Friday 15th January 2021
Here is the first newsletter of 2021 and the first by our new Head - Mrs. Ming:
15th Jan 2021.docx
Thursday 14th January 2021
Dear Parents important guides for you to read regarding Google Classroom, everything you need to know to log on:
2020 Parents' Guide to Google Classroom.ppsx
How to access from different devices.jpeg
How to Access Google Classroom On PS4.pdf
Guía para padres de Google Classroom 2020.pptx.ppsx
2020 Parents' Guide to Google Classroom Arabic.ppsx
Tuesday 12th January 2021
Just in from Mrs. Ming - St. Martin's COVID 19 School Risk Assessment January 2021
St Martin's COVID 19 School Risk Assessment January 2021.doc
Monday 11th January 2021
Just in - Letter from Mrs. Ming regarding home learning:
Letter home learning.doc
Friday 8th January 2021
Letter just in from Halton Borough Council regarding the Covid crisis in the Halton area:
Letter to Parents 08-01-2021 HBC.pdf
FIRST NEWS UPDATE - Tuesday 12th January 2021
First News have returned our email and sent the following link for you to be able to sign up (free of charge) and read the online issues they are allowing whilst we are in lockdown. Unfortunately this is the only way they will allow access to the free issues. It is worth signing up and it is free, if you want to go ahead click the link below:
First News online issues 2021
UNFORTUNATELY the digital version of Issue 759 needs an Educational link for you to view. I have emailed the First News administration department to send it. As soon as I receive notification I will post the link on line for you to be able to read the issue - Keep watching this webpage for update.
Thursday 7th January 2021
Brilliant news, First News are allowing free access to their online digital version of the newspaper during the lockdown.
It is essential reading for children, especially those in Years 4,5 and 6. Click the link below to read the current issue No. 759. As and when we get new issues they will be posted here. Clink the link below for direct access:
First News Issue 759
Monday 4th January 2021
Happy New Year - IMPORTANT letter from Mrs. Ming regarding school opening tomorrow Tuesday 5th January 2021:
Letter to parents opening as usual.doc
Tuesday 22nd December 2020
This just in from Mr. Hallman - his final letter:
Final goodbye Dec2020.doc
Saturday 19th December 2020
From all the staff at St. Martin's to all the families and the wider community in and around the school - Happy Christmas and hopefully a better New Year and 2021.
Thank you for all the support the school receives.
Wednesday 16th December 2020
Just in from Mrs. Parker information about closing times for this Friday 18th December:
Friday 4th December 2020
Here it is, Mr. Hallman's December 2020 Newsletter. This is his last as our Head teacher, before we welcome Mrs. Ming in January:
December 2020 Newsletter Dec2020.pdf
Also just in from the Diocese: Making a Jesse tree and Setting up your Crib pamphlets:
Advent 2020 - Making a Jesse Tree.pdf
Advent 2020 - Setting up your Crib.pdf
Thursday 3rd December 2020
Just in from Mrs. Parker, a letter about the Christmas Raffle. It contains all the information you need to enter and hopefully win one of the wonderful prizes on offer!
Christmas Raffle 2020.doc
Wednesday 18th November 2020
Just in from Halton Healthy Schools their November '20 newsletter:
Nov 2020 News.pdf
Thursday 5th November 2020
Here it is the brand new - November Newsletter. It is full of important and interesting information, so please read it:
November 2020 Newsletter Nov2020.doc
Monday 2nd November 2020
IMPORTANT letter from Mr. Hallman regarding our new Head:
New headteacher Mrs Ming Nov2020.doc
Saturday 24th October 2020
Press release from Halton Borough Council regarding Halloween 2020; important message about how to enjoy the upcoming festivities:
For all parents, this is a link to Helping Halton Kids (Facebook) and the information needed to help feed children over the holiday period.
Helping Halton Kids
Mr. Hallman's October half term letter:
Half term and following rules letter Oct2020.doc
Saturday 17th October 2020
St. Chad's have invited all Year 5 and 6 parents to visit their school for an Open Evening - obviously in these COVID 19 times it has to be done through the website, here is the link:
St. Chad's virtual tour 2020
Thursday 15th October 2020
NEW school meals menu for you to download and choose from for the forthcoming Winter term:
School Meals winter Menu 2021_Poster.pdf
14th October 2020
Looking for something to do over the half term break - well look no further. If your children are into science (and let's be honest - most are) then you need to sign up for this free science event on Wednesday 28th October with Ken Mystery; read the flyer and all will be explained:
Monday 5th October 2020
Mr. Hallman's October newsletter:
October 2020 Newsletter Oct2020.doc
As mentioned in October's newsletter the following 2 forms relate to the 'Life to the Full' relationships scheme that the school has adopted for the forthcoming academic year:
Life to the Full Parents Questionnaire Oct2020.docx
RSE Parents Consultation Oct2020.doc
Wednesday 23rd September 2020
An important letter from the NHS regarding Test and Trace procedures:
23rd September - PHE letter to parents and guardians.pdf
Sunday 20th September 2020
Another batch of important news/letters:
First up is a letter from Mil Vasic (Strategic Director People - Halton Borough Council) about the new COVID 19 regulations coming into force from Monday 21st September:
Letter from Mil Vasic HBC.pdf
Secondly, a flyer from Halton Borough Council about when to keep your child away from school and how to manage the situation:
And lastly a letter about the upcoming Dance-A-Thon this Friday and what it represents:
Monday 14th September 2020
2 very important documents for Year 6 parents regarding entry into Secondary School in September 2021 (I know they have only just come into Year 6!). You should have received these by email from Halton Council, however if you haven't here they are. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you apply before October 31st 2020 and get a receipt for your application. Applications are done online and the Secondary booklet (below) explains all the relevant information you need. If you are unsure ask at the front office or catch me when you drop off or pick up your child.
Letter to Parents of Halton Year 6.pdf
Secondary Booklet 2021 FINAL.pdf
Monday 7th September 2020
A whole raft of IMPORTANT letters today, covering Holy Communion, Before and after school club, letter from Halton Borough council regarding COVID 19 outbreaks and Mr. Hallman's September news letter. Lots of reading for everyone!
Holy Communion information:
Breakfast club and after school documents:
Breakfast and After School Club Covid letter Sept20.doc
Breakfast Club Parent's Contract etc Sept20.doc
After School Club Parent's Contract etc Sept20.doc
Halton Borough Council COVID 19 letter
September News letter:
September News Letter.pdf
Friday 28th August 2020
This just in from Mr. Hallman regarding the return to school (for everyone) next week - starting on Wednesday 2nd September:
September arrangements school opening and closing times and lunchtimes Aug20.doc
Also just published by HM Government:
Returning to primary school: what parents need to know.
Monday 27th July 2020
This just in from Mini Vinnies, which is normally just associated with Year 6, however, this is a summer reading competition - open to all ages. Well worth a look. And remember reading is essential for all ages.
MV & Youth SVP Summer Challenge 2020.pdf
Saturday 18th July 2020
From Mr. Hallman and all the staff here at St. Martin's - take care and have a safe Summer holidays. We will see you all in September.
Friday 17th July 2020
Letter from Mil Vasic - Strategic Director, People (Halton Council) about returning to school in September:
Letter to Parents and Carers.docx
Thursday 16th July 2020
Important letter from Mr. Hallman regarding the return to school in September- for ALL CHILDREN:
Whole School return in September.pdf
Also School Holiday dates for 2020-21:
Holiday dates 2020 - 21.pdf
Monday 13th July 2020
Fresh in from PCSO Chris - No. 15 in an ongoing set of presentations helping you to keep safe and well until we can all return to school.
While you're at home 15 CMC.pptx
Friday 10th July 2020 - This just in from Halton & Warrington Music Support Service
A whole series of lessons for you to work through over the summer holidays.
Whole class summer Challenge.docx
Monday 6th July 2020
The latest Newsletter from Mr. Hallman - containing the most up-to-date information available about school:
July 2020 Newsletter July20.doc
Thursday 2nd July 2020
Letter from Mr. Hallman about visiting school next week for children
and families to say hello and pick up reports.
Chance to check in July20.doc
Monday 29th June 2020 - Important Letter from Mr. Hallman about his retirement and a new revised date:
Retirement plans and phased retirement June2020.doc
IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THE REOPENING OF SCHOOL:
Wednesday 17th June 2020 - 5:45pm
Mr. Hallman's letter regarding the opening of school on Monday 22nd June to Year 1 and Year 6 and then Reception class on Tuesday 23rd June:
Replanning for new Returning to school for YR, Y1 and Y6 22nd June June20.docx
Friday 26th June 2020
This is our FINAL free issue of First News. This is an excellent way to get your children to read (or be read to) whilst we are not in school. This is issue number 732, it includes stories about how things are reopening as we come out of lockdown as well as many other interesting articles - PLEASE read it, it is full of up to date news and information.
Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Mr. Hallman's welcome back to school letter.
Welcome back letter June2020.doc
Tuesday 30th June 2020
Episode 2 of Your Money and Your Life Podcast is now LIVE
and available at the following link, it features our very own Mr. Hallman and members of Year 6 in discussion.
Tuesday 9th June 2020
Just in from Halton Council - links to videos from the Health Improvement Team. Well worth a watch as they help you stay active whilst doing your daily walks etc. Click either of the following links for access:
Family Walking Games
Halton Borough Council videos
Friday 5th June 2020 - 5:45pm
School will NOT open on Tuesday 9th June for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children. Halton Council have advised all schools that the 'R' rate is now above 1 in the North West and have recommended schools to delay opening at least until the 15th June. Mr. Hallman has made the decision to delay the opening until the 15th at the earliest. Further information will be sent out as soon as possible.
(This does not affect the children who attend the childcare provision)
Thursday 4th June 2020
Another IMPORTANT letter for Parents regarding school from Tuesday 9th June. Please read, as these new guidelines apply to each Year group returning, especially Reception and Year 1.
Welcome guidelines information sheet.pdf
Tuesday 2nd June 2020 - JUST IN - IMPORTANT
June Newsletter from Mr. Hallman regarding the reopening of school next week:
June 2020 Newsletter Returning to school for YR Y1 and Y6 June20.docx
Letter regarding reopening of school from Mil Vasic, Strategic Director People at Halton Borough Council:
Letter to Parents and Carers -14.05.20.pdf
Friday 5th June 2020
Yet another FREE issue of First News. This is an excellent way to get your children to read (or be read to) whilst we are not in school. This is issue number 729, it includes stories about children returning to school and the current protests taking place in the USA - PLEASE read it, it is full of up to date news and information. This edition has 2 pages of NHS/Stay Alert posters for you to print and display.
Today, 5th June is UN World Environment Day.
Follow the link below to explore the website, with a collection of resources designed to help you focus on the Earth and the environment.
Click here for activities.
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Fresh in from PCSO Chris - No. 9 in an ongoing set of presentations helping you to keep safe and well until we can all return to school.
While you're at home 9 CMC.pptx
Sunday 24th May 2020
Excellent link to Hamilton Trust home learning packs - all age ranges covered and free of charge:
Click here for website
Follow the link below to learn about CAFOD's Summer of Hope campaign.
Click here for website
Tuesday 19th May 2020
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (Stop Loan Sharks) now has an Instagram account. Please can you follow them at:
Click here for access
Monday 18th May 2020
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week - Click the link below to take you directly to the website of the Mental Health Foundation.
Click here for website
It is really important, especially at the moment to look after our mental health as well as our physical health. This site raises awareness during these troublesome times with lots of information and activities.
Wednesday 13th May 2020
The National Education Union has produced a terrific How to go out when you have to stay in pamphlet. It is divided into four different pages aimed at helping you to stay in but go out - confusing, not when you open the file and read it. Lots and lots of things to keep you going (for all ages) as we enter another week of (semi) lockdown - enjoy!
NEU How you 2020.pdf
Saturday 9th May 2020
Yet another FREE issue of First News. This is an excellent way to get your children to read (or be read to) whilst we are not in school. This is issue number 725 - it usually costs £1.99 or your need a subscription, however the First News company are allowing free access during these 'lockdown' times. PLEASE read it, it is full of up to date news and information. This is the VE Day edition.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THIS WEBPAGE AS THERE ARE LOTS OF ACTIVITIES AND LEARNING FOR ALL AGES - EITHER ONLINE OR BY WAY OF DOWNLOAD!
IMPORTANT LETTER from Mrs. Evison in the office:
New revised arrangements for children taking their First Holy Communion in 2020
First Holy Communion arrangements 2020.pdf
Monday 4th May 2020
Two new updates: one from Mr. Hallman and one from PCSO Chris.
First up is the May newsletter:
May 2020 Newsletter May20.doc
Second is the next in the series of While you're at home No. 5.
While you're at Home 5 CMC.pptx
Friday 1st May 2020
From all the staff at St. Martin's to all of you - stay safe and we'll see you soon. BIG shout out to Miss Rowe for being our 'Steven Spielberg'.
Late addition - this is the third time that First News have let children have their newspaper for FREE. It is essential that your children continue to read and be read to whilst they are not in school. This newspaper is full of up to the minute news and is aimed at primary school children. Please download this new edition (while you can) and the other two editions or read them online, but either way please read them.
Wednesday 29th April 2020
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
Mr. Hallman has a special message for you all.
This just in from PCSO Chris, the 4th installment of - While you're at home. Very informative and lots of activities for children of all ages, thanks PCSO Chris - keeping the community safe whilst we're are not around and in school together.
While you're at home 4 CMC.pptx
Mr. Hallman has asked me to re-promote the following,
The Reading Plus website. It is of vital importance that your children continue to read whilst they are not in school. This is a website that allows that to continue (as well as the First News downloads - available on this page).
Reading Plus Home Use Pupil Information.pdf
Also from a busy Mr. Hallman (well he's keeping me busy!) a stay at home song for you all to learn. Why not video yourself or join with classmates (online of course) and make music to keep you happy in these strange times. Hopefully when we are back we can all sing it together to keep Mr. Hallman happy!
Rainbow Days - Lyrics only -add name.pptx
Rainbow Days Song.mp3
Rainbow Days Song Backing Track.mp3
Monday 27th April 2020
Unfortunately at the moment we can't visit The British Museum in London, or can we?
Well yes, follow the link below to investigate and explore all things The British Museum, hours of endless fun and learning.
Click here for website
The Premier League has a terrific home learning website aimed at primary school children. There are activities, games, etc. all in conjunction with your favourite players.
Click on the link below to take you to the home learning page - and remember try to support Manchester United at all times to keep Mr. Mc happy!
Click here for website
First News is a newspaper aimed directly at schoolchildren, it usually incurs a cost, however they have allowed a free download of the current issue - here it is - ENJOY, it is very informative and a really good way to encourage your children to read.
This is the second issue they have allowed for free. It is essential for all children to read and this provides a very good way of keeping your child informed and at the same time learn to read. If they are unsure about anything you could read it with them.
Friday 24th April 2020
This just in from PCSO Chris, the 3rd installment of - While you're at home. Very informative and lots of activities for children of all ages, thanks PCSO Chris.
While you're at home 3 CMC.pptx
Thursday 23rd April 2020
This just in from Mrs. Hayes -
A terrific worksheet to help you learn about the NHS.
Head over to BBC Bitesize to see their new improved website full of daily lessons - for all age groups:
Click here for website
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
First News is a newspaper aimed directly at schoolchildren, it usually incurs a cost, however they have allowed a free download of the current issue - here it is - ENJOY, it is very informative and a really good way to encourage your children to read:
Third Space Learning is a website dedicated to Maths, from ages 6-11. Usually there is a charge for using their online resources and interventions, however due to the 'current' state of schools they are allowing FREE access to their home learning. The form below explains how to access their resources at home. It is an excellent Maths resource and provides different levels of work.
Around this time of year - 456 years ago (records were not as good back then) William Shakespeare was born. Here are some activities for you to do to celebrate this anniversary:
Shakespeare's sonnets - notes and guidance.pdf
Sonnets - exploring themes worksheet.pdf
Shakespeare themed writing paper.pdf
He was also a master at writing amazing insults:
amazing insults - notes and guidance.pdf
Amazing insults - slides.pptx
amazing insults cards.pdf
amazing insults worksheet.pdf
The Royal Mint
Like the idea of working with money - for free, then read on.
Copy and paste or search for this link to The Royal Mint website - lots of interesting activities and worksheets/books for children of all ages, and best of all it's all totally free - NO money needed at all!
Also, just in from Third Space Learning - Let's Practise Telling The Time worksheets, one for Key Stage 1 and one for Key Stage 2. Seems appropriate at the moment when we all have a lot of time on our hands to be able to tell it.
Let's Practise Telling The Time KS1.pdf
Let's Practise Telling The Time KS2.pdf
These just in from Mr. Hallman - as you know Ramadan starts on the evening of Thursday 23rd April and lasts for a month. Imran Kotwal has kindly sent to the school his presentation and worksheet on Ramadan, please use and learn.
Ramadhan 2020 NEW.pdf
NEW Ramadan _ Eid Worksheet.pdf
Saturday 18th April 2020
On Wednesday 22nd April 2020 it will be the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day - follow the link below to a whole range of activities that you and your children can work through.
Friday 17th April 2020
This just in from PCSO Chris - important news and information from Cheshire Constabulary to help in the current climate. This is the second presentation that has been made available (see next column for the original) - please read and let others know about its content.
While you're at Home 2 CMC.pptx
An even later update on Thursday 16th April 2020 from the British Red Cross - terrific resources about the Power of Kindness. Something we all need at the present moment.
Late update Thursday 16th April 2020 from the National Education Union, a really useful list of websites etc.
Denominational Inspection Report 2019
DENOMINATIONAL INSPECTION REPORT 111380 2019.pdf
Attendance and Holidays during term time
As you will be aware, the rules around holidays in term time have now changed and we are no longer allowed to authorise any holiday requests except in exceptional circumstances. Families, who take holidays in term time, will be contacted by Halton's EWO service, which may result in the issuing of a fixed penalty fine. If your child is off with illness for any length of time, then you must send in medical evidence for their absence. Thanks for your help in this matter. You understand that the best way for children to achieve well at school is for them to have a good attendance and that means 95% +
Helping your child to be fit and ready to learn in school
Many parents ask us how they can help their child to be best ready to learn. We would advise making sure they get a good night's sleep. Infants in bed by 7.00/7.30pm and older Juniors by 8.00/8.30pm. Make sure they calm down, talking to them or reading a story once they are in bed for five to ten minutes. Limit the amount of time they access the internet on phones, tablet computers or PCs and know what they are accessing as it could well be very inappropriate. Have everything ready for school the night before to avoid forgetting book bags/lunch boxes/equipment/kits in the morning.
Uniform and PE Kit
Thank you for all your efforts with ensuring we have the highest possible standards of uniform. Helping us to ensure this is maintained supports us all. This means no trainers for normal footwear and sensible accessories, please don't have headwear that stops other children being able to see the teacher! Could I ask you to also ensure that your child's name is on all their pieces of uniform, especially jumpers and coats?It is also very important that all children have the correct PE Kit. They are not allowed to wear football shirts. The PE Kit consists of a white t-shirt with logo, black shorts and a pair of pumps. It is advisable that the juniors have a pair of trainers for outdoor PE. It is best for all children to keep their kit in school and to take it home each half term to be cleaned. It needs to be kept in a named drawstring PE bag.
Register for Free School Meals
If you are in receipt of Income Support, your child will be eligible to be registered for free school meals. Even if your infant child is getting a free school meal it is important to register. This is because the school receives additional funding for any children whose parents are on income support. Thank you for your help and support in this matter.
St. Martin's Catholic Primary School
St Martin's Lane
Tel 01928 711 207
Headteacher Mr P Hallman