Friday 16th December
Well my time at Our Lady's has come to an end. Thank you for all of your kind words, best wishes and support. Your children are amazing and I have really enjoyed working with you all. Thanks to all the staff for their hard work, and I wish you all the best for the future.
Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy, Healthy New Year.
I will keep in touch,
Mrs Louise Whitgreave
Please could everyone look out for a pair of boys, black, Clarks, velcro-strapped, size 2G shoes, that went missing after football club yesterday. Thanks.
Thursday 8th December
I'm delighted to announce that Mr and Mrs Cusden have had a baby girl; Poppy Grace, born last Friday. Both Mum and baby are doing well and Mr Cusden is over the moon; what lovely news!
Well done to the children who sang at the RJAH Hospital yesterday evening, you sang beautifully and represented the school well; you, "did us proud!" Thanks also to Rev McKenna, Miss Roberts, Mrs Kara and Mrs Hare for accompanying them.
Thank you to Mrs Brown and the kitchen staff for a delicious Christmas Dinner yesterday; everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.
We have the Parish Christmas Party this afternoon, everyone is welcome.
We have the Christmas plays next week, with School Mass at 9.30am Friday morning and the Carol Service in Church at 2.00pm Friday afternoon.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Wednesday 30th November
Just a reminder; please can parents continue to be vigilant and ensure that their children do not walk home or go out alone.
Friday 25th November
Well done to the children for presenting a beautiful Mass service this morning; the children who served on the altar did a grand job. Rev Steve came in this afternoon to see the children and congratulate them on the service.
This week, following a visit from the NSPCC, it has come to light that some of our children are using Clash of Clans and Clan Royale. I have spoken to some parents who are concerned about the bad language and bullying that can happen on these sites.
I have spoken to an officer from Shropshire NSPCC, and they advise that these sites are unsuitable for children under 13 years of age, because of the risk of bad language, rude comments and online bullying.
For direct advice from the NSPCC, please follow this link:
The internet is a wonderful thing, but we all need to ensure that our children use it appropriately and safely.
Have a great weekend,
Friday 18th November
A huge WELL DONE to all the children for their super assembly this morning. We linked Children in Need with Universal Children's Day, thinking about children all over the world. Everyone looked great in their outfits and Mrs Edmonson had turned the whole school super-spotty! Thank you to everyone.
Next week, the children are having their NSPCC assembly and Y5 & Y6 children will also have a workshop. The children are going to be bringing some resources home to share with you.
We have Mass in Church at 9.30am on Friday, so we look forward to seeing you there.
Have a great weekend,
Tuesday 15th November
We're well into the half-term now, and everyone is preparing for Christmas. I hope that you enjoyed the Macmillan coffee morning, the Church Masses and the sharing times that we've had.
On Friday, as well as being Pudsey Bear's Children in Need Day, we'll be celebrating Universal Children's Day. We will have an assembly at 9.15am and parents are welcome to join us.
On Thursday 17th, the children will be singing at the Oswestry Lights Switch On. We will meet at the market hall at 4.20pm, not 3.50pm and the children should have someone ready to pick them up from 4.40pm. We are due to sing at 4.30pm.
The children have all met our new, permanent headteacher Mrs O'Dwyer, who has been into school on several occasions. She is going to start in January and has a few more visits with us before then. Please do stop and say, "hello," if you see her.
We have had a number of, "Stranger danger," assemblies in school. Please keep re-visiting the message of stranger danger, or even someone that the children know just a little bit. The children must not go out to play on their own and must always tell their parents where they are going. If someone does approach them, they don't have to be polite, they shout to get attention and get away.
These types of incidents are rare, and we don't want to scare the children, but at the moment, we all need to be extra vigilant.
Monday 3rd October
We had such a busy week last week, with a Shakespeare workshop kindly provided by Adcote School. The children really enjoyed it and I would like the opportunity to say a huge, "thank you," to Adcote for their work.
We stayed with theatre for a maths-based production by Quantum Theatre, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
As promised, I have put our latest results data onto the Key Information page on the website. As you can see, your children did very well. We had a new curriculum in 2014 and a new set of assessment goals and tests in 2015-2016. The teachers have been working extremely hard to ensure that the standards have not only been maintained, but indeed, they have risen at Our Lady's. On your behalf and mine, I thank them so much for their hard work and dedication to the children.
The children have worked so hard in school, and continue to do so. They are also supported so well by parents at home, thank you for your help.
As you can see from our data, our grammar, punctuation and spelling is the only area that is slightly lower than Shropshire's or the national figure. We have bought specific grammar, punctuation and spelling resources to target this area. Key stage 2 have their new reading diaries, which also support the whole English curriculum.
I can't believe that it's October already. Let's hope that this wonderful weather holds and I look forward to seeing you in school in the next few weeks.
BUILDING WORKS AT SCHOOL
You will have seen that there are building works in progress at present. We do appreciate parents' patience at this time of change. Once the works have been completed the school's outdoor furniture will be returned to its usual places.
Thursday 8th September 2016
Welcome back everybody!
It is lovely to see everyone back, enjoying playing in the lovely sunshine that we've been having.
I hope that you had a good summer holiday .
Here are some dates for the new term:
29th Sept: Quantam Theatre visit in school.
30th Sept: School Mass 9.30am followed by the Macmillan Coffee Morning in school.
3rd October: 2.45pm E-Safety meeting with the parents committee in school.
10th October: Influenza nasal sprays for Y1, Y2, Y3 children.
14th October: 9.15am Harvest Festival in school.
20th October: 2.45pm KS1/EYFS sharing time, (plus anyone from KS2 who would find this date easier)
21st October: 2.45pm KS2 Sharing Time (plus anyone from KS1/EYFS who would find this date easier)
21st October: Our Lady's Counts Maths Champs.
24th October: HALF-TERM
1st Nov: Y3/4 Stepping Out Road Safety, in school time.
1st Nov: Parents Evening 3.15pm - 5.00pm
2nd Nov: Parents Evening until 7.30pm.
8th Nov: Y3/4 Stepping Out
17th Nov: School Choir to Oswestry Christmas Lights 4.00pm - 6.00pm
18th Nov: Universal Children's Day (20.11.16), Assembly 9.15am
21st Nov: NSPCC assembly & workshops in school
7th Dec: School Christmas Dinner
7th Dec: School Choir to Carol Service RJAH Hospital 6.00pm
9th Dec: KS2 Dress Rehearsal (pm)
12th Dec: KS1 Dress Rehearsal (am)
12th Dec: KS2 Performance (pm)
13th Dec: KS1 Performance (pm)
13th Dec: Ks2 Performance (6.30pm)
15th Dec: KS1 Performance (pm)
16th Dec: End of Term
Just a reminder for before school activities; please ensure that children are brought to school no sooner than 8.30am, thank you.
So, it's very busy; we've got lots of exciting things planned already!
Mrs Louise Whitgreave
Friday 15th July
It's been another exciting week at Our Lady's. The children are busily preparing for sports day, and the European Cup extended writing competition has been completed; Mr Freeman is going to judge the finalists and Mrs Whitgreave has brought the European Footballs for prizes into school. Winners will be announced next week! The standard and range of writing is very good, well done everyone!
Talking about standards, there has been a lot of coverage in the press this week about SAT results. At Our Lady's, we are really pleased with the results that we have received. As yet, they are unconfirmed, but because of the hard work we have all been doing to improve quality first teaching, our results seem to, "buck the trend." We have also seen a vast improvement in our KS1 maths results. I will publish the results to you and to the children and their families as soon as I am able. A big WELL DONE to everyone. We have worked very hard to implement new teaching and learning approaches this year, we shall continue to develop and move forward next year.
I wish St Francis Class good luck for their class assembly this morning. I'm disappointed that I can't see it, but honoured to be escorting our delightful Year 6 class to Shrewsbury Cathedral for the Leaver's Mass.
Have a great weekend everyone,
Monday 4th July
I hope that the children all came home and talked about the wonderful science work that they did on Friday! It truly was a fabulous day.
After talking with our science-link governor, Mrs Gambrell, and the need to buy some science materials, which we did, both Mrs Gambrell and Mrs Bateman planned a science day for the whole school.
We had a mini-beast hunt, Freezing jelly experiment, Making Fruit Kebabs, Solar Kitchen experiment, Pyramids experiment and a Moving Water experiment. The children also took part in the Exotic Zoo workshop and KS2 experienced how exercise changed their bodies through a Zumba class.
A HUGE thank you to Mrs Gambrell for all her enthusiasm in organising the day, and to Mrs Bateman our science co-ordinator.
I will get some photographs to put onto the gallery soon.
Thursday 17th June
Tomorrow, we are having some exciting worshops from the Sikh Education Service, presented by Mr Singh. I hope to have some photographs to share with you very soon.
Our Street Dance pupils did very well at the European Finals, we are very proud of them...and can't wait to see how they get on next year.
Good Luck to our Kwik Cricket team who play on Monday...I've also got my fingers crossed for the weather this time!
On Tuesday 28th June, Year 5 will be going to Moreton Hall for their science day...a letter will follow shortly.
On Friday 1st July, our Year 5 children will be going to The Marches for their exciting discovery day. They will be doing: Walking with Dinosaurs;
Road to Rio;
It looks like a super day and I'd like, on everyone's behalf, to extend a big, "Thank You," to The Marches for organising this for our children.
On Friday 8th July, the Year 6 have their Leaver's Mass at Shrewsbury Cathedral; there will be a picnic in The Quarry afterwards.
Best wishes to all the children making their First Communion on Sunday.
Friday 27th May
It is our School Mass in Our Lady & St Oswald's Catholic Church today at 9.30am; year 5 are doing the readings, so please come and join us in worship.
Please can I say a HUGE, "Thank You!" to Mrs McLardie, who has taken over from Mrs Jones in running the First Holy Communion class. The children are working very hard to cover all the areas before they take their First Communion on Sunday 19th June.
MISSING WATCH: One of our pupils has had an adult sized, black, timex watch, with an analogue face, go missing. Please could everyone check their bags to see if it has accidentally got scooped up with jumpers, pencil cases, etc. Many thanks.
SPORTS DAY: We are intending to hold sports day on Wednesday 13th July and have set a reserve day of Wednesday 20th July, in case it rains.
Tuesday 7th June at 9.10am, we are going to start the half-term with a Special Mention Assembly. What a lovely start to the last half-term of the year!
Tuesday 14th June is the Swimming Gala at Oswestry School. Good Luck to everyone....especially our children from Our Lady's!
Friday 24th June: School Mass in Church at 9.30am
We break up for our half-term week this evening. Please remember that Monday 6th June is a PD day and we will be back in school on Tuesday 7th June.
Have a great holiday!
Friday 20th May
Change of dates: Friday 27th May has been changed to a School Mass in church at 9.30am.
Thursday 26th May. we will be having a cake sale to help to raise funds for our European Street Dance finalists. Please come and buy a cake and wish them the best of luck.
Thank you to year 4 and Mr Cusden for a super residential at Great Escapes. The rain didn't dampen our fun!
Friday 29th April
A change of date: 6th May, we have got Key Strings in for the children, so I won't be doing an assembly. I'll re-schedule one and post the new date here.
A BIG welcome back to Mrs Kara in St Bernadette's class. We're all really pleased to have her back in school and Mrs Kara is really excited to be back and working with the children. We all said a huge, "Thank You," to Mrs Bird-Roberts for all of her hard work, and gave her a big bunch of flowers.
Mr Tinker will briefly visit school next week; if there is time, we will walk around the classes to introduce him to the children. I know that he is keen to meet everybody.
A reminder to everyone that it's Bank Holiday Monday on 2nd May, so next week we'll see everyone back in school on Tuesday 3rd May.
Have a great weekend!
Friday 22nd April
Year 5 had a wonderful few days at Glan Llyn, and they were so lucky with the weather too! Thank you to Mrs Stowell and Mrs Rose for taking them.
Here are some diary dates for this term:
29th April: School Mass in Church 9.30am
6th May: Mrs Whitgreave will lead an assembly and invites parents in to share a whole school worship with the children. Afterwards, parents are invited to attend a parent forum about bullying in school and how we can all deal with it.
27th May: Special Mention Assembly
24th June: St Anthony Class Assembly
1st July: St Martin Class Assembly
8th July: St Francis Class Assembly
15th July: St Bernadette Class Assembly with special mention
22nd July Year 6 Leavers Assembly.
Thank you to Mrs Gambrell, Mrs Rothera and the eco-council for all their hard work in the garden; I know that there are exciting plans afoot!
Have a good weekend everyone and we'll all be back in school, ready for another exciting week, on Monday morning.
Friday 15th April
What a fantastic first week back we've had. Year 6 had a wonderful time at Arthog; thank you to Mrs Hodgson, Mrs Law and Mr Cusden for taking the children, without your support, such visits couldn't happen.
Next week, Year 5 are off to Glan Llyn; I hope the weather's as good next week too!
Our eco-committee went to The Derwen to buy some plants for the garden and the pond area. Thank you to Mrs Rothera, Mrs Rose and Mrs Stowell for taking the children. The eco-committee have some exciting plans for those areas.
We will be planning assemblies during our staff meeting on Tuesday, so watch this page for more updates. At one of the special mention assemblies, when parents are involved, we plan to do a fire drill. If the alarm does sound, please could parents go out of the fire door, through the new gate, up the path next to the playground and in through the playground gate, to be counted.
Please could parents remember that if they wish to take their child out of school, please could they send in a note.
Have a great weekend and I hope that year 5 have all their things ready for the off, bright and early on Monday morning.
Monday 21st March
Well, it's our last week before Easter, and it looks like being great fun!
A BIG THANK YOU to the Friends for organising the Easter Bingo on Friday. They raised over £350 for our children, what an achievement! Please support the cake sale on Thursday afternoon.
On Tuesday at 9.30am, we have our Easter Mass in Church. Please join us for the service.
On Thursday, the March edition of Our Lady's Star will be published; get your copy of the latest school news!
We have Our Lady's Counts Maths Champs on Thursday morning. The cup is fiercely contested by all our maths whizzes.
At 10.30am on Thursday, the drama club are performing their play to the school and their parents.
At 2pm, TNS are coming in to present gold medals and prizes for the Read On Get On reading project. Come on everyone, you've got until Wednesday to read to Paris!
It has been a fantastic term. Well done everyone. The children have done so many sporting events, the singing festival, sponsored walks and the Oswestry library competition, won by our own Kornelia Kielan. Well done Kornelia, we're all so proud of you!
Have a great holiday everybody and see you back on 11th April.
Tuesday 1st March 2016
Happy St David's Day to everyone!
We have ordered a new noticeboard for outside the office. As soon as it arrives, my communication page will be printed out and displayed there for everyone to see.
Change of date:
SCHOOL MASS now 22nd MARCH the TUESDAY NOT WEDNESDAY 23rd MARCH.
Well done to St Martin's Class for representing the school at the Rotary Walk on Friday; we are all very proud of you.
Well done to our Street Dance Team who have just returned from the Winter Sports Festival; trophies and certificates in hand. Our team was one of only 4 from Shropshire that qualified. They have made it through to the European Finals so if anyone has any exciting ideas of how we can raise some funding to support them, I'd be keen to listen and organise something through school.
I am sending out a parental questionnaire. Please could you fill it in and return it. Your voice does count and I do listen to feedback and try and act upon it.
Don't forget the Reading Toolkit meeting on 11th March. I also ask parents to bring their child's reading diary for a discussion about how they can be improved. If you should like to attend, please let us know in the office, or if this is difficult, just turn up on the day.
We have and internet safety assembly planned for the parents before Easter. However, we're waiting for the NSPCC leaflets to arrive. If I haven't got them by the end of the week, I'll set a date anyway and we'll carry on regardless. Please keep your eye on this page for the date.
Mid-Year Reports and Sharing Time
These will be coming out ready for our Parents Consultation Evenings.
Before these evenings, I should like to organise some sharing times, where parents can come and share their childrens' work with them. I'll do an EYFS/KS1 session on Thursday 10th March at 2.50 pm and a KS2 session on Monday 14th March at 2.50pm.
Sharing time is an opportunity for you to come into school and sit in the hall with your child and their books. It is the chance for your child to talk to you about everything that they've been doing and a for you to share their achievements with them in a positive, relaxed way. You can then follow-up what you've seen with your class teacher at the Parents' Evening.
If you have children in KS1 and KS2 and you can only get to one of the sessions, please let us know which date you can attend so that we can get your child's books from the other key stage ready.
I will be sending a letter out about sharing time, but this page gives everyone a little bit of advance notice.
If you have any queries or feedback, please get in touch.
22nd February 2016
Welcome back! I hope that you all had an enjoyable half-term.
We are really trying to improve communication between school and home, so I have started a communications page here to try to improve things further. Please let me know what works well and what could be even better if...
Below are some dates for your diary:
26th February: 9.15am:- St Francis Class assembly
26th February: 11am:- St Martin's class to Cae Glas for the Rotary Club sponsored walk
3rd March: World Book Day. Everyone to dress up as a book character, staff included!
4th March: 9.30-11.30am:- Shropshire Song Festival, St Martin's Class & St Anthony's Class to sing, "If I Can Dream," by Elvis
4th March: 2.00pm:- MP Owen Patterson to visit our Read On Get On reading project.
11th March: 9.15am:- St Therese's Class Assembly
11th March: 2.30pm:- Parent's Reading Toolkit Workshop + Coffee
15th March: Parents Evening (Later Appointments, St Therese's class to do from 3.15pm)
16th March: Parents Evening (Earlier Appointments, but not for St Therese's Class)
18th March: 10.00am:- Bookfest Author to work with Years 4 & 5
18th March: 6.00pm: Friends of the School Bingo Evening with Hot Dogs & Cake
23rd March: 9.30am School Mass (to be confirmed)
24th March: 9.15am St Martins Class Assembly
24th March: Friends of the School Easter Cake Sale.
24th March: Last Day in School before the Easter Holidays.
11th April: School term begins
Sometimes, unavoidably, dates have to be changed. I will write new communication pages as soon as I get any changes of information, or as any new dates come through.
As you have probably noticed, we are having work done on the gates, replacing the old rusty gates with new, automatic ones. The work was begun at half-term and will be finished over the Easter holidays. We are working to ensure that our school site is fully secure by being aware of everyone who enters or leaves the car park.
Mrs Louise Whitgreave