The Highwayman – A Twist On A Classic…

Pupils in Year 5 have been studying the classic poem ‘The Highwayman’. They have produced some excellent work using this classic literature over the past few weeks. For one task, the children were asked to write an alternative ending to the poem in the style of the original. The work below has been jointly written by Isobel Cammish and Georgia Griffin. Well done!

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We are very proud to announce that St. Philip’s has been crowned as champions of five-a-side football in the Prestwich / Whitefield region. The teams participated in games across two evenings, winning all seven of the games which they played. As always, the boys represented the school with dignity and were humble in their victory. Well done!


How to Save a Life…

On Friday 16th January representatives from the school council and some year 1 children participated in two basic life support sessions delivered by a specialist trainer from the charity ‘Hand on Heart-Funding Defibrillators for schools’.

The sessions included learning how to assess whether a casualty was breathing, placing someone in the recovery position, delivering CPR and how to assess for danger and seek appropriate help. The sessions were very practical and all the children got to practice CPR techniques on some dummies. It will be the children’s responsibility to feedback what they have learnt to their classmates.

‘Hand on Heart’ has funded a defibrillator to be located in school and eight members of staff have received four hours of training on how to use one safely. We are delighted to have this potentially life saving piece of equipment in school. Many thanks to ‘Hand on Heart’ from all the staff and pupils at St Philips.

Fifty Fabulous Years!

A special mass was held in our parish last night. Father Peter celebrated 50 years of life as a priest and led a huge congregation through an evening of memorable hymns, reflective readings and thought-provoking anecdotes. Rarely has the church been so full and this is an indication of the huge impact which Father Peter has had on the parish of Our Lady of Dolours. Below are a few photographs and a video which features eight pupils from Mr Cooper’s class leading a rendition of Father Peter’s favourite hymn. We hope for many further years of worship led by our wonderful priest.

Rest In Peace

Fr. Tom Robinson OSM 28-4-1932 – 28-12-2014

Fr. Tom Robinson OSM
28-4-1932 – 28-12-2014

Gerry Welch 3-6-1942 – 3-12-2014

Gerry Welch
3-6-1942 – 3-12-2014

Over the holiday period, we lost two valued members of the school and parish community. After a short illness, Fr. Tom Robinson OSM passed away peacefully on 28th December. All our pupils knew Fr. Tom well and were very fond of him. He visited the school each day and rarely missed a school assembly or event. Fr. Tom was a very special person and all the pupils and staff at St. Philip’s will miss him very much. At this sad time, we remember Fr. Tom’s family and the whole Servite community in our thoughts and prayers.

On New Year’s Eve, we were shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Gerry Welch. Gerry taught at St. Philip’s for over 30 years, before retiring in 2001. Gerry regularly visited the school, both as a grandparent and supporter of the school and parish community. Some of Gerry’s former colleagues still work at St. Philip’s, as do some of his former pupils. Gerry was a lovely man and will be greatly missed by us all. Our thoughts at this very difficult time go out to his wife Eleanor, his three children and his grandchildren.