It’s the end of term, and it was lovely to see it being celebrated by pupils at the disco yesterday evening in our parish club. Thanks to all the parents who made that possible.
Early tomorrow morning, I am driving to France to do some further research for the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference regarding how different European countries deal with disability in schools, especially from a Catholic point of view. Dr Patterson, the principal at St Vincent’s School for the Blind, will be putting the notes together into an academic paper for publication at the end of the year.
It also gives me the chance to meet up with Miss Thomson and Miss McCormick in Rouen at our new partner school – Ecole Rosa Parks. We will do some planning with the headteacher and staff there with a view to pupils and parents being able to visit in future years. At All Saints, learning is all about ‘opening doors’ and being curious about how other countries work, learn and play. We’ve so much to learn from each other. To borrow a Jesuit phrase, ‘The world is our house.’
Next term will be full of events and fun; we’ve a Languages and Cultural Festival, a Wellness Week and a production of ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ amongst other things. I’m also going to be busy preparing an inaugural Pupil Conference in July.
We are also planning some changes to the school curriculum which will take place in September. Throughout the term, there will be regular chances for parents to get involved in these discussions.
Finally, if you are interested, and in the interests of accountability, here is a presentation showing the work that I undertook during my recent sabbatical.
Have a lovely Easter holiday.
For over a year now, our children have been working alongside the L’Arche Community in Kensington, the only L’Arche community in Liverpool. Across the world, there are 147 such communities in 35 different countries, especially in France and Canada.
L’Arche communities are Christian communities that recognise people with learning disabilities who often find themselves isolated and lonely. The staff and volunteers at L’Arche try to offer people the ‘best of both worlds’ by providing independent living with interdependent support.
At L’Arche Liverpool, All Saints’ pupils, staff and parents work alongside the residents on a variety of outdoor projects. For example, this term Year 5 pupils will be constructing birdboxes, planting seeds, building bug hotels, making fat balls for birds and creating paths through the area using woodchips.
This partnership offers our children the chance to learn new skills, especially science, design and technology, but also they will become part of a wider community, showing confidence and compassion for others around them. Residents at L’Arche also gain in similar ways from our pupils.
We are also delighted that staff and parents have become part of this wider community and are contributing to the wider ‘common good’ of society.
By the way, L’Arche means ‘the ark’ in English.
The School Nurse is holding a drop in session on Monday 19th March 2018 (no appointment needed).
If you have any concerns regarding your child, please call in.
Community partners come far and wide. Possibly the furthest away of our partners is Bashu School in Chongqing, China. This school signed a formal agreement with All Saints back in 2016 to be ‘partners’. Staff and pupils have visited our school twice, and staff from All Saints have also visited on two occasions.
If we can secure funding, we would love to take pupils and parents to see the school and enjoy the fantastic friendship and hospitality.
Our partnership assists in teaching a part of the curriculum in Year 1, and later in KS2 as a contrasting location in the world. Year 1 presented a wonderful assembly yesterday which is available here for you to see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuKUg2MuWkU
As YouTube, Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter are all banned in China (a learning point in itself), it’s difficult to contact them (we have to use a site called WeChat) and it’s therefore not easy for parents to find out more about the school.
We hope that our friends in Chongqing will come over to Liverpool in 2019 to see us again and tell us more.
In addition to the meetings with your child’s teacher, the following things will be going on in the school hall. Do come along and pay a visit.
FREE FOOD- TASTING and information about school meals, now run by the school’s management.
ROLLING PRESENTATION from the Headteacher regarding his sabbatical and connections to All Saints.
‘HOLIDAY HAWKS’ Information Stand
Displays of PUPILS’ HOMEWORK – projects on China, Space etc etc.
SIERRA LEONE Project – Stand with video and photos.
‘READING PLUS’ Information Stand
Y6 Pupils’ RAFFLE
Y6 Pupils’ BOOK-SIGNING.
FREE ENTRY into draw for £50 gift vouchers.
Pupils should, wherever possible, accompany parents to the meeting with their teacher. For parents of 4T and R1, we will try to have as much as possible of this available for you later in the week when you visit your teachers.
As always, All Saints will be running a large number of after-school sports clubs over the coming months. In order to impart as much information as possible about start/finish dates and times we have posted a timetable entitled ‘Sports 2018’ on the All Saints Club page for your reference. The same letter will also come home on Friday in the form of a hard copy for you to keep.
Monday 26th –Thursday 29th March 2018
Tuesday 3rd April—Friday 6th 2018
as an extension of our Early Birds and Night Owls provision.
Times : 8.30-3.30pm
Full Day £16.00
Half day sessions £8.50
8.30-12.00pm or 12.00-3.30pm
Activities to include Multi Sports
Cookery, Arts & Crafts plus much more….
Please contact Margie Kelly on 0151 233 4014 or call in the Children’s Centre.
The Girls Year 5/6 Football Team played in a tournament against other schools recently. We played at Walton Hall Park and we came second. Heidi was our team captain and she encouraged us to score. We played a few matches and won most of them. Some of the teams were challenging, but we were confident we could win.
Some of the girls were very fast and shot like grown-up professionals. Every girl on our team tried her best and was very resilient. Our coach was very supportive with our teamwork, encouraging us to think as a team.
We all enjoyed the matches and had a great time; we hope we can do it again!
Report written by Darcie and Heidi.
We currently have a job vacancy in our main school office for a part time receptionist post. If you would like further details please view documents below.
School Receptionist Advert March 18
Alternatively you can get an application pack from the school office.
Please note the closing date is Friday 23rd March 2018.
Over the next few weeks, I will try to give parents some further information about our many community partners, all working alongside the school to create learning opportunities for our pupils and families.
First up is IntoUniversity.
IntoUniversity North Liverpool started in October 2017. It is the charity’s first centre in Liverpool and is run in partnership with Liverpool FC Foundation and Liverpool University.
All Saints were fully involved in the planning and the set-up of this centre, with much of this work starting as far back as 2015. If fits in with our strong belief in community learning, promoting high aspiration and ambition. We are also delighted that it is highly inclusive, there to support all children irrespective of ability.
For Year 5 and 6 pupils, IntoUniversity gives pupils the chance to learn about the world of work; how courses assist your chances of certain careers and professions. Importantly, once the children have left All Saints, their involvement with IntoUniversity continues throughout their secondary education.
At a launch event in January, our pupils spoke about how this can help them and help their community. Ben, from Year 6, was especially articulate, talking about his experiences of Chemistry and Classics activities at the new centre.
The work of IntoUniversity fits perfectly into the vision and ethos of our school. Learning is a community activity, not something that only happens during school hours. We want parents to be involved fully in learning alongside their children and to support them with their development; we are all learners, irrespective of age.
So for parents of children who are in the first part of their careers at All Saints, we would encourage you to keep in touch with the work of IntoUniversity, follow them on social media perhaps, and your child may get the opportunity to benefit from its work.
IntoUniversity is located in the Anfield Business Centre at the top of Breck Road.
We are grateful to Liverpool University and Liverpool FC Foundation for their patronage of this great initiative for our pupils and community.