Harvest Time at St. Peter’s

Harvest Time at St. Peter’s

On Friday 6th October, children, parents and staff from St. Peter’s Catholic First School (Academy) celebrated their Harvest Festival Mass. The families of St Peter’s donated an overwhelming amount of food which the school have donated to The Basement Project and New Starts. The school also held a raffle to raise money for CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development). Twelve families won prizes ranging from a large loaf designed as a wheatsheaf and large vegetable hampers to smaller loaves of fresh bread, cakes and fruit. “A fun celebration of harvest was had by all” said Mrs Natalie Smith, RE Co-ordinator.

 

St. Peter’s visit St. Joseph’s Care Home

St. Peter’s visit St. Joseph’s Care Home, Coleshill

Residents of St. Joseph’s Care Home, Coleshill, enjoyed a concert in their living room from St. Peter’s Choir.   We sang a variety of hymns and songs to delighted residents and staff.  We also took part in a flower arranging activity with the residents, creating some lovely displays.

Organised by St. Joseph’s Home and the St. Peter’s staff, the visit gave the children a chance to see Catholic social care in action.  “The children showed their support by putting on an enjoyable concert” said Ginny Cullen, St Joseph’s Fundraising Officer.

Run by Father’s Hudson’s Care, St. Joseph’s cares for older people and those living with dementia.  It regularly welcomes guests who entertain residents.

St. Joseph’s staff and residents thanked the school for visiting and hoped that they would come again.

Lexi in Class 4R said “When we arrived there the first thing we did was to sing to a group of elderly people and then we did flower arranging and I enjoyed it so much. Then we went to a different group called Ruby and then we had food with the elderly and came back to school.”

 


Adventure at Pioneer

Adventure at Pioneer

The Year Four children enjoyed a trip to the Pioneer Centre where they all got the opportunity to try out new activities and skills. Among the highlights were; rock climbing, abseiling, archery and zip wire. The children were also lucky enough to take part in a singsong and action games by a campfire in the evening. The children also witnessed Mrs Rowe and Miss Ellenger going head to head in a banana eating competition! It was a great enjoyed by all!


Year Four Fun at Wyre Forest

Year Four Fun at Wyre Forest

The children in Year Four enjoyed a recent trip to the Wyre Forest where they learnt the essential skills to survive in the wild. They enjoyed a morning of orienteering and using their map skills, followed by an afternoon of building shelters and campfires. The children loved testing out their new fires by toasting a marshmallow or two!  The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Look out Bear Grylls!

 


Leading Parent Partnership Award

Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA)

St. Peter’s Catholic First School (Academy) has been awarded the prestigious Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) for the third time.

The award celebrates schools with an exceptional relationship with their pupils’ families, especially parental figures.

In the report, the assessor said “Communication with parents and carers is excellent and all parties are well informed.”

“Parents value the good levels of communication with them and mention how the school has responded positively to their needs.  Parents believe that the school works well with them and seeks to support them wherever possible.”

“The commitment of senior leadership and all staff to ensure that effective parental partnership and engagement in children’s learning is clearly evident.”

“Parents also reported that staff helped to build up their confidence and self-esteem as parents, giving them the confidence to help their children with their learning.”

Upon receiving the LPPA Mrs Clubley said, “We are delighted to be re-awarded the LPPA as it recognises our sustained and continuing efforts to promote a positive parent partnership. The staff at St. Peter’s understand that engagement with parents is key to successful learning and happy children.”

 

Ofsted

Ofsted rates St. Peter’s as ‘Good’

 

St. Peter’s are celebrating after a recent Ofsted Inspection rated the school to be ‘Good’.

Inspector Charalambos Loizou visited St. Peter’s Catholic First School, on Rock Hill, in May and the report states that ‘The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection’ in September 2013.

Parents pay tribute to the work and commitment of staff and ‘believe, rightly, that pupils are safe and secure in school.’

The Inspector praised the school and said that ‘staff are all committed to the core values of the school, which, as you state in the prospectus, promotes a caring, happy, stimulating environment in which pupils of all abilities can achieve their full potential’.

In the Early Years ‘strong provision for Reception aged children provides excellent foundations’ and ‘prepares children very well for Key Stage One’.

The report added that the school staff had ‘been successful in maintaining a strong and stimulating curriculum which promotes British values of tolerance, respect and care in the local community.’

Mrs Clubley said ‘We are all very proud of our school and the report demonstrates the commitment of everyone involved in providing good quality education for the children at St. Peter’s. We look forward to continuing our journey with our families to ensure that this is maintained .’

Bernie Mackie, Chair of the Academy Committee added

‘We are pleased that Ofsted have recognised the work of our leaders and staff in “steering significant changes and improvements” since our previous inspection in 2013 and we have remained a good school. The report validates views of our parents and children and highlights the positive impact of our school’s ethos and core values.’

The school were also inspected by the Archdiocese of Birmingham in March where they also received a ‘good’ rating.

St Peter’s Ofsted Report May 2017

A Night of Entertainment at the Palace Theatre

A Night of Entertainment at the Palace Theatre

St. Peter’s Choir took part in the Our Lady of Lourdes Multi Academy Company ‘Showcase Evening’ at 54the Palace Theatre, Redditch.  St. Peter’s choir have spent the last few months learning lots of new songs and dance moves and these were performed with great confidence and enthusiasm which resulted in a very impressed audience, particularly a group of proud parents and teachers.  “They were amazing!” said Mrs Cole, Choir Leader. “We are so proud of our children”.

 

Sports Day

St. Peter’s Sports Day

On Tuesday 27th June we had our annual Sports Day. What a FANTASTIC day we had and luckily the weather was fab too!

Everyone came dressed in their House Team colour and couldn’t wait to take part in all of the different athletics activities. The children had been preparing for Sports Day in their weekly PE lessons and were eager and ready to compete against their peers. The activities ranged from javelin throwing, sprinting, hurdles, standing jump and Key Stage One children also took part in the egg and spoon race. All the children tried their best and enjoyed cheering on their fellow team mates.
The results were very close but the winners were:

Key Stage One: St. Andrew’s House

Key Stage Two were: St David’s House

Thank you to all the children for their hard work and enthusiasm and thank you to all the support we received from friends and family. We look forward to next year!  Miss Tilsley (PE Co-ordinator)


Receptions Easter Bonnet Parade


The Easter Bunny visits St. Peter’s

The Easter Bunny came to visit all the children and staff on the last day of term before breaking up for the Easter holidays.
Eggcitment filled the hall as the Easter bunny eggplained that he had brought an Easter egg for every child to enjoy.
All the children in Reception had designed their own Easter bonnets at home and took park in the Easter bonnet parade.
There were some great designs and the children loved walking in the parade with the rest of the school singing Spring Chicken and ‘Chick, chick, chick, chick chicken!’