Staff On-Line Safety Training

After school this evening we welcomed Deb Lyons from Bolton SICT to deliver whole staff training on the subject of Online Safety. It is amazing just how quickly changes occur in this area, how new apps, games and websites for example become available and targeted to children.

IMG_2287It is the responsibility of every member of staff in our school – teachers, teaching assistants, welfare staff, office staff, site manager and maintenance staff – to ensure that our children are kept safe in the digital world.

We will be sharing some of this information with the pupils during our regular online safety lessons in classes and also with our parents so that we are all doing our upmost to ensure our children are safe and secure.

France – Day 4

The weather today is glorious! This morning we had the Rue tour where the children became familiar with the history of the Chateau and the surrounding town. The Nazi occupation of the Chateau fitted perfectly with our History topic and they were fascinated by the stories of escaping prisoners , elephants and drop spiders ( a variety known only to Rue)!
Lunch was back on site with a choice of salad, tuna, chicken nuggets, crispy potatoes and pasta and, as usual, as much bread and juice as they like.
A good run around after lunch before getting on the coach to go to the Grottes de Naours, a series of underground caves used to house the villagers during the German occupation. The caves have a constant temperature of 9.5 degrees all year round. This was somewhat of a contrast to the 20 degrees and clear blue sky that greeted us on our return from down under!
Tonights activities will be team games followed by a suitcase packing and room tidy competition. We feel this may be the most stressful evening for staff after a lovely few days of activities.
As usual, we are very proud of our children. Their behaviour has been absolutely wonderful, they have all joined in with big smiles on their faces and have been a joy to be with!

France – Day 3

After a doubtful start to the day knowing that Le Tour De France was going to be in the same area as us, it turns out we have had a fabulous day! We have seen everything that was originally planned AND WE CAUGHT THE TOUR IN ALBERT on our return!!!!!
The WW1 museum at Albert was a very interesting underground visit depicting life in the trenches on all sides, finishing with a simulation of a trench in the dark of night being attacked by the enemy.
From Albert we went to the Lochnagar Crater which was the first mine of the Battle of the Somme causing a huge crater in the earth.
Following on from this we changed our schedule and went directly to Beaumont-Hamel where we had lunch and then visited the trenches of the front line dug by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. What an interesting and enthralling visit for all.
We should then have been making our way home on the understanding that we culd be very late due to road closures for the Tour de France. However, Rob, our brilliant coach driver decided to take a chance on returning to Albert on the off chance that we might just catch the race going through the town. What a brilliant call by him as we arrived and could hear tannoys in the distance through town. After a short sprint we reached the barriers with about two minutes to spare before the riders came flying through the town to much cheering with our children waving their hats!
A fantastic, exciting end to an absolutely action packed day!

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Tomorrow we are off to the Battlefields of The Somme for the day.

Day 2 – Etaples Market and Berck Dur Mer

Well the children all had a good night’s sleep and had a hearty breakfast before setting off for a tough morning shopping at Etaples market. Lots of lovely presents have been purchased at the market for some very lucky relatives!
We had to have a change in the itinerary as we realised that our planned visit to Abbeville Market coincided with the start of the stage 6 of Le Tour De France from the town centre meaning we would probably not be able to get anywhere near the town! As a result of this, market day was changed to Tuesday and the Rue tour and Caves will be visited on Thursday.
After a packed lunch provided by the Chateau the children visited Berck Sur Mer and the sweet factory where all the children were able to make a lollipop in the shape of an animal. Some new species of animals have been discovered today! This was followed by some time on the beach to run off a bit of energy!
The weather today had not been as glorious an yesterday, cloudy with a little drizzle but nothing that would put us off our activities.
Tonight, the Chateau activity is the campfire activity so hopefully no complaints about being cold!

St Mary’s Talent Show

What a great start to the Talent Show with the return of The Legend…Aidan!
The first act was Edward and Chloe, great dance to the song Frozen which got everyone singing. Big cheer and very creative!
Dead Phantom, my brother’s act. They were much better than I thought they would be. The year 5 act was Bass Queen which had many dancers and was ‘Strictly lovely darling!’ There was a big, and I mean BIG reaction from everyone. After Bass Queen we had the Year 2 girls, singing and dancing to Uptown Funk
Year 6’s turn arrived and we had Sam, come on Sam! Great piano playing! This was followed the year 4 Gymnastics crew who were very good, extremely flexible…perfect!
Year 1 girls were singing For The First Time In Forever mixed with Let it Go. What an amazing performance from the younger children.
Next we had Amara singing Bang Bang and dancing. Another amazing performance, so amazing even the teachers were joining in. She has a lot of confidence, well done Amara!
The Souls Sisters from Year 5 sang and danced to Ghost by Ella Henderson. A great performance.
Reception class all stood at the front and sang the The Enormous Turnip in front of the whole school which must have been very scary for them.
Lucy in Y6 expertly played the violin and what a peaceful and calming piece of music it was.
More instruments, we had Robyn on guitar and singing Cecelia and Lillie from year 1 on the recorder playing Hot cross buns! What musical talents they have!
Jessica from Year 5 showed us some attitude singing Lips Are Moving. She’s got all the moves!
Two talented and flexible girls from Year 1 showed us some excellent gymnastics moves which was followed by Erin from Year 6 showing us what a beautiful singing voice she has by singing Somewhere Only We Know, accompanied by Becky on the piano.
Lois from Year 4 has a wonderful talent for poetry delivery and what a very humorous poem she read!
Final act of the morning was the Year 4 boys with their version of Uptown Funk. We had Harley on the vocals and Thomas and Dylan were his backing crew. They certainly had the whole audience rocking and clapping. They were awesome and what a great way to end a morning of showing off all the wonderfully talented children we have in our school.

By Joe T and Jessica M

St Mary’s FC

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St Mary’s Football Team played in a 6-aside tournament at the Powerleague Bolton. The team played other schools from all around Bolton.

The boys played six games and won them all. We progressed on to the final where we played St Simon and St Jude. The boys came from behind to win the game 4-2.

Well done to Thomas, Sam. F, Matthew, Owen, Evan, Sam. B, Cian, Finlay, Conrad and Ben who all played their part superbly. Overall a great team effort.

The team were treated to cake the following day as a well done from Vicky in the kitchen!