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27th September 2018

Hello and welcome to another school year! This year sees us become part of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust (CMAT) which includes all of the catholic primary and secondary schools in Nottinghamshire.  As a governing body there are also changes and our focus now is on the catholic life of the school and monitoring progress and standards. Finance will be handled by the CMAT. We now comprise of Foundation and Parent governors only. Sadly this means we lose Christa Bales, Angela Francis and Sophia Simpson from the GB and thank them for their contributions over the years.  Ms Bales and Mrs Francis are staying on as associate members to pass on their knowledge of the admissions process.  There are lots of exciting things coming up throughout the Advent term, such as the Harvest Festival, Remembrance celebrations and Christmas activities. Don’t forget we have Mass in school most Friday afternoons to which everyone is very welcome.  Mrs Edwards

26th June 2018

I am so happy to have the opportunity to be a Parent Governor at Holy Cross. I am a mum of two boys and, for the last few years, have regularly helped out in their classes and been part of the Parents and Friends Group. I believe that children should feel happy, safe and supported at school, on top of being given a solid educational foundation; Holy Cross do this well and I’m looking forward to supporting their continuing development. I have recently qualified as a Teaching Assistant and my career prior to having my children was in business development, bid/tender management and marketing; I hope that my organisational skills, commitment and enthusiasm will come in useful in the role as a Parent Governor.  Mrs Snowdon

10th May 2018

As a mother of 3 young children, I developed a keen interest in education as I watched my children grow and develop. I found myself wondering what happens behind the scenes at schools and how I could contribute positively to this. I am a strong believer in encouraging children to be the best they can academically or otherwise; I feel passionately about helping children aim for and achieve their highest potential. Through my job as a General Practitioner, I have developed skills which I feel are transferable to education such as communication, problem solving skills and great team working spirit. Additionally, I have a keen eye for detail; this can be put to good use in identifying areas for improvement within the school. As a foundation governor, I look forward to using the skills I possess to support the school administration in providing the best education to our children at Holy Cross Primary Academy.  Dr Ijeoma Ndubuisi, Foundation Governor

20th April 2018

I am a mum to two daughters who attend Holy Cross Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy. Their love and enthusiasm for learning and attending the school is infectious. One of my reasons for becoming a parent governor, is to ensure that like my girls, other children enjoy positive experiences and thrive throughout their school life. I work with Further Education organisations who work with adults in development and training but I believe that a positive school environment shapes a young person's future.   I am looking forward to contributing to the continued achievement of the school by drawing on my expertise and experiences and hope this will be to the benefit of the School's leadership, staff, but most importantly the children, in what is a crucial stage in their development.  Mrs Pyle

5th February 2018

The New Year has seen plenty of exciting happenings around school. The new trim trail has been installed and we are just awaiting last minute touches before the children will be taught how to use it safely. I am sure they will have many years of fun and fitness on it!  I joined Class 6 as they walked up to Holy Cross Church with the Reception children and they explored and learnt all about the different things in church. They worked really hard in their pairs and some great work was produced. All the children were respectful and on their best behaviour.  On Friday 2 February it was the feast of candlemass or the Presentation of Jesus at the temple. Father Paul led a lovely Mass which started out in the playground as everyone held candles and we said prayers. Father Paul blessed the candles with holy water and the children filed back into the hall singling “This little light of mine”. It was a very memorable occasion for everyone as it was something different to the usual Friday Mass. Class 3 read some great prayers and gave us a fabulous Reflection on the Word. Thank you to all the teachers but especially Miss Hornsby and Mrs Hudson for their hard work.  We have also had two governors meetings this term and lots of exciting things are in progress.  Mrs Edwards

20th December 2017

A big thank you to all the children and staff in KS1 for a wonderful nativity play.  Well done!  Mrs Francis

4th December 2017

On Tuesday 28th November, I led an assembly based on Nehimiah Chapter 1.  This chapter tells how Nehimiah heard about the state of Jerusalem after the invasion by the Babylonians.  Nehimiah is very upset and fasts & prays for several days.  I used the prayer in Chapter 1 as a basis to ask the children to write a prayer for me.  The prayer I wanted the children to write was a teaspoon prayer (as many of you cooks will know teaspoon in a recipe in written as tsp).  Teaspoon prayer are; t = thank you, s = sorry, and p = please.  So the children have written a thank you, sorry, please prayers on a picture of a teaspoon, which I have laminated and am going to display on the PE cupboard doors.  Please com in and look the great work our children do.  Mrs Francis



17th November 2017

Remembrance Day.  Children worked in house groups completing different activities in each class.  In the assembly on 10th November they brought examples of what they had done.  Some produced prayers, others did pictures of battlefield poppies by finger painting.  There are still some examples to be seen in the hall.  Photographs and videos of the day have been added to our website.  Mrs Francis

11th October 2017

We welcomed Bishop Patrick to our school on Thursday 5th October for our 50th birthday Mass. We are very honoured to have Bishop Patrick visit our school to help us celebrate. The children were exceptionally well behaved and a credit to their parents and the school. The Mass was well attended by parents, governors and parishioners. We all enjoyed cream teas after the Mass, kindly provided by the Parents and Friends Group. The following day the children and staff enjoyed dressing up in the styles of 1967. The pictures on our website show what a great day it was. We also have videos on our website of the day.  Ms Bales

10th October 2017

We had the privilege of Bishop Patrick celebrating Mass with us last week to commemorate 50 years of Holy Cross School on Leen Mills Lane. It was a lovely Mass where Bishop Patrick shared with us how he managed his worries and how putting our trust in God who will help us sort our own worries out. Singing, as always, was beautiful and the children had written some heartfelt prayers. All the classes were impeccably well behaved throughout. The children had created some beautiful cards and I felt very proud to be part of the loving and caring community we have.  Mrs Edwards

29th September 2017

The new academic year has got off to a brilliant start with school looking very smart, after a new coat of paint and Mr Pascoe has worked really hard to create the perfect learning environment.   The Reception children are settling in really well under the care of Miss Duong and Mrs Knight and everyone is working hard for their new teachers across the school.   Work is continuing on the school roof which will be finished by October half term. At that point we will have air conditioning in four classrooms. There will also be new whiteboards in Classes 2, 3 and 6.  Mrs Edwards

16th June 2017

We were privileged to have the awesome John Burland in our school with us on Thursday and I dropped into the morning assembly which he led. John is an educator and composer from Australia who has written many of the Come and See songs we know and love such a Gather Together and Break the Bread. It was fantastic to see his enthusiasm passed on to the children as they sang some of the old favourites as well as learnt some new songs. The children joined in in voice and mime which was very infectious!  Look forward to hearing some of the brilliant singing at future Masses and collective worships in school.  Mrs Edwards

28th June 2017

Last Sunday 20, yes 20, children made their First Holy Communion in church. This is a record number for at least some years if not ever!  They all looked smart and very respectful as they walked into church behind Father Paul and the altar servers at the beginning of mass. It was brilliant to see them all take part in the mass with sorry prayers, readings, offertory, bidding and thank you prayers being read by them. Father Paul did a lovely Mass and his interaction with the children showed how much they had learnt in their preparation for Holy Communion with Mrs Butkevicus, Miss Hornsby and Mrs Bevins.  Thank you to all involved and especially the children. Look forward to seeing you all at Mass in the future.  Mrs Edwards

16th June 2017

We were privileged to have the awesome John Burland in our school with us on Thursday and I dropped into the morning assembly which he led. John is an educator and composer from Australia who has written many of the Come and See songs we know and love such a Gather Together and Break the Bread. It was fantastic to see his enthusiasm passed on to the children as they sang some of the old favourites as well as learnt some new songs. The children joined in in voice and mime which was very infectious!  Look forward to hearing some of the brilliant singing at future Masses and collective worships in school.  Mrs Edwards

17th May 2017

Today was Father Carvill's last mass in school, before his well earned retirement. The children were, as always, impeccably well behaved and respectful during the service. Zachary did a great job of the reading and there were some lovely bidding prayers read clearly and confidently. The singing was as always magnificent. Thank you Father Carvill for all of your work over the last nine years and we wish you many happy years in retirement! Mrs Edwards

12th May 2017

Class 5 had their assembly in school today. The assembly was based upon the tales from other cultures - India and China in particular - that they have been learning about in class. I have been helping out in class over the term so have seen the work they have been doing which has all come together for this assembly. It was marvellous to see how much the children clearly enjoyed the work and their enthusiasm was infectious. Well done goes to Emily for her fantastic interpretation of one of the tales and the brilliant acting and reading from all the children. Thank you to Emma too for her stunning piano recital to see us out. Mrs Edwards

26th April 2017

Have you seen all the amazing transformations that have taken place in the outdoor space around school?  The area outside Class 1/the Hall is now a brightly coloured jigsaw ready for the children to enjoy some stimulating learning it. There is also a canopy to provide shade on those (hopefully) sunny days. The expansion of the playground has been completed to utilise best the available space we have for the children to enjoy their playtimes. The fence will protect the grass and hopefully reduce the amount of muddy shoes and clothes in bad weather. We are awaiting new goalposts (with basketball and cricket stumps included) for the playground which will really improve the look and functionality of the playground.  The governors hope that the children have lots of fun on their new and improved open space!! Thank you to everyone involved.  Mrs Edwards

31st March 2017

The Easter bonnet parade catwalk show was amazing, the children really enjoyed themselves and some extremely creative ideas were showcased. The decorated eggs drew lots of comments with Key Stage two pupils sharing their critical evaluations of the work displayed. There were some great and topical ideas which including Strictly Egging, Egg Sheeran, Trump Towers, Beauty and the Beast where the beast's face was created with cracking the egg shell and the stations of the cross where re-birth and new life was displayed in a rainbow coloured egg, a simple but extremely effective message.  The Easter fair was once again a huge success. The children enjoyed taking part in the games and raffles. The main raffle had lots of prizes with many children being winners. Jahvelles Granny once again took to the kitchen to bake her now famous themed biscuits, which soon sold out, and the year 6 pupils were little stars helping reception pupils and selling on the stalls. Mrs Rush

14th March 2017

Mr della-Spina has been filming staff, children and unsuspecting parents for the video, Catholic Life at Holy Cross Primary which has now been downloaded to our school website, he is also planning on developing a walk around tour of the school.  On Tuesday, I took an assembly and set the children a competition to write a Psalm and there will be prizes for the best.  The rehearsals for the Easter production seem to be going well and we are in the process of fitting costumes. Mrs Francis


5th March 2017

I helped escort the children to and from church on Ash Wednesday. It was an honour to go with everyone. I must commend all the staff who took part in the trip up to church and the Mass itself. The children were all so well behaved and took an active role in the Mass. Mr Toland

3rd March 2017

It was lovely to see all the fabulous costumes for world book day, some very creative ideas. It is clear to see the children really enjoy participating and it is such a valuable learning experience with lots of activities for them to take part in. Thank you Mrs Sansom for organising this event.  Mrs Rush

2nd March 2017

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday and the whole school took at walk up to Church which was quite an adventure! It was great to get out into the community as a school and we received lots of positive comments from passers by and smiles and waves from motorists.   The Year 5 and 6 children did a brilliant job "buddying" with the Reception children - each taking one (or two) to walk with and look after. They were amazing! The Reception children also did a great job with all the walking they had to do and I imagine they were ready for their dinner when we got back to school.   All the children were exceptional in showing respect and reverence when in church and Father Carvill gave everyone their ashes as well as a full Mass for us all to share blessing from. It was a special time and it was great to see lots of members of the Governing Body had joined us.   Thank you to Miss Hornsby for coordinating a great morning and all the parents who came along to help - it couldn't have happened without you.  Mrs Louise Edwards

28th February 2017

We had a fantastic governors meeting last night, what a treat it was.  The main item was the admission applications for places in Reception in September.  We received 98 applications for the 30 places.  Thanks were given to Ms Bales and Mrs Francis for sorting and checking all the applications in detail.  Father opened and closed the meeting in prayer.  All governors thought the meeting was positive and felt that the school continues to move forward.  Mrs Francis

22nd February 2017

I attended the School Swimming Gala at Carlton Forum pool on Thursday 22 Feb with lots of other parents to support our swimmers. The children gave their absolute best and came away with 3rd place to secure a trophy for school and a bronze medal each. Fabulous stuff! There were 11 other schools in the competition, some of them twice the size of Holy Cross so we did really well! Huge thanks to Mrs Hudson and Mr Pascoe for their hard work and amazing support! Mrs Louise Edwards

13th January 2017

We have had a great start to 2017. On Friday 13th January Father Carvill performed Mass for us to celebrate the Epiphany. The children knew lots about the gifts the Three Kings brought for baby Jesus and also what important gifts that they could bring for Him such as love and kindness.   Over the last few weeks the Governors have also been in school looking at the children's books to ensure that they have been marked according to the Marking Policy and checking that our high standards of assessment are consistent. The teachers are doing a brilliant job and giving the children positive and constructive feedback as well as stretching their learning and understanding. This is an ongoing job that the Governors will be doing throughout the year.  I was at the Bett Show this week with Mr della Spina and other school leaders to look at the latest technologies that are available in education and make some strategic decisions about the way forwards to enhance the children's learning experience. Lots of exciting plans are in the pipeline!  Watch this space for further posts! Mrs Louise Edwards