Christ the King Catholic Primary School Let the love of God shine through us by smiling and being gentle

Headteacher's Blog

07/04/2017

 

 

27/03/2017

 

I can't believe we are nearly at the end of another half term! With only 2 weeks left before we finish for Easter, my friends and their teachers are very busy.

 

Last Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have a visit from author David Lawrence Jones. David visits hundreds of school around the UK to deliver his interactive showcase presentation and hosts a fun and creative writing workshop to the children. He spent the morning talking about his latest books and the children were inspired by his session. He revisited us on Thursday where the children were able to purchase his books and have them personally signed by him!

We cant thank David enough for taking time out and travelling all the way from Torquay to visit us!

Please take a look at his website for a full list of his books: http://www.davidlawrencejones.co.uk/home.html

 

Friday saw our KS1 friends celebrating Mothers Day by holding their own assemblies. The children made pictures of their Mummies and told us why they love them so much.

Thank you to KS1 teachers and the school PTA for all your help in organising the assemblies and ensuring all of our Mums had a lovely gift and card for Mothers Day.

 

This week sees the end of this terms after school clubs. A letter will be put together in due course for clubs that will be available after Easter.

Breakfast Mass with Fr Mark will be held in school this Wednesday (29th March) at 8.15am; all CTK friends and family are welcome to join us.

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03/03/2017

 

Thank you to everyone who took part in 'World Book Day' yesterday. This year we decided to follow the theme of Roald Dahl and our friends didn't disappoint! We had an array of Enormous Crocodiles, Willy Wonkas, Matilda's, BFG's and Fantastic Mr Fox's; to name but a few.

 

The PTA held a competition for the Best Dressed character and they had such a hard time deciding BUT they came up with following winners:

 

St Mark (Class 1) - Lenny M

St Anthony (Class 2) - Finlay A

St Luke (Class 3) - Tayla H

St David (Class 4) - Ruby F

St George (Class 5) - Katelyn W

St Patrick (Class 6) - Acia M

St John - (Class 7) - Grace P

St Matthew (Class 8) - Matthew R

St Andrew (Class 9) - Matthew F

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03/02/2017

 

What a great way to end another busy week at CTK with our PTA organised Unofficial World Record Sponsored Bounce!

I can't thank the members of the PTA enough for all their hard work to get this event organised. We were successful in setting a new "unofficial" World Record for the Longest Team Bounce of 48 hours and 20 minutes! Well done to all of my friends (and CTK staff!) that took part in the event.

We were fortunate enough to be visited by the Mayor of Amesbury who was able to present the youngest and oldest pupils of our school with the certificate to celebrate our "unofficial" World Record.

Below is a link to our local radio station Spire FM who have covered our story along with photographs taken by one of our parents:

 

 

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13/01/2017

 

Good afternoon my friends! I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas with their friends and family, and please may I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

 

Now that we have come to the end of our first whole week into the new term I can see everyone is settling back into the school routine.

 

We have welcomed Miss Porteous and Mr Sleightholm into our school family and I am proud to say their new class friends have made them feel very welcome.

 

Please can I once again remind parents and carers to be conscious of where they are parking at drop off and pick up time. The zig zagged area in front of the school is not to be used as a drop off area in the mornings. I cannot reiterate this enough as the safety of our children is a priority to us as a school.

 

With the weather set to change again over the weekend, please can you ensure your children are coming to school with suitable outdoor clothing (hats, gloves, scarfs etc.).

 

Lastly, can I ask that the office staff are made aware of any contact changes parents may have had over the festive period. We must keep contact details up to date to ensure school staff are able to keep in contact with friends at home especially in the case of emergencies.

 

Have a lovely weekend my friends!
God Bless,

 

Mr Mac

16/12/2016

 

What a fantastic end to an eventful time of year for us at CTK. I can't begin to thank all of my friends for their hard work this term especially with their Christmas play performances and Advent Assemblies.

 

My thanks also goes the PTA members who helped the school raise an astounding £2,000 at this years Christmas Fayre. Without their help, a lot of our fundraising wouldn't be possible.

 

All that is left to say is I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Holy New Year.

 

See you all on Wednesday 4th January 2017!

 

God Bless,

 

Mr Mac

12/12/2016

 

May I start my blog today by saying a massive thank you to all the PTA Members and school staff that helped with the Christmas Fayre last Friday. It was the busiest the school have seen in a while! The PTA are still counting up all the money but as soon as I know the figure I will be sure to let you all know.

 

With this being our last week at school before Christmas I know all of our friends and staff will be very busy.

KS2 will be performing their Christmas play "Papa Panov" tomorrow at 1.30pm as well as on Wednesday at 5pm.

I have heard them going through their last rehearsal today and must say how fantastic they all sound! All parents, friends and relatives are welcome to join us at the performances but could I ask that there are no more than five guests per pupil.

Classes 1 and 2 will be holding their Advent Assembly on Friday 16th December at 11am so please feel free to join us in our last 'child led' assembly of the year.

 

Please continue to check the website for up to date information and be sure to check your emails frequently for copies of the latest school newsletters.

 

God Bless,

 

Mr Mac

06/12/2016

 

Thank you so much to my friends that have decorated a bauble and donated to the PTA. There are making our reception area very festive indeed! But as you can see there is still plenty of space on the tree to fill so please speak to one of the PTA members; they will be in the reception area every morning for the rest of this week selling the baubles ready for you to decorate.

 

Don't forget we have our Christmas Fayre to look forward to this Friday! Invite all your friends and family to join us from 2pm until 4pm where there will be a variety of stalls to look at.

 

God Bless,

 

Mr Mac

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11/11/2016

 

Good afternoon friends! What a wonderful couple of weeks we have had back so far in Term 2. I hope you are all ready for a very busy term with our upcoming advent assemblies and Christmas performances.

 

Don't forget to take a look at the school calendar on the website to make sure you have all the relevant dates in your diaries.

 

Today my friends made myself and Miss Taylor very proud as they took part in the two minutes silence in honour of Remembrance Day.

Miss Tibbitts and Miss Oldham were working with their class friends making their own Poppies using forks to paint them. I guess you don't need a paintbrush to be an artist these days!

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend with your friends and loved ones. I leave you with a segment of a Remembrance Day poem.

 

God Bless,

Mr Mac

 

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"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

19/10/2016

 

So here we are already at the end of Term 1! Thank you to all my friends that have worked so hard this term; especially to our new Foundation Stage friends. They have adapted to their new school life brilliantly and I can't wait to watch them grow throughout the rest of the school year.

As you can imagine, the Christmas term is a busy one with plenty going on; most importantly our Christmas productions! Please make sure you read the latest newsletter (which can also be found on the website) to ensure you have all the dates in your diary.

All that is left to say is have a very happy half term and we all look forward to seeing you back here on Monday 31st October ready for Term 2.

 

God Bless,

Mr Mac

16/09/2016

 

I  can't quite believe we have now completed our second full week of term 1; it seems to be going quite quickly already!

 

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Please can I give parents and relatives a gentle reminder about the parking at drop off and pick up time:

 

- The car park next to our new building is for staff members and taxis only so please do not use it.

- Please do not park across residents driveways or block the roads off Parsonage Close.

- Be wary of pedestrians when driving along Parsonage Road. Although we have two designated crossings, people are using alternative crossing places.

 

Please continue to give us feedback about your thoughts on the new build and any questions you may have. If we aren't made aware of issues, we can't act on them.

 

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On a positive note, I received some fantastic news from one of our year 6 pupils; Matthew Falconer.

During the summer holidays, he was invited to take part in a County Cricket Festival at Malvern College in Worcestershire along with his Wiltshire County Cricket team.

Matthew was successful in hitting the first 50 runs in his game and went on to beat a team that Andrew Strauss's son was playing for. He was even lucky enough to get a photo with Andrew who congratulated Matthew and his team on their win. Congratulations Matthew from myself and all your friends at Christ the King.

 

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I hope you all have a wonderful and sunny weekend with your friends and family!

 

God Bless,

 

Mr Mac

06/09/2016

 

Welcome back to a new school year at Christ the King! I hope you are had a wonderful summer and are all settling back into the school routine.

Please make sure you visit our new main entrance and office on Parsonage Road. My special thanks goes to one of our parents Mr Stawowy for creating the beautiful stained glass window which you will find in the new entrance.

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14/07/2016

 

What a busy few weeks we have had! There is lots of news for me to tell you about.

 

The schools prayers were answered and the sun shone brightly for us on Sports Day. It was brilliant to see so many parents attending and joining in with the events. Thank you as always to our staff who work tirelessly to arrange the day especially Mr Lane and Mr Stell who lead in the organisation.

 

Super Hero Day saw the whole school join together to celebrate the life of our dear friend William. We raised just over £300 for 'Julias House' who helped care for William and supported the family during his time of illness.

The weather on the day allowed us to set off our balloons that carried our prayers up to William.

 

Our School Fayre was a great success. The PTA have so far counted a whopping £900 being raised! Our thanks goes to all of the parents and teachers on the PTA for all their hard work in organising this event BUT my thanks also extends to the rest of the school family for their support.

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20/05/2016

 

What a way to end the week with our school disco! As I type this blog, all I can hear is my friends in KS1 dancing and singing, thoroughly enjoying themselves. My thanks goes to all the parents on our PTA for the hard work and planning that has gone into organising it.

All funds that are raised by the PTA go towards a project they are planning for our Christ the King family.

If you would like to join our PTA, please let a member of staff know in the office.

 

I hope you all have a restful weekend ready for our last week before half term!

 

God Bless,

Mr Mack

09/05/2016

 

Good luck to all my year six friends who are taking part in their SATS exams this week. The staff at CTK know you are capable of doing well in these tests and are proud of how hard you have been working over the last couple of months.

 

Mr Mack

29/04/2016

 

Hello My Friends,

 

It is with a heavy heart that I write my blog today and think about the loss of William from our school family.

William was special and we all have so many special memories which we shared today. Miss Taylor and I will speak more about William next week at his funeral and share some of the fantastic memories we heard today.

 

It is also with a very proud heart that I write to tell your parents, how amazing you all were today as you heard the news. Our children at CTK were such a comfort to each other, they supported and cared for each other in such a loving way. Although a sad day also a very special day, where we all witnessed the power of friendship.

 

We all loved William and now know he rests in peace.

May you all have a blessed weekend and try to be happy for a life well lived.

I came across this poem and want to share it with you!

 

God bless,

Mr Mack

 

Little Angels

When God calls little children to dwell with Him above,
We mortals sometime question the wisdom of His love.
For no heartache compares with the death of one small child
Who does so much to make our world, seem wonderful and mild
Perhaps God tires of calling the aged to his fold,
So He picks a rosebud, before it can grow old.

God knows how much we need them, and so He takes but few
To make the land of Heaven more beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult still somehow we must try,
The saddest word mankind knows will always be "Goodbye."
So when a little child departs, we who are left behind
Must realise God loves children, Angels are hard to find.

22/04/2016

 

Please take a look at the pictures below to see what my friends have been up to this week.

 

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We were joined by staff from the Wiltshire Wildlife on Tuesday and Friday to continue helping us with the ever growing wildlife garden. It is all starting to take shape and we now appear to have a pair of ducks using the pond regularly; maybe we will have ducklings over the coming months! Please feel free to come and take a look.

 

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Lastly I would like to congratulate our kitchen staff (Miss Thomson, Mrs Hopkins and Mrs Assou-Dodji) for their hard work running the kitchen. We had a visit from Environmental Health on Monday of this week and were given 5 stars! Keep up the great work.

If you have any feedback on our school lunch menus, please don't hesitate to let a member of staff know your thoughts and ideas.

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15/04/2016

 

Welcome back to school friends! I hope you all had a great Easter break and are now ready to work hard in Term 5.

 

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It was so lovely to see staff and friends out on the field on Wednesday and Thursday this week enjoying the sunshine but as always the British weather has put a slight damper on that. Miss Taylor will be introducing some new outdoor play equipment next week so I am sure your children will be telling you all about them.

 

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Today, my friends in St Marks class were lucky enough to get a visit from Captain Mark Everett who is a pilot for British Airways (he also just so happens to Mrs Hobbs' Dad!). He told them all about what it is like to be a pilot and of course they had a lot of questions for him.

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23/03/2016

 

Thank you to all my friends for such a fantastic fourth term at CTK. You have all worked exceedingly hard for your teachers especially with us only having four and a half weeks to fit it all in to.

 

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Thank you to the parents that were able to help us celebrate at our Lent Service this afternoon; it was a pleasure to see you all joining us at such a special time in our school worship. Thank you also to the parents that were able to join us on our walk to and from the Church, how fortunate were we for such glorious weather!

 

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Please see our latest newsletter on the website for upcoming events and key information. All that is left for me to say is Happy Easter to you and your family. I already look forward to seeing you all on Monday 11th April rested and ready for Term 5.

 

I leave you with a short poem for Easter:

 

They placed Him in a tomb of stone,
Dead, all helpless, and alone.
But Easter morn, before the light,
He rose alive in glory bright!

 

God Bless,

 

Mr Mac

21/03/2016

 

Thank you to all the parents that came in on Friday afternoon to view the hard work our friends have all put into their latest projects. Please see the photos below for just some of the great ideas my friends had.

 

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My additional thanks goes to the staff and parents that came into school over the weekend to help with our wildlife project; its coming along very nicely and I can't wait to see the finished result.

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11/03/2016

 

This week St Mark's class were lucky enough to get a visit from Wiltshire Fire Service. They had the opportunity to try on some clothing the Fire Service use and learn about what the Fire Service do to help them in the community. Maybe we have some budding Fire Fighters in the making!

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We have also been lucky enough to get further involved with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and have started to work on our own Willow project. The children were split into groups to help staff with the structure and it is already starting to take shape! If you are available on Sunday 20th March between 10am and 2pm we will be working on it further and putting more work into our new Wildlife area.

 

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And finally a big well done to my KS2 Football friends who took up the challenge of playing a team at Amesbury CofE Primary School. They lost 2-0 but put in a brilliant effort. Thank you to Mr Lane and Football Paul for organising the fixture. We look forward more games in the future.

04/03/2016

 

Thank you to all our parents that came to the Mothers Day Daffodil Assemblies this afternoon. The children in St Mark's, St Luke's and St David's have been practising very hard over the past few weeks.

 

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My thanks also goes to Anne Billinge of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for hosting our friends of St Patrick's class at Langford Lakes today. They had a fantastic time learning about the wildlife we have here in Britain and what they can do to help the animals they have in their gardens. I look forward to seeing the pictures and will be sure to share them with you all.

 

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I must say how fantastic our friends all looked for World Book Day yesterday; such great thought and effort was put into everyone's choice of characters. I think myself and the staff may have enjoyed it just as much as the children!

 

 

26/02/2016

Welcome back everyone; I hope you all had an enjoyable half term last week.

We've had a busy week back at CTK with all our friends getting back into learning.

St Mark's, St Luke's and St David's classes have been practising their Daffodil Mothers Day Assemblies ready to perform to parents next Friday (St Mark's/St Luke's at 1.30pm and St David's at 2.15pm). They can't wait for all their Mums to see what they've got planned.

 

Congratulations to all my friends that have shown extra effort in their work this week, in particular their Literacy, Numeracy and following this weeks Golden Rule 'We Listen'. It was wonderful to see so many of my KS1 friends with 'Misten the Mouse' stickers on which showed they had been doing brilliant listening.

 

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Ellie-Mae

 

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Leo

Cian

Kacper

 

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Nana

Alicia

Robert

 

St George

Pia

Niamh

Mickey

 

St Patrick

Roshan

Ana

Millie

 

St John

Angela

Freya

Kairan

 

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Libby

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10/02/2016

 

Thank you to all the CTK parents that came to view the class 3 and KS2 'Homework Projects'. The amount of hard work and determination that went into every child's piece of work was on display for all to see.

 

Please check your emails or visit the 'Newsletter' part of the website to catch up on all the latest news within the school.

 

Have a fantastic half term and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 22nd February fresh and ready for a new term at CTK.

 

God bless,

Mr Mac

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05/02/2016

With only one week left before February half term, all my friends have worked even harder with the holiday in sight. Throughout today, I have had many of my friends from all classes to see me with some great work in different subjects.

 

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This week our Golden Rule was "We are kind" and my friends that were chosen to receive a golden award for this were:

 

Paige - St Andrew (Class 8)

Taylor - St Matthew (Class 7)

Paige - St John (Class 6)

Ellie - St Patrick (Class 5)

Isobel - St George (Class 4)

Joshua - St David (Class 3)

Sophie - St Luke (Class 2)

Finlay - St Mark (Class 1)

 

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We have finally had the foundations put in on our building site so over the coming weeks you will see some progression with bricks being laid. I cannot wait to see the finished product and the Resource Base are looking forward to moving into their new classrooms later this year. I will keep you posted with the progress as it happens.

 

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Our final Golden Rule before half term will be "We listen" so I look forward to hearing what great listening our friends and staff have done at the end of next week.

 

God bless,

 

Mr Mac

22/01/2016

Here we are at then end of another busy week at CTK! This term seems to be flying by.

 

My friends have been busy with their work this week and I would like to congratulate some of those that have received Golden Awards for their hard work. This weeks GOLDEN RULE was "We are careful".

 

Class 1 - St Mark

Tylar - Literature

Alexis - Golden Rule

April-Rose - Numeracy

 

Class 2 - St Luke

Taiven -

Ellie -

Emily -

 

Class 3 - St David

Harriet - Golden Rule

Abigail - Literacy

Kasea - Numeracy

 

Class 4 - St George

Oliver - Numeracy

Jay - Golden Rule

Maame - Literacy

 

Class 5 - St Patrick

Cecil - Golden Rule

Ceri - Numeracy

Areta - Literacy

 

Class 6 - St John

Kye - Golden Rule

Paige - Numeracy

Phoebe - Literacy

 

Class 7 - St Matthew

Shane - Numeracy

Josh - Golden Rule

Bryan - Literacy

 

Class 8 - St Andrew

Cameron - Numeracy

Saemy - Golden Rule

Shane - Literacy

 

Myself and Miss Taylor now give our very own Golden Awards to friends who have done well this week in all areas and been a great help to their friends and teachers. This week Miss Taylor chose the following friends:

Adam - Class 4 (St George)

Areta - Class 5 (St Patrick)

Tia - Class 6 (St John)

Maggie - Class 7 (St Matthew)

Libby - Class 8 (St Andrew)

 

06/01/2016

 

Happy New Year to all my CTK friends and family! I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable time celebrating Christmas.

So here we are at the start of Term 3 in the school year, how quick it is going. I look forward to seeing you all working as hard as ever.

 

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Please can all parents make sure they have the most up to date copy of our newsletter as there is valuable information and some dates that will need to go in your diaries. The newsletters are available from the school office as well as a downloadable copy on this website.

 

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I must tell you about a humorous encounter I had with a school friend today. This friend couldn't wait to tell me about their Christmas and was keen to hear how I had celebrated. When I asked if he had gotten everything he had wished for he replied, "I asked for a buffet table full of pigs in blankets and I got them; BUT Mr Mac Christmas isn't just about sausages, its about Jesus!". So there you have it friends; Christmas isn't about sausages!

 

God bless,

 

Mr Mac