Past Events and News
St Christopher's Sustainability Conference
Thank you to Mrs Atkins for taking a group of children to St Christopher's for the School Sustainability Conference. The children have learnt so much from this day!
Rishton Festival 2015
A beautiful morning for our Procession through Rishton before the Festival was opened at Norden. Thanks to everyone who joined us.
Congratulations to our Year 6 children on their Confirmation
Reception visit to Blue Planet
'Our Food Bank'
Thank you to everybody who has contributed items to the Food Bank - we are sure that they will be really appreciated by those who are going through hard times.
World Book Day 2015
WOW!!!! We had some amazing characters from books in our school today. Thank you for making such an effort and for looking so fabulous.
Thank you SFC for organising the Sponsored Bounce and to all the teaching assistants who sat counting the bounces all morning! Once again we had some very excited children and we look forward to raising money for the benefit of all of our children.
Congratulations to all of the children who were awarded with certificates for their handwriting this half term.
Staff had to choose two children from their class - one child who always writes neatly in all of their work every single day and another child who has improved their writing the most over the half term.
We have also started to introduce a 'pen licence' for any child who consistently demonstrates neat writing (joined up from Y3 onwards). Children will be able to use a pen as long as they continue to write neatly in all of their work.
Infant Christmas Party
Christmas Jumper Day and Lunch
Angel Express by Reception & KS1
Beautiful Winter Displays
Our email from Michael Rosen
Children in Year 1 were very excited to receive an email from a famous person!
During Poetry Week, when they were in Reception, the children read poems by Michael Rosen. He has written many poems and also the version of We're Going on A Bear Hunt that we all love so much.
The children wrote their own poems based on Michael's and sent them off to him. As you can tell he was very pleased!
Wednesday 12th November 2.00pm - 3.20pm
Families are welcome to come in to have a look around our school when we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
If you are unable to make this date please ring the school office on 01254 884522 and we will be able to arrange an alternative time for you.
Parents can book regular days or use it on an occasional (drop in) basis, providing there are spaces available.
There will be different theme nights for any children wishing to attend occasional sessions.
Please see After School Club Section for more information and registration/booking forms.
EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
There are over 6000 languages spoken in the world. And behind each and every one of them lies a rich and diverse culture. That's what the European Day of Languages (EDL) aims to celebrate - by showing people across Europe how important languages are, and what fun can be had learning them.
At school each class chose a different European country and had a great time learning about the different foods, languages and art. We all came together on Monday to share what we had learnt by showcasing some of the activities we did in an assembly. Everyone had lots to show and a great time was had by all.
WW1 Commemoration and Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
The children spent an exciting week learning all about World War 1. Classes visited the cenotaph and library and Years 4 and 5 walked all the way to Great Harwood to visit the exhibition at Churchfield House.
At the end of the week each class completed a display of their work and just when we think we can't get any better at displays...we do! They are beautiful and lots of visitors to the coffee afternoon enjoyed looking at them.
We welcomed a lot of visitors into school to have coffee and cake, raising funds for Macmillan and they were entertained magnificently by Year 4, who sang war songs and recited some poetry for them. Thank you to everybody who was involved in this event!
World Cup Day
England's early exit from the World Cup did not dampen our spirits and we had a fabulous day celebrating the final week of the World Cup. Children and staff came to school wearing their football shirts and each class moved around school throughout the day, taking part in different workshops that all had a football theme. At lunchtime the whole school went out onto the field and enjoyed a teddy bear's picnic in the sunshine. Thank you Mrs Tann, Mrs Campbell and Mrs Hill for organising our food, which was delicious and enjoyed by everybody.
Summer Reading Challenge
It was lovely to see Matt from Rishton Library, who visited school to talk to the children about the Summer Reading Challenge. Children can go to the library and take part in a Mythical Quest, collecting stickers and activity books each time they complete a book. The challenge is to read 6 books over the holidays and then each child will receive a certificate.
Thankfully the day was fine and the sun was shining as children, parents and staff joined in with the Rishton Festival Parade. The children did a fabulous job of carrying our banner and they looked great in their red, white and blue. Our School Friends' Club were there at Norden to greet us and as usual looked very professional at their pop, sweets and candy floss stall. A massive thankyou to everybody who took part!
During our recent Poetry Week each class chose a different poet. They read lots of their poems, acted them out and even wrote their own. We have a fabulous display based on the children's work which everybody has enjoyed reading and it was lovely to read those favourite poems that parents and friends of the school have sent in. The week ended with each class reciting a poem and it was amazing to see how confident all the children were with this.
We were thrilled to be told that we are a 'good' school during our recent OFSTED inspection. The goalposts have really changed with the inspection gradings and this result is a credit to the children of our school who work extremely hard and have exemplary behaviour! Well done to them and to the staff who always go the extra mile on the children's behalf.
One chick born every minute....
In year 2 we have had 24 hen eggs in our classroom in an incubator. They have been in the incubator for 21 days and we are proud to announce that 20 chicks have hatched!! Here are some pictures of us holding the cute chicks.
Our Sponsored Child - Rodwell
The old books that we donated to Jack and Jill School in Choma, Zambia have now reached the children and as you can see they are delighted! Our sponsored child is called Rodwell and on one of the photos you can see him standing next to his mum (with a baby on her back/arm on him) His mum and baby brother are also shown on another photograph.
Mr Smith, a Rishton resident, has become involved with this school through his Salsa group and shortly another pallet of books will be sent out to the school.
If you have any spare books that you no longer need please send them into school and we will send them to these children.
Eggciting Day at School
Thank you to School Friends' Club for organising our egg decorating competition and for everybody who took the time to decorate such fabulous eggs. There were so many amazing entries and it was very difficult to pick winners from each class.
This term some of Reception and Year 1 have been coming to Rock’n’Learn. They have been joined by their parents and younger brothers and sisters. The sessions have been led by Harriet Gore and have involved music, dancing, singing and stories. The children have had a great time and many parents felt their child’s social skills and confidence have grown, as well as having lots of fun.
Our Playground Extension
Sponsored Bounce 2014
Thank you to our SFC for organising our Sponsored Bounce and to all the Teaching Assistants who counted them for us. The children were so excited and had great fun trying to bounce as many times as they could to raise money for our school.
* Please send any sponsor money in as soon as possible. Thank you to everbody for your support with this event.
Maths and phonics taster sessions for parents
Thank you to all the parents who came to our taster sessions led by Frances and Trisha from Lancashire College. Everyone found it useful and enjoyable.
'would recommend it to others'
'wish I'd done it for my older children'
'very useful to understand from a child's point of view'
'learning how my child is learning to sound out etc., really helped me to understand how hard it is for him to learn!! Patience is key'
World Book Day
Thank you to everybody who took part in World Book Day - you all looked amazing! (Please see Reading in School section for photographs from different classes).
This year children were asked to bring £1.00 to help us sponsor a child in Zambia. This money will pay for his school uniform, books and his education and we look forward to regular updates about our sponsored child.
New Reading Books from School Friends Club
A huge thank you to our SFC for their generosity in funding new home reading books. The children are very excited by some of the titles they have spotted and can't wait to read them!
School council would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our Wear it Woolly fundraising last term. You have helped raise £561.73 for Age UK Blackburn with Darwen by donating after the Christmas concerts and our non-uniform day. Mrs Jennings was amazed and delighted by the generosity of the children and their friends and families. Thank you.
Thank you to all parents who managed to join their children for lunch in school. We have had lovely feedback about this as many parents said that it is nice to see the children's lunchtime routine. Some parents found it a much more peaceful experience than they anticipated and were surprised at how much school dinners have improved since their own schooldays. (Our grateful thanks to Mrs Tann and Mrs Campbell because our meals are delicious every single day!)
Breakfast with Santa
A massive thank you to the School Friends Club who organised such a magical finale to our Christmas celebrations. The dedicated team of volunteers arrived at school at the crack of dawn to trim up school and themselves, who were dressed up as elves! Santa's grotto was amazing and he kindly gave the children some sweets and promised to read all their Christmas wishes that they had written for him. Our children are so fortunate to have such a wonderful School Friends Club and we wish them all a very Happy Christmas!
Our Whole School Christmas Lunch
A huge thank you to Mrs Tann and Mrs Campbell for cooking us such a beautiful Christmas lunch with all the trimmings! To start off the celebrations our Welfare Staff,who do such a great job looking after the childen ever day, enjoyed eating their lunch together, whilst the other staff served the children. Everybody enjoyed their festive lunch including all the staff who sat down together after they had served the children and cleaned up!
Wear it Woolly Day raising money for Age UK
Mr Smith collects our old reading books for children in Africa
Mr Smith, one of our friends from the local community has linked us up with the 'Jack and Jill School' in Choma, Zambia.
This is a school in Africa where the children are very poor and are much less fortunate than ourselves. These children do not have the wonderful resources or opportunities that we have in school and rely very much on donations.
Mr Smith is collecting items to send out to the school and as we had an old reading scheme, that we have not used for several years, we decided to donate this so that these children can learn to read.
In the Spring Term we will begin sponsoring one of the children who attends this school and we will have a non uniforn day to raise the money to pay for their education for a whole year! We will look forward to getting to know how our sponsored child is getting on, with updates from the Jack and Jill School.
The Sleepy Shepherd Infant Nativity
Wow! Two fantastic performances by all the infant children who should be extremely proud of themselves. Everybody has worked so hard learning the songs which were sung beautifully! The children who had words to say were very confident and brave standing up in front of a large audience. Well done to everybody!
Charity of the Year - Assembly
This year school council have chosen to support two charities and this term it is Age UK. We are thinking about older people in our community who may find it hard to keep warm this winter. Mrs Jennings from Age UK did a special assembly for us. On December 19th we will have a non-uniform day and the theme is to ‘Wear it woolly’
Children in Need 2013
Thank you to everybody who supported Children in Need by coming to school wearing onesies, pjs or something spotty! Hopefully the money we raised will help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
Remembrance Day 2 minute silence
All children and adults in school took part in the 2 minute silence at 11am on Remembrance Day. The infants lined up at the end of playtime and were able to hear the cannons being fired in Accrington and Blackburn.
European Day of Languages
EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES 26TH SEPTEMBER, 2013
On Thursday every class came together for a special assembly to celebrate the 13th European Day of Languages. Each class from Reception to Year 6 showcased a little of what they had been learning about.
Reception were fantastic and counted up to 10 in German and this was extra special as they had never been in front of the whole school before and performed brilliantly.
Year 1 had been learning about France, they showed us their flags and sang a song. They were very lucky to have a special guest, a native French speaker so their pronunciation was very good.
Year 2 told us about the famous people of Switzerland and all about chocolate.
Year 3 sang a counting song in Italian, a very catchy little number that had everyone singing along.
Year 4 sang a Spanish song that many of the children have previously heard whilst on holiday in Spain at the children’s discos. They said hello, goodbye and said how old they were
Year 5 got us clapping along as they danced to a traditional Greek dance Syrtaki (The dance of Zorba)
Year 6 took us on a tour around Scotland talking about tartan, castles and Robbie Burns.
It was an excellent assembly and everyone enjoyed listening and watching the presentations.
Churches Together Flower and Craft Festival
Once again our children were a credit to the school and to their families with their beautiful singing at St Peter and St Paul's Church at the 'Churches Together Flowers and Crafts Festival'. Thank you to everyone who came along to sing, your support is much appreciated. The church itself looked amazing with so many beautiful flower arrangements and the children enjoyed taking part in the craft activities that were on offer. Some of our talented artists from school had created a floral collage using recycled materials and this was placed on display at the entrance to church and looked stunning.
Rotary Presentation to Gabby Johansson with First Prize for their Young Writer's Competition
We have had the most wonderful time finding out about our locality and it has left us wanting to find out even more! The week started with an Open Morning when vistors came into school to chat to the children or just to have a cup of tea and a browse through the fabulous display of photographs. Each class chose an aspect of history that they wanted to find out about and thought of questions that they wanted to research throughout the week. We were so lucky to be able to chat to Mr Lowe who used to be the local policeman and we were very impressed to see him wearing his uniform, complete with long coat, handcuffs and a truncheon! Year 5 were particularly interested in this as they were finding out all about crime in the past and later in the week they were also visited by a magistrate! It was wonderful to make so many new friends in the community, particularly Councillor Harry Grayson and local historian, Paul Wilkinson who provided us with invaluable information. They also accompanied Year 3 on a fascinating tour of the area and taught them so many interesting things about what industry used to be like in Rishton. By the end of the week our school hall was once again transformed with wonderful displays showcasing everything that we had learned and we received some lovely comments from the local community who had thoroughly enjoyed their trip down memory lane.
Finally we have some sunshine for our whole school picnic! Our special thanks go to Mrs Tann, who has been on standby for the last few weeks in hope of some fine weather. Once again she has provided us with a lovely picnic and fantastic picnic cartons.
A very big thank you to everybody who supported Rishton Festival on Saturday 6th July. The weather was beautiful and the children did a great job of carrying our school banner.
On Thursday 20th June, school council arranged for Jay from Splats to come into school. We started with a short assembly and then he worked with each class teaching us new skills. We had a fantastic day and had great fun. We hope you like the pictures.
Sponsored Bounce 2013
Fantastic Book Awards
Children in Years 5 and 6 have enjoyed the challenge set by Lancashire Library Service, where we had to read six books and then vote for our favourite. We started the FBA by visiting the library to collect our books and then we were off on our reading adventure! Although we enjoyed most of the books, we all had a particular favourite and we were thrilled when The Secret Diary of Tom Gates was voted one of the overall winners!