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At St. Mary and St. Paul's we are committed to providing a happy, safe and stimulating environment where learning is championed, and which has the Christian faith at its heart. Children are valued as individuals and encouraged to achieve their best, respect themselves and others and become valuable members of our community.

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St Mary & St Paul's Mag Letter Apr 2018

News from St Mary & St Paul's CE School

Well, what a month we have had here at St Mary and St Paul’s. On Thursday 1st March we had World Book Day and the children and staff dressed up as characters from books they are familiar with. This, with our visit from a Storyteller, has turned the focus on the importance of reading. The ability to read underpins all that we do here in school and something that we enjoy teaching our children. Outside this we have been thinking about wasting food and how we must change how much food we throw away in order to save our planet.
In worship we have continued our theme of Hope. Jesus teaches us through the parable of the mustard seed and the miracle of healing the leper, that belief in Him can offer that hope that we all search for. Hope that enables us to strive for the best opportunities for ourselves and those around us. Something we certainly prayed for here in school. We have also done a series on the major Christian Services, the Eucharist, Marriage, Confirmation and Baptism. This insight into these services will hopefully make attending church in the future that much more accessible for our children.
As we head into Holy Week and the Easter season we will focus on that hope that God offers to us all on the Cross.
Wishing you all a very happy Easter Season and please be assured of our prayers.

Iain Parks, Headteacher
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St Mary & St Paul's Letter Mag in Mar 2018

NEWS FROM ST MARY AND ST PAUL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

A half term has now passed since my arrival and I can safely say that I have started to find my feet here at St Mary and St Paul's. Thank you for all your support and kind words.
Here at school, during daily worship, we have been busy learning about humility and focusing our attention on how the actions of some in the bible have taught us the need to act in a humble way. Using the story of the centurion in Matthew 8 we looked at the need to let go of our own self-importance in order to learn from others. And focusing on the miraculous healing of the woman who was brave enough to touch the cloak of Jesus (Luke 8), we discussed that it was through her act of humility through faith that she was healed.
As ever, the rest of school life has continued to be busy. Alongside our topic based learning we have also looked at the NSPCC Number Day, Safer Internet Day and National Storytelling Week. It has been lovely seeing the children and teachers engaging in telling stories, both traditional and made up in different ways and we look forward to inviting a local storyteller in for the day.
As we move into the second half of the Spring term can I thank you for your continued prayers as we pray for you.
Iain Parks, Headteacher

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St Mary & St Paul's Letter Mag in Feb 2018

NEWS FROM ST MARY AND ST PAUL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

I am taking this opportunity to write to you to introduce myself. My name is Iain Parks and I have recently taken over as the new Headteacher at St Mary and St Paul’s School. I feel very blessed to have been given the chance to lead this wonderful school and very much look forward to working closely with you in the parish.
Over Christmas I moved up from Brighton after being Deputy Headteacher in two very different Primary Schools. I have come to the North West with my family, wife Vajdi and two sons Noah 4 and Elijah 19months and we are delighted to be here. I am originally from Middlesbrough and came to the University of Liverpool so it is exciting to be back on this side of the country.
I introduced myself to staff at the beginning of term explaining that I want the foundation of the school ethos to be ‘Love. In the letter of St Peter to Corinthians chapter 13 Peter talks about that Love. The love that is kind and patient, the love that bears all things, opens all things and endures all things and also a love that keeps no count of wrongdoings. It will be through this Love that we move forward and aim to ready the children of St Mary and St Paul’s to be good citizens in the wider world.
I very much look forward to meeting you over the coming weeks and months.
Iain Parks, Headteacher

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St Mary & St Paul's Letter Mag in Jan 2018

NEWS FROM ST MARY AND ST PAUL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

After an extremely hectic Christmas period in school, where the staff and children thoroughly enjoyed visiting the cathedral for Yuletide Rock & Roll and St Mary’s Church for the Mayor’s Charity Concert we now settle down to a new start in 2018.
We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.
We would like to welcome Mr Iain Parks to our school as he joins us to be our new Head teacher. He has moved up from Brighton and I am sure he will be a fantastic addition to our team at school.
Our new Christian Value for this half term is ‘Humility’. Some of the other words that have been used to describe this word are servanthood, modesty, lowly and meek. Christians believe that Jesus was both a servant and a King. He showed this through his life, death and resurrection. Jesus taught his disciples what it means to be truly humble. Christians believe that they can serve God by demonstrating humility through their attitudes and actions.
In a culture which is all about self-promotion, we need to use the example of Christ in John 13 verses 1-17 where he is the one who is willing to wash his disciple’s feet – showing true humility. Our aim is to teach and model this value in our school so that we become an even more caring and considerate community.
Paul Brooksbank (Acting Headteacher)


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St Mary & St Paul's Letter Mag in Jun 2017

News from St Mary & St Paul's CE School

As we arrive in June, our assessment period is well underway – Key Stages 1 and 2 have completed their SATs, the phonics tests are complete and the other year groups have also completed their tests. Elsewhere, GCSEs and A Levels are being taken and students up and down the country are focused on reaching targets, percentages and levels.
Whilst these exams and tests are important - and can often take over in the minds of those administering and sitting them - we must remember that they are not the ‘be all and end all’.
Children and teenagers should be measured by so much more than exam/test results. I saw a great letter, sent by a teacher to his pupils just before the tests. Parts of it read: ‘The test does not assess all of what makes you special and unique. They do not measure your individual talents or artistic skills and the languages that you speak; your ability to play an instrument or care for a loved one. They don’t measure your ability to be a friend and to laugh to cheer someone up. The scores you get will tell you something but not everything as there is no test which shows all of the amazing and awesome things that make you – YOU!’
God has created each one of us and we are unique – he loves each one of us equally and we are so precious to him. We are instructed to use all our skills and talents to honour and praise him. We are to make God smile with what he has given us.
As we enter the summer term in school, we have the opportunity to show off some of these other skills. We will be holding the Poetry Showcase as part of the Prescot Festival, visiting Bridgewater Hall in Manchester to allow some of our pupils to play with the Halle Orchestra and enjoying sports days and our annual Arts Festival.
We really look forward to seeing our children enjoy these opportunities and develop the skills and abilities that they have been given.

Paul Brooksbank (Acting Headteacher)
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