A Year in the Life of St Patrick’s


1st – Happy Easter

Easter is the most important celebration to our faith as we remember that Jesus gave us the most important gift of all – his life – before resurrecting and ascending into heaven. To celebrate this, all of the classes have been working together to re-enact the story of Easter leading up to Christ’s crucifixion. The children displayed a beautiful interpretation of the story which was captivating to witness. As a school and community, it gives us joy to celebrate Christ being reborn and we are pleased to see our children not only learning his story, but rejoicing in his name.  

Happy Easter to all! 


23rd – Stay and Pray

To help guide us through out Lenten journey, St Patrick’s pupils have been hosting Stay and Pray liturgies to appreciate the sacrifices that Jesus, and one another, all make for the good of others during lent. Parents were welcomed into our school to share this journey with us. Throughout the liturgy we reflected on what we can do to become more like Jesus by focussing on how we can bring the Fruits of the Spirit into each other’s lives. Thank you parents for your support through this Easter time and please feel free to join Stay and Prays in the future.

23rd – Brain Tumour Awareness Day

Today we celebrated Brain Tumour Awareness Day. To raise awareness of such a terrible disease, children and staff wore a hat of their choice to help thinking about those affected by brain tumours. Thank you to the parents for your continued support.

21st – Climbing Wall, Fencing and Archery.

What an amazing outdoor experience St Patrick’s had today!

With the arrival of a climbing wall, fencing and archery equipment, we have had an amazing, fun-filled day. Classes 3-10 started their day with a nerve-wracking climb up the climbing wall with a few boys vs girl competitions to see how many could make it to the top. After the climbing wall the children ventured over to the archery: it seems we have a few Robin Hoods in the making judging by some of the shots. Finally the children blew off some steam with a brilliant fencing competition. All in all another brilliant day at St. Patrick’s.

En garde!


21st – World Down Syndrome Day

To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day we have been helping raise awareness for what Down Syndrome is and what we can do to help. To raise money and change attitudes, we as many different socks as we could; brightly coloured, long socks, printed socks or even 1 sock. The different socks showed how unique everyone on this Earth is, and that being different is worth celebrating. Thank you everyone for coming together to support this cause.

12th – Carlton Residential

Our Year 4s took part in their first St Patrick’s residential trip. We visited Carlton this week for three days and two nights where the days were packed full of brilliant outdoor activities. A muddy few days put our children’s thinking skills to the test. They had to use their initiative, and both their personal and group skills to conquer a variety of challenges. Not only could our orienteering activities be exhausting, but we had to make sure we knew where we were going by reading our map! The team building exercises continued when we had to build a den using nothing but materials that could be found in the wild. Bed time was welcomed after a very tiring day as we needed to get some rest to start it all again tomorrow. As well as the orienteering and den building, our year 4s also went on a scary (but not too scary!) night walk and a bear hunt. A brilliant trip with brilliant children. Thank you


10th – Skiing in Italy

The Year 5s have had the experience of a lifetime as they jetted off to Claviere, Italy, to enjoy a brilliant week away skiing. Despite the uncomfortable ski boots and a few falls, our children were determined to make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and get themselves back on their feet and persevere.

The hard work paid off! By the end of the week, all of the children made their way onto a scary ski lift which lifted them up to the peak of a mountain. How much their skiing ability developed was amazing, they ended up flying down blue and red slopes, one group even managed to brave a black (the hardest run you can do!).

When the days of skiing ended, the nights were filled with a range of brilliant activities; town trails, lantern lit walks, team quizzes, authentic Italian pizza nights, and even a snowmobile night trip back up the mountain to warm up with some lovely hot chocolate.

All in all, we could not have asked for a better trip. The children were not only brilliant at skiing, but their manners and behaviour was second to none. Thank you parents for raising such wonderful children which were a pleasure to take away for a week. We are glad we all came back in one piece.


2nd – Snow Days

After unfortunately having to close school for a few days, members of the school and community have rallied together to make sure the playground and walkways are safe for all children and family come Monday. Thank you to everyone who grabbed a shovel and helped!




28th – Sporting Successes

Where to begin with our St Patrick’s Sporting Successes this month?!

First of all, a massive congratulations is due to past pupil Lucy Staines who has been selected to train with England Football Team – an amazing achievement and we wish you all the best of luck in your future. Another past pupil, Harvey Fairburn, has been extremely successful by getting through to the final trials of Northern Rugby Team Yorkshire Carnegie – well done Harvey! Now on to our current students Annisa Crossan and Issabella Waldy by who have finished their Irish Dancing competition, the Kelly Hendry Feis, in Newcastle in the top 10 – congratulations girls!

23rd – CAFOD Family Fast Day

This Friday, as a school, we participated in a day of fasting so that we could appreciate how much we have at school and at home. Throughout the school we have been looking at people in parts of Africa, who are not as fortunate as we are, but still appreciate everything they have. Svondo, a child from Zimbabwe, was a brilliant example of a young child who was grateful for everything he had, even though he was not as lucky as us. In these parts of the world, children are not as fortunate to have access to footballs; some make them from paper and cello tape!

To raise awareness and money for people and families like Svondo, footballs were not allowed at break times today. Instead, we created our own to teach us to appreciate how much we actually have and to put us in the shows of others.

As a school, we have gathered to pray and to understand that through Lent we give up things, not only because Jesus made sacrifices, but also because by giving things up , we can make a difference by donating the money we save, to people and charities who need it. Thank you for all of your generosity with your donations for Family Fast Day – we have raised an amazing £277 which will help so many families around the world. 

22nd – Chris Connaughton – Storyteller

St Patrick’s have been fortunate enough to be revisited by the wonder that is Chris Connaughton. Chris visited earlier in the year and recreated Christmas stories throughout advent. Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 were captivated when listening to Chris’ recreation of stories about the ancient Greeks and other traditional myths. These stories are a brilliant, educational experience for all children. Thank you so much for your time Chris and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

16th – Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year! This year is the year of the dog which is a symbol of bravery, loyalty, and caring for others – we hope to develop all of these qualities within St Patrick’s. To celebrate the beginning of a new year, we have been immersing ourselves into Chinese culture throughout St Patrick’s!

Our nursery children have been testing their taste buds with Chinese delicacies, whilst Class 1 and Class 2 have created dragons for a parade throughout school.  Happy New Year to all!


26th – Holocaust Memorial Day

To commemorate the anniversary of Auschwitz prisoners being freed in 1945, we are gathering today to remember the millions of people who have been killed or persecuted during such tragic times. Children throughout the school have written prayers to remember the lives that were lost, and have learnt how hatred and discrimination has no place in our world. As a school we will continue to love and care for each other to make the world a better place.



25th – Roman Exhibition at Durham University

Years 2 and 3 were fortunate enough to enjoy an educational trip to Durham University to further explore the history of the Roman Empire. They started the day off as young archaeologists, trying to uncover the secrets behind many ancient objects – some were over 2000 years old! In the afternoon, we went on a Roman journey through time exploring different artifact which gave us information on what Romans did in their everyday life, for jobs, and even for fun. Our artists had a chance to express their creative side by creating mosaic patterns in a unique Roman style. Overall it was a brilliant, fun-filled, educational day out.


24th – Cross Country Event

Classes 7-12 travelled to Stockton today to compete in a local cross country event. It was an extremely wet and muddy day, but that didn’t dampen St Patrick’s spirits. Our competitors performed their heart out and made our school extremely proud. Every child who attended is through to the next round at Preston Park – we even achieved a Year 4 Boys and Year 5 Girls 1st place. Well done to all who attended!


18th – Winter Wonderland

Key Stage 1 have been making the most of the chilly weather in the best way possible – building some snowmen! After getting wrapped up nice and warm, Class 2 and Class 4 ventured outside to build some fantastic snowmen, some even bigger than Mr Ryan! After a freezing, hard day’s work, Class 2 toasted some marshmallows on the open fire to get lovely warm again – we even got a surprise visit from Mr Conwell (he must have heard about the marshmallows!)



12th – First Aid Week

Throughout all of school, our children have been learning about how to keep safe in lots of different situations in relation to First Aid Week. Our Key Stage 1 children have been learning what to do in case you, or someone else, is in an accident and you need to keep them safe. They learnt how to make an emergency call if they needed to, and who we would need to ask for help. Key Stage 2 went one step further and were taught and practiced how to safely perform CPR and when we would need to do it. Well done to all of St Patrick’s and remember to stay safe!



1st – Donation from Teesside Philanthropic Society

We need to say a huge thank you to every one of you who voted in The Golden Giveaway, but especially to the Teesside Philanthropic Society. The Philanthropic Society have awarded us with an unbelievably generous donation of £2000, the money used is going to go towards sports equipment throughout the school. We will spend it wisely as we hope to further motivate and encourage all of our pupils to enjoy and succeed when competing in school sports. Thank you!



20th – Reception Children Baking

Reception children have been baking with members of the community who are important to St Patrick’s in Design and Technology. They developed their mixing, measuring and pouring skills to make delicious cakes to take home to their families for Christmas. Thank you, Mrs Morgan!



19th – Choir Performing at Newcastle Airport

St Patrick’s talented choir have been singing their hearts out and have been chosen to represent MFC Foundation to help with fundraising by performing Christmas Carols at Newcastle Airport. Joe Hammill, from local music group Cattle and Cane, supported our brilliant singers who brought a lovely smile to all those arriving into the airport. Happy Christmas!


19th – York Castle Museum

Year 6 children were fortunate enough to travel to York today to visit York Castle Museum and York Dungeons. They have been studying WW1 in History and have learnt about life in the trenches. By looking at primary and secondary sources, the children have gained a deeper understanding of the harsh realities that everyday families have had to endure during WW1. The thrilling dungeon trip provided a unique (and quite scary) learning experience of English history which dated back to the Vikings! Our Year 6 children are now accomplished historians on topics when it comes to the Plague, the Great Fire of London, Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin. To finish off the day, Class 11 and 12 attended Evensong at York Minster. A member of the clergy recognised how respectful and well behaved our pupils were during the daily worship.



13th – Attendance Awards

128 children have achieved 100% attendance since September. To celebrate this, they have each been awarded with selection boxes. Classes 4, 6, 7 and 10 have also been treated to a Domino’s Pizza Party for reaching 97% overall class attendance. St Patrick’s is always trying to encourage that children strive to reach their best attendance possible. Well done children!



12th – Pedestrian Training

Road Safety Officers have provided our Year 3s with essential pedestrian safety training. Children learnt about the road environment, the dangers of traffic, hazards and how to identify safe and unsafe places to cross. The children demonstrated how to cross a road safely and how to be a responsible pedestrian. They are looking forward to receiving their certificates!



7th – Gold Standard School Games Sport Award

For the second consecutive year, St Patrick’s Primary School have been awarded with the Gold Standard School Games Sporting Award. We have received this due to our excellent development of competition across the school and in the community. The children have, and will continue to enjoy participating in sporting events and competitions across the nation. Not only is this enjoyable, but also great for their health and well-being.




23rd – The next Olympic Swimming Champ! Well done Jack! 


23rd – Liverpool here we come!

22nd – Mr.Wilson was in school today to speak with the children about how they feel safe in school

17th – The boys showing off their football skills!

17th – The girls team trying their best at their first football match! Come on St. Patrick’s!

17th – Class 5 have spent today designing our own ‘pop art’ cross.

17th – Unbelievable generosity from you all yet again! a fantastic £425.52p raised for Children In Need. Thank you!

17th – Masterpiece in the making! It’s Art Week and Class 4 are having a fabulous time learning about American artist Georgia O’Keefe. We’re using pencil, paint and chalk pastels and our first try was some super-colourful versions of the famous ‘Evening Star’. 

16th – Class 10 making bird cakes today with the RSPB 

16th – Guess who is the big 50 today? Happy birthday Mr.Ryan- enjoy the celebrations

15th – Year 6 children have been creating and presenting PowerPoints on road safety. Well done!

14th – Class 6 are really enjoying their art lessons this week! We have been learning how blend colours.

10th – Our Time of Remembrance together this afternoon – 10.11.2017

10th – Christmas magic

8th – We enjoyed our maths lesson today with some children from Christ the King- thank you Mr.Foster! 

7th – Matilda using her reading book to draw Manga characters at home. Absolutely fantastic detail! Well done Matilda

3rd – Class 10 enjoying their chess challenge today! Check mate! 

3rd – Class 3 welcomed Mary Grace into God’s family this morning. 

2nd – Class 7 enjoyed a wonderful reenactment of a baptism-congratulations to the parents and Godparents and welcome little one into God’s family! 

1st – Class 3 celebrated All Saints Day with a liturgy, and we prayed to the saints for all our loved ones in heaven.

1st – A lovely All Saint’s Day celebrated with children and parishioners at Christ the King today. Well done to our wonderful choir!



31st – Thank you to Mrs.Din for coming into school to talk to us about the Sahara Kenya Project! 

20th – Farewell to The Robson Family- good luck on your new travels and thank you for our goodies!!! 

19th – Huge thanks to our families who generously gave food to our Harvest Festival.Thanks to Mary Frankland she made sure those who need it get it 

19th – Happy Diwali to our Hindu community!




19th – Class 8 looked at real reindeer fur and a wooden hunters cup from Norway. 


19th – Class 9 loved learning how to count in Greek and trying feta cheese and olives! 

18th – Practising the perfect rugby stance

12th – We have one budding photographer in our school! Well Done J for getting your work published in the Gazette! 

11th –  Science – Doing star jumps and sit-ups in science to investigate the effects of exercise on our pulse rates.
9th – A beautiful Autumn walk for Class 3 today. 
6th – Studying World War One – a creative and thoughtful way of remembering those who died in the war. Well done! 6.10.2017
4th – The choir with the Pearl of Africa choir this afternoon! We learnt a great dance and a beautiful song. 
4th Class 4 have been thinking about their worries.Using Jigsaw Jo they were able to say their worry, the balloon was the worry,which flew away 
4th – Farewell to a true man of God! Thank you Fr.Michael and good luck in your new parish! Slainte!
3rd – Well done girls! The boys have got competition. Tea-bags for sand-bags and papier mache for the trench-brilliant idea! 3.10.207
2nd – Congratulations to all of the children who have completed the Summer Reading Challenge at Thornaby library. Well done!