St Chad's Roman Catholic Primary School
Balmfield Street
M8 0SP

Tel: 0161 205 6965
Fax: 0161 205 6529
Link to the School Website: St Chad's School

St. Chad’s Primary School

Governors’ Newsletter for Parish and School

7thJanuary – 18th April 2019





Thank you to all the parishioners who help at our Parish School – hearing children read, walking with the children to Mass, coming to say the Rosary with us and so on – you are hugely valued – thank you.



School opens on January 7th2019. School closes for half-term on February 15th  and re-opens on February 25th. School closes for Easter on April 18th. 



We said goodbye to Ms. Marlow at the end of the Autumn Term as she moves on to pastures new, and we wish her every blessing in her future career. We also welcome a new Parent Governor, Mrs Difilia Vaz, who has two daughters in St. Chad’s.

We are saying hello to Mrs. Anne O’Dwyer who is spending two terms at St. Chad’s as Acting Deputy Headteacher. We would also like to say thank you to Mrs. Walker, the Headteacher of Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Gorton and its Governing Body for giving us this support. We would also like to thank Mrs. Anne Heard at the Diocesan Education Office who organised Mrs. O’Dwyer’s secondment from Sacred Heart. We feel sure that Mrs. O’Dwyer will enjoy her stay at St. Chad’s.


A special mention to June Kelly OBE who has transformed sport and fitness at St. Chad’s. If you look on the school website you will see that our Parish School has entered teams for fifty two (yes 52!) sports competitions so far this year. Each lunchtime there are sports activities for children to join in ranging from football to cheerleading. St. Chad’s is grateful to June and her colleagues for all their hard work -  and well done St. Chad’s teams!



In the Autumn term the improvement of the school learning environment has carried on with great urgency. By the time you read this newsletter virtually every area of the school will have been redecorated, all areas will have new carpets and Key Stage Two classes will have new furniture. There are new electronic gates to improve the security and safety of the school. There are new blinds in all classroom and the school hall has been re-furbished. Each class has a new electronic whiteboard and in a few weeks a new computer server will be installed. The school has also purchased sixty new iPad computers as well as new computers for the School Office. Finally, in the coming term the Headteacher’s Office and the Staffroom will be relocated. In all, the school will have spent almost three hundred thousand pounds on improvements during this academic year, to ensure that the children at St. Chad’s are learning in a bright, safe and well equipped environment. Thank you to Mrs Foster and Mr James for all their hard work in organising and co-ordinating the improvements.



Our Parish Primary School offers both full-time Nursery places and places in its Reception class. 

Our admissions policy makes Catholic children a priority. 

Please contact school to request a place.


Tel: 0161 205 6965



Mr. Ratchford writes, … In Year 3 the  Mass of Enrolment on the first Sunday of Advent was a real success, the children were presented to the parishioners and lit candles at the altar, which they really enjoyed. Our first Breakfast Mass is on Sunday 13th January, to celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord. It would be lovely if we could all include our children in our prayers this festive season. 

Mrs. Jones writes… In Year Two this half term we have been reading a story identifying that it is not objects that make us special, it is our personality and morals.  The children have loved it!In Maths we have been recognising the value of money, identifying what each coin and note is worth and performing real life addition and subtraction problems.RE has been consolidating what we know about the sacrament of baptism and now entering into the advent season, preparing for Christmas.The children had a wonderful time discovering new techniques linked to Aboriginal art and sculptures. 

Mrs. Shenton writes…Nursery and Reception have been learning all about Advent and have been getting ready for Christmas. We have worked very hard on preparing our Christmas play 'Hey Ewe!' and we are looking forward to our families coming to watch us perform our play. Both Nursery and Reception have continued settling into new routines, learning lots of new things and making different friends.


All the Masses are at our parish church of St Chad


First Friday Masses 1.45 pm

1st February – Votive Mass, The Sacred Heart of Jesus

1st March - St. David, Patron Saint of Wales

5th  April - Friday of the 4th week of Lent


Sacramental Programme for Year 3

Sunday Breakfast Masses 8am


13th Jan The Baptism of the Lord

10th Feb Sixth Sunday of the Year

10th Mar First Sunday of Lent

14th Apr Palm Sunday




Fr Ray Matus Foundation Governor, Miss Alison Bartholomew Foundation Governor, Dr Paul Leigh-Baker Foundation Governor (Chair), Mr Eric Cittanova Foundation Governor, Ms Margaret Foster Headteacher, Ms Joanne Meredith Foundation Governor, Mr Mark Ratchford Staff Governor, Mr Kevin White Foundation Governor, Ms Robyn Ellis LA Governor, Ms Tolani Omolawon Parent Governor, Ms T Jankowska Foundation Governor, Mrs D Vaz Parent Governor.




Please see the school website for news and information about our Parish School! 



The statue of Our Lady which has been in a small courtyard at school has now been moved to the front of the school where it takes pride of place and serves as a focal point for the school.  Holy Mary, pray for us!