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Leavers' Production 2017: 'Let Loose!'
The children blew us all away with their fantastic performance. ‘Let Loose’ was so funny! Who will ever forget Eloise and Charley as the very happy parents who had sent both their children away for a week or Harriet as the ‘child in charge’ or the children falling into the river! The singing was amazing. Well done to all.
Summer Fair 2017: Around the World
For the first time in years we had a beautiful sunny day for our annual Summer Fair. We had a good turn out of parents who enjoyed the various activities including a bouncy castle, a steel band and a coconut shy. There was plenty for the children to do and plenty to eat, including sausage butties cooked on the barbeque. Thank you to all our parents in the PTFA 'Friends of Hoole St Michael' who worked so hard to organise and run this event.
Singing Group Concert 2017: 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'
Oh my goodness! The singing group was amazing! What a talented group of children! The children managed to learn SO MANY WORDS and sing so beautifully. They also told the story of Joseph with their actions and facial expressions. Some of the actions were only taught in the days leading up to the concert and yet, they remembered everything. As headteacher and leader of the singing group, I am so incredibly proud of them. I have now run the singing group for six years, and every year they get better and better. Even though we only had 20 children in the group, they were so powerful. Thank you for your contributions parents and grandparents, at the end of the concert. We managed to raise over £70 which will be used to buy new music resources for school. It is with a very heavy heart that I say goodbye to Hoole St Michael singing group. You have given me a great deal of joy!
Sports Day: July 2017
Unlike last year, with all the rain, we were grateful for slighly cooler weather for this year's Sports' Day! Every single child (including a great turn out of our new starters) took part in a number of races, including our traditional sack race and egg and spoon, sprint, relays, long-distance and obstacle races amongst others. There was a lot of sporting spirit on display with some fantastic performances seen. Well done all and particularly to Mars who were the winning team.
June 2017: Dance from the heart
Every year, South Ribble Sports Partnership organise a wonderful event called 'Dance from the Heart'. Many schools participate. Some of our Y6 children went on a course to learn the dance and then, with a video to help them, they taught the whole school the special dance. This year there was a movie theme, including music from the Muppets and Star Wars. On Friday 16th June we performed as a whole school and even had some Dancing Stormtroopers joining us. It was great fun!
April 2017: Barclay's Team Gardening Day!
During the last few weeks, one of our parents, Rebecca Ferguson who is a Barclays employee, has been liaising with Mrs Walsh and Mr Kenyon to discuss the work that was needed in our gardening area. The team from Barclay applied for a £500 grant to help them complete the work. On Thursday 20th April, 11 team members from Barclays spent the day at our school. They painted our class planters and built two new wooden planters for us. They power-washed the boardwalk which leads to our outside classroom and then repainted it with anti-slip paint. Also, the team re-stained the fence around our Reception outside area. In addition to this, the team refilled the planters with compost and spread bark on the ground around the planters. At the end of the day, our children sang for the team and gave them a round of applause! The team from Barclays were so positive, hard-working and helpful. As a school, we would like to express our warm thanks for their wonderful contribution to our gardening area!
March 2017: Ground Force Day!
Our pupils had a wonderful time on Saturday morning helping out at Ground Force Day! The children helped tidy the gardening area, planted shrubs, brushed-up and helped improve the planters outside the school porch. We would like to thank the PTFA for organising the morning and also all the staff, pupils, parents and volunteers who helped out on the day - we had a great time! The refreshments were lovely too! The new raised bed (created from the old wooden train) was an inspired idea and the newly woven willow looks lovely over the wooden boardwalk!
March 2017: Book Week and World Book Day 2017!
Once again, we have had a fantastic time during Book Week and World Book Day! This year the theme was illustrators. Thank you to all of the children and to the parents for making such a super effort on World Book Day with the children’s imaginative costumes. You all looked great! In Class 1 we focused on the work of author Julia Donaldson and the illustrator Axel Scheffler; In Class 2 we focused on the Roald Dahl illustrator, Quentin Blake; In Class 3, we focussed on the classic novel 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe' and its original, accompanying illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Art student Olivia Kenyon created a range of Narnia-inspired paintings especially for Class 3, shared some of her own artwork and spent the day working with the children! In Class 4 we focused on the author/illustrator Roger Hargreaves, famous for producing the Mr Men and Little Miss books. The children created their own Mr Man/Little Miss book to share with our reception children.
Colourful Christmas Fair: December 2016
The ‘Friends of HSM’ Colourful Christmas Fair took place after school on Friday 2nd December. Great thanks to all our parents, especially those on the committee, who have worked EXTREMELY hard, over the last days and weeks to make this a successful and fun event. There was lots to buy and do. There were wonderful prizes to be won and refreshments to enjoy. Our children enjoyed meeting Father Christmas and wrapping presents in the secrets room. Everyone also had to the opportunity to purchase colour themed gifts in Class 4 (manned by our Year 5 and 6 pupils)
Thank you to all our parents for your generous donations of chocolate and/or a bottle for the Christmas Fair. The children all looked fabulous in their Christmas jumpers and outfits!
Harvest Festival: September 2016
What a lovely Harvest Festival this morning. We celebrated our harvest and thanked God for all his wonderful gifts through our hymns and prayers. We thought about what we can give and how people can be generous. We also learnt about the Blackburn Diocese Bishop's Appeal for 2016. This year, the Bishop's Appeal is supporting Christian Aid partner Soluciones Prácticas (Practical Solutions) in Bolivia, which works with marginalised communities in that country to help them to recover from floods and share their knowledge to develop sustainable ways of living, not just for now, but for generations to come. A collection at the end of the service raised just over £43. Thank you.
The children brought their harvest baskets and boxes. Thank you parents for your generosity. All the gifts will be donated to St Catherine's Hospice and to Penwortham Food Bank.
Sports Day: July 2016
Tri-golf winners! (Thursday 5th May 2016)
Our team are the tri-golf borough final winners for South Ribble 2015 - 16. Great achievement by all. Well done Sam Woodcock, Edie Street, Bobby Mitton, Tallulah Ashworth and Riley Jackson. They will now be taken through to the Lancashire finals.
Singing group perform at Tarleton Academy (April 2016)
We were delighted with our singing group who performed so well on Tarleton Academy’s stage on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th April. They performed a short scene from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ which included singing, dancing and acting. They looked fabulous in the costumes, so thank you to all parents (and grandparents) who made such an effort with these. The children demonstrated great talent and represented our school extremely well. We have received a lot of positive feedback from our parents. We look forward to performing a longer version in our school hall, in June. Well done to all. Thank you to Mr Kenyon who joined me on Wednesday evening and to Miss Brown who joined me on Thursday evening to ensure that the children were supervised.
Infant Nativity 2015: Christmas Stars
Congratulations to all our infant children who took part in our nativity play, ‘Christmas Stars’. They did so well -learning all those lines and songs. They certainly sung their hearts out! Thank you everyone for coming. Both performances were extremely well attended and I know that the children appreicated it. A big thank you must also go to Helen Cooper, Ellie’s mum, who organised refreshements and a raffle during both performances on behalf of the Friends of HSM.
December 2015: Christmas Market!
Over the last few weeks, all our children have been busily preparing their products for sale at our Christmas market. As part of our work on enterprise in mathematics, the children have had to decide how best to spend their £100 donation from Procter and Gamble. Our Key Stage 2 children listened to a business talk led by Procter and Gamble employees. Class 4 then faced a Dragon's Den from Procter and Gamble to pitch their ideas. Initially, the children researched Christmas craft ideas online and had class discussions. Following this, we voted for the most popular, practical and potentially profitable items. Since then, we have been making our products, calculating the cost per unit and deciding how to price our products. At the Christmas market, we hoped to sell high-quality products that were a great bargain but that were also capable of making a profit for charity! We were hoping to make a good profit so that we could sponsor a guide dog!
We are delighted to announce that overall, after costs the children made a profit of £316.67 which is fantastic! It costs approximately £100 to sponsor a guide dog puppy, so with the support of Procter and Gamble we will ensure that each class will now be able to sponsor a puppy. Thank you to all parents, grandparents and friends who came to our market. Our PTFA also made a great profit and they will be informing you of the final result very soon.
'Songs from the Shows' - Singing Group concert: Wednesday 8th July
This year, the children learnt songs from the famous musicals - 'Matilda', 'Annie' and 'Oliver'. They performed the concert on Wednesday 8th July to a packed audience of family and friends.
It was hard to believe that months and months of practice with a number of very difficult songs led to a performance of just 35 minutes! However, it was 35 minutes packed with high quality entertainment which I know our audience thoroughly enjoyed. Well done singing group! A particular thank you and goodbye to Lauren Usher, Susy Sergison, Emily Harding and Freya Jackson who have been members of the singing group ever since Year 3 (or since they joined the school). This was their last concert. They did themselves proud as they have done in every concert – ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 2012’; ‘An Old Time Music Hall 2013’. ‘Disney Songs 2014’ and ‘Songs from the Shows 2015’ plus two great performances at the WRIST concert. I hope they continue to enjoy singing at high school. Well done also to all our fabulous soloists. An especially big thank you to ‘Friends of Hoole St Michael’ who provided refreshments and managed to raise some more money! A successful evening all round!
Dance from the heart: Tuesday 16th June 2015
On Tuesday we had a great time performing 'Dance from the Heart' as a whole school on our playground. A group of pupils learnt the dance a few weeks ago as part of South Ribble Sports Partnership coaching. The pupils then taught our entire school the dance. Thank you to Mrs Simpson for making our lovely mascot. We were delighted that the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble joined us at 1pm to watch and enjoy our dance. A fun time was had by all.
Summer Fair: Saturday 13th June 2015
'Oh we did like to be beside the seaside' at Hoole St Michael's Summer Fair this year. We had a wonderful day and the weather was warm and dry - not rainy as predicted. We were delighted that the Summer Fair was opened by our newly appointed MP for South Ribble, Seema Kennedy which coincided with a fantastic balloon launch. There were plenty of activities and it was fun for all the family. Thank you to the committee of 'The Friends of Hoole St Michael' for organising this successful and enjoyable event. Have a look at our photos.
Inviting the fire service: Thursday 11th June
Class 4 welcomed Lancashire Fire Service to our school to learn about the new Lancashire Year 6 Road Safety initiative.
Celebrating our artists at the South Ribble Primary Schools' Art Exhibition: May 2015
We were delighted that a number of our children had their artwork displayed at South Ribble's Museum and Exhibition Centre in Leyland. Many of the children were there during the grand opening where they could see their artwork on show. They also met South Ribble's Mayor, Counc Graham Walton who was there with his wife and mayoress, Karen.
General Election Day: Thursday 7th May 2015
In order to learn more about our electoral system, our children are voting for a charity. They will use a voting slip and visit a voting booth in order to undertake a secret vote. They will then put their vote into the ballot box. At the end of the day, the votes will be counted, checked and the winning charity will be announced. The children will raise money for this charity throughout the year, starting with our maths enterprise week early in the autumn term 2015. The children will be designing, creating and selling a product in order to make a profit. The class which makes the most profit will win a prize and all profits made will be donated to our winning charity.
Update! And the results are in!
We are therefore delighted to announce that 'Guide Dogs for the Blind' has been duly elected as our focus charity for next year.
England and St George! Thursday 23rd April 2015
What a lovely afternoon we had on Thursday 23rd April; St George's Day. We celebrated our Patron Saint's Day by inviting grandparents to a special event and we were very pleased, as always, with the number of grandparents who attended. All our grandparents were served with tea and biscuits by our Year 6 children who were wonderful ambassadors for our school. Following refreshments our visitors were entertained by the children. All the children in Classes 1 and 2 waved their home-made England flags and sang the National Anthem; Class 2 practised their oral storytelling skills by performing (with actions) the story of St George and the Dragon; Class 4 performed a country dance and the singing group performed two of their songs from their forthcoming concert. After the entertainment, all of us went out on the yard and were joined by parents. Children in Class 3 performed a Maypole Dance with great energy - first time was perfect although the second time led to some tangled ribbons! To top it all, it was the hottest day of the year and we were bathed in beautiful sunshine.
We have had some much-appreciated thank you letters following the event. One grandparent wrote, 'I would like to thank you, your staff and all the pupils for some very enjoyable, enthusiastic entertainment yesterday. It was evident much effort had been made to celebrate and to give this St George's Day such a merry buzz. It enabled us to think about and appreciate some aspects of our heritage. The afternoon also provided an opportunity for the wider community to come into school, to see what goes on there and for the older and younger age groups to mix and socialise. Thank you.'
Multi-Cultural (Book) Week: 2nd - 6th March 2015
Our recent multi-cultural book week was a great success and was enjoyed greatly by our children and also our staff. As this was our Book Week, all classes focussed on Stories from other Cultures in their lessons. A further aim of the week was to help expand our work on other faiths and multi-cultural Christianity in Religious Education emphasising the importance of the fundamental British value of mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Everyone has commented on how much the week has helped them deepen their understanding of different faiths and opened their eyes to the similarities and the common ground that exists between different faiths. On behalf of our staff, I would like to thank Andrew Pratt who has been an invaluable link with our visitors. I would also like to express our sincere thanks to our visitors: Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag, Miss Purnima Patel, Rev. Kamran Bhatti and Shenaz Matadar. It was brilliant to have such enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly visitors from the Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Hindu faith communities! An additional thanks goes to our teaching assistant, Mrs Patel, who visited each class during the week teaching us how to make an Indian dish and also explaining about her own culture and faith. We would also like to thank our school cook, Sue who created three delicious multi-cultural school dinners - one Mexican, one Indian and one Italian! Mr. Kenyon.
Celebrating Chinese New Year: Monday 23rd February 2015
On Monday, the whole school dressed in red and black ready to celebrate Chinese New Year. We learnt about Chinese New Year traditions, made spring rolls, made Chinese lanterns, listened to stories and enjoyed a Chinese meal in the hall at lunchtime. A fun day was had by all.
All the children brought in an amazing collection of food baskets for our Harvest Church Service. The food will help support a local hospice and food bank. As part of the Bishop's appeal, we had a collection for Christian Aid. The children also learnt about how Christian Aid support disadvantaged, poor farmers in Angola and the children also wrote prayers for them. We have also raised over £50 for the work of Christian Aid in Angola. Thank you parents for your generosity.
Monday 23rd June: We begin our science week with an exploding sun in assembly! Today is eco-day. The children have all come to school dressed in green or floral and our eco-council have organised a number of activities. This morning they have taken our reception children on a bug hunt!
The Singing Group present an 'Old Time Music Hall'
We were all so proud of all the children who took part in the ‘Old Time Music Hall’ on Wednesday 22nd May. Our Singing Group, led by Mrs Duckworth, have been practising since September, every week for an hour after school.
They did so well and they certainly entertained each and every one of us. How did they learn all all those words? If you managed to watch the show, we hope you all enjoyed it. Thank you especially to those parents who were persuaded to take part in ‘Old McDuckworth’s Farm’ and ‘The Lambeth Walk’! Thank you also to the PTFA and school council for organising the interval refreshments.
Our Singing Group will be performing a small selection of songs from The Old Time Music Hall in Preston Guild Hall on Tuesday 2nd July as part of the WRIST concert which takes place each year. WRIST is the name given to our school cluster and many other schools perform to a packed audience of family and friends during this special evening concert. Tickets will be available shortly.
Great fundraising for the NSPCC!
Hoole St Michael are delighted to announce that, due to the generosity of our parents, family and friends, the children of our school have raised an AMAZING £1032.04 for the NSPCC.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this sponsorship event. This is a generous amount, considering we only have 110 children in our school.