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The children of Ellel St John’s always remember, with respect, this special time of year, when we honour and remember those who have given their lives for their country in the many wars and conflicts over the years.

Again we held a short service at the Cenotaph at St John’s Church, this year having to take shelter inside the church against the wind, cold and rain. Each class laid the wreath of poppies they had made and we remembered in poem, prayer and silence those who have died.

In the afternoon we invited friends and families to listen to each class sing a song from the war time. Our year 6 were wonderful hosts and the afternoon was both poignant and joyful.


Bishop’s Harvest Appeal

The children shared a lovely Harvest Festival Service on the theme of the ‘Tree of Life’. The theme of trees was carried throughout the service as children from all classes reflected on the amazing harvest we receive from trees.

The Bishop’s Harvest Appeal this year was to raise funds to support two charities – Christian Aid and Tree Aid – and through your generosity we raised a magnificent £267 to send to the Bishop.

Below is a photograph of the Prayer Tree, full of thank you prayers from every child in school.


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.