Newsletter 3


“I have come that everyone may have life and have it to the full (John10:10)


Newsletter 3 – Autumn Term 2016

Wednesday 21st December

Dear Parents,

The governing body and I would like to wish you a really happy Christmas. I’m sure you will agree that the nativities and carol services were excellent this year. It is a delight to see the children sing, and perform with such confidence. It has been a fantastic term. The before and after school WRAP club is proving to be a valuable and enjoyable extension to the provision here at St. Michael’s – thank you Ms Mathers. The PTA organised the Michaelmas Fair, Movie night and raised funds for extra- curricular activities like the planetarium.

  • Year 1 and 2 visited Knowsley Safari park
  • Nursery children visited Chill Factore
  • Reception children went to Delamere Forest
  • Year 5 had a Viking Workshop and also attended Joseph and His Technicolour Dream coat at Wellacre
  • Year 6 attended Urmston Grammar for a Science Workshop and also Joseph at Wellacre

Staff Development

A sign of a good school is where the staff continue to develop professionally. I am proud of our CPD programme in school. Every single member of staff leads a subject area and supports that subject development through school. I’m grateful to staff who also support activities in a voluntary capacity in their own time.

  • Miss Fisher organised the ‘Google Day’ and is working with a parent on a new computing curriculum. We are grateful to Kate Rackham (parent) for supporting the development of our ICT curriculum.
  • Miss Livert organised a French day when every child contributed to an assembly and sampled French food.
  • Miss Flood is developing science throughout school: she attends a science hub and led several staff meetings to impact on the quality of science teaching and assessment in school. She is also a KS1 moderator.
  • Mrs Tomlinson continues to monitor the sports premium grant; she is developing the playground with money from the grant next year. She has also supported netball and basketball after school.
  • Mrs Willshire continues to support various sports in her own time after school, and the gardening club, for which we are very grateful. She has also developed the school grounds with the children and support of parents Michelle Liddell and Phil Cummins. 450 trees were planted over a two- week period.
  • Mrs Smith has achieved her Senco award – congratulations. She also worked alongside Mrs. Clarke in enhancing the Nursery outdoor area.
  • Mrs Prole is completing a National Qualification in senior leadership. Her project is looking at interventions and the way we support children who need a little extra help to learn through TA support, resources and class teaching.
  • Mr Massey is researching mastery maths, and will be supporting staff training in September. He is attending the local maths hub at Ashton on Mersey.
  • Mrs Rodger is a qualified writing moderator for Trafford.
  • Mrs Elkington has been leading training in guided reading and talk for writing and supporting Aimee Leach’s outdoor library.
  • Mrs Clarke has run School Council and Mrs Gerrard supports me with the RE curriculum in KS1 and EYFS
  • All staff completed Intimate Care training this term. Staff are also taking part in moderation training for writing with Trafford Teaching schools (TTSA) to ensure we accurately assess writing.
  • We have supported separate weeks of work experience for three future teachers, and welcomed Miss McCoy who is completing a project related to her National Qualification for Headship which will benefit the school.

Congratulations to Mrs Elkington

Mrs Elkington has achieved a promotion to assistant head at a Manchester School. We will be very sorry to see her go in February. An excellent teacher Victoria Siddell, who has already worked within school as a supply teacher, will be fulfilling a contract until the end of the school year.  The Governors will be supporting me in appointing an NQT for September 2017.

Charity Support – Many and grateful thanks to parents for your support of charities this year, including McMillan, Booth Centre for the homeless, Samaritans Purse ‘Shoe Boxes’, EYFS Mission in supporting’ Mission Christmas’ charity which provided underprivileged children within the Greater Manchester Area, with toys, gifts and presents for the festive season.

May I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Thank you to all in our school community for their contribution in making St Michael’s a very special place for staff to work and children to learn.  Thank you to my governors who have supported robust management of the school all year. Thank you to all the parents and staff who have worked with me in partnership to support their children develop socially, morally and culturally to ensure that they are equipped for life.


Mrs Drayton – Head teacher

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