Since the start of 2017 there has been so much happening at Our Lady’s we’ve barely had a chance to stop and reflect! February was upon us before we knew it and there's still lots ot look forward to before the half-term break. With plenty of sporting competitions to attend and cycling trips to the Velodrome, we’ve certainly been keeping active.
When the students returned after the Christmas break it was time for the rehearsals for the school production of Les Miserables to get underway. Some cast members were lucky enough to take a trip to London during the holidays to draw inspiration from Cameron McIntosh legendary production based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel. Having enjoyed the world’s longest running musical at the Queen’s theatre they returned to school ready to put in a polished performance of their own.
They put in a great deal of time and commitment under the expert direction of My Banham and Miss Nicholson. Despite the fact that Ofsted chose last week to visit us, the production which was staged on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening was a huge success attracting glowing reviews. You can read our review here.
Transition week took place at the end of January with the Year 5 class a different local primary school visiting us each day to sample high school life. Pupils from St Clare’s, St Anne’s, St Malachy’s, St Patrick’s and St Chad’s experienced a variety of activities and interactive lessons. From making pizza to sampling Mary’s school dinners, playing samba with Miss Durbin to testing chemical reactions with Miss Riaz, we hope we provided a good snap shot of how much fun learning at Our Lady’s can be.
We have also welcomed Year 3 form St Malachy’s and Year 6 from St Chad’s to two separate art sessions where we helped them complete their entries for the 2017 Royal Mail Stamp competition. This national competition which could see the schools win £1000 prize money and offers the chance to see their winning design on this year's Christmas stamp! Despite the fact it was a little strange for the children to think about the theme ‘What Christmas means to me’ in January and February, they soon became inspired and produced some delightful artwork. The entries have been posted off and with a bit of luck you could be sticking them onto your 2017 Christmas cards!
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