Christmas Nativity Play - 10th December 2014Our 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 2014Our 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 2014Yesterday 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 2014As 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 2014St. 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 2014Children 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 2014This 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 2014We 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 2014To 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 2014Congratulations 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 2014Once 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 2014Our 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 2014This 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 2014Congratulations 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)