St Chad’s C E School

Our end of year celebrations are always tinged with sadness as we say farewell to all our Year 6 pupils. However they have shown that they are ready for the next phase in their education academically. A highlight for me has been their wonderful end of year performances. It has been heartening to see the self-confidence that they had in performing Ye-Ha! a humorous western story of the saving of Splodge City. They also showed terrific team work and ability to face new challenges on their trip to Tower Wood residential centre. Our summer musical evening featured a Samba band, choir, violins, flutes, trumpets, guitars and keyboards and there were some brilliant and moving performances. This year our Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Carolyn Pilkington, is taking early retirement after 20 years. That’s real commitment and we say a big thank you and wish her well in the future.

The last term has seen many sports events and our teams did well in the swimming gala, tri-golf and rounders. There have been class visits supporting the children’s learning to the Sikh Temple in Preston, The Olive School in Blackburn, Holly Farm, Sea-Lie Centre, a Pirate Day in Year 1/2 and a Victorian Day in Year 5 and. The children were challenged with writing on slates for the day and left-handers had to use their right hand, they stood when an adult entered the room had nail inspections and even got to taste gruel for lunch. I think they appreciated the changes in education when reading our school punishment book, reading that a child received the strap for insolence to a teacher as late as 1978!

We are also thrilled that our school garden was again awarded Gold in the Wyre in Bloom competition.

Our school now sponsors a child who lives in the slums of Chennai, India and the project manager’s family joined us for a day on their recent trip to the UK. The church there cooks a meal for 280 children every day of the year, as well as providing a medical and set of school clothes and school bag. The children’s smiles are radiant despite their hardship.

We are again very grateful for all the support we have received throughout the year from the church, hosting our events, supporting children read in school and praying for us.

Every blessing to you all

Jan Potter Headteacher

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