Congratulations to the Boys' Cross Country team for competing in the Catholic Schools' Race this evening (29th April). They all finished in the top 35 and finished 6th overall out of 12 schools. A special mention to Melkas who finished 8th - a fantastic achievement. A big team improvement from last year. Well done boys.
Today we welcomed John in to school from Skip2BFit. All children were able to take part in a really exciting workshop where they learnt how to skip and were able to compete to see who could do the most skips in two minutes. At the end of the day we had a 'skip off!' competition against the top boy and top teacher. Mr Dingley won with Michael coming a close second.
This morning we held a whole school reflection entitled ‘You Chose The Cross’ as we finished our Lenten journey in school. The children were so prayerful, reverent and sang beautifully. One of the highlights was seeing the beautiful recreation of the Stations of the Cross from our Reception class created with the help of one of our parents, Tara Rutledge who took the stunning photos – thank you so much! Please look below at the video.
Easter Celebration day
The first day back after the holidays is when we will be having a special Easter Celebration day to celebrate the Risen Lord. We will start the day with a whole school assembly which will include an Easter Bonnet parade (YR, Y1, Y2), decorated egg and/or Easter Garden competition (KS2) and we will also be announcing the totals and from our Grow £1 Lenten Enterprise Challenge in addition to drawing the winner of our Easter Hamper raffle . Parents are welcome to join us. During the rest of the day pupils will be taking part in an Egg hunt around the grounds, making Easter cards and making sure that classroom prayer areas have changed from the sombre purple of lent to the joyful colours of gold, white and are showing signs of new life!
Last Friday 12 children from years 4 and 5 took part in this year’s ‘Jaguar F1 Primary School Challenge’ regional final at Sidney Stringer Academy. The children in their three teams: set up a pit display; spoke to the judges about their cars, gave a 5 minute presentation and raced their cars. All teams performed fantastically, however we were delighted out of the 18 teams our own ‘British Jetz’ came second! All day the children were perfectly behaved and were an absolute credit to the school. Well done children!
Thank you to Mrs Batson and Mr Conway who had been busy working with the children for the past few months in preparation.
Please take a look in our gallery and see some of the photos from the F1 Challenge. Here is a short video clip of one of our cars racing down the track. Look how fast they go!
We are delighted to announce that one of our teams 'British Jetz' came 2nd in today's F1 challenge. All teams worked so hard all day and leading up to the final. All the children will be receiving a certificate from today's competition in our awards ceremony on the last week of this term.
F1 School Challenge
Twelve children from Key Stage 2 have been taking part in the ‘Jaguar F1 in Primary Schools Challenge.’ This project has challenged the three teams of 4 to make a model car that will be raced along a 25m track, create a portfolio, pit display and give a 5 minute presentation. Children have had to think as engineers when designing their cars; as graphic designers when creating the design for the car and pit display and as business men and women when writing persuasive letters and pitching their projects to gain sponsorship. Today (20th March) the children are taking part in the regional final at Sidney Stringer Academy and we look forward to hearing how they have got on.
Thank you to Mrs Batson and Mr Conway who have been busy working with the children for the past few months in preparation.
Thank you to our wonderful Reception class for their lovely Mother’s day assembly this morning. The children shared songs, prayers, poems and artwork and it was very moving to see their photos with their mums! Mother’s Day always falls on the Fourth Sunday of Lent which is this weekend. This is also the day we say ‘thank you’ to our Mothers, those here on earth and those who are in heaven. We ask God to bless our Mothers on this special day and I wish all our St Osburg’s Mums a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday!
Congratulation to Team Osburg's as 30 children completed their half marathon challenge this morning (1st March). The weather was lovely and there were thousands of spectators cheering all of the children on. You all deserve your medal for your fantastic running. Keep the running up!
We have had a busy week since returning from our half term break with lots of learning opportunities, sports activities and fixtures and Lenten worship to keep us all busy. It was wonderful to welcome all our Governors into school on Thursday as they enjoyed the opportunity of visiting all classes and seeing the school ‘in action!’ We were delighted to hear all their positive comments.
Good Luck to all 38 of our runners taking part in the Coventry Half Marathon Schools' Challenge this Sunday (1st March). We know you will all be fantastic as you have all prepared well. Enjoy!
Today children in school took part in many different activities learning about how to stay safe online as part of E-Safety awareness day. Children have been creating posters and have watched and discussed how to stay safe online. Some children have shared what they have learnt through a film. Please enjoy. We will be adding to our website over the next few days with more information about how to stay safe online.
This week in school we have launched the ‘Superstar Station.’ The Superstar Station is a new incentive introduced by Mr McHugh for the children throughout school to be rewarded for their good behaviour and attitudes to learning. The Superstar Station is a unique chair that has been set up in the main corridor at school and those children who are lucky enough to be sent there will have their photo taken. This photo will then be emailed directly to you (the parents) to celebrate your child’s success in addition to being displayed in school. If you have not given the school your email address then it will be printed out so that your child can take it home. We look forward to celebrating your child’s success as they show us what superstars we have at Saint Osburg’s.
Last night 21 of our Year 6 pupils were confirmed in St Osburg’s church. The children looked extremely smart and were so excited to be taking this next important step in their journey of faith. I was very impressed with their reverence and active participation as they led us through the Mass and received the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The church was beautifully adorned with Holy Spirit inspired art work that the children had created with Mrs Jones (our Artist in Residence).
Special thanks to Mr McHugh and Miss Carey for all their hard work in preparing the children and the church and also thank you to Mr McHugh’s father for the stunning photos and video which you can view below. We are also very grateful to Cardinal Newman Music group and our wonderful choir for helping to make the service so special!
I was absolutely delighted to receive a phone call from the Coventry Telegraph earlier this week informing me that St Osburg’s had been rated as NUMBER ONE PRIMARY SCHOOL in the city in their ‘Real Schools Guide.’ The ranking system is based on results, teaching, progress and attendance using 33 different measures from publicly available data to paint an accurate picture of every aspect of life at schools, and has been endorsed by education minister David Laws. This is a wonderful achievement and is testimony to the dedication and hard work of everyone in the school community. I wish to personally thank the staff for their commitment to providing a high standard of education and care, the governors for their support and continuous drive for improvement, the parents for working in partnership with us particularly with attendance matters, punctuality, uniform and homework and finally I want to thank and congratulate our fabulous pupils for their enthusiastic attitudes, marvellous manners and for just being thoroughly gorgeous children to spend each day with!
Happy New Year everybody! We hope that you all had a lovely festive break and the staff would like to express their appreciation for all their Christmas gifts. Thank you!
At the start of a new year we look forward in anticipation to what it may hold for all of us, but at St Osburg’s especially for our pupils. We hope to build on the successes of 2014 and look forward to seeing our children meeting new challenges and achieving their goals, taking the next steps in their journey of faith and most of all being happy and enjoying each day at school in 2015!
The staff have had some fun making a little film for Christmas. Please enjoy.
Christmas is coming...
WOW! Our children have really shone throughout this week as they have led us in remembering the true reason for Christmas – preparing for and celebrating the birth of Christ. Thank you so much to all the children, families, governors and staff who attended our very special carol service last night entitled ‘Labour of Love’ in St Osburg’s church. The children were amazing as they led us through a variety of readings, prayers, drama, dance and song. The church was packed and I know from feedback that people were truly moved and enjoyed the evening immensely. Thank you all for your support and participation.
Advent has continued this week in school. Mrs Rynott, Mrs Batson, Oliver and Gavin (School Council members) walked around school today to admire the beautiful Advent displays in each class. They were very impressed with the effort that each class had put into each display. All had an advent wreath, prayers, beautiful cloths, children's work and Reception even had a voice recording of children singing! Look below at the photos of the lovely displays.
Three Wise Men
The three Kings have set out on their journey following the star to Bethlehem!
The school has been a hive of activity, glue and glitter today as we have had our Advent Art Day in preparation for the beginning of Advent this Sunday. Following a special whole school assembly about the reason for the Advent season led beautifully by Year 3 - decorations have been made, Christmas trees are up, Prayer areas have had a makeover and Advent wreaths prepared for each classroom. Please try to join us on Sunday at 4pm between Marks & Spencer and BHS we gather as the Coventry Catholic community to bless the Crib which is a witness to our faith in the heart of the city. The service will be led by Father Garry and music by our old friend Mrs Quinn.
In the run up to Christmas, Early Years will be running a chocolate hamper raffle. Each ticket is 20p or £1 a strip. Take a look at the hamper...
Year 6 pupils accompanied by Mr McHugh, Mr Jordan and Miss Carey arrived back safely from their residential visit to Plas Dol-y-Moch in North Wales this afternoon. They all looked tired but very happy and it sounds like they had a wonderful time. It has been great keeping in touch with the group and finding out about all their exciting activities through the Y6 blog and school Twitter feed. I hope that they all have a well deserved rest this weekend and I look forward to hearing all about it next week during their special Dol-y-Moch assembly on Friday at 9am. Parents are welcome to attend. Thank you to the three staff members who gave up their own evenings to give our children this wonderful, memorable experience.
It was wonderful to see all the children in their outfits today linking to what jobs they would like to do in the future as we came to the end of our ‘Futures Week’ in school. Over the week all year groups were given the chance to think about their future aspirations, learn about different jobs and skills needed for certain careers and take part in some exciting projects. As a school one of our key drivers is to raise aspirations for our pupils and encourage them to reach for the stars (just like in our school logo!). The children started the week with an inspirational assembly led by Miss Hughes followed by a range of activities, visitors, research and activities. Check out the gallery for lots of photos!
Year Five and Six with the Police Dog! Head teacher and Deputy Head Teachers for the day!
Saint Osburg's Boat Race!
Staff throughout the school have taken part in St Osburg's first ever boat race! Competition was fierce but the umpire announced shortly afterwards that it was a draw. Enjoy our latest short film!
Year Six Visit St Chad's Cathedral!
After a quick journey over to Birmingham, Year Six were welcomed by two guides outside St Chad's Cathedral in the centre of Birmingham. A quick descent down the Cathedral stairs took us down to the crypt where we started our tour. Our guides shared lots of interesting stories and showed us many artefacts and paintings as we went on a whistle-stop tour of the cathedral. We learned about Augustus Pugin, the architect behind the magnificent cathedral, as well as St Chad whose relics are kept safe behind the main altar. After celebrating mass with the local community, the children were able to talk to the priest about their tour and he was impressed with their response. It was a really enjoyable trip for all of the Year Six children and their behaviour was complimented by the guides who were with us. Visiting St Chad's Cathedral marks the start of the Year Six journey towards making the Sacrament of Confirmation early next year.
Lady Godiva Day
Today our Year 5 and 6 pupils joined Lady Godiva, the Godiva sisters, the Lord Mayor, Father Garry and many other guests and visitors in the cathedral ruins to celebrate the annual Dame Goodyear’s day. The children performed a song in the ruins and also took part in the procession behind the banners up to Broadgate. Well done children – your singing was amazing and the staff received many compliments about you!
On behalf of all the staff I welcome you to the beginning of another school year at St Osburg’s Catholic Primary School & Nursery. We extend a warm welcome to the new families joining us for the start of this year, our new staff Miss Ryan (YR), Mrs Tull (Y3), Mr Bird (PE & Sports) and also Mrs Batson who returns from maternity leave. We ask for God’s blessing on our school as we prepare for all the exciting learning opportunities and experiences that lie ahead. On Monday we are excited to be welcoming our new Reception children and parents. We can’t wait to see all the children on Monday for their first day of school and we wish them all the very best of luck!
Enjoy the summer!
Both Year 6 and the teachers are celebrating that end of year feeling! Have a wonderful summer break. God Bless and take care!
Bugsy Malone - Year Six Production.
Congratulations to our talented Year 6 pupils for their fabulous performance of Bugsy Malone. It was a wonderful evening of entertainment with Gangsters and Molls, song and dance, comedy and splurge guns. You were all such stars and thoroughly deserved your standing ovation!
Catholic Sports Day - 26th June.
Congratulations to those selected to represent St Osburg’s at the Coventry Catholic Athletics Event at Warwick University yesterday. Many of our children enjoyed individual success and were medal winners in a variety of track and field events. All the points were totalled up from each event and we were absolutely thrilled to come second overall out of all the Catholic schools in the city in the team competition. This is a great achievement for us being quite a small primary school and all the staff and children were delighted.
Thank you to those staff members who have been helping with extra training and especially to Mr Deeley our sports coach. Well done children – you are super stars! There are lots of super photos in the gallery section of the website.
Dates for 2014 - 2015
Click here to view the dates for the academic year 2014 - 2015. You can also download them from the 'About Us' section of the website.
Rock Band Performance
The children in key stage 2 had a fantastic Rock n Roll experience on Tuesday (20th May) when we were visited by the Coventry Performing Arts Service Rock Band. The band were truly amazing and had staff and pupils to their feet dancing and singing along with songs from all eras. The band commented on our children's impeccable behaviour and enthusiasm and it was a lovely treat for the last week of term!
Friday 16th May 2014.
Well done Year 6! You have all worked hard and I think we are all delighted that the SATs assessments are completed – it has been a very busy week and past few months preparing for them! Now the children will continue with Year 6 Curriculum, transition work preparing for Secondary school and they will also be working towards their end of year performance which will be Bugsy Malone! We will receive the results at the beginning of July and we will let Year 6 know the outcomes when we know. Today the children have had a fun celebration day in non-uniform with pizzas very kindly supplied by Domino's, following some persuasive letters that the children sent to them!
Friday 9th May 2014.
Dear parents, pupils, governors, staff and parishioners,
We wish our Year 6 children lots of good luck as they undertake their statutory attainment tests (SATS) over the next week in Reading, Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling and Mathematics. The children are all invited into school for breakfast from 8.15am
(Monday-Thursday) to hopefully settle their nerves and give them a hearty start to the day ahead.
Good luck children – you have all worked so hard, with such positive attitudes and I am sure that you will shine!
Friday 2nd May 2014.
Dear parents, pupils, governors, staff and parishioners,
As we welcomed the children back after the Easter break, to celebrate moving from Lent into the season of Eastertide in school we had a wonderful Easter Celebration day. We started the day with a whole school Alleluia assembly including an Easter Bonnet parade and showcase of decorated eggs. Thank you to all competitors and congratulations to the winners! During the rest of the day pupils took part in an Egg hunt around the grounds, making Easter cards and making sure that classroom prayer areas had changed from the sombre purple of Lent to the joyful colours of gold, white and with signs of new life!
What a lovely start to the summer term!
State Visit - 11th April 2014.
We were delighted and honoured to be asked to provide a number of children to sing in a small choir for the State Visit of the President of Ireland to Coventry today. The choir comprised of a few children from 5 Coventry schools who performed as the President and his entourage arrived and entered St Mary’s Guildhall.
The children sang songs from their recent Morning of Music experience. Children in Years 3 and 4 also headed down to the Cathedral to greet the President on his arrival.
Sport Relief Day - Friday 21st March 2014.
Mr McHugh & Year 6 started the day by leading a special Sports Relief celebration assembly this morning. During this we learnt about the lives of children who have to work to support their family like Daniel from Ghana who has to work in a mine. We then learnt about how the money raised by Sports Relief helps to provide schooling for such children and hope for their future. This was
followed by a carousel of Sports events where House teams battled against each other and also included a staff versus pupils Netball match!
Great fun was had by all and special Sports Relief medals were presented to impressive competitors. We also raised £143.45 which is fantastic too – well done everyone! Check out the photos via the gallery tab on the left hand side.
I am sure that most of you will have heard by now but we are delighted to announce that Mr McHugh our Year 6 teacher has been
voted as the winner of Free Radio’s Primary Classroom Heroes competition! Year 6 were disturbed in the middle of their Literacy Lesson last Friday by JD and Roisin from Free Radio as they burst into the classroom with their media team to surprise Mr McHugh and present him with the award! You can view this moment as it happened by clicking on the video below. Thank you to everyone who voted for him! Congratulations also to Georgia who wrote the nomination that led to Mr McHugh being shortlisted for the final.
Mr McHugh has won £1000 for the school. I am not sure what he is going to spend it on yet but I have a feeling it will be something sporty!
Year One and Year Two visit the farm!
The children in Years 1 and 2 enjoyed their visit to Cardinal Wiseman for their farm fete day yesterday. The children
participated in lots of different activities from bee keeping, making bird feeders, collecting seeds and planting, looking
after exotic pets like snakes (even touching pythons!). A highlight of the day was visiting the baby animals shed,
where they got to see piglets that were less than 24 hours old and got to hold the baby bunny rabbits. The children
learnt how to attract birds into their garden by making bird feeders. They also sowed chilli seeds and will be involved
in a chilli challenge organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. The classes brought back packets of sunflower seeds
to plant and a sack full of different vegetable plants which we have placed in the school garden. Well done to Bartek
who won first prize in the vegetable animal making task.
An eventful and entertaining afternoon was had by all the children at Saint Osburg's as they all competed in a pancake race! A big thank you to Mrs Fowler for organising the event, which was most definitely enjoyed by both staff and children. The children's flipping skills were much better than the teachers - well done everyone!
Check out our photos in the gallery.
Safer Internet Day!
On Tuesday (11th February) we had a whole school focus on using the internet safely and each class dedicated part of their day focusing on keeping safe online at an appropriate level for their age. Activities included: discussions on the use of the internet; using chatrooms and social network sites; cyber bullying; stranger danger and what to do when you feel unsafe online.
Year 6 created their own internet newsletters and the winning newsletter can be viewed by clicking here. Well done to Natalia, Martyna and Katherine.
Hopefully most of you will be aware by now that the governors of St Osburg’s have appointed me as the new permanent headteacher of the school. Having thoroughly enjoyed the time that I have already spent here getting to know the pupils and working alongside staff and governors, I am delighted to be staying and will consider it a privilege to serve the school community as your new Headteacher.
This week we were also pleased to recognise and celebrate Mrs McGonigle’s 25 years of service to St Osburg’s school. She enjoyed afternoon tea, a performance from ‘Rod Stewart’ (aka Mr Hancox) and also a visit from one of her beloved Sky Blues players – Conor Thomas. Congratulations and thank you for your dedicated service Mrs McGonigle!
Last night (January 23rd) sixteen of our Year 6 pupils in addition to some members of the parish were confirmed in St Osburg’s church. The children looked extremely smart and were so excited to be taking this next important step in their journey of faith. I was very impressed with their reverence and active participation as they led us through the Mass and received the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Special thanks to Mr McHugh, Miss Carey and Mr Jordan for all their hard work in preparing the children and the church and also thank you to Mr McHugh’s father for the stunning photos and video which we will make available for families.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year everybody! We hope that everybody had a lovely festive break and the staff would like to express their appreciation for all their Christmas gifts. Thank you!
At the start of a new year we look forward in anticipation to what it may hold for all of us, but at St Osburg’s especially for our pupils. We look forward to seeing them meet new challenges and achieve their goals, taking the next steps in their journey of faith and most of all being happy and enjoying each day at school in 2014!
Christmas is well and truly on the way...
St Osburg’s has been a hive of festivities today. It is wonderful to see so many pupils and staff in Christmas jumpers! We have raised over £170, which is brilliant for the NSPCC by supporting National Christmas Jumper Day 2013. This morning we were treated to the dress rehearsal for ‘Cock-a-doodle Christmas’. Reception and Key stage 1 parents – you are in for a treat next week! We also had Christmas Dinners today and a special ‘Step Into Christmas’ sing-along this afternoon with Mrs Quinn.
Check out the video below to see some of our very own elves!
Year 6 Residential Visit To Dol-y-Moch!
Year 6 pupils, accompanied by Mr McHugh, Miss Squires and Miss Hughes had a fantastic time during their residential visit to Plas Dol-y-Moch in North Wales. I was delighted to hear of their impeccable behaviour and willingness to fully participate in all activities and aspects of the visit. I was also very impressed that they were all back in school on Thursday! Well done children and thank you to the staff who gave up their own time to give the children this wonderful experience. We look forward to hearing all about it during the Year 6 assembly next Friday (6th December) at 9am. Parents are most welcome to attend. Please check out the gallery section of the website to view the photos.
Anti Bullying week.
As wonderful as it is, the internet can be a dangerous place. Watch this short 90 second video produced by three year six children and follow their three rules! Enjoy.
Bake Off 2013!
Thank you very much to everyone who supported the Cake Sale organised by the Fundraising committee of our school council
today for Children In Need. Combined with the sale of Pudsey headbands and key rings we have managed to raise £265 with
more to add on following the after school cake sale - we are hoping to pass the £300 mark. Thank you to all those who were involved! Check out the gallery section of our website over the next few days as we add photos from the baking, selling and eating of the delicious cakes.
Conkers Tournament on the JD Show!
After an extremely busy eight weeks, half term is finally here! I would like to thank all the children and staff for their hard work this Autumn term so far and I hope that everyone has a relaxing and fun filled break. I particularly hope that all children will make sure they are enjoying any seasonal festivities in a safe and sensible way! This week we are also saying goodbye and good luck to Mrs Batson as she starts her maternity leave and prepares to welcome her new baby into the world. We can't wait to hear all about the new arrival.
The football and netball season are both underway. The netball team have got off to a flying start and the football team are improving all the time. If you want to keep right up to date with the latest fixtures and results then please access the 'Out of Class' section of the website. Alternatively, click here for the football page or click here for the netball page. Both pages contain a link for the live league table.
You can now find a copy of our Child Protection Policy, which you can download and keep, under the 'Policies' section of the website. We will be uploading policies as they are renewed and updated so please keep checking the website to keep right up to date with them.
School Statement on use of Primary School Sport Premium Funding!
Please click here to read our statement about the sport funding that Saint Osburg's has received. We are looking forward to a great year of sport! Our football and netball seasons begin next week so please keep an eye on the website and twitter for the latest results. We urge as many parents to come and support our team as possible. Fixtures are always arranged with the intention of starting the match around 3:30 - 3:45pm.
Year One RE.
After a lovely and inspiring assembly from Mrs Batson on Friday, all of the children have made some targets for the year ahead. Please enjoy the first of many films that we hope to bring you this school year.
Welcome to our new school website!
At Saint Osburg's we are fortunate that all our staff are extremely dedicated and hard working and are always striving to demonstrate our school values; the teaching staff provide an exciting Journey of Learning with opportunities and enrichment activities through every year group. We are generously staffed to provide smaller working groups.
Our parents and carers are supportive and have aspirations for their children.
Our Governors work voluntarily to make Saint Osburg's a better place through providing challenge and support to the school's leadership team. The staff supported by parents also give their time generously to raise additional funds for our children through fun activities and events. The link with our Parish is strong with Father Garry a regular visitor to school helping the children taking steps in their Journey of Faith.
Most importantly we are blessed with truly amazing children, who want to learn, behave and be good citizens.
At Saint Osburg's School, we have developed an exciting class curriculum underpinned by Gospel Values, so that we have a shared belief in what how our school community live, learn and work together. We want you to be able to feel our Mission Statement and see it lived out as you walk through the front door, from class to class, in the playground and beyond. As a staff, our aim is for the line between learning and fun to be invisible, so children thrive, are curious and inspired to reach their potential.
I hope you get a flavour of our school by reading through our website, but the best way to do this is to come and see us! Just contact us and we can arrange a visit for you with myself or Head of School, Mrs Nicola Rynott.
Saint Osburg's Primary and Nursery School - a place where great learning, great teaching and great fun take place!