On Thursday 26th September we will celebrate European Day of Languages. To celebrate this day, each class will learn about a different European language and the children have been asked to dress in the colours of that country for the day:

Reception - English - red and white

Year 1 - Italian- green, white and red

Year 2 - French- blue, white and red

Year 3 - Greek - blue and white

Year 4 - German - black, red and yellow

Year 5 - Spanish - red and yellow

Year 6 - Polish -    white and red

During the day the children will engage in activities about the chosen country and its language. Thank you for your support in this day!

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AuthorKay McVey

After our Summer Holidays I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school for a year of new dreams and new possibilities!

Our Autumn Term starts at 8.45am on Tuesday 3rd September 2019.

I’m sure you will all be really excited to see friends and get settled in to your new classroom and get to know your new teacher.

We are all really excited too - to see how much you have grown and changed over the Summer! We all look forward to the wonderful things ahead in this new school year, knowing that God is there to help us and give us the strength to face all the challenges that lie ahead.

We will be talking about Saint Ignatius when we get back to school - so I wonder if you can find out anything about him and his life before we get back???

School Gates…

To make all visitors aware…

Our main school entrance gates (at the front - where staff and deliveries enter) will remain locked from September to safeguard all our children.

We do apologise for any inconvenience caused - as it will mean that, if coming to office during the school day, a quick call will have to be made to ask a member of staff to come and let you in to building. Hopefully another solution can be found in the longer term, but for this term, the gates will be closed.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding with this matter.

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Main School Gates

Will remain closed from now on!

Our main school gates will remain closed fom September due to safeguarding issues.

We need to make sure that our school perimeter is always secure and leaving the main gates open means that this is not the case.

We ask therefore, that if you do need to come to the school office during the day that you call the office to let us know when you will be arriving and the pedestrian gate (on Common Edge Road) will be opened by staff.

Authormelanie Haggerty

We hope you can join us at our Shakespeare Festival on Wednesday 26th June. There will be games, stalls and showcases from 11 local schools.

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We are holding an own clothes day on Friday 21st June, where children can come to school in their own clothes, with a donation of a chocolate bar for the chocolate tombola stall at the festival.

AuthorGlynis Wilson

So many achievements…

What an exciting and eventful week we have had at Our Lady’s this week.

We have seen the children triumph in a variety of different areas and shine in all that they do. We are so proud of their wonderful achievements.

In particular over this last few weeks our amazing High 5 Netball squad have won strongly in 5 out of their 6 matches against other primary school teams. Huge congratulations to them and to Miss Dixon who has spent many weeks coaching the team!


We have also had a tennis coach who has worked with classes this term.

Following this, 4 children from Year 3 and Year 4 were chosen to represent Our Lady’s at a Blackpool tennis tournament. Lennon, Lila, Gabriella and Vinny all took part and won the tournament! Another amazing achievement and this means that the children will then have the opportunity to represent Blackpool at the Lancashire Year 3-4 Mini Tennis County Final 2019!

Our Winning Team!

Our Winning Team!

This is due to take place on Friday 21st June in Preston. Well done to all the participants and we wish you lots of luck for the final in a few weeks time!

And the successes don’t even end there……

On Tuesday evening Blackpool Music Service held their annual ‘Pop Idol’ competition for singers from KS2 to KS4. Jessica from Year 6 went for a school audition and was chosen to represent Our Lady of the Assumption at the nail-biting final.

There was a lot of stiff competition. The standard of the singers was very high. We sat right until the end when the winners were announced…. and Jessica was awarded First Place out of all the Primary singers!

It was a fabulous night and huge congratulations to Jessica for a wonderful performance!

KS2 Pop Idol Winner 2019 with judges Ged Mills and Scott Gallagher

KS2 Pop Idol Winner 2019 with judges Ged Mills and Scott Gallagher

Shakespeare Ambassadors

Our wonderful Shakespeare Ambassadors went on a very important trip on Monday 20th May.

They were asked along with Ambassadors from the other Associate Schools to present some of the important work they had been doing in their schools to The Royal Shakespeare Company Education Leads at The Swan Theatre in Stratford. The children travelled down on a coach and, following their wonderful presentations to the Directors, they had workshops with some of the RSC Actors, a stage tour, a costume tour and a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

The Directors were delighted and amazed at their wonderful presentations and Mrs McVey and Mrs Ormerod were very proud of all the Ambassadors.

Well Done to you all!

Other News….

We held a KS1 ‘Bring a teddy to School’ Day yesterday - organised by Mrs Hodgkiss and our School Council.

KS1 children had a lovely day and have raised some money for the great cause of CAFOD. See the pictures on our ‘Pupil Voice’ page

Many of our Year 3 children are currently undertaking preparation to receive their First Holy Communion over the coming few weeks. Some children have actually made this exciting step in their faith journey and received First Holy Communion at Our Lady’s Church last Sunday 19th May. Others will receive the Sacrament at St Cuthbert’s Church and another group are receiving sacrament at Our Lady’s Church this coming Sunday at 10.30am mass.

We are so delighted for all of you and all of the children taking their sacraments at this time.


Just a reminder that we break up today for our half-term holiday. School will return at 8.45am on Monday 10th June. I’m sure this will be yet another very busy term as we prepare for the transition of the children to their next year group, prepare for our Year 6 children moving onwards to their new high school on the next stage of their learning journeys, and also get ready to welcome our new intake from September.

From September we will also have a few staffing changes in school.

Mrs Ormerod will be out of class undertaking a role of SENCo from September for a year. Miss Slater will be teaching Year 6 from September and we will be welcoming a new teacher for these next 12 months who will be teaching Year 4 from September. Her name is Mrs Cunningham-Kay and we are delighted to welcome her to Our Lady’s School Community.


We have further exciting events to look forward to in the next half term, including a Blackpool Spelling Bee, a choral speaking competition, our Lancashire tennis finals and lots more!

We wish you a lovely half-term and look forward to seeing you again on June 10th!

Authormelanie Haggerty

What a wonderful gift we have… to be able to give to others!

Our Lady of the Assumption has such a wonderful supportive community, who are always so willing to help and care for each other in difficult times. This has been particularly visible through everyone’s outpouring of love and support for Amy (Y1) and her family during the diagnosis and treatment of her illness.

Unfortunately Amy still has to undergo a long journey of treatment and her family are a real inspiration to us all in their positivity and deep faith - shown in the strength to continue with all they do.

We are therefore asking again, as a community, for us to continue to remember the family in our prayers and also to try to offer some support through a ‘fundraiser’ which has been organised.

Parishioners and PTA have come together to organise a ‘race night’ which will be a great social event for parents, friends and local community as well as a way to raise some much needed funds for Amy’s family.

You may have already seen the posters - or have been given a flyer (if not - please check your child’s bag!) with details of this wonderful event. It will take place in the school hall on Friday 10th May. Doors open at 6.30pm and first race will start at 7pm. Cost of a ticket is £5 and will include food, and entry to a prize draw.

It would be a lovely way to support Amy and her family and have a lovely evening too. Hopefully you can join us for this great event. Tickets are on sale at church and from school office.

Authormelanie Haggerty

Friday ‘Challenge Mass’

Challenge Masses begin this week - Friday at 8.10am. We have given children the challenge to ‘do something extra’ during Lent this year. Please try and come along to mass for the next 3 Fridays - a great way to prepare ourselves for the final few weeks of Lent! We would love parents to be able to join us for these masses and a quick brew afterwards!

Mothers Day Tree Planting

On Mothering Sunday we will be getting together following 10.30am mass to ‘dedicate’ and plant a tree sapling on the school grounds. Come and join us at 11.30am for some tea/coffee, cakes (you can bring a spade/fork & your wellies too!) - you will be able to plant and dedicate a tree for Mum or someone special. Hope you can come and join us!

Lent Reflections

As we usually do, leading up to the events of Holy Week the children will be presenting their reflections on the events of the last days of Jesus before Easter.

Monday 8th April - Key Stage 1 ‘Palm Sunday’ Liturgy 2.30pm in church

Tuesday 9th April - Year 3 Last Supper reflection 9.15am - school hall

Wednesday 10th April - Year 4 Garden of Gethsemane reflection 9.15am - school hall

Thursday 11th April - Year 5 Crucifixion reflection 9.15am - school hall

Friday 12th April - Year 6 Resurrection reflection 9.15am - school hall (Challenge mass 8.10am in hall - parents can then stay for a tea/coffee before assembly)

Easter Break

A reminder that we break for Easter at 2pm on Friday 12th April. There will be no after school club on this day. We return to school after the Easter Break on Tuesday 23rd April at 8.45am

Authormelanie Haggerty