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

Headmistress: Mrs Margaret Foster
Associate Headmaster: Mr Dominic James

School Governors:

Dr Paul Leigh-Baker (Chairman)
Alison Bartholomew (Vice Chairman)
Fr Ray Matus
Tolani Omolawon
Eric Cittanova
Damian Collins
Mark Ratchford
Kevin White
Margaret Foster (Headmistress)
Dominic James (Associate Headmaster)

Parents wishing to enrol children at any time of the year should contact Mr James at the school. 
He will be very happy to help you with this, and make you welcome in our wonderful parish school community.

Governors' Newsletter 
30th October - 22nd December
New Headteacher
The Governing Body is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Margaret Foster as Headteacher of St Chad's Parish School. Mrs Foster came to St Chad's in 2014, and has been successively Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher. In her career Mrs Foster has been a College Lecturer, Head of a Nursery, and advisory teacher and OFSTED inspector. The Governing Body are confident that we have appointed an outstanding professional who will be a great Headteacher.

Replacement for the Banner
The new illuminated signs on the school building were switched on this week! Now everyone will know where our Parish school is.

Mr and Mrs Hanley on the birth of their baby boy - the school community and parish wish you every blessing. (Mr Hanley is class teacher of Year 5).

Parents Evenings
KEY SYAGE 1 Parents' Evening - 8th November
KEY STAGE 2 Parents' Evening - 9th November

Programme of School Masses (November - December)
All Saints (Holy Day of Obligation)
Wednesday 1st November - 10am
First Friday Mass
1st December - 1.45pm
The Immaculate Conception (8th December) - 10am

The Sacramental Programme 
For Year 3 this begins with the Mass of Enrolment on the First Sunday of Advent at 11.30am
The programme is run by Br Gerard and the teacher for Year 3 is Mr Mark Ratchford.

Spring Term Dates
School closes for the Christmas Holidays on Friday 22nd December.

Talk 4 Writing Programme
On October 16th the school hosted a training day attended by 80 people, including all the staff from St Chad's, for this exciting programme, designed to encourage a more hands on approach to writing with children acting out the stories. By all accounts it was an excellent day. To support the launch of the programme staff have worked incredibly hard to update the library and organise the reading books. School has also spent £1,600 on new reading books.

Around the Classes
Mrs Shenton writes that the children in Nursery have been very busy settling in to St Chad's and making lots of friends. The children have been learning about themselves and they have worked hard at drawing and painting pictures of their faces. We have been having fun learning lots of new nursery rhymes, hearing new stories and learning to count. Mr Puddick says, that in Reception we have been learning how to say the prayers at the beginning of the Rosary. We have tried to learn the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. In Maths we have been learning how to bake cupcakes. We have used a balancing scale to measure out the ingredients. The cakes were delicious!
Ms Gosling notes that Year 1 have been settling in beautifully into KS1 and are working super hard. They have been learning the poem 'Charlie's Walk' and after half-term they will be writing their own. Finally, they have loved having Chad the Bear on class - he even helped us with our phonics. Mrs James writes that this year Year 2 have settled back into the school routine really well. In a busy programme they have been developing foot-eye coordination skills, team work and strategies in PE, and in Religious Education the have been exploring what it means to belong to the family of God as well as learning about Judaism. Mr Ratchford writes that in Year 3 we are preparing for the Sacramental Programme, we have already attended our first First Friday Mass, alongside last year's First Holy Communion children. Br Gerard has begun working with the children; last week we learned all about the events in Fatima and started to learn to sing the Our Father in Latin. We would like to thank Fr Chris for showing us the relic of our class saint (San Luigi Scrosoppi) and giving us a beautiful image that now sits pride of place in our altar. Ms Marlow writes that Year 4 have been doing some exciting work in relation to ancient Egypt. We have explored how the ancient Egyptians lived and their culture, and even had a go at making our own mummification Death Masks. Ms Smee writes that Year 6 have completed two RE topics; one where we explored the term 'unconditional love' and linked this with our own lives of faith, and another that explored the Jewish traditions of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Time of Atonement). We even celebrated the Jewish New Year by trying apples with honey, as this is a Jewish custom that symbolises a sweet New Year - it was lovely!

Paul Leigh-Baker
Chair of the Governing Body