Our school was delighted to welcome Mrs Paddy Spiller, from the Diocese of Leeds branch of CAFOD on Monday. The children helped her to explore how the work of CAFOD demonstrates 'acts of mercy' in all areas of the world. Mrs Spiller reminded them that we are asked to continue these 'acts of mercy' after the official year has finished.
Protocol for School Closure due to Adverse Weather Conditions
- The initial decision about closure will be made at 07.00 by the Headteacher and Chair of the Academy Council.This will be based on local information concerning travel conditions/school site conditions and number of teaching staff expected in by 08.30.
- If closure is decided the information will be passed immediately to;
Metro for the 2 bus services – P98 and 499
Radio Leeds for their bulletins
All Parentmail contacts
Web site (if access is available)
- If school is open at 08.15 then reassessment of the school site/ staff numbers will be made.
The decision to close may be made at this late stage depending on updated staffing information/school site conditions.
- If during school hours extreme weather conditions become apparent, then parents/carers may collect their children early from school if they wish.
- If afternoon buses are cancelled parents/carers are expected to make arrangements to collect their children.
School was delighted when we received the news that Daniel had been selected for a prize for one of his poems in the Y5/6 section of the Ilkley Literature Festival competition. These pictures show Daniel reading his poem to a live audience and sharing his work with Dommy B, the author of “Aaargh! Dinosaurs.” Well done Daniel!
Children from Years 4 and 5 have become our school's first group of Mini-Vinnies. Each school in the Diocese has been asked to form a group as part of our 'Year of Mercy' actions. The group was presented with their certificates and badges by members of the Sacred Heart Parish St Vincent de Paul Society and a Senior Area Representative. The children made their solemn promises in front of the whole school and then led a Collective Worship.
Our school was delighted to welcome 22 children and their leaders from Kenya to our community on Tuesday. The choir, who are visiting Britain as part of their 2016 SMILE tour, sang with joy and energy and everyone left the hall uplifted. The children then spent the day in our Y4/5/6 classes and joined in a variety of lessons. Staff were delighted to see our children playing so well with the visitors during playtime and lunchtime.
For more information about the Choir and the charity that supports them, go to https://www.educatethekids.com/
This morning, our Headteacher, Mrs Lubomski, announced the results of last week's class votes for our new School Council. Nine pupils from Y6 also gave presentations to the whole school about why they would like to be our new Head Girl and Boy.
Y6 Head Girl Isobelle M
Y6 Head Boy - Joseph B
Y6 Deputy Head Girl - Grace C
Y6 Deputy Head Boy - Ben B
Y5 - Louisa W and Blaise W-E
Y4 - Jemima McD and Adam H
Y3 - Emilia A and Eddie C
Y2 - Charlotte F and Tommaso C
Y1 - Annie S and Jacob D
Year 3 have been making Japanese 'Hanging Garden' balls as part of their work on rainforests and plants.
Some of our children enjoying their lunch on their first day back. The children (and staff) have been delighted with the new menus and are particularly enjoying being able to eat freshly prepared food. Of course this new venture would not have happened without lots of hard work from a group of people over the past year: special 'thank yous' go to Mrs Shaw, our Administrator, Mrs Robertson, a school governor and Mr Trowbridge from 'Eat Smart' at Ilkley Grammar School for all their hard work behind the scenes
The school choir showed off their repertoire this morning at our school Open Morning to raise funds for 'The Singing Choir of Africa'(Educate the Kids). Well done to our representatives from Years 3,4,5,6 and thank you to Mr Snelson for training them all this year.
Olivia F's amazing project on Ancient Sumerian toys. #theylooktooreal
11 am The whole school sang 'Happy Birthday to Her Majesty' and 'Happy Birthday' to Prince Phillip, Sylvie YR and William Y3.
The children participated prayerfully in a short Liturgy of Celebration which included words from the Queen's Coronation and prayers for Her Majesty and our school community.
The whole school gathering ended with a rousing verse of the National Anthem.
This year's talented musicians performed in front of their proud friends and families in the school's annual musical concert which was arranged by Mrs Lorimer. The Key Stage 2 Choir, under the direction of Mr Snelson and Mrs Miller, entertained the audiences with examples of their excellent repertoire. Performers also confidently shared their talents on the guitar, violin, drums, piano, clarinet, flute and vocally. For the first time, bands from both Y5 and Y6 performed and members of the school staff accompanied a school sing-a long.
The school would like to thank the children and their teachers for giving up their own time to prepare for the concert in lunchtimes and after school. WELL DONE TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!
Eva and Oliver B, Head Girl and Boy, represented school and met Bishop Marcus in St Anne's Cathedral.
The total amount to date, raised by all of the Leeds Diocesan schools who participated in the fundraising for the Good Shepherd Appeal is £43,447.
There was also a photograph taken with pupils from all ten schools in The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust:
Sacred Heart School celebrated Ilkley Carnival in style on Bank Holiday Monday. About 150 of our children took part in the 'Best of British' spectacular, they kept smiling throughout the parade and all made their families and teachers very proud of them.
As always, the team of volunteers and helpers that make up the school's Carnival Committee provided a visual delight for the crowds as the entire contents of an 'English Country Garden' went past.
A leaflet containing information for schools across the Bishop Wheeler Trust is available
Assessing Pupil Progress Handbook launched [THE BISHOP WHEELER CATHOLIC ACADEMY TRUST WEBSITE]
Letter from Eddie Jones, Chair of the Academy Council
Statement of Governance (July 2015)
This year has seen a number of changes and challenges for the school. In terms of building development, we have seen the completion of the Primary Games area and associated improvements to the top playground, the improvements to the Key Stage 2 Area and the addition of outdoor learning environments for Years 1 and 2. During the summer holidays, the school's main entrance and offices will be remodelled and made more secure. All these changes are about improving the environment and facilities for the benefit of the children. We would like to make additional changes to the top pedestrian entrance, when finances are available, to make it a more welcoming area. Any suggestions on design and how this could be achieved would be welcome!
We have seen the full implications of Academy Trust membership and closer working relationships with the Diocese this year. The demands of Mrs Lubomski's secondment have raised challenges and understandable concerns, but these have been met, and everyone has responded extremely well. Sacred Heart School has a strong senior leadership team in place and as we go forward, this new model of leadership is likely to become more common-place across the Trust and the Diocese. Despite these challenges, the emphasis on improvement has continued. The school has undertaken a School-to-School Review (in effect a Mock-Ofsted), this was very hard work for all the teaching staff but proved to be very beneficial. In addition we also recently had a Pilot Canonical Review from the Diocese. Internal monitoring procedures are fully embedded through regular learning walks, work scrutinies, subject specific lesson observations and pupil interviews. The Academy Council is aware that there is no room for complacency and will continue to hold all school leaders to account.
During the past year the Academy Council has undertaken a Governance Review (a newly required piece of work for all Governing bodies) As a result of the Governance Review we have developed amongst other things, the Mission, Vision and Values of the school, and over the next year the staff will continue to bring these values to life in a meaningful way for the children.
To reflect the closer working relationship with the Trust, the Academy Council is reducing in size and will be made up of five Foundation Governors, one staff governor, one parent governor and the headteacher. I want to take this opportunity to thank Stephen Burrows, Sarah Joyce, Adrian Fitzpatrick and Caroline Hyde, who is now also standing down, for all their hard work and the time that they have given to the school. Although Hilary Shaw is also standing down from the Academy Council, she remains an integral part of the school's senior leadership team where her vast experience is invaluable.
I would also like to express my thanks to the SHSA for all their hard work. It is important that all parents support this element of the school's life and as we move into the new year we will see closer working relationships developing between the SHSA, the Academy Council and the senior leadership team.
The Academy Council will continue to challenge, support and seek the best for the school and all of our children. As I said at the beginning of the year, I would encourage all of you to voice your concerns so that we can listen and deal with them appropriately.
Finally, thank you to Mrs Lubomski and all the staff for everything that they have done for our children throughout the year.
Best wishes for the summer holidays.
Chair of the Academy Council