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Tues. 31st Mar. - Bishops' Fund Day 1.30pm :                      Wed. 1st Apr. - Year 6 Passion Play in church - 7pm :                      Thurs. 2nd Apr. - School closes for Easter 2pm :                      

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World War 1 Drama Workshop - Tuesday 10th March 2015

Key Stage Two children took part in an inspirational drama workshop funded by Heritage National Lottery. Mr Fraser, from CREW, transported pupils back to 1914 and the outbreak of the First World War using music and drama. The children's acting highlighted the bravery and sacrifices made by those in the armed forces and the daily hardships faced by those left back home. As the drama unfolded, the children were captivated by the personal stories and events of the Great War. Some children acted out the legendary football match between the English and German soldiers, that took place during a temporary armistice on Christmas day of 1915. The pupils played their roles with enthusiasm and imagination and found the workshop very engaging and informative. See our 'Classes' page for further photos.

Safer Internet Day (SID) - Tuesday 10th February 2015

Today St Clare's joined with other schools across the country to mark national Safer Internet Day. The day aims to increase the children's awareness of both the benefits and the potential dangers of being online. The children attended a special assembly as an introduction to the themes of the day. The children learnt about the importance of keeping personal details private, keeping passwords to themselves, not meeting anyone they befriend online without their parents, not sending any pictures or messages that might cause upset and finally to talk to adults they trust if they feel worried or upset by something they've seen online. They children enjoyed the day and feel better equipped to use the Internet safely. See our 'Classes Page' for more details.

Year 6's residential visit to Whitehough - 9th February 2015

Class 8 have arrived at Whitehough Outdoor Education Centre, near the village of Barley, in East Lancashire. After settling into their rooms, the children were challenged by some outdoor teambuilding exercises and problem solving tasks. After a hearty evening meal, the pupils had time to write in their 'Whitehough Diaries'. In the evening some children took part in indoor caving whilst others enjoyed team games. Anyone would think the staff are trying to tire you out Year 6! We wish you a fabulous week and look forward to hearing more news soon.

Merci et bon chance, Madame Rabbitts!


Au revoir et merci beaucoup Madame Rabbitts - 18th Deccember 2014

Yesterday, the children, staff and parents said goodbye and a huge thank you to one of their teachers, Mrs. Rabbitts. In a special assembly, Mrs. Rabbitts was presented with gifts and cards made by each of the classes. Mr Jacques, our Vice-Chair of Governors, also praised and thanked Mrs. Rabbitts for all she has given to the school. Mrs. Rabbitts concluded the assembly with an extract from a poem entitled 'Betsy Lee', by Thomas Edward Brown, about the wonder of childhood and how quickly it passes. Mrs. Rabbitts has worked at St. Clare's for 21 years; school will miss her and her many skills and talents, which our children have been fortunate to benefit from. As this chapter closes, an enormous thank you, Mrs. Rabbitts, and we wish you every happiness and success as you embark on new, exciting adventures. Bon Chance!

Christmas Nativity Play - 10th December 2014

Our Key Stage One and Reception Class children were wonderful in their modern interpretation of the Nativity. 'Manger Mouse' tells the story of a mouse who is lucky enough to witness the arrival of baby Jesus. With exuberant acting and singing, colourful costumes and sheer joy, the play really was a delight to watch. (See our 'Classes' page for reviews written by some of our Year 6 children and photographs.)

Christmas Fair - 7th December 2014

Our school and parish Christmas fair was great fun once again! With donkey rides, birds of prey, face painting, bottle tombola, cakes, hot beverages, Christmas gifts and decorations, raffles, plate decorating and much more, there really was something for everyone. Not forgetting the chance to meet Father Christmas himself and give him any last minute requests! The fair was well supported, as usual, and we would like to thank the PTFA and members of the parish for organising the event so well. The final amount raised totalled ...£1865.53...Thank you! (See our PTFA page for more photos.)

Advent Service - 1st December 2014

Yesterday evening, the children in Key Stage Two led a service in church, to mark the beginning of the season of Advent. The initial darkness within church slowly receded as the children brought candles to the altar. Through scripture readings, hymns, acting and prayer, the children reminded us that this is a season for repentance, expectation and preparation. As we wait for the 'Coming of the Light' at Christmas, we have an opportunity to prepare not just our homes, but ourselves, so that we are ready to welcome Him.

Remembrance Day - 11th November 2014

As 2014 marks 100 years since Britain entered World War One, Remembrance Day is especially poignant this year. Children in KS2 participated in the National Schools' Assembly, which was broadcast live from the Tower of London yesterday. To further mark this special Centenary, our Student Council decided that every child should make a poppy out of clay as a reminder and keepsake. Today, these poppies were arranged to spell out the word 'REMEMBER' on the playground. The poppies will be on sale from tomorrow for £1.00 each, with all money raised going to Help The Heroes. "WE REMEMBER ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR TODAY FOR OUR TOMORROW."

Harvest Festival - 10th October 2014

St. Clare's Church was full of joy this afternoon as the children gathered together in thanksgiving for the harvest. The service was a celebration of God's generosity and a reminder of how much we depend on Him. Classes presented poems, songs, paintings and read prayers, whilst children from the School's Gardening Club donated some home-grown produce. The hymns were sung with great enthusiasm and our thanks go to Mrs. Manasse for her time. The afternoon was also shared with parishioners and parents, who once again have given generously. The food baskets will be gratefully received within our community. Thank you.

Welcome Mass - 5th September 2014

Children and staff joined with parishioners to celebrate Mass together, as we commence the new school year. Fr. Loughran welcomed the children back to school and reminded them never to feel apprehensive of new experiences as God's love is always there. He explained how we are called upon to do our very best and how our thoughtful, selfless behaviour can encourage others to do the same. We are excited about the new opportunities ahead this year and ask God to support and guide each one of us.

Leavers' Assembly - 22nd July 2014

This morning, Class 8 walked into a crowded hall to thunderous applause. This special assembly was held to remember times shared, celebrate wondrous achievements and pray for support and guidance, as they embark on exciting, new adventures. The children were awarded certificates from Whitehough Outdoor Education Centre for their caving, climbing and orienteering successes back in February. Mr. Purcell also presented the Record of Achievement folders to each Year 6 pupil as he wished them well. The photos of the Leavers' assembly appear on Class 8's page. Goodbye and good luck, Class 8!

End of Year Leavers' Mass - 21st July 2014

We find ourselves at the end of the academic year as we say goodbye to the children in Class 8. The staff and pupils gathered in church yesterday, together with members of their families and of the Parish, for the end of year Mass. The Mass was led by the Year 6 pupils, who gave thanks for their time at St Clare's. We ask God to watch over these children and guide them as they face the new challenges ahead. Following Mass, the congregation processed to our new shrine to Our Lady. The statue was inaugurated and blessed by Fr. Loughran. You can see pictures on our 'Mission Statement' page.

Class 6's Woodwind Performance - 18th July 2014

To celebrate Class 6's achievements on their flutes, clarinets, saxophones and keyboards, they performed to families and friends this morning. The audience were treated to several favourites, including 'Yellow Submarine' and 'Twist and Shout' by the Beatles. The children have worked extremely hard over the year, from learning how to assemble their instrument to performing so impressively, with such passion and determination, as they did today. Bravo!! Our thanks also go to Mrs Lamb. See photos on Class 6's page.

Year 6 Leavers' Play - 17th July 2014

Congratulations to Class 8 on their fabulous performance of Jack and the Beanstalk! Year 6 excelled themselves in their modern take of this traditional tale. The actors threw themselves enthusiastically into their characters and with the exuberant dancing and light-hearted humour, it really was wonderful to watch! Brilliant, Class 8! See photos on Class 8's page!!!

The BIG ride for Hodovo - 12th July 2014

Once again we've been fortunate with lovely weather for our annual sponsored cycle for Hodovo. Children accompanied by families, friends and staff cycled together round Cottam Sports Arena's cycle track. A huge thank you to those with younger legs who raced round the circuit and of course to those of us who had forgotten the joy of cycling on a summer's day! See our 'Hodovo' page for photos and in due course, the number of laps completed and amount raised.

Team Challenge Day - 11th July 2014

Our School Council's ideas came to life today as children worked in their House Teams to complete a set of challenges. The day began with an assembly, where the Houses were greeted by a 'virtual' Mr McKeown and given details of their mission: build an outdoor shelter, solve a treasure hunt, compose and perform a team rap and produce a Pop Art portrait. The day has been enormous fun and the children have succeeded together by sharing skills, knowledge and ideas. Well done teams...mission complete!

Summer Fair - 27th June 2014

This year's Summer Fair was a great success despite the weather! Although the races were unable to go ahead, the evening was good fun and nobody got as soaked as Mr McKeown!!! The total amount raised was £2307.18. Many thanks to all those who supported the event.

Sports' Day - 24th June 2014

Congratulations to the Green House who were the overall winners of Sports' Day this year. Well done to all the children who took part; your enthusiasm and team spirit made it an enjoyable afternoon. See more photos on our 'Classes' page (Thanks to photographer, Roy Payne)