It's been a wonderful start to school life for our Reception children. It's always a pleasure to watch them make new friends and find new interests. Our staff have been impressed with how well the children have settled into their new routines and it was lovely to welcome parents to the 'Stay & Play' workshops this week. We recognise the importance of good connections with home - especially in the early years of school - and we would like to thank parents for helping to make this a very happy time for our young learners.
Our next EYFS Open Evening for prospective families will be on Wed 14th November, 4 - 5pm.
We would like to send our thanks out to all of the candidates who applied to be a parent governor.
We would like to announce that the successful candidates were: Sarah Benyon, Kathryn Kelly and Michelle Blackburn.
Thanks also to those of you who took the time to vote. Thanks also goes to the outgoing parent governors, Phil Macklin and Sarah Valentine. Your support over the past four years has been appreciated by everyone at school.
You can keep up to date with the work of the governors on our school website:
You may also want to follow the governors on Twitter @PCPGovernors
Rights Respecting Schools Award
We are pleased to announce that we have registered to be part of this wonderful initiative, supported by UNICEF.
'The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts childrenâ€™s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.'
We are currently working towards our Bronze level of the award, and are currently recruiting pupils to be involved in leading the project.
Here you can see our newly-themed reading area in the main corridor. The autumnal golds, reds and oranges alongside the pumpkins and scarecrow reading dog really do make for a cosy place to read!
Once again, we would like to ask families to donate any of their pre-loved, good quality books. We have so many reading areas and book swaps around school that stocks always need refreshing. Reading is important - we love creating spaces for our readers to get lost in a book.
Art projects in action.
It is great take part in local and national projects that give our children a wider audience for their art.
Y1S are part of the Knowsley Arts Festival this year. Each week, the children take part in a session which looks at creating art under the theme of 'Nature and Environment'. The children have been out to our own woods to collect items to use in their artwork. The finished piece will be displayed in locations around Knowsley - watch this space.
Y5 will - once again - be taking part in the 'dot-art' project.
'The dot-art Schools programme Liverpool is an interactive, online, inter-school art competition, culminating in an end of year exhibition for the top students in each participating school.'
It's always a huge boost to any project when we invite experts in to enhance our children's learning experience.
Y2 invited Tony from the RNLI in to support their 'Land Ahoy!' project. Tony explained the reasons behind features of his uniform and kit. He shared his experiences at sea and helped the children to understand what a dangerous place the ocean can be. Thank you, Tony!
As part of their 'Enchanted woodland' project, Y1 have enjoyed a talk given by Victoria Williams, a local veterinary nurse. Victoria showed how animals - wild or tame - can be cared for if they are sick.
Finally, Collin and Angela Douglas - our photographer friends - came to work with Y4D on a special WW1 100 centenary project. Y4 were able to handle artefacts and discuss how that period in history changed lives forever. We will be exploring this further as we move closer to 11th Nov.
PCP Family news.
It is lovely to announce that Miss Wright has had a healthy baby boy! Both mother and son are doing very well.
Mrs Collis has announced that she is expecting her first baby in February, which is wonderful news.
And it will be an exciting half term for Miss Doyle as she ties the knot with her fiancee! She doesn't want to confuse the children, however, so will keep her single name until next year. Congratulations!
This half term we have waved goodbye to three staff members. Mrs Henry left Breakfast Club after many years at PCP. Miss Baldwin has left us to follow her dream job and Miss Hornby has successfully finished her apprenticeship with us. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our children. Miss Lloyd will also finish her apprenticeship after half term - good luck as you move on!
Our RocketFund spheros have seen lots of action this half term, with children of all ages learning how to program them. Our Digi Leaders are competent now in teaching younger children how to use them and we have had sphero coaches in to guide us too.
In Y5, the children programmed their spheros to travel across a world map to show the spread of the Black Death across the globe. Very creative!
A visit to St Paul's
After the half term break, we will start a series of visits to one of our most valued partner schools - St Paul's in Bolton.
Our teachers will visit to explore the Literacy & Language programme in particular, with an additional focus on the 'Inspire Maths' strategy. We are eager to work alongside other schools to develop our professional learning and expertise.
St Paul's will visit us in return later in the year.
You may see on the Calendar Dates lists that staff, pupils, parents and governors will be asked to attend ICECATs training. ICECATS stands for In Case of Emergency, Children, Adults, Teacher Safety. ICE CATS is designed to move classes of up to 30 children, quickly, quietly and safely in a child friendly way, in worst case scenario situations I.e weaponâ€™s in school or possible terrorist threats.