Mission Statement

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 Nov 2018

NEWS FROM ST MARY AND ST PAUL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

It is amazing how quickly a half term passes, with seven weeks now under our belt and the children fully settled into their new classes and all working extremely hard.
Once again, we have had lots going on in school with the children learning all about their topics in each class – ranging from the Stone Age through to World War II, with a bit of Street Detectives, London and Mini-beasts thrown in across the year groups. The children thoroughly enjoy investigating their topics both as a class, group and independently, as they find out and learn so much information over the weeks.
As we move into November, again we have a packed diary as Year 6 will be going away on a Residential trip for a few days. While they are there, they will be climbing, abseiling, joining in a river crossing and nightline activities with a bit of archery too. Hopefully after all of that they will want to sleep! We also have our Remembrance Service in school and then join with the community at St Mary’s Church.
As we enter the half term holiday, we would like to wish Miss Jones (Year 1 teacher) our best wishes as she gets married and will be known as Mrs Meehan after the break. Congratulations to you both!
Our school Mission Statement: ‘Life in all its fullness through Learning and Love’ remains our focus as we look to provide every child with as many opportunities as possible to develop both educationally, spiritually, morally and socially. Over the next couple of months we will be developing our core values linked to our mission statement - which I am sure you will be hearing about.

God bless
Paul Brooksbank, Deputy Head

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St Mary & St Paul's Mag Letter Oct 2018

NEWS FROM ST MARY AND ST PAUL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear friends,

Well we are back!!! It is amazing how quickly six weeks can fly by but school is back to being a buzzing atmosphere that we can’t live without. It has been a busy summer here with the addition of more artificial grass on the field, in order to increase playing space for the children and increase the possibilities for our P.E and sports provision that the Healthy Pupil Capital Fund supported and this will be fenced and marked in the coming weeks. We have also changed the area out the front of school so we can make the entrance into school easier for all in EYFS and KS1. Many of our children have noticed these changes and that is brilliant to see.
Many of you will remember that we did extremely well in our SIAMs (church) inspection but one area to work on was our vision statement. Over the last term, working with our stakeholders we have devised the new vision statement: ‘Life in all its fullness through Learning and Love’. This is taken from John 10:10 and fits nicely with the Church of England Vision for Education. This half term our assemblies are full of the word Love and how we can make our school, community, town and world better by using this as the base to all of our decisions and actions. Our first week we took the famous reading in Corinthians 13 and looked at how we must be patient, kind and not boastful as we aim to support our children to be the good people of the future.
You will hear this new phase regularly as we continue to build our school into a place where children can achieve life in all its fullness. Education is a great grounding for this statement but in our opinion it can only exist fully in Love and we will be striving to achieve this for everyone, children, parents, carers, grandparents and visitors who visit St Mary and St Paul’s.
Over the coming weeks and months we very much value the prayers that we know are said for us and we will continue to pray for you all and the mission of our parish.

Best wishes and prayers
Iain Parks, Headteacher

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St Mary & St Paul's Mag Letter Jul 2018

NEWS FROM ST MARY AND ST PAUL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

We are now well on our journey to the summer holidays but there is so much more to do here in school. As reports are being written and assessments undertaken the children are talking about all the events that are happening. We are currently in the middle of the World Cup which has been a huge success. On the 21 & 22 June we held an internal football tournament on our new Astro turf, this was wonderful fun and culminated in our Picnic for Jo Cox on the school field. This was an opportunity to come together as a whole school community which is brilliant.
Over this term we have been looking into service during Worship, sharing the service that Christ did during his ministry. His example of washing the disciples feet reminding us that you are never too important to serve. More recently we have looked at the actions of some people and what legacy they left. Something that we can all challenge ourselves with. What do we want to be remembered for?
I wanted to thank you for all for your prayers recently with regard to our SIAMs inspection. This happened on the 3 May. I am delighted to report that we received Outstanding and the outcome was very pleasing. This of course is just the start, as we strive to work closer with church and also our families. This is a very exciting time.
As a school we pray for you all, for Fr John and Fr Peter and, of course, Kim as she arrives to work in the parish. We are very much looking forward to welcoming her here in school.
Best wishes and prayer
Iain Parks, Headteacher

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

NEWS FROM ST MARY AND ST PAUL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

It has been another extremely busy month at school since the Easter holidays. We have started our new Christian value which, for this half term, is ‘Justice’. We have been teaching the children about what is fair and just and how to stand up for what is right. At times, this means that they need to stand up and speak out for those people who do not have a voice in today’s world. Micah chapter 6 verse 8 tells us that the Lord requires us to ‘act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ This is what we strive to do on a daily basis at school.
We have recently had our school SIAMS (Statutory Inspection for Anglican and Methodist Schools) Inspection and are currently awaiting the final report from the Inspector. The children were amazing during the day and their Christian values were evident through all parts of the school.
The children in Year 2 and Year 6 are also working extremely hard at present as they face their SATs tests in the next few weeks. Please pray for them as it can be a nervous time for them.
In addition, our school choir have recently performed at the Anglican Cathedral in ‘The Big Sing’. This time the theme was ‘Sing when you are winning’ and had a football theme. They were joined at the Cathedral by members of Liverpool FC Academy.
As we enter the summer months, hopefully the sun will shine and we will keep you updated of some of the events that you may be able to join with us to celebrate school life.

Paul Brooksbank, Deputy Head

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St Mary & St Paul's Mag Letter Jun 2018

NEWS FROM ST MARY AND ST PAUL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

The Lord has risen indeed, Alleluia.
The Easter holidays have come and gone but of course the celebration of the Easter season continues here in school. We have started our new half termly value of ‘Justice’ and have engaged with how Jesus was prepared to break down society rules in order to restore justice or fairness. Our aims are to show this through how we treat one another.
This month will be a busy one in school as we approach our SATs tests in both years 2 and 6. These tests are challenging for all concerned and I ask for your prayers for the children and staff in these year groups. Our children work exceptionally hard and we are proud of how they have got to this point and no doubt how they act throughout this period.
We are also due our SIAMs inspection (by the diocese) this term so we will be carefully analysing our role as a church school and looking at our Christian Distinctiveness. Again we ask for your ongoing prayers as we prepare and undertake this inspection.
Before the holidays we celebrated all the wonderful achievements of the children with a final celebration assembly and I don’t think I have ever seen so many Easter Eggs in one room. These were earned by winning our Easter competition, or being in school every day. The children were a credit to the school on this day and we look forward to the term ahead.
We, here in school, will continue to pray for you all and are grateful for all of your prayers for us.

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

NEWS FROM ST MARY AND ST PAUL’S PRIMARY 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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