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Year 2 Tag Rugby Inter School Competition Leigh Games - July 2017

10 children took part in this and we came second. Mr Moore was very proud . Well done children.

Year 2 Tag Rugby Inter School Competition Leigh Games - July 2017



Year 5 Art Residential to Tatton hall - June 2017

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Let the Children Speak - June 2017

Well done to Rhynn and Anthony ! They took part in this event organised by The Rotary Club in Leigh and spoke articulately about their residential trip to Robin Wood.

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Sports Day 2017 - June 2017

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The Friends of XII Apostles Organised a Successful Spring Fair - May 2017

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XII Apostles Rugby Team Secure Kirkhall Cup - May 2017

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Liturgy team news - May 2017

The Liturgy team worked with the artist Victoria Hough to create this collage to represent the final piece for the Faith in Action Pin Level Award.

‘ We have been working hard all year to complete the requested units. We have enjoyed working together as a team and it has been a great experience for us all ‘ Cristiano, Leah , Jessikah, Kaitlin ,Annabelle, Poppy and Ava

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Whole School Art Project - May 2017

Over the past two weeks, our school has brought art to the forefront of the curriculum. Each class was given a different artists to study; these artists were chosen specifically to broaden the children’s knowledge of the diversity in visual art forms.

Reception have produced work in the style of Jackson Pollock and have explored the methods in which paint can be used. Year One have been creating sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s use of natural materials. In Year Two, the children have used their knowledge of shape and shape, working both collaboratively and independently, to develop art in the style of Wassily Kandinsky. Within the juniors, Year 3 have been inspired by the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth. Year 4 have used Hannah Hoch’s collaging techniques to produce artwork from already existing images. Roy Lichtenstein’s brand of Pop Art and his characteristic use of the Ben-Day dot technique was the inspiration for the images produced by Year Five. Finally, Year 6 explored and emulated the style of David Hockney to produce their own portraits both in their sketch books and digitally.

One of the main purposes of our project was to inspire the children’s passion for art as well as develop their confidence in what can be a challenging subject. Upon completion of the respective topics, the children were interviewed about the work they had produced.

‘I liked picking a famous piece of art and recreating it in Pop Art style like Roy Lichtenstein did. I’m very proud of it and I really like it.’ – Poppy Rayner, Year 5.

On Thursday 25th, parents were invited to a gallery that showcased the children’s work – this also presented the children with an opportunity to share their pieces with each other and compare the styles of art covered over the project. Parents were also offered the opportunity to leave comments on the exhibition.

‘Wonderful to see the children’s work. We have enjoyed looking at the artist’s work online at home. The displays look lovely and they show the children’s understanding well.’ - C. Hewertson.

The children have demonstrated an enormous amount of talent and passion for art over the course of the two weeks and should be very proud of all they have achieved. Hopefully, they will use what they have learned from this experience and continue to inspire or be inspired by art in the future.

Here are some photographs which show the children enjoying their learning.

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Local History & Geography Themed weeks - March 2017

During the Spring 2 term, the whole school took part in Local History and Geography Themed weeks. The weeks were a great success and learning was celebrated at a Showcase event where Parents and Families could visit school to look at the children’s work. The children were so enthusiastic to learn about the school and the local area and their knowledge and skills have improved considerably. These are the topics that the different classes studied;

Reception and Year 1 learned about the school and the local are in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. They celebrated this era by holding an 80’s disco.

Year 2 learned about the school and the local area in Victorian times. The children dressed up as Victorian school children and their classroom was transformed into a Victorian classroom for the day.

Year 3 learned about how the Cotton Industry impacted on the school and the local area. They were able to visit Trencherfield Mill to learn more about this.

Year 4 learned about the history of Leigh’s Rugby League Club. The current Leigh Centurion’s Captain, Micky Higham even visited to talk to the children about the club’s history.

Year 5 learned about how the Coal Mining impacted on the School and the local area. The children were able to visit the Heritage Centre to find out more about this.

Year 6 investigated how World War 1 impacted upon the people in Leigh. They learned about Alfred Wilkinson, a soldier from Leigh who was awarded the George Cross for his services.

Here at some of the comments made by Parents during our Showcase Event;

‘The children looked very engaged in the subject’.

‘Fantastic subject to learn about. Brilliant work!’

‘It looks like they had great fun! Thomas has been very enthusiastic at home about it!

‘It has been lovely to be able to see all the work that the children have done!’

Here are some photographs which show the children enjoying their learning.

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Key Stage 1 fancy dress party - February 2017

The Key Stage 1 children enjoyed their fancy dress party on 16th February.

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Year 3 visited Brockhole in the Lake District - February 2017

On Friday 10th February, Year 3 visited Brockhole in the Lake District as part of their topic; Mountains, Rivers and the Water Cycle. Here, they learned important geography skills such as orienteering, mountain survival skills and shelter building. The children also saw real mountains in this beautiful setting and particularly enjoyed seeing The Langdale Pikes covered in snow. Unfortunately, they couldn’t see Scafell Pike from Brockhole. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day – here’s what they said about the trip:

Take a look at our photographs and read some of the extracts from our thank you letters.

"I loved doing the shelter building, it was so much fun."
Chloe Kendall

"I really liked the orienteering because I learned how to use a map and also, how to read a key."
Phoebe Fletcher

"I really enjoyed the trip because we all worked together as a team."
Leon Ramsdale

"This was the best trip ever and I loved seeing the landscape."
Kathryn Sutton

"I loved playing on the adventure playground and I even faced my fear of heights."
James Williams

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Year 6's residential trip to the Robin Wood centre in Todmorden - January 2017

On January 16th, the children in Year 6 set off on their residential trip to the Robin Wood centre in Todmorden. They spend three days there, taking part in all the exciting and challenging activities, and really had a fantastic time. They returned to school more confident, independent, and able to as a team. What a spectacular adventure and what real ambassadors they are for our school. Well done Year 6!

Take a look at our photographs and read some of the extracts from our thank you letters.

“I was so proud of myself when I climbed up the wooden pole on the trapeze and jumped…and caught the bar! I was really scared of going on the trapeze but I gave it a go and enjoyed it. I have learnt that if I push myself, I can achieve much more.” Mitchell Plumbley

“Thank you again so much. I fell that I have gained a lot from this experience such as never give up and to try my hardest in everything I do.” Lucy Wood

“I would like to thank you because you pushed me to my ‘stretch’ zone and now I can go on holiday and get straight to the diving board without being afraid of heights!” Elisha Smith

“Finally, I want to say a big thank you for all you have done. You have helped me to become more confident with the darkness ad small spaces. When I did the caving, I thought I could do anything! Also I am stronger than ever before.” Kaitlin Wells

“My favourite part of the trip was the crate challenge because we all helped each other but even though my team won, it’s not about winning; it’s about taking part as a team.” Kobie Behm

“I’m proud of myself in the Night Line because at first I said, “No, I’m not doing it! I want to get away!” but I was encouraged to carry on and finish it.” Rhynn Foster

“The proudest thing for me was trying everything I had the chance to do . It was a very special experience for me as I may never do these activities again; it was exhilarating!” Joshua Hopkins

“Overall, I have learned that heights are not a s scary as predicted and that I a much more independent than I thought.” Ross Vaughan

“Personally, my favourite activity was caving because, at the beginning, I panicked. However, I overcame my fear, only because you helped me, and now I can go into small spaces and keep calm.” Maisie Halliwell

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Christmas coffee morning - December 2016

The friends of XII Apostles once again orgainised a Christmas coffeee morning and the children made Christmas hats for the parade. The School Council had a very difficult job in choosing a winner from each class. There were some really creative designs.

Well done children.

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Year 3 visited Southport Eco Centre - November 2016

On 4th November 2016, Year 3 visited Southport Eco Centre. Here, they learned all about The Stone Age to The Iron Age. The children thoroughly enjoyed playing Stone Age games, going on a fact hunt, using different computer programmes and even going on an archaeological dig! Here is what some of the children thought of the trip:

It was awesome and I learned loads (Sonny)

I loved it so much (Kathryn)

I thought that it was really fun and I learned lots of new facts (Ben)

I enjoyed learning about the different eras of The Stone Age; Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic (Katie)

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French Themed Day - October 2016

On 5th October, your children took part enthusiastically in our French day, celebrating different languages and cultures. The children enjoyed lots of activities and as you can see from the photographs of our Reception children, the day was very enjoyable.

Please read the comments from our children.

I really liked the French playtime games and the French café. My favourite food was the crepes with chocolate. (Mitchell, Y6)

It was good going around all the different classes and meeting the different teachers. My favourite part of the day was the art work we did and finding out about French Artists. We made a class mural (Alex, Y3)

I enjoyed drawing and playing French bingo. I won some sweets at bingo. Ruby (YR)

It was really good because we were learning a different language in different ways. It is important to learn French so you know how to speak when you go to France (Jayden, Y4)

We liked going in different classes and wearing our own clothes. It was fun going into the Juniors. We enjoyed all the different games. The chocolate waffles and the chocolate pancakes were our favourites. (Kyan and Bailey, Y2).

It was a fun day because we got to do lots of different things and travel around the school. I loved the French café. (Lily-May, Y5)

It was fun trying to build the Eiffel Tower but next time we need bigger marshmallows. (Ava, Y5)

It was lots of fun, I learnt how to say lots of French words and I loved the French café, except the cheese! (JayJay, Y1)

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Year 5 trip to Jodrell Bank observatory - October 2016

On Friday 3rd October, my class had a wonderful trip to the Jodrell Bank observatory. Firstly, Year 5 had time to explore the Space Pavilion room where you could see experiments and read facts about the Lovell Telescope. The Lovell Telescope is a giant radio signal transmitter that took 5 whole years to build and is one of the largest radio telescopes in the world. Soon after, Year 5 ventured around the planet path and as we walked along the path we filled in some worksheets that Mr Rowlands gave us. We then had a workshop all about different experiments including the sunlight, meteor spotting and weight. Afterwards, we had another workshop all about sunrise and sunset and the stars and planets. We were taken into an inflatable planetarium where we looked at what the Ancient Greeks thought the stars looked like and how the sun arcs in the different times of year.

By Poppy Rayner (Year 5)

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Year 6 had some special visitors - September 2016

On Friday 23rd September 2016, the children in year 6 had some special visitors. Simon from Zoo Academy brought along some friends that live in different rainforests for us to see and even hold. These included an Indian Plated lizard, a Chilean Rose Tarantula, 2 Giant African snails and even a Royal Python. It was such an amazing experience and we learned such a lot about these wonderful creatures.

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Whole School Sports Day - July 2016

Unfortunately after already having rescheduled this event due to bad weather we were once again forced to cancel due to heavy rain and the field being waterlogged. However to avoid disappointment the children were told to come in their team colours as we would play a variety of team games in the hall during the day. However, luckily the sun came out and dried the playground enabling us continue with the original events on the infant and junior playgrounds. The children were so pleased that sports day would still go ahead despite the parents being unable to attend at short notice. They performed so well and demonstrated excellent team work ,perseverance and sporting skills but most importantly they thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

All the children in St Johns were presented with medals and the school shield, as the winning house team this year. In addition medals were awarded in each game for excellent team work and effort.

Well done children a superb afternoon.

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Year 6 – London trip - June 2016

On Friday 24th June 2016, Year 6 went on their final trip of primary school to our fantastic capital, London. After meeting really early at Wigan station, they travelled by train to Euston. After a cramped ride on the tube, they toured the sights of the capital by open top bus and then had a relaxing river cruise down the Thames. The day was a wonderful experience for everybody and one to never forget!

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Rugby News ; Final John Woods Cup Friday 1st July at Leigh Miners - July 2016

After a very tense and wet game and additional time,the referee declared a draw 6-6. The rugby team once again demonstrated great team spirit ,perseverance and determination. Man of the match was award to Joshua Hopkins. Well done to our school team !

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Year 2 went to Pennington Flash - July 2016

Year 2 went to Pennington Flash as part of the Science topic 'Living Things and their Habitats.' During our visit we had the opportunity to take part in various fun activities including pond dipping where we collected different pond insects and looked closely through our magnifying utensils.

We searched through the wooden area for minibeasts, finding many different creatures. The children were delighted with what they found and was excited to share with others.

We finished the day with an arts and crafts activity, we went on the park and completed a nature walk. "We had an amazing day!" said the children.

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Hinduism - June 2016

Last week, we learned all about the other faith of Hinduism. A hindu lady called Krishna came in to tell us more about this amazing religion. We looked at diva lamps, dressed in saris and learned the differences between their religion and ours. Year 3 even visited a Hindu temple in Bolton. It was a beautiful place!

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Reception Formby Beach - June 2016

The children in our Reception class had a wonderful day beach combing ,building sandcastles, paddling ,enjoying ice cream and a picnic on Formby beach .

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Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday celebration - June 2016

To mark the milestone of Britain’s longest reigning monarch the children took part in a whole host of activities to find out more about the monarchy and the Queen’s life. They were invited to come to school in red ,white and blue and make a crown for the occasion. In addition Dot our school cook provided a special picnic lunch. Unfortunately the weather was not kind and the children had to eat inside.

The children completed some really imaginative homework projects about the Queen which some shared in a whole school assembly. Each class teacher chose 2 winners based on effort and a special souvenir book was awarded to them.A small souvenir prize was given to all the children that completed the project . Well done children!

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Post Office Cup - May 2016

Congratulations to our school rugby team who played a superb match on Friday 27th May securing the post office cup. Their performance was highly commended by Mr Farrimond and Mr Moore and in recognition man of the match was awarded to the whole team. They still have to play in the final for the John Woods Cup.

Good luck !

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Year 3 Chester - May 2016

In year 3 we have been learning all about the Romans. In order to enrich our learning we visited the Grosvenor Roman museum in Chester. Here, year 3 got to really experience what life was like in the Roman army, we wore Roman armour and marched through the streets of Chester. We marched down to the Roman Gardens, into the remains of the largest Amphitheatre the Romans built in Britain.

We tried out some of the famous strategies used by the Roman army, such as ‘the testudo’, more famously known as the ‘tortoise.’ Thankfully, we were only Roman soldiers for a couple of hours back in the Roman era men would have served in the army for at least 25 years!

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Year 5 Jodrell bank - May 2016

Recently, as part of our Earth and Space topic, Year 5 visit Jodrell Bank. Here, we were able to take part in workshops and visit one of the most powerful adjustable telescopes in the world.

Maisie Halliwell (Year 5): "I really loved our trip to Jodrell Bank because I learned new things and the staff made it really interesting and fun. My favourite part of the day was when we went in the inflatable planetarium as we learned not just about astronomy but also about history."

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Year 1 Smithills Open Farm - May 2016

On Wednesday 11th May, Year 1 went to Smithills Open Farm as part of their Science topic. They went to learn all about different animals that live on the farm. They had lots of fun activities to do throughout the day!

First, the children fed the animals by putting food flat on their hands and they watched as the animals quickly took the food off them. There were cows, sheep, pigs and lots more animals to feed. Next, they went on a tractor ride where the children got the chance to feed bread to the donkeys.

After that, was the amazing pets corner where the children fed got to bottle feed the lambs, stroke the soft, fluffy animals and they even touched the skin of a real life snake. On the final activity, each child rode a donkey up and down the farm.

All of the children had a wonderful day and they learnt lots about the animals!

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Eggcellent Designs - April 2016

The friends of Twelve Apostles organised an Easter coffee morning and the children were invited to decorate eggs to enter into a competition .The children once again demonstrated great creativity, flair and imagination as the range of entries was superb.

The school council had the extremely hard job of judging but finally agreed on a winner from each year group . These are displayed below. Well done to all those children that took part in this event and thank you to all those parents that supported their children.

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World Book Day - March 2016

Here at Twelve Apostles, we all love a good story and the children have often told us how much they enjoy being read to, especially at bedtime. Ah ha, we thought. Why don’t we celebrate World Book Day by snuggling up in our cosy pyjamas, with our favourite books and settling down for a bed time story? Cuddly toys of all persuasions were also invited!

As you can see from the photographs, the children enjoyed this tremendously and entered into the spirit of the occasion with their usual enthusiasm and excitement. However, the motivation behind the idea was that we wanted to encourage our children to develop the “story at bedtime” habit.

Throughout the day, children were involved in many other interesting activities and they also participated in our “Bring a Book – Take a Book” project.

Your children loved the day with Charlotte from Y6 saying “It was a lot of fun because we got to wear our pyjamas and we spent time reading funny poems.” Other children enjoyed swapping books and drinking hot chocolate.

So a big thank you to you, our parents and carers, for encouraging your children to become avid readers and by supporting, so enthusiastically, our reading events.

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Year 3 Lake District - February 2016

On Friday 5th February, Year 3 visited the Lake District as part of their topic Mountains, Rivers and The Water Cycle. It was fantastic to go there and the children loved seeing mountains in real life rather than just on photographs! Throughout the day, we developed our geography skills by participating in some orienteering. It was hard to follow the map but we got there in the end and used the key to help us. As well as this, we learned how to stay safe on a mountain and even built our own shelters! After a busy day, we enjoyed eating our lunch and playing on the adventure playground. It was a great day!

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Reception building a wall Westleigh High School - February 2016

The Reception Class had a great time when they visited Westleigh High School. The children have been learning about houses and homes so Alan from the High School talked to them about the different materials used to build houses. The children made a model of their own house and they even built a wall using real bricks, mortar and trowels. The children had a brilliant time. They learned a lot and were very well behaved! Well done Reception Class!

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Climbing Wall - January 2016

The children in KS 2 thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the climbing wall which was erected on the school playground for 2 days . They demonstrated superb learning powers ; resilience , perseverance, concentration and an excellent ‘have a go’ attitude and importantly they had fun ! The wall was 6m high with 4 climbing routes on it enabling the children to use different hand and foot grips. The children were given a full safety brief by the qualified instructors and were then fitted with a harness and rope . They were given a number of different challenges.

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Year 6 Robin Wood Adventure - January 2016

On Monday 11th January 2016, year 6 started their journey to Robin Wood, Todmorden. During three fun-packed days, we got our heads stuck in cargo nets, fell off crates, tumbled into piranha-infested pools and were weed on by squirrels… but we all thoroughly enjoyed it! Robin Wood developed our cooporation and communication skills. We overcame fears and even developed new learning powers such as our team working power and our have-a-go power. We even made new friendships. For some people it was their first time away from home and their first time at a residential trip. We all wanted to stay for longer and we all would definitely go again. It was a truly amazing experience that we’ll never forget.

Written by Matthew Caswell, Charlotte Jones and Molly Barnes.

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Year 5 visited Wigan Life Museum - December 2015

Year 5 visited Wigan Life Museum to find out more about the Egyptians. They subsequently created their own Egyptian museum in school and invited other classes along so that they could share their knowledge and understanding of this period of history.

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Liturgical Prayer group at Liverpool Cathedral - December 2015

The Liturgical Prayer group joined other school groups in the archdiocese to celebrate an Advent mass at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on 10th December 2015. They took presents for children less fortunate. Upon returning to school the children said that it had been a wonderful experience and they had thoroughly enjoyed the nativity performance.

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El Salvador

This year, across the school, we are developing our knowledge of the wider community. As a school, we decided to focus on El Salvador, a country that we could connect with through CAFOD. The country of El Salvador was decided upon by the children last year after the School Council led an assembly, informing the school of different countries that we could help.

This term, we have been doing lots of wonderful activities to Connect2 El Salvador. We especially loved learning all about this country on El Salvador Day. On this day, each class completed different activities to develop their understanding of the wider world. We found El Salvador on maps, learned about Oscar Romero, made graphs of the different climates, made our own El Salvador flags, prayed together, wrote our own prayers, created collages, made El Salvadorian foods and much, much more! It was a great day! Not only this, we have been raising money over the term.

We held an own clothes day where children brought a pound to wear blue and white (the colours of the El Salvador flag), parents made donations after watching our school nativity and each class has also been ‘investing in El Salvador’ by buying a piece of their class jigsaw. The jigsaw made up a map of the country and a festive sign reading ‘Feliz Nevidad’ – Spanish for Merry Christmas. We even learned a Christmas Song called Feliz Nevidad and sang it as a whole school.

Here are a few photographs of our fantastic learning this term.

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Year 3 – Yorkshire Museum - October 2015

As part of the Stone Age to Iron Age topic, the children in year three visited the Yorkshire Museum! Here, they learned lots about prehistory and was able to handle real objects from The Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. The children also enjoyed seeing real bones such as those from woolly mammoths and sabre tooth tigers!

During the afternoon workshops, the children loved getting involved! They dressed up, painted their faces, made pygmy pots, designed their own Iron Age coin, built an animal skin tepee and even used rocks to create cave art! It was a great day!

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Year 2 seaside - September 2015

The children in year 2 had a wonderful day at Southport beach .The day was action packed as the children made sandcastles , had a ride on the miniature train, enjoyed a ride on a carousel, bought a stick of rock, played in the arcade and strolled along the prom ! They were able to make lots of comparisons between holidays in the past and today. The weather stayed fine and a wonderful time was had by all.

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Fruit and Vegetable Designs - July 2015

On the 13th Junly, our children have once again shown great creativity and flair with their fruit and vegetable designs . The school council judged the entries for each year group. Well done to the winners Reception Halle Lovett Year 1 Stephen Charnley Year 2 Mairead Coburn Year 3 Corey Openshaw Year 4 Kelsey Lou Quinn Year 5 Charlotte Jones Year 6 Emma McCall




Our School Council elections - June 2015

Our School Council elections took place at the end of June . Children in each class delivered their manifestos outlining their ideas for making our school even better and why they would be a good representative on the school council.

All pupils were involved in the democratic process and came along to the junior department in which a classroom had been turned into a Polling Station for the day . Every child then filled out a voting slip and put it in the official ballot box.

The votes were counted by the existing school council members and the results announced in assembly on 1st July 2015.

Well done to all the candidates who took part and presented a statement and congratulations to all our new School Councillors. They will commence their new role in September 2015.

  • Year 1 Jaiden Huyton and Hallie Lovett
  • Year 2 Katie Lock and James Williams
  • Year 3 Jayden Blakeley and Ruby Sheehan
  • Year 4 Ella Draper and Corey Openshaw
  • Year 5 George Little and Maisie Halliwell
  • Year 6 Matthew Caswell and Molly Barnes
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9th July 2015 Alice in Wonderland ; end of term choir performance Review !

‘Never a dull moment’ is the phrase to sum up the brilliant performance of Alice in Wonderland, performed by the Twelve Apostles School Choir.

The audience of children were enthralled and the grown-ups astonished as they were reminded of what it is like to live in the imaginary world of children.

The singing and acting of our children would put many a West End show to shame so a big “thank you” to everyone who played a part by making costumes and props.

Mrs. Dring and Miss Hitchen, who prepared the children for the performance, said “The children have given 100%, they were fantastic and it has been a pleasure helping them to prepare for this concert.”

Well done everyone!




Year 6 - London - June 2015

On the 18th of June 2015, Year 6 took a magnificent trip to this country’s great capital London!

In the weeks before the trip, we used our learning powers and business skills to carry out an amazing enterprise project. For part of it, we planned a night for our parents, with an alien theme, named Madness on the Moon.

Furthermore, we also set up our own business called Jellytastic; we made scrumptious pots of wobbly jelly to sell to the children in school.

Altogether, we made over £300 and so were able to have a fantastic cruise down the River Thames and see the outstanding landmarks such as the Shard, Big Ben, London Eye, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and lots more. We were delighted that we had this once in a lifetime opportunity to mark the end of our primary school years. Thank you parents and all the local businesses that supported us!

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Year 3 Chester - June 2015

As part of our Roman topic, we were very excited to visit the real Roman City of Chester! When we arrived at the Grosvenor Museum, we were greeted by a Roman Soldier. We dressed up in our armour and eagerly awaited our tour of the real Roman sites.

All around us, we could see evidence of The Romans! We even found a clock with Roman Numerals on it. We knew what all of the numbers were as we had already learned about this in our Maths lessons!

We visited a Roman Amphitheatre and practised getting into a tortoise formation. This was a really clever technique that The Romans used to protect themselves during battle and it played a vital role in their success.

We loved listening to the Roman Soldier as he told us all about the gruesome events of the amphitheatre and we learned so much! Did you know that people used to fight animals? Also, gladiators fought in the amphitheatre and even women were all allowed to be gladiators!

As we returned to the museum, we shouted a roman march as loud as we could! It was really fun

When we arrived back at the museum, we explored the two galleries and found out even more about The Romans. We looked at some real Roman treasures and even a skeleton from the Roman times!

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Sports Day - June 2015

See below the images from our Sports Day

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Year 1 Smithills Open Farm - April 2015

In the Summer term, Year 1 visited Smithills Open Farm as part of their 'On The Farm' topic. The children went on an exciting donkey ride, had a chance to feed the newborn lambs and they went on a bumpy tractor ride around the farm.

They also learned about how to milk a cow and learn the names of different animals and their babies. The children's favourite part was when they got the chance the hold and stroke the adorable animals; there were fluffy chicks, tiny bunnies, enormous owls, cute puppies and even a snake!!!

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day!

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Decorate an Egg Competition - March 2015

The friends of Twelve Apostles organised an Easter coffee morning and the children were invited to decorate eggs to enter into a competition .The children once again demonstrated great creativity, flair and imagination as the range of entries was superb.

The school council had the extremely hard job of judging but finally agreed on a winner from each year group . These are displayed below. Well done to all those children that took part in this event and thank you to all those parents that supported their children.

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Year 3 Lake District - March 2015

Year 3 visited The Lake District to help them learn about their topic … Mountains, Rivers and The Water Cycle.

At first, we were worried about going because of the snow, but shortly after leaving school, the sun was shining and sky was bright blue!

When we arrived at Brockhole, in Windermere, we met with the Mountain Mere Professionals! With them, we did some orienteering and raft building. We even tested our rafts on Lake Windermere to see or they would float or not.

After lunch, we made the most of the adventure playground and the stunning views of The Lake District. We loved seeing all of the mountains and learning all about this beautiful environment that is so close to home!

Here are a few more photos of our fantastic school trip!

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Year 5 Jorvik Viking Centre in York - March 2015

Year 5 visited Jorvik Viking Centre in York to help them learn more about the Vikings.

We were very excited and scurried onto the coach, in pairs. Unfortunately, the coach was delayed by a car accident on the M62. We were at a standstill!

But eventually, we got moving and to make up some lost time we ate our lunch on the coach.

When we arrived at Jorvik we were met by a Viking peasant lady who told us all about the ruins found in York. We were actually stood on a replica model of what was found!

We then boarded a ride which took us around the Viking-age city of Jorvik encountering the sights, sounds and smells.

After this, we visited the Jorvik DIG site. Here we took part in an excavation to discover real Viking artefacts.

Here are a few more photos of our fantastic school trip!

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A Recipe for Success

What do you get when you mix the magic ingredients of?

Enthusiastic children, fabulous stories, chocolate and exotic fruits?

Answer: A fun filled two days for our children, in which they immersed themselves in magical stories and messy cooking!

The visit of the Junior Chef team was planned to coincide with our school’s celebration of World Book Day and the overwhelming view of the children was that it was FANTASTIC! Here are just a few quotes.

“It was so exciting, we felt like we were trying drinks from the chocolate factory”

“Really interesting because we actually made something to take home” “I loved it because Roald Dahl is my favourite author”

“I liked getting messy!” “Handa’s surprise is my favourite story, especially the funny bits” “It was really good learning about healthy food.”

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Story Box Competition

We always knew your children were talented but WOW! What an imaginative and creative bunch they are. We had nearly ninety story boxes entered into our story box competition and each and every one of them was brilliant. Harry Potter, Elmer’s Surprise, Dinosaurs, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were just some of the entrants. Miss Ryan and Mrs. Marsden said “It was so difficult to pick winners because they were all fantastic!”

All entrants received a small prize with the winners receiving a selection of beautiful books. So, once again, a big thank you to all parents and carers for helping your children with this wonderful activity and for working with us to encourage your children to develop a love of reading.

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Year 6: Amazing Adventurers! - January 2015

On Monday 12th January 2015, Year 6 journeyed to Dobroyd castle in Todmorden to spend 3 days at the amazing Robin Wood! During their time there, they took part in many difficult and sometimes scary challenges. However, they all used their learning powers of determination, resilience and cooperation, and managed to overcome their fears and have an amazing time!

Not only did they improve their listening and team work skills, they were also a real credit to the school.

Well done Year 6!

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World War 1 Centenary - October 2014

The children at XII Apostles have been busy learning about the lives of those who fought in World War 1, the conditions in the trenches and on the front line and the events leading up to the outbreak of War . The topic has been enhanced through visits and visitors to school. Year 3 visited the Imperial War Museum in Salford and year 5 and 6 visited ‘The Museum of Wigan Life’ to take part in a workshop entitled ‘Coalfield to Battlefield‘.

The children have been learning how the wounded were treated, they have been learning from first-hand accounts in diaries and letters. The younger children have recreated the trenches and a bunker to gain a better understanding of the conditions in the trenches. A visiting theatre company performed a play ‘Your Country Needs You’ which explored the period from the outbreak of war to the Christmas truce, interweaving songs, sketches, poetry and prose to examine the effects of war on those directly involved. XII Apostles have their own museum in the school hall with a variety of artefacts, books and sources to gain more information.

The children have written recounts, diary entries, letters and narrative accounts and the quality of written work from all year groups was extremely high, demonstrating a real understanding of this era in history.

The children showcased all their work in the school hall so parents, relatives and friends could visit. The comments left in the visitor books praised the children’s efforts.

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New markings for the junior and infant playgrounds - September 2014

Last year’s school council worked extremely hard to plan and organise new markings for the junior and infant playgrounds, and for the reception play area. We are extremely pleased with the final result.

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“The Problem solving Company” visited our school - May 2014

The children had an exciting day on Wednesday 21st May when “The Problem solving Company” visited our school. As well as developing Maths and problem solving skills, the children also developed their learning powers of determination, co-operation and team work. Each of the classes visited the hall where big maths problems were set up for the children to work on. The tasks were set to the age of the children to really challenge and engage the children in Maths and problem solving.

In Year 2 the children developed their understanding of co-ordinates through using large co-ordinate grid to plan a route. They also developed their understanding of shape and space using tangram puzzles. In Year 4 the children used mathematical language to give instructions to each other for how to build models. The task required the children to really co-operate and communicate effectively with each other.

We had so much fun and we learnt lots!

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Exciting day at Pennington Flash - May 2014

The children in Year 2 had a fantastic and exciting day at Pennington Flash. The day was full with lots of activities that the children could get involved with, all about the class topic of Minibeasts. In the morning the children were pond dipping and found lots of insects and creatures that live in and around a pond. The children also had a fabulous time in their minibeast hunt, learning all about the habitat each minibeast chooses to live in. The afternoon was filled with some fascinating activities, sewing our favourite minibeasts, survival skills – Bear Grylls style, den building and making smores. All in all the children had a wonderful time.

Here are some of the things they enjoyed the most:

Zara said: “I loved making marshmallows and den building”

Ella said: “I had fun when we built the dens and burnt the marshmallows!”

Leo said: “It was a good day, we got to do sewing and I enjoyed my lunch and doing all the activities.”

Hudson said: “I liked it when we went into the forest and was shown how to make dens, camp fire and how to boil water!”

Elle said: “I liked it when I was digging in the soil and found a worm on the minibeast hunt.”

Zack said: “The best part of my day was camping and eating marshmallows!”

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Jubilee Picnic - June 2012

We were very fortunate to have a lovely Sunny day for our special Jubilee celebration. The School Council, Dot and her team worked really hard to make it a fun and memorable afternoon by arranging a picnic lunch. All of the staff and children thoroughly enjoyed it.




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Breakfast with Santa! - Dec 2012


On Wednesday 5th December the children had an exciting opportunity to meet Santa! The children had a chance to eat their breakfast, enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate and have a chat to Santa and his elves. They even received a present from Santa's sleigh. The event, organised by the Friends of Twelve Apostles, was a great success.

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Cookery Club - June 2013

Look what Year 3 have been doing at cookery club!

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Twelve Apostles’ School Choir performed on the Young Voices Tour - Feb 2014

On Tuesday, 4th February Twelve Apostles’ School Choir performed alongside over 8000 children from all across the North West on the Young Voices Tour. The Young Voices event was at the huge Phones 4 You Arena in Manchester. The children were very excited to sing alongside X-Factor runner up, Stacey Solomon and perform with the dance group, Urban Strides.

The children said, "It was great to see Andy from Urban Strides in real life! Before, we had only seen him teaching us the moves on the internet." Also,

"I loved singing the Pop Medley at Young Voices because it sounded fantastic when all the thousands of children sang it together."

All the parents and teachers that went along were extremely proud of the children and they were a credit to the school.

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Mother's Day Assembly - March 2014

On Friday 28th March, Reception Class performed for their proud families. Here are some photographs of their wonderful performance.

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UFO landing on XII Apostles Field - May 2012

The community police officer and forensic scientist came into school to assist the children in their investigations to find out where it had come from whom it belonged to, when it landed and what it was. The children also listened to a BBC news report about sightings of UFO that weekend.The event inspired the children to write reports, letters, stories, postcards, poems and non fiction texts.

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French Themed Day - July 2013

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BREAKING NEWS: mysterious egg appears - Feb 2013

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The strange egg delivered to XII Apostles RCPS School on Monday 18th February must have hatched some time on Tuesday evening. When the children arrived in school on Wednesday morning, there was chaos, they found tables and chairs over-turned, long coloured feathers, large claws, sharp teeth scattered around. It was then discovered that the egg itself had hatched, and weird footprints starting from the egg were found all around school.

Whatever hatched from the egg has not actually been seen, but there is evidence that it managed to get into the school ceiling and scratching noises have been heard. Nobody knows yet what came out of the egg or where it went, but the children are keeping alert at all times and have many different theories.

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Library Launch Week - May 2013

Our children thoroughly enjoyed the activities held throughout our Library Launch Week. Not only were the children (and their parents) introduced to our new Micro-librarian Electronic Library system but all children spent extra time reading their favorite books and finding out about famous authors.

The week got off to a really great start, with everyone dressing up as their favourite book characters and, thanks to our parents’ hard work, our children entered into the spirit of the occasion with imagination and enthusiasm. Another highlight of the week was the visit of Michael Cox, children’s author.

Michael’s unique story telling style enthralled our children and his visit certainly had the desired effect – to encourage our children to read for pleasure. Michael also officially opened our KS2 Library, helped, on this auspicious occasion, by Twelve Apostles School Council.

Finally, the lucky winners of the family book quiz were the Caswell family who were thrilled to receive the prize of a Kindle e-reader.

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XII Apostles science and design technology exhibition - Nov 2012

The school hall was packed on the evening of Wednesday 21st November as governors, parents, relatives and friends were invited to look at the work of XII Apostles scientists and inventors. The children showcased their work which centred around the theme of Fireworks.

The children explained and demonstrated scientific experiments like rocket launching using film canisters with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and experiments to test the best materials for ear protectors and food packaging.

They proudly showcased their designs for torches, fashionable protective ear muffs to wear for a firework display, Catherine wheels, food packaging and rockets.

In addition children shared with parents their knowledge of a range of famous scientist through their written work, through PowerPoint presentations and through song. Famous scientists and inventors included Brian Cox, Clarence Birdseye, Emile Berliner, John Logi Baird, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Eddison and Archimedes.

It was a truly spectacular event and it was wonderful to see so many parents relatives and friends come along to support the children.

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