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Sacred Heart R.C. Primary School Central Drive, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 3DU Tel: 01942 634681 / Fax: 01942 634682 E-mail: Website/cLc: Sacred Heart Parish Website: Headteacher: Mr. Martin Johnson B.A. (Hons.) Q.T.S. NPQH Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Catherine Parkinson B.Ed. (Hons.) NPQH Chair of Governors: Mrs Mary-Anne Yearn

“Christ is at the Heart of this Roman Catholic School.”

Sacred Heart Mission Statement

Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4


Thursday 8 March 2012. Dear Parents, Children, Staff & Governors, WEEKLY NEWS: TAKING A STEP FOR FAIR TRADE This week’s theme is: ‘I know that it is ok for me to make mistakes…’ Luke’s Gospel is full of stories about people who made lots of mistakes in their lives. Gospel means ‘good news’ and the good news that Jesus told us about was that it’s OK to make mistakes. We often learn by making mistakes and it doesn’t make God love us any less. In our assembly we heard the story of the forgiving father: One day Jesus told his friends a story: There was once a farmer who had two sons. The younger son came to his father and said ‘Isn’t it about time that you gave me my share of the farm.’ So the father gave him his share of the money. A few days later the boy packed his bags and left home. He went a long way away and he had a good time, but he wasted all his money until at last he didn’t even have enough to buy something to eat. So he had to get a job on the farm feeding the pigs, and he was so hungry he would have eaten the pig swill if he could have got it. Then he began to think, ‘What a fool am I!’ he said to himself, ‘Even the men who only work for my father have as much as they want to eat, and here am I starving to death. I know I have hurt God and I have hurt my father but I am going back home. I‘ll tell my father I am sorry and I will ask him to give me a job as a workman because I am not good enough to be called his son anymore.’ So he went home again and his father saw him coming. He felt sorry for the boy and ran out to meet him and made him welcome. SEAL STATEMENTS TO LIVE BY: Our theme over the next four weeks is: ‘Know that limitations are also opportunities for growth and make the most of our abilities’. Please talk with your child about something which each of you might learn which has been a struggle so far. Examples might be to learn to tie shoe laces or even pass the driving test! This will help support the statements we will use together over the next four weeks: I know that it is OK for me to make mistakes I can learn from my mistakes and failures I try to keep going when things are difficult and not give up hope I know what humility means RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL: Governments should respect the rights and responsibilities of families to direct and guide their children so that, as they grow, they learn to use their rights properly. [UNCRC, Article 5].

"I think someone should explain to the child that it's OK to make mistakes. That's how we learn. When we compete, we make mistakes." Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

5Ws – Welfare : (Welcome Word Witness Welfare Worship ). This week we continue to consider how, ensuring that our school is authentically and distinctively Catholic, we are called to together as a community: WHOLE SCHOOL: Service to and reverence for the dignity of the individual as a child of God; Enabling every pupil and adult to ‘have life to the full’; Cultivating an attitude of respect for each other among the whole community; Developing the relationships to serve pupils’ needs (as brothers and sisters). CURRICULUM: Creating the conditions to enable pupils to grow in and succeed in holistic learning whilst nurturing their spirituality; Seeking to overcome pupils’ social barriers to successful learning. An appreciation of the God of the marginalised; The needs of staff and pupils are of the highest priority to enable them to work to their best potential; building a positive climate among the pupils and adults. PUPIL EXPERIENCE: Promoting a sense of responsibility within the school community – witness to their developing faith; Promoting consideration for others within and beyond the community; Service is afforded by all for the well being of each member of that community to grow holistically; A spirit of service, justice and charity based on the Beatitudes; The stewardship shown towards the local, national and international communities; the stewardship shown to creation; Supporting parents in the demands of their vocation to bring up their children so that they can experience life to the full.

TORCH RELAY OF PRAYER: Tomorrow we welcome Holy Family, New Springs, to our school, carrying the Diocese of Salford Olympic Torch Relay of Prayer. We expect them at 11am. The prayer torch will remain in our school until 1:30pm when we set off for St Bernard’s, Ladybridge, the next step in the relay. RADIO @ HEART: Our radio station is due to be delivered during City of London week – and we will begin broadcasting soon after. Staff will be trained next Tuesday. OLÉ: Our new outdoor learning environment lessons have begun, with a small group of children from Y1 & Y2 attending the Tuesday Nature’s Den sessions with Mr Simpson at Eatock, and a further group working with Mr Simpson in our each Thursday morning. Last Thursday’s theme was based on the story, ‘The Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson, and our children created stick men using knots to tie the wood together. They also found and spoke about things within our environment. In their first session at Eatock this week, the group made amulets and played team building games, drank hot chocolate around a camp fire and experienced den building:

"There is no substitute for outdoor learning. It broadens children's’ outlooks, improves their motivation, and personal and inter-personal skills " - Real World Learning " Every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances. High quality education outside the classroom can stimulate and inspire; foster independence; aid personal and social development; and can often motivate reluctant learners " - Nov 2006 Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto " There is significant research evidence about the effectiveness of Learning Outside the Classroom, particularly Outdoor Learning and residential experiences, in raising achievement and developing attitudes, attributes and skills " - Challenge to Directors of Children’s Services TREE: Have you noticed our tree that has grown in the Garden Corridor?

COTTONTAIL & THUMPER: Leo accompanied our rabbits for their injection at the vets last Thursday. GOAL BOTTLE TUNNEL: We still need lots more 2litre round plastic bottles – in all colours. Please collect them and send into school. ROOM 2 GROW: Our Thursday lunchtime gardening club will resume next week, led by Mr Bilinkewycz, Mrs Richardson and Mr Simpson. As the ground warms up, we prepare to plant our seed potatoes and sew new crops in our allotment beds. If you have any seeds to donate to our , please send them in. ALAN TITCHMARSH AWARD: We were happy to receive our awards from the RHS in the post this week -

FOOD GROWING NEWS: Earlier this week, Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for Defra, launched the publication of the Food Growing in Schools Taskforce Report. The Taskforce, led by Garden Organic and chaired by Myles Bremner, highlights compelling evidence that proves food growing in schools helps support children achieve, builds life and employability skills, and improves their health and well-being. The Taskforce consisted of 25 representatives with interests and expertise in the delivery of food growing in schools. It included leaders and practitioners from schools, charities, corporate providers, voluntary and community organisations, the media and government departments including Defra, Health, and Education. The Taskforce engaged with over 150 organisations and schools and used data from an independent, national survey of 1,300 schools carried out to produce the final Report and

Recommendations. The Taskforce has made six key recommendations for the future to help realise the vision of every school being a food growing school: A national campaign celebrating food growing in schools; A policy emphasis on food growing in schools; A food growing in schools online hub; Business commitments to support food growing in schools; Promotion of food growing by school leadership teams; Improved links between food growing in schools and food-related careers. EXCITING PLANS: Our plans for phase 2 of our building are almost ready to be submitted to the planning officers – but we need your help. We need letters in support of our building expansion that will be submitted with our application. Ideally these will come from our children, parents, parishioners and community. We would appreciate these letters being sent into school over the next few days. Our extended and remodelled school will ensure that the fantastic opportunities created through phase 1 development are completed throughout the school – with space to learn for all our children. The whole of KS2 will be completely remodelled and extended, with new classrooms and group rooms, our studio classrooms will be converted into additional hall space / studio room, the kitchen facilities will be extended and the admin block enlarged. Our Reception classroom will also be extended into the school to create more space for our planned admission number of 60 pupils. Our Room 2 Grow space will be enlarged and offer us new opportunities to learn outdoors. The work will be far less disruptive than phase 1, with no need for any classes to move site, or to be housed in temporary classrooms. If you would like to see the plans, please call in to the main office. BIKEABILITY: Y5 children taking part in cycling this Friday should bring their bicycles to school on Friday morning. Please do not allow your child to ride their bike around the school grounds. Bikes are to be brought in via the main playground.

LONDON WEEK 2012: The sequel to our successful creative learning KS1 & KS2 INVASION WEEK, entitled City of London Week will take place next week, led by a team of beginning teachers from the University of Cumbria. th There will be a celebration event on Friday 16 March, starting with an open morning from 10am, with a Tudor & Stuart marketplace. In the afternoon a celebration assembly will begin at 2:30pm. All are welcome to attend. Children should come to school on Friday wearing Tudor & Stuart costume [This need not be anything very different to the clothing worn for film day etc.] . WORLD EDUCATION GAMES: Thank you to those who brought in their favourite books last Thursday, World Book Day, and to those selected to review their book in the This week, we participate in the World Education Games. Today is World Science Day! STUDENT SUPPORT LETTER: Please return the student support reply slip – even if you do not wish to take advantage of their services. School is paid for the percentage of slips returned to school. BOOK EXCHANGE: Please send in your read books for our shelves! We are setting up the book exchange, for both adults and pupils. To take a book, we ask that you make a small donation to our collection – which will be used to fund new reading books for our library. Daybreak have launched a nationwide campaign to Get Britain Reading! More information at: th

LITERACY PARENTS MEETING: Wednesday 28 March 2011, 5:30pm. Led by Catriona Fletcher, Primary Adviser. All parents encouraged to attend. More details will follow. SACRED HEART FAMILIES AND SCHOOL TOGETHER - FAST - Registered Charity No. 1131994 BONUS BALL: If you are interested in joining in with the competition please either give your name and contact to Fr. Michael or to the school office marked Bonus Ball - FAO Ann Blezard. (£1 per week-prize £25). We now have a few rd numbers available. Winning numbers: 42 – Saturday 3 March. th

NEXT FAST JIGSAW MEETING: Tuesday 13 March, 7pm, Parish Centre. This will be the AGM. Agenda: Opening prayer / Election of Chairperson(s), Secretary, Treasurer / constitution / planned events / future events / financial summary / Date of next meeting / AOB.

PLANNED FAST EVENTS: th Film Night – Friday 9 March, 6-8pm. SMURFS. We have had a really good response, and would appreciate more parent helpers. Thank you to those who have already volunteered. Children may bring a cushion and soft toy on the night. th Own clothes day – Monday 19 March – Egg donations. th Easter Egg Bingo – Friday 30 March, 6:30pm. th Ladies Night / Fashion Show – 26 April, 7:30pm. SACRED HEART WALKING GROUP: Next walk planned – 31/03/2012: Anglezarke Reservoir. Contact John Clare for more details: 07740929051 / VOUCHERS & TOKENS: School is collecting all vouchers and tokens, including Nestle box tops for books, Sainsbury’s Active Kids & Tesco vouchers etc. Please send them into school. Our collection boxes are in the link corridor by the media suite.



FAIR TRADE FORTNIGHT [27 FEB – 11 MARCH]: Thank you to all who have worked hard and supported our Fair Trade fortnight events. We were pleased to see so many parents, families and parishioners at our Monday morning and afternoon ‘Big Brew’ events. Our ‘take a step’ logo is now on display in the school hall and we have all made pledges to support justice. Our fair trade film will be uploaded to the cLc. Thanks also to Miss Bukhari for organising the event, and speaking at the three masses last weekend.

ADVENTURE TRAIL: Children must not use the adventure trail before / after school. SCHOOL MEALS PROMOTION: Will continue next term, with meals at a cost of £1.25. Please remember that children can only change meals at the start of a new half term, and notice of this must have been received via the school office. th

SHARE AWD REVIEWS: Our Achievement, Wellbeing & Development Reviews are held this Thursday [Monday 12 for 2C]. Children are encouraged to attend with their parents. Please ensure that you attend this review meeting. Mrs Richardson will be available for those parents whose children see her. Our survey is open in the media suite. th

CLASS 3H: Mrs Hill is now back at school. Her SHARE: AWD Reviews will take place on Monday 19 March. 5Ws CONTRIBUTE: For your Contribution at our SHARE AWD review meetings ~

SHARING GOOD PRACTICE: Since half term we have welcomed staff from Washacre, The Gates and St George’s who have observed good practice in our school. FINALISTS: Yesterday we were informed that we have been shortlisted as finalists in the Teaching Award for Outstanding School Team of the Year. We will receive a 3 hour visit from the assessors th on 18 April who will look at how our team members work together to provide teaching and learning opportunities that inspire and engage pupils in order to help them achieve their full academic and social potential. LITTLE CHURCH: We invite children to display their work from Little Church in the prayer space each Monday. The work is then to be collected on Friday afternoon.

OCTAGON: Yesterday, some of our children were fortunate to experience a behind the scenes workshop at the Octagon, where Macbeth is being performed, working with the actors there.

ART- BACKDROP: Thank you to artist, Miss S. Bukhari, who came into school yesterday to work with our children to design and paint a striking backdrop for our drama group’s Luddite play. [Thanks also to Mrs Porcu for making the backdrop for us.]







07/03: World Science Day 2012 07/03: The Big Sing Collective Worship, 3pm. 08/03: Happy Birthday Mrs Dalton! 08 & 09/03: Bolton Headteacher’s conference – MJ/CP. 08/03: Mr Bilinkewycz – National College for School Leadership group to visit Sacred Heart. 08/03: Note that there is no Y6 Masterclass today. 08/03: SHARE AWD Reviews, 4-5pm / 6-8pm. [Parent/Child/Teacher meetings] 09/03: Subject Leadership course session 2 – CB/JC. 9am-12noon. 09/03: OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY OF PRAYER – Receive torch from Holy Family, New Springs – 11am assembly [all welcome!] and take to St Bernard’s, Ladybridge - afternoon. 09/03: City of London Week preparation day. 09/03: Y5 Bikeability 09/03: 4C Assembly, 3pm. 09/03: Phase 2 building meeting, 3pm [MJ] 09/03: FAST Film Night 11/03: Happy Birthday Mrs Caulfield! STLB 22: I can learn from my mistakes and failures. City of London Creative Week 12/03: STLB Collective worship, 9:10am. 12/03: Commonwealth Day. 12/03: DEEP Trust RE Course – AR, DA, DO. 10am-2pm. 12/03: Happy Birthday Mrs Watkinson! 12/03: Happy Birthday Mrs Gregory! 12/03: Epipen training refresher – School nurse. 3:45pm. 12/03: Staff meeting, 4-5pm. Creativity. 13/03: 3H Mass, 9:30am. 13/03: Natures Den workshops. 13/03: School Radio – training day for staff. 13/03: St Joseph’s SEN transition meeting - MS. 10am. 13/03: Administrative assistant vacancy - interview day. 13/03: LMT meeting, 4-5pm. 13/03: FAST AGM, 7PM, Parish Centre. 14/03: Investors in Pupils briefing, CP. 9:30-11:30am. 14/03: Westhoughton HT Cluster meeting, 8:30am @ Sacred Heart. 14/03: The Big Sing Collective Worship, 3pm. 15/03: Y6 Masterclass, 3:45-4:45pm. 15/03: Sacramental Programme Reconciliation, 7pm, Church. 16/03: Tudor & Stuart open morning, 10am – 12noon: All parents, families and parishioners welcome. Children come to school wearing old fashioned themed dress. 16/03: Famous for being creative!, 2:30pm. [Parents welcome – if you can fit in the hall! Planned by UoC teachers.] 17/03: St Patrick’s Day. 18/03: Mothering Sunday. STLB 23: I try to keep going when things are difficult and not give up hope. 19/03: STLB Collective worship, 9:10am. 19/03: Feast of St Joseph. 19/03: Developing Future Leaders NCSL course, Nottingham. JB. 19/03: Staff meeting, 4-5pm – C4L Learning Challenge Curriculum Summer Term workshop, media suite. 19/03: Governor Mark Training, 6pm @ Castle Hill 20/03: Risk Assessment Level 2 training, 9:30am-4:30pm – JB/SO 20/03: 3/4M Mass, 9:30am.


20/03: LMT meeting, 4-5pm. 21/03: First day of Spring. 21/03: School Business Managers Conference, Manchester. SO. 21/03: Visits to woodlands / tree sites etc. 6CB will be visiting Hall Lee Bank Park in the afternoon. 21/03: Happy Birthday Mrs Hill! 21/03: The Big Sing Collective Worship, 3pm. 22/03: Spring Term SIP link professional visit [part 1 of 2]: Dual lesson observations throughout school – MJ/Carol Aspinall. 22/03: Y6 Masterclass, 3:45-4:45pm. 23/03: Y5 Bikeability. 23/03: Subject Leadership course session 3 – CB/JC. 9am-12noon. 23/03: SPORTS RELIEF MILE EVENT 23/03: 2C Assembly, 3pm. 25/03: British Summertime [BST] begins.

Thank you for your continued support as we Yours sincerely, Mªa[Œt[i[n JªŠh[n¡]on

Catherine Parkinson


Deputy Headteacher




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