Yes loads of thanks to all who participated in this. We had 56 participant, a mix of parents, grandparents and pupils. The final result was worked out on a percentage of our pupils, so we could be compared against larger schools. Thank you to Mrs Geldard who enthusiastically joined in and encouraged many of her class and others from the school to participate. 20 schools took part and little old St. Joseph's won, I'm feeling proud! Special mention to Joshua in reception who won his category, to his dad who was third in his category, junior parent Michael O'Malley who was third in his category and Margaret Kendall who was second in her category.
A huge well done to everyone who has participated in this!
Maudsley family quick off the mark registering their super time for a mile of running, walking and pushing!
We have had more children and adults completing their mile, you now have until Sunday 28th June to complete it and register your name, school and time. There are certificates for everyone taking part. Here are a few pictures of recent participants:
While the EYFS and key stage 1 children have made regular appearances on the website over the past 13 weeks, it's lovely to see that key stage 2 children have been keeping busy with their own home learning activities.
If you have any photographs of your home learning fun please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
It was lovely to welcome back some of our reception, year 1, year 6 and extra key worker children to school today. We are missing you all so if you are still at home please send some photographs of your home learning successes and fun so we can share pictures on our website. Please send them to email@example.com
A few parents (or grandparents!) may remember a TV program called Vision On. Here is our version of the Vision On gallery! If you have any art work to display, please send a photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add it to the gallery- we'd love to see the artists in the photographs too please as we're missing you all!
I write this with a heavy heart and much disappointment.
Today I received an email from Lancashire County Council who have deemed it necessary to delay the opening of all schools in Lancashire for at least another week. That means that the new earliest date that pupils from Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will be allowed back to school would be Monday 22nd June. As I stated last week, this will be a frustrating message for everybody involved but we will only open school to these year groups when the experts say it is safe to do so and we must put our trust in the scientific advice we receive as the consequences of not doing are unthinkable.
Although the number of new cases has decreased, Lancashire and the North West has a high number of cases compared to many other regions in the country and the safety of our children and families has always been our number one priority throughout this testing time.
The childcare group for children from key worker/vulnerable families will continue to run in school. I would like to assure you that when school is reopened to the children from other year groups, we have made all of the necessary arrangements needed to keep your children as safe as possible in and around school. Risk assessments and plans have been drawn up and passed by our Governing Body to facilitate social distancing and enhanced hygiene and we are ready and eager to welcome children back to school.
There will be a further meeting next Monday to determine if children will be allowed back on Monday 22nd June and we cross our fingers that we will be told we are in a safer position to let this happen. I can assure you that returning to a degree of normality is wanted desperately by parents and teachers alike and will be very welcome when it does come.
As ever I shall contact you as soon as I find out more and I thank you for your continued support and co-operation in these difficult times.
Moya Smith , Head Teacher
We hope you are all keeping fit and healthy during this pandemic and that many of you are taking part in the walk or run a mile challenge and sending your evidence to Jane Johnson from our sports partnership, remember there are prizes to be won!
Here's a big shout out to Isla M, who is definitely keeping healthy. Last week she and her dad walked just under 8 miles to the top of the Helvellyn mountain and back!
Here we are still at home when some of us thought we would be back in the classroom! A big shout out to the mums and dads who are working so hard and a THANK YOU from Mrs Bailey.