Our Lady and St. Francis Primary School

October 27, 2019
by Miss Lewis
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W/b 28th October

Last week we welcomed visitors from Education Scotland in our nursery.  We hope they enjoyed spending a few days with us and could see some of the fabulous work going on in our nursery.  A letter will be published in due course with their findings.

The nursery, P1 and P2 had their fluoride varnishing – apparently it doesn’t nice!

Some of our children took part in cross country this week – a record 51 of them!  Mr Maxwell and Mrs Rimmer escorted the children and were so proud of their efforts.  Dylan in P7 came 1st, Cara in P6 was 3rd and we had a few more in the top 10.  We also had many finishing in the top 50, which is a fantastic achievement.  I am delighted with the hard work and the resilience displayed by all of our pupils, particularly those who finished the course with one shoe – a great show of determination.

We had another nursery induction this week, where we welcomed children who will be starting over the next 5 months.  The children played in the nursery and settled in so well – they could easily start tomorrow!  We can’t wait to see them again.

The school photographs were taken on Friday and the nursery family groups.  We will let you know when they arrive in school.  The nursery individual photos will be taken on the 4th December and will be ready by Christmas.

Looking to next week, we have the Hallowe’en disco on Monday.  630-745 for P1-3 and 800-915 for P4-7.

The Hallowe’en parade is on Thursday at 130.  If you wish to take your child home to get changed, you can pick them up at the usual place at 1215.

P6 will host our coffee morning after the mass for All Saints, which is a Holy Day of Obligation.  We welcome prizes for the raffle and any donations of store bought baking.

I hope you have had a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing some fabulous costumes this week.

 

 

September 22, 2019
by Miss Lewis
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W/e 20th September

Thank you to all our friends and family who came to our Meet the Teacher evening, for the school and nursery.  We hope you found the evening informative and enjoyable.  All evaluations from the night were positive and attendance was high.  We appreciate your continued support and we are delighted to give parents/carers the opportunity to be involved in the life of the school.

Next week is the start of our September weekend and children do not attend on Friday 27th September or Monday 30th September.  I hope everyone has the opportunity to spend some time together with their family.  I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning.

Miss Lewis

September 15, 2019
by Miss Lewis
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W/e 13th September 2019

This week our JRSO’s went to an induction at King’s House in Motherwell.  Mrs Rimmer accompanied the children and I am confident our Road Safety Officers will be planning competitions and raising awareness soon in Our Lady and St Francis.

Our nursery boys and girls have been experimenting with loose parts and were doing lots of counting and pattern making this week.  We have welcomed 4 new children this week, who have settled in well.

Next week we will have our annual ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening, which will begin at 600.  Nursery – P4 will begin in classes, where you will find out what your child will be learning this year.  P4/5 – P7 will begin in the gym hall where I will give a presentation on the Solihull Approach.  At Nursery – P4 will come to the gym hall and P4/5 – P7 will go to the classes.  We hope you find the evening informative and enjoyable.

I hope you have had a lovely weekend and are ready to start a fresh new week.

Miss Lewis

September 8, 2019
by Miss Lewis
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W/e 6th September 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us at First Friday Mass and then came along to our Coffee Morning.  As usual, we had lots of raffle donations and your generosity was greatly appreciated.  We raised £183 towards school funds, through our raffle and money draw.  P6, P6/7 and P7 also sang the hymn to St. Theresa, in honour of the blessed relics being brought to our church for veneration.

This week our teaching staff joined up with South Lanarkshire Schools to continue our inter-authority moderation.  This year we will be looking at the STEM subjects and delivering lessons in South Lanarkshire, similarly our South Lanarkshire friends will be delivering lessons in Our Lady and St Francis.  It has been an important and worth-while project and one we hope to benefit from over the next few years.

Our nursery children visited the local post office.  The postal workers were wonderful to our children and gave them a tour of the post office and explained how it works.  The children read The Jolly Postman and enjoyed learning where our letters go.

Looking towards next week, our choir will continue to practice with Mrs Cahill and Mrs Ewart.  Last week they had extra tuition and hopefully they will soon be ready to give us a proper performance.

Thank you for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Miss Lewis

September 1, 2019
by Miss Lewis
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W/e 30th August 2019

We continue to welcome children into our nursery and I am delighted to say they are settling in so well.  The nursery boys and girls made banana and raspberry muffins this week.  They were delicious and healthy and lots of fun to make.

Our Primary One children had their photograph taken for the Motherwell Times this week.  It is a beautiful photograph and should be in the paper over the next few weeks.

Our whole school waved and cheered for the procession for the Relics of St Terese.  The procession was led by a pipe band and attracted many visitors from all over.  Our Primary 6 children were lucky to participate in Holy Mass and venerate the relics.  Their behaviour was outstanding and we are immensely proud of them.  It was a special and reverent occasion, which we are sure they will always remember.

Next week some of the staff will continue their inter-authority moderation work by visiting South Lanarkshire and making plans for this academic year.

On Friday we will celebrate First Friday Mass as a whole school at 10 o’clock in St. Francis Xavier’s.  We warmly welcome friends and family back to the school for our coffee morning, hosted by Primary 7.  If you would like to contribute to the raffle, it would be very much appreciated.  Any offerings of home or store bought baking would also be welcomed.

I hope you have had a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday morning – bright eyed and bushy-tailed, as they say.

Miss Lewis

August 25, 2019
by Miss Lewis
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w/e 23rd August 2019

The children made it through their first whole week back and must have been very tired by Friday night.  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend in the sunshine and will be fresh and ready for tomorrow.

We introduced a theme of the month at assembly.  This month’s theme will be ‘Community’ and we would like the children to think about the communities they are part of and how they can contribute positively to that community.  I would also like to encourage the children to tell me how they are doing this, so I can display their wonderful efforts and hopefully motivate others.

Last week our new P5’s started Kodaly.  Mrs Ewart said they are very enthusiastic and she is looking forward to working with them.

The choir has also started again.  Thank you to the boys and girls who have decided to continue choir this year.  We will lots of events for you and wish you every success.

P7 attended mass at Holy Family to honour Mother Angeline.  I heard they represented the school well and should be very proud of themselves.

The nursery continue to welcome new children and I am delighted to say, they have all settled well.

Looking forward to next week, our new P1’s will have their photograph taken for the Motherwell Times on Thursday.  All children should wear a shirt and tie and a blazer, if you have one.  I am sure they will look very smart as they have since the start of term.

On Friday there will be a mass for the Relics of St Terese.  Many schools across North Lanarkshire will send representatives to St. Francis Xavier’s and our P6 will attend.  Other children in the school will watch the procession and wave flags.  It will be very busy and visitors will be coming from all over to visit the parish and the grotto, to this end, there will be no additional parking in the grotto for school traffic – please make allowances for this.

August 18, 2019
by Miss Lewis
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W/e 16th August 2019

This week we have welcomed back all our boys and girls from P2-7 and our nursery children.  We also welcomed 45 new Primary 1’s, who have settled in wonderfully.  They have already learned how to hang up their bags and jackets, line up for break times and have enjoyed lots of Big Play.

On Thursday we joined Fr Mark at mass to celebrate The Solemnity of the Assumption.  The children sang beautifully and represented our school well.  Our next mass will be the first Friday in September.

I would like to say thank you to all our parents/carers for supporting our school.  The children look fantastic in their uniforms and have settled into their new classes well – they are a credit to you.  I look forward to continuing to work together throughout the next academic year.

Next week, P5 will begin Kodaly with Mrs Ewart.  Kodaly is a method of teaching music that is interactive and fun for children.  They will learn about beats, rhythms and tempo.

Choir will also start again on Wednesday with Mrs Ewart and Mrs Cahill.

On Friday, Primary 7 will celebrate Holy Mass in Mossend by Canon Fee, along with the Mother Angeline Society.  Venerable Mother Angeline was born in Ireland, however it is said she made all her sacraments in St. Francis Xavier.  Mass will start at 12 o’clock.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, ready for the first full week.

Miss Lewis

June 16, 2019
by Mrs Shearer
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Week Ending 14th June 2019

Last week we welcomed His Lordship, Bishop Toal on Tuesday to speak with our P6 and P7 pupils who will be making the Sacrament of Confirmation.  On Wednesday, our children enjoyed an author visit from Chris Duke; he read his book, ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’ to our children and reinforced the important message that it’s okay not to be okay.  We finished our week on Friday with a very successful Sports’ Day – a massive thank you to Mr Maxwell for coordinating this.  Thank you also to our Parent Council members who came along to organise the ‘tuck’ stall.

Looking to our week ahead, it is our Nursery’s Sports’ Day on Monday.  Our Confirmandi pupils will also go over to Church on Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon for confessions in preparation for Thursday.

It is Transition Afternoon on Tuesday; all children will find out their new teachers and class mates.  Please check your child’s bag for a letter with full details on Tuesday.  Please also note that staffing and classification are always potentially subject to change, but we minimise this wherever possible.

On Wednesday afternoon we have our Nursery Inductions.

On Thursday evening, our P6 and P7 pupils will continue their faith journeys by making the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Francis Xavier Church at 7 pm.  Please keep all of them in your prayers.

June 9, 2019
by Mrs Shearer
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Week Ending 7th June 2019

Our Primary 6 and Primary 7 Confirmandi pupils enjoyed a retreat that was led by Mrs McMahon over at the Grotto last week.  Our Primary 7 pupils then took part in the annual Wear Yellow Walk at Strathclyde Park on Wednesday.  Primary 7’s busy week continued on Friday afternoon, when a group represented our school at Taylor High School to compete in the Public Speaking Competition.  They did very well and Mrs Crooks was very proud of their efforts.

On Saturday we had a very successful Summer Fayre.  This was organised by our Parent Council who worked exceptionally hard to ensure the event was a success.  A massive thank you to our Chairperson, Mrs Cashill, for overseeing the whole thing and ensuring it ran so smoothly.  A massive thank you to all parents and members of the community who came along to help or support this event.  A final thank you also to the hard-working staff who attended and helped out at the event, and their extended family members too!

Looking to our week ahead, His Lordship, Bishop Toal will be visiting our Confirmandi pupils on Tuesday morning.  Our pupils will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation which takes place on Thursday 20th June.

On Friday, weather permitting, we are hoping to host our annual sports’ day.  As you know, this was rescheduled due to weather, so fingers crossed mother nature will be kind to us on Friday and we can go ahead.

 

May 19, 2019
by Mrs Shearer
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Week Ending 17th May 2019

Children enjoyed our first week of Health Fortnight last week and were outdoors enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather.  We are really enjoying seeing all of your family outdoors learning homework tweets – please keep them coming!  I think it’s safe to say that this active approach to homework is a hit with our pupils!  Our Pope Francis Faith Award pupils also represented our school very well at the Fatima Mass on Monday, and the remainder of our P4 pupils enjoyed a retreat over at the Grotto on Wednesday, led by Mrs McMahon.

We welcomed back our new P1s on Wednesday afternoon, and our P6 pupils made excellent buddies to them and helped them to settle very well.  Well done, P6!  On Friday, all of our children enjoyed taking part in Outdoor Learning Day activities – many thanks to Mr Maxwell for organising and overseeing all of this.

Looking to our week ahead, Health Fortnight continues. Our whole school will take part in a Daily Mile on Monday, and weather permitting, we will have a whole school picnic in the yard on Tuesday – please send in a packed lunch for your child (or they can choose a sandwich for lunch on Tuesday from the dinner hall).  On Wednesday, all pupils will take part in an active/dance session with either Mrs Rimmer or Miss O’Donnell.

Pupils’ jotters and final reports will be issued tomorrow and we look forward to welcoming you to Parents’ Evening on Tuesday.  P4 and P4/5 will enjoy a post Communion Retreat on Wednesday afternoon, again led by Mrs McMahon.

Please remember that we have an exceptional closure on Thursday due to the European Elections, therefore school and nursery will be closed to pupils.  This is followed by the holiday weekend, so again the school and nursery will be closed to pupils on Friday 24th and Monday 27th May.

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