The school welcomed Mr David Selby from OFSTED on Tuesday 10th October. His report will be published in a few weeks but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those parents and children who took the time to fill in questionnaires to give your views. I also know that many parents spoke with Mr Selby on the playground on the day of his visit.

Thank you for your overwhelming support – it means so much to all the staff in school.

Welcome Back – but not for me!

I hope everyone has settled back into school for the start of this new academic year. A special welcome to all our new starters in Reception- I’m sure they are settling well into life at Ellel.

Unfortunately I have missed the start of this new year following an operation I had in the summer holidays. I hope to be back by the end of this month. I have kept in almost daily contact with Mrs Fitzgerald as she steps in to cover my absence. She probably just wants me to back off and leave everything in her capable hands but I am missing everyone so much!

I look forward to being back in school soon.

Tomorrow’s scientists for tomorrow’s world!

What a great week we have had so far as we have immersed ourselves into the world of science. We were delighted to welcome three scientists to start our week and what diverse and fascinating things they shared with us. From the Northern Lights to leeches, from graphene to maggots, we were enthralled. Our thanks go to Dr Niranji Atherton, Prof Jim Wild and Prof Neil Drummond, parents from our school, for bravely standing in front of 200 children!

On Monday the children were split into all age classes and moved around the school undertaking experiments and challenges. It was inspiring to see older children working with younger children, lots of questioning, unending curiosity and most of all, excitement.


It was my privilege to spend the day with ten pupils from Year 4, 5 and 6 representing the school at the recent Kwik Cricket Tournament in Morecambe.

We played six games in all – winning three and losing three with some examples of excellent bowling and batting. Our thanks go to Mrs Atherton for her help with transport, provisions and moral support on the day and of course to Woody, our mascot!

Hurrah! They are over!

This week has seen the pupils in Year 6 sitting their SAT’s – a reading paper, grammar, punctuation and spelling papers as well as three mathematics papers. The tests were long, hard and in some instances very challenging. We have been so proud of how all the pupils have met the challenges of this week, applying themselves to the best of their ability in all they have done. They will just be one small measure in the midst of many when we assess our young people as they leave us. This week has already shown us they have developed skills of resilience, perseverance and dedication. Add to that their compassion, motivation to serve and sense of fun and adventure. Only when we look at the whole child can we truly get a true picture of their achievements at the end of primary school.

Easter Service

Children and parents gathered in St John’s Church today for our end of term service. We reflected on our value of SERVICE and looked forward to Easter. A daisy chain made of flowers made by the children on which they had written their sorry prayers was taken up to the altar and laid over the cross.

Our daisy chain around the cross

Fairtrade Coffee Afternoon

What a delightful and busy afternoon we had celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight. The hall was full of family and friends eating the delicious fairtrade snacks the children had made. We also heard from our Fairtrade Ambassadors about the importance of buying Fairtrade goods and the work that they do in school to promote Fairtrade. Thank you for your support. Thank you also to Steve from Esme for bringing along a variety of goods for us to taste.


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Congratulations Lola!

Lola’s shoelace is undone!

Ken presenting the cheque

Congratulations to Lola in Sycamore Class whose idea for 3D printing won the first prize in the competition we took part in last November as part of the Create Education Day at Forest Hills. Ken and Sarah from Create and Forest Hills came into school to bring us a 3D printer which we have on loan for a few weeks and more importantly, presented a cheque for £100 to the school for Lola’s winning design which you can see below. I have said that Lola can decide, with the help of her classmates, to choose what to spend the £100 on.

The Winning Design

The winning design was voted to be this innovative “Shoelace Clip” designed by Lola from Ellel St. John’s Primary school. Well done Lola, you have won £100 for the school and a certificate is on it’s way to you!

If you don’t have time to do your shoelaces, then you can use a special clip. The clip sucks up the laces and they get stuck on the clip.

Why did you develop this idea?
I always have my shoelaces undone because I am too busy to do them.

Why we liked this design
We liked this design because it solves a really common problem experienced by many children. We think it would be a very marketable product, with a low production cost and a large potential consumer market.

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Thank you to the pupils in Year 2 who brought some of their lovely ‘homework’ to me today. What a tasty and delightful selection of homework it was my good fortune to eat. I had a scrummy pink cupcake, a taste of a chocolate topped cake, a chocolate crispy cake and some delicious flapjack. My thanks to Jenny, Samuel, Kaitlin and Lucie for thinking of me!

I believe the homework was part of maths work on weighing – I have to say I’m not looking forward to weighing myself after all those cakes!

Prepare a way for the Lord!

Our school community here at Ellel St John’s has indeed prepared a way for the Lord this advent. Through events and activities, in both the parish and the community, we hope we have shown our children the true meaning for the celebrations this Christmas and that we have helped to share some of that message with those around us.

Our celebrations began on the 2nd December as we all got into the Christmas spirit and enjoyed our traditional Decoration Day events which helped to turn the school into a sparkling and colourfully festive place to be.

The two Christingle services saw the children telling the story of Christmas in song, word, music and drama and they were beautiful acts of worship completely led by the children themselves.

Our Christmas Fair was a real success helping to raise valuable funds whilst helping to further develop the sense of community here at Ellel.

Mrs Padfield took the choir to sing at two local gatherings – firstly at Hillcroft Home and then to the Golden Gates afternoon at the village hall. Needless to say they were warmly greeted and appreciated at both venues.

The children from Acorn, Beech and Holly class put on two funny and entertaining performances of The Whoops-a-Daisy Angel which brought smiles all around to the families and friends of those watching. At the Christingle Services and the Nativity Services a collection was made for the Children’s Society and the Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service. Due to the generosity of the school community we sent £150 to the Children’s Society and the Rotakids presented LDHAS with a cheque for £255.

On Sunday 18th December we welcomed the community of St John’s Church here into school for their Sunday Service of Carols and Communion. The hall was full of families and children celebrating the season and awaiting the birth of Jesus.

Finally on our last day of term we held a service of Good News at St John’s Church as we counted down the last few days before we celebrate the birth of our King – as well as waiting for Father Christmas!