Great Crosby Catholic Primary School

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Welcome

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. 


P A Speed

Headteacher

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Live Simply

Things we are doing to ‘Live Simply’.

  

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  admin.greatcrosby@schools.sefton.gov.uk  .

Please use this prayer with your families to celebrate and remind us of our responsibility:

  

Creator God,

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.

Amen 

Spring 2020

Tues 14th Jan - Recycling Club News

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In Great Crosby's Recycling Club, we are doing several activities to help the environment.

As a starter we have been given a generous donation from Sacred Heart Catholic College- a metal whale. We are filling this whale with empty non-recyclable plastic bottles. We are also hanging painted jellyfish on the whale that are also made out of plastic bottles. Once the whale is full we will be floating it on a lake. 

Next, we have been filling plastic milk bottles to make eco-bricks. We have been building plant pots and chairs out of these for our peace garden, which is environmentally friendly. 

Secondly, we are collecting Christmas cards to recycle them. By recycling them, we are going to make Christmas tags out of them for later this year.

Autumn 2019

Fri 20th Dec - Happy Christmas

The Holy Family

In our liturgical services this morning, we had some special visitors.

We wish all our families and friends a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

The children return to school at 8.55am on Tuesday 7th January 2020.

Sun 24th Nov - Christmas Fayre

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 A huge thank you to everyone who has helped to make our Christmas Fayre such a fabulous, fun afternoon. Thank you for coming to support our children. An amazing £4,700 was raised.  

Fri 22nd Nov - Amazon Smile

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Calling all Christmas shoppers!
Have you registered on Amazon Smile yet?

Amazon will now donate 0.5% of your purchase cost to a charity of your choice. It costs you nothing. Great Crosby PTA is now registered so you can donate to the school as you spend on Amazon!

To register just go to smile.amazon.co.uk and search for us on the charity list by our name or charity number: 1143850. It takes a few seconds to set up.

Thank you for all of your support.

Fri 8th Nov - Aldi Stickers

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Thank you to everyone who sent in Kit for Schools stickers from Aldi.  We have filled two posters completely, so we should receive two sports kits and we have two chances to win the £20,000 prize. 

News

Wed 23rd Oct - Open Day

Open Day Wed 23rd Oct 2019

We have Reception places available for September 2020. On Wed 23rd Oct, we have an Open Day with tours of the school starting at 9.30am, 10.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Please ring 0151 924 8661 to book a place. See our Admissions page for details of how to apply for primary school places.

Mon 14th Oct - Black History Month

Black History Month logo

Today's assembly was about Black History Month. The children were given an insight into the contributions to history and our daily lives of inspirational figures including Rosa Parks, Mary Seacole, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Lewis Hamilton, Usain Bolt, Diane Abbott  and the Williams sisters. Black History Month has been celebrated each October in the UK for nearly 40 years, to help to broaden everybody's knowledge of Black History.

Fri 11th Oct - Presentations

School badge

We have a new page in our Parents section where you can view the slides from recent presentations to parents at information meetings.  Look in our Parents tab for 'Information Presentations'. 

Premier Fantasy League

Premier League

Our 2019-20 league starts on Saturday 19th October.   Details are in the letter emailed out on Friday 11th October, which is on our newsletters page. You can click on the button below. Click on the image to sign up or login to set up your team then follow the instructions in the letter to join our league. .  

Fri 4th Oct - Foodbank Collection

South Sefton Foodbank

Thank you to everyone who sent in a donation for the foodbank today. We had a tremendous response. 

Fri 27th Sept - Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who came to our Macmillan Coffee Morning and for all the donations. Thanks also to our marvellous PTA for all their work and staff.

Summer Term 2019

Wed 17th July - Jack Riding Trophy

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This is the first presentation of the Jack Riding Trophy. It is to be presented each year to our young sporting star. This does not necessarily mean the best, fastest most skilful sports person but someone who has shown excellent sportsmanship. 

Jack was and will always be a member of our Great Crosby family. Yes, he was an amazing footballer but he was much more than that. He was a son, a brother, a nephew, a friend and a classmate. Although he wasn’t top of the class, he always tried really hard in everything he undertook. He followed rules and respected the talents of everyone in his team and that of those in the teams he played against. So it is right and fitting that we should honour his memory with an award to an amazing sports person. Jack is the boy who makes us all smile when someone says his name. 

The recipient of the very first Jack Riding Trophy has been a most excellent ambassador for our school. This person has skill, talent and an ability to read the game of football extremely well. He is a leader, a support, an encourager and someone others look up to.

Humble in his talent, he epitomises that there is no I in team. His hard work and effort on the football field have been matched by his determination to do his best with his work in school. Unbeknownst to him, he has sat in Jack’s place all year. He is a good blue and we are sure one day he will run out onto Bramley Moor and the crowd will be singing ‘he’s one of our own - Seb Spelman” We are delighted and proud to award the Jack Riding Trophy to Seb Spelman. 

Thurs 11th July - Y6 Away Day

Y6 Away Day

Find out what Y6 did on their 'Away Day' of memories and reflection at Waterside Lodge, Southport. 

Wed 10th July - Heart of Crosby

Heart of Crosby

Our Y4 and Y5 children had a fun day out at Sacred Heart, culminating in the annual Heart of Crosby photo.

Fri 28th June - Prayer Garden Opening and Mass

Prayer Garden

Thank you Fr John for opening our new prayer garden & celebrating Mass for our patron saints' feast day. On Sunday there's a Children’s Mass at 10.30am in SS Peter & Paul's to celebrate the church's 125th anniversary. It would be lovely for our children to attend. 

Thu 27th June - John Burland

John Burland

This morning we welcomed teacher, composer and singer,  John Burland from Sydney, Australia, to teach us some new songs, hear how well we know his songs, and to join in our prayers and praise. Our children and staff really enjoyed it. 

Thu 13th June - Y6 Netball

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Well done to our Y6 netball team  who  have been competing in the fantastic Vitality Netball World Cup Legacy’s North West School Tournament at Liverpool Tennis Centre in Wavertree with schools from all over Merseyside. They even appeared on the local BBC news.  

Wed 5th June - Jack Riding Shield Football Tournament

Jack Riding Shield

 We were pleased to welcome our friends from Ursuline Primary, Valewood Primary, Waterloo Primary, St Nicholas Primary and Forefield Juniors for the inaugural Jack Riding Shield. The tournament was played in a very sporting spirit and all the players were a credit to their schools. We were helped by our ex-pupils from Sacred Heart and St Mary's College who helped set up & referee. Our PTA sold refreshments and donations were collected for the Jack Riding Foundation. 

Click on the photo to see some photos,mostly from our matches, taken by Y6 photographer Tom.   

St Joseph's Hospice - Smarties Challenge

Jospice

 The children have been given a Smarties tube by St Joseph's Hospice. They have been asked to do chores or good deeds in return for donations. A full tube will hold £12 of 20p or £27 of £1 coins. Money raised will enable St Joseph's Hospice to provide care & support to patients & loved ones from our local area. Please return the Smarties tubes by Friday 7th June.

Crosby Beach Clean

Beach Clean

On 23rd May, our GoGivers and Recycling clubs spent some time down at Crosby Beach, taking steps to ensure it is free from pollution that endangers our wildlife and harms our natural landscape. Click on the photo to see their report and pictures.

Fri 25th May - Wear a Sports Kit for Jack Riding Day

Jack Riding Day photos

Our 'Wear A Sports Kit for Jack Day' has been a great success, raising £1305 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and the Jack Riding Foundation.  The children have had an active day, taking part in a variety of sporting activities and having fun.

We are really pleased that we have been able to show our support to the Riding family and celebrate Jack’s life in a way that he would have absolutely loved. 

Fri 25th May - Wear a Sports Kit for Jack Riding Day

Cardiac Risk in the Young

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 has represented our school, Sacred Heart, Sefton and was also an academy player for Everton. He most recently played for Prescot Cables.

 After discussion with Jack’s family, we decided to have a 'Wear Your Sports Kit for Jack Day' to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and the Jack Riding Foundation. 


This charity funds tests for all footballers between the age of 14 and 35 to check for any cardiac abnormalities. Each test costs £50. If Jack had been screened, his condition would have been detected and treated. 




Fri 17th May - Y6

Y6 Stars of the Week

Well done to all of Y6 - this week's Stars of the Week for their scholarly, sensational and splendidly, successful supremacy over SATs. They are all sparkly, shining stars.  

Tues 14th May - SIMS Pay

SIMS Pay logo

We now have a link in our Parents section to SIMS Pay for making online payments. Parents and carers should have received an invitation to register with SIMS Pay.  If not, please contact the school office. Payments will appear on your bank statement as 'Pay360'. 

Fri 26th Apr - FoodBank Collection

Food Bank collection

Thank you so much for all the contributions brought in on our non-uniform day to support South Sefton Foodbank. It really was a tremendous response.

Click on the button to see how you can help further.

Thu 25th Apr - National Curriculum Tests Information

SATs information for parents

 The Department for Education has published a booklet for parents about the National Curriculum Tests (SATs).  It can be downloaded from our Assessments and SATs page. There are also videos for each key stage and the dates of the Y6 SATs.

Spring Term 2019

Tues 9th Apr - Increasing Our Standard Number

Standard number slides

By clicking on the image above , you can view the slides used at the recent meetings regarding increasing our standard admissions number to 120.

C.A.F.O.D. Market Day - Fri 5th Apr

CAFOD

On Friday 5th April we will be holding our annual Market Day to raise money for C.A.F.O.D.

Children are invited to wear non-uniform clothes for a donation of 50p.  Please could you send their spending money (no more than £2) in a named purse or container.

Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y2 will have their market in the morning.

Each year the children bring a few toys, books in good condition and cakes to sell to other children in their year group.

KS2 (Y3-Y6) - will have their market in the afternoon.

Year 3 to bring cakes

Year 4 to bring toys, games and books

Years 5 & 6 to organise their own activities and stalls.

Wed 3rd Apr - Y6 Football

Football goal

Our Y6 football team played very well in their game against Forefield Juniors, winning 7-1.  The referee made a comment at the end to thank our boys for their sportsmanship.  We are very proud of them.

Fri 29th Mar - Ecobricks

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Our Recycling Club would like you to clean and collect 2 litre milk bottles, crisp packets, plastic wrapping, tetra pak drink cartons and yogurt pots.  They are stuffing the milk bottles with the other plastic to make ecobricks that will be used for constructions in our garden. 

Wed 27th Mar - Sefton Cross Country Championships

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Congratulations to all our Y5 and Y6 cross country runners who won the Southport Waterloo Challenge Trophy at Sefton Junior Schools' Cross Country Championships at the North Promenade, Blundellsands. Our Y5 and Y6 boys were placed 2nd in their age groups; Y5 girls were placed 3rd, making us the overall winners. Well done in particular to Felicity in Y5 who came 2nd in her race and Eve who came 2nd in the Y6 race.


Thurs 21st Mar - Odd Socks Day

Odd Socks Day

Today, children and staff have been wearing odd socks for World Down's Syndrome Day and Awareness Week.   The message is 'Leave No One Behind'.   Click the title image above to see some photos.

Fri 15th Mar - Great Crosby Bake Off

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This year, the Go Givers have chosen to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation which grants wishes to seriously ill children. www.make-a-wish.org.uk 

 Great Crosby children have put their aprons on and busily baking and decorating cakes to be sold to raise money for Make-a- Wish. Click on the image to see some of 

Thank you to all the families who took part. Here are some of the fabulous entries on the theme of 'Wishes'. 

Wed 13th Mar - Sing Up Day 2019

Sing Up 2019

Our choir, once again, took part in the annual Sing Up project to join up with school choirs all around the world to sin 'One Moment, One People'. You can see and hear them by clicking on the photo.  Find out more about the Sing Up project by clicking on the green button.

Fri 22nd Mar - Parent Governor Vacancy Update

Parent Governor Vacancy

Personal statements and ballot papers for the Parent Governor vacancy have been issued today.  Please return your vote to the school office by 9.30am on Thursday 4th April.

World Book Day

World Book Day 2019

  

We will have a morning of activities  including:

Guess My Quote: children should come to school with their favourite quote pinned to front of their jumper. On their backs, children should pin a picture of the author with some information about their chosen book. 

D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read): the children will have some personal reading time to enjoy their current reading book.

Book Blitz: the children will tell their partner about their book then share a short extract to encourage them to read the book.

Paired reading: your child’s class will join a class from another year group. Older children will read to younger children.

 

Wed 6th Mar - Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Well done Y5 for leading our Ash Wednesday services. They reminded us about fasting & distributed the ashes made when Fr John burnt last year's palms. We sang songs by John Burland & watched C.A.F.O.D. 's Lent 2019 video about Rabiul and his family who live in Bangladesh. 

Online Safety Issues - Wed 27th Feb

National Online Safety

Following the safeguarding letter issued today, we wish to make parents aware of the  advice available on the National Online Safety website. 

Practise your French

Onatti

On 27th February, Onatti Productions  will perform to KS2 children in French. Mme Edwards wants all the juniors to visit the website www.french-games.net and play these topics Colours, Family, Food (and drink) Go-Which Way, Numbers, World (Countries). Also, if you haven't already done so, please send £2 in an envelope with your child's name & class to cover the cost. Thank you.

Tues 12th/Wed 13th Feb - NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe

NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe

We welcomed Janette and Carole from the NSPCC  with mascot Buddy. They presented 'Speak Out Stay Safe' assemblies and workshops. Click on the photo to find out more.

Tues 12th Feb - England Selection

Table Tennis

Having recently taken part in the Janos Molnar Memorial tournament in Budapest, Louis has been selected to represent England (and Great Crosby) in the Primary Schools' Home Internationals in Belfast in April.

Tues 5th Feb - Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day

This week children from Years 4, 5 and 6 have presented online safety assemblies to the whole school on the theme of making good choices about asking for permission and giving consent. More information on our 'Parents Online Safety' page, where you can download and view resources for families and the assembly PowerPoints. 

Jospice Teddies

Jospice Christmas toy certificate

Thank you to everyone who bought a Christmas toy when we were fundraising for St Joseph's Hospice.  We can confirm that we raised £422.79.

Mary's Meals

Backpack Project

Thank you to all the families who brought in a backpack for the Mary's Meals Backpack Project.  We donated a total of 63 backpacks, helping children in other countries to benefit at school.  Find out more by clicking on the button below.

Contact Us

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: admin.greatcrosby@schools.sefton.gov.uk 

Great Crosby Catholic Primary School

The Northern Road, Crosby, Liverpool. L23 2RQ

0151 924 8661

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