Wellbeing Week 2024
To help us understand how important our wellbeing is, we held a special Wellbeing Week. Throughout this week we participated in lots of new and exciting activities such as:
After such a long time away, it was lovely to be back at Christ Church for our Christmas service! Alongside Reverend Heather and Reverend Williams, our Year 6 children lead us through the service with a little help from our KS1 actors who helped us to imagine the nativity scene as we remembered the true meaning of Christmas.
Throughout the service, we offered up prayers and thanked God for all the good things we have. We also asked him to help those who may be sad, lonely or struggling during the festive period.
We also had another very special birthday to celebrate - our fabulous Mrs Williams turned 80! She has dedicated such a lot of her time to Christ Church and we wanted to thank her for everything she does for us and make sure that she knows how special she is to our Christ Church family on her special day. Thank you, Mrs Williams!
Wow! What an incredible week we've had performing our Christmas productions! Well done to all of our children who made us so proud by standing up confidently on the stage and doing their part to tell the Christmas story to all our mums, dads, nans, grandads, aunties, uncles and many, many more!
Our Nursery and Reception children started us off with with their performance: The First Nativity. Their singing was fantastic, our narrators were nice and loud when delivering their lines and our actors brought the story to life. For such little people, they were full of confidence and bravery and made us so proud.
KS1 followed with their Nativity: The Bossy King. Our children once again made us so proud with their ability to perform on a stage with such a big audience watching! They sang their songs loudly and proudly and showed us all the actions to go along with them. Our actors and narrators told the story of the baby Jesus and reminded us about how mad King Herod was about the new king. It was brilliant to see once again how confident and enthusiastic our KS1 children are about performing and how well they know the Christmas story.
Finally, KS2 took to the stage for a Carols by Candlelight performance. Through song and narration, they too told the Christmas story in a unique and uplifting way. Surrounded by candlelight, our singers, narrators and choir all felt the sense of peace as they took us on a journey through lyrics and music. We were so proud of how well they learnt all the songs and how beautifully they sang.
A massive well done to all of our children, we were so impressed! And it was lovely to have all of our parents and carers there with us to rejoice in the Christmas story.
Wellbeing and Distinctiveness Ambassadors
Today we held a special assembly to welcome all of our new ambassadors to their faculties. The newest members of our team will be responsible for ensuing that our Wellbeing and Distinctiveness faculty is listening to the pupils and improving our subjects accordingly. They will be involved in conducting pupil voices and they will aid us in the planning of our special events. We can't wait to see them flourish in their new roles and would like to say a massive well done to all our faculty ambassadors!
Our mini Santas were out in full force today as they raced around the playground for a special Daily Mile. With Christmas music blasting and Santa hats on their heads, children from Nursery - Reception enjoyed keeping fit and healthy in a fun and festive way. Children from lots of different school also participated in this South Sefton event so it was great to know that we were all contributing to the total number of Santa's miles together.
Our Food Bank
Here at Christ Church we are really passionate about helping those in need and we endeavour to positively contribute to our community. So far this year, the generosity of our parents and carers has been overwhelming and we are so grateful for all the support they have given us whilst collective for our food bank.
We have also been staggered by the generosity of those outside our community who have recognised the efforts we have put in and pledged to aid us in our collections. Thank you so much to Insul-eight Contracts who kindly donated to our food bank and have made a huge difference to those struggling as we approach the festive season. As we focused on our value of Hope during our assembly, we are hopeful that families in our parish will benefit from the generosity shown to us through these donations. Thank you.
Year 6 Trip to Liverpool Cathedral
Year 6 had a brillant time at Liverpool Cathedral participating in an Advent workshop.
The workshop took us all around the cathdreal and it was fantastic to see the fabulous architecture of the historical, iconic building.
Throughout the day, Year 6 learned a lot about Advent. They learnt all about special messengers and looked in detail at the gifts the Wise Men brought for the baby Jesus. They also focused on the true meaning of Christmas and decided what was 'Bubblegum or Fluff' - they revealed the real reason we celebrate Christmas by 'defluffing' the connotations around it.
Children in Need
To end our Kindness Week, Christ Church was invaded by bears! Donning their best Pudsey merchandise, our children came to school with a donation for Children in Need and were determined to raise as much money as possible for such a brilliant chairty and we were not disappoined!
Overall, we raised a whopping £915!
Thank you so much to our parents for their generosity and support, we couldn't have done it without you. Together We Can!
Kindness week was yet again a fantastic example of how wonderful our children are!
All week we have been thinking carefully about how to show kindness to not only those in our daily lives but those in our community too. As a school, we decided to collect food for our food bank to help those who are struggling and we wrote messages of kindness to give to them too, to show that we are thinking of them.
This week we have also been giving out 'Kindness Stickers' for children who have displayed real acts of kindness. Some recieved stickers for something simple like helping a friend tie their laces or holding the door open for somebody - things that we do on a daily basis without even thinking about it but it makes such a big difference to somebody's day. Others recieved stickers for going above and beyond to be kind and helpful to people around their community. We have been so proud of our children this week and have relished the opportunity to celebrate their kindness!
Lest We Forget
Today we held a special assembly to remember those who have suffered during war, those who have been scarred and those who have anxiously waited at home. We prayed for those who returned wounded and those who mourned and we continue to pray for the communities still suffering.
During our two minutues silence, we quietly reflected on the sacrifice all the men and women who fought for our country made for us and we thought about those still fighting and asked God to help bring peace to our world.
Year 5 were privileged to be able to welcome Christ Church's new Vicar, Rev. Heather Goldsmith, to one of our RE lessons during our 'Bible' topic. Pupils asked her about how and why she reads the Bible and what it says to her when life gets tough. She explained that she reads the Bible every day and she finds good advice there when she has difficult decisions to make.
We have worked hard over the past year to achieve our Bronze Health and Wellbeing Award in which we focused on our pastoral care towards our pupils especially during Covid.
This year we continue to work towards achieving the silver award which will include a focus on health and hygiene - in particular healthy lifestyles including packed lunches and dental hygiene. We look forward to working together with parents and carers to achieve these important goals.
CORAM Life PSHE Workshops
Megan (and Harold!) from Life Education visited our school during the Spring term and we enjoyed participating in a range of workshops designed to develop our understanding of the PSHE curriculum . The focus of these workshops was tailored specifically to suit each Year group, covering a range of topics such as; the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise on the body, the effects of alcohol and tobacco, legal and illegal drugs, how to understand and help our own feelings and mental health and how to build, recognise and maintain positive relationships.
Take a look at some of the photographs from our workshops.
In line with our healthy well-being initiative, we want to support and promote dental health and general hygiene in our school.
Our Infant children had a visit from a local dentist. The dentist discussed and promoted the importance of looking after our teeth, how to brush teeth effectively and how healthy food and drinks (which have less sugars) can protect dental health in the long term.
Each child was provided with a dental well-being pack, which included:
Our children found these sessions fun and engaging and were very eager to collect their pack and practise brushing their teeth reguarly at home!
'Together We Can' Curriculum
We work hard to develop our own unique and specific way for teaching Values and to respond to the needs of our children and their wellbeing. In this way, children and staff come together each term to work collectively on a whole school project for example: ‘Belonging Week’, ‘Together as One Week’, ‘Little Me, Big Dreams Project’ and most recently, our Kindness week - examples of which you can see below. These whole school projects give both pupils and staff the opportunity for discussion, reflection and worship as a whole school community.
During such projects, teachers facilitate values activities; helping pupils to connect with their own values and live them. Pupils talk about and build upon skills such as relationships, aspirations, diversity and mental health and the aim is to give pupils a greater understanding of the world and their place within it.
The children also learn and practise mindfulness techniques – being aware of thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment. Quality story books are carefully selected to use during these projects to give pupils a greater understanding of the issues discussed. Pupil voice is of great importance at Christ Church and we also use the projects as a forum for when we want to ask children’s opinions on many aspects of school life.
During Autumn term we have celebrated Kindness Week at Christ Church. We spent the week focusing on how we can be kind to ourselves and spread kindness throughout our school. We enjoyed developing a deeper understanding of kindness and looking at all the ways we can make our world a kinder place.
On Monday we started the week by celebrating Odd Socks Day. We all came to school wearing odd socks to show that we are all different and unique. We spent the day celebrating each other's differences and individuality.
We enjoyed reading Big Panda and Tiny Dragon by James Norbury. This beautiful book is filled with positive, inspirational messages on how we can spread kindness and throughout our lives and work together to build a better world. We were inspired by the stunning illustrations in the book and enjoyed creating some of our own artwork.
On Thursday Krish from 52 Lives - School of Kindness came to visit. He told us all about the amazing work 52 Lives do to help people around the world. During our workshops we enjoyed creating Christmas cards for anybody who might need some kindness this year. We wrote messages inside that will hopefully help to make someone's day a little better.