY   This life-saving charity gift provides families with a supply of clean, safe water in their homes for drinking and cooking. Using a water pump also means families can wash in clean water, keeping everyone safe from infection.
1 X THE PIG THAT PROVIDES   From the tip of its snout to its curly tail, a pig provides a brilliant business for people living in poverty. With a supply of pigs to sell at market, this sustainable charity gift could help a family put food on their table for years to come.
1 x MEAL STICKERS   Each of these 14 charity gift stickers will provide a meal for someone in poverty.

 

 

 

1 X IMMUNISE A CHILD   Each of these 28 stickers represents a vaccine that could save a child’s life
EAGLES 1 X  BUILD A GREENHOUSE   This charity gift provides the essential materials to build a greenhouse and help a poor family put fresh, nutritious food on their dinner table every day.
1 X VEGETABLE GARDEN   This charity gift can help a poor family facing difficult farming conditions plant and maintain their own vegetable garden.
1 X HAPPY QUEEN BEE   This charity gift provides a happy queen bee for a hive. The queen brings more bees to the hive, and more bees mean more delicious honey to eat and sell!
1 X BIRTH CERTIFICATE   When babies are born at home in poor, rural areas, it is too difficult to travel to register the birth. But a child without a birth certificate faces problems.

In Zimbabwe, for example, children without a birth certificate cannot go to school, take exams, apply for an ID card, vote, nor access many other basic essential services.

This charity gift of a Birth certificate is possibly the most valuable item a child could receive.

1 X WATER FOR A FAMILY   This life-saving charity gift provides families with a supply of clean, safe water in their homes for drinking and cooking. Using a water pump also means families can wash in clean water, keeping everyone safe from infection.
1 X CHIRPY CHICKENS   This charity gift provides chickens, along with training to help look after them, so poor families can produce eggs to eat and sell.
1 X GIFT OF PLAY   Having a creative outlet for their energy can be vital to stop children falling into the clutches of violent gangs. This charity gift can pay for music and dance classes providing children with a safe place to relax, make friends, learn something new and have fun!
1 X COMMUNITY TOILET   This charity gift helps to build a latrine for a community with a handwashing facility. It’s the best way to stop the spread of deadly diseases like cholera and typhoid, keeping families and communities safe and well.
1 X TREE FOR LIFE   This charity gift will supply a family with five fruit tree saplings plus the tools and training to produce their own tree nursery. Not only will the trees provide fresh, nutrient-rich fruit to eat year after year, but the extra produce can be sold at market
EXTRAS 1 X MARVELLOUS MOO COW   This charity gift of a locally-sourced cow, along with training in how to care for it, can be five gifts in one for a struggling family

 

 

  1 X HEALTHY MUM & BABY   This wonderful charity gift can help pay for vaccinations, HIV testing, pre and postnatal care, malaria treatment and extra food for children at risk of becoming malnourished.
  1 X HAPPY QUEEN BEE   This charity gift provides a happy queen bee for a hive. The queen brings more bees to the hive, and more bees mean more delicious honey to eat and sell!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaac Towers – Paralympic Athlete

 

 

The whole school enjoyed a visit from Paralympic Bronze medalist Isaac Towers.  He inspired the children with his message of  ‘being the best you can be’ and ‘not letting difficulties put you off’.  From the questions the children asked Isaac, we may have a few budding athletes ourselves with their eyes on a prize!

Year 6 Trip to London and the Houses of Parliament

 

Year 6 enjoyed a fabulous trip to London – always the highlight of their school year! Yet again, we were blessed with a warm, sunny day. We began the morning with a flight on the Eye, taking in the breathtaking sights of London. We then visited number 10, and even got to meet Larry, the Prime Minister’s cat! After a rest for lunch in St James’ Park, we walked past Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey to Parliament. There we enjoyed a 3600 cinema experience about the history of democracy in Britain, followed by  a tour of Parliament, even walking through the Houses of Lords and Commons. We concluded our day with a cruise along the Thames from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge. A truly memorable day! 

Wrens trip to Hoghton Tower

 

‘Wrens stepped back in time recently when they visited Hoghton Tower. Les, our tour guide, instructed us all that he could only show Lords and Ladies round the house, so we all had to dress up! As if that wasn’t exciting enough we danced in the ballroom, visited the dungeons, met some smelly peasants and some equally smelly wigs, looked at the miniature dolls houses, met a skeleton called Jimmy and were knighted by King James I for services to excellence! We were even joined by a very enthusiastic old elf! We had a fabulous day and the children are relieved that they don’t have to wait a year for a bath, like they did in 1617. Imagine…!’

Update on Luke’s Wish

 

Luke Hughes – post operation update

Owls Class Trip to the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester

 

 

Mini Mucker

 

Congratulations to the children who took part in Mini Mucker 2017, they did a fantastic job to raise funds for our school.

Becky Adlington Visits Our School

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY4gYlKDfD4

Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Becky Adlington, came to our school for a day of filming with our children, promoting the benefits of citrus fruits and healthy eating with Jaffa.  The children had great fun taking part in filming and interviews – they even got a chance to touch her Gold & Bronze Medals!

Writing Competition

 

Congratulations to Dan, Jacob, Lewis, Sara, Sanvi, Noah and Alex who are this year’s writing competition winners.  We were very impressed by their choice of vocabulary and structure and the flow of their stories.  All the children won a fiction book which they’ll be able to enjoy reading over the holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advent

This year we will be raising funds, during Advent, for Luke’s Wish – Tree of Hope.

Luke is the Grandson of  Mrs Bulman who was a teacher here at St Mary & St Andrews for many years, and still comes in on a volunteer basis helping out in Robin’s Class. Our School Council decided to help raise money for Luke’s operation after he came in to school and told everyone about it.  Events organised so far are a Christmas Jumper Day, Smartie Challenge, Travelling Nativity and collections at our Christmas Productions.  Further details of these will be sent home or can be found on our weekly newsletter.  Here is a full list of our Christmas Activities, click on it to download a PDF copy:

Christmas-Activities

You can also donate direct to Luke’s Wish – Tree of Hope by clicking the link.

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Owls Class Trip to Manchester Opera House

On Thursday 17th November Owls Class went to Manchester Opera House to watch George’s Marvellous Medicine.  The journey was exciting because we didn’t know what would happen.  When we got to Manchester Opera House we waited for a bit then we went in. After we sat down the show started.  It was amazing when grandma grew threw the roof and the chicken sat on the stove.  In the middle of the show we waited in our seats then it started for the second time.  This time grandma got smaller and smaller until she disappeared; I don’t know how she did it.  By Ethan & Max

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Visit to Preston Uclan

On Thursday 17th November Jays and Eagles visited Uclan for a day of sport hosted by students from both Uclan and France.  The children learnt popular French playground games and learnt many new skills. Thank you to Uclan for the opportunity.

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Jays Class Trip to Blackpool Tower & Dungeon

Wednesday 16th November

Jays have had a ‘horrible’ time at Blackpool Tower, where 1000 years of Lancashire’s most horrible history was brought back to life. Firstly the effects of the plague and how it spread and a look into crazy cures. Secondly a look into the torture that took place at Lancaster Castle in 1458, where Mrs Wilson had the unfortunate chance to demonstrate. Next was a 1649 court where William, Lucy and Mrs Garner were put on trial for a range of misdemeanors.

Following this, the children prepared for a war of the Roses. Moving into 1710 Captain Johnson was trying to recruit new smugglers into his gang to help at the port of the River Wyre. After finding their way through the Labyrinth, some of the children were charged with associating themselves with the Pendle witches and were sentenced to the drop dead ride.

The children were also given the opportunity to experience the 4D cinema before walking on the glass floor and making the windy walk to the top of the tower. The children enjoyed looking out over Blackpool and spotting their favourite landmarks.

After lunch in the Hangman’s tavern the children enjoyed the chance to listen to Norry Ashcroft’s workshop on anti-bullying; the children learnt about their own self worth and how to tackle difficult situations.

 

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Robins Class Trip to Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

Tuesday 15th November

On Tuesday Robins went on their class trip and we had a wonderful time. When we arrived at the museum, Steven, our guide, showed us the museum’s collection of old toys. The children asked lots of questions and were particularly interested in the ‘creepy, old doll’!

After that, we went upstairs and Steven showed the children some more old toys but this time they got the opportunity to play with them! The children enjoyed playing with the toys and so did the adults!

Next, the children made their own ‘cup and ball’ which they then got to take home. Finally the children ate their lunch and we got the coach back to school.

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Open Day & Grand Opening of the Outdoor Classroom

Thursday 13th October

Big thanks to Preston North End Community and Education Trust and the players, Ben Pringle & Callum Robinson, who officially opened the Outdoor Classroom.

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