RNLI Water Safety

The School Summer break is nearly upon us and with it hopefully some good weather. Warm weather though often sees young people taking risks swimming / jumping into open water (rivers, canals, lakes, reservoirs and quarries). According to the Royal Life Saving Society UK 85 percent of drownings happen in open water, often due to a lack of understanding or awareness of the dangers at such locations. There is also a misconception that such tragedies usually involve people who are poor swimmers, where in fact the shock of sudden cold water immersion is a major factor and can cause instant death.

On Friday we saw the launch of the “Home and Dry” water safety campaign. For further details including access to the free online course please visit: https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/working-together/homeanddry/ and https://westmerciasar.org.uk/homeanddry/

Water Safety Core message poster 2018 (1)

Sponsored Run

All classes, from Reception to Year 6, took part in our annual sponsored run. Key Stage 1 ran/ walked for 7 minutes and Key Stage 2 ran/walked for 12 minutes. Everyone had loads of fun and encouraged each other as they improved their health and fitness.

Each child received a certificate which was designed by our Sports Council. and shared a healthy fruit snack when their run was complete.

Gold, silver and bronze medals were given to boys and girls in every class for completing the most laps. Star medals were also given for children displaying particular progress or exceptional effort in each class.

Sponsor money is already coming in and we hope to provide extra tennis coaching with the money raised, along with new bibs in a smaller size for the younger children and some dance ribbons. Thanks so much for all your effort and support with this.

It was fantastic to see so many parents and other family members there to support the runners. There was a really lovely atmosphere throughout the event.

 

Year 1 visit to Croome Park

On Friday, Year 1 went to visit Croome Park as part of their Plants science topic.  We identified different plants, from some very tiny plants hidden in the long grasses, right up to the very old trees.  We studied them closely and drew their different parts.  We were lucky enough to see many butterflies because the field had just been baled.

After lunch and a play in the nature playground, it was time to have a lie down…and roll down the hill!

 

Parish Tea

The Parish held another of their afternoon teas today, to provide an outing and social event for some of our older parishioners. A group of Year 2 pupils joined them to chat and to entertain them with poetry and song. It was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves, especially when the children sang ‘Father Abraham’, which they learnt at Alton Castle during their recent retreat.

Volunteers’ Thank You Tea

Last Thursday Governors, staff and pupils hosted a special tea party in the Eco Garden, to say thank you to our volunteers who hear readers, support children in maths, make costumes, help out in the Eco Garden, read to groups of children and just generally help to make our school the wonderful place that it is. Thank you to Mrs. Garrad for organising the event and making all of the delicious scones. The children took the opportunity to give volunteers the thank you cars they had made for them, and Bob, as always, took the opportunity to teach us all something about the plants in the garden.

 

Leavers’ Party

On Wednesday evening the PTA hosted their annual Leavers’ Party. There was a celebrity theme, with guests arriving via a red carpet, and plenty of photo opportunities. The children were treated like superstars and had a wonderful evening, which was topped off with their very own awards ceremony. Well done to all of our Year 6s for being such fantastic prefects this year and for working so hard both in and out of class. You really deserve all the accolades and all of your many successes!

Thank you to the PTA for once again putting on this special evening for the leavers.

Summer Club

During the summer holidays Holy Redeemer will be running a Summer Club for children aged 2-11. It will be run on the school site, by school staff, and will provide full-day childcare for working parents (8am-5pm), as well as shorter, themed activity days (10am-3pm). Please see the flyer below for more information. Sessions can be booked via downloading and completing the booking form below, or by collecting a form from Mrs. Doyle in the office. Siblings discounts are available on request.

Holy Redeemer Band play at the Strawberry Fair Saturday 6th July 2019 1.45pm

The Holy Redeemer Band played for about 20 minutes at the start of the fair. It was a lovely occasion. The 10 players were outside under a gazebo and it was rather hot, so well done band members. The band played a selection of pieces ranging from old favourites such as Claire de la Lune to ones from this year, such as Pack Up Your Troubles.

Unfortunately, not all the band players could be with us that afternoon, but those who were there played well and entertained those at the fair with some live music!

Thank you to the band; they have committed themselves to a practise session every Thursday morning all year – well done.

This was their final performance of the year. Below are some photos from the day and previous ones taken in the hall.