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Headteacher Weekly Update , by Miss Murtagh

Date: 22nd Nov 2019 @ 5:15pm

As part of our new behaviour policy, I have requested that those children who have gone over and above showing (model behaviour) are nominated by their class teacher to meet with the Headteadher and enjoy a drink of hot chocolate or a juice and a biscuit.  This is the ideal time for me to cathch up with the children and to hear what they have been doing to make a big impact.  I along with Mrs Grealis also had a chance to hear about things the children have particularly enjoyed throughout this week.  Topic work, new vocabulary and the Big Maths day were high on the agenda. 

Congratulations to Amelia, Lydia, Harvey, Zac, Lola, Chloe and George.  Who will be joing us next week?

Have a good weekend evrebody.

Headteacher's weekly update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 15th Nov 2019 @ 5:19pm

Thank you to everyone who took part in the national ‘Odd Socks’ day.  By doing so, you were helping to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week and the importance of  showing  respect to one another.  RESPECT is one of our golden rules; we have been focusing on this through our new behaviour policy and through our Gospel values.  Following next weeks celebration assembly, I am looking forward to sharing a hot chocolate and a chat with those children who have been nominated for going over and above in their behaviour towards others. 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

 

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

Headteacher's weekly update, by Mrs Bell

Date: 8th Nov 2019 @ 3:44pm

I would like to extend my congratualtions to year 3 and 4 football pupils who participated in the football competition on Thursday.  We are very proud of the fact that you all returned with a gold medal.  

Thank you to everyone who bought a poppy this week, I hope you will wear it with pride.  I will be attending the service at St.Lawrences on Sunday, the service begins at 10 am,  I look forward to seeing you there if you are able to attend.

I hope you all have a good weekend.

Best wishes.

Miss Murtagh

Headteacher's Weekly Update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 25th Oct 2019 @ 4:02pm

During this final week of half term we have provided further enhancement to our curriculum with the continuation of the computer workshops.  As ever there was enthusiasm and excitement for learning.  When I spoke to pupils in year 3 and 4 they explained that they said…

I enjoyed creating an animation where people told funny jokes. We learnt about de-bugging and Alogrhythm.  It was really fun.” Thomas Redpath Year 3

“We went on Codo, we programmed a Robot to move. I enjoyed learning about programming.” Joseph Kennedy Year 4

The teachers are looking forward to their inset day on Monday 4th November where they will be developing their computing skills.

It was also very interesting hearing about the books each class has read during ‘Black History Month’  Children were chosen from each class to share who they have found out about and how they have changed the course of history.  Rosa Parks was one of the people who impressed the children with her resilience and determination to make a difference.

We had our St. Luke’s Feast Day mass yesterday; this was a special celebration with a focus on the life of our patron saint, Saint Luke.   Thank you Father Kenny and to all the children who contributed to the liturgy of the word, also a very big thank you to Mrs Gonzalez who led us in our singing.

We had a wonderful time at the Halloween Disco last night.  Everyone put such a lot of effort into their costumes, and as a result there was lots of fun on the dance floor.  On behalf of the children and staff, we would like to extend our thanks to our FoSL parents, who as ever worked extremely hard to make this another successful event.

We wish all our families a very happy and safe half term break. Children return to school on Tuesday 5th November.   Parent’s evenings will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evening, we look forward to meeting with parents and discussing pupil progress.  During this week we will be selling poppies on behalf of the British Legion we encourage everyone to support this very worthwhile cause.

On behalf of all the staff thank you to everyone for your continued support.

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

Headteacher's Weekly Update , by Miss Murtagh

Date: 11th Oct 2019 @ 4:58pm

We had the launch of our vocabulary tree this week.  It has been designed to help us grow our own use of vocabulary, as well as having a clear understanding of the meanings of each word. During yesterday’s learning walk I was really impressed with the way pupils are eager to improve their choice of vocabulary.  My word of the week is asteroid (Greek-aster – star) (Greek – asteroeides – starlike). 

Congratulations also to our Junior Leadership team; who were presented with their badges at assembly today. I am looking forward to meeting you, along with our new school council next Friday morning after assembly. 

Class 4 is the most improved legendary line this week, well done to all for a great team effort, you have each earned an extra five house points.  Which class will lead on the legendary line next week?

I hope you all have a good weekend.

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

Headteacher's weekly update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 7th Oct 2019 @ 8:23am

Headteachers's Weekly update - Friday 4th October 2019

Thank you to everyone who participated in our ‘Brighten up our World’ non-uniform day, for Cafod’s Harvest Family Fast Day. Toni shared lots of important messages with us during Tuesday’s assembly. I don’t think I would like to walk miles every day before school, just to collect water.  Would you?  The money donated we will help to support children and their families who are less fortunate than us; making their world a brighter place too.

This week Class 5 are still taking the lead when it comes to legendary lining up, however, Class 4 are a close second.  Who will be the winner next week?

I hope you all have a good weekend.

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

 

Headteacher's Update , by Miss Murtagh

Date: 27th Sep 2019 @ 12:14pm

This week, as part of focus on behaviour,  we have been working on ‘Legendary Lines’, taking the time to make sure our classes line up quickly and quietly and move sensibly around school.   This has improved as the week has gone on.  I have been particularly impressed with Class 5; they have been an excellent example to all.  Do you think your class could have a ‘Legendary Line’ next week?  I am ready to give out extra dojo’s and house points.

Have a good weekend.

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

Headteacher's Weekly Update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 3rd Sep 2019 @ 5:45pm

I hope you have all enjoyed your summer holidays.  The teachers have been in school the past few days, working hard to get your classrooms ready for tomorrow.  They like me they are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow and are excited to hear all about your holdiay experiences. 

Sleep well tonight ready for a prompt start to the new school year tomorrow.

Best wishes

 

Miss Murtagh

Headtecher's Weekly Update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 23rd Jul 2019 @ 5:23pm

On behalf of all the staff at St. Luke's Catholic Primary School I would like to wish you and your family a very enjoyable summer break.

See you in September.

Best wishes

 

Miss Murtagh

Headteacher's Weekly update , by Miss Murtagh

Date: 19th Jul 2019 @ 10:44am

 

Congratulations to our year 6 pupils and to our Key Stage 2 Choir for the excellent performance of Robin Hood and the Sherwood Buddies  .  We were so proud out of each and every one of you. 

Our leavers mass on Thursday was a very special celebration of all their skills, talents and achievements.  Our Key Stage one pupils sang beautifully, thank you to Mrs Gonzalez who has been coming into school to lead hymn practices.

You will have noticed the new canopy in our mindfulness area.  Friend of St. Luke’s have bought this for us to make this area a place that you can sit quietly, talk to friends, read a book or do some colour and calm.  We hope you will look forward to using this area next term.

I hope you all have a very enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes

 

Miss Murtagh

 

Headteacher's Weekly Update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 12th Jul 2019 @ 4:11pm

This week pupils and staff had the opportunity to say thank you to the many people who work tirelessly to support our school.  The year six pupils served afternoon tea. The younger pupils entertained with their singing.   We hope everyone enjoyed the afternoon. 

Many of our year, six pupils have been attending their new high schools this week. I know everyone is now beginning to think about the next  academic year and the new challenges that lie ahead.  A letter has been sent out today outlining the staffing arrangements for the next academic year.

I hope everyone has a very enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes

 

Miss Murtagh

Headteacher's weekly update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 4th Jul 2019 @ 5:49pm

The last two weeks have be very busy, so I have rolled two weeks into one.  I had a great time last Tuesday afternoon, as I joined Mrs Grealis and Class 5 on their trip to the Bridgewater Hall to play with the Halle Orchestra. I am really proud of everyone's mastery of their chosen instrument.  What a way to celebrate this achievement!

On Friday, we had another spectacular Summer Fayre.  There was lots of fun in the sun. Each class used their singing talents to entertain the visitors, throughout the event.  A great time was had by all, young and old.  Thank you to FoSL and all the parents who worked so hard to make this a very special occasion. 

This week we have two sporting events to participate in.  The first is the annual district sports.  I am so pround of all who participated.  On Sunday some of you will be participating in the Peace Celebrations Centenary - Inter-School Sports. I am looking forward to being part of this special event.  I know many of you will be there with your families or will be joining in with other community groups.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

Weekly Update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 26th Apr 2019 @ 7:07pm

Weekly Update

 

I hope you all enjoyed a very happy Easter weekend, in the beautiful sunshine.   I would like to congratulate all the pupils who either helped organise or supported our Easter egg raffle, and guess the number of mini eggs.  I am delighted to let you know that we raised a total of £100.

Olivia and Lukas from Class Five – representative of the mini Vinnie’s have also been busy raising money.  They raised £75 by designing and making Bookmarks.  They provided a selection after mass on Palm Sunday and kindly requested a donation.  I am sure you will agree they did particularly well to raise such a large amount of money.

These are just two examples of the way the children at St. Luke's place the needs of others first.

On the sporting front, our Year Six pupils came third in Thursday’s volleyball competition, as always we are very proud of their achievements.  Well done to all who took part.

On Thursday afternoon, the Fire Service visited our Year Five Class.  They shared very important messages about what to do if you are involved in a fire.  Key words to remember were “STOP, DROP, and ROLL”.  Thank you to the Fire Service for taking the time to visit our school, we value their hard work support and advice.

I hope you have a good weekend.

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

Headteacher's Weekly Update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 17th Mar 2019 @ 8:47pm

This week we have all taken part in National Science Week.  Each class has taken their own investigation and with lots of fun and enjoyment they have developed their scienftific understanding.  I am really looking forward to Wednesday afternoon, when we will be having a 'Sharing Assembly' to find out what each class has been learning.

On Tuesday I was lucky engough to join the school choir on their visit to the Chester Storyhouse theatre, as part of the AmaSing project.  This was a wonderful experience, proving that we have many talented pupils.  I know everyone really enjoyed themsleves.  

Although it was late when we returned from the Storyhouse, it didn't dampen the spirits of all those pupils who were leaving early next morning for Y5 residential to Dobroyd Castle. Each day I looked forward to seeing the images on thier class page, they certainly looked like they had a fabulous time.  I will look forward to hearing about it next week.

On Friday evening, the pupils on this year's Sacramental Programme celebrated thier First Forgiveness.  It was a very meaningful service.  Thank you to Father Kenny and all who are supporting their preparation.  The evening ended with a family shared table, a perfect end to the evening.

Best wishes 

Miss Murtagh

Weekly Update , by Miss Murtagh

Date: 1st Feb 2019 @ 4:53pm

 

On Wednesday we woke up to the first real snow covering of the season.  For adults, this always brings the added worry of how to travel to school and work safely.  For children it is all about the excitement and fun in the snow.  Fortunately, we were able to keep the school open all day.  The day began with a DVD; after break everyone went to their classrooms and lessons went ahead as normal. I was very fortunate to be able to spend the day with year four.  Thank you year four, I really enjoyed my day as all of you have an excellent attitude to learning.   Everyone was very excited when they were leaving school.   I hope you all had lots of fun in the snow when you arrived home.

Unfortunately we had to postpone Movie Night this week due to the wintry conditions.  This will now go ahead on Thursday 7th February.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the NSPCC Number day today.  I was really impressed with the inventive ideas that were used in the creation of the costumes.  We had numbers displayed on rulers, cash machines, dice and dominoes to name but a few.  I hope you enjoyed the many fun number based activities throughout the day.

Take care in the icy conditions, enjoy your weekend and we will look forward to seeing you next week.

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

Weekly Update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 29th Jan 2019 @ 4:49pm

On Saturday evening the pupils were enrolled onto this year’s Sacramental Programme, the children were joined by family, friends and staff from school supporting them as they take this next step in their faith journey.  The children will now wear the medals presented to them by Father Kenny.

This week our link with Chester Zoo was developed further.  Our Key Stage One pupils visited the Zoo on Tuesday.  Despite the cold weather, the children had a wonderful time finding out lots of information about the animals; this will be used to develop their writing skills, in both English and Topic work. It was also their turn this week to experience the workshop on the unsustainable production of palm oil; as well, as lots of interesting facts for our pupils to think about.  

As we found out last week; this is one of the biggest threats facing the forests and wildlife of Borneo and Sumatra –and demand is increasing.  Forest and habitats are being lost, animals are losing their homes and carbon is being released into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.

On Wednesday morning, it was an early start for members of Class 6.   At 6 am, we left Frodsham, to travel down to London to visit the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street.  This was an opportunity to experience democracy in action.  We were really fortunate to meet our local MP, Mike Amesbury.  I was really impressed by the way our pupils participated in the workshop and the questions they asked, it definitely looks like we have some budding politicians. 

Thank you again to the parent helpers who have volunteered their time to support both educational visits this week.

Hoping you all have a good weekend.

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

 

Headteacher's Weekly Update , by Miss Murtagh

Date: 18th Jan 2019 @ 5:48pm

This week we invited staff from Chester Zoo into school to deliver a workshop to our Key Stage Two pupils on the unsustainable production of palm oil.  It will be Key stage One’s turn next week. This is one of the biggest threats facing the forests and wildlife of Borneo and Sumatra –and demand is increasing.  Forest and habitats are being lost, animals are losing their homes and carbon is being released into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.  They have invited us to get involved in the palm oil challenge. With your families they want you to celebrate the companies who are committed to using sustainable palm oil.  For us to get involved Miss McVeigh has requested us all to collect wrappers and packaging of products using sustainable palm oil; these will be used to create a collage during Arts week.    How many wrappers can you collect?

On Saturday evening we will be joining the pupils about to enrol on this year’s sacramental programme.  This is a very special occasion where they will be presented with their enrolment medals; I know they will wear them with pride.

I along with Mr Taylor and other members of staff look forward joining pupils and their families at the Enrolment mass. I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

 

Headteacher's Weekly Update , by Miss Murtagh

Date: 11th Jan 2019 @ 4:53pm

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and hoping you all had a very enjoyable Christmas break. While visiting each class on Tuesday, it was good to see everyone with smiles on their faces, ready to start the new term.  The pupils in Class Three informed me that they are each aiming for 100% attendance.  At the end of this term all pupils with 100% attendance will go in to a draw for a £20.00 gift token and those with 99% could potentially win a £10.00 gift token.  Fingers crossed class three!

With Christmas decorations put away for another year, it is hardly dull and boring as the corridor is a colourful as ever.  All classes now have a new book cover depicted on their classroom door.  A couple of my favourites are Jack and the Baked Beanstalk and George’s Marvellous Medicine.  Each class will be visiting the library again this half term.  I know many of our pupils received new books for Christmas, if you have read a book you would like to recommend, I would love to hear all about it.

We have all taken home a Change for Life booklet home this week; it has many important messages about making healthy choices, particularly when it comes to our sugar consumption.  Why not share this information with an adult; maybe you and your family can make some healthier changes this year. Staff members are also trying to be healthier this year too.

I hope you all have a good weekend.

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

Headteacher's Weekly Update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 14th Dec 2018 @ 5:53pm

Head teacher’s Weekly Update

A Week of Performances

This week began with our Advent assembly; where Stanley from Class Three, lit the second candle on the wreath, we listened to the Gospel read by Emilia in Class Five, and then there was time for quiet reflection. In the afternoon members of our Mini Vinnies visited the residents of Chaplefields Residential Home in Frodsham.  The children sang Christmas carols, sat, and chatted for a while.  The residents were delighted to see them, and said that they brightened up what was a wet Monday afternoon.

On Tuesday, Years Five and Six visited Chester Catholic High where they watched a performance of Cinderella.  They had a wonderful time and were very impressed with how talented the students are.  We thank all the students and staff at Chester Catholic High for this kind invitation; St. Luke’s pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

On Wednesday, the whole school visited the Storyhouse theatre to watch a performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, this was an amazing experience for all; young and old. Thank you to The Friends of St. Luke’s, who through their fundraising were able to subsidise the cost of the trip.   As always we were very proud of all our pupils, particularly of our Year Six pupils with  the care they showed their buddies in the Reception class.

On Thursday and Friday the youngest members of our School; Key Stage One and EYFS, performed their Nativity plays.  Both performances were excellent; children confidently acting, singing, dancing, but most of all enjoying telling the most important story of all.  I along with your parents and teachers am very proud of you all.

There is lots to look forward to next week.  I hope you all have a very enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes

 

E Murtagh

 

Headteacher's Weekly Update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 10th Dec 2018 @ 5:00pm

Headteacher's Weekly Update

We began the week with the first of our Advent assemblies; lighting the first candle on the Advent wreath.  All the children joined in prayer and reflection, taking time to think carefully about our preparation. Children in EYFS. Keys Stage One and lower Key Stage Two have taken home their class Nativity; this allows them to share with their families the true meaning of Christmas.

Thank you to Father Kenny and Father Colin for leading our penitential service this week, again a time for reflection and forgiveness.

Our school has contributed a tree to this year’s Christmas Tree Festival at Frodsham Methodist Church; we have continued the theme of Remembrance.  The choir joined other members of the community on Friday afternoon at the opening of the festival.  We do hope you had the chance to visit. 

The annual FoSL Christmas wreath making evening took place last Thursday night.  There was a great atmosphere; creative skills enhanced with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.  Those who attended, I am sure will have the best-dressed doors this Christmas time.

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend; we are looking ahead to another busy week, I am particularly looking forward to our visit to the theatre and all the fun of the pantomime.

 

Best wishes

E Murtagh

Headteacher's Weekly Update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 30th Nov 2018 @ 6:08pm

Headteacher’s Weekly Update - 30th November 2018

What a wonderful time we all had at last week’s Frodsham Christmas Festival.   Early in the morning Mrs Grealis along with members of staff and parent helpers were busy creating our Christmas Float.  This year’s theme was’ Jesus the Light of the World’; we chose to represent this by creating an Advent wreath.

When our float arrived on Red Lane, we could hardly believe our eyes; our float looked spectacular.  As the parade began it was lit up by twinkling Christmas lights and the smiling faces of our year three pupils and our Junior Leadership team.  The atmosphere was further enhanced by the pupils in year five carrying the lanterns they made earlier in the week. We hope you all enjoyed the event as much as we did.

On Tuesday the pupils in Class Three presented a wonderful assembly, sharing the meaning of the season of Advent and the importance of preparation.  As this Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, it is appropriate that we gather together as a school and parish community, beginning our preparation, as the first candle on the Advent wreath it lit.  We look forward to sharing in a Family Mass, this Sunday at 10 O’clock.

Congratulations to the girls who took part in the football competition on Thursday at Ellesmere Port.  There was great teamwork by all accounts. Also to all the children who took part in the Dance competition on Thursday night, Mr Taylor said they put on a wonderful performance.  I am very proud of you all.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

 

Best Wishes

Miss Murtagh

 

Headteacher Weekly Update, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 24th Nov 2018 @ 5:13pm

Headteacher Weekly Update – 23rd November 2018

Earlier this week children in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two welcomed a little dog called Milo into school.  Reading is always more enjoyable in a calm, relaxing atmosphere.  The children had especially chosen the books they wanted to read.  Milo listened attentively as he snuggled down beside the children.  This was a very enjoyable experience for all involved.

Yesterday the pupils in year one took part in the Frodsham and Villages multi skills activity.  The children were very keen to get involved and thoroughly enjoyed the event.  We are always very proud of our children; however, we were particularly proud to receive comments about their excellent behaviour.

Thank you to FoSL for all their hard work in arranging a very successful ‘Movie Night’, I spoke to a number of children today who said they had a great time.  Thank you also to all the staff who attended this event.  We also thank you as parents who supported this event, fundraising is always important but the enjoyment of the children is the priority.

As mentioned last week, today we had the official opening of our Activity Play Equipment.  Our Junior Leadership team cut the ribbon; this was with met with a big cheer of excitement from all of the children in Key Stage Two.

We are all looking forward to the Frodsham Festival this weekend; looking forward to seeing you there.  Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

The New Weekly Blog, by Miss Murtagh

Date: 15th Nov 2018 @ 5:32pm

Headteacher’s Weekly Update – 16th November 2018

The theme of Remembrance continued this week, with a very meaningful and thought provoking assembly delivered by the pupils in Class Five.  This was a celebration of the work they have completed in English lessons; creative activities and topic work.  The children clearly demonstrated that they now have a deeper understanding of the events of both the First and Second World Wars, and the impact these wars had on people’s lives. 

We are delighted to announce that the work on the new activity play equipment is now completed.  We have been waiting for fencing to be replaced, ensuring the safety of all pupils. Our Junior Leadership team will complete the official opening next week.  A timetable will be created for each class to use the equipment.  I am sure everyone is looking forward to lots of fun and physical activity.

This week we had the first meeting for parents of children on this year’s Sacramental Programme.  Thank you to all the parents who attended, as we continue to work in partnership, supporting your child’s developing faith journey.  All our invited to the family mass at 10 am on Sunday 2nd December 2018 in St. Luke’s Parish Church.

I joined members of the FOSL team this afternoon for their meeting; there are many exciting events on the horizon.  However, if you wish your child to attend the Movie Night on Thursday after school, please ensure your booking is competed by Monday.  Film choices can be selected via our parent app.

I hope you and your family have an enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes

Miss Murtagh

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