Autumn Term Blog 2015-2016

Week Commencing 14th December 2015

Christmas Fun!

Reception Christmas



Week Commencing 30th November 2015

School Office – Advent & Christmas!

Well it’s that time of year again where Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Heywood get very excited about all our events and activities on the run up to the Christmas Holiday. We have already had our Special Advent Mass which Year 4 led beautifully and two of our three special Advent Reflections.  This Year everything Christmas starts on Thursday 10th December with Christmas Dinner and a whole school craft afternoon and we have something happening every day until school closes at 1.15pm on Friday 18th December.

All the dates and details of everything that is happening can be found in the Christmas Newsletter. Please make sure you have read it and put all the key dates on your calendar – especially the non-uniform days in support of the Christmas Fair. These are Christmas Dinner Day and Party Day where we want to see everyone in their Party Clothes!

Take a look at the newsletter and let us know if you have any questions… now all we need to do is find our Christmas Jumpers!

Christmas Newsletter 2015


Week Commencing 23rd November 2015

Year 3 buddy exchange with Crowcroft Park

Year 3 had a super busy day spending time with our buddies from Crowcroft Park Primary School.

Our buddies, who we wrote letters to before we met, came to visit us first in the morning. Everyone was very excited to find their buddy and continue their conversations from their letters. We took them on a lovely autumnal walk in the hills that surround school.

The second half of the day, we spent at Crowcroft Park. We had lunch with our buddies, and then we took part in some fun activities including baking, i-pad tasks and sports.

Overall we all had a fantastic day, we can’t wait to write our next letter to our new friends!


Week Commencing 16th November 2015

Year 1 - Settling into Year One!

Wow what a busy time it has been! The first term of school for us together as a class has been extremely busy, but very rewarding. (I hope for the children too!)

We have been getting used to life up in the main school and we are enjoying every moment of being grown up year 1’s!

We have been working hard in Maths recognising and ordering numbers up to 20!

We have also be working extra hard in our writing and literacy sessions. It is so rewarding to see how much progress the children make day by day!

Bethany writing

Lois writing

Take a look at some of our Art work. We are looking closely at the colours in pictures and using this detail in our own drawings and paintings.

Art example

Art example1

For the next few weeks we will be busy practising for our Christmas Nativity. This year our Nativity will be called ‘Noisy Nativity’ and we look forward to performing this to all the parents!


Week Commencing 9th November 2015

Wellspring and Rememberance Assembly

This week our head boy and girl – Joe and Alicia – accompanied Mr Johnson and Miss Callaghan to the Wellspring Centre to deliver our Harvest Collection. The Wellspring is a resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people and is open every day, the centre is dependant up donations. Joe and Alicia will deliver an assemlby to the children about how our harvest collection will benefit the Wellspring and thos who reply upon it for a meal each day.






Later in the week the Children in Year 5 delivered a poignant Rememberance assembly;



Week Commencing 2nd November 2015 - Year 5


Year 5 had a great time learning all about cycling safely. We were taught by the Tameside Team how to keep our bikes in good working order, what to check when we are about to ride and how to stay safe on the roads.

We all really enjoyed our week and are now thinking carefully about safety when we are cycling.

Year 5 Bikeability 1








Week Commencing 19th October 2015

Year 6 Harvest

Year 6 delivered an amusing and thought provoking harvet assembly!

Year 6 Harvest



Week Commencing 12th October 2015

Year 4 Museum Trip

Year 4 went to visit Bolton Museum to learn more about Ancient Egypt.

We made a time-line all the way back to Ancient Egypt. Can you spot our very own mummy?

This pot is over 7000 years old!

We’ve spotted RA, the sun god, on this wall carving.

Every time someone says the name of this mummy, Padiamun, it brings him good luck in the afterlife.

This group was researching jewellery and dress. Another group was researching food and farming and a third group was investigating animals.

We read the hieroglyphics on a replica model of the Rosetta Stone. Here we are ‘walking like an Egyptian’.

Once we had carried out our research, we presented our findings to the class. Then we had to investigate what the mystery objects were in each Ancient Egyptian box. Because some of the artefacts were very precious and old, we had to wear gloves so that we didn’t damage them.

We also dressed J up as a pharaoh and weighed Mrs B’s heart to see if she could go on to the afterlife. If her heart was lighter than a feather she would be accepted. She was Queen Nefertiti.

Queen Nefertiti passed her test so each group performed a ritual to grant her good luck. We made a lot of noise and danced around the room to speed her on her way.  This made sure that the people already in the Afterlife  knew she was on her way.

We had a brilliant time and it was great to see a real mummy. We used an X-ray machine to look inside the bandages.  It was wonderful handling all of the ancient artefacts.  The drama was great fun too.

Finally, we stayed for lunch. Some of us had an awful lot to eat!

We even managed to sneak a peek at the fish in the Aquarium before heading back to school.


Week Commencing 5th October 2015

Head Boy and Girl, Year 6 Leadership and School Council

Please look at the table below that lists our Head Boy and Girl, House Captains, Vice Captains, Sports Captains and Councillors. The children applied for their chosen position and underwent a thorough application process to achieve their status; the standard of applications was very high. All these roles in school are elected by the children and we congratulate all the candidates who got up and put themselves forward to serve the school.

Head Boy Head Girl Y6 Councilors
Joe Winterbottom Alicia Buthfer Caitlin Peel Yogesh Patel
Houses House Captains Vice Captains Sports Captains
St Andrew’s Isobel Littler Yasmin Carey Callum Lee
St David’s Chloe Stafford Leon Davies Grace Whalley
St George’s Abby Thompson Chloe Boswell Faith Downs
St Patrick’s Catrin Howarth Miriam Benhamida Liam Lewis
Year 6 Prefect & Roles
Evelyn Stewart – Raphael’s Reader Editor Noah Ladyko-Tomlinson – Worship Leader EYFS
Ella Rowley – Raphael’s Reader Editor Ethan Tracey – Worship Leader Year 1
Keah Lorelle Brough – Librarian Ben Atkin – Worship Leader Year 2
Jessica Wright-Borges – Librarian Owen Fern – Worship Leader Year 3
Enyioma Anosike – Homework Club Demi Lawton – Worship Leader Year 4
Adam Adamski – Worship Leader Year 5
School Councillors
Ruby Boswell (Y5) Lillia Barrow (Y4) George Cassidy (Y3)
Tyler Armstrong (Y5) Noah Littler (Y4) Elizabeth Kerr (Y3)

Because of the high standard of applications and after consultation with parents, this year we are also creating Year 6 Prefect Roles. This means that everybody who wants to undertake a role of responsibility will do. Each Prefect will have a designated role and this is listed above. The children are very excited by the different roles that they are fulfilling and I am sure that they will do a great job.

Week Commencing 28th September 2015

St Raphael’s Day Mass, Reception Children Blessing and Macmillan Coffee Morning

We had a fantastic day on St Raphael’s Day. We welcomed Bishop Mark who fomally opened our new Chapel and blessed the nre reception children and then enjpyed the Macmillan Coffe morning afterwards.


September 2015

Cross Country - Season Review

Cross Country- September 2015

The children have been a credit to the school at both training sessions and at recent cross country tournaments, showing many of the qualities we encourage in school. They have all shown an abundance of perseverance and endurance as each child completed the difficult run in all weathers.

We can celebrate some individual successes including:

  • Top ten finishes from many students including Noah Littler, Isobel Littler, Joe Winterbottom, Bayley Wassall and Chloe Stafford.
  • First place finishes from Keano Wassall and Amy Starkey
  • Overall, 2nd position for Keano Wassall in Under 9’s boys.
  • Overall 1st for Under 11’s boy’s team.

However, we want to say a big WELL DONE to all the children that participated in the Tameside Catholic Schools Sports Association cross country tournament. Mrs Lakner, Miss Wilson and Miss Lowe were extremely impressed with all the children that took part in this event and completed such a challenging event. All children represented the school wonderfully and we are very proud of them all!



Week Commencing 21st September 2015

Nursery – Welcome! Good Listening, All About Me, Traditional Tales, Fireman Sam.


This term we would like to welcome all our new nursery children and families to St Raphael’s Foundation Stage. What a fantastic start they have all made!

Good Listening

The children have learnt the good sitting song.

Is everybody sitting sitting sitting?

Is everybody sitting just like me?

Is everybody quiet……..

Is everybody looking…..

Is everybody listening……

good sitting turn taking








We are listening for environmental sounds, inside and outside.

What can you hear? Inside the children heard; a switch, a tap, the phone and a bell. Outside the children heard; cars, a drill, birds, lorries, the wind. Good listening everyone!









All about me

We are very clever, we can find our names on the blue board and we are trying hard to write some letters.









We are having fun with all our new friends, taking turns and sharing.

Dancing singingIMG_1720










We are finding out what we can do inside…

I can use one-handed tools and equipment… I can hold my pen with three fingers…

Ava cuttingteddies










I can roll and cut the pastry to make apple pies with the apples we picked outside.

bakingbakig sienna








and outside…. I can balance on the stilts! I can ride on the balance bike!












I can climb the climbing frame and I can swing from the bar!













Traditional tales

We have been enjoying listening to some traditional stories.

Goldilocks and the three bears.

The three little pigs.

3 bears








The children helped to make the home corner into a three bears’ cottage. Then we have been role playing the story and doing the bear voices.

“Who’s been eating my porridge?” said Daddy bear.


Fireman Sam

Today the fire engine visited. We climbed aboard and Colin and Al told us what they did when they get called to put out a fire. After that we pretended to be fire fighters.

Fireman SamIMG_1979


Week Commencing 14th September 2015

Mr Johnson – A New Year!

It is great to launch this year’s St Raphael’s School Blog. I hope that you keep coming back each week to read about, and look at the pictures of, the exciting events in each class through the year. The aim of the blog is to keep the website alive and updated so that you can find out exactly what life is like at St Raphael’s.

We have been back in school for three weeks and the children have settled in very well. Thank you and well done to the Year 6 children who have started the year in a very mature way. They are taking a lead in school and have really enjoyed the added responsibility. The Year 6′s are especially looking forward to the St Raphael’s Mass next week (Friday 25th September) when they will introduce the Reception children to the whole school community. As many of you know, it is a very special day and we look forward to welcoming Bishop Mark who will also bless our new chapel.

By then we will have announced who our new Head Girl and Boy are, as well as our Sports Captain, House Captain and Vice Captain. These children will have special responsibility to carry out this year and it is an honour to all who are bestowed with the roles.

We are ready for the year ahead and please keep a look out on our monthly newsletter. In the next one I will share our School Development Plan headings so make sure you have a look and if there is anything that you want to find out more about, please do not hesitate to come in and ask.

In fact do remember that that offer is one open all year round. If you see me out and about, say hello and let me know any news. If you are not here at the start and end of days, you are very welcome to contact school  and make an appointment so you can have a look around and see what really happens in school!

Remember it is your school and together we can do great things.

Enjoy the year…

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.