Monthly Archives - July 2021

Children Smash Fund-Raising Target on Last Day of Term

Children at St Giles’ Catholic Primary School in Cheadle have raised £718.30 for The Little Princess Trust Charity on their last day of the school year. Angelina Baby (age 8) cut her beautiful, long hair and is donating it to The Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or illness. In support of Angelina and The Little Princess Trust, St Giles’ had a non-uniform day on Wednesday and asked all students for donations to The Little Princess Trust. The donations have been counted and £718.30 was raised against a target of £550, which is the cost of making a wig. “We are immensely proud of Angelina for doing something so life changing for another young person. All the children at St Giles’ have pulled together to support this worthy cause, smashing our fund-raising target and giving us a real high note to end the school year on!” said Mrs Gillian Wretham, Principal at St Giles. Angelina is pictured above with her sister Alena and her mum

Olympic Dreams for St John’s

Children at St John’s Catholic Primary School in Great Haywood have enjoyed their PE sessions this year with a special teacher who has also given them a real enthusiasm for this summer’s Olympics. Keri Lees, a former Olympian herself, has taught at the school for the past six years, delivering twice-weekly sessions for children from Reception age to Year 6 who are about to start high school. Keri started her sports career at just nine years of age, training and competing in sprint events for Stafford Athletics Club. She enjoyed some local successes and then from the age of about 12 years she was successful at a national level in the 200m, coming 2nd at the English Schools Championships. She soon changed to the sprint hurdles after “falling in love with the event” after filling in for a fellow club member who dropped out. She then started competing for Great Britain at the age of 15 and won Silver and Gold medals in the World and European Junior Championships respectively. As a senior athlete Keri specialised in both the 100m and 400m hurdles and took part in European and World Championships, World Student Games and the Commonwealth Games. In 2000 she was selected for the Olympic Games (a childhood dream) and competed in the 400 hurdles in Sydney. Since retiring from Athletics in 2001, Keri has taught in schools and now works for Stafford Sports and Performance Academy, teaching PE and delivering after school clubs in primary schools in the Stafford area. “The children really love their sessions with Keri, she has a real bond with many of them, especially our Year 6 leavers who have known Keri since they started school in Reception. When she brings her medals in they feel like she is a real celebrity. Their enthusiasm for sport and athletics events is so great, we are sure we are watching some of our future Olympians!” commented Mrs Lucy Barber, Head of School at St John’s. 'I love being active in PE, we enjoy lots of different sports such as football, netball, tag rugby and rounders. William, age 10 'We love being able to work with an Olympian as we learn about sport but also how to be part of a team.' Zach, age 10 'I love St John's and being able to do PE with Mrs Lees inspires me to be in the Olympics'. Nia, age 9

New Leadership Role for St John’s Catholic Primary School

Picture shows Miss Lucy Baber (left) and Mrs Lomas (right) St John’s Catholic Primary School, in Great Haywood, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Justine Lomas as its new Executive Leader.  Justine has recently been appointed to the role of Headteacher and Executive Leader at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Brewood and her role has now been expanded to also include St John’s.  Both schools are part of The Painsley Catholic Academy. Justine brings with her over 27 years of experience in Catholic education. She began her career as a newly qualified teacher in an inner-city school in Birmingham before joining St. Mary’s in Cannock as the Deputy Head and then went onto her first headship role at St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Stafford, another school within The Painsley Catholic Academy. Mrs Lomas worked more recently for the Archdiocese of Birmingham in a school improvement role.  In this position, she was able to work very closely with the leaders of a wide range of Catholic schools with differing needs. Justine will be working closely with the Acting Head of School, Lucy Barber. Lucy has 11 years of experience in primary education, with an outstanding track record as a class teacher and fully qualified SENCO. Lucy was most recently the Assistant Head at St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School in Stafford. Justine and Lucy will work in partnership with pupils, parents, Governors and Parish to ensure that St John’s continues to provide a top-class education and provides wider personal development opportunities for all children. “St John’s is such a lovely school community; I’ve already been made to feel very welcome and am looking forward to getting know all of our children and families and welcoming our new starters in September.” commented Mrs Lomas.