What a wonderful Advent Season we have had!  I don't know how all the children have managed to pack so much in to these past few weeks...

Your generosity was amazing for our chocolate appeal for the Blackpool Foodbank and everyone was so impressed with the children's determination and enthusiasm on our first ever 'Santa Dash' and sponsored skip held last week. The children looked brilliant in their festive jumpers and onesies (and you parents who joined in with us were brilliant too!  Thank you so much for joining in the fun! We don't know exactly how much has been raised yet by these events - but if you still haven't sent in your sponsor money - please do so before we break for Christmas.

As you can see on the class pages, the children have not just been spending these past few weeks celebrating; they have been working hard in all areas of the curriculum and, by the amount of awards I have given out over the past few weeks, there will be some fantastic work on show in the new year when you come into school.

The children's Nativities and Concerts this year have been truly wonderful. All of the children have truly 'shone' and have really shown the true meaning of Christmas in all that they have done - in fact it was summed up beautifully in the Y1 & 2 Nativity 'A present for the baby' when a narrator told us that... It isn't the most expensive gifts that are important but the small things that really show our love for each other and the great love that God has for each one of us...  "Just a thought inside your heart - it's simple.  All the presents in the world could never be as good as just one kiss"

Very honest words - and very true!

Perhaps we do spend more time upon buying and wrapping the most expensive gifts - rather than thinking about the simple things in life which are much more important - and usually the things which cost nothing at all! At this time we are are all reflecting on Mrs Hunt, Mrs Dickinson and Mrs Welton - our amazing Teaching Assistants and Admin Staff who have served Our Lady's for an outstanding 28 years and 22 years respectively. These ladies will be greatly missed as they have given their time, love and care to the children and families of Our Lady's all through these years, supporting and guiding and shaping young lives for the better. We are truly grateful for all their hard work and dedication. They will leave a great hole in our community but we will never forget all that they have given to us through the years. Thank you all so much!

As we break for Christmas and come to the end of 2016 I hope we can all reflect on the things which matter most and hopefully grow a little more in God's love over this beautiful Christmas Season.

On behalf of myself and all the staff at Our Lady of the Assumption, I wish you all a very happy, holy and restful Christmas and peaceful New Year.

M Haggerty



Authormelanie Haggerty