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
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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Our display to show how we will stand together against prejudice and hatred in our world is now complete. This followed on from our work to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Today, Safer Internet Day, we are delighted to be able to launch our new Safer Schools App, which will help parents, carers, pupils and staff to stay up-to-date with online safety and safeguarding issues. It can downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play. All parents/carers will receive a letter/email with the relevant code. There will be a PowerPoint to watch at parents evenings or it can be viewed on our Parents > Information Presentations page. Click on the image above.
Thank you to our Y5 & Y6 children who began Safer Internet Day 2020 by presenting assemblies on the theme of 'Exploring identity online'. The KS1 & KS2 children's responses showed a good understanding why we need to keep our personal information private. During the week classes will be exploring online safety. The PowerPoints and activities for families can be downloaded by clicking on the green button.
World Book Day is on 5th March 2020 and this year we are taking part in the Everton in the Community reading challenge - the challenge of reading 14 books in a month. Letters have has been out to all pupils, so please check their book wallets.
Click on the green button more more information and the recommended book list.
There will be no requirement for dressing up on World Book Day.
Key Stage 2 children enjoyed a fabulous afternoon with the BBC Bitesize Team. The Year 5s took part in some exciting user testing work. They had to give their opinions on a couple of newly designed online French activities. The BBC Team also delivered an interesting presentation about their work at Media City, Manchester. The children discovered which subjects may be useful to them if they decide to work for the BBC one day! Merci Madame Edwards et merci BBC! It was all magnifique!
During the ongoing building work, our school office will move. It will be inside the door used to access the hall. There will be limited space outside the office, so if possible, please ring or email the school instead of coming in person. Please help to minimise congestion at the office by remembering items like lunches, instruments and PE kits. Please click the green button for more details, including arrangements for after school clubs.
This morning, KS2 had an assembly about Holocaust Memorial Day and we will now create a Stand Together display as a reminder of the power we have to challenge prejudice and hatred in our world.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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.
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.
Our Y4 and Y5 children had a fun day out at Sacred Heart, culminating in the annual Heart of Crosby photo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following the safeguarding letter issued today, we wish to make parents aware of the advice available on the National Online Safety website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
The Northern Road, Crosby, Liverpool. L23 2RQ