Making a Splash!

St Philip’s swimming team made a fantastic debut at the Prestwich and Whitefield Schools Swimming gala last Tuesday, 26th June. We progressed through to the finals in every one of the nine events, having won eight heats and come second in one.

We had great success in the finals, winning the girls’ relay, mixed relay, individual girls’ breaststroke and individual girls’ backstroke. We were runners up in the girls’ freestyle and boys’ breaststroke and place very well in all the other events.

The points from every event were then totalled at the end of the gala. We are delighted to pass on the news that we were Girls Overall winners.

Now for the big finale…due to the fantastic commitment, effort and teamwork shown by the children, we amassed the highest number of points of all eleven schools who entered and were crowned Overall Winners!

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Future ICT Experts?

Pupils from Miss Haigh’s Year 2 class have this week produced some outstanding work in ICT. They have created graphs, spreadsheets and databases as part of their science and numeracy work. Have a look at some of the photographs below – their work looks fantastic! Well done.

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World Peace Flag Ceremony

Today our school celebrated a special service at church, the focus of which was ‘World Peace’. The celebration, which was meticulously planned by Miss Haigh and Miss Boylan, featured peace prayers written by all year groups, a flag procession, drama, signing and of course peace related hymns. The event was extremely special and enabled our pupils to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of peace. Our school has received a ‘Peace Pole’ as a result and it will be erected in the playground in the near future…

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Year 2 Visit Stockley Farm

Year 2 recently visited Stockley Farm. We had a great time and did lots of fun and interesting things:

  • We went on a nature walk
  • We fed pigs, goats and lambs
  • We held cuddly, soft rabbits and guinea-pigs
  • We played on the adventure playground
  • We had fun on the bouncy castle
  • We learnt about the dairy where the cows are milked
  • We had a ride in a tractor
  • We met the cows, sheep, horses and birds of prey

We hope you enjoy looking at our photos!

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Relay of Prayer Assembly

As you are aware from previous posts, our school has recently been involved in the Relay of Prayer event organised by Salford Diocese. Each school had to learn about a country participating in this year’s Olympic Games and St. Philip’s RC had to study Palestine. The final stage of the process was for pupils from our school to visit St. Thomas of Canterbury, where they led an assembly on Palestine and passed on the torch of prayer. Many thanks to Mrs McNeill and Mrs Aldred for planning and preparing the assembly!

Torch of Prayer

As you are aware, the Torch of Prayer is travelling round all schools in the Salford Diocese to recognise and celebrate all the countries participating in the Olympic Games this summer.
Each school is praying for the country they have been allocated, and learning about the geography, culture and traditions of that country. St Philip’s received the Torch of Prayer from St Anne’s Crumpsall, who presented a beautiful assembly on Singapore. They left a generous gift of bookmarks for every child in our school, depicting messages and greetings in Chinese writing (one of Singapore’s main languages) with personal note on the reverse.
We then travelled to St Thomas of Canterbury to present our assembly on Palestine. The assembly was vibrant, informative and hugely enjoyable – a particular thank you to Mrs McNeill, Mrs Aldred and the children who took part.
Over the last few weeks at St Philip’s, every class has been involved in the Torch of Prayer project and has been researching Palestine. The children have learnt that there is a strong tradition of art and craft, have made soap, candles, clay pots and plaques, learnt how to weave and appliqué, embroidered designs to symbolise crops and stitched images representing aspects of Palestinian culture, written poetry inspired by their research and learnt how to print ‘by hand’. We gave some examples of all our work as gifts to St Thomas’.

We hope you enjoy looking at the photos of our assembly!
Look out for the video which will be posted onto the Blog soon.

 Miss G Haigh
RE Co-ordinator

Tag Rugby

The tag rugby team have had a marvellous few weeks! They were runners up in our local competition which took them through to the next round, competing for Bury South. Again, the team played fantastically well and took the runners up place. This success earned them a place in the Greater Manchester School Games, competing for Bury. This final tournament began with an impressive opening ceremony at the Athletics Stadium at Eastlands in Manchester. Key 103 hosted the event and the children were treated to a performance by Rizzle Kicks, amazing gymnastics trick by 2 British team members, an inspirational speech from a member of the England Olympic hockey team, and many entertaining dances and songs. We were then transported to Broughton Park Rugby Club for an afternoon of competition against schools from all over Greater Manchester. The standard of play was incredibly high and although we scored plenty of tries, we did not progress through to the final. Despite this, the children thoroughly enjoyed this memorable day competing in the sunshine, showing tremendous team spirit, determination and energy! Well done to all the pupils involved.

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