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National Eucharistic Congress - November 2018

This year is the National Eucharistic Congress and we have been celebrating this throughout the school. Year 5 and 6 visited church to take part in Eucharistic Adoration with Father Kieran. Each class has also participated in Collective Worships, hymns, assemblies and created art work for around school.

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Year 2 Curling Event - October 2018

"The children competed against 20 other schools and came 3rd. Well done children."

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Dinosaur Exhibition - October 2018

"The prehistoric visitor, Tyrannosaurs certainly gave the children a hook in for their writing. During parents evening visitors were invited to a dinosaur exhibition in the hall to look at the range of written work including, stories ,fact files and poetry. The quality of work was certainly impressive. Well done children"

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Hockey Champions! - October 2018

166 children took part in today's Leigh Lowton & Golborne (LLG) Hockey competition.

"Amazing turnout. Congratulations to the winners Twelve Apostles and well done to all who took part. Some amazing sportsmanship on display and some brilliant collaboration by all schools, staff, activity professionals, children and families."

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Tina the Tyrannosaurus Rex - September 2018

Our prehistoric visitor Tina the Tyrannosaurus Rex ignited the children's curiosity and imagination.




Reception visited Manchester Airport - July 2018

Reception Class visited Manchester Airport in the Summer term as part of their 'Holidays' topic. The children were able to watch aeroplanes take off and land; visit concorde; board a plane and pretend to be a pilot. The children had a great time!

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Year 6: final school trip - July 2018

Last Wednesday, we went on our final trip of primary school; Haigh Hall. We went on the low ropes and some of us even managed the high ropes.

They were amazing fun but they were a little scary. Every single one of us managed at least the low ropes. After lunch, we learnt how to make fire and how to make a shelter that would protect us from the cold and rain. We had to work together and use our collaboration skills. It was a great day and a lovely way to end our primary school days.

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School Council Elections - July 2018

At XII Apostles, we believe in being fair and giving every child as many opportunities throughout school as possible.

At the end of each year, the next year’s school council is decided. This is not decided by the staff, but by the children.

Each child that wishes to apply writes a manifesto at home or in school, explaining why they should be elected. These are then presented to the classes on a set day. There is then an election held in school where each child goes to a polling station and votes for one boy and one girl in their class. The current school council set this up and play a big part in supporting the children with this.

This makes the process fair for all children. The winners are announced as part of a whole school assembly.

Please have a look at these photographs to see the election process and the success of the day.

Click here to view the winners.

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An Enjoyable Morning with the Pop Project – World Cup Theme – Monday 25th June 2018

Graham, Malcom and Henry delivered a fantastic show tracing the history of the World Cup over the last 60 years through music. They looked at each world cup 1950 – 2014 and the children joined in the songs from the various eras.

They showed pictures and video clips of great moments and players from each tournament. They looked at the countries each tournament had been held in and also artefacts from the time.

A spectacular showed enjoyed by all

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Sports Day – June 2018

The Weather was kind and the children thoroughly enjoyed our annual sports day. Parents, carers and relatives came along to encourage the children .They played in their house teams and rotated through a whole host of sporting activities. This included Rob the Nest, Fun Relays, Javelin, Running Races and Musical throws in the infants.

In the juniors sporting events included Running Races, Fun Relays, Shot Put, Netball/Football and Benchball.

A medal was awarded in each game to a child who demonstrated great sportsmanship including talent, collaborative work and resilience.

The overall winner for the third year running was St Johns.

Thank you to Miss Hope and Mr Moore for organising the day and well done to all our children who took part so enthusiastically.

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The Royal Wedding – May 2018

Congratulations to Harry and Megan !

Year 3 children celebrated the Royal Wedding in Style by role playing the wedding ceremony, dressing for the occasion and enjoyed a wedding breakfast. The infant children made crowns and had a Royal tea party. Other classes took part in a host of other activities to find out more about the monarchy and Royal traditions including quizzes, treasure hunts. One class made their own invitations whist the year 6 had a welcome Megan V Harry rounder’s match.

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Eco Club – May 2018

Eco club get together every Thursday after school. One of our grandparents stella and Mrs Gallagher run the club .We look after our school environment and make sure that it looks nice. We have been planting and watering flowers. We have planted sun flowers in the infants and blueberry’s and strawberries in the juniors. We have planted flowers in a new flower bed in the juniors. We put soil in first. We weed all the flowers beds every week.

Jessica and Mia Lily year 5

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Roy Lichtenstein Exhibition Liverpool Tate Gallery – April 2018

On Friday the 20th April, Year 5 went on a school trip to the Tate Gallery in Liverpool. We set off at 9:00am to get there early. Whilst we were on the coach, everyone was playing games, talking and having fun. At 10:20am, we arrived in Liverpool but we had to walk for a couple of minutes before we reached the Tate Gallery.

Once we were there, one of the guides showed us to our lunch/break room. We put all of our belongings in the room and then went to the focus room to learn more about Roy Lichtenstein. The guide explained what inspired Roy Lichtenstein to become a pop artist and what he did in his early stages of being an artist. We learnt that he used to take different peoples work or take images from magazines and change specific details or add benday dots to blend different colours into one colour. After our talk, we went off in our groups to look at the different images. Next, we went back to the lunch/break room to have our dinner.

Once we were finished, we went to the gift shop to buy a little souvenir. We then had a short walk to the docks and we looked at some special buildings.

The coach soon came so we went back to school.

This trip was very educating, fascinating and enjoyable. Overall, this was definitely one off the best school trips that we have been on and I would recommend to visit the gallery.

Ruby Sheehan
Year 5

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Eggcellent Designs – March 2018

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. Please see below the photographs of the wonderful creations .

The school council had the extremely hard job of judging but finally agreed on a winner from each year group although I thought that all entries were winners . 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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Celebration of World Book Day 2018 - March 2018

Yet again, the children showed how imaginative and creative they were by taking part in our World Book Day story box competition. The children were asked to create a diorama/book box to represent their favourite books and the response was fantastic.

Each and every entry showed how much our children love to read and all members of the school staff were amazed at the variety of entries and the attention to detail displayed by the children.

Prizes were awarded to one child from each class – an extremely difficult decision! Once again, thank you to all parents and carers for helping your children with this project, which in turn, encourages and enthuses them to continue to develop a love of books and reading.

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Year One's visit to Smithills Farm - February 2018

On Tuesday 27th February, Year One visited Smithills Farm. Although it was a very,very cold day, the children still managed to have lots of fun and learn lots of interesting facts about the different animals.

They rode donkeys in the snow, fed llamas, lambs and goats and they experienced an extremely bumpy tractor ride!

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Year 6 trip to Robin Wood - January 2018

On Monday 15th of January, the year 6 classroom was full of excitement. They were waiting for the coach to take them on their one and a half hour ride to Robin Wood.

As they reached the Robin Wood car park, they were met by their team leaders: Greg, Mark and Leigh. Excited, they were ready for the 2 mile walk up to Dobroyd castle. They carried on persevering up the huge hill.

After they had unpacked their bags, they were off to their first activity. Volcano and Lava groups were off to the piranha pool – which was the most feared activity - and they were scared but excited. Dune group were off to the sky high zip-wire. AWESOME!

The children said that Miss Hodkinson screamed louder than all of them (especially on the zip-wire and giant swing) while the children in Volcano and Lava groups were all petrified at the same time. Hardly anybody fell in and the children who did said it was freezing cold. After they completed it, both groups came out and said it was amazing.

They were having so much fun they didn’t realise that it was tea time already. After tea, which they said was incredible, they made their way to team challenge. They played lots of fun games and after they had hot chocolate. Then, it was time for bed which was at 10:00pm and they fell straight to sleep after the long, enjoyable day.

To start the day, they had an English breakfast before they split off into their activities. It was a fun-packed day as they thought it would be, and their activities consisted of the Night Line, Challenge Course, Canoeing, Crate Challenge and Trapeze. It soon came to tea time again and they said they had worked as a team on the Crate Challenge and encouraged each other on the Trapeze, showing their resilience. Time flew by and before they knew it, it was time for bed.

The next day went fast and after the last activity, Knights Quest, they were walking back down the hill and getting onto the coach. There were mixed emotions on the coach because they were excited to see their parents but upset since they had to leave. They came back to school, eagerly waiting for their parents and ready to tell them that they had returned full of confidence which they learned from Robin Wood - and a lot of other things! It was a great experience and they would all like to go back! Each child, in one way or another, used their learning powers and these skills would definitely be used again.

By
Corey and Elizabeth (Year 6)

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Year 6 spent the day at Chester Zoo - January 2018

As part of their science Evolution topic and their Amazon Rainforest topic, the children in year 6 spent the day at Chester Zoo getting to know some of the animals that would be naturally found in a rainforest habitat. They also had a workshop that looked at some of the ways animals have adapted to survive in different and changing environments.

They had a brilliant day exploring the zoo, the weather was great and they even had time for a trip to the gift shop to buy a few moments to remember the day!

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Year 5 Trip to Jodrell Bank - January 2018

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Creepy Crawlies! - September 2017

To help enhance their Amazon Rainforest topic, on Thursday 21st September, the children in year 6 had some special visitors…lots of creepy crawlies that would usually be found in different rainforests across the world. The children were able to look at and even hold the many different creatures including a giant millipede, a corn snake, an Amazonian milk frog and a rather large tarantula. Mrs Marsden even received a kiss from an Argentinian Tegu! Take a look at the photographs that show how brave the children were and how much fun we had.

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Year 6 children are nearly ready to leave us - July 2017

Our Year 6 children are nearly ready to leave us and take their next big step into high school. As a lasting memento of their time at our school, they kindly donated a beautiful willow tree from the profits they made in their Enterprise Project. With the help of Stella, they planted the tree in the Junior playground so that children could enjoy sitting under it for years to come. They read the following poem once the tree was in the ground. The whole ceremony was a very fitting tribute to our Year 6s who have been a real credit to our school. Good luck children; we are all very proud of you and what you have achieved.

Under the Whispering Willow Tree

My favourite place I always go
is to my special weeping willow.
I can walk right in and not be found
lay myself gently on it's soft ground.

I will go there when life gets to hard
here and only here my peace is acquired.
I talk to my whispering willow tree
of all the things that seem to bother me.

She offers me shade on the hottest days
as she sways when I am on my knees praying.
She knows my heart as I know hers too
I bring special magical water for her food.

I will take my journal and she inspires
me to write poems of love for hours and hours.
Happiness abounds under her canopy home
never lonely, never do I want to roam.

My whispering willow tree
Jesus sent you here for me.
If it were possible I would live here always
leaving my whispering willow tree I hear her say.

Thank you for today
Tomorrow is another of our days.

- Deborah Wagoner

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Reception Class visit to Formby Beach - July 2017

We visited Formby to investigate which items do belong & do not belong on the beach. We then played on the beach in the afternoon.

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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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