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

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

Sacred Heart Mission Statement

Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4


Friday 16 March 2012. Dear Parents, Children, Staff & Governors, WEEKLY NEWS: City of London Creative Week This week’s theme is: ‘I can learn from my mistakes and failures...’ The apostle Peter really loved Jesus but he was by no means perfect. When Jesus had been captured by the soldiers, Peter had been very afraid. Peter was so afraid that three times he told people he was not a friend of Jesus. Later, Peter was very upset when he realised what he had done. In our assembly we heard that Peter wanted to make amends for denying Jesus. He wanted to show him how much he loved him and make up for his three denials and so he tells Jesus he loves him three times: One day Peter and his friends went fishing. They stayed out all night. In the morning they heard a man shouting to them from the shore. It was Jesus – but the followers did not know it was Jesus. “Have you caught anything?” asked Jesus. They said, “No”. “Try again.” Jesus said. They threw their nets into the sea and caught so many fish they could hardly lift the nets. Peter then recognised the man on the shore. He knew it was Jesus. He jumped into the water and swam to Jesus. The others followed in the boat. They lit a fire and cooked some fish for breakfast. After breakfast Jesus said to Peter, “Do you love me?” Peter said, “Yes.” Again Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” Peter replied, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus asked Peter a third time, “Do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus had asked him three times. He told Jesus, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Then Jesus said, “Look after my friends, take care of them.” Peter really did love Jesus and he didn’t want Jesus to doubt it… RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL: All children have the right to life. Governments should ensure that children survive and develop healthily. [UNCRC, Article 6]. City of London Week: We have all had the opportunity to enjoy and achieve this week during our City of London Week in partnership with the University of Cumbria Faculty of Education. A full report will be contained in next week’s newsletter. The enthusiasm, energy and innovation of our team of beginning teachers is a testament to their dedication to the week’s success. On behalf of the pupils, staff and governing body I extend our appreciation to them. Today is our theme day – and children have been invited to come to school in their Tudor & Stuart themed costumes. Open morning 10am-12noon / Assembly 2:30pm – all welcome! A full photo story of the week will be uploaded to the cLc. Some photos of the excitement that has been generated this week are attached to this newsletter.

"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

OFSTED INSPECTION: Last Friday morning, as Mr Johnson & Mrs Parkinson were at the Headteachers’ conference, school received notification from CfBT that we were to be inspected this Tuesday & Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to ensure that the three inspectors saw a full picture of our school, and to the UoC teachers who adapted their creative week timetable at last minute! The Ofsted report will be published in due course. FINALISTS: Last week, we reported that we had been shortlisted as finalists in the Teaching Award for ‘Outstanding School Team of the Year’ and will receive a 3 hour visit from the assessors on 18th 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. Since then, we have also been informed that Mr Jason Bilinkewycz has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Teaching Award for ‘Outstanding New Teacher of the Year'! Mr Ben Tipton is a finalist in 'The Pearson Award for Outstanding use of Technology in Education'! Both Mr Bilinkewycz & Mr Tipton will be visited by assessors in due course. Well done! THANK YOU! To our Edge Hill beginning teachers, Miss Rees & Miss Parsons who completed their developmental placements in 4C and 5S today. LONDON’S BURNING: Reported in the Bolton News yesterday –

5Ws – Worship : (Welcome – Word – Witness – Welfare – Worship ). This week we consider how, ensuring that our school is authentically and distinctively Catholic, we are called to together as a community. Worship is a condition of the heart - of love and awe for God who gives us more than we can ever hope for or imagine. We are called to worship God with every action, every thought, and word for as long as we live. "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deut. 6:5) Scripture: “But the hour is coming and is now here. When true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23

Vatican 2: “The liturgy is the summit towards the activity of the Church is directed. It is also the fount from which all her powers flow.” Sacrosactum concilium (the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy no: 10) “Are we ready to commit our entire self – intellect and will, mind and heart – to God? Do we accept the truth Christ reveals? Is the faith tangible in our universities and schools? Is it given fervent expression liturgically, sacramentally, through prayer, acts of charity, a concern for justice, and respect for God’s creation? Only in this way do we really bear witness to the meaning of who we are and what we uphold”. BENEDICT XVI Conference Hall of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Thursday, 17 April 2008

TORCH RELAY OF PRAYER: Last Friday we welcomed Holy Family R.C. Primary School, New Springs, to our school, carrying the Diocese of Salford Olympic Torch Relay of Prayer for Belgium. We then continued the relay for Mexico, the prayer torch being handed over to the children at St Bernard’s R.C. Primary School, Ladybridge.

RADIO @ HEART: Our radio station was delivered this Tuesday, with some of our staff being trained that day. Our children have already been involved in some recording for our first broadcast. The radio will add a new and exciting dimension to our curriculum opportunities at Sacred Heart.

OLÉ: Our groups of KS1 children attending the outdoor learning environment sessions at Eatock and in our own R2G this week were accompanied this week for some of their learning by Mr Rob Pye, the lead Ofsted inspector. On Wednesday, children made wooden amulets with Mr Simpson and played team games in our session. Their learning is recorded on the notice-board by the garden corridor tree! TREES: We took delivery this week of a pack of 15 native trees from BTCV & ASDA – including field maple, wayfaring tree, beech, hazel and wild cherry. ‘As our future leaders, young people will be most impacted by, but also have the most impact on, our changing environment…’ Julian Walker-Palin, Head of Corporate Sustainability for Asda. 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 lunchtime gardening club resumed this Wednesday, when our Y5 & Y2 pupils, led by Mr Bilinkewycz and Mr Simpson, planted seed potatoes and dug our allotment beds. If you have any seeds to donate to our , please send them in.

Book Exchange: Please send in your read books for our

shelves! We have set up the book exchange, for both adults and pupils. The shelves are in our link corridor, by the media suite, and in the school foyer. To take a book, [grown up and children’s books are available] 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: SACRED HEART FAMILIES AND SCHOOL TOGETHER - FAST - Registered Charity No. 1131994 AGM MINUTES: The draft minutes of this week’s AGM are attached to this newsletter.


NEXT FAST JIGSAW MEETING: Tuesday 17 April, 7pm, Parish Centre. 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 numbers available. Winning th numbers: 33 – Saturday 10 March. SMURFS: Thank you to everyone who made our film night a success last Friday!

PLANNED FAST EVENTS: th Own clothes day – Monday 19 March – Egg donations. th Easter Egg Bingo – Friday 30 March, 6:30pm. (School) th Ladies Night / Fashion Show – 26 April, 7:30pm. (Parish Centre) th Summer Ball – Friday 29 June 2012 (Brookfield Masonic Hall). £25 cost – formal dinner dance. th Y6 Leavers Party – Friday 6 July 2012. Mercury Motel. Details to follow. Christmas Fair – Provisional Date: Sunday 2nd December 2012. SACRED HEART WALKING GROUP: Next walk planned - 31/03/2012: Anglezarke Reservoir. Contact John Clare for more details: 07740929051 / 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. 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.

SHARE AWD REVIEWS: Thank you to all who attended our Achievement, Wellbeing & Development Reviews over the last week, completing our 5Ws and ASDTi online survey. The headlines are:  This is another outstanding survey for Sacred Heart with some excellent results  All 25 of the statements scored above national primary means • 16 of the 25 statements scored within the upper quartile for a UK primary school • The survey had 60 responses – with an exactly even split 30:30 (boys: girls). • When asked to give an overall rating to the school, with a modal score of ‘6’ out of ‘6’ and a mean score of 5.62 where ‘6’ represents ‘very good’ and ‘5’ represents good, it is abundantly clear that parents rate Sacred Heart RC Primary School very highly indeed. • Just under 92% of parents rated the school as ‘very good’ or ‘good’ and almost 98% of parents gave positive ratings overall. • Even though Sacred Heart RC Primary School achieved good ratings overall, the parents and carers believe it is getting better still. With a modal score of ‘5’ and a mean score of 5.11 on a 1-6 scale (where ‘5’ represents ‘getting better’ and ‘6’ represents ‘getting much better’), it is clear that parents can see strong and continual improvement in the school. • 98.11% of the 53 parents who felt able to give a rating on this statement said they saw positive improvements in the school – just 1.89% of them (actually just one parent) said things were ‘getting worse’. • Some very positive parental comments include: “Sacred Heart is an excellent school. I am very happy with my both my children in Reception’s development and learning.”; “Surveys like this are a great idea. Keep doing them - listening to us like this shows initiative.”; “We are satisfied with everything we have seen.”; “Thank you, for all you do!” OVER THE NEXT FORTNIGHT: 12 MARCH



City of London Creative Week 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: Building phase 2 meeting, 1:15pm. [MJ] 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.

STLB 24: I know what humility means. 26/03: STLB Collective worship, 9:10am. LIFTEDPupil Voice School Council ,eco-warriors&fair trademeeting, 9:10am. 26/03 SIP visit – all day. 26/03: Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. 26/03: Full Governing Body meeting, 7:00pm, school. 27/03: YR-Y6 Easter Mass, Church, 10am. 27/03: LMT meeting, 4-5pm. 28/03: The Big Sing Collective Worship, 3pm. 28/03: Staff meeting, 4-5pm. Led by Catriona Fletcher. 28/03: Parent meeting – 5:30pm led by Catriona Fletcher. 29/03: The Proud Tree [Reception& Y5 led Easter Service], 2:00pm 29/03: Y6 Masterclass, 3:45-4:45pm. 30/03: Self-evaluation day & reports. 30/03: Famous for a Fortnight, 3pm. 01/04: Palm Sunday. 01/04: Happy Birthday Barbara Jones! 01/04: Happy Birthday Jenny Smith! APRIL THEME: Love one another… 02/04: No morning assembly. 02/04: Sacred Heart Passion 2011, 2pm. All classes. Parents / familes welcome. 02/04: Staff meeting, 4-5pm. 03/04: Spring Term ends, 2:15pm 04/04: INSET day 4. 05/04: Maundy Thursday. 06/04: Good Friday. 08/04: Easter Sunday.

THANK YOU: To Selex Communications for their generous donation of £250 to our school.


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

Catherine Parkinson


Deputy Headteacher





Rev. Fr. M Johonnett Mr M Johnson

Secretary: Mrs K Raisys-Carter

Treasurers: Mr J Flanagan Mr J Martin

Mrs C Parkinson

AGM MINUTES th Tuesday 13 March 2012 7pm @ Parish Centre Present: M. Johnson, N.Kay, J.Flanagan, J.Martin, B.Delafield, S.Jones, M.Wardach, E.Thoms, J.Smith, M. Brodrick, D.Hayes, M.O’Riordan, J.McCabe, S.Chase, A.Fornasier, S.Owen Apologies: L.Mullins, K. Carter, S.Flanagan, Fr Michael, R.Shaw, N. Baxendale, C Parkinson. The meeting began at 7pm. 1. Opening Prayer 2. Election of Chairperson(s), Secretary, Treasurer: Martin Johnson, Father Michael and Catherine Parkinson to continue as joint chairpersons. Karen Carter to continue as secretary. Jamie Flanagan to act as treasurer. John Martin resigned as joint treasurer. 3. Constitution: Agreed that no changes to be made. 40 / 40 / 20 % allocation of funds to continue. 4. Planned Events / Future Events th a. Fashion Show – 26 April 2012 (Parish Centre) th b. Summer Ball – Friday 29 June 2012 (Brookfield Masonic Hall). £25 cost – formal dinner dance. To be advertised fully after Easter. th c. Easter egg bingo ( in school ). Friday 30 March 2012. th d. Y6 Leavers Party – Friday 6 July 2012. Mercury Motel. Details to follow. e. Christmas Fair – Provisional Date: Sunday 2nd December 2012. ( Sue Jones to ring St Joseph’s to check the date of their Christmas Fair to avoid a potential clash ) 5. A.O.B. a. Minutes of previous minutes to be made available on school and Parish website. Paper copies to be made available in Church by Fr Michael, and on noticeboard. b. Mrs Chase to run Christmas card production again this year. Also, Mrs Chase to investigate academic year calendar production through the same company ( cost / details / viability etc ) c. Potential for charity fundraising links. th 6. Next meeting: 17 April 2012 in Church. ( 7pm ) Meeting ended at 7:50 pm.

Minutes – S.Owen.


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