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                             Fantastic Opportunities at High Legh Primary School

 

This year we have timetabled key weeks into our school so that children would have even more opportunities to develop skills. For Design Technology in January we had an architect in school designing huge structures with all our children in the hall. Our Reception children learnt about floating and sinking and made fabulous boats. Our week finished with a High Legh Bake Off -we had huge show stopper cakes as well as delicious cookies and cakes. Mrs Price and I had the hard task of judging (what a great way to spend an afternoon) – we couldn’t believe we had over 70 entries.

Our brass band took part in the Cheshire East Music Competition, unfortunately we didn’t win. We are very proud of our band and just to prove how amazing they are, they have been selected to play at the Cheshire Show on Wed 20th June at about 1.10pm – please come and be entertained by us if you are at the show on that day.

World Book day turned into a whole week of promoting reading. Local author Rachel Lyndsay was in school reading from her Troll books. She did writing workshops with our children, showing how she plans chapters and whole books. Our infant children had Fairy Tale Forest workshops in our woods. This year we designed t-shirts capturing illustrations and quotes from our favourite books. It was great to see so many children reading each other’s t-shirts. We have a new member of staff - Bella the reading dog. She is a sweet Cockapoo who sits by the children whilst they read to her owner. Research shows that a reading dog can help with concentration and motivation. Our biggest problem is that everyone wants to read to her.

How proud I am of our children who have selflessly come up with ideas to support others in the local and wider community. I have had children collecting tins for homeless charities and children have made valentine sweet bags to sell with profits going to a Manchester charity. At the moment Year 6 children are selling Flumpets in school on behalf of St. Rocco’s. These have all come from the children themselves. Currently they have raised over £300.

Our children have helped plant hundreds of snowdrops around the Belfry Estate in High Legh; it is lovely to think our children will be bringing spring smiles to people’s faces every year when the flowers pop up. If there is anything we can do to support you in High Legh please let us know- we love learning to be active citizens.

This year we celebrate 50 years of our school being on Wrenshot Lane since it moved from the Village Hall in 1968. Our big celebration is on Friday 20th April; during the day the children and staff will all be dressed from a different decade and we have invited The Pop Project into play live music across the decades. This will be fantastic as Graham Skelland, who is part of the band, is also one of our ex-head teachers; I am sure he will be able to tell us some great stories about our school. Mrs Topping is ready to make a 1960’s school dinner – obviously fish and chips (as it is Friday) we also have meat pie on the menu and we are finishing with Angel delight or jam roly poly and pink custard. Wow I haven’t had pink custard for about 40 years- I can’t wait.

After school we are inviting past families, students, staff and teachers along to take tours of the school and see any changes as well as have all the old photographs and memorabilia out. We will be celebrating with refreshments and cakes. Please do pop along on Friday 20th April at 3.40pm if you have a link to our wonderful school we would love to see you. Please also pass this message on to past alumni.

Our school continues to grow- we have 152 pupils currently – however as a small village school our class sizes still remain small with 24 pupils being in our largest class. If you would like to visit our school or would like to offer your support by working with our children please ring 01925 753713.

Louise Tottle Head teacher