Remembrance - Sunday 11th November marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. It was a pleasure to see all of our children dressed in a sea of red poppies. It can only be a case of 'lest we forget' if the messages from history are properly passed on to the next generations. The school council presented very well in assembly, children shared their research about their family members from the wars and Mrs Edgar played the Last Post as we observed two minutes silence. Well done everyone - a fitting tribute to the heroes who gave their today for others' tomorrows.
Stay and Read! Well done to the mums and dads who came along to our first Stay and Read session on Monday 1st October. Reading is the key to success for every child and 15 minutes reading with your child each and every day will make a big difference to their progress.
Our next session is set for Monday 15th September with our year 3 class so please come along parents and families!
Secret Reader! Parents need to let their child's class teacher or the school office if they would like to volunteer for 'Secret Reader!' Imagine your child's face when you secretly walk into class at 2.45 ready to read to the class!
Activity for All attendance prize! 27 of our children had a great time on Friday at the Activity for All Centre as reward for outstanding attendance (98.5% or above) in the last school year.
Our school council have now launched, 'Don't Miss the Bus!' We will fill a double decker bus with pupils in June for a special reward event for this school year - perhaps 50 children.
Be in to win and make sure you are in the top 50!
Harvest Collection and Food-bank visit: Many thanks to all of our parents for making contributions to the Waterloo Foodbank central depot. Gail and Dave came in to assembly and talked to the children in assembly whilst year 3 sang for us and thanked God for our Harvest. The food will now be distributed to families who desperately need help.
New Weekly Awards:
We have four new weekly awards which celebrate different aspects of school life. They are:
(1) Gospel values (2) Code of Conduct (3) Maths Master and (4) Reading
Congratulations to our first special winners!
New Green Team on Pope Francis’s eco mission! Pope Francis has called for urgent action to stop climate change and proposed that caring for the environment be added to traditional Christian works of mercy such as feeding the hungry and visiting the sick, therefore our Green Team have 3 main tasks:
(a) Ensure paper is reused and recycled
(b) Make sure class lights and computers are switched off
(c) organise litter picking dates to protect our school environment.
Year 5 visit CAFOD charity shop: Today our pupils made history!
A group of Year 5 pupils enjoyed a visit to a local charity shop today. The CAFOD shop has been on St John's Road Waterloo for 25 years and they have raised more than three quarters of a million pounds for the charity.
This is in fact the only charity shop that CAFOD have in the whole world and we are the first school ever to send pupils there to support them!
Pupils learnt that nothing goes to waste in this shop, if something isn't good enough to sell then it gets sent off to be recycled. The staff were wonderfully welcoming to us and we look forward to building up links with the charity and with the CAFOD shop itself.
Vision Aid Overseas: Well done Holy Spirit families for collecting nearly 40 pairs of glasses fore our work with Vision Aid Overseas. School council representatives took the glasses to Specsavers in Maghull who help collect them on the charity's behalf.
The glasses will now be sent off to developing countries and make a massive difference to the quality of life for many people. Please watch this video and help by providing more glasses and change lives for the better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9KjtGLNyXI
We would really like to carry on helping people with this as part of our faith mission.
Everton First team players visit: Year 5 had a great surprise (as you can see from the reactions!) when Everton players Lucas Digne and Joao Virginia, recently signed from Barcelona and Arsenal resprctively, came and joined in with their PE lesson. Thank you to our partners at Everton in the Community for organising such a tremendously exciting event.
New Prayer Garden space: Here are year 1 trying out our new prayer garden space. The children are working on designs to include a pathway and special Gospel value signs cut from pieces of wood recycled from the school grounds.
Show Racism the Red Card: Year 6 children visited Anfield to share the message of equality and that racism, discrimination and intolerance won't be accepted.
The whole school had a poster competition to spread the message of anti-racism. Well done to our key stage 1, lower key stage 2 and upper key stage 2 winners.
Easter Bonnet parade: Didn't the nursery and reception classes look great with their Easter bonnets? Well done to all of our families for their hard work in making them - we are sure you had great fun together.
Crucial Crew year 5 trip: The children had a really informative trip to the Formby PDC, discussing how to stay safe in various scenarios.
Crucial Crew is a multi-agency safety project with agencies that include: Sefton Highway Safety Team, Community Parks Service, Merseyside Police, British Transport Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI. The workshop presented the children with a series of scenarios i.e. fire hazard etc. They engaged in some role-play exercises to help them cope with difficult situations . This event helps the children be prepared in the advent of a challenging life situation or as part of citizenship curriculum work.
Careers and Aspiration Day: Mr Byrne was invited to another Sefton school to talk to their year 6 pupils about his job alongside lots of other people such as a policeman, NHS worker and fireman. 4 of our year 6 pupils came along too to see how the session run. We will be running our own Careers and Aspiration Day in the summer term for our year 6 pupils and it will be led by our group pictured below who represented the school very well.
Scholastic Book Fair will be in school from Monday 19th March - Monday 26th March, Please come along and see what amazing books we have on offer.
Christingle - a lovely service: Congratulations to year 3 and 4 and all the staff for arranging a very special Christingle service. It really had a fabulous atmosphere and set the tone for the Christmas events to follow
Creative Curriculum! take a look at these fantastic models!
Year 2 children have worked on their Kings and Queens, Knights and castles theme and the children produced some superb castles with help from family at home.
Year 3 children really enjoyed their work on Volcanoes and created some super erupting volcanoes complete with lava!
Both are great examples of using fun and creative learning opportunities to really enhance the children's learning.
Bully-busting!! For Bullying awareness week, the children took part in various assemblies and lessons as well as having a class Guardian angel - each child had to take care for another one and see if that child could guess whom their Guardian angel was! We also had a Bullying poster competition - the winners from each age phase - infants, lower juniors and upper juniors are pictured below - their designs will be copied and posted around school to make sure we beat any bullies!!
Operation Christmas Child: Thank you to all of the parents and families who contributed shoe-box presents which will be distributed to children in some far away places. By giving so something generously, you will have really helped to make these children have a special something to smile about come Christmas day. A special thank you to Reece's great-nan (year 1) who provided well over a dozen boxes - what an amazing gesture!
Lego-club with a big thanks to our PTA ladies:
Some of our year 6 pupils are leading lego club for the younger children. The older young leader wrote a letter to our PTA explaining why they would like some help with paying for lego and how this would be a great idea for a lunchtime club. A huge thank you to the PTA for their super support as usual.
X factor winners have lunch out at McDonald's:
Children receive X factor mini certificates for good behaviour. We drew names out of the X factor box to decide each class winner for the first autumn half term. The lucky winners got to eat lunch with Mrs Slocombe and Mrs Jones - Happy Meals all round for happy, well behaved children! Well done!
Visit to local food bank
On Friday 3rd November Katelyn, Charlie (Head girl and Head boy), Chloe and John (Y5 School Councillors) visited Bootle food bank. They went to find out where all of our generous donations of food that we collected during Harvest time went to. They saw all of the food in various boxes and being labelled and sorted by kind volunteers. People visiting the food bank had a voucher and depending on the size of their family where given different amounts of food.
It was lovely to see all of our generous donations going to a worthy cause and helping people less fortunate than ourselves
Head-boy and Head girl team: What a great looking team! These year 6 pupils will form our Head-boy and Head girl and deputies group! The year 6 children will be an important line of communication between the children and staff as well as being role model representatives showing visitors and friends of the school around.
Brighten Up the Harvest! Many thanks for all your kind food donations for the local food-bank.
The children learn that they are really helping people and families who really need it. The children followed the CAFOD charity's request to Brighten up the Harvest! Look at those bright clothes!!
Baby and Toddler - Free Stay and Play!
Please come along to our free Baby & Toddler stay and play. The babies, toddlers, mums and dads love it!
School Council Vote: Children learn about democracy and voting when picking out our school council team.
Congratulations to all the children who were selected. We are taking part in an important School Council project with all of the other Bootle schools where we are focusing on 'Equality and Diversity' On the picture, year 2 get to exercise their democratic voting right!!
Back in time with Ancient Egypt! Children in year 3 have loved doing research in their own time about the Ancient Egyptians, including making books and mummies! The children had a wow dress up day too with some superb role play!
Attendance champions! Congratulations to our children who collected bronze, silver or gold medals to celebrate excellent attendance in the summer term. Here are a few photos of the successful children.
Reception children settling in with play-leader help!
As you can see from the photographs, oour new reception children are setting in really well to their new surroundings. Many thanks to our fabulous new year 5 play buddies who are literally putting an arm round their shoulder and looking after them on the playground!
Crosby Hall update: All of the children and staff are doing well. We had a beach walk yesterday and got a bit of a soaking on the way back! We then had fun and games working out how to put on duvet covers correctly whilst making our beds. Tea was brilliant with home made cottage pie and apple crumble. The children then had dance class and practised some groovy moves. A good sleep and big breakfast today followed by a full day of activities...
A further update of today's events will follow....
'Speak out - stay safe!' NSPCC visit: We had very important visitors this week when two ladies from the NSPCC came in to talk to the children about staying safe and how they can get help when they need it. They ladies, alongside their mascot Buddy, ran a really informative assembly in a gentle and supportive way, where the children replied with lots of intelligent answers. The ladies then ran workshops with year 5 and 6 discussing different aspects of abuse and bullying, such as on line threats. Remember abuse is never okay! Speak out and stay safe!
Welcome back! What a lovely first day back. 99.9% attendance - no lates - perfect behaviour and everyone looking incredibly smart.
A big welcome especially to our new reception children who have had a terrific first day.
Goodbye and thank you:
We would like to thank our 4 members of staff who will be leaving us this week:
Miss Dooley has done a terrific job in nursery over the last 3 years and has been central to the dramatic changes and improvements made.
Mrs O'Connor has only been with us for a year but has had a great impact with year 3.
Mrs Harris in the office has been a great ambassador for Holy Spirit for over 2 decades.
Mrs Smith Evans has been a loyal teaching assistant across several classes and has been central to our eco sustainability work.
Nursery Graduation 2017: Congratulations to our nursery graduates for this year.
We had a terrific afternoon - the children received their special shirt and medal and wore their graduation cap and had their photograph taken with their nursery degree diploma.
Year 6 Leavers' shield winners:
Well done to our shield winners - we have the following categories:
Boy and Girl Citizenship
Harry Holding (community and parish)
Head boy and Head girl award
Holy Spirit Children's University medals: Well done to our year 2 and year 6 children who all received medals for their participation at extra curricular clubs - children received grades at working towards bronze, bronze, silver and gold award.
Holy Spirit Awards' Celebration evening: 10th July 2017 at Litherland High Starry Nights
Year 6 brass ensemble play 24/7 and Viva la Vida by Coldplay - many thanks yo Mrs Edgar for leading our brass team.
Netherton Library visit
Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a great morning out at Netherton Library to launch the Summer
reading challenge 2017.
They were entertained with brilliant stories, lots of props, music and they particularly enjoyed being squirted with water.
All of the children were impeccably behaved and a credit to the school.
Jeanette from the library then came and visited the children in school. If children don't read over the summer, their standard will dip. Please take part in the summer reading challenge to make sure your son or daughter hits the ground running come September.
New nursery children have a lovely first day: Our little ones in nursery had a great time meeting new friends and our new nursery teacher and early years leader, Mrs Woods.
Miss Jones's art and craft club show their skills:
Well done to the children in the year 3 and year 4 art and craft club for their efforts. Look at their super decorated plant pots!
Attendance weekly winners:
Well done to year 4 - our latest attendance winners - 26th June 2017
Reception children writing skills:
Well done girls! You impressed everyone with your writing skills. Great friends and top writers!
Star of the Week - Monday 26th June:
Congratulations to all of our Star of the Week winners. Its always nice for the family at home to see the photo on the website and share the celebration.
Reception make mini habitats
As part of Reception's topic on endangered animals, the class were set homework to research an endangered animal and build a shoe box habitat.
They were very brave and stood up in assembly on Monday to share these with the school. Mason Cox and Grace Hankin even shared some facts about their animals.
Wear Green for School Eco Energy Day and 'Green team' competition
All the children wore green today to share a theme day learning about sustainable energy. Holy Spirit has the Eco schools silver award and aims to get the Green glag award next school year. A new green eco team will be getting picked in the next week or two. All children need to do to be considered for the team is to produce a poster, poem, painting or power-point (or anything else such as a model) to help show the importance of being green and eco friendly at our school. The closing date is Monday 3rd July. We will be picking our new eco team ready for the 2017/2018 school year! Good luck with the competition.
Reception and Year 1 enterprise day:
Once again, we had a super effort by our youngest pupils this time, selling a range of products such as chocolate lollies, sweets, cakes, hair bobbles and even plants they had grown themselves linked to our eco work.
As you can see from the photos, quite a few budding wheeling and dealing Del boys (and girls) in the making!
Colomendy update (4PM Thursday 22nd June)
The children are having a wonderful time. Food and weather is good. All smiles and happy friends all round!
Last night, the children enjoyed climbing Jacob's ladder and making camp fires. This morning it has been circuit training (very early!!) the Nightline and Problem solving team work challenges - as you can see from the photos.
Later on, the children are doing climbing, low ropes, bushcraft shelter making and the night walk.
Tomorrow, the children will still have time for Jungle Vines and Fencing!
Playing with the Halle
On Thursday 15th June Year 5 had the opportunity to play with the Halle Orchestra.
Over the year all the children in Year 5 have all been learning how to play a brass instrument and all their hard work paid off. Not only did they get to see the Halle play at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, they also got to play and sing with them. This is an experience that I'm sure the children will remember for a very long time.
Year 2 and Year 4 enter the dragon's den:
Well done to all of the children and staff who worked so hard on Friday with their enterprise projects. Year 2 sold alien pencil toppers and chocolate marshmallow lollies. The photo-booth and fun props was tremendously popular.
Year 4 made £112 in 30 minutes with their sale of hair accessories, wrist bands and the very popular ice creams - on a very hot day!
Bike It Breakfast: We had a super morning with parents and families coming into visit us in school after cycling into school with their children. We received the Bike It Silver award last year and are proud of our commitment to healthy living. Keep cycling! Well done to Mrs McGlynn for organising the event.
Mental Maths Times Table Challenge: We enjoyed a mental maths workout today with year 2 taking on year 3 in a times table competition - followed by year 4 against year 5.
All the classes came into the hall and children came out to the hot spot at the front and had questions fired at them - quickest on the buzzer with the right answer would be the winner!
Well done to all the children who bravely came to the front.
It was a very sporting challenge - year 2 and year 3 drawing 2-2 and year 4 overcoming year 5 by 3 to 2 rounds.
The children know that learning their times tables is very important in terms of doing calculation sums and solving reasoning problems.
Reception class chat with Mr Byrne: reception children paid a visit to Mr Byrne today to look at their amazing Learning journeys and naughty bus books!
Here is a taster of how things operate at lunchtime. Plenty of fun and friendship!
Bike to School Week:
Please remember that its Bike to School week. As you can see from this morning's photo, plenty of children are bringing their bikes in. Please try and cycle, walk or scoot to school.
Friday 16th June at 8 am is our Bike it breakfast. Cycle in with your child and share some breakfast in school.
Attendance winners for 12th June 2017
Congratulations to year 3 for winning the Junior attendance cup.
Our infant attendance teddy is set to have a make over. He needs a new name and will be dressed in school uniform and act as a reminder to our infant children of the importance of being 'In to Win!'
Star of the week winners - 12th June 2017 - Congratulations for doing so well!
Maths Puzzle champions of the week:
Pupils from year 2, our first winners of our new weekly Maths Puzzle weekly challenge.
The question was.... The answer is 7, what was the question? Both girls gave detailed and clever mathematical responses.
Well done to them - we will be having a weekly Maths cup to present in Monday awards' assembly
Baby Buddies! Come along!
Come along with your baby or toddler to our free 'stay and play' each Monday from 9 am
Children play games, learn new skills and have fun. Its a good chance for mums (and dads) to get out of the house and meet other parents. Snack is provided for free.
We have had away day trips to Jake's Sensory World and also received a visit from the Sensory Bus.
Come along to 'Baby Buddies' every Monday!
Star of the week winners
Congratulations to some of our recent Star of the week winners.
Attendance medal achievement:
Congratulations to all of the children who recently received bronze medals for full attendance for the spring term and silver medals for 100% attendance for the whole school year so far.
If children's attendance is low, they fall behind their class mates with their progress.
Make sure that all of the children at Holy Spirit are 'in to win' like our medal winners!
Year 3 and Year 5 Business enterprise sale - 9th June
We are running ‘Dragon’s Den style business enterprise activities. Today it was year 3 and year 5 taking their turn. Year 3 sold hot dogs and Year 5 sold toast, and made and sold loom wrist bands and stress balls! The class had a £10 budget, conducted research on the cost of buying materials, produced business plans and worked out profit margins. This work allows children to work as a team, listen and share ideas, think outside the box, understand the value of money and work out challenging maths sums. Yesterday, year 3 told me they had worked out they would sell 72 hot dogs and would need 9 tins of hot dogs (with 8 hot dogs in each) and 12 packs of buns (with 6 in each) allowing 72 of each!
Take a look of the pictures of year 5 selling their loom bands.
Next week it is the turn of Year 2 and Year 4 to enter the Dragon's Den!
Hinduism Day - Tuesday 1st November
On Tuesday all children enjoyed a Hinduism day. They enjoyed learning about another faith and showed great respect. The girls enjoyed wearing a range of saris and the boys tried on different prayer shawls and turbans. They listened to different stories about the Hindu Gods and Goddesses and danced away to different music. The children also learnt how to say hello in Hindi – Namaste
The lady who organised the Hinduism Workshop was very impressed by the children’s attitude and behaviour. She made this comment after the day. “Thank you very much for inviting me to Holy Spirit. I felt very welcome at your school, and had a wonderful time.”
Tuck shop launched! The school council's latest success has been to organise a healthy tuck shop. Year 6 monitors run the trolley which has healthy snacks to sell at morning break. The council organised the rules for organising the shop as well as arranging the prices of the items with Mrs Moore. Simple rules help the routine run smoothly such as good manners, taking turns, respecting the queue and avoiding litter.
Nursery graduation success
Our nursery pupils passed out recently with flying colours at their graduation ceremony. Proud parents and families looked on as the children received commemorative shirts, gold graduation medals, special certificates and even mortar board hats with the school crest. Well done to all the children and best of luck in your adventures going into reception class!