Each week, a group of pupils visit St Vincent’s School for the Blind in West Derby as part of our joint ‘reverse inclusion’ project. The idea is that the children with ‘visual impairment’ are on their home territory and can lead our children in shared learning – this is in creating ceramic pieces of art work. They also make friends and establish links in a non-threatening environment.
Between us, St Vincent’s and All Saints are trying to lead on a curricular approach which celebrates the arts, compassion, collaboration and ingenuity. Much of this is already being shared with schools in the UK and around the world. This summer, in partnership with Hope University, our children are hosting a Global Youth Conference on June 16th.
If you were blind and growing up in Sub-Saharan Africa, what would you do? This is the subject for an innovative project we’re starting next week with St Vincent’s and Comms Plus 02. This will lead to a Pupil Conference on 6th July at Liverpool FC.
For more information about St Vincent’s work and their charity Sightbox, read more at https://www.stvin.com/
Today, we had a visit from the charity PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) who did some work with some classes, and also spoke at our assembly. A care and respect for God’s creation is key to our ethos and values, and that extends to all creatures on earth. The children learnt a lot about how wonderful people take on the care of unwanted pets and give them a new lease of life.
They also learnt about responsibility. Having a pet is hard work as well as very fulfilling. Don’t treat pets as a passing interest; a pet is a partner for life!
For more information about the work of PDSA click here http://www.pdsa.org.uk
Come and join us on Friday 4th May from 3.30 till 5.30pm…
Newsround is covering the Champions League Semi Final and we want to get the excitement from fans in and around the matches – we want to see and hear young Liverpool fans watching and reacting to the two upcoming legs taking place on Tuesday 24th April and Wed 2nd May.
We’d love to hear from kids aged 8 – 13. A mix of girls and boys would be lovely if possible.
During the match we’d like parents to film their child/children (either at the match or watching at home) reacting to goals, misses, ref decisions etc.
After the match we’d like the kids to give us their match summary – speaking directly into the camera to give their opinions about the match and answer the below:
- How does it feel to have made it one step closer to the final?
- How does it feel to be playing against Roma?
- Who scored the best goal?
- What was your favourite moment?
- Who was your man of the match?
Keeping it short and snappy.
After they’ve been recorded, could parents please send the videos over to us on Tuesday night straight after the match using Wetransfer (https://www.wetransfer.com/) to maeve.o’email@example.com
We would like the same again for the second leg. However, if there are any kids going to Rome to watch the match on the 2nd May, then we’d love them to send us a video diary of them at the match etc. We would ask parents to get in touch with us to discuss this in more detail.
We would ask parents to film their child’s answers using a phone or tablet (IN LANDSCAPE NOT PORTRAIT). I have also attached our self-shooting guide to offer a few tips. We cannot guarantee anything we are sent will end up online or on air.
If parents are happy for their child to take part, we would ask them to sign, scan and return a consent form.
Tomorrow, we start a new project in school when staff and students from Hope University begin working with Y1 staff and pupils on science lessons, promoting enquiry and investigation. Called the ‘Hope Challenge’, the project has already met with success in several primary schools in the city, so we’re delighted to have been asked.
In addition to assisting the training of students at the university, we are involved with Hope in global education, and supporting those pupils with special educational needs. In short, All Saints appreciates the friendship and expertise that comes with the partnership.
Hope University is also a faith university, represented by both the Catholic Church and the Church of England. It shares key values, such as inclusion and collaboration, and believes that education should lead to ‘truth, beauty and goodness‘ as expressed by Thomas Aquinas, himself a great believer in the power of hope.
So we ‘hope’ that the Y1 project is a roaring success. Keep your eye on twitter for more news.
A key strategic partner for All Saints is the North Liverpool Teaching School Partnership based at Everton Nursery and Family Centre on Spencer Street. The Teaching School has been responsible for the training of a whole host of teachers over the past few years, including several now at All Saints e.g. Mrs Best, Mrs Harmston and Mrs Higgott.
In addition to the training of teachers, the Teaching School assists in providing quality professional development for existing teachers and school leaders. For example, courses have assisted recently qualified teachers, through learning walks around other good and outstanding schools. The Teaching School is also able to offer excellent support for early years’ teaching because of its location at Everton Nursery School.
All Saints plays a part in leading this training as well as benefiting from it. We are one of 5 strategic partners, the others being Everton Nursery, Barlows Lane Primary, Our Lady Immaculate Primary, and the Beacon C.E. Primary School.
So if you fancy a career in teaching, you know where to go! Visit http://www.northliverpoolteachingschool.org/ for more information.
Our new school nurse Jaqueline Little is in school on Monday 16th April at 9.am. for drop in sessions.
These drop in sessions will then take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month.
Dates are as follows:
– 2nd May 2018
– 6th June 2018
– 4th July 2018
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact reception on 0151 263 9561.
Welcome back to the summer term at All Saints. It’s not very summery yet, but there is still plenty of time. Let’s hope it warms up.
Over the next two weeks, there should be plenty of information through newsletters, class blogs and through the website, all of which will help you plot your way through the term. There is lots going on before we break up on 20th July.
During the Easter holidays, staff developed great partnerships at Ecole Rosa Parks in Rouen, and also at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire – I hope that pupils and parents will be able to visit both schools in the future and share in some great learning together.
Two years since we last did a musical, this year we will be presenting our third production of ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and we invite Y6 pupils, initially, to audition next week for parts. We first performed this in 2007 when the part of Joseph was taken by two boys, one of whom, Peter McGrail, is contesting for a Silver and even a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games this weekend!
From ‘dream coat’ to ‘dream medal’. We all wish him well.
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.