Summer Term Blog 2015-2016

Week Commencing 18th July 2016

Mr Johnson – End of Another Year!

This year we have much to celebrate and be proud of. I am especially proud of how, as a school community, we have continued to progress while we await Mrs Lakner’s return next year. I know how, as headteacher, I have missed her presence and that is true of all the staff, parents and children of the school. She is well and is looking forward to coming back to school as soon as her treatment is completed.

Goodbye and Good Luck: As is customary we say a sad farewell to our Year 6 children, you have been brilliant. You have been a real credit to the school and your families while you have been at St Raphael’s and your end of Key Stage Assessment shows the great achievements that you have made at school. You performed wonderfully this week with the Year 5 children in Pirates of the Curry Bean. We hope you had a truly memorable time in London and you will remain in our prayers as you move on to your next adventure at your new high school. I am sure you will continue to make us proud!

Well Done: Well done to all the children this year. The results, as sent home, have been brilliant and the standard is kept up through the school. The children have worked very hard and deserve a lot of praise. Well done and thank you to all the teachers and non-teaching staff who work tirelessly to ensure all the children can achieve their best.

Finally, I would like to say thank you to so many people. To all the teachers, Father Phillip, Governors and staff, thank you for your support, dedication and hard work this year – we continue to improve. To the children thank you for your positive attitude and love of school. You have made this a truly joyful place. To the parents and community thank you for all your help and support. When we work together we can really make a difference. St Raphael’s is a partnership and I look forward to seeing you all refreshed in September when the adventure continues…

Week Commencing 11th July 2016

School Office – Ready for Next Year – Important Information & Reminders

As we approach the end of this academic year we have some requests and reminders as follows

  • Please make sure any outstanding trip, dinner, club and wraparound care monies are paid by the end of the last full week in school.
  • Any outstanding monies at this time will be forwarded to TMBC or carried over to the new academic year to be paid or followed up by TMBC.
  • School Uniform details and stockists can be found here.
  • Traditional school ties along with book and PE Bags can be purchased from the school office. Please note these will not be sold on the first week back into school. Elastic ties are currently out of stock due to supply issues but will be available via Marks & Spencer.
  • School Meals in September will start new on day 1 therefore if you are planning on changing this is the best time to do so after this day the standard two weeks’ notice is required. School meals will increase to £2.13 from 1st September 2016.
  • Information on School Meals can be found here.
  • After School Clubs will start again W/C 12th September 2016 – a letter will come home in the first week.
  • Nursery Wraparound will not start until W/C 12th September 2016, please make sure you have completed a registration form with the office before you child has their place confirmed.
  • In the first week back we will be asking you to complete contact forms for each child in school, please return these as soon as possible to ensure we have the correct details for every child in school.

Finally as are in near to the last week of the school year, please be reminded that school will close at 1.15pm on Friday 22nd July 2016 and re-open on Tuesday 6th September 2016. Have a lovely summer break!


Week Commencing 27th June 2016

EYFS – The Worlds Greatest!

Thank you to our Nursery and Reception children who gave a fantastic Friday assembly last week. We are so very proud of how much you have achieved this year!

Assembly presentation final


Week Commencing 20th June 2016

Nursery – Formby Beach!

On Tuesday 21st June Nursery and Year 4 went on a trip to Formby Beach, it was raising when we set off but the sun came our (briefly!) and we managed to have a paddle!







Week Commencing 23rd May 2016

Reception – Blackpool Zoo!

On Wednesday (24th May), Reception went to Blackpool Zoo to finish their topic about animals.

We had a great day and saw some fantastic animals. We were really lucky to have hot, sunny weather which made the trip extra special. All the children behaved fantastically and were a credit to us. I want to extend a huge thank you to the staff and parent helpers that came with us, you helped to make the day go smoothly.

The children returned to school the following day having remembered lots of information and couldn’t wait to talk about the day!




Week Commencing 16th May 2016

Year 3 – First Holy Communion

Coming Soon!


Week Commencing 9th May 2016

Year 4 – Evacuees & School Trip

Year 4 have had fantastic term studying the Evacuees.

Lillia’s Great-grandad came in to tell us all about his experiences as an evacuee.It was wonderful to hear about his very moving experiences and it certainly made out history come to life. Thank you to him for that.

We have also been learning about habitats and are looking forward to our school trip to Formby, where we will be comparing the two different habitats of woodland and coast. Excitingly, we will be able to play on the beach afterwards with Nursery, as it is their trip to Formby as well!


Week Commencing 2nd May 2016

Year 5

Coming Soon!

Week Commencing 25th April 2016

Year 1 – Assembly

Over the past week we have been busy preparing for our class assembly! Our assembly is all about what we want to be when we grow up. We had such a lovely time discussing each profession and occupation it was hard to decide on just one!

Below is a list of what each child in our class wants to be when they grow up…

Kian – An Artist
Stevie – A Mummy
Giovanna – A Chef
Oliver – A stuntman
Hunter – An Astronaut
Jacob – A Tennis Player
Thomas R – A Builder
Oscar – An Inventor
Riley H – A Mechanic
Archie – A Policeman
Katie C – A Cow girl
Lois – A Care worker
Riley N – A biker
Thomas BL – A train driver
Bethany – A doctor
Ruben – A scientist
Wiktoria – An Office worker
Frankie – Hairdresser
Katie WB – Hairdresser
Ellie – Hairdresser
Maisie – Hairdresser
Keira – Hairdresser
James – Footballer
Harvey – Footballer
Jesse – Footballer
Tremaine – Footballer
Poppy – Teacher
Matilda – Teacher
Sophie -Teacher
Amelia – Teacher

Y1 Pic


Week Commencing 18th April 2016

Summer Term – Mr Johnson

I don’t know about anybody else but April is always my favorite time of year. The days are longer, we lose the last hard sneer of winter and it makes me think of the fun we will have in summer. We are busily planning the First Holy Communion, trips and our exciting Summer Sports Festival. We are going to have a great summer!

The children have come back to school and started work very well. As you can see from the newsletter, we have many things to celebrate recently, with the Pupil Premium Award and the two awards regarding Education Outcomes. I am lucky enough to walk around the school and I am always left with a sense of pride. The children and adults work so hard and yet do so with a smile on their face. I can assure you that St Raphael’s is a happy school.

Finally, thank you to everybody for keeping Mrs Lakner in your thoughts and prayers. I speak to her daily about school (she likes to keep me on my toes and be kept in the loop) and she has asked me to pass on her thanks to you all. Hopefully by my next blog she will be back at school.

Have a lovely summer and be sure to contact school if you have anything that you need assistance with. You are assured of a warm welcome.