Slow down for Bobby

On Thursday 19th January, Year 1, 2 and 3 children were very fortunate to receive a visit from Jude Lennon, an author who has recently written a book on behalf of the ‘Slow down for Bobby’ charity.

Jude spoke to the children about the importance of staying safe when crossing the road and also read her book to the children.

The children really enjoyed helping Jude tell the story and learnt a lot about road safety!

Year 6 residential trip to PGL Boreatton Park June 2016

Friday 7.30am The children have had a very busy and enjoyable day in the glorious Shropshire sunshine yesterday. It was a day filled with high octane activities such as high ropes, abseiling and giant swing. 

We were up for breakfast early and the day began with the children really starting to get into the routines of PGL.

After breakfast all of the groups were on session with Zip wire and vertical challenge. The theme of the day was heights as the afternoon saw high ropes and abseiling!  

We have certainly had the weather today, so much so that during the tunnel trail activity the children were reticent to wear long sleeves.  

The evening saw the children impressing with their dance moves and competing in a ‘dance off.’ Our group leader Sarah, dressed in a suit, enforced a strict dress code of no trainers and VIP passes with valid ID! Some of the children stole the show with their dance skills. 

So to our last day, this morning brings quad bikes, abseiling, problem solving and zip wire…

Thursday 7.30am

Nathan – Try everything is my advice as I loved the activities especially Giant Swing, even though when I was at the top I regretted it! At the end it was the best feeling ever.

Will G – It’s been loads of fun especially the trapeze. I was shaking at the top but so proud of myself when I jumped off.

Alex E – Scary looking things can turn out to be your favourite; for example Giant Swing made your stomach turn as you pulled the string. We should have gone higher. Kayaking was great fun and as well as getting soaked, learning, new skills. Everyone got really wet.

Sean M – Cabins are great and I have got to know friends that I wasn’t as close to before. My shoe came off in the kayaking and as I was trying to get it, I capsized. It’s been amazing so far.

Lucie – A great place and I’d like my family to experience some of the fun that I’ve had on the activities. The kayaking has been a favourite up to now (difficult to choose) as I have never done it before and now have that new skill.

Grace C – PGL is a place to bond more with your class because you spend so much time together. Giant swing was more exhilarating than I thought possible. It’s difficult to pick a favourite as I’ve enjoyed everything so far and still some great activities to look forward to, particularly High Ropes and Zip Wire. It’s the best way to overcome any fears.

Indea – PGL has been like being part of a family as we have cabin family and group family. Everyone has been getting along with a great atmosphere. I love the kayaks as I won the 5 Star Plus challenge and I’m really looking forward to the high activities.

Joe – It has made me spend no time on technology and I have loved being outdoors with my friends and brother. Quad bikes have been a favourite because I got to go fast and didn’t crash. I surprised myself on the challenge course by lifting my body above the wall and getting the name of ‘right hand strongman’.

Emily L – Thoroughly enjoyed Giant Swing as it helped me to overcome my fear of heights. Love my cabin mates and spending some time with them.

Melissa – So scared on the giant swing as Mrs Bannister (my partner) made me go higher. I couldn’t pull the rope because fear took over but I’m glad that we did it and had 2 goes. Go high or go home!

Jack D – If you don’t try something you never know what you like, then you can have a go at other similar things for instance Giant Swing is like Trapeze so gives you the boost to progress and overcome your fears.

Jack F – PGL has been beyond my expectations so far. Each activity has been brilliant; loved them all. Quad biking was something that I’ve done before but I still enjoyed it, wanting to go even faster!

Lucy – A really good holiday to spend with friends. I enjoyed Giant Swing, Barney and Splish Splash. It’s been amazing so far.

Olivia H-M – A great experience with friends on all the activities. The best for me so far has been Giant Swing – we were singing ‘I believe I can fly’. It gave us such a rush – really cool. Passport game last night was great with excellent teamwork.

Callum S – Spending time with friends has made this a great holiday. Best ever has to be Giant Swing. Food has been nice and the cabins are great.

Hollie – It’s been a great experience. Some of the activities are scary but we are encouraged to push ourselves and achieve super things. Cabins are nice – better than I thought and food is okay.

Sam B – So far it’s been good – loads of activities all day. Trapeze is the best for me because I did it (reached the trapeze from a wooden log). It gave me a great sense of achievement. Loved Barney waking us up each morning. The food and cabins are cool.

Jessica R – I am enjoying being with my friends in a room together. Giant Swing is the best – more fun than scary. I am loving the team work and getting to know others better. Challenge Course was great fun for this reason. All the PGL staff have been very nice – it’s good to have different instructors helping you.

Alex M – My funniest moment has been watching Joel dance. I loved the kayaks even though the water was cold with a lot of duck poo. It was great getting drenched!

Patrick B – It’s such good fun and the food is fine. My favourite food was the pasta. It’s good sharing with friends in the same room – amazing. I’ve loved every activity especially the Trapeze which was again amazing because I achieved more than I thought possible.

Angus – The vertical challenge was very fun and interesting! I loved the trapeze too.

Jamie – The food’s really good and I love the kayaking. My favourite activity, by far, was the raft building!

Amber – I’ve enjoyed being with my friends in cabins. I loved the trapeze.

Emily C – I like the way we are all in a cabin with friends, my favourite activity was raft building because we had competitions and games.

Heather – I love my cabin with my friends, I loved the kayaking. It’s amazing!

Grace P – I’ve enjoyed seeing a different side to people you don’t normally see. You see them differently, it’s been exhilarating!

Calum P – I’ve really enjoyed the kayaking and raft building-water activities. Just being out with my friends has been great.

Ethan D – It’s like Disneyland, the best place ever, I’ve loved the trapeze.

Cole – I’ve loved being with my mates and conquering the new activities- I’ve tried everything. I loved the obstacle course and all the activities- getting to try something new.

Olivia H – I’ve enjoyed being in a cabin with my friends. The activities have been great, even the lake with duck poo!

Elliot L – I’ve liked being in a cabin with my mates, I’ve also enjoyed getting my money’s worth for my Mum. I have made the most of every activity.

Elliot B – I loved the raft building and kayaking- the water activities. Playing football outside.

Will R – I’ve loved raft building and being in a cabin with my mates. I’ve loved kayaking even though I sank!

Sam S – It’s amazing in a cabin with my mates. The activities are fun.

Jessica L – It was really thrilling, I loved vertical challenge with the cargo nets. I’ve enjoyed the trapeze.

Joel – It’s been an experience, I’ve loved it all- especially kayaking. Even though I hated water!

Emma – I have enjoyed activity after activity, it’s been so much fun with my friends.

Amy – I have made so many memories and I’ve seen a different side to people.

Erin – It’s been a really enjoyable experience because I have spent time with friends and seen their true personalities.

Jessica Mc – The giant swing has been the best so far! I’ve loved my cabin too.

Shaun M – Basically I thought the high challenges would be scarier – it’s so much better than I thought! So pleased with myself and what I’ve done. The best activity for me was quad bikes because I’ve done it before but this was better due to all of us experiencing it at the same time.

Wednesday 7.30am An early start yesterday, together with an exhausting array of activities, ensured that by the end of the day all the children were worn out.

Half the group had the much loved kayaking in the morning with the other half experiencing it in the afternoon. Despite being in different sessions all the children not only had fun but learnt some new skills. The famous ‘five star challenge’ was won by Indea followed by Jessica R – a fantastic achievement to stay balanced on the nose of a kayak after a series of challenges all designed to tip you in the water! Everyone got wet and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The other activities were Giant Swing, Problem Solving, Challenge Course and Trapeze. As the activities are in rotation, not all the groups experience them at the same time, however by the end of the week everyone will have done the same activities. It’s great to see the children encouraging each other and working as a team whilst preparing those yet to experience the session of what to expect.

Routines are developing and children taking responsibility for having the right clothes for each session. Mealtimes have seen all the children eating with some children having special requests which have been readily accommodated by the catering staff.

A great night’s sleep by everyone and a much needed later breakfast this morning.

Tuesday 6.30am The children have all settled into their rooms and are excited about what’s to come! All children were happy with their room mates. as well as their day groups. The first meal in the dining room was received well with everybody enjoying something – fish fingers with chips was a popular choice from the menu.  Our groupie is Sarah, from the Wirral, who has showed the children around the site and played an evening game called ‘Campfire’. Some groups took a bit longer last night to go to sleep (understandable to a point as it’s first evening) so they were not too amused at the 6.30am Barney & Chick wake up call, due to our early breakfast at 7.15am! Still awake and chatting at 1.30am does not make for early risers! Tonight should be interesting as no doubt (fingers crossed) they’ll be the first asleep.  This morning the groups have kayaking, trapeze, giant swing and problem solving.

Monday 3.45pm The children have arrived safely at PGL, the weather is beautiful and everybody is happy. Further updates to follow each day!


500 Words Competition

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Congratulations to Lilian whose story was chosen as a winner in the Chris Evans ‘500 Words’ Competition; she is pictured here with her certificate. Well done Lilian!



Mathletics Champion

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Mathletics Champion Talula is pictured with her trophy for being 4th in the UK and 27th in the World on the Mathletics ‘Hall of Fame’. This is a fantastic achievement – well done Talula!



Young Voices 1st March 2016

Our school choir once again took part in the ‘Young Voices’ Concert at the Manchester Arena.

Young Voices is the largest school choir organiser in the world and currently organises over 14 capacity concerts a year in the UK & Ireland’s leading Arenas. Each year over 2,500 schools, 90,000 children, 6000 teachers and 120,000 family and friends come together to enjoy music and celebrate singing.

Young Voices has a long standing history spanning 15 years and the spectacular tours have featured an impressive array of top talent including Dionne Bromfield, The High Kings, Joss Stone, Des’ree, VV Brown and many other established acts.

This national event covers London, Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield, giving the opportunity for everyone to participate and enjoy the experience.

Ben Lewis, Managing Director of Young Voices is adamant that “every pupil should be exposed to music at an early age, whether the joy is singing, playing an instrument or loving the sound of music, the potential benefits are huge”.

The children worked very hard to prepare for this exciting event and had a wonderful day at the event.

Click here to visit the ‘Young Voices’ website for more information.

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Radio 2 500 words, writing competition

Six years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world. Nearly half a million pupils have written a story for us; that’s over 215 MILLION words!

It’s very simple. Your pupils write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Bonneville or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch. Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.

Winners will rub shoulders with the world’s biggest celebrities and massive pop-stars performing at the final. Plus in 2016, 500 Words is delighted to welcome back real-life royalty to the competition: Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, who returns in 2016 to support the competition as our Honorary Judge! She’ll be reading and debating the top 50 stories of the competition with our amazing author panel: Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon.

AND in the year of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, our final will be live from the home of British story-telling, Shakespeare’s Globe, on the 27th May.

To find out more click the links below

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Gymnastics Club – Knowsley Key Steps Competition

“Children from our after school Gymnastics club took part in the Knowsley Key steps Competition on 4th February, – please see the following link for some fabulous photographs of them in action:


Reading Café

This week we were so excited to welcome our families (many Grandparents) and Parishoners to share our love of books with us. It was magical to see this shared story time, we simply loved it. Following the success of this event, we will definitely be scheduling future regular events for our families to attend. We would like to thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm during the event. We really appreciate your feedback and will be added to the Pupil’s Voice page.


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 Golden Tea Party

Congratulations to Cora for achieving 300 smiles. The Queen, Mrs Keating and Cora enjoyed afternoon tea on 11th February.

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30 Day Attendance Challenge Celebration

Actor Stephen Graham took time out from filming alongside Tom Hardy to return to his Merseyside roots to inspire our children on 4th February.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star was back in his hometown to support a campaign which has helped boost school attendance. Stephen, who also played Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire, visited our school on Thursday 4th February to recognise the children’s achievements in the Knowsley 30 day attendance challenge. St Anne’s won the award for the ‘Highest Performing Primary School’ and the ‘Most Improved Primary School’ compared to the same period last year.

As well as handing out certificates to children who had achieved 100% attendance, the ‘This Is England’ actor read a story to the children.

The actor, who now counts Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and director Martin Scorsese among his friends, said it was an honour to visit the school.

He said: “I feel very privileged to be here, and if the words that I’m saying and this initiative about attendance can inspire one child then I feel that everyone’s done their job.”

The campaign started last September and so far, more than 1,500 pupils have received a bronze medal for achieving 100 per cent school attendance during the autumn term.

If they complete 100 per cent during the spring term, they will receive a silver medal, and a gold medal for completion of full attendance for the academic year.

To complement the year-long campaign, a shorter 30 day challenge was introduced around the Christmas period – which traditionally sees a dip in attendance.

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On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we remember…

We gathered together on Wednesday 11th November in a beautiful collective worship led by the children of Year 3 and Miss Barton. All week in school the children have been focussing their work around the significance of poppies and why we remember.

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Mrs Keating welcomes Mr Warren, Director of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Liverpool, to St Anne’s

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The Big Read

As part of our whole school project to encourage children to read for pleasure, classes participated in shared reading activities. The classes were all paired together on Friday afternoon and for half an hour we all read, I think that you will agree the photographs show how much the children (and teachers) loved this!

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Bishop Tom’s Visit to St Anne’s

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Race for Life 2015

We held our first ever Race for Life on Friday 12th June. Children in Key Stage Two ran a sponsored fun run to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The weather was beautiful and the children were cheered on by their families and pupils from Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Dressed in their racing colours of blue and pink, the children were running with smiles on their faces, knowing that they are part of the generation helping to Beat Cancer!

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Year 6 PGL trip 2015

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Maths Achievement

Sean is the first child in Key Stage One to achieve all of the Maths badges – well done Sean!’


Art Exhibition at St Anne’s

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Year 3 Hand Spa – Fundraising for CAFOD

Mrs Revell has worked with Year 3 to teach them how to give a hand massage. Today Year 3 invited their families into class for a Hand Spa. The children decided to donate the money they made from each hand massage to CAFOD, as part of our schools Lenten mission.

Well Done Year 3 you raised £91!

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Well done to all the children who performed in our school production of ‘Scouserella’. They all worked so hard to learn their lines and we were all so impressed by the talented actors that our school has. A very special thank you to Miss Walsh and Mrs Coleman for all of their hard work directing and producing the pantomime. Thank you also to Mrs Revell for her fantastic set design and props.

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Solar Eclipse

Shannon and Mrs Keating enjoyed watching the solar eclipse this morning through Shannon’s viewer which she had made with her Dad. Well done Shannon!

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 Tour of Britain

The children went to see the cyclists in the Tour of Britain Race on Tarbock Road. It was very exciting watching them all whizz past; they went so fast that it was hard to spot Bradley Wiggins!

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Homecoming Army Parade

We were proud and thrilled to be able to welcome home the 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment on their return from service in Afghanistan. The children were very excited to see all the soldiers marching in their uniforms, as they were led by the Army band and the Police escorts. We hope you enjoy looking at some of the photographs.


Sister Elizabeth and the Attendance Hero

Sister Elizabeth presented certificates to the children for their outstanding attendance. The Attendance Hero also gave his congratulations too!

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Sister Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee

20131007-121703.jpgSt Anne’s children presented Sister Elizabeth with flowers for her Golden Jubilee to thank her for her love, support and ministry in our school and parish community. A new bench for the playground has been purchased in her honour and also a smaller one for her garden.