Author Archives: Mrs C. Garbutt

Helping your child to prepare to start school

Helping your child to prepare to start school

If any parents are looking for activities to help their child to prepare to start school in either Nursery or Reception, please see the information booklets below. There are some helpful hints, tips and suggested activities which may be useful.

If parents have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact school.

Getting ready to look, listen and play

Getting ready to use the toilet

Getting ready to write

Hand Skills

Learning to dress

PE Awards at St. Columba’s

PE Awards at St. Columba’s

To recognise our school’s achievements across the Autumn Term 2019 and Spring Term 2020, as well as the virtual delivery and engagement of physical activity during the lockdown period, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our school has been awarded with the following badges: *Recognition Certificate: for the ongoing commitment and achievement in the School Games…Read More

A message from the School Chaplain at St. Thomas More Academy for Y6

A message from the School Chaplain at St. Thomas More Academy for Y6

Dear Year 6 pupils and families, Please see below for a message from the School Chaplain at St. Thomas More Academy, Michael Thompson. Dear All, Every year at St. Thomas More we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Thomas More. It is an event that brings together our parishes, our staff, our students and families and…Read More

Daily Prayers at Home

Daily Prayers at Home

Prayer is central to our life at school. The children say prayers in their class every morning and afternoon, take part in weekly class liturgies and daily assemblies. During the Church season of Lent and Easter, the children would normally be attending Mass and Stations of the Cross at school. We would always celebrate the…Read More

Sunday Liturgy for Families

Sunday Liturgy for Families

Many families will be used to attending Mass at Church over the weekend. Live Masses are being streamed daily for families to watch and participate in. A list of the Parishes streaming Mass and the available times can be found on the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Home Page: http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/index.php St. Columba’s RC Church also…Read More

Recycle with Michael

Recycle with Michael

During the month of September, we ran a campaign on behalf of the Salvation Army called ‘Recycle with Michael’. We were asked to donate unwanted clothing and shoes to help people who are less fortunate than ourselves. At St. Columba’s we collected 115 bags! The Salvation Army were thrilled with our donations and wanted to…Read More

Y1 Phonics Screening Check 2019

Y1 Phonics Screening Check 2019

You may be aware that during the week commencing 10th June 2019, all Year 1 children will sit a phonics screening test. This is a statutory assessment, which means children in Year 1 all over the country will be sitting the same screening check. After the check, the results are submitted to the Local Education Authority.…Read More

Revised Admissions Policy for September 2020

Consultation on Admission Arrangements for St. Columba’s RC Primary School 2020 – 2021 Our Governing Body, in conjunction with the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, are currently reviewing the admissions policy for all Roman Catholic primary schools for admission into Reception class for September 2020. Where changes to admission arrangements are intended, all schools are…Read More