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Monday 17th September 2018
​A day late this week, better late than never!
Wow, 2 weeks gone already in Year 6 and we now have all 29 children in school - Joe L and Santiago both settling in to Year 6 along with all the other children. I must say during these early weeks how impressed I have been with the majority of the class with regards their commitment and attitude. As I've said many times before - Year 6 is an extremely difficult environment. It is my job to ensure your children achieve their best and in so doing equip themselves for the transition to high school. You will all have received your letters regarding 2019 high school choices - your choice has to be completed ONLINE by no later than Wednesday 31st October. If I can be of any help to anyone please ask at the office and I will sort out a meeting. It really has flown by and this year seems to do that - I will do my utmost to ensure​ your children have an enlightening final year at St. Martins.
Bye for now,
Mr. Mc x

Saturday 8th September 2018
Hello and welcome back to Year 6. Another year and another Year 6 class. Every year I say to myself this will be final year at St. Martins and then I meet my new class - all 29 of them (well only 27 up to now as Joe L and Santiago are not yet with us) and my mind set changes. If you know me or how I work then you will know that my class is part of my family and when they leave in July I spend my summer holidays with a heavy heart. The first four days of this new academic year have come and gone and if they are an indicator of things to come then this Year 6 class will be every bit as successful as last year and all the previous years I have had the honour of teaching.
Year 6 are gone - LONG LIVE YEAR 6!
Speak soon,
Mr. Mc x


Sunday 22nd July 2018
Another year over, another leavers' assembly done, shirts signed and goodbyes exchanged. I don't usually write at this​ time, however, I felt​, this time, I must. I was very humbled by the amount of gifts I received in the final week, truly overwhelmed - THANK YOU! 
It is going to be challenging to live up to my belief;
Year 6 are gone, long live Year 6!
This year has been nothing short of phenomenal​, my job is to now make next year (2018-19) even better; BRING ON SEPTEMBER.
To all of Year 6, who have just left and your parents, I will NEVER FORGET you, you will be in my heart and soul forever - thank you.
A very sad and melancholic,
Mr. Mc x


Sunday 15th July 2018
​Is it really 3 weeks since my last entry - yes it is!
So much has happened in those 3 weeks. However, the passing of Mrs. Karen Hughes last week is paramount in everybody's thoughts and prayers. I had the pleasure of teaching her daughter (Alicia) whilst on my Teacher Training with Mrs. Walton and Mrs. Bradley (10 years ago). My words mean very little, but they are written with sadness and filled with memories of all the conversations about the children at St. Martin'​s and her love for Liverpool Football Club. There has been so many immense happenings over the past 3 weeks (documented elsewhere), yet this passing looms large in the classroom and greater St. Martin's community. Rest In Peace Karen, the children will miss you, as do I.
Mr. McNulty 

Sunday 24th June 2018
Plans very rarely go to plan - as they say. Thank you for your replies to the Parent Day letters - your appointment slip will be coming out on either Monday or Tuesday of this coming week, along with the final letter regarding our London trip (Monday 9th July).
Only 20 days to go in school from tomorrow and still what seems like 'mountains' to get done, however, as always Year 6 will continue to live up to their responsibilities. On Monday I enter, with Mrs. Evison, my Teacher Assessments for Year 6 and it is an​ important time. Having to judge a child - academically is paramount in my thoughts and I have to follow strict guidlines. Some of the children will not get the entry they want. This unfortunately is not the be all and end all of them as people. A set of Teacher Assessment​​ marks and indeed NCT (SATs) marks do not make the person, they are a 'snapshot' of a moment in time and how they handled that moment.
I am always humbled and extremely proud to be the Year 6 teacher and I can tell you the 26 children in Year 6 are a credit to you as parents and St. Martin's as a school.
Thank you and bye for now,
cheers,
Mr. Mc x    


Sunday 17th June 2018
Only 25 school days left in this academic year - that's not a lot really considering the amount of things still left to do in Year 6 and school in general. This is an important week for Year 6 in
their writing assessment; they have to write a short story about a 'bridge' - they will explain the reason why - ask them about it, their thoughts and ideas are full of engagement and imagination.
On top of that our school rehearsals are in full swing with Miss Rowe (Director supreme) and we have a visit to the Halle Orchestra on Thursday with Year 4 and Mrs. Monks. Not forgetting Holy Communion Mass on Wednesday, I think you will agree - busy times!

As far as the remaining weeks go the children will be bringing home 2 important letters this week:

  1. Parent meetings for Monday 2nd (between 1:00pm and 5:00pm) and Tuesday 3rd July (between 9:00am and 4:45pm) - times may vary due to High School visits, however the final letter will have correct times.
  2. London trip (Monday 9th July) letter with all details and final costings.
It isn't long now until your children cross their 'bridges' and move on to new and exciting challenges; it is a time of year that I find very difficult, I know I shouldn't as experience tells me that they are ready to move on - job done, however that does not tell the full story. Year 6 is more than just a class, over the months together we become a family; they say you can't choose your family, well I'm one of the lucky ones - I can by working in the 'best' school in the world.
Bye for now,
cheers,
Mr. Mc x​

Sunday 10th June 2018
Wow, a week gone already. How time flies. well it doesn't really, but the children know what I mean. The whole school is extremely busy at the moment what with trips to organise (The Halle and London for Year 6 alone), rehearsals and all manner of education taking place it doesn't give anybody much time to think let alone breath. I must make a special note about Nina who has shown tremendous maturity throughout the week in what must be a very traumatic time for her and her family. It is a testament to her friends how they have rallied around her and ensured that she has the support and space she needs to heal - God bless you Nina, we will be with you no matter what. 
On a different note, having now read the Ofsted report, I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who commented, either in person or online or by means of a letter about YOUR school. I have always felt quite blessed to work in St. Martin's and especially as the Year 6 Teacher and the report confirmed what I already knew - St. Martin's is a special school. Long may that continue.
Over the next couple of weeks the children will be bringing home various letters: 

​Halle Orchestra trip.

Parents' meetings.

London trip.

​I will keep you informed as and when they are sent.

As always thank you f​or​ your continued support,

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x 


Tuesday 29th May 2018
Not sure what to write this morning, I received a message from Mr. Hallman last night about Luke Doyle (Nina's brother). It was tragic news that he had lost his life. I can't imagine what Nina and her family are going through, suffice to say that St. Martin's as a community will do all that it can to help them during this extremely sad time.
Year 6 and I will also do everything within our power to help Nina see out her remaining time in school as peacefully and calmly as possible and offer her any support that she needs.
​From my family to yours - our prayers are with you.
Peace be with you.
Mr. McNulty


Saturday 19th May 2018
Not quite sure where to start, what a week!
The children have been magnificent this week, not only did they sit their NCTs (SATs) they had to deal with a special visitor (Mr. Pugh)​ from Ofsted on Tuesday, yes - during their tests! However, as always they rose to the occasion and were exemplary in both attitude and behaviour - a real credit to themselves, you as parents and the school in general - WELL DONE to all. Although I don't know the outcome of the Ofsted visit yet, I think it went well and Year 6 certainly played their part as did all the children across the school. Friday was a struggle - very tired children and teacher - ME. Apart from a few minor niggles (tiredness plays tricks on even the most well- behaved children) we got through it and hopefully everyone will recharge their collective batteries to return on Monday for the conclusion of their primary school life - still lots to do: writing assessment, Year 6 End of Year show, School production, Mass, London trip etc.
Here's to a wonderful final 39 school days, bring it on!
Well done Year 6. I'm very proud to be your teacher, but, more importantly to ​know you as the fine young people you are becoming​. 
Cheers,
bye for now,
Mr. Mc​ X

Sunday 13th May 2018
​This will be the easiest piece of writing I have done in a long while. Tomorrow Year 6 start their National curriculum tests (SATs) and it has been​ my privilige and pleasure to help them along their way. I'm sure they will do their best and that's all anybody can ask - including ME!
GOOD LUCK and GOD BLESS YEAR 6.

Sunday 6th May 2018
​Another terrific week in Year 6. Tired minds and bodies now as we inch ever closer to NCTs, beginning on the 14th May. The children really have worked extremely hard in their preparations and now all they can do is master their nerves and anxieties and produce their best work on the individual days. If they do that, then what more can be asked of them - whatever the outcomes!
Only 4 days this week and on Wednesday we say goodbye in Mass to Mrs. Stanley and wish her well for the future - whatever that may bring. Just before I go I would like to say a huge THANKS to Mrs. Walton who has been coming in to help with the NCTs preparation and also to Mrs. Isherwood and Mrs. Eccles for their support over the past 11 extra lessons with refreshments and the odd bit of humour - thanks from all of Year 6.
Bye for now,
Cheers,
Mr. Mc x  

Tuesday 1st May 2018
Today I have given the children the timetable and opening hours for the week beginning - 14th May - NCTs (SATs) week. You can download a copy from below.
Test timetable 2018.doc

​​Sunday 29th April 2018
Hello, hope you are all well and enjoying the weekend. Thanks for the 100% response to the London trip on July 9th - more details to follow, probably late May - early June. The children are working hard in their NCT preparations and to my amazement, there are (on average) 22 children attending the extra lessons on a Monday and Tuesday night. We have, so far, done 9 with only 3 to go! However the class is so much more than NCTs and all the pressure they bring. Everyday it ​is a pleasure to teach these children, your children. Good or bad days are taken in our stride and we learn from them.
Short but succinct this week, WE really are the 'best' Year 6 in our world - and long may it continue.
Bye for now,
cheers,
Mr. Mc x

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sunday 22nd April 2018
​One week gone already, time certainly seems to fly (a recurring nightmare of mine). But, what a week! The children came back ready to as they say 'rock and roll' - well you know what I mean.
Tuesday's extra lesson was attended by 22 of the class; what an amazing effort that was, especially after only finding out about it on the Monday - WELL DONE CLASS. We have been working extremely hard in class and trying to find time in the afternoons to enjoy 'dodgeball' in the hall. Just very impromptu P.E. lessons; without fuss and brilliantly managed by Lucy and Bradly (our Sports Ambassadors).
On Monday we have a play about social media, just for Years 5 and 6. A very important topic and one which causes much discussion, especially at this time of year, what with NCTs coming over the horizon at an alarming rate. I know from my own son's experiences that the idea of NOT being on his iPhone and revising for his University exams is like him facing the end of the world. So, what must it be like for your children? It is essential that they dedicate some time over the next 3 weeks to revision and realise that their phone/iPad will still be there after their NCTs. They get one chance to 'do their best'. Unfortunately hindsight is a luxury we can ill afford.
Here's to another great week, whatever it brings.
Bye for now,
cheers,
Mr. Mc x

Sunday 15th April 2018

Hello and welcome back my friends to the show that never ends! I hope and pray that everyone has had a wonderful 2 week break, especially the children who needed a rest after their exertions of the previous half term. 
Now - let's get down to business, extra NCT revision lessons start again on Tuesday 17th (letter below) and a new letter will be going home with the children on Monday night (16th).

Extra lessons April-May 2018.doc

Obviously as their NCTs get closer the pressure on the children will grow, however, as in past years these extra lessons not only help with the academic side of the tests they also help build up belief, understanding and more importantly a sense of belonging, belonging in Year 6. Ready and capable of showing you, their parents and everybody else how much they have matured over these several years at St. Martin's.
On a final note, it was great to see so many parents of ex-children on the Year Reception to Year 5 Parents evenings. It was especially nice to see and speak to Paulina Lasota, who was visiting school while her parents spoke to Mrs. Parker about Santiago.
Bye for now​,​
cheers,
Mr. Mc x
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Saturday 24th March 2018

Year 6 spent their time with a ​most distinguished guest - Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines. What a couple of days in Year 6; Tuesday we learnt about Terezin and created our own Holocaust Remembrance books (pictures to follow when assembly is complete) and then on Wednesday we sat in complete silence as Lady Milena took us on a (perilous) journey from Prague to Liverpool Street Station in London during the Holocaust. It is the second time Lady Milena has visited us at St. Martin's - words don't often fail me, however on this and the previous occasion - they most certainly​ did! 

​​​I usually add more about the week, but in this instance nothing needs to be added to my words. The memory will live long in my head and heart and hopefully in the children's as well. Who by the way were absolutely impeccable in attitude, behaviour and knowledge. Both our guests commented on the level of their understanding and how they conducted themselves.

It makes my job a pleasure!

Mr. Mc x

Mr. McNulty's Weekly View​​​

Extra lessons to start Monday 12th March.

Extra lessons March 2018.doc

CAN I SAY A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE CHILDREN WHO ATTENDED THE FIRST 2 LESSONS - NEARLY THE ENTIRE CLASS. I MUST ALSO THANK - ​YOU - THE PARENTS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT - CHEERS!

Sunday 18th March 2018

Another Sunday morning sat at my computer reflecting on the week just gone. As usual at this time of year the weeks seem to take on a life of their own - no sooner am I saying "Good morning" to the children on Monday morning I find myself saying "...have a great weekend - see you Monday". Almost like perpetual motion the weeks come and go, however the coming week is one to savour. On Monday we have a CAFOD Assembly with Toni Woodhead, Year 6 always look forward to this as it gives them an opportunity to show how much they have learnt over the years about helping less fortunate people. 

Tuesday we welcome Caroline Sifkin from the Holocaust Education Trust (rearranged from a snowbound Friday) to our classroom for a day of learning. This leads us into Wednesday and a really special day in the Year 6 calendar - the visit of Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, a Holocaust Survivor. This will be Lady Milena's second visit to St. Martin's and if last year's day was anything to go by this will be just as memorable for the children and invited guests; Chris Calderbank (School's Advisor) and 4 Year 8 pupils (2 from St. Chad's and 2 from OBA). For my own part just to be in a room and listen to a first hand account of a treacherous time and journey is one of the  highlights of my teaching Year 6 at St. Martin's.
Then to finish the week off in less serious mode we have our book fair arriving on Friday and the children can come dressed as their
favourite book character for Friday's assembly.

I think you will agree - WHAT A WEEK! However I believe every week at St. Martin's is special, however this week might just be a 'BIT MORE SPECIAL'.

Just to finish I would like to apologise about swimming on Thursday, unfortunately I was unable to walk up to and from the baths. Please aceept my apologies and normal service will be resumed this coming Thursday. If you sent in your £1 then you have already paid for this week.

Bye for now,

Cheers,​

Mr. Mc x​​


Sunday 11th March 2018

A much more settled week in Year 6 (better weather) enabled us to concentrate on the matters in hand - navigating the choppy waters that this time of year brings. The class wrote a piece about their aspirations; covering short, medium and long term aims. They were insightful, honest, soul searching and most importantly - extremely well written. The class (as a whole) are beginning to move up the gears, they realise that they are on the home stretch with only 77 actual school days left until they leave St. Martin's. They started at primary school having to attend about 1300 school days. As you can see 77 out of 1300 is a small period of time left, however, before we descend into depths of despair we have an incredible amount  of things we still need to achieve and partake in. 

Extra lessons start tomorrow night and I must say a HUGE thanks to everyone who sent their slips in - it feels like the entire class want to attend and learn. The extra lessons will not guarantee that your child will pass their NCTs in May, although it will give them extra confidence and belief, and with those two ingredients they are all more than capable of sitting and doing their best in them - whatever that may be. 

As always, I believe we are the 'best' Year 6 class in the world - that's our world remember!

Here's to the next 77 school days - bring them on!​

P.S. Year 6 said a sad farewell to Mrs. Slonecki who left on Friday for pastures new - we will miss her, but we understand that sometimes 'a change is as good as a rest'.

Bye for now,

Cheers,​

Mr. Mc x

Sunday 4th March 2018

​What a week - disruptions, disruptions and more disruptions!
​Casting the weather aside it was a tremendous week in Year 6. Monday night at the Brindley was a resounding success for all the schools who attended and performed. I thought the Year 3, 5 and 6 children who were there were absolutely exemplary in their commitment, attitude and behaviour - well done to all!

Tuesday in Year 6 was slightly below par, tiredness and dare I say it a smidgeon of apathy seemed to be creeping in; tiredness I can understand - apathy I cannot. However all returned to normal on Wednesday when the children took an NCT (mock) Arithmetic Paper 1 assessment. Suffice to say, apathy had gone to be replaced by determination and courage. 

Thursday proved to be more problematic and we had to cancel swimming. The coldest day on record as well as dangerous conditions on the paths up to and from the swimming baths led me to make the decision - coldest day and wet hair does not help with class attendance! Friday again came and we were looking forward to Caroline Sifkin's visit - it was not to be. Late on Thursday night I received an email (10:45pm) informing me that Caroline could not make Friday due to the inclement weather - she could not get out of her road because of snow (rearranged for Tuesday 20th March).

All in all a very disrupted week through one thing and another.

Let's hope next week brings better weather and with it more settled working conditions.

Well done to all the children who received their high school placements this week. I know some children and parents have voiced their concerns to me about not getting their first choice - unfortunately these decisions are made by the council, although I do know that you can appeal your notification. If there is anything I can do (which is very limited) to help, please come and see me.​

Bye for now,

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x 

Sunday 25th February 2018

Hello and once again - welcome to the show that never ends (well it does on 20th July - remember your children leave primary school).

A busy week ahead, as always in Year 6.

Show at the Brindley on Monday night (7:00pm). Everyone involved has been hard at work learning drama, dancing and singing, all led by our very own Miss Rowe. Then working up to Friday when we have a special visitor with us all day - Miss Caroline Sifkin from the Holocaust Education Trust. Miss Sifkin works for the Trust and is a pre-cursor to our Holocaust Survivor visit on March 21st.

As is usual the work in Year 6 is gearing up towards May and beyond. And with that in mind we had a terrific day on Friday 23rd with One Goal about aspirations. It was a very informative day helping the children to see their short, medium and long term aspirations/objectives (we shall be doing a piece of extended writing on it, this week in class).

Time, or the perception of it, really does seem to move quickly at this time of year, I remember saying "Enjoy your break" to the children the Friday before half-term and already a week has passed by. Oh how I wish the children would control themselves - it will soon be July 20th and then the waterworks start. Not them, it will be me who can't control his emotions - never can, believe me I've tried!!!!!!!!!

Our best wishes go out to Sister Teresa who is not well at the moment. Year 6 and I miss you dearly and you have all our thoughts and prayers. And finally I can't finish without sending out Year 6 love and get well soon to one of our own - Brownie (that's Lucas - if you didn't know). He has not been very well and we miss him a lot, well I do. See you soon Brownie, but, only when you are well.

Bye for now,

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x

​​Saturday 17th February 2018

​​Hello and welcome, I hope everyone has had a relaxing half-term break. I got to see one of my favourite bands - (one that I first saw in 1981) Simple Minds. Speaking of which I am looking forward to Monday so I can​ see and hear from the brilliant minds of your children (see what I did there - clever eh?) and find out what they have been up to over the break. 

The next 6 weeks is full of exciting times, we have:

Aspirations Day (set up by Mrs. Parker) for Year 5 and 6,

Holocaust Trust Education Day,

A visit by a Holocaust survivor - a highlight for the class and myself as well, oh and the 4 Year 8 children who will be getting invites,

Stations of the Cross Service given by Year 6.

All of this is on top of a very busy academic schedule leading up to NCTs (SATs) in May. This will include extra lessons on a Monday and Tuesday (3:20 to 4:45pm) which are NOT compulsory - details of exact times, dates and reply slip to follow as well as information about your Parent meetings, which will take place in early July (as they have done for the past 5 years). ​

I pray the children are all eager to get back to school on Monday 19th and are refreshed and raring to go. We are over half way through the last year of primary school and time will appear to move along at a pace from this point forward - so let's enjoy the time we have left as the Year 6 family!

Bye for now,

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x

3rd February 2018
A slightly different weekly update from me.
Another week another Assembly by Year 6. This time to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2018. Year 6 delivered a timely reminder to all that hatred is not welcome - ANYWHERE! 
Through readings, music, visuals and prayer we, as a school honoured the 6,000,000 who shall never be forgotten. This year the theme was the power of words. And the class came up with the following verse:
​Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words​ will never hurt me. WORDS DO HURT!
I am always humbled by the children who put across such emotion. To add to this we, as a class with Mr. Hallman as our touring guitarist, walked up to Halton Haven to deliver a singing (mini) concert to the residents and staff including Sister Teresa, I have wanted to do this for a long time and eventually one of my 'bucket list' was ticked off. Again the children were magnificent and emotions flowed as we sang with full hearts and strong conviction.
There is nothing else for me to add, my words would only pale into the distance, so for now,
Cheers,
Mr. Mc x

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Stars of the Week

​Tuesday 18​th September 2018

COMING SOON




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Chosen by Mrs. Eccles (for 1 week only)

we have:

Mollie Pluger and Elijah Hunt.

Both were chosen for their infectious smiles and attitude during their first week in Year 6. Well done to both! (Photos to foolow - SOON!)


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Stars of the Week rarely happen at this time of year; suffice to say all the children in Year 6 are Stars most, if not all of the time. 


Friday 22nd June 2018

Two different Stars this week and for vastly different reasons. Firstly the whole class and secondly Connor Fell.

The whole class were chosen for their behaviour and musical prowess at the Bridgewater Hall on Thursday; their performance with the Halle Orchestra was wonderful. A big well done to Year 4 as well! Connor, on the other hand was chosen for his quick thinking and rapid reactions whilst helping OBA staff to help an OBA child who had become ill on her way home from school. Connor was leaving our swimming class and was an invaluable help - WELL DONE Connor.

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Friday 15th June 2018

No Stars this week as there wasn't an assembly - we had hymn practise for next week - ​Holy Communion Mass on Wednesday 20th.


2018

At long last, a Stars Assembly and 2 very worthy recipients: Ruby Marron and Finlay Harwood.

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Ruby was chosen because of her continued care, love and friendship that she shows to her classmates - at all times. It has been a difficult week for one of the class and Ruby has played a 'big' part in getting us all to the end of the week in high spirits and with love in our hearts. Finlay, on the other hand has had his own problems this week - suffering with hay fever. Throughout the week he has shown determination and comittment to his work and carried on as the terrific boy we all know him to be

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Well done to both; also to all Year 6, who as usual are all STARS in my mind!​


Friday 18th May 2018

As with Friday 4th - you can't choose from 26 terrific children - so we didn't.

Friday 4th May 2018

​Finally we had a Stars Assembly today. However, it would of been impossible to chose only 2 Year 6 children at such a trying time of year - so we chose everyone!

Well done to all Year 6 children - let the good times roll. 

Friday 27th April 2018

Assemblies are few and far between at the moment. As before as soon as we have new Stars... you will see them here.​

Friday 20th April 2018

I was out on a Year 6 course and the assembly was about Road Safety, on Friday so no new Stars (other than the full class) YET!  Keep checking - as soon as we have some you will see them here.

Friday 23rd March 201

None due to book assembly.

Congratulations to Sean Eccles who was chosen as Year 6's winner by Miss Bostock and Miss Karalius. They chose him for his inventive idea and making it himself - he wore a dictionary t-shirt. Well done Sean - clever Year 6!​​

Friday 16th March 2018

No Stars Assembly for Year 6 this week - otherwise occupied with NCT revision.

As soon as we attend; Stars will return to their rightful place - HERE!

Friday 9th March 2018

We held a Mother's Day Assembly on Friday (thank you Mrs. Carney) and the class chose Lucy Hall and Connor Fell as our Stars...

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Lucy was chosen for her continued attitude and mindset towards Year 6.

Whatever the day throws at her (not literally), Lucy takes it in her stride with a smile on her face. It might sound like the simplest thing in the world - let me tell you it is not! She keeps the class full of humour and level headedness, even keeping me in

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Well done to all Year 6 at such a demanding time of year.​

​​Friday 2nd March 2018

Even though Year 4 and 5 were out we held a Stars Assembly on Friday.

Time to catch up:

The following 5 children all received Stars of the Week over the previous period.

Joe and Charlotte for their wonderful attitude towards running the hall during school assemblies - without any fuss or bother. 

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​​Lewis​ for the friendship he showed towards Lucas when he was off ill. Lewis kept in touch - daily - to ask how Lucas was and to remind him how much we missed him in school.

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Mollie and Anthony for the effort and commitment they are showing in their school work and understanding that attitude to work is essential if they want to achieve their aspirations.

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Friday 23rd February 2018

Seems such a long time ago that we had a Stars Assembly - well it is!

The hall has been is use by the wonderful Miss Rowe and her Year 3 drama rehearsals and Year 5 and 6 singers and dancers. All will be returned to 'normal service' SOON.​

Friday 2nd February 2018

​Another Stars Assembly - 2 new Year 6 Stars:

Nina Doyle and Lucas Brown.

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Nina was chosen for her ability to think about others before herself. Not only in work, but, friendship and support as well. Nina strives to achieve in her work and then wants to help others who might be finding the work difficult or challenging. What a wonderful peer to have within the class.

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Lucas faced a setback on Thursday, one which in the past might have derailed his steady progress in Year 6. But to his great credit he handled the situation with maturity and showed the class and I what great strides he has made since entering Year 6.

Well done to both worthy recipients.


 
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It was wonderful to welcome Clarence, Jack and Charlie back to their old classroom, on Tuesday evening. All 3 had popped in to say 'Happy New Year' to Year 6 and myself. It is always a pleasure to see 'old' Year 6 children coming back to let us know how they are coping with and enjoying being a high school child. It helps the current Year 6 to see that however daunting leaving primary school is, and it is, it is also the beginning of the rest of their education. Great to see you boys - now if only the girls would visit!

Sunday 28th January 2018

Good morning, I hope somebody out there is reading this. If this webpage goes unread it means the trials and tribulations of being in Year 6 are lost to the 'netherworld' - whatever that means! Anyway, hopefully somebody is reading - so here goes.

A more settled week than the one before. We have started to move into another gear and the work being produced is of a very high standard, not always correct, but not for the lack of trying. It is odd to think that we break up again in 2 weeks time when we have only just returned, however, we cannot control breaks in our education we can only adapt and use them to our advantage. 

On Monday we will deliver our Holocaust Memorial Assembly to the school and try to convey that words can play a major part in our lives - both good and bad. The children have been working hard to create an assembly that will not only inform, but help to ​remember the past to create a better future.

As always I am extremely proud to be their teacher and watching them discuss and debate how best to deliver said assembly wa​s a joy to behold. It is possibly the last time we as a class deliver such an important message, I know it will be thoughtful and caring, but most of all from the heart.

Bye for now,

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x 

Sunday 21st January 2018

Hello, A more focused week in Year 6 after our trials and tribulations of Robinwood which culminated on Friday with the Mini Vinnie Commissioning Assembly. It is in this assembly that your children become actual Mini Vinnies. The entire class worked as a team to produce a very thoughtful and informative assembly, however added praise must go out to our 3 Mini Vinnies Presidents: Mollie Campbell, Lucas Brown and Regan Pearson as well as to Lucy Hall and Anthony Lavelle who spoke so eloquently about what it means to them to be a Mini Vinnie.

In the world of academia we are moving into a really busy couple of months. SPaG sheets were laminated and given out, a reconditioned SPaG work book was also given out on Friday and forms our first homework of the year. It is of vital importance that your child's homework is completed and brought in on time as we use it in that day's lesson.

This week we will be preparing for our Holocaust Memorial Day Assembly on Monday 29th January 2018. I would like to finish by adding a final note; over the next six and a half months your child will be taking their NCTs in May, completing their Writing Assessment by the end of June, creating and delivering many assemblies in the hall, including their Leaver's Show on the final day - Friday 20th July amongst all the other duties and responsibilities they have. oh and getting ready for the biggest change in their young lives - HIGH SCHOOL. Pretty daunting or a terrific challenge, I know which one the children would say; so let's get on with the CHALLENGE ahead!​. 

Before I forget I ran into Charlie and Lexi Rimmer's​ mum on Thursday on my way to swimming. It was great to hear how Lexi was doing and to talk about Charlie. Later that day she sent me 2 pictures of me and Charlie, she will never be forgotten in St. Martin's nor in my heart. 

Bye for now,

cheers,

Mr. Mc x

​​Sunday 14th January 2018

What a first week back after the Christmas and New Year break. 3 days in Robinwood and then 2 days staying awake and focused​ - the latter far harder than you

think!

 then you would see that my perception of Year 6 is actually quite accurate​. All, and I mean all of the RobinWood staff (instructors, leaders, night staff, kitchen staff) were extremely complementary of your children, this in turn adds weight to my opinion. 

A huge THANK YOU goes out to:

Mrs. Parker and 

Mrs. Grindr

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Year 6 thank you as do I - THANKS!

The true worth of your children was evident on Thursday and Friday when tiredness of both mind and body set in, yet, they all gave their best and we had a 'brilliant' if tireing 2 days.

Onward and hopefully recharged for the remainder of this (short) half-term!

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x

Sunday 7th January 2018

​Hello and Happy New Year to everyone!

Just a quick update - I hope you all have had a truly terrific Christmas break and are looking forward to getting back to school. Tomorrow, we set off for Robinwood on our residential, remember the coach leaves at 9:00am PROMPT and please DON'T forget your children's medicines (if needed) which should be given to Mrs. Grindrod, in the morning. Once RobinWood is over we will return to the task at hand - seeing out the final 6 - 7 months of Year 6; it sounds oh so easy, however, it couldn't be further from the truth. What I can tell you though - is that we will do our best and that's all anyone can ask of anyone.

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x​


 

​​Sunday 24th December 2017

What a tremendous last few days we had; Tiny Step's Nativity, Advent Mass and the Christmas Party - all were, in their own rights - wonderful examples of St. Martin's at its BEST!

Than you to all the children who took part in the Year 6 Secret Santa - a resounding success. And a huge thank you to everyone who sent in gifts; I'm always honoured to receive these gifts, however, I also believe that educating your children, to believe in themselves, is paramount. The attitude and behaviour of Year 6 is reward enough, 

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Have a Happy, Holy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year for 2018! 

Thanks for all your support - now and over my 6 years at St. Martin's

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Remember - Robinwood on the first day back, NOTHING NEW (as they will get dirty)​ and please remember your child's medicines - if needed!

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x


 

Sunday 17th December 2017

Good morning, well here we are - the final week of a very long half-term. The children have 3 days to go until their Christmas break and then we are off to Robinwood for 3 days of fun and adventure before beginning the journey towards our NCT's (SATs) in May.

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On Tuesday, the Juniors have their Christmas Party which promises to be 2 hours of fun, ​music and games in the hall and then, on Wednesday, there is the Advent Mass for the whole school. It is your children's final Advent Mass as a ST. Martin's child and it would be terrific if as many parents as possible could attend (wo

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I've always had the notion that to be the Year 6 Teacher in a primary school is such an honour, the children's​ final year as children before they move on to become young adults and learn about new and exciting subjects. Well, I have that job in St. Martin's and let me tell you - yes - it is an honour and it is all mine!

 

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Cheers,

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Sean worked tirelessly to make, adapt, manipulate and deliver a truly wonderful addition to the actual service​ - WELL DONE Sean.

Here's to another busy week in Year 6.

As always thank you for your support,

Bye for now,

Cheers,

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Saturday 2nd December 2017

ed and spent their hard earned money helping the​​​ ​school. Thank you Year 6 for your continued support and faith in your school.

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Bye for now,​

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x

Sunday 26th November 2017

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Year 6 is no exception; this coming week we are preparing for the Advent Service, organising and planning our contribution to the Christmas Fair, helping our two Student Teachers to continue to learn and finall​y doing some school work: Mathematics, English, Science, Religious Education, Music and P.E. I think you will agree, there is a lot to do (as in all our classes across the school). 

Thank you to all the parents who have sent in selection boxes, gifts and toys over the weeks they are much appreciated and will go to helping make this the 'best' Christmas Fair - EVER! You should have had a mini-poster (created by Year 5 - well done to them for their excellent design) letting you know about the new time 1:30pm and the exciting new stalls that will be on offer. I hope to see as many of you as possible on Friday 1st December at, remember the new time - 1:30pm. 

I need to apologise to my class on Monday, let me give you a brief explanation. During Maths I showed them an example of​ a decimal multiplication sum on the board and at the time I was feeling as we say 'a little under the weather'. Suffice to say, I couldn't see the board out of my left eye at one point and therefore didn't see the decimal point. I could go on with the story, however, let's just say I will remedy it on Monday morning and apologis​e to the 'best' Year 6 class

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Cheers - as always,

Mr. Mc x​​


 

​​Sunday 19th November 2017

Is it really Sunday morning - already!!!!!!

However I look at Year 6 I am constantly being reminded how much 'pressure' is put upon 10 and 11 year old children.​ I, for my part, have the job of applying said 'pressure'. in such a short space of time. I know 11 months seems like an eternity to some children, let me tell you - it isn't!

Sometimes the pressure of NCT's (SATs), writing assessment, high school awareness and readiness and all the other associated Year 6 responsibilities seem too much even for me and I have to stop and take stock of how the class are adapting and coping in this 'newish' environment of heightened academic work.  Well, what I can say is that once again the children in Year 6, yes, your children are rising to the challenges set before them. This in turn reinvigorates me to try and keep inspiring them to make progress and achieve their aims. How much longer this 'brain' can fight​ time , I'm not sure, but, rest assured whilst I am the Year 6 Teacher at St. Martin's - I will give my all and time, yes that terrible phobia of mine, will have to wait!

 

Bye for now,

Cheers - as always,

Mr. Mc x​​


​​Sunday 12th November 2017

Half way through November (well nearly) already. It was a good first week for our two new family members (affectionately known by the children as Miss B and Miss K), however, they have quickly realised how much effort, application and work the children put into Year 6 and that progress is made steadily rather than in short, sharp moments. To use an old cliché - Year 6 is a marathon and not a sprint. Sometimes the children will not hit the required level of work, this is par for the course in Year 6, it is a rollercoaster of emotions. However, we build our knowledge base and 'family' ethos over 11 months and we understand that we all need help and guidance at some point in that time - me included, in fact - me so much more than the child

ren!

​This time of year brings extra curricular activities to the fore, what with Christmas looming on the horizon. All I can say is that, as a class, we are looking forward to​ the Christmas Fair and the Advent Service. Year 6 have been given the honour of singing for their part and if the rehearsals are anything to go by then the school is in for a Christmas treat.

Bye for now,

Cheers - as always,

Tuesday 7th November 2017

​What's up - Mr. Mc doing an update on a Tuesday?

HOT NEWS, well sort of, it​ actually happened yesterday!

We have 2 new arrivals with us in class from Monday 6th:

Miss Gemma Bostock

and 

Miss Emma Karalius

Both are in their second year of Teacher Training. The class have made them feel very welcome (as I knew they would) and they have become part of our 'family', if only for a short while - they leave on the 15th December. 

Here's to a brilliant partnership - welcome.

Mr. Mc x

Sunday 5th November 2017​

​Another week has flown by, I just remember coming back to school last Monday and seeing all the happy smiling faces, well mine was, oh and so were the Year 6 children - honest!

The Devil's Arithmetic this weekend, for their homework - IT IS DUE IN ON TUESDAY 7th NOVEMBER. It is essential that the children read the homework given to them as the Reading National Curriculum Test next May is particularly challenging, even for the most ardent reader. I've often said that reading in Year 6 is not for enjoyment - it is used to learn the skills associated with answering questions based on retrieval, inference and prediction. All skills your children will need in high school and beyond.

Unfortunately my mindset has not altered and I see 60 looming on the horizon. ​However, I can hope that the next 9 months will turn around my world as it has done in the past.​

Bye for now,

Cheers - as always,

Mr

. Mc x


 

Sunday 29th October 2017

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The last half-term finished on a high with a visit from Chester Zoo to the school. Year 6 were very lucky as they visited us twice in one day. Unfortunately​ for me I left on the Friday feeling this would be my final year at St. Martins. I know I say this every year (it is my defense mechanism - it gets me through, thinking one more set of children to cry over!!!!!!) however, this time I think it might be the one - 60 next year!

Let's look forward to a busy,​ yet, rewarding Christmas period and face the challenges ahead - together.

Bye for now,

Cheers, as always,

Mr. Mc x


 

Sunday 15th October 2017

'I am not worthless.​'

​This is a line from a piece of work done on Tuesday 10th October (by Chloe Hammond) whilst I was at the Holocaust Memorial Conference in Manchester. It says so much more than just 4 words. Even though I was not there, in class, Chloe and the other children (there were many more examples) had incorporated the learning we have done surrounding the Holocaust into a piece of work that had nothing to do with the subject. To say I was pleased is an understatement, although not suprised. Year 6 are beginning to show that they are coming to terms with the level of work expected of them in this, their final year. With just one week to go until a hard earned break, they have learnt so much more than numbers and words - they are realising that they have a voice and more so realising how to use it. Be it speaking and listening, reading or maths they are showing time and time again an increasing maturity. 

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Finally thank you to Chloe's mum, with out her helping us on a Thursday afternoon for swimming - we would be 'up the river without a paddle' as they say, in other words stuck! Let's have a great last week before half-term and understand that after half-term the expectancy upon us in Year 6 increases, what with Christmas festivities, Mini Vinnies assembly and, oh yes I forgot - the work we do in class becomes more challenging as we build upon the work done in this half-term.

However, as we say in Year 6 -'We wouldn't have it any other way - would we?'

Bye for now,

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x

 

Sunday 8th October 2017

Not a very long one today - I'm not very well. ​I've uploaded the PowerPoint show from the recent Year 6 Parent's meeting. If you were not able to attend this will explain all that was discussed on the evening.

Year 6 parents 28-09-2017.ppt

​​I'm hoping to be well enough to attend a very important course on Tuesday, in Manchester. It is the first of my meetings aimed towards me getting the Holocaust Trust to arrange another visitor to the class. 

Last year the visit by Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines was a resounding success​ on all levels.

I'm going to sign of there now and get to

bed.

Bye for now,

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x

​​Sunday 1st October 2017

I would like to start by saying thank you to all the parents who attended the Year 6 meeting on Thursday night - thanks for your support.

Can you believe it - 1 month gone already and we are in October; these next months are difficult for Year 6 as we learn the basics over and over. These basics in Maths and English enable me to challenge the children into making progress in Year 6. Each week that passes by builds another part of their education, be it in P.E. or swimming or in our clarinet lessons and not forgetting Mini Vinnies where the children are learning about what it means to be a Christian​; towards those who might not have as much as we do - a very important part of their Year 6 'experience'. 

I must just add how quickly the children have settled into all the 'new' responsibilities they have to adapt to. Not only have they shown great maturity in their ever expanding knowledge on the academic side, but, also in the spiritual and moral side as well. I have said it before and I will say it again, it is an honour to be the Year 6 Teacher at St. Martins and to teach your children. How much longer that will last - God only knows - and he hasn't told me yet!

Bye for now,

Mr. Mc x


 

Sunday 24th September

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Another Sunday morning and time to reflect on another excellent week in Year 6. So much happens in Year 6 that sometimes, just sometimes, I forget to realise how much the children have to adapt and change - not only to their level of independent learning (paramount in Year 6) but also to their increasing maturity in other aspects of being 'Top of the School'. Each day brings fresh challenges to the children and moves them one day closer to the end - and that day when they move on to High School. It is odd to be talking about High School as we have just started Year 6​, however you will all of had notification about on-line registration for your child's High School place for September 2018. This has to be completed by the end of October 2017.

I am looking forward to meeting as many parents as possible on Thursday 28th September at 5:00pm in the Year 6 classroom (follow the corridor until you can't go any further). I will give you as much information as I can about what your children can expect in the rest of their 'final' year. Don't worry if you can't make it, my door is always open and if you speak to the office or indeed ask your child to speak to me we will be able to sort something out.

I must just add a huge thank you to Bradly's mum who helped us with swimming on Thursday and to Chloe's mum who has offered to help next Thursday. Because we are Year 6 we do not get out of the baths until 3:15pm, which as you know is home time. Year 6 children have options from the baths, however without the help of the aforementioned mums, we would find it very difficult to go. So from all of Year 6 including a very grateful Mr. Mc - THANKS!

Bye for now.

Mr. Mc x


 


 

Sunday 17th September 2017

Two weeks gone already​ and the days are closing in; soon it will be dark of a morning and dark of an evening - coming to and leaving school. This period of Year 6 is extremely challenging as we learn new concepts and strategies for the following year, especially - May. Time really does seem to 'fly by' in Year 6, so it is of the utmost importance to take part and enter into all that it has to offer. Yes, the work is challenging but NOT impossible! Year 6 are responsible for many other events in St. Martins that are part of being 'Top of the school'. Assemblies throughout the year: Holocaust Memorial Day, Stations of the Cross, Martin Luther King Jnr. Day, Mini Vinnies​, and finally their 'Leaver's Show' next July. 

We also provide the school with House Captains, School Councilors (both Infants and Juniors), Sports Ambassadors, Safety Officers and of course we look after the hall for all weekly assemblies. All of these are extra responsibility placed upon the shoulders of Year 6 children and week in week out they learn and adapt to these added challenges. I try as best as possible to guide them and It always makes me very proud to be the Year 6 Teacher - at what I consider (in my humble opinion)​ to be the best Year 6 class in the best school in 'OUR' world.

Bias knows no boundary, but if you believe it as I do - is it bias?

 

Bye for now,

Mr. Mc x


 

Sunday 10th September 2017

​WOW! what a week. I know one whole week gone already. Time in year 6 seems to take on a new perception - it goes by very quickly almost in a blur, sometimes. We all know it can't but that doesn't stop the feeling of it being the last year at St. Martins for the children. And what a year it is going to be. Most weeks in Year 6 something different happens and this year will be no exception. I try to update the site every Sunday with news and our Stars - it is very important for the children to believe in their class and the whole ethos of St. Martins

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My door is always open to parents who want to just 'chew the fat' and see how their child is getting on - as it is always open to Year 7, 8, 9 10 and 11 children (who have been in my Year 6 class) to visit and tell us about life in high school or indeed just ask for help - we all need help at some time.

On a final note, we said goodbye to Alexis this week. We held a school mass for Charlie on Wednesday which was a beautiful way of saying goodbye to her. We wish Alexis and her Mum and Dad all the blessings for the future, especially Alexis in her new school. She may have left​ our class, but, she will always be part of St. Martins and more so YEAR 6 2017-18.

God Bless, Charlie, Alexis, Mark and Kim - I am going to miss you and from the bottom of my heart - Peace and Love.

 

Bye for now,

Mr. Mc X



Tuesday 8th August 2017

I'm not sure if anybody is going to read this, as it is summer holiday time - anyway I need to write it so here goes.

​Just got back from my holidays and have had little time to reflect on last year, none of it seems to matter after the news I got on holiday about Charlie Rimmer. Charlie was a remarkable girl, not only when I taught her, but also every time she came back to see me (which was often). I know she moved on to OBA, however she is still in my head and heart and I will miss her, God Bless you Charlie and your family. 

With regards to Year 6, they were magnificent during the whole year, but especially the final week - attitude and performances of the highest order.

I must say a HUGE thank you for all the (thoughtful) gifts I received on the last day, they always make me feel so lost as it means the children will be moving on.

I hope Year 5 soon to be Year 6 are having a wonderful break, they will need it, as Year 6 is a very demanding environment and believe it or not I am a very demanding part of Year 6.

Lastly, I tried, I really did, not to get emotional during the Year 6 Leaver's show - as anyone who attended saw I failed miserably, for this I make no apologies. Year 6 is a special place in St. Martins and it takes a lot out of the children and me as well.

See you on September 4th, ready for another rollercoaster ride - strap in - not long now!

As always, my door will always be open for Year 6 children wishing to visit their 'old' class or if they need help in any​way. Once again my heart and prayers go out to Charlie and her family.

Bye for now, an extremely saddened,

Mr. Mc


 

Sunday 16th July 2017

Sitting here this morning trying to find the words - not easy, I can assure you. Only 5 school days left until Year 6 leave on their journey to high school. It is always difficult at this time of year with the children apprehensive about 'new' adventures, however, I know they are ready to take the first step. In fact we have looked at the famous quote by Lao Tzu - 'The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.' This (metaphorical) journey is one which they have to now take, the main problem is that they will handle it better than me and move on to pastures new. I on the other hand feel empty, almost as if I am losing a family, which in some ways I am. I always struggle with the Leaver's Show and I suppose this year will be no different - believe me I try every year to 'focus' and deliver my words; they always fail me, but, rest assured they are in my head and my heart forevermore.
​As always. thanks.

Mr. Mc


 

Saturday 8th July 2017

​Hello, I'm writing this morning with a heavy heart and a tinge of sadness in my words. This week the school received our SATs results. The Year 6 children did their utmost to achieve their full potential. As the figures came in and were then compared to Halton and National figures; St. Martin's came out higher in all ranges (Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, Maths and combined Reading, Writing and Maths​) however, the Reading test this year has had its Achieved Standard raised by 5 marks and this affected our children in their results. The children who didn't quite achieve their result in Reading will be devastated, as am I. But, on reflection and after much thought I can only say that EVERY SINGLE CHILD IN YEAR 6 DID THEIR BEST in that week in May. And much as it saddened me to be the one to hand them their results it is NOT the full picture, they still have their reports to read and see (through my comments) what they are made of and how much they have contributed to the ethos of Year 6 and St. Martin's. I often tell my class that 'I love them', we are a family and when families hurt they stick together. And as I write this I have never loved them more!

​Mr. Mc ​

Saturday 1st July 2017

July already - how time flies when you are having fun! Not long left now in Year 6. Some of the children will only have 13 school days left, when they return from their high schools on Wednesday. Scary - I know! Still lots of stuff to do.

On Monday and Tuesday I look forward to meeting all the children's parents. By now you should of had your appointment letter - if not - ask your child, they have had it. On Friday of this week we have a fund-raising morning for the children. All monies generated will go towards subsidising​ the Year 6 trip to Harry Potter World on Tuesday 11th July (again letters have gone out and thank you for the payments we have already received), it is a wonderful trip and I know this Year 6 class will love it as much as last years did.

On a more academic note; on Tuesday we receive the National Curriculum Test (SATs) results, these are not the 'be all and end all' of your child's education; they are a snapshot a memory test of their learning in St. Martin's. Everyone of the class did you proud during that week in May (seems like a long time ago - now) as they have done all year. Year 6 is like a family and families have ups and downs, peaks and troughs, these results will be no different and unfortunately some children might be disappointed with their​ results, they shouldn't be they gave their all, and to be honest what can anyone do more than give THEIR ALL!​

Bye for now, see you either Monday or Tuesday.

cheers,

Mr Mc x​​​


 

Sunday 25th June 2017

 list from a couple of weeks ago.​ This week the class will start to think about their fundraising morning and even more importantly - their End of Year Show (Friday 21st July @ 10:00am). Producers and directors to be chosen (I'm glad it is NOT me; they are both high-pressure posts) and there are lots of children willing to take on the mantle.

Not a long one, however as things change I will keep you informed!

 

Bye for now,

cheers,

Mr Mc x​​​


 

Sunday 18th June 2017

Friday night was a 'huge' success; the children who played football on the field with me were terrific, it was great to see Year 5 and 6 mixing together to form their teams - girls and boys. The children who will be in Year 6 next year are certainly shaping up to be the 'Best Year 6 in the World!'. I know I said that about this year, but let me let you into a little secret, every St. Martin's class is the 'Best in the world' because that is what I believe and if I​ believe it so will the children.

I can see the BBQ beginning to light - off to cook!

 

Bye for now,

cheers,

Mr Mc x​​


 

Sunday 11th June 2017

What a week (4 days really - but that doesn't sound as good!) we have had. Coming back on Tuesday the realisation that this was the final half-term for the children - HIT HARD! Only 30 school days left from Monday and still so much to do. Anyway back to the week just gone; ​Wednesday saw our (long awaited) special visitor visit us - Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines. Lady Milena was a survivor of the Kindertransport in 1939 Czechoslovakia. It was a truly uplifting experience for the children - meeting with, listening and talking to Lady Milena. This was actual 'first-hand' historical evidence, not from a book or video, an actual first-hand account of a time in history that should never be forgotten. I could wax lyrical about the morning, however I won't - suffice to say Year 6 were an absolute credit to their parents and school. We took some photographs which are available if you send in a pen drive - Jack Highton and Brandon Earwaker already have them as they brought in one the next day. There were lots of other moments in the 4 days, although I think you will a​gree this will be a memory the children will keep, I hope, forever.

 

Bye for now,

cheers,

Mr Mc x​


 

Tuesday 30th May 2

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful rest during this break. We return on Tuesday 6th June, we will have only 34 actual school days left until the end of the children's St. Martin's life - scary I know. If you think they enter at Year 1 with about 1330 school days ahead of them - 34 seems quite a small amount, however, we have lots to do and not a lot of time to do them in!

Here's to next Tuesday morning (6th June) when the children return - fresh and recharged - ready for the (pardon the pun) 'Final Countdown' (cue music!).

Bye for now,

cheers,

Mr Mc x

P.S. Well done to the Fusball (Year 5 and 6 teams) who came second in the competition.


Saturday 20th May 201

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s:

Sports Day,

Fusball Tournament,

Boy's Cricket tournament (well done to Year 5 and 6 girls who finished 2nd in their recent tournament),

Year 6 fundraising,

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Holocaust Survivor Art Day,

Holocaust Survivor Day,

Brass Band show in Widnes​ (again - more details to follow, as I get them),

Children to visit their High School for induction,

End of Year 6 Mass,

End of Year 6 show on Friday 21st July at 10:00am.

As you can see the final half-term of their Primary School journey is very busy. Oh! I forgot we still have lots of writing to do to pass our National Standards in English, if the SATs were not enough we have to prove we can write with imagination and technical ability. Have no fear - WE CAN!

I will update trip details etc. as soon as I have concrete information.

I must end with a big THANK YOU to all the children who showed what St. Martin's is all about; over the last 2 weeks they have been an inspiration to me, never letting the pressure of SATs get to them and doing their best in the hall to show what they are made of. We prayed every day before the tests and included Jack and Tom Oakley in our thoughts. Jack returned and completed his tests, and again before each test we prayed for guidance and deliverance including Tom in our thoughts. 

Every year I think it will be my last year teaching at St. Martin's, but, somehow the children inspire me to try again -​ with the next class. Once again I find myself in the position of thinking this is the end, waiting for the SATs results in July is torture - I know how good these children are in their academic subjects - the SATs results show how they fared in a 'snapshot' moment (4-5 hours over the 180 odd days I work with them), however, the SATs results are not the be all and end all of school - how they have grown spiritually, morally and academically takes time and they have shown that getting up out of bed is worth every last moment to me - thank you - Year 6.

cheers.

Mr Mc x​


 

Saturday 13th May 2017

Well that's that - SATs have come and gone, as they always do. After months of 'pressure' the cap was finally released off our 'Coke' bottle, again the children will understand the metaphor. I don't have a lot to say - other than how magnificent the children were throughout the whole week. As each day began we started with a class prayer and included Jack Whitehead and Tom Oakley who were not present with us. We have a saying in Year 6 about Clarence's God, who during our time together has helped and guided us along the way; thank you for believing in us as we believe in St. Martin's.

I will give a more forward looking update (about what lies ahead) in my next piece.

But for now, as always, 

​cheers.

Mr Mc x

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Sunday 7th May 2017

​Not a lot to say really, other than I hope the children have had a relaxing weekend. SATs week, as it is known, is a high-pressure time for all involved. However, it should be seen and always will be at St. Martin's as a time for the children to show what they are capable of - whether that is to achieve National Standard in their tests or not. Some children this year have made monumental progress in their academic and social standings. If they do not achieve National Standard so be it - it won't be for the lack of effort on their part. I always feel that I could of done more to help them on the way, however in reality  -I couldn't. They will do the best they possibly can - and in the end that is all that matters. As ever I believe (as every Year 6 Teacher should)​ that I teach the best Year 6 class in the world and low and behold - I DO!

Here's to great week and to the children - ​ whatever the outcome.

As always, cheers,

Mr Mc x 


 

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Well that went fast! I know it was only 4 days in school but, boy did they fly by.

As ever lots of hard work and commitment from all of Year 6 at a very trying time. S​pirits are high and everyone is pushing themselves to do their best - which is all anyone can ask.

I think I messed up on the printing of the extra lesson letters, please accept my humble apologies - they are as follows:

Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th April from 3:20 until 4:45pm in the Year 6 classroom. Refreshments and a snack will be provided.

These lessons are not compulsory and I offer them only as a service to the children who ask me for them. They help with the finer points of the upcoming SATs and help to control the 'nerve' element. As I have said before, many times - they DO NOT guarantee that your child will pass the SATs, however, they will give them a better chance at tackling the more 'in-depth' questions that the tests will ask.

I have been amazed at the turnout and hope to see another 'good' attendance tomorrow evening.

As always, thanks for your continued support,

cheers,

Mr. Mc x


 

Thursday 13th April 2017

Strange sitting here writing this on a cold and wet morning in Warrington, isn't Warrington always wet? Nearly two weeks have gone by since the end of Spring Term and am I missing the children? Although I'm quite sure their NOT missing me - task-master, slave driver, hard work giver, are these new PS4​ games or just thoughts going around Year 6 heads at the moment ?

Well, we are back on Tuesday 18th and hopefully everybody has had a great Easter break and is rejuvenated and ready to go into the last term of their primary school life! 

Not a lot going on over the next few months!!!

Oh! I forgot:

1. SATs - week beginning 8th May,

2. Writing assessment until the end of June,

3. Fundraising for the Year 6 trip (more details to follow - nearer the time),

4. Preparations for our end of the year show - title to be decided - again after the week in May,

 5.Transition to high schools (yes - they are leaving soon, sad I know, It's hard for me as well at this time of year).

On top of all this there will be other events cropping up without much prior warning, well that's life in Year 6 - be adaptable - it helps!

 

Bye for now,

Cheers,

Mr. Mc​ x​​


 

Sunday 26th March 2017

Here I am again (on a Sunday) thinking about the week just gone by, it seemed to go quicker than the one before! At the moment Year 6 are working extremely hard in their SATs preparations, in fact on average 24 children are staying behind on a Monday and Tuesday nights for extra lessons - which shows magnificent attitude and determination to do the best they can in the remaining months; before they leave for high school.

Another busy week ahead before we enter the 2 week Easter break. Extra lessons again on Monday and Tuesday​ night and our Stations of the Cross Assembly on Thursday before a performance by the truly wonderful - 'Key Strings' on Friday morning.

Remember - Book Fair is on until Wednesday night and reading is paramount not only in primary school but will be an essential part of their high school life as well.

 

Cheers,

Mr. Mc​ x​​


 

Sunday 19th March 2017

​​Another week has flown by (figurative language - your children will understand!) and yet again it was a very busy one. Extra lessons started and were very well attended - 23 children on the Monday night for Math and 25 on the Wednesday for English Reading. A big thank you from me to all those children who attended; as I have said to them many times

"Attendance will not guarantee that they pass their SATs (in May) but it can't do them any harm; in fact it can only help with confidence and a deeper understanding of the more rigorous elements of the tests."

The coming week is just as busy - we have Bike Ability on Monday and Tuesday​ and the 16 children who are taking part have all received a reminder to bring the bicycles in on Monday. The extra SATs lessons on Monday and Tuesday (this week) are not affected by this and will take place between 3:20 and 4:30. 

I can not tell you how proud I am to be associated with your children - they may be tired, confused by the work sometimes (It's hard - you know!) and unwell at certain times, however they are a pleasure to teach and be around. I can assure you the children and I will do everything within our power to make the final 4 months of their time at St. Martin's a resounding success. And let me just​ add, that if we don't it will not be for the lack of effort and dedication from us all.

 

Cheers,

Mr. Mc​ x​


 

Sunday 12th March 2017

Is it really March - already? I still remember Monday 5th September 2016 when the children first entered Year 6 - that seems to have gone by extremely fast, wouldn't you agree?

So much has gone on lately: ​Dream show at the Brindley,  Swimming Gala - well done to those Year 5 and 6 children who entered and finished a credible - 6th, Year 6's Holocaust Memorial Assembly and of course the residential trip to Edinburgh. 

However, we now have to concentrate on the upcoming SATs in May. I must add how honoured I am to have received 29 reply slips to attend the extra lessons I am running in the build up to SATs. That is the entire class wanting to learn and challenge themselves. You should all be very proud (as am I) at their commitment and willingness to learn.

Here's to the last 3 to 4 months of Year 6 life. Let's make it as​ memorable as the first 6 months. Can I just add that tiredness will start to creep in to our everyday life (with the extra responsibilities we have in Year 6), so please bear this in mind in situations that will arise over the next month or so. I know I get very tired so it must be even harder for the 'greatest' Year 6 class in the world! (Figurative writing - your child will understand).

 

Cheers,

Mr. Mc​ x​


 

Sunday 29th January 2017

How fast time seems to go! It only seemed like yesterday that we were preparing for the Christmas Show and here we are getting ready for our Holocaust​ Memorial Assembly to mark the anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz in 1945. We will soon be at the end of this first half-term and looking forward to our residential trip to Edinburgh (information to follow in a letter about arrangements). The children are working hard and making good progress towards their SATs in May. 

I must end on a musical note - our band rehearsals on a Thursday morning (29 children playing all sorts of brass and woodwind instruments) in the classroom are moving at great speed. The children are showing good musical understanding to play the complex compositions being presented to them on a weekly basis - next stop Carnegie Hall!

Cheers,

Mr. Mc​ x


 

​Thursday 19th January 2017

It's hard to believe that nearly 3 weeks has passed in the new term. Year 6 are busy working away - learning new ideas and concepts and more importantly how to be independent in their approach to work. I am always taken aback by how they rise to the challenges I put before them. The next 4 months is a very intense time in Year 6, an enjoyable time - none the less. However - ​hard work, application and belief will carry them through and bring them closer to end of their primary school life.

Next week we shall be learning about the 'Holocaust' leading up to Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday 27th January 2017. More news about this to follow!

Cheers,

Mr. Mc​ x


 

Sunday 1st January 2017

I know - writing this on New Years Day!!!!

Really looking forward to Thursday 5th - I have missed the class and I hope they have some wonderful Christmas and New Year stories to tell! 

We will then have a couple of days revision before our week of assessments - beginning Monday 9th January with a Reading comprehension followed by a GPaS on Tuesday 10th; these will then be followed up with 2 days of Math assessments on Wednesday and Thursday (11th and 12th).

These assessments will allow me to understand where the class is at present with regard their upcoming SATs in May. It will show me the areas we need to focus on and more importantly the areas we are secure in.

I hope every one has had a wonderful Christmas and wanted to say a huge thanks for the 'many' gifts I received on the final day - from the bottom of my heart - thank you. 

 

Cheers,

Mr. Mc​ x


 

Sunday 11th December 2016

Wow, what a week. The entire class proved, yet again how they are maturing in Year 6. 

2 rehearsals and 3 shows of 'Christmas Memories' in one week at the same time as continuing their ​learning towards SATS (in May) and writing mark, towards the end of June. On Friday, as you know, the school was closed for Colin Smith's funeral. A sad time for all involved, as Colin was a friend to us all. I know the children will miss him as will I. 

We have 7 school days left until our Christmas break. During this time we have Mass to look forward to (Wednesday 14th - 9:15 in the Church) and our Altru performance (Tuesday 13th - ​9:30 in the hall) and let's not forget Christmas Dinner on Thursday 15th and last but not least our Christmas Party on Friday afternoon (Special DJ appearance by - ME - ably assisted by our own Brandon).

Such a lot going on,

Cheers,

Mr. Mc​ x


 

Sunday 4th December 2016

As with the Stars Assembly it feels like a lifetime ago that I wrote on here. Year 6 have been extremely busy, what with Christmas Fayre preparations and rehearsals for the upcoming Nativity show (Wednesday 7th December at 2:00pm and 6:00pm). Tickets for the show were sent out on Friday (2nd December) to each child. 

I must add, on this rather short update, about how Year 6 continue to amaze me. On Friday 2nd they ran and organised the Christmas Fayre, looking after stalls, face painting, Santa's Letters, children from other year groups, handling money and eventually cleaning up the hall.Then in the afternoon they ran through a full rehearsal of 'Christmas Memories'. 

Not one of them complained. although quite a few were tired after their exertions of a long week, oh and yes we did lots of school work as well. As always - thank you Year 6 from your very humble Teacher!

 

Cheers,

Mr. Mc​ x


 

Saturday 12th November 2016

What a busy week! It was grea​t to meet so many parents on Wednesday and Thursday. It gave me a chance to let you know how proud you should be of your son/daughter. Year 6 is a special place and the children are certainly living up to the high demands that are set for them. And for that - I thank you all.

Just a quick note about the film we went to see on Friday, Pete's dragon - Wow, I cried my eyes out in the cinema.  It was a truly wonderful film; made all the better for seeing it with Year 6.

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x

Sunday 6th November 2016

Quite a busy week ahead. Look forward to meeting parents on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Appointment letters will be sent out on Monday 7th November. If you haven't got an appointment; they are nearly full. However,​ I will do my best to see you on  another day.

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x ​


 

Monday 31st October 2016

Apologies all round for the lack of updates on the website. I was off sick (sinuses and a perforated eardrum) at the tail end of last half-term. In fact I should be with the rest of the staff at St. Chad's on an Inset Day today. However, I am still recovering from said illness, I will though be back in on Tuesday 1st when the children return. 

I really do miss the children when we are off but on this occasion I have been quite unwell, so the rest and recuperation were much appreciated and needed for the upcoming half-term - which will be extremely busy: 

Parent days

Singing and dancing at St. Chad's

Mini Vinnies and Anne Frank assemblies

Christmas fayre

Advent service and Christmas shows

Oh, and also we have to continue with our academic subjects when we can. 

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x ​


 

​​Sunday 9th October 2016

Another week has come and gone so very quickly. Each day (in Year 6) is filled with lots of new skills to learn and also lots of laughter. The class is just beginning to realise​ how good they 'could' be with just a little self-belief. They are starting to blend together, yet each has their own identity; a must in Year 6. 

I still feel very honoured to be the Year 6 Teacher at St. Martin's and I never take my position lightly, however Year 6 is a challenging year and there is still plenty of hard work ahead; for both children and myself.

I hope to see all the 'sick' children back on Monday morning, especially Alfie who was not well last week, however he gave his all even when he was so ill. A real credit to his Mum, sister and class mates - WELL DONE ALFIE! Let me end by saying that we have had a terrible 'bug' patrolling the school and attacking everything in sight - time to get rid and get on!

Cheers,

Mr. Mc x 


 

Sunday 25th September 2016

Wow! Three weeks have gone already in Year 6 and I must add the new class are living up to their responsibilities as 'Top of the School'. Friday was a prime example:

Mass with Bishop Mark in the morning. The class read and behaved impeccably followed by a morning of high order English editing work (an essential skill in Year 6 writing). Then later that day, well the night really, to show how good they were at dancing and singing. It was a pleasure to be a D.J. (well sort of!!!)for the night, ably assisted by my NEW musical director (see Stars of the Week column).  The week ahead is also very busy as all the weeks in Year 6 seem to be. Which is why we try to enjoy them as much as possible - this year is full of challenges; spiritually, morally and academically.

As always I will do my utmost to ensure your children enjoy their 'final' year at St. Martin's.

Cheers,

Mr.​ Mc x



September 2016

Hello and welcome. It only seems like yesterday that I was saying goodbye (through muffled tears - I might add) to the wonderful children of Year 6. I always find the end of a school year very difficult - not only did Year 6 leave but a lady who I considered a mentor also left; Mrs.​ Walton.

But the past  becomes the present and I have now been with the NEW Year 6 children for our first week together. I can see the makings of another terrific class, full of nervous energy and wonderment at what this year will bring them. I will give, to this class as much as last years and if they enter into the spirit of our adventure I'm sure they will just as successful as last year.

I try to write a new message every Sunday morning. In here you will find information about Year 6 and what to expect in the coming months.

My door is always open unless school duties call (just check at the office - first).

Bye for now,

Cheers,

Mr Mc


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​​Sta​rs of the Week​


 

Friday 26th January

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Eventually a Stars Assembly. Our 2 recipients this week were:

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Lewis, again was a popular choice amongst the class. He was chosen for his level headed approach to all things Year 6. He never gets flustered and knows when the fun must stop and the serious work must start. Lewis has an excellent logical mind and can often be the one who solves the demanding puzzles that Year 6 face, be it in school work or at dinner time when​ the boys become 'tribal' shall we say!

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​Friday 12th January 2018

At long last (I hear you cry) we have new Stars of the Week:

Mollie Campbell​ and Year 6 (yes - the other 25 children).

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Mollie spent 3 days in school without her classmates. She spent them in Year 5 with Mrs. Slonecki and the 'wonderful' Year 5 children who made her very welcome.

Year 6 (on the other hand) again showed why I consider them to be the best Year 6 class, a sentiment echoed by all the leaders and instructors at RobinWood​!

​Sunday 17th December and Sunday 10th December 2017

​Unfortunately no new Stars yet!
The hall is in use nearly every day, at the moment; finding time for an Assembly is proving problematic. As soon as we have one and Stars are chosen - I will update this column as soon as possible.​

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​Saturday 2nd December 2017

No Stars on Friday 1st due to Christmas Fair preparations. Not sure when the next assembly will be as Advent and Nativity rehearsals using the hall - daily. Will update as soon as possible, in the mean time, the whole class are STARS and are proving it everyday in everything they do!​

Tuesday 28th November 2017

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​​Meadow was chosen for her 'never say never' approach to all things - Year 6. It really is very refreshing to have someone with this application and attitude. She keeps her concentration levels to maximum and delivers when needed or required. Joe on the other hand was chosen for his positive approach and manner

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It is vitally important in Year 6 to keep a strong hold on the things in life that come to us free of charge - manners and personality. Joe has both in excess.

As always well done to all Year 6, everyone of you are Stars!

Friday 24th November 2017

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​Libby was chosen for her continued self-belief. It is vitally important, in Year 6, to believe in yourself. This enables you to face the challenges head on and apply all your effort and concentration to the task at hand. Libby certainly does this, and it will pay dividends come the end of the year; academically, spiritually and morally. Lucas, on the other hand, was chosen because of his input and work in Science, during the opening lesson on Evolution and Inhe

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Well done to both the children and the Students for choosing our worthy Stars. May I just add, I, as always, was impressed by everybody, 

biased - YES, wrong - NO!


Friday 10th November 2017

- Mrs. Reese. For the 5 and a half years that I have been the Year 6 Teacher (at St. Martin's) she has been there for Year 6 and especially me. Sometimes it is the simple words that mean so much! 

Thank you, Mrs. Rees​e, the children will miss you and so will I.


 

​​Tuesday 7th November 2017

A day late - lots of apologies, but, here they are our​ new Stars of the

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​​Both Megan and Freddie were chosen by their classmates for similar reasons. The class felt that both children had made substantial progress in all their Year 6 life. Not only in the standard of their work, but, in their personal and spiritual learning as well. Well done to both, however I must add, and it is very important for me to say that all Year 6 work extremely hard and could be chosen to be a Star of the Week. Biased I may be, however, that does not mean I'm wrong!  


 

Friday 3rd November 2017

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​Our last Stars of the half-term:

Libby Cahill 

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Connor Fell

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​​Two excellent end of half-term choices by the children. Libby for the all round progress that she has made since being in Year 6. Whatever challenge she faces she meets it head on and with a new found steely determination to conquer it - Connor on the other hand was chosen for his ability to inspire the children around him to try and achieve their best, be it academically or morally. Well done to both and (as usual) to all Year 6 who are Stars every single minute of every single day of every single week - well to me they are!


 

​​Friday 13th October 2017 - unlucky for some, however not these two 'bright' Stars:

Meadow Mus

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Meadow for her constant belief in her abilities. On a daily basis she gives her all and tries to engage in every 'new' idea or concept that is being taught to her. Often, as in the 'Year 6 - Law 9' writing putting her class before her own wants​ and wishes. This was an integral part of the lesson being taught and for Meadow to grasp the 'theme' so clearly indicates a mind willing to think in context - a very important part of Year 6's learni

ng.

Regan on the other hand ' caught a pen'. Sounds easy. I know; but, by catching the pen he had to come to board and solve a 5 digit plus 6 digit addition sum involving 3 decimal places. He duly came to the board, in front of the whole class and answered the question - correctly, whilst explaining to the class the mathematical process he was using. This was a massive step in Regan's confidence in Year 6, he now just has to build upon it.

As with every other week in Year 6 - they are all 'Stars' to me in my honest opinion - believe it or not, I really do believe this and it is what makes St. Martins so special. I know other Year 6 classes will feel the same and I hope they do, however, we are not in those classes we are in OURS!   


 

Friday 6th October 2017

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For your eyes this week we have:

Mollie Campbell 

 

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Finlay Harwood 

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Mollie was chosen by her classmates for her increasing confidence in her Maths. She is beginning to grasp and understand the concepts needed to make progress in Year 6 and show that she has the capabilities to listen and learn. 

Finlay was chosen, actually by - me. The class was finding it difficult to pick any individual boy, as they all have had a good week. I chose Finlay because of his calm and collected demeanor. Whatever 'new' concept, however hard, that Finlay is confronted with he just takes it in his stride and gives of his all. As a teacher I can ask ​no more.

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​​Monday 2nd October 2017

​Again, as promised our 2 new Stars:

Libby Cahill 

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Sean Eccles

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Libby was chosen because of her outstanding effort and score in her first Year 6 assessment. It was based on Place Value and Number and she scored 37 marks out of a possible 40. Libby is making steady progress in Year 6 and this is the first step on the road towards her Achieving National Standard in Maths​, although it is a long road ahead the way I see Libby's confidence growing week by week, it is a road she is more than capable of travelling.

Sean was chosen for his all round input into Year 6. Whenever a question is asked his hand is up straight away. Sometimes the answer is incorrect, however, this does not deter his thirst for knowledge; indeed it only makes him more determined to try again. This is a wonderful attitude to have in Year 6 and it inspires other children to try and answer more 'challenging' questions

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Well done to both and all the rest of Year 6 for another great week in St. Martin's.​ 


 

Sunday 1st October 2017

Once again no new Stars this week as we had a Mission Together Assembly on Friday. As with last time as soon as we have them I will post them here - possibly Monday 2nd.

Monday 25th September ​2017

As promised - two new Stars:

Chloe Hammond and

Alex Baldwin.

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Chloe was chosen for her ability to bounce back from a tough part of a lesson. She composed herself and showed true Year 6 tenacity to continue with her work; then to move places which enabled her to focus on her wo

rk.

Alex on the other hand - was chosen as he is our Thursday morning P.E. coordinator. Alex ensures that the class is kitted up and ready to go for 9:10am. Not an easy​ task, however Alex handles it with an increasing maturity - essential in Y​ear 6.

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Friday 22nd September 2017

​No Stars this week due to Bouncy Castle Day. What a tremendous day it was! 

Hopefully in Monday 25th's Assembly we will catch up on Stars and I will update the page as soon as possible.

Friday 15th September 2017

​After another busy week - two new Stars for our page:

Lucy Hall

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​and - Bradly Blundell

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Lucy was chosen for her ability to persevere and endure. It was clear that (for some reason) Lucy was as we say in Year 6 - 'a little under the weather'. However, this did not stop her in her attending school or participating in the lessons and even becoming our Swimming lead - a very important job in Year 6; well done Lucy. 

Bradly, on the other hand, showed true Year 6 commitment. Every challenge that he faced in some difficult Math questioning he handled with authority and courage. He never gave in and with

a smile on his face showed his level of speaking and listening (essential part of Year 6) was of the highest order. Well done Bradly.

As usual I will finish with my mantra;

all of Year 6 do wonderful, inspiring things throughout the week, unfortunately they all can't be chosen. To me though they are all Stars - biased I know, but, I get the pleasure of being with them daily - and I'm a 'pretty' good judge.


Friday 8th September 2017

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​Another year another Year 6, well not quite. Every Year 6 at St. Martins brings something different to the 'playing field' and this year will be no different. Our first Stars are:

Harry Jones and Charlotte Langton (see their profile pics above​). Now as you remember the Stars in Year 6 are chosen by their peers (class mates) so it is an honour​ to be chosen.

Harry was chosen for his 'infectious' commitment to his first week - always ready to answer, even when giving the wrong answer and not letting himself be deterred by ​any obstacle (wall - the children will understand this) in his way - well done Harry.

Charlotte on the other hand was chosen because she has begun to overcome her 'fear' of talking in front of the class. This is something she will have to learn as the year progresses, however, if she continues as she has begun this will be one of her strongest assets.

Well done to all the children in Year 6 - in my eyes they are all Stars.


 


 


 


 

Friday 14th July 2017

​Again, not a difficult choice this week. 

Year 6 (as a whole class) won both the weekly awards. The first for their sterling efforts and absolutely terrific input into the fundraising morning - they raised £485 in a little over 90 minutes. Well done to them and to everyone who spent their hard earned money with us.

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Their second award came from their trip to Harry Potter Studios. Everyone had a great time and although the day w​as long the children behaved impeccably throughout. 

A real testament to how they have matured over this final year. Well done to all the children. Oh! and a HUGE thank you to the staff who made the trip possible -you know who you are - Cheers.   


 

Friday 7th July 2017

Not a difficult choice this week. On Friday morning Year 6 held their fund raising event; all monies raised would be put towards their Harry Potter trip on Tuesday 11th. Every single one of the Year 6 children were magnificent on their respective stalls.

 

Special mention goes out to the four boys​:

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​who took part in the 'Soak a year 6' event - let me assure you it made a lot of money for our trip.

A massive thank you to all those who helped and contributed saleable items. And as always St. Martin's showed exactly why we are the 'best school in the world'; well to me anyway!​


 

Friday 30th June 2017

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These are difficult roles to fill and they attract a lot of debate. However the class could not of chosen two more competent children as these two. It is a daunting task but one that is ultimately rewarding, especially on the last day when the hall is full of laughter and emotion. Well done to both.


 

​Friday 23rd June 2017

Another two 'wonderful' choices this week:

Jessica McNamee 

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Owen Mainwaring.

Jess was chosen for her ability to persevere. Jess visited her high school as did a lot of the other children on Tuesday of this week. Whilst there she encountered negative comments from other 

school's​ children. Rather than let herself be distracted from the day she used her 'St. Martin's' spirit and saw the day through. Owen, on the other hand, came into school rather 'under the weather' shall we say. He also showed great determination to stay and complete his short story writing. This was essential - as it went towards his English National Standard Teacher Assessment.

Well done to both.


 

Friday 16th June 2017

Our Stars this week are:

Holly Barks and Mason McIntyre.

Holly was chosen for her continuing leadership skills during our Mini Vinnie lessons with Sister T. I know Sister regards Holly in the highest esteem. Mason, on the other hand showed grace under pressure. We had an actual fire alarm on Friday morning (it turned out to be a minor alarm) in which he followed procedure to leave as quickly and safely as possible, he also looked after Alfie (and his walker) to get him to safety as well. An all round commendable pair of Stars this week. Oh and yes, I know I say it all the time - I happen to believe it - ALL Year 6 ​are Stars to me - thanks!  


 

Friday 9th June 2017

Only 4 days this week, however two children who stood out from the rest (who - by the way are 'Stars' in their own right): Jessica Wales and James O'Connor​.

Jess was chosen for the terrific way in which she responds to critical comments about her work. She never lets her head drop - rather she listens and learns. This enables her to edit and rewrite her work to a 'higher' standard. An attribute that will stand her in good stead for high school. James, on the other hand was chosen for his influence with others - particularly his sister (Sarah) in Year 3. It is heart warming to see this link with siblings as it paves the way for their future success at St. Martin's. James, surprisingly helped Sarah with her Maths - I wonder why?


 

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Friday 19th May 2017 

​For this week the Stars chose themselves - well not really! Jack Whitehead returned to school on Monday (after his enforced absence due to his bicycle accident) and had to take the SATs on his own throughout the week as the children had done the week before. Not an easy task, however, Jack was 'brilliant' in both attitude and application - a true St. Martin's Year 6 if ever there was one. 

The other Star is another Jack - Jack Highton. Jack became 'teacher' for a while whilst I was administering the other Jack's SATs - confusing I know, all these Jacks! Under the eye of Mrs. Parker, Jack led the class through one of our transition lessons about Bridges; she told me that he had done an admirable job - well done to both Jacks.​


 

Friday 12th May 2017 ​As with last week there was only 1 candidate for this award - Year 6. I could wax lyrical about the reasons why, but if you were anywhere in and around the school during SATS week you would understand my choice. Enough said - in my head and heart The Best Year 6 Class in the World!

Friday 5th May 2017

​There was only one choice of Star this week: the whole of Year 6. It seems like a lifetime ago that they entered the classroom; 5th September 2016. 

Effort, application and commitment in abundance - what a class!

Friday 21st April 2017

​No Stars assembly today as Year 3 are away in Llandudno​ - hopefully having a great time!

Friday 31st March 2017

Well that's the Spring Term over and done with, and as usual (for our Stars) the class voted on their Stars of the Term. Each member of the class (me included) got one vote. The children chose the following, for the girls: Julieann Doyle. And for the boys (although it was a very close contest, with Brandon Earwaker narrowly missing out) 

Mason McIntyre

Both very worthy winners of the accolade​, although I think each and every one of them are Stars, but, hey I'm biased. No - you're not , you're just telling the truth

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Friday 24th March 2017

No Stars assembly today - instead we held a Red Nose Day parade in the hall. Each class took it in turns to parade around the hall whilst the other classes looked on. Then 2 children from each class was chosen for their costumes.

In Year 6 - Julieann Doyle and Joe Sacharewicz were chosen for being The Cat in the Hat and Carl from Up.

Well done to these 2 children but also to everyone who took​ part and donated generously.

Friday 17th March 2017

The children found it very difficult to choose this week - however, choose they did:​

Robyn Turner and Julieann Doyle were the chosen ones - sounds very Biblical! 

Robyn was chosen for her attitude towards learning. She fell and hurt her arm on Wednesday and had to go to the hospital for a check up. She later returned to school with an arm brace on to attend the extra SATs lesson. This meant that she was working in school until 4:30. 

A marvelous show of determination - well done Robyn. 

On the other hand, Julieann has shown a marked increase in her own self-belief and abilities. These are especially evident in her Math work.  

She no longer 'fears' Math - rather she embraces it and continues to make good progress towards National Standard. As before​, well done Julieann. 


 

Friday 10th March 2017

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This week the Stars were the entire class of children who went to Edinburgh (I believe the children who didn't go received them - last week). The class received them for their efforts and behaviour whilst on our residential trip - it was made more memorable by their actions. 

Friday 27th January 2017

two excellent choices by the children - this week:

Lily May Clarke and Callum Smith.

Lily was chosen after a lesson on the Holocaust. During the lesson, Lily, stood up for what she believed in, even though her friends didn't. She thought that they would support her views in a class experiment - they had other ideas!

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Well done to both Stars of the Week.​

Thursday 19th January 2017

Hopefully we will have 2 new stars for our page - after tomorrow. Last week, James O'Connor and Callum​ Lunt were chosen for their approach to an assessment without their prior knowledge. Both arrived at school on the Monday morning to be met with a practise​ Reading assessment.

Both boys showed great maturity in handling the 'new' pressure that Year 6 brings -

well done!


 

16th December 2016

We had our final assembly of the year -  today. It was time for the children to vote for their Star of the Winter Term. Each child in the class (as well as Miss Rowe and I) voted to pick the 2 children who had made the transition to Year 6 as smooth as possible.

They voted for, drum roll - please!

Robyn Turner and Mason McIntyre​.

Both children deserve a massive 'pat on the back' for adapting to Year 6 life; however, I must add - I feel slightly​ indifferent to voting. All the children in Year 6​ are Stars to me, that being said - democracy rules! 


 

​Sunday 11th December 2016

Finally - a Stars Assembly!

It was an easy choice this week; mainly because I chose the whole class. It is not very often that I vote for this, as it is a class vote, however, after last Friday and the Christmas Fayre​ it was nigh on impossible to single out any individual child - they were all magnificent!  


 

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​Seems like such a long time ago that we had a Stars Assembly. Hopefully, we will over the next week or so - so many things going on at the moment!

Friday 11th November - 

NO update this week as we all went to the cinema to see Pete's Dragon.

Friday 4th November 2016

The following 2 children were chosen this week:

Leanne Shearer and Joe Sac

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Joe was chosen for his​ approach and attitude to all things Year 6, not just inside the classroom but on the playground as well.

Well done to both.

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Holly Barks for her dedication to her Safety Officer role.

Jack Highton for taking a Mini Vinnies lesson all on his own, including the planning, when Sister T was off.

Mason McIntyre for his extra curricular work on Anne Frank.

Jess McNamee for her wonderful input and spirit into everything we do in Year 6.

Well done to them all!

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Julieann Doyle and Harry Moran. ​

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​​​Julieann was chosen for her infectious attitude towards her work and Year 6 life in general. Harry on the other hand was chosen for his increasing belief in his own abilities and is beginning to 'grow' into his Year 6 role at a pace, well done to both​.

Actually only one Star this week. As you know we held our 40th Anniversary Mass with Bishop Mark on Friday morning - therefore, there wasn't a Stars of the Week Assembly.

However, I have chosen one for his invaluable help on Friday night at the 70's Disco!

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We have our next Stars of the Week.

In Year 6 I ask the children to nominate and vote for the children who they feel have shone during the previous week. I, like the children,​ get 1 vote.

This week the class chose:

Jack Whitehead and Robyn Turner.

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Robyn was chosen by her classmates because of her new found self belief and increased confidence that shines throughout her work and input into class. Jack was chosen for his enthusiasm and input into our Anne Frank block of work. He really has entered into the higher level of work at a pace.

Well done, although I​ must add the whole class has risen to the challenge!​

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The children's focus this half-term is to begin to put into practise the level of work required in Year 6. We will continue looking at our book - The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yol​en as well as covering the basics; grammar, punctuation and spelling. On top of this we will work on 'inference' in our reading lessons. This is a difficult area to master, however it is essential to understand it. 


This half-term our focus will be on different areas of Mathematics, whilst still covering arithmetic - namely: fractions, then moving into reasoning problems and all that is associated with adding words to maths; believe me the 'simplest' of calculations seems so much more complex when words are added.

IT IS STILL OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE THAT YEAR 6 CHILDREN LEARN AND PRACTISE THEIR TIM
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