As we reach the end of the spring term, we prepare for Easter: the most special time for Christians and the time at which we remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and the sacrifice which God made for us. It was a real delight to welcome Rev. Sue into school on Thursday to lead us, alongside the Worship Council, in our Easter Service. Rev. Sue also very kindly brought into school a palm cross for each child. This Sunday is Palm Sunday, which is the start of Holy Week (which the children will be able to talk about). Throughout the week, amongst other events, we also remember Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Rev. Sue will be leading a number of Services in church at this time and you would all be warmly welcome to be part of the congregation.
Many thanks to those who were able to take part in (and donate prizes towards) the Covid-safe PTA Easter Raffle and support the non-uniform day to raise finds for our wonderful PTA.
The money raised goes towards supporting the children in school through festive treats, library books, subsidising of school trips and much more.
We also really appreciate the generosity of the PTA in very kindly buying each child in school an Easter egg/ end-of-term treat.
Thanks to our fabulous PTA for your ongoing hard work, time and dedication, it is really appreciated.
School would like to thank so many families and friends for the generous donations to help those affected by the current conflict in Ukraine.
The amount of items donated was heart-warming and truly reflected the kindness, thoughtfulness and love of our school family. Your gestures will make a difference to the lives of many. Thank you.
May we also take this opportunity to thank Mrs and Mr Wright, and Leek School of Dance for not only offering to receive the goods from us, but also for being kind enough to collect them.
...love one another.
To support our lovely community, a number of children have entered a competition for the community-led ‘Best Kept Village’ competition. The themes are ‘Best Kept Village’ and the ‘Queen’s Platinum Jubilee’, and children entered with either a picture or a poem. We all love the villages surrounding our school and enjoy keeping them nice and tidy.
As a school family, we join everyone across the world in sending love to all affected by the current conflict in Ukraine.
To support those whose lives have been impacted upon by the conflict, we are proud to be able to offer families and members of our community a chance to donate goods to those in need.
If you wish to help, we would welcome:
medical supplies (in date), bandages, toiletries, sanitary products, nappies, blankets (clean), tinned food (preferably with a ring pull), dried pasta, and dog and cat food.
Please can any donations arrive in school no later than Thursday 7th April.
Thanks to Leek School of Dance who have very kindly offered to receive these on behalf of Leek and Cheddleton Aid Support for Ukraine.
We have all been touched by the stories reported from the region and by the plight of so many refugees for whom we pray.
At this time, we also reflect upon the final two elements of our Trust values:
Peace and Friendship, and the final part of our school motto: ...love one another.
Several of our classes had a lovely time in a very special scooter lesson on our playground. Led by our friends at ASM, children were taught skills to keep them fit, healthy, and safe whilst scooting around!
The thoughts of the school and TMPF family are sent to all affected by the current conflict in Ukraine.
In school, we pray for – and talk about the importance of - peace and love, and we hope that this conflict can reach a swift and safe resolution and that the communities of the different nations can live and share God’s world in harmony.
As a school, our particular thoughts and prayers are sent to the children of Ukraine and those who either remain in the country, or have become refugees and been warmly welcomed by other nations in an act of care and love. We send our love to them and their family members and friends across the world.
We pray that world leaders can work together to reunite families and help all of the innocent people impacted on by this conflict, and return happiness and safety into their lives.
We live in hope and with faith that good and peace will prevail.
The children and staff are extremely excited that the school library has been relaunched and librarians appointed to organise books and make recommendations.
The children each get a chance to select a book of their choice from the library boxes for each class and then share their opinions with classmates when they finish the book and return it to swap for another. It has been wonderful to see so much discussion centred around a love for reading.
Many thanks to the generosity of the PTA for a kind donation towards new books.
Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, superheroes, Matilda, Dorothy, animals, cats in hats, Gangsta Grannies and many, many more characters (…and even a dictionary!) joined us at St. Werburgh’s today for an amazing celebration of reading to mark ‘World Book Day’ and to relaunch the school library.
It was lovely to see all the children and staff step into the spirit of ‘World Book Day’ and everyone looked wonderful in their ‘alternative school uniform’ for a day of activities focused upon the joy and magic of books.
Classes each enjoyed lots of books and children made their very first choice of book from the school library to take home and enjoy before returning it and swapping for another to let the joy continue.
Reading is such an important part of what we do here at St. Werburgh’s and within our sister schools across The Moorlands Primary Federation. Reading is a genuine pleasure and it opens the door to so many new experiences, so much new learning, and lots and lots of fun!
Children also each received a £1 book voucher to take home which they can spend on a number of newly-launched £1 books, produced especially for today.
Huge thanks to all of the parents/carers, grandparents, great grandparents, friends, aunties, uncles, brothers, sisters, Godparents and others for your help in making the day so special!
Love to learn, love God, love one another
…and love reading!
A Prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice,
We pray for the people of Ukraine today,
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons,
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
That your spirit of comfort would draw near to them,
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
For wisdom, discernment and compassion
To guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
That you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Archbishop Justin Welby & Archbishop Stephen Cottrell