Great Crosby Catholic Primary School
"...that they may have life and have it to the full." John 10:10
"...that they may have life and have it to the full." John 10:10
If you receive a positive COVID-19 result it is vital that you inform school immediately via the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org stating child's name and class. Many thanks, Mrs Speed.
Welcome to Great Crosby Catholic Primary School website. We are a large Catholic primary school serving the parishes of Ss. Peter and Paul and St. Helen’s. Our Catholic mission underpins all we do.
Our school family works hard to provide a place were the Gospel values are lived out each and every day. We strive to create a community based on love, respect and forgiveness; a place where each individual can learn and grow in love of God and of each other.
At Great Crosby we strive to create a place of academic excellence whilst ensuring the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is given an equally high priority. We want everyone in our school family to simply be the best they can be. We work hard together to ensure that our pupils really do ‘have life and have it to the full.’
Our termly curriculum brochures keep you informed of the themes being studied and ways in which you can support your child at home. Our weekly edition of the Wednesday Word also allows you to support your child and the family in your faith journey.
Great Crosby also has Teaching School designation and works closely in partnership with other schools in Sefton and Liverpool to share good practice and ensure that we stay at the forefront of educational development.
We are also a member of the Archdiocese of Liverpool Primary School Improvement Trust.
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These are the times that children can be collected from school tomorrow, Friday 16th:
Nursery and Reception 1.15pm
Year 1 and 2 1.20pm
Year 3 to 6 1.30pm
Mrs Speed's final vlog of the year with the latest news from Great Crosby.
We would love you to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at Sefton Libraries. The theme of the challenge this year is ‘Wild World Heroes’ and there are loads of amazing prizes for you to earn as you complete each step of the challenge. All you have to do is read six library books, of your own choice! We hope as many of you take part as possible because the winning school with the most readers gets a huge trophy!
Mrs Speed's latest video message with some news for the last two weeks of term.
Fr John has recorded a special video for Ss Peter and Paul's Feast Day, our school patronal feast day.
Mrs Speed's latest video message for parents and carers.
Mrs Speed's latest message to parents in light of the government's announcement on Monday.
Please take a couple of minutes to watch our video of pledges that classes made following the CAFOD national assembly on the theme of Pope Francis's letter Fratelli Tutti.
Pope Francis has written a letter to everyone, asking us to reach out in love to our sisters and brothers in need, whoever they are, wherever they may come from. We are challenged to think of ourselves as one global family, becoming neighbours to all.
Today, we join CAFOD’s national assembly to find out how we can put Fratelli Tutti into action by being a global neighbour. Some children from Great Crosby report on our Lenten Walk for Water fundraising event for CAFOD, in which we raised £1389.87.
You can watch it by clicking on the image above or by clicking the green button.
Oliver designed this super rocket countdown animation just using the 'basic' blocks in his first micro:bit lesson.
Mrs Speed's latest vlog with news of 'Wear A Kit For Jack Day', a request for any school reading books that are at home and plans for the next half term.
This week we have welcomed Jamie Carragher's 'Watch Us Get Fit' team for penalty shoot out competitions. Y5 and Y6 did theirs on Wear Your Kit For Jack Day. Well done to everyone, especially the scorers in the 'top bins'. Our football team looked smart too.
Jack Riding was one of our pupils; he collapsed and died playing the sport he adored on 15th August 2018. He was just 18 years old. Jack was a phenomenal footballer with a ‘crackin’ left foot’. He represented our school, Sacred Heart, Sefton and was also an academy player for Everton. He most recently played for Prescot Cables.
On Friday 28th May, we are having our annual 'Wear Your Sports Kit for Jack Day' to raise money for the Jack Riding Foundation. Children can wear any sports kit to school that day, although swimming kit is not recommended! There is a suggested donation of £1. Thank you.
Mrs Speed's latest news for parents, carers and children.
A lovely message to Great Crosby from our CAFOD Volunteer, Dr Richard Cooke, to thank us for our fundraising towards CAFOD's Walk for Water project during Lent.
Mrs Speed's latest vlog has news of what's going on in school and hopeful plans for the future. Mental Health Awareness Week starts on Monday with a focus on the importance of nature. Please try to spend some time outside, using your senses to appreciate the natural world.
Many thanks to Natalie & Sherrell from Bully Busters who visited school today to talk to Y5 & Y6 about all types of bullying, including cyberbullying. The children responded thoughtfully & honestly. They thought about the people on their 'safe hand' & should remember STOP and SOS. Click on the green button to visit their website. There are also links on our Parents > Online Safety page, our Children > Online Safety page and Parents > Mrs Solkin's Learning Mentor Advice page.
Mrs Speed's latest message to parents and carers. There is important news about reading, uniform and nursery places. There is a welcome to parents and carers joining us in September and some hopes for this term.
Many thanks to those parents who have paid the school levy. For those who wish to make the £10 family contribution, you can now pay online using Sims Pay (click the image above)as well as cheque or cash. We have collected less than one third of the money requested by the Archdiocese at present and we would appreciate any support.
If you are looking for a place in Nursery for this coming September please send your application form in straight away as we will be closing the applications shortly. Forms are available in school office or on the school website.
Apologies for the delay in uploading this video. A welcome back to school after Easter. Sad news about our strings teacher, Mr Taylor. Swimming arrangements, admissions news, a request for the Catholic schools levy to help with buildings' maintenance and information about football for Year 6.
We have a vacancy for a skilled office administrator with significant practical knowledge & understanding of general office procedures & practice. Knowledge of SIMS & FMS is essential. Closing date is 9am on 29/4/21. Click on the image to visit our staff and vacancies page for more details.
Today we set up some Stations of the Cross on our field. Years 2 to 6 visited each station to listen to readings and to reflect at the cross by our amphitheatre.
Today we held our CAFOD Fundraiser - the Walk for Water. Children walked a number of laps around the field, inspired by the life of Abdella in Ethiopia who walks a 5 hour round journey up a mountain to get water. So far we have raised £1,349.62.
On Monday 29th March, the children are asked to wear PE kits and suitable footwear for a walk (wellies, sturdy trainers) As we will walk a designated route around school grounds to raise money for CAFOD. We ask for a donation on the day. Our target is £750. Thank you.
Please watch this video to see why we are fundraising for CAFOD.
Last week the children learnt how the census provides information to help improve the life of our community. On Friday we had our own 'Let's Count!' Day. We hope that you completed the census & showed your children what the census looks like. Click on the image above to find out more.
Mrs Speed's latest video message to the Great Crosby Family.
Sefton Council have published the answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs). Click on the image to visit our Covid-19 Information page where you can download the document.
Mrs Solkin recommends 'The Little Elf and the Flowers of Hope and Bravery’ - a therapeutic story to help primary aged children explore feelings about returning to school. Click on the image to go to the story.
Mrs Speed has more details about the reopening of school to all children on Mon 8th Mar, so that we all follow the guidance and stay safe.
Mrs Speed has sent out a letter with details about the reopening of school to all children on Mon 8th Mar. Please take some time to read it. Click on the image above.
Our revised risk assessment can be found in the Downloads section of our Parents > Covid-19 Information page. Click on the green button below.
Mrs Speed has news of the full school reopening on Mon 8th Mar.
This week we remember Fr John Seddon, whose anniversary is on Saturday 27th February. Fr John was a great friend to the school. He died in 2015. Our former pupils and their families will remember him. Fr John Furnival has recorded a special message and blessing.
Our former pupil and Olympic bronze medallist, Dan Purvis, has recorded a PE lesson for us to use at home. It was recorded at Sacred Heart with two of our current pupils. Have fun!
Please take some time to listen and respond to our Ash Wednesday Liturgy. It includes a reading, prayers, reflections, our support for CAFOD and a blessing from Fr John. Click on the green button to watch the current Year 6's Ash Wednesday liturgy from 2020.
Mrs Speed's latest message to our children, parents and carers.
The children in school and at home have been learning about the Chinese New Year traditions. They have been designing Year of the Ox images, many of them using traditional Chinese puzzles called tangrams. We have put them together to make a video to send to Mr Lu and Miss Joey, the teachers from Shanghai who came to Great Crosby in 2016.
Below, are some resources downloaded from the World Book Day website for you to use.
Please note! The appropriate age range has been added to the title.
All year groups selected extracts (docx)Download
Nursery and Rec We're Going on a Bear Hunt (pdf)Download
Nursery Rec and Y1 Paddington (pdf)Download
Y1 and Y2 There's a Walrus in my bed resources (pdf)Download
Yr2 Activity-Sheets-Evie-in-the-Jungle-min (pdf)Download
KS2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid resources (pdf)Download
KS2 Tom Gates resources (pdf)Download
Yr 1- 6 How to make your own book (pdf)Download
Mrs Speed's video message to parents, carers and children, on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. There is news of testing of the adults in school; Children's Mental Health Week and remote learning. If you can, please read the story of Simeon and Anna from Luke Chapter 2 and use the Children's Mental Health resources on the website.
This week is Children's Mental Health Week. Our Learning Mentor Advice page has lots of links & resources for parents & carers with events & helpful guidance recommended by Mrs Solkin. Click on the image above.
CAFOD are hosting another national assembly, where we will find out how even though we are all apart, we are still connected. We’ll travel to a place called Afar in Ethiopia, one of the hottest regions on earth, to meet people who make long journeys to collect water because it is so scarce. Please watch the video at home as we will in school.
Find out how the steps you take and the actions you make as you learn from home can make a difference to communities without water this term.
Click on the button to go to our Catholic Life page where you will find the water drop images to download and display.
Today we marked Holocaust Memorial Day in school and at home with candle images and other learning activities. We even turned our website purple. The image above shows the candles that we designed in school on the theme of 'Be the Light in the Darkness'. Click on the image to see more on our History page.
Mrs Speed's message to parents, carers and children about home learning, Holocaust Memorial Day candles, Instagram and Winnie the Pooh.
Oak National Academy have set up Virtual School Library, in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads.
Having access to a school library is really important for children. School libraries nurture a love of reading that can enrich children’s literacy skills, academic achievements and mental wellbeing. The Virtual School Library will complement existing school libraries and will ensure that children have access to the magical world of stories all year round, whether they are learning at school or at home.
They’ve worked with brilliant publishers and inspiring authors and illustrators to ensure that the books and activities in our Virtual School Library will support children’s wellbeing through reading.
Sefton Council have issued a letter (click on the image above) with updated government guidance for parents and carers accessing places in schools: ‘Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.’
Full guidance for parents and carers can be found by clicking on the gree
Mrs Speed's latest message for children, parents and carers.
On the Feast of the Epiphany, Mrs Speed has a video message, particularly for the children.
Mrs Speed's video message following the January lockdown announcement.
Please visit our Parents > Letters page, by clicking on the white button below to read Mrs Speed's letter and to check whether you meet the government's criteria for key worker status. If so, please contact the school by 9am Tuesday 5th January to the email addresses in the letters.
Mrs Speed's final video message of the year as we finish the term and look forward to the Christmas holidays.
Please visit the Catholic Life of Our School page to watch our Advent Liturgy that the children watched in school today. We were pleased to include Mary and Joseph's journey and a real baby.
Click on the image above.
Sefton Council have informed us that there will be limited council services over the Christmas period. Services that will continue to operate include critical social care services for children and adults.
Emergency contacts on December 24th, 29th, 30th, and 31st between 9:00am and 5:30pm:
Children’s Social Care 0151 909 1206
Adult Social Care 0151 909 1523
For Social Care emergencies at all other times call the Emergency Duty Team 0151 934 3555
Support can also be accessed from the Family Wellbeing Centres in Sefton. There will be 3 operating across North, Central and South Sefton.
North Locality: Talbot Street Family Well Being Centre, St Andrew Place Southport PR8 1HR. Tel: 01704 534975
Central Locality: Netherton Family Well Being Centre, Magdalen Square, Bootle L30 5QH Tel: 0151 282 1405
South Locality: Marie Clark Family Well Being Centre Linacre Lane
Bootle L20 5AQ Tel: 0151 330 5260
Please click on the image above to access Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) website, which will have details about Sefton Council services, useful contact numbers, foodbanks, homeless shelters, GPs, pharmacies, Christmas meals and social activities.
All the children had an active day with some time outside for the Santa Dash. Here are Y3, mostly dodging the puddles. Click on the image to see more Y3 photos. Click on the green button to see photos of Y1.
We are proposing a change to our admissions criteria for September 2022. This will bring us in line with the vast majority of schools across the Archdiocese. Current parents and carers should have received a notification of this. The Archdiocese are holding a consultation period until 29th January 2021. You are invited to submit comments in writing about the proposals. Click on the green button to visit our Parents > Admissions page, where you will find a number of documents to read and contact details for responses.
Mrs Speed's update of school news including a request to display Mary and Joseph in your windows together with two purple candles for the second Sunday of Advent.
Have you been on the bird's eye view flyover of our school?
Our Catholic Life of Our School page has three Advent calendars to follow! One from Liverpool Archdiocese with two-minute prayers. There are two from CAFOD with daily reflections and activities for you and your children in preparation for Christmas. You can also watch our Advent crafts video and Mrs Speed's Assembly with Year 6.
An update from Mrs Speed with some information about Christmas.
On our Parents > Letters page, we have this week's newsletter, information about the forthcoming Santa Dash, news from Sefton Health Team and a Wellbeing Advent Calendar.
Click on the green button.
A short film to answer some questions that families may have about schools and health during the pandemic.
Maura Foster, one of our school governors, usually has a workshop at this time of year with parents, to show some Advent crafts and activities for families. This year, we are pleased to share this video.
Thank you all for the fantastic response to our National Kindness Day
foodbank collection. We were overwhelmed with the number of items
collected through the school. These will be much needed in these current times.
Well done to all.
Our Y2 to Y6 classes have been entered in the Maths Week England Times Table Rock Stars Rock Out 2020 competition which starts tomorrow (Monday) running from 07:30 until 19:30 each day until & including 14 November 2020. Who can improve their rock status? Click on the image to login.
A short video message from Mrs Speed to thank parents and carers for their patience during the water shortage issues of last week.
Please take a few minutes to read the latest guidance for parents and carers about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term. This guidance will be further reviewed and updated shortly following the Prime Minister's announcement on 31st October. Click on the image above.
Mrs Speed's end of half term message to parents, carers and children about some new arrangements for the next half term.
Sefton Council have announced that they will be supporting children and families during the half-term holiday by providing free school meals. Click on the image for more information.
Our Fantasy Football Premier League starts on Saturday 17th October. Please click on the green button to visit our letters page, to download the instructions, including our private league code. Click on the image to visit the fantasy league website.
Mrs Speed's video message about the Reception bubble closure, our visit by HMI, Meet the Teacher evenings and keeping safe.
As we are unable to invite parents and carers into school, we will be hosting online 'Meet the Teacher' evenings this term. We will be trialling this with Year 6 on Wednesday 7th October from 3.30pm - 7.00pm. If this is successful, then we shall announce further dates. Appointments can be booked online on our Parents Evening page, where you will find more details. Click on the image above.
The Governors are looking to appoint three Teaching Assistants (Level 1) as soon as possible until 31st August 2021. You will also be required to do 30 minutes per day as a Welfare Assistant.
The closing date is noon on Friday 9th October.
Click on the green button for more details.
Mrs Speed's latest update about school life so far this term.
Mrs Speed's message to welcome all our children back to school and information about the new school year arrangements including starting & finishing times, entrances, classrooms, lunchtimes, uniform, bags and PE.
Please take the time to read our Covid-19 risk assessment and information from Sefton Council regarding potential cases and illness.
To restrict the number of people on site, we ask that adults only come onto the school site at the designated time of dismissal, wearing face masks and following social distancing rules. This is to ensure that everyone stays safe and well, so that school stays open.
Click on the image above to visit our Covid-19 Information page.
Thank you to all parents and carers for your patience and support during our first full week in school. A special welcome to our Nursery and Reception pupils who have really settled in well. As you can imagine information around COVID-19 changes frequently and we appreciate the higher levels of anxiety amongst parents. To assist you in deciding whether your child needs to stay at home Public Health England have produced the flowchart attached to help support parents and carers in their decision making. Click on the green button below to view the flowchart.
We appreciate the symptoms of COVID-19 can mirror lots of childhood illnesses, which makes the job more difficult, so we would ask you to exercise caution and if in doubt, seek medical advice.
Let’s try to keep everyone safe and well.
Kind regards, Mrs Speed
Our Reception staff have put together some useful information for parents and carers of our new Reception children who are starting on Monday 7th September. It will also be sent by email. Click on the image to visit our Reception page, where you can also watch some video messages from the teachers. Click on the green button to visit our letters page.
As we begin 2020, we continue our journey to live simply and look after our beautiful world, as Pope Francis has asked us to.
We continue to make simple changes in our school life:
· ensure we recycle paper
· switch off lights when not in use
· use reusable plastic to carry our lunch
· reuse single-use plastic bottles to make and store
· walk/cycle/scoot to school more often
· no longer using single-use plastic for jelly/ fruit in the kitchen
· letters home are electronic, where possible
· one paper-free day per term
We are working towards being zero-heroes for the environment.
Can you as families do any of the above? Or more?
Let us know any good ideas via email@example.com
Your world is a wonderful and beautiful place, full of variety, full of wonder, full of life.
Teach us to care for the Earth and help us to build a world that is filled with your goodness.
If you would like a paper copy of any documents or to contact Mrs Speed, please click on the 'Get In Touch' button to send a message to Mrs Mason in the school office or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Northern Road, Crosby, Liverpool. L23 2RQ