This Week's News

April 13th 2017

Today we said, “Goodbye”, to Mrs Murray who has worked here for 14 years. We wish her every happiness.

Today marks the end of the spring term. We look forward to welcoming everyone back at the start of the summer term on Monday 24th April. We wish everyone a Happy Easter and a good holiday.

Our next OFSTED inspection is now well overdue. If you haven’t already done so, please help us by giving your views about the school. You can do this by clicking the “Parent View” button on the top of the home page of this website. Thanks to Miss Thompson, one of our staff, and Mr Stolliday, one of our governors, who were at the parents’ evening last week, for encouraging more parents to give their views on Parent View via our ipads. Thanks also to all who have completed the questionnaire on Parent View so far.

Recently the author Vivian French visited our school. She was so impressed with us that she has dedicated her brand new book to us. We received a copy in the post last week. Inside the cover it says, “Dedicated to the amazing staff and pupils at Our Lady and St Anne’s School, Newcastle.” Vivian was visiting local schools this week so Miss Hodgson met her and got a photograph of the two of them with the book. Some of Year 3 sent written thank you messages to Vivian, who very kindly gave us her email address so the rest of the class can follow suit. Thanks to Miss Hodgson for everything she does to promote and improve reading in our school!

This week, as usual, has been a very busy week in school with lots of activities happening to support learning.

Last Friday Mrs Hall-Murray, Ms Donnelly and I took our usual group to the Cathedral for First Friday Mass. It was lovely to see some of our parents attending. Cristian and Francesca did the offertory as the Mass was celebrated for their Uncle Giuseppe.

Some of our pupils have alerted us to a social networking site, “”, which several children are using. The minimum age expectation for this site is 13 and I have been informed that there are inappropriate images which can be accessed. Please help to keep your children safe by restricting and controlling their internet use. Thanks.

On Tuesday after school our young drama club treated their parents to a performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. It was brilliant. We have some budding actors! Thanks to Ms Kaur and Mrs Curry who lead this club.

This week we held our “Design an Egg” competition. Thanks to all who took part. Winning entries received an Easter Egg at today’s achievement assembly.

On Wednesday we had our family paste egg competition. Once again, we were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries. Everyone who entered received a prize and special prizes were awarded to 15 unbelievable entries in today’s achievement assembly.

A huge thank you to Mrs Hall-Murray and Miss Thompson for arranging the two events above!

On Wednesday Year 1 were visited by a bird of prey specialist with his owls. I joined the children for part of this, holding and stroking the owls. I was amazed at how some children were a little nervous at first but they managed to overcome their fears and were holding or stroking the birds at the end of the session. I even managed to tweet about owls (pardon the pun!) and the results can be found on the Twitter part of this website.

Attendance levels have been fairly good in the spring term, with all above 95%. Year 4 were this term’s winners with 96.96%. The whole school attendance figure for last term was 96.08%. Since September (despite Eid early in the first term) our whole school attendance stands at 96.58%. We need to continue to work hard in the final term to get it back above 97%. Thank you for your support!

As best attenders for the term with 96.96%, Year 4 can negotiate a treat with Mrs Pickering next term..

Please click on the link from this page to see the award winners from spring term achievement assembly.

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