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Whole School Events Archive: 2017 - 2018

Royal International Air Tattoo We had a fantastic day at Fairford on Friday. We watched an amazing display by the Red Arrows and enjoyed exploring the planes on the ground. We practised our science skills in the Tech Zone and tried our hand at airfix models in the Activities Zone. The sun shone for most of the day but even a little bit of rain couldn’t dampen our excitement!

Buying Books - We were lucky enough to be given some money by the Siobhan Dowd Trust to go and buy books for our Upham Road site. We had a fantastic trip to Octavia’s in Cirencester where we thoroughly enjoyed choosing some beautiful new books.

We were all in for a shock on Friday 16th March, when we all arrived at school to find that we were going to need to spend the day investigating a crime! We all turned ourselves into crime scene investigators for the day to solve the mystery of the missing crockery as an enrichment day to mark British Science week. We had a great time trying out lots of new scientific experiments and using different equipment to extract DNA, test blood and urine and take fingerprints.

We had a wonderful day full of Christmas festivities. Our Christmas lunch was delicious and following on from this, we had a surprise visit from Santa.

We loved wearing odd socks for Anti-Bullying week!

We joined with schools from Clifton diocese to renew our chaplaincy promises, led by Bishop Declan at Downside Abbey.

Thank you to everyone who donated towards our Harvest food collection for the Swindon Food bank.

During the summer term, the children at both sites had the opportunity to learn about many woodwind and brass instruments. The children enjoyed singing along to many of the songs that were played.

Last night, 22 children form Year 2 joined local schools at the Wyvern Theatre to perform a selection of songs themed 'Small Screen to Silver Screen'. The children sang beautifully and the whole performance was a huge success, so well done and thank you for all of your hard work children!

During the summer term, the children at both sites had the opportunity to learn about many woodwind and brass instruments. The children enjoyed singing along to many of the songs that were played.

Today we marked Refugee week by dressing up in red clothes. Catholic schools in Swindon dressed in different colours from the rainbow to raise money for the Harbour Project. This is a charity who help and support refugees. Thank you very much for all of your kind donations!

Mr Wilding led a phonics evening for Year 1 and 2 pupils. The aim of the evening was to support parents understanding of the phonics screening and how they could help their child at home.

Children from Key Stage 2 attended the Wyvern Theatre to perform in the Junior Voice Festival. The children were absolute super stars and sang beautifully from start to finish! Thank you children for all of your hard work.

Recently we joined schools across the globe to celebrate Safer Internet Day. The theme this year is 'Be the Change: Unite for a better internet'. Throughout the school many activities were carried out exploring the power of image!

Well done to everyone who took part in the colouring competition. Here are our winners!

We were pleased to welcome book author Lawrence Prestidge to our school to read his newly published book 'Rolo'. The children had a wonderful time listening to him read his new book and were able to ask him lots of interesting questions about what it's like to be an author.

Ten Ten Theatre Company Visit

We were very fortunate to have the Ten Ten Theatre Company in to visit. Ten Ten are a Catholic theatre company who travel round schools and colleges.  KS2 children watched 'THE GIFT' which helps children to discover the beauty of self-giving and sacrifice. They were then encouraged to discuss their own experiences and feelings. The actors were very impressed with the children's responses! Reception and KS1 watched 'UP IN THE CLOUDS' which  enables children to see that you can find happiness not only in doing what you want for yourself, you can also find happiness in doing things for others.


In the afternoon TenTen ran a parent workshop which gave details about the theatre company as well as the performances that the children watched. Thank you to all those parents who attended.  


Following a very busy but thought provoking day TenTen theatre reported that they felt the children had behaved beautifully during the performances and that their responses and attitudes were 'exceptional!' 

We had a fantastic couple of days painting crosses with No Added Sugar. The crosses are now displayed in both school halls.

Thank you to the children, parents, members of the school community, the community and Father Dominic for joining us on the craft evening. We had lots of fun painting crosses and making felt poppies.

The Artists No Added Sugar will be at the Upham Road site to lead a craft event on Thursday 13th October from 3pm to 5pm. All are welcome.







"We had such an exciting week! The Oompa Loompas delivered Golden Tickets to our classrooms every day, containing some special challenges. We designed and made our own chocolate bars, wrote instructions and poetry inspired by Veruca Salt. We also wrote diary entries and lots more! The Oompa Loompas even created chocolate factories for us to play in! We then dressed as our favourite Roald Dahl book characters to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday."