St Gabriel’s RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, governors and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. For more information please see our safeguarding policy which can be found under Key Information > Policies > Safeguarding Policy.
Our Epiphany Mass
Our Reception and Key Stage 1 children led us in a lovely Mass to celebrate the visit of the wise men to the baby Jesus. The children read beautifully, did some excellent drama and raised the roof with their fantastic singing! They reminded us of the wonderful gifts that the wise men brought and, with the help of our Pupil Chaplains they encouraged us to bring our OWN wonderful gifts for babies. These ranged from changing essentials and clothes to cuddly toys and food. We will be donating these items to Gabriel Court in Rochdale which provides care and accommodation for young mothers and their babies. We would like to thank you all for your generosity, it was also lovely that so many of you could join us for our Mass.
A school working party including staff, Governors, children and parents came together to establish what they thought were the key elements of our school.
After much discussion, the school community came up with the following:
In God's Love: We Welcome,
Our Key Stage 1 link governor, Mr Ingham, came to talk to Year 1 and Year 2 about what Advent means to us. He discussed the importance of Mary showing her love for us at this time of year, because she agreed to carry the Son of God. He also taught us that Mary was very supportive of Elizabeth through her own pregnancy. He lit the first Advent candle, and helped us to thank Mary by saying her special prayer, the ‘Hail Mary’.
On Saturday 1st of October, eight of our Key Stage 2 pupils and one of our past pupils, represented St. Gabriel’s in the Marian Procession, which is organised by Salford Diocese and takes place each year in honour of Our Lady. After being welcomed to St. Edwards Church, Rusholme, we walked for over two miles (or 20, according to some of the children) and finished with a lovely para-liturgy in Platt Fields Park. The procession consisted of members of the clergy including our Bishop John Arnold, parishioners from all over the diocese and over 20 schools, all of whom joined in worship by praying the Rosary as we walked with a huge statue of Our Lady. It was a wonderful way to spread the word of God and to be witnesses to our Catholic faith. This year, St. Gabriel’s was given the honour of carrying Our Lady’s crown and walking right in front of the statue! The children were spectacular ambassadors for our school and were even complimented by GM police, who were walking alongside us.
Year 5 and 6 boys played against other schools in Rochdale in a Partnership tournament. The boys played extremely well and we were very pleased. We drew one game, won one game and lost another.
Not bad for our first tournament!
SATs Results are in!
This year the SATs tests have been assessed completely different. The children receive a score between 80 and 120 in Reading, Maths, Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation.
100 is the expected level.
The children at St Gabriel's achieved:
Reading - 80%
Maths - 77%
Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation - 83%
These results are above the National expectation and the Local expectation.
Well done to the staff and pupils in Year 6!
A massive thank you to everyone who came to the Summer Fair.
The Children's Champions managed to raise
Thank you to everyone for your hard work.
Remember - it all goes back to the children.
Children's End of Year Reports
The children's reports are out for the end of the year.
Please remember that the children are working on a new curriculum and we report on whether the children are:
working at expected
working below expected
working above expected.
If you would like to discuss these with the class teacher
drop-in sessions have been arranged for
Monday 18th July.