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Oct 21
October 21st weekly news

Year 8 have certainly been enjoying their week in Camp. On visiting Laches Wood pupils were working on their booklets in the evening with their groups while getting their tuck from the shop. This is a brief respite of physical activities just before heading out on a night scavenger hunt or a night orienteering. Some had been kayaking earlier in the day and were telling tales of the water and the difficulties but also the fun of overcoming them.  Everyone looked happy as many of you have seen both in the film and the pictures on Facebook. Huge thanks to all the staff at the centre and also the St Edward’s staff. On the go all the time-  this is an action packed week which we know pupils always learn from and enjoy as it is often mentioned in their leaving comments at the end of the Year.

At school the School Council have decided that the charity for next half term will be Children in Need and they are planning events for this, they have also been looking at events for Anti Bullying Month and they will be preparing an assembly for the key week Nov 14th – 18th.

We have changed our Mobile Phone Policy this week owing to the huge quantity of phones that are now used. Although we do not recommend phones are brought into school and pupils are not allowed to have them on in school, should parents require them they will need to be stored in lockers. This will also mean that locker keys will be more important and that the use of the master key will be severely restricted. This policy will be reviewed again later in the year.

Today is the day of our new website and as such the ability to blog will cease. I have enjoyed sharing with you the news of the school each week and in particular the achievements of our pupils. I am aware that many now use Facebook for information and this is the natural replacement along with the area of School news on the new website. We hope you will enjoy the new website and we are very grateful to Mr Pearson and Mr Czapski , our IT support who have made this possible.

Oct 15
Weekly news October 15th

 This week saw the Parents’ Evening for our new Year 5 pupils-  we sometimes call this ‘settling in’ evening as it is a chance for parents to just come in and see the form teacher once again and share any needful information that may help learning. This was well attended and it was good to see that so many pupils ae getting used to the building and the organisation of time that makes thing so much easier.

On Tuesday I went with 3 year 5 pupils (Millie Williams (5S), Jessica Horton (5T) and Imogen Philips (5M)) to St Edward’s First,  Cheddleton to take assembly and it was lovely for them to show how much their confidence has grown but also to see their former teacher and talk of some of the new things they have done. We sang the song ‘  Our God ‘  together and talked about the theme of Harvest.

On Tuesday evening the Cross Country meet for the area was held here with well over a hundred parents and pupils visiting the school.

On Wednesday we had the Year 5 parents again invited in to wathc  the maths lessons and learn what a maths lesson is like for children in school. Over 50 parents and some grandparents appeared to learn and share in a lesson. This took place for half of the year group and the other half will follow on next Wednesday afternoon. 

The Sports Leaders in Year 8 were also busy on Wednesday morning hosting some of the First Schools to a Cross country event in the grounds. This was organised by Mrs Batigan.

In assembly, on Friday Mrs Simmonds came to talk to the children about the change of leadership to the school that will be taking place in January. A letter has gone home to parents to explain this in more detail.

Next week the larger part of Year 8 will be leaving for Camp to Laches Wood and Coven. We wish them an enjoyable and safe week.



Oct 08
Weekly News October 8th

This week has seen Year 6 enjoying the lovely, if blustery, weather in Carsington. The pupils have been working with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to look at the work of the reservoirs and investigate the change to the surroundings caused by the presence of a reservoir for themselves. The pupils will now carry out work on this during their following lessons and work includes a debate and a written argument to support their literacy skills.

Special mention this week must go to Abbie Fryer- Winder who took part in the English School Fell running Championships in Sedburgh.  Abbie climbed 1200’ in a 3 mile run and out of 170 year 8 and 9 pupils Abbie finished 53rd a truly remarkable achievement for her first outing in this type of very undulating terrain. Abbie represented the school and she is credit and sound example for her tenacity and endurance on these occasions.

Last Saturday the Year 7 and 8 girls and boys hockey teams went to Abbotsholme School in Rocester. This was a tournament but it was also part of the Schools Open day. The girls fared well finishing third place in their league. The boys went on to make it to the final only losing narrowly on penalty shuttles. As a result of the tournament we have been invited to play at other schools. Well done to Mrs Batigan and her teams.

On Wednesday the Satellite netball league took place at Painsley there were some excellent wins and the Year 7 team only just lost out to Painsley.  The Year 8 team won all their matches this week.

All events were celebrated this week in assembly.

Congratulation this week to Mrs Smith Ruscoe and her team of pupils for selling just under £150 of goods for the Fair Trade association. The products were on sale on Open Evening last week and on Monday of this week. We are a Fair Trade school and try to have one sale a term to support the cause and raise pupil awareness.

Finally, last night was the Year 5& 6 disco which was very well attended. Huge thanks to all the parents and staff who turned out to make this evening possible we raised just over £850 which will go to support the school in purchasing items which we would otherwise not be able to afford.

Next week we have the Year 5 settling in evening on Monday for which parents have made appointments and also some of the Year 5 parents will be coming on Wednesday afternoon to work with their children and see a sample of some classroom maths teaching.

 

Oct 01
Weekly news October 1st

This week has seen our Year 8 chosen health educators (these are chosen by the other Year 8 pupils in a questionnaire as their most respected and influential peers) undertake their training with the Local Authority trainers for 2 days. It has been very rewarding for the pupils and the staff and I received this unsolicited email from the trainers. We are very proud of the year 8 and their response to this.

‘Gill and I have had a fantastic two days with your pupils and it was an absolute pleasure to be with them. Every pupil was polite, caring towards each other, participated in every activity with enthusiasm, willing to learn and had excellent listening skills from the start to the end of the training. They were an absolute credit to you and your school and we both thank you for the opportunity to work with them all. We also appreciate the support and organisation we had from Mrs Handforth who made our two days run smoothly.’

On Tuesday we welcomed the Gideon’s into the school. These are a group of business people who give freely to supply all year 7 pupils across the country with the new testament and psalms. This is a wonderful small book that also contains very useful pages on ‘where to find help when ‘. Gideons  state ‘Our aim is to give them the opportunity to read it for themselves, perhaps for the first time, and to discover God in a personal way.’ They gave a brief account of how the movement started and how they work with hospital, hotels and prisons across the country and the world.

Open evening on Thursday was a wonderful success with huge numbers of parents and children for the evening. Should any wish for more detailed tours in the day we would advise them to ring and book with the school office and be pleased to welcome them. Very many of our pupils and all staff were there for the evening sharing their talents and explaining some of the curriculum items and some of the many extracurricular activities that we provide.

Finally, on Friday a group of Year 7 and 8 pupils travelled to Leek High school to take part in a Youth Conference with the Talentum Learning trust schools of Westwood College, Churnet View and Leek High. It should bring about a whole town community project for the pupils to engage with and we look forward to learning more once their action plan is published.

Sports reports to follow .

Next week Year 6 will be going to Carsington so we pray for good weather on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In addition, there will be a meeting on Wednesday evening for those parents of Year 8 pupils who are going to Camp this Year between 6pm and 7pm on Wednesday.

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Sep 24
Weekly News September 24th

This week has seen the publication of our list of clubs and all of these are now up and running. We have an additional drama club this year run by Mrs Harding for Year 5 and 6 and also coming soon a wildlife/outdoor club run by the Wildlife trust that will be starting soon for Year 7 & 8. We do encourage pupils to join in at least some lunchtime or after school activities in order to make the most of their time at St Edward’s.

This week our Health Educators in year 8 met for their first session and next week they will be having their first 2 training days on Monday and Tuesday.

There were several sporting fixtures this week.  The cross country teams have taken part in the first race of this season’s competition. The race was held at Churnet View which is a new venue in the cross country league. We had almost 100 pupils running at this race from Year 5 to Year 8.

For the Y5s it was their first experience of competition racing and they performed exceptionally well against runners from Y6 and Y7.

All the pupils who ran in these races competed really well and recorded some excellent results.

Especially well done to Jasmine Molden, who came first in the U12 girls race and a special mention to Grace Bond in Y5 and who came 9th in the same race, out of 73 runners, most of them being two years older than she is.

Our Y8 girls have moved up an age group and are racing in the U14 category against Y8 and Y9 girls. Endon had a very strong Y9 team with one national runner and two regional runners finishing in the top 4. Abbie Fryer-Winder ran exceptionally well to finish just behind them in 5th place, backed up by the rest of the team who finished closely behind her.

Both girls’ teams are lying in second place after one race, with four more to go.

The Y8 netball teams went to Endon on Thursday to play their first satellite netball league matches of the season. The girls had a very successful season last year and were keen to continue this.

We took three teams and all three had to play matches against Painsley, Cheadle, Moorside and Woodhouse. Playing some very good netball, the teams came away with mixed results. The A team won 2 games and lost 2, the B1 team won 2 and drew 2 and the B2 team won all 4 of their games.

The Y7/Y8 girls’ hockey team travelled to Denstone College to play their first competitive game of hockey this year. This was a friendly match to give the girls some match playing experience. Although they were no wins the girls competed well and enjoyed the high level of competition. They will be returning later in the season Their coach congratulated our girls on their performance and for not giving up. He told them that the Denstone girls play hockey at least 3 times a week, on one of their two astro turf pitches and are coached by England coaches!

Finally, the week was memorable for the European day of Languages and Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday. There were many wonderful costumes and the array of cakes was spectacular and we would like to thanks all the parents for their contributions and the Year 5 parents who came along and had coffee and cakes courtesy of the Year 8 . The year 8 worked exceptionally hard, selling the vast quantities of cake. Huge thanks to Miss Newport and Mrs Skelding for organising the day and Mrs Skelding and her team of pupils who took part in assembly. We have raised over £600 for the Macmillan Cancer Care.

Next week on Tuesday 27th is the Parents and Friends AGM meeting at 7.00pm. We would cordially invite all parents and especially new Year 5 parents to this event. On Thursday 29th we have our Open Evening for prospective parents and all new parents and prospective year 7 parents are invited to come and look around and meet our pupils.

Year 7 & 8 will be attending an Active Citizenship Youth Summit 2016 on Friday 30 September at Leekk High with our collaboration schools. There will be motivational speakers on Active citizenship, global and local issues. Participant students then rotate through 3 different activities team-building, identifying issues and creative strategies. Students will then develop a bespoke Action plan for a particular issue they have identified. All schools then feedback and discuss working together on a year-long coordinated plan.

The interviews for the new Principal are taking place this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sep 17
Weekly news September 17th


This week apart, from the storm, has been a quiet one with Year 5 getting more confident in their way about school and the sporting activities and clubs beginning to start. We have the usual sport in lunchtime activities and we would ask that pupils label their ki,t as so much is easily lost . The new school day is proving very useful for pupils in developing their reading and organisational skills . Year 5 and 6 also have a maths session once a week during the extra minutes of reading that are held each day after lunch. Sometimes the timeslots are active and involve comprehension discussion and sometimes a class reader is needed. Pupils should have a reading book with them at all times. The introduction of First News for Year 7 and 8 is proving popular with some pupils. We would ask parents of older pupils to support by perhaps referring to some of the key news topics and hopefully pupils will be able to contribute some of their views.

Staff took part in epi pen, asthma and epilepsy training on Monday and we have 2 new school nurses who will be running a drop in at the school in the near future.

The year 5 have been doing some maths and English tests this week as part of their baseline work.  On Friday two Year 5 pupils supported the assembly by talking about their first two weeks at at Edward’s to the whole school. Izzy Forbes and Will Morgan gave a fine account of what they had been doing. Pupils also looked at some of the new classrooms that money collected previously by the Academy had allowed to constructed in our link school in Kenya.  Two representatives from the group which organised the work were in Staffordshire this week and we were able to report what a difference this has made to the school and the lives of the pupils there. This is all part of a project run by the Diocese of Lichfield. They sent their huge thanks and blessing to the pupils. Pupils will be writing to the school later this year in RE and keeping up the relationship.

Please note that this Monday is school photos. Health educators will start for Year 8 again as they train as mentors for their peers on key health issues. These are pupils that all pupils have been selected as their representatives by he pupils themselves.  Finally, Friday is the European Day of Languages and Macmillan coffee morning; year 5 parents are invited along to this and pupils will be making and sharing cakes for this good cause, all while dressed in wonderful costumes and hopefully practising their language skills! Please see the letter for more details.


 

Sep 10
Weekly news September 10th

Welcome back for our new Year and also special welcome for our new Year 5 pupils who this week have coped very well with all the changes to both systems and places. What has been specially warming and heartening has been the way they have helped one another both in lessons and around the school. We are also very grateful to have our trained Year 8 buddies around the school who have supported the settling in and helped on the playground with games and general settling in.

The theme this week has been – ‘everyone ‘and we have started off thinking about the Olympic values which so closely resemble the core values of our school. It was good to see so many local people in the Olympics and especially for Lee Pearson, former pupil, who was carrying the flag at the Para Olympics.

We have changed the timings of the school day this year as we have included a reading and comprehension time ( and for Year 5  & 6 a maths time) . This is to support pupils with their reading. However, this is not just reading, there are comprehension activities, shared discussions and Year 7 & 8 have a ‘First News’ time- this is newspaper designed specially for our school age group. We have Year 8 again supporting some younger pupils and also we will be having mentors from Westwood College and staff supporting reading across the school. This is an ambitious project designed by Mr Jervis -Progress leader in English and we are very excited about the progress we hope this can make for our pupils both in conversation, comprehension and reading skills. There will be an evening date announced next week at the beginning of October for Parents who wish to support their child’s reading and learning at home. We would ask that all pupils have a reading book in school.

Our new library refurbishments are nearly finished and we are now putting back our books the library will be up and running by the end of the week with new look and enhanced style. We are grateful to the staff who have worked hard on these in house changes.

Please note we have a Facebook page for those of you who may choose to use Facebook.

Next week we hope to have the list of during and after school club activities on the website. LifeForce starts next Tuesday during the lunchtime and we are pleased that Mrs Harding who runs her drama club in Woodcroft will also be starting one in here after school. Please look out for the letters.

Finally, congratulations to Emily Sanzeri and Maddie Forbes in Year 8 who again have been successful for the fourth year in being selected by the Regent theatre for their Christmas production ‘The Snow Queen’. Our Year 5 pupils will be attending during December.

Jul 23
Weekly News July 23rd

The final week of the summer term sees the reward trips for each Year group.  This year; year 6 have visited the Uttoxeter Cinebowl with a film, skating and bowling on offer, Year 7 Drayton Manor Park and Year 5 have for the first time visited Shugborough.  The Year 5 venture involved all sorts of team building activities, problem solving and a little bit of daring for the caves and some of the BMX track. All visits were blessed with good weather and the pupils had a successful time. Feedback from the pupils is always taken and will help form the choices for next year.

Year 8 held their final assembly on Thursday with all forms giving their own take on the four Years and sharing memories and performances with their form teachers and Mr Simm. For some this is always an emotional event and this year was no exception.

Final assembly had the theme of ‘What have you done today to make you feel proud?’ as we looked back on some achievements for chess competing at National Level and more recent sport successes with the Year 8 boys becoming the Staffordshire County Chess champions. There was a rubic cube contest – based on a challenge earlier in the year and musical performances from Eloise Critchlow Year 8 with her guitar and voice, Ebony Dunn Year 6 and also Ari Bendall Year 7 on the Flute. The Celebration Board prizes were also awarded for a splendid effort  and a hotly contested compettion. Winners were Mrs Delight's form, Mrs Manning's form , Mr Massey's form and Mrs Jeffrey's form. Pictures of the winning  boards will be on Facebook

The final day saw all pupils go to St Edward’s Church for the end of year service where pupils take part in once again reviewing the highlights of the year, giving thanks and also praying for those who are embarking on their new lives in a new school. 

We wish everyone a happy and restful holiday and look forward to seeing everyone in September.

Jul 16
July 16th Weekly news


 

Transition week arrives very quickly each Year and we send our Year 8 with great hopes and excitement to Westwood and receive our expectant Year 4. This year we have a full intake and all pupils this week have had a varied programme of activities designed to get them used to the school, its size and systems. We are very thankful that our year 7 have been trained as buddies by Miss Newport and take such an active part in supporting our new intake. They are invaluable.

Mrs Salmon has been in charge this year and has visited all the First schools prior to the pupils’ arrival in order to make pupils feel easier and answer any pre arrival questions. The Tuesday is given over to Eureka Day, when all pupils spend the day with their new form teachers and take on a variety of activities with a key theme. This year the theme was ‘Beautiful on the inside and out’

Activities included; drama, meerkats and their friends, growth mindset and yoga, art, body image, key sports and fitness, water challenges, cooking and smoothies with Aspens, Synapse, chatterboxes, my travel, first aid, and team challenge. Congratulations to Mrs Rose for a magnificent programme for the day. All pupils seemed to enjoy the challenges.

On Thursday evening we welcomed our new parents to be shown around by their children and be introduced to their new form teachers. This is an informal opportunity for parents to meet staff and go over any issues that may have arisen and ensure that all pupils go into the holidays confident and prepared for their September start. Reports from our parents were favourable and we look forward to September. The Year 8 appear to also have had a good transition based on reports from Westwood.

Year 8 have been on their reward trip to Alton towers and, despite the weather, this is often one of their highlights of the Year. They will be conducting their leavers assembly on Thursday to review their time at St Edward’s and present their views of the 4 years. The barbeque and disco for Year 8  will also be on Thursday evening. The other year groups will be having their reward trips on Monday to Wednesday.

We shall be going to church on Friday with Year 7 & 8 attending in the morning and Year 5 & 6 in the afternoon – all parents are welcome as per the letter.

We are collecting crisps for the Chernobyl visiting children for the end of term-  we would welcome any donations.


 

Jul 09
July 9th Weekly news

As we approach the end of term, things seem to get even busier. It has been Sports Day this week, one of the highlights of our yearly calendar and an opportunity for parents to join us at this event. Thanks to the many of you who did. The weather was kind and all the school spent the morning on the field with some splendid efforts both in the formal sports and the informal sports. Some of the photos are available on the Facebook page. Huge thanks to Miss Batigan and her team for the organisation; sports day requires much coordination and preparation both with regard to results and planning in advance for many of the events. The morning allows for wider participation as Mrs Salmon runs ‘alternative sports’ that all pupil may take part in regardless of their abilities. The ice cream van is also a very important tradition for the event!  

On Tuesday evening the Academy hosted the Rotary Summer Awards where both the Young Citizen award and the Young Writer was awarded. Parents and Rotarians came together for this very inspiring evening. Pupils from St Edwards were nominated for the group u 13 category and received a Young Citizenship award for their fundraising for Love for Lucas. Harry Grime, Thomas Hewson , Marcus Dawson and Dexter Skelding. The prize included a £100 donation for their chosen charity. There were also pupils form Churnet View and Wetley Rocks and also a nomination for a young adult for the awards. Aeryn Pickford was the winner of the Young writer competition with Isabel Smith the runner up.

On Thursday Mrs Manning took a group of Year 8 pupils to the JCB academy for the STEM Challenge day. This is an opportunity for some pupils to work on various challenges with a scientific and engineering theme. It was greatly enjoyed by all who went. Mr Rose and a group of U11 chess players left for Uppingham School for a 2 day visit and attendance at the ECF ( English Chess Federation) Finals. The latest report from the matches was that things were going well. The first two rounds were very difficult, and they drew the last game.   There were three grand masters coaching the other teams, one being the present British Champion.  He knew of Rob Milner ( Our respected Chess coach at chess club) and showed a lot of interest in our team and did a bit of coaching with the team after one round, so the children were really pleased.

The hockey was also on Thursday where Miss Batigan reported the following. The U11 mixed hockey team, made up of Year 6 girls and boys and one Year 5 player, travelled to Cannock to represent the Staffordshire Moorlands in the U11 Staffordshire School Games Mini Hockey Championships. There were 11 teams taking part from across Staffordshire, including our biggest rivals of this season, Abbotsholme. We had two teams playing in this tournament and both teams played some outstanding hockey to finish first and third in their league. The B team went on to play a play-off match against the team which had come third in the other group, but unfortunately lost this game, leaving them in 6th place overall in the competition. The A team won all of their group matches and progressed to the semi-final against a strong Lichfield Cathedral School team, which resulted in a 5-1 win, meaning an inevitable final was now going to take place against Abbotsholme. In an exciting, much anticipated, end-to-end game, which saw them take the lead, and then we equalised and then we took the lead, only for them to equalise again and finally they scored two more quick goals and won the game 4-2. It was a thrilling final with some excellent hockey on display from both teams. Well done to all the pupils and to Miss Batigan for a brilliant season with the hockey.

 

In assembly we celebrated some swimming success and medals for Harry and Alfie Lancaster, Rosie Grain and Aidan Ainsworth all of whom were swimming in last weekend’s swimming gala in Biddulph with some personal best results. Well done to our pupils for their energy and determination with swimming. We also celebrated the French trip with pupils relating what they had enjoyed and a short film complied by Mrs Salmon of the trip and its highlights.

 

The SATS result were published this week and we are looking to share these with pupils in their lessons this coming week. We are still checking our results and with so many pupils this can take a little time.  We will also be issuing them formally at the end of term for parents with the usual end of year reports.

 


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