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December 2021

Headteacher Ms. A. Knight
a.knight@olqp.lancs.sch.uk

 

Advent and Christmas Preparations

All Year groups have attended Advent assemblies in school, with a special, pre-recorded message from Fr Kenny. In this last week before we break up for Christmas, assemblies for all year groups are being led by Gill, our School Chaplain, with prayers led by students in all year groups, as we all prepare for this special feast of Christmas. Well done to Mrs Fitzsimmons' Year 8 form who led a lovely, very powerful assembly in the Sports Hall this week, with a focus on how we can all offer our gifts of time, support and care for others this Christmas. We will be ending this term with not one, but five Christmas Extravaganzas on Friday morning, one for each year group! Thanks in advance to the Music department & talented student singers and instrumentalists for helping us all be filled with the Christmas spirit.

STEAM Club 'Making things go bang!'

The Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) Club, run by Mr Young, has been an exciting and extremely popular extra-curricular club this term for KS3 students in Years 7, 8 and 9. They have been introduced to a number of reactive activities and completed an investigation to determine the properties of a metal base on the colour of its flame when heated. The students particularly enjoyed the rather volatile magnesium oxide reaction! They have also focused on Engineering, with students devising a bridge that could withstand a set mass/force. They then created a beautiful 'Jelly Babies' wave machine to demonstrate energy and wave properties. Their next activity is building electrical circuits, with a little Christmas twist! Students are loving these extra curricular sessions which are vastly oversubscribed, 16 currently on the waiting list, with a 30 limit! Our wonderful KS4 STEAM Ambassadors have also been a brilliant support for the younger students during these sessions.

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Poetry and the Creepy Crawly Roadshow

Some Year 7 students were treated to a special Creepy Crawly Roadshow following outstanding poetry work in English with Miss Cotton. You will see some of their amazing photographs as these brave students clearly enjoyed this treat!

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CAFOD Carol Service:

Thursday 16th December 7.00pm

Mr Longden and his talented singers were once again delighted to participate in the St. John Rigby CAFOD Christmas Carol Service 2021. With rising Covid cases, this was once again a pre-recorded concert, but still a wonderful occasion to be part of alongside students from St. John Rigby College, St. Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, St. Peter's Catholic High School and St. Teresa's Primary School. Our students sang beautifully as part of a large vocal ensemble and performed Christmas Carols such as O Holy Night, O Come All Ye Faithful and O Little Town of Bethlehem in SATB arrangements. The live performance is available to view from the comfort of your own home with a link below to register for the concert:

https://tinyurl.com/CAFOD2021

This year's song theme is 'A Simple Gift'. Every year thousands of pounds are raised for CAFOD for their important work for those in need. Anyone can support the event by donating here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cafodcarolservice2021

Breakfast Club and Free Bus Reminder

These two initiatives, which we launched last month, have had a good response so far. Just as a reminder for all parents, if your child is in receipt of a free school meal they will now receive an additional credit on their cashless catering account to purchase a breakfast. The breakfast meal deal is also available to all students at the much reduced rate of 35p. The free late buses at 4pm and 5pm are available to all students who participate in an after school activity.

Outstanding Extra Curricular involvement

A group of Year 10 and Year 11 students have been busy over the last few weeks working closely with The Paper Cup Charity who feed, clothe and shelter, where possible, homeless people in Liverpool. They have organised the collection of a range of items, generously donated by our students and staff. These include winter woollies, chocolates, sweets, new books, toiletries and gift sets, which will be taken to the Paper Cup Project in Liverpool city centre in the last week of term to help homeless people in need. Mrs Roby and her Student Charity Committee also organised and took part in a sponsored walk on Sunday raising extra money to help fund this appeal. Thanks to Mrs Roby and these exceptional students for caring and taking action where there is need.

Christmas Charity Work

Our Chaplains have been very busy over this period working with our young people and families on projects to help those in need in our community. The generosity of Our Lady's community for those in need has once again been exceptional. There has been a clothes collection for the Whitechapel Centre, luxury goods and foods donated to St. Francis' SVP hampers and lovely Christmas cards created by our children for those in care homes, along with Christmas pack gifts.

Badminton District Champions

Congratulations to Mieskzo who is the Year 7 West Lancashire District Badminton Champion, after winning an extremely tense final 11-10. Well done to all other Year 7 boys who participated and represented our school so well! More success for Year 9 students Josh and Milan who are also the District Doubles Champions!

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have been signing up in large numbers to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme this year. Over 70 students are involved already this year, either in the Complete Award (Including the Expedition) or in the Certificate of Achievement (without the Expedition). Any student who completed the Certificate last year, when there was no opportunity to include the expedition due to Covid, will be able to upgrade to the full award by completing an expedition in the summer. Additionally there are 10 students who are completing their Silver award after completing their Bronze certificate in the summer term. Good luck to them all!

Dates for your diary

  • Last day of term - Christmas Jumper / Own Clothes Day
  • School closes for the Christmas holiday at 12.30pm on Friday 17th December.
  • All children are encouraged to attend school at a set time for a Covid test on Wednesday 5th January (details sent to parents in a separate ParentMail). Then all children who are Covid free return to lessons as normal on Thursday 6th January.
  • The new date for the Virtual Presentation Evening is Thursday 13th January

Parish Christmas Masses

  • St Mary's Friday 24th December Vigil Mass at 7pm
  • St Richard's Friday 24th December Midnight Mass
  • St Francis of Assisi Christmas Day 10.00am

With every good wish to all our families for the gifts of peace and joy this Christmas,

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Ms A Knight

Headteacher

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