Headteacher Blog

Posted 23/06/22

Good afternoon,

The last two weeks in school have been as amazing as the recent weather. There are far too many events and successes to mention but there have been some highlights.

We certainly enjoyed the opportunity to meet together as a school community at the recent school fair. It’s hard to believe that 2 weeks have passed since that date. I would like to sincerely thank the PHA ,staff and all our children and families for making such a wonderful event possible. In addition to having a great evening, we also managed to raise £1858, which will go directly to support all the children in school.

The last two weeks have also seen some more statutory assessments taking place.

We have watched our Year 1 children take their phonics screening check. All the children have worked so hard with their reading this year and we are very proud of the progress they have all made.

Year 2 have also been completing their end of Key stage 1 assessments and work. To support this, we had a visit from an external moderator who said, “how amazing their work was”. We are so proud of everything that Year 2 have achieved this year.

It really has been a busy time for assessments and Year 4 have also now all taken their multiplication check. I really have been astounded by their exceptionally quick multiplication fact recall.

This time of year, also means that Year 4, 5 and 6 are out enjoying residential and outdoor experiences. Year 4 walked 7 miles over Parbold Hill and Harrock Hill and then camped at Rock and River last Friday. Year 5 are kayaking, sailing and camping at Crosby today and then heading over to Waddecar tonight to camp and climb.

Next week, Year 6 are then spending a week in the Lake District. It is brilliant to see the children learning and growing in these amazing outdoor environments and something that benefits them so much.

Reception also enjoyed a great day trip to Martin Mere on Monday looking at bugs and birds. We were incredibly proud of Year 3 as they led a ukulele concert for Aughton Park Residential Home - true service in action.

I was also delighted by the recent sporting successes in cricket and athletics which saw us finish in 2nd and 4th place respectively and William crowned West Lancashire Champion in athletics.

We were also so proud of three of our children who represented school at the final of the dot-art competition; a massive well done to Isobel

for winning overall.

As Headteacher, it is a real privilege to see the children learning in these exciting ways and be a part of the experiences with them. Events over the last two weeks reflect the amazing children that make up our school. It has been a truly action packed two weeks and I am sure the last four weeks of term will bring many more exciting things as we hold our sports days and end of year events.

Finally, we would like to inform you that every child in school has been sent home today with a commemorative book to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Wishing everyone as lovely weekend.

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Posted 10/06/22

Our summer fair is now open.

Please come and join us once you have collected your children tonight for some fun, food and refreshments.

You can enter our summer fair from the front of school once you have collected your children.

The fair is open from 3:30 pm until 6:30 pm.

All children will also be invited to sing songs that they have learnt in their classes on our stage between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm this afternoon.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone over the next few hours.

Thank you for all your support.

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Posted 09/06/22

Good afternoon,

It has been a wonderful start to the last half term of summer and seeing all the children back in school with such smiles has certainly brought school to life.

Tomorrow is our re-arranged summer fair and I’d like to remind all families that once children are collected tomorrow after school, you can then enter the fair via the front of school through the green gate by the main entrance.

Once again, a huge thank you to the PHA who are working tirelessly to get everything ready. We are still looking for any volunteers to help set up in the afternoon and during the fair, any offer of help and support tomorrow would be very much appreciated.
If you can offer any help, please email the school at:

bursar@aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk or speak to a PHA class representative.

Children should attend school as normal in school uniform tomorrow. All children attending the fair after school will also be invited to sing on stage with their classes which we are looking forward to seeing and hearing.

Finally, we were delighted by the amount of cakes which came into school for the last attempt at our fair. As we are still having a cake sale, we would once again really appreciate any kind donations of cakes which can be brought in the morning into school or in the afternoon.


I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow and spending some time together as a school family.

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Posted 27/05/22

Good afternoon,

The last week in school has been amazing. We have had great sporting success in the regional cross country event and every child in school was also involved in a special enterprise week to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Throughout the week the children designed and made products to sell at our Jubilee market.

Yesterday we finished the term with a fantastic lunch altogether in the hall and then held our special Jubilee market outside for families to come along to and buy the items the children has designed and made.

This was a wonderful way to finish the first half of the summer term and the children once again deserve credit for their great attitudes throughout the week. It was brilliant to see so many families attend the event and after such long time of not holding these events due to the pandemic, it was an extra special occasion.

On behalf of everyone at school, I would like to wish you all a wonderful half term holiday and bank holiday weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Wednesday 8th June.

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Posted 24/05/22

A huge well done to all of the amazing children who ran in the cross country event tonight.

Everyone competed so well at the event and made us all feel so proud of their great performances. It was fantastic to see the children running with such determination, enthusiasm and ability.

Some children secured medal positions:

William came first in the Year 5/6 boys' race
Renee came third in the Year 5/6 girls' race
Ivor  came first in the Year 3/4 boys' race

We also had team success:

The Year 3/4 girls finished second overall
The Year 3/4 boys finished first overall
The Year 5/6 girls finished third overall
The Year 5/6 boys finished second overall

A massive well done to all the children involved and the parents and families who came along to support them.

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Posted 20/05/22

Good afternoon,

We are so proud of our Year 2 children who have worked so hard taking their Year 2 assessments this week. They are a fantastic group of children and have really grown in so many ways this year and are certainly ready for the transition to KS2. As the oldest children in KS1, they have been exceptional role models to the younger children.

It has been a busy week in school with many exciting events taking place. On Monday Year 6 took their learning to Aughton Quarry as they planned detective stories and enjoyed some outdoor learning.

Year 1 had a wonderful class visit to Blue Planet Aquarium. There they learnt all about sea creatures and their habitats and even got to see sharks and sting rays up close! They also had a class talk about what lives in water, and found out why turtles have shells, how many brains octopuses have, how many eyes starfish have, and much more!

On Tuesday Year 5 had a fantastic Greek day. The children continued to learn about the Ancient Greek civilisation and culture through role play and activities. They then researched the different ways the Athenian and Spartan armies were trained before venturing out to participate in a mini-Olympics on the school field. It was the Spartans against the Athenians. Congratulations to the Spartans for winning the event!! Year 5 enjoyed this fantastic mini-Olympics organised by our sports counsellors: Elliemae and Donnaidh, who did an amazing job. In the afternoon, all the children became Greek potters and made clay pots that they had designed in Art. All the children had a very enjoyable day whilst enhancing their learning of the Greeks.

On Thursday Year 5 also had their first kayaking experience at Crosby Marina. They will continue to complete a 5 week course, leading up to their adventure day on 23rd June.

A big thank you to everyone for supporting the summer fair preparations. We were disappointed to postpone the event but at the time of decision making it was certainly the right choice. Instead, it was lovely to see so many people come and buy some cakes at the end of today. Thank you to everyone for being so understanding and supportive of our school.

We are now looking forward to holding this event on Friday 10th June at 3:30pm. Once again, a huge thank you to the PHA for all their support in organising this big event in our school calendar.

Please click on the link below to access the school newsletter:

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/6572619

I hope that you have a relaxing weekend.

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Posted 13/05/22

Good afternoon,

As we enter the weekend I would like to say how proud we all are of our Year 6 children who have shown unswerving commitment and given their upmost during their end of primary school assessment week.

Like I said last Friday, we know each child so well and how they demonstrate so many amazing attributes that make them the wonderful individuals that they are.

All the staff see their individual talents, care, kindness, compassion, determination, courage every day and alongside their excellent attitudes in their tests this week we also want to celebrate them for the fantastic children they are.

We also want to say a huge thank you to all the children in school this week who have supported the Year 6 so well by maintaining a calm learning environment for them.

Next week our Year 2 children will be taking assessments and we wish them well after all the hard work they have put in this year.

This week we have also continued to make more preparations for our school summer fair, on Friday 20th May.

We would like to thank you for all the contributions brought into school for the class raffle boxes. The boxes look fantastic and contain many wonderful prizes. Remember to purchase your raffle tickets on the day to be in with a chance of winning!

The children will also have an opportunity to win a bear. The special Beefeater Bear will be making visits to each class and the children will be able to give £1 to enter the guess the name of the bear competition.

Once again, a huge thank you to the PHA who are working tirelessly to get everything ready. If you would like to be involved, any offer of help and support to run a stall or set up the fair on the day, would be very much appreciated. If you can offer any help on the day or before, please email the school at bursar@aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk or speak to a PHA class representative.

The PHA have asked me to pass on the following reminders.

1. We will be asking for donations to be brought into school next Friday for the tombola, wine raffle and cakes for the refreshment stall. Children can attend school in their own clothes on this day.

2. Coloured box raffle tickets (£1) will be on sale in the classes from Monday.

3. Tickets for the name the teddy (£1) will also be on sale from Monday.

The children across school have also been practising songs for the event and they will be performing on the stage during the evening.

Supporting these events really helps us to support your children throughout the year. The money we raise at these events help us to provide a wealth of opportunities and develop school for all the children.

The event is also a celebration of the wonderful school family we have. We are certainly all looking forward to welcoming you into school again, after what has been a very challenging number of years. We really hope you can be there and enjoy the time together.

Please click on the link below to access the school newsletter:

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/6457010

Have a lovely weekend

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Posted 06/05/22

Good afternoon,

Although this has been a shorter week in school, the children have certainly had another busy and exciting week!

On Thursday Year 4 had a fabulous day in Waddicar on their geography field trip. The children carried out a river study and measured the speed and depth of water and investigated wildlife in the river. It was wonderful to see their geographical learning in practice and their enthusiasm for learning and I thoroughly enjoyed going with them.

It is so brilliant to once again be holding these experiences for the children in school as outdoor education in particular plays a huge role in learning for all children. The summer term will see further exciting opportunities for Year 4, 5 and 6.

Year 4 will head on an adventure camp and Year 5 are getting on the water with kayaking and sailing opportunities. Year 6 are also heading off to the lake district for a week to investigate the amazing mountain environment. All these classes are receiving information about these exciting opportunities.

Reception were busy again on Thursday gliding around the playground on their balance bikes. The children are thoroughly enjoying their mini wheeler sessions and they are growing in confidence with them skills that they are learning each week.

Today it has been fantastic to see all the children wearing their own clothes to support the preparations for the summer fair on Friday 20th May. Thank you to you all for all the kind donations that you sent in for our raffle prize boxes. We are all really excited for our summer fair this year, it will be lovely to welcome back once again our parents on to the school site.

If you would like to offer your help and support to run a stall or help set up, that would be very much appreciated. If you can offer any help on the day or before, please email the school at bursar@aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk or speak to a PHA class representative.

Another exciting event that we are all looking forward to is our enterprise week. The children will work in teams across classes as they consider marketing, money and profit making. The children will be making items to sell which will be on the theme of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The market stalls will be open for children and parents to visit and buy the items that the children have made on Thursday 26th May. The market will open from 2:15pm and it will close at 3:15pm. We would love you to put this date in your diary and come along to support the children. All the money raised will go to support our sponsor children in Uganda.

The remainder of the summer term is incredibly busy as we revert back to many of our usual school opportunities that we held before the pandemic. Sports Days, outdoor experiences, community events and visits are all now back. Please have a look at the published diary dates to support you in an awareness of how school looks in a very busy time of year.

Additional clubs will also be organised during the summer term and information will be sent out about these.

Finally, our Year 6 children have been working incredibly hard towards their end of primary school statutory assessments. We are all so proud of them all and wish them every success in these next week. Whilst these are important assessments for them, we all know that they are so much more than just these tests. Their attitude and talents shine through in every part of school life which reflects the amazing individuals they are.

Please click on the links below to see our newsletter and diary dates.

Newsletter: https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/6341083

Diary dates:
https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/6322255

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Posted 29/04/22

Good evening,

As we finish for the May Bank Holiday weekend, it has been wonderful to see our children learning outside the classroom this week and building on their curriculum experiences in different ways.

Year 3 took their geography outside on Monday. The children walked into Ormskirk to carry out their fieldwork study on the town. The children conducted a survey in Ormskirk town centre to discover what the main building use was and then investigated which part of Ormskirk was the busiest by counting people in different parts of the town.

They then walked to the Ormskirk Tennis Club for an afternoon of coaching sessions before walking back to school. This builds on their PE Curriculum this half term as the children are developing their tennis skills.

On Thursday Year 5 took their history learning into Liverpool to further explore history through sources of evidence and investigate how past civilisations have impacted the world today.

A big thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made these visits possible. If you would like to volunteer in school or accompany classes on educational visits, please contact the school office to register your interest. All adults coming into school are asked to undergo a DBS check as per our safeguarding policy.

We are so proud of our Year 6 children who have worked so hard this week preparing for their SATs. The children approached their mock week with maturity and tenacity and we have been so impressed by their excellent attitude to learning.

Finally, the children have come home with a sheet on which they can design a front cover for our up and coming Summer Fair on Friday 20th May. This is a lovely opportunity for our whole school community to spend some times together. You can read all about this event by clicking on this link.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/6236816

Please also take time to read our newsletter by clicking on the link below.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/6236818

I’d like to wish everyone a lovely, long weekend with your families.

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Posted 22/04/22

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone has been able to enjoy some time with their families over the bank holiday. It has been wonderful to welcome all the children back into school after the Easter break and see our school once again filled with their happy, smiling faces. As we start the summer term it has also been fantastic to welcome the term in with some warm, sunny weather!

Our Christian value this half term is service. We have spoken in worship about how we can serve by helping others. This is a value that I see in action so much in school as the children really do help in so many ways. Please talk with your children about different ways that they can help to make a difference to someone else.

On Wednesday we were delighted to hold our Easter Bingo! It was an ‘eggciting’ evening and fantastic to see everyone that could attend! It really is so special to once again be holding community events and we are looking forward to our summer fair later this term on Friday 20th May. This event will be from 3:30pm until 6:30pm, we will be releasing more details about this next week.

A huge thank you to all the PHA who organised the Easter Bingo and the families that supported us by being there and contributing lots of eggs. We raised a fantastic £414.85! Thank you!

On Thursday Reception had their first session of mini wheelers. The children learnt skills of balance, core stability and coordination. They all thoroughly enjoyed their lesson and we look forward to seeing their progress!

It was fantastic to see some of our Year 5 and 6 children receiving certificates for chess this week. Year 5 and 6 take part in chess competitions in school against each other and I am so impressed by their strategies and critical thinking. Today, chess is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide. It teaches reasoning, calmness under pressure, patience and really importantly good sporting conduct.

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Posted 01/04/22

Good afternoon,

As we reach the end of another term, I want to wish everyone a peaceful and relaxing Easter.

The children right across school have been incredibly thoughtful throughout the week as we all reflected on Easter as they participated in our Easter Experience.

Every class took part in the different stations of the cross:

The Last Supper
The Peace Garden of Gethsemane
The Arrest of Jesus
The Denial of Jesus
The Cross
The Resurrection

The children had times for reflection at each station, where they considered:

Friendships - falling out and being a good friend.

Peace - what is peace, how can we be peaceful.

Thinking of others around our world in need - caring for one another.

Thinking about times when we might not have done the right thing and how saying sorry is important.

Forgiveness and what this looks like.

We finished our term today with a wonderful worship which pulled these key elements of Easter together. Our choir once again set the scene with two thought proving songs, “Oh Happy Day” and “This is Amazing Grace”.

The week reflected the thoughtful, caring and amazing children we have in our school.

On behalf of everyone at Aughton Christ Church C of E Primary School I would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter and look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday 19th April.

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Posted 25/03/22

Good afternoon,

As we prepare for the final week of term, the children have been learning Easter songs in worship and considering the meaning behind them.

Each class will be going over to church next week to take part in an Easter experience which focuses on the Easter story and helps the children to understand this very important part of the year.

Through our school Christian Value of justice this week, the children have been learning about the importance of doing the right thing and following the rules to maintain a fair and just World. We have looked at the Ten Commandments and also thought about the importance of our school rules and how we treat one another.

As part of worship, Year 4 led a fantastic worship all about Joseph today with some amazing singing. As always it is wonderful to see the children leading these important messages for us.

It was once again fantastic to have parents' evening in person at school. We were delighted to welcome parents into school on Wednesday evening and have the opportunity to celebrate the success and targets of your children with you.

Thursday evening brings another opportunity to come into school as we have our first social occasion in a long time. Please see our newsletter letter for details of the Easter Bingo. It would be great to see you there!

Please find attached below a link to our school newsletter:

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/5769167

I hope that you all have a lovely weekend.

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Posted 18/03/22

Good afternoon,

It has been wonderful to see a continuing love of reading in and around school this week.

Our Year 6 children have been selling their class story ‘Kindness Prevails' in school. The children wrote the story themselves and created the illustrations to make into books. We are so proud of their creativity and imaginative writing.

In continuation with our love of reading theme, Year 5 have decorated doors around school to reflect the books they have been reading and to inspire others to open the door to another world!

On Tuesday the children from Year 5 led an assembly all about the books they had been reading as a class and shared an overview of the text and why they would recommend them. It was lovely to see the excitement that they created as they talked so passionately about the books that they had read and even acted out scenes from the stories!

Also, on Tuesday 8 children from Year 2 represented school in the indoor athletics tournament. The children behaved so well and took part with enthusiasm in each challenge: obstacle, sprint relay, speed jump and javelin. It was lovely to hear them encouraging each other as they took part in the events.

Once again our school choir sang in worship this week. The song “Rise” gave a message of overcoming difficulties and believing in yourself, which was an inspiration to us all. Seeing the children lead our school with such enthusiasm and key messages is probably one of the greatest things I experience as a Headteacher, I certainly feel very proud of them all.

Today the children attended school in their own clothes to support the work of Comic Relief. Thinking of others and supporting others who need our help is justice in action. A big thank you for all the donations sent in to support this worthy cause.

Please click on this link to read our newsletter with important reminder about statutory assessments on.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/5631147

Finally I’d like to wish everyone a lovely weekend. As the warm spring weather arrives I hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy it.

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Posted 11/03/22

Good evening,

It has been fantastic to see parents and children in school again visiting the book fair this week.

We all know the importance of reading and watching the children’s enthusiasm for buying a book was so wonderful. A percentage of the amount of money raised from the book fair and from the Readathon will enable us to purchase some brand new reading material for school. A big thank you to everyone for supporting us in these events.

On Monday children from Year 2 took part in a Scavenger Hunt at Ashurst Beacon. They were given challenges and unusual items to find in the woodland. The hunt really relied upon team work, communication and perseverance. We were so proud of the children that took part!

On Tuesday Year 3 led worship for the whole school, reminding the us of the importance of our Christian value of justice. The children retold the parable of the lost son fantastically well and also sung the song “Count on Me” which encourages us to think of others, to be there for each other and to help each other.

We were also delighted to see Year 6 lead worship today as they shared a story they have written as part of our reading initiatives. As you will have already read in the previous post, they are selling a special book with their story in order to ensure a fairer world for all children as any funds raised will support our sponsor children in Uganda by enabling them to attend school.

In a few weeks we will once again be putting our value of Justice into practice by supporting the work of Comic Relief. Thinking of others and supporting others who need our help is justice in action. We are looking forward to our non-uniform day on Friday 18th March when the children can attend school dressed in their own clothes in return for a donation to support this worthy cause.

Please click on the link to read our newsletter:

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/5511856

Wishing everyone a lovey weekend.

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Posted 04/03/22

Good evening,

This week has really been an amazing week in school.
Some key events have really stood out in particular which have made school such a vibrant place to be.

On Tuesday our Year 4 children took the Queen’s baton to St Michael’s school as we played our part in the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay which is travelling the whole of the UK. Year 4 represented us superbly.

On this day Year 5 and Year 6 also enjoyed an amazing musical performance at Bridgewater Hall. It was wonderful to see children enjoying a live performance by a full orchestra. This followed a wonderful evening on Monday as over 30 children and their families came to experience different instruments in school. I look forward to seeing the children learning their instruments in weekly lessons and enjoying the gift of music.

Wednesday evening also saw our swimming team from Year 5 and Year 6 compete at the West Lancashire Swimming Gala and they made us all really proud with their performances.

On Thursday, we celebrated the main focus of the week - World Book Day. The children and staff looked fantastic in their character costumes.

A big thank you to parents and carers for all the time and effort you put into helping children prepare a costume for the day, supporting them with their extreme reading challenge and readathon and also in helping them create their reading buddy.

We are also so proud of the children for raising the grand total of £2,456 in the readathon which is an amazing achievement! The money raised enables Read for Good to provide brand new books and storyteller visits to children in a chosen hospital. The hospital we are hoping to provide books for is ALDERHEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.

We were amazed by the children’s reading buddies they had made and the photos from their extreme reads. Every chid deserves huge credit for these as they reflected great enthusiasm for reading and wonderful creativity.

The children really entered into the spirit of the day and planned events. It was fantastic to see such enthusiasm for reading around our school. We all know that reading plays a crucial part in the education and lives of us all.

"Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything"

Please click on the link to see our newsletter this week.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/5373805

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.

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Posted 25/02/22

Good afternoon everyone,

School has been very vibrant in the first week back and there are many exciting events up and coming for all classes across school.

This term, our school value is justice and our Year 1 children led worship superbly today. They told the whole school about the importance of justice and what being fair really means. We are all so proud of how well they spoke and presented this very important message. It was lovely to see them talk about things that show Justice. Once again, the Blue Roses played and sang for us and our worship allowed an important moment for reflection in a very busy World.

We are also delighted with the amazing extreme read photos we are seeing coming into school and the readathon the children are participating in. Everyone in school is really enjoying the key focus on reading and getting excited for the book fair and World Book day!

Finally, please remember that on Monday, children from Years 2 to Year 6 can drop back into school with a parent from 3:45pm -5:00pm, to find out about musical instrument lessons. At this evening you will be able to talk to the music teachers and sign up for instrument tuition should you wish.

Please click on the link to see our newsletter and find out about all events in school.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/5239535

Have a lovely weekend.

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Posted 21/02/22

Good afternoon,

A huge welcome back to another exciting term in school. It’s been fantastic to see the children return once again with such big smiles.

This morning, all the children had a special assembly about learning to play an instrument through extra music lessons. A letter will be coming home tomorrow for children in Year 2 to Year 6 to explain more about this opportunity.

There is a chance to come into school between 3:45 pm and 5:00 pm next Monday (28th February) for families of children in Year 2 to Year 6 who are interested in playing an instrument.

We are also building up to all our reading events this term. "Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything"

Thank you for everyone who has sent in their readathon money today. We are amazed at how much reading the children have done already and the generous contributions. Please ensure any donations are sent in by this Friday.

There was a slight issue with the email for our extreme read photos over half term but everything is working ok now. Please send any entries into:
extremeread2022@aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk.

Apologies for any inconvenience. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone’s entries. The closing date for this competition is Monday 28th February.

Finally, just a reminder that tomorrow there is also a meeting in school at 6:00pm for parents in Reception and Year 1 to find out about the teaching of reading. We hope parents and carers from children in these classes can join us.

I look forward to keeping everyone involved in school life as the term goes on!

Have a lovely evening.

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Posted 11/02/22

Good evening,

This week celebrated Children's Mental Health Week. The theme was 'Growing Together'.

We launched the week with a special assembly focussing on how we can take time in our busy lives to stop, take away distractions, whether that be electronic devices or TV time, and consider finding enjoyment in the environment around us.

It was lovely to share the outdoor experiences that Year 1 had engaged in during their Forest School lesson this week, where they had made something from nature. Year 4 also held their own forest day today and really enjoyed the opportunity to learn outside.

Being in nature and experiencing nature is one way to help us feel good and give our minds a mental break.

Online safety also plays an important part in supporting children's well being keeping them safe. This week we had special assemblies to talk to the children about the importance of respect online and remaining safe. This was followed up with class activities. If you click on the link below you can see many ways of supporting your children to stay safe online.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/page/online-safety/49955

The final week of term has also seen the launch of reading initiatives across school. Reading is a critical part of all children's education and also supports wellbeing. I am looking forward to seeing our extreme read and other events take place over the coming month. Please see our newsletter link below for further details of these initiatives.

"Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything"

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/5092322

Finally it was wonderful to see children leading us in worship again this morning as Year 2 and the Blue Roses talked and sang to us all about never giving up! This is such an important message to us all and it is amazing to see the children tell it so well.

Wishing everyone a lovely half term. I look forward to seeing all the children back on Monday 21st February.

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Posted 11/02/22

Music Tuition Opportunity

Good afternoon,

I am writing to let you know about some of the additional music opportunities coming up in school. Music is a very important aspect of the curriculum at Christ Church C of E Primary School and we are always looking for ways to provide extended opportunities for the children.

Over the 7 years your children are at school, we ensure they have the chance to learn a musical instrument. Children in Year 3 will all have the opportunity to learn to play the ukulele and throughout school we are always developing our music curriculum to give all children chances to play different instruments. In particular, the glockenspiel is used across school and all children in Year 2 will now be given the chance to learn the recorder.

To Further build on these curriculum opportunities, we are working closely with Lancashire Music Service to provide extended opportunities for additional instrument tuition. Over the last term we have been working hard with Ormskirk Music Centre and Chris Cull to develop these opportunities and he will lead this music tuition.

On Monday 21st February, we will be having a special assembly in school when Chris will tell all the children about the different instruments they may wish to learn. Following this special assembly, the children will bring letters home detailing the instruments available and prices for lessons.

Then on Monday 28th February there will be an after-school session from 3:30 pm till 5:00 pm for parents to come and discuss the instruments with your children and actually try them out. At his evening you will be able to talk to the music teachers and sign up for instrument tuition should you wish. Please put this date in your diary.

I look forward to giving you further information following the special assembly after half term. This is a fantastic opportunity for children wishing to play an instrument and I look forward to seeing them develop new skills.

Thank you

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Posted 4/02/22

As we prepare for our final week of term, there have been many exciting things happening in school over the last week.

On Tuesday, we were delighted to be able to hold a live zoom with our friends in Koch Goma School in Uganda. It was a great chance for our school council and worship groups to chat to children in another part of the world and share experiences. We are hoping that we will be able to continue these types of opportunities and look forward to sharing them with the whole school in assemblies.

Our school choir and school band ‘The blue Roses’ have also been helping lead worship by singing some very inspirational songs which help us all remember to keep going and never give up. It really is so wonderful to see the children leading in this way and is a very special part of school life.

Another highlight has also been our Year 6 children reading with younger children across school. As we get ready to really celebrate reading through World Book Day and other initiatives everyone in school is getting excited about the special experiences reading brings to our lives.

Next week will see a focus on mental health and well-being and online safety. These very important aspects of our children’s lives will be discussed throughout the week and form the basis of special assemblies and classwork.

Please take time to look at our newsletter for updates by clicking the link below.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/4942485

Have a lovely weekend.

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Posted 28/02/22

Good afternoon,

This week we have been really proud of our Year 5 children who have been doing their ‘Bikeablitly’ course in school and on the streets of Aughton. Learning to ride a bike safely on the roads is a crucial life skill for all of our children and we are so proud of their amazing attitudes during the course this week. The instructors paid tribute to their amazing attitudes, maturity and listening skills.

Year 5 also led today’s worship on our school value of perseverance. As part of this special worship, our school band ‘The Blue Roses’ sang the inspirational song ‘Rise Up’. It is so wonderful to see the children sharing the importance of our values with each other as we all know how important these attributes are on life’s journey. There are many special moments in a school week but watching the children speak and sing this morning was quite inspirational.

Across school, all the children have once again been inspired in their learning but I want to say a huge well done to all of the Year 6 children who have been learning about Shakespeare. Their work on Macbeth has been exceptional and to understand the story and discuss challenging literature in such a mature and knowledgeable way reflects how well our children understand and enjoy English. It really was wonderful to see!

Please see the link to the newsletter below and have a lovely weekend!

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/4807613

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Posted 25/01/22

PHA Meeting Tomorrow 7:00 pm

Good afternoon everyone, our PHA are holding a meeting at school tomorrow (26th January 2022) at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome.

As well as for fundraising, our PHA exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal and having some fun along the way.

All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available.

We would really love to grow our PHA, as without your support, we cannot provide the children with the amazing experiences that we have been able to do so far.

With COVID-19 we have lost many of our existing members and we are really looking to inject some new ideas and energy into the team.

We are looking for Class Representatives.

Class Representatives undertake a very important role. There are usually two representatives per class who provide a link between individual classes and parents and the PHA committee.

The support from Class Representatives is vital when it comes to organising our main events from selling tickets to organising activities and stalls. We really could not manage without them.

We have a small list of volunteers who commit some of their time to helping at for an allotted time at specific events. Every little helps, so just half an hour assisting at an event would be invaluable.

If you would like to be more involved you can volunteer to be a Class Representative. Or you can simply support the PHA and give us your ideas for fundraising events. This is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion.

You can help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use, everything is potentially valuable to us.

To find out more please visit the PHA area of our school website:

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/page/parent-helpers-association/49710

We would really love to see you at the meeting tomorrow and support us in our endeavour to create more exciting opportunities for our children in school.

Hopefully see you tomorrow!

Have a lovely evening.

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Posted 21/01/22

Good afternoon,

This week has been another exciting week in school, particularly for Year 1 children who are continuing their Forest School experiences. It has been so wonderful to see the children out in our garden area enjoying learning in this environment. I know from speaking to the children they have all been really enjoying this opportunity.

Walking around school and seeing all the children engaged in their learning each day is really wonderful to see and makes everyone feel so proud of them all.

Our school value of perseverance has been a real focus of our return to school this term. We have been exploring how life can be like a challenging journey and how 'keeping on going' is important in all aspects of our lives, particularly in learning. Please take time to also talk about the value of perseverance at home.

“I can do all things through Him who strengths me”. Philippians 4.13

Please click the link below to see our newsletter this week:

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/4699606

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.

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Posted 14/01/22

Good evening everyone,

A huge well done to all the children for another great week in school. It really has been so lovely seeing them all around school smiling and having great learning experiences.

I am including a link to our newsletter which I ask everyone to have a look over the weekend at as it gives details of an extra Bank Holiday in June for the Queen's Jubilee and next years holiday dates.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/4568679

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

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Posted 7/01/22

Good afternoon,

As we finish the end of another week, I’d just like to say how wonderful it has been to see all the children back with such great attitudes and big smiles. This has ensured a great start to 2022 in school.

I’d also like to mention how fantastic the Year 5 and Year 6 children in our athletics team were today. The children went to an athletics event in Burscough and were able to compete against other schools. They competed really well in all the events showing amazing attitudes, winning lots of races and finishing 4th overall. We were very proud of them all. Our school value this term is perseverance and in all the events the children certainly showed this.

I have also attached our newsletter today as well which has some important information on about Covid-19 isolation periods. Please take some time to click on the link below and have a look at this over the weekend.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/4437564

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend. I look forward to seeing all the children on Monday morning.

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Posted 4/01/22

Good afternoon

I’d like to wish you a very ‘Happy New Year’ on behalf of everyone at Aughton Christ Church C of E Primary School. I hope it is a healthy and happy 2022 for everyone.

We are all looking forward to seeing the children back tomorrow at the normal time. School doors will open as usual at 8:45 am. Whilst we are reopening as usual, I have decided to put in place one aspect of our Covid-19 management plan as we return; Section 3 paragraph 2 points i and ii.

This part of the plan states that:
i. We may revert back to whole class groups staying in one bubble. Whilst each class will consist of the same children, staff can move between classes to support them in different ways.

ii. Each year group will operate within a specific learning zone. Break times will also see classes remaining together in an allocated play zone. Children will not cross into other classes as zones will continue be clearly marked to play in.

This means that children will be staying in class bubbles whilst we review our return to school. This will not impact any other aspect of school this week.

In order to support our school community and ensure school can continue to operate at full capacity, I would also like to ask all children to take a lateral flow Covid-19 test in line with Government guidance when possible before returning to school and ensure they are negative and not displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. All staff are also testing upon return to school.

Children should also bring their P.E kits into school tomorrow for P.E as normal.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing all the children tomorrow.

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Posted 17/12/21

Good afternoon,

As we finish school for Christmas, I’d like to say thank you to all of the children for their amazing attitudes and work this term. They are truly an inspirational and wonderful group of children who I feel very privileged to work with every day. School is always full of joy and excitement because of who they are! I said in Church this week that the biggest gift I will receive this year is seeing the children perform their nativities so it has certainly been the best start to Christmas!

I’d also like to thank all of the staff in school for ensuring that once again our children have had the very best experiences in coming to school, even in challenging times.

Finally, I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to all the parents and families for their continued support in all aspects of school life this term, words of encouragement and kindness. I’d also like to thank you for the lovely Christmas wishes and gifts I have received this week. I feel incredibly blessed to be part of such a wonderful, caring community.

I’d like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Wednesday 5th January.

Please click on the link to read our final newsletter.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/4293337

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Posted 17/12/21

Good morning everyone,

As we begin our final day of term, I'd like to say how proud we all were of our amazing Year 3 children who performed a festive ukulele concert this week.

They have worked incredibly hard all term in their ukulele and music lessons and as always showed great attitude and enthusiasm in a wonderful concert. Our class full of elves sang and played superbly, helped by some children from Year 4!

We were also delighted to be able to invite their families into school to join us for a live performance as once again our wonderful children filled the school with Christmas joy.

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Posted 16/12/21

As we continue our countdown to Christmas, everyone in school enjoyed a wonderful visit from two special reindeer today.

Pepper and Willow made themselves at home in the school garden and each class had the opportunity to go and meet them and found out all about them.

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Posted 16/12/21

The Christmas excitement continues to build in school this week.

Yesterday saw our school Santa Dash as children ran class distances around the track to Christmas music. Altogether our children ran 78 miles around our path!

Once again all of the children did so well and showed what fantastic runners they are.

All funds raised will go to support our sponsor children attend Koch Goma Primary School in Uganda and we will update you on our final amount on Friday. If you have any funds to still send into school for this event, please send them in with your child tomorrow.

A massive thank you to everyone for supporting this event.

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Posted 15/12/21

Good afternoon,

As we move into the middle of our final week I’d like to say how magnificent Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 were in our special church service on Monday evening.

It was once again an emotional and special moment as we welcomed families of our Key Stage 2 children to join us in church to watch the children lead our service. This certainly created the best start to our final week of term as our Year 6 children superbly led the retelling of the very first Christmas.

The children presented ‘Stable Story’ and retold the birth of Jesus through fantastic singing and acting. I would like to thank all of the wonderful children for bringing us so much joy and the staff who worked with them to create this special Christmas moment for us all.

Finally, thank you to all of the families who attended on the night and supported school in every way possible to allow us to put this event on.

Have a lovely evening.

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Posted 10/11/21

Good afternoon,

As we finish another week in school I would like to say how well all the children across school have been doing in preparing for Christmas and end of term activities.

We have seen many exciting events in school this week as Year 5 had a role play day to imagine what it was like to live in the Victorian era and Year 6 children attended school ready to be evacuated in their role play day to learn about World War 2. Both classes were exceptional at taking part in these fantastic activities.

It was also lovely to see everyone coming into school today in their Christmas jumpers as we raised funds for Save the Children. We will update you on our final amount raised next week. Thank you for all your support.

This morning saw one of our highlights of the week as our wonderful Reception children led their very first Nativity. They sang amazing songs and acted and spoke with such confidence for their first ever performance as they told the story of the very first Christmas.

It is hard to believe they have only been in school for 14 weeks. Everyone in school is so proud of them and feel privileged to be a part of their amazing story.

It was certainly a magical and emotional moment and one that we were delighted to share with the families who could attend.

Please click on the link to see this week's newsletter and keep updated with school events leading up to Christmas.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/4134662

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

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Posted 07/21/21

KS1 Nativitiy

This week has seen the start of our school nativities.

We are so proud of all of our Year 1 and Year 2 children who performed their nativity yesterday and today.

A huge thank you to all of the children and staff in Year 1 and 2 who made this very special start to Christmas possible. The children were truly amazing and sang songs with such joy and enthusiasm to bring the spirit of Christmas to us all.

I was also delighted that we could welcome families from Year 1 and Year 2 into school to join us for this special and emotional start to Christmas as we watched the children tell the story of that very first Christmas.

I'd like to thank all of our families for their support in making this happen.

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Posted 03/12/21

Good evening everyone,

I hope you are all well.

School continues to be very exciting and busy as we build up to Christmas. The children have all been amazing at preparing their different nativities which we hope we can share with you all in the last two weeks of term.

Please take time to click on the link below and have a look at our newsletter to keep up to date with school events.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/4062161

Have a lovely weekend.

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Posted 26/11/21

Good evening,

Today saw more outstanding sporting success following our running event yesterday as children from Year 5 competed in Boccia & Curling against other schools from the district.

The children represented our school superbly with fantastic attitudes and ability coming away with a gold medal. We are once again so proud of our amazing children in sport.

After running Governor elections, I am also delighted to announce that Kerrie Norman has been elected to a position of Parent Governor on the Governing Body for 4 years. It is wonderful to have such fantastic support parental support for school.

As we finish another action-packed week in school, I would like to take to take this opportunity to update everyone on forthcoming events.

Please click below to read our newsletter and get key updates about our planed nativities for every year group, Covid-19 and many other important aspects of school life.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/3924700

We have also sent out PHA invites today for a meeting after school on Tuesday and welcome anyone who wishes to attend. I’d also like to draw your attention to our Aid to All project for Southport Soup kitchen being run by one of our parents. This is a wonderful cause and you can read more about it on page 4 of the newsletter.

I’d like to wish everyone a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing all the children again on Monday morning.


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Posted 25/11/21

Good evening everyone,

Today saw another fantastic whole school event as all the children in school had the opportunity to race around our track and get a personal best time for their class distance.

Children in Reception and Year 1 ran 450m, children in Year 2 and Year 3 ran 675m, children in Year 4 ran 900m and children in Year 5 and Year 6 ran 1.125 km.

There was a real event atmosphere as Epic Events brought banners, start/finish arches, a tracking and timing system and a great sound system to encourage all the children and play some songs to run to.

Every child who ran today showed amazing, positive attitudes and a real determination to complete the course in their best time. We were so proud of them all!

Over the coming week, teachers will share times with the children. The children have been set a challenge by our sports council to see if they can beat their time in the spring term. Every day the children have an opportunity to improve their time during our afternoon active run on the path.

Leading up to Christmas we will also hold some special running events such as a virtual run across Antartica and a Santa Dash to help the children do this.

I'd like to once again say a huge thank you to Epic Events who are supporting our running events in school and help create great experiences for our children.

Finally, a big thank you and well done to all the children for showing amazing attitudes towards school life once again.

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Posted 19/11/21

We have once again had a wonderful week in school.

All week the children have been taking part in different activities to raise awareness of the importance of being kind to each other.

The teachers have been working with the children to reinforce the message that bullying is unacceptable and what our children can do if they feel that they are being bullied.

We started the week with ‘Odd Socks Day’ on Monday and there were some fantastic combinations of odd socks! It really helped to reiterate the important message that we are all unique and that is a great thing.

The children also considered what kind words that they could use with each other to foster feelings of positivity. Together we have created a wall of kind words in the hall. To build on this, our WOW Group led an amazing worship all about One Kind Word which discussed the importance of speaking kindly to each other.

We also had a great day today supporting Children in Need by coming into school wearing fun sports wear. The children really enjoyed their work outs with Jo Wicks! Mrs Chapple led worship where the children learnt about the amazing work that Alder Hey do to support children who need medical care.

Thank you very much for your generous donations – we really appreciate it and our community has made a difference today to the many children and families who need support. The children in our school are always very keen to help other people whenever they can which is lovely to see.

Please find a link to our newsletter below.

https://www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk/serve_file/3795570

I hope that you all have a lovely weekend,

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Posted 15/11/21

The children have all started thinking about anti-bullying week today. In worship and in their classes, we discussed the importance of using kind words.

It was also great to see everyone coming into school in their odd socks as we celebrated the uniqueness and individuality of us all. We will continue to explore this theme as the week goes on through a series of events and we will all reflect on the importance of being kind to each other.

Tomorrow the WOW group will lead our worship on this theme.

I encourage all of our families to discuss this really important topic at home this week.

Have a lovely evening.

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Posted 12/11/21

Today, Year 4 led us in a wonderful worship this morning. The theme built on our value of trust and the children highlighted how we have all been trusted to look after God’s world that was created for us all. The children discussed COP 26 and climate change. They told the school that over the coming term everyone across school will come together and create a huge globe as a piece of art work to hang in our hall. They discussed how we will create class pledges saying how we can take better care of the world and look forward with hope to create a bright future.

The children also reminded us through worship:

‘I know the plans I have for you. I will give you hope for the years to come.” Jeremiah 29.11

Working with such wonderful children every day, I am certainly always filled with hope and excitement about a bright future and look forward to seeing the initiative they lead on for us.

Finally, as we head into the weekend, I’d ask everyone to find time to look at our newsletter and notices.

Next week is antibullying week and we will explore this with the children starting on Monday with Odd Socks Day.

I also ask that parents read our healthy snack leaflet, as we have been finding some unhealthy snacks in school. As a school we encourage and discuss with the children the importance of eating a healthy diet. I really appreciate your support with this important aspect of school life.

Have a lovely weekend,

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