Where changes to admission arrangements are intended, all schools are required to consult before these are determined and published. The policy for consultation for 2019-20 is available on our Policies Page. The consultation will run from Monday 4 December 2017 – Monday 22 January 2018. A consultation response form is available by request from the school. The governing body will consider all comments received before they determine the arrangements for 2019-20.
Nearly six hundred votes have been received from children, parents, staff, governors and parishioners relating to our new Mission Statement- thank you to every one for your input and involvement. We are thrilled that there has been a real community approach to its development!
Our new Mission Statement is:
As unique children of God we:
Aspire not to have more but to be more.
Listen to Christ
Learn from Christ
Our school aims to:
- bring young people to their full and unique potential as children of God in a supportive and caring environment
- develop the whole child – spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, socially and emotionally
- provide an excellent quality of education which is inspired by the values of the Gospel in which our children will feel valued and cherished
- ensure that the children’s experience of interactions and friendships within the school have a formative and significant influence on their understanding of relationships
- foster in our children the qualities of self-esteem, justice, honesty and respect for other people and cultures
- provide an atmosphere of warmth, care and justice in which children, parents, staff, governors and visitors are welcomed, accepted and affirmed
We have had an absolutely marvellous Mission Week in school; we have thoroughly been reminded of the fact that God’s love for us is unbroken and will always remain that way.
Numerous prayer opportunities were available to everyone including:
- praying the rosary
- class liturgies
- prayer stations
- Sacrament of Reconciliation
- making prayer bracelets and ‘unbroken’ prayer chains
- ‘unbroken’ craft
- learning our Mission dance
- visiting people in our local area
- making a whole-school work of art
- our balloon release and the introduction of our outdoor Mission Cross
Thank you to everyone who has been involved in making our Mission week a success. Wearing our brightly coloured Mission t-shirts really allowed us to make a colourful impact during our Mission!
The whole school enthusiastically celebrated our feast day – All Saints’ Day on 1st November. Year Five led mass beautifully in the morning. Alongside some hand painting and cake eating, the children in Key Stage Two worked in their House Groups developing four potential new Mission Statements for our school and the children in Key Stage One worked in their class. They developed their meaning and designed images and movement for each statement. The children’s thoughts will be assimilated; following this, all children, parents, staff, governors and the parish will have the opportunity to vote for their preferred Mission Statement and the most popular will become our new Mission Statement. Once the children’s thoughts are finalised, everyone will be made aware of the options and voting can commence!
Alongside the Key Stage One Bake Off on Friday, home-grown soup will be available to buy. The Eco-Club children have been very busy harvesting the crops they have grown; vegetables are going to be added to soup made by Mrs Phillips and Year One children. The soup will be sold with a bread bun for 50p. It can be heated up or put in the freezer for later! Thank you for supporting our ‘Big Soup Share’.
Well done to Logan, Harrison and Jonathan who raised £830 for the R.V.I.’s Bubble Foundation by running the Mini and Junior Great North Run – a fantastic achievement!
Please see the current lunch menu from Taylor Shaw:
We are thrilled that our playground was extended over the holidays – we now have a Multi Use Gaming Area (MUGA) and an area which will eventually be our school garden! Although it rained on the first day back, all of the children loved exploring!
The pupils in Year Four showcased their creative writing and art work as part of an art gallery. Family and friends were invited to look at the pieces about a Dragon’s Egg. It was such a wonderful event and was very popular with children and adults alike. Well done Year Four!
Well done to the thirty children who performed to hundreds of people at Durham Cathedral; they sung a range of songs with the choristers. They sounded fantastic and moved lots of people to tears. Thank you to Mrs. Dunn who worked hard preparing the choir.