A REAL artist, Steph Slater, bouncy castles and a million other things!

We have been inspired by the talent of one of our parents this week. Mrs. Harwood (whose art is commissioned under the website name Angela Wakefield) has given two full days of her time in order to paint our greenhouse wall. The children were in awe when each class looked at her website and saw her beautiful paintings. Here are just a couple….


We wanted every child in school to ‘make a mark’ on our mural and indeed they did! The children gave Mrs Harwood a selection of ideas to put their vision into reality. Mrs Harwood has gone above and beyond to create this stunning piece of art work. If you look closely, you can see the little finger print flowers and animals, created by the children! I wish I could say that spending last Friday painting the whole wall with PVA glue was fun (it was an awful job) but I can’t. Poor Mr McGill was battling on with a broken arm and painting with his left hand! Unbelievable! We only painted the wall white on Monday and the whole mural was nearly finished by the end of Tuesday. What an incredible turnaround. Thank you so much Mrs Harwood, Mr McGill and children for giving our school such a beautiful and long lasting gift.


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Whilst all this was going on, I had The Wizard of Oz in my head. I decided to make some sign posts for the outside area. We have so many zones out there now that I had to enlist the help of our builders, who were not so happy to help at first, but then saw the great vision and couldn’t resist. The Tysons team have been wonderful and instrumental in attaching all of the rustic pieces of wood I found around the school grounds. We moved the big sink (herb garden), created Rabbit Kingdom and much more. Rabbit Kingdom is a wonderful new addition to school. I think the smiles of our ‘Animal Welfare’ UFA group children say it all. I love how our children are so caring towards our chickens and rabbits. After all, they are part of our school family too!


We had a Lenten visit from Christine, who works for CAFOD and regularly comes to work with school. We also had a visit from PC Banks, who did not expect 20 2,3,and 4 Pre-School children to be joining his road safety talk…with electric cars! You will have to visit the Pre-School page for more pictures. Science Week was fantastic and Mrs Gornall came to inspire our young scientists with a forensic science talk. Following this visit, I was a suspect for a robbery and even had to give my finger prints! Have a look at the Beacon Class page for more forensic fun! Don’t forget, each class blogs about learning and you can find many pictures and more information about your child’s learning there.


The Bouncy Castles, to start our Sport Relief Week, were wonderful and all children had so much fun! Mr Gilmour will be blogging about the Sport Relief fun on our Sports page. You will find lots of pictures of all children taking part is a variety of activities. Once again, our Football and Netball teams represented school brilliantly and their behaviour was impeccable. Well done to all children who took part!

It was inspiring, as always, to listen to Steph Slater speak passionately about sport. We thank her very much for coming to school on Monday to officially open our Sport Relief Week. A huge thank you to all the donations for the Sport Relief merchandise – which resulted in four extra trips to Sainsbury’s to keep up with the demand. Also for the donations on the JustGiving page and  for all the change collected in school.


As we nearly reach the end of Lent, we kindly ask for any ’40 Days, 40 Items’ challenge bags for Kenya to be sent back any time before the end of next week. We are collecting the bags in our school hall. We look forward to class Easter assemblies every morning next week and our Palm Liturgy this afternoon. We do hope you can join us.

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Photography Club

We have an exciting new club to begin after the half term holidays. Please look out for information coming home with your child. This morning, Bruce came to talk to us about the club and he really inspired children to join. There are 22 places available on a first come first served basis. Please read and respond to the letter tonight if you are interested! You sign up online and not through school.


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Division 4 swimming champions…


This is the highest ever achievement for our little school! All Preston schools are divided into 6 swimming divisions. We have spent our entire time, since the competitions began , between division 4, 5 and 6. Being one of the smallest schools that take part, we will be going into division 3 next year to compete with much bigger schools, for the first time! We enjoyed swimming with our friends from other local bigger schools and we cannot believe we were placed champions of division 4.

Incredibly, every child ( Gracie, Lizzy, Amy, Katrina, Jimmy, Leo and Vinny) managed to finish in the top 2 in their heat, resulting in all the children reaching the final of their event. The children competed with determination and great support for each other. Win or lose, the children gave it their all and cheered each other to the finish line. They all achieved beyond expectation once again, making us all very proud – picking up the big trophy and a great sense of pride as a result. Well done everyone!  I look forward to assembly to reward the children for their great achievement – well done to the swimming team!

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Well done Year 3 and 4 gymnasts!


Well done to our amazing gymnasts. Once again, we have excelled in this area and we couldn’t be prouder of the children who took part in the Preston competition. Frankie came joint first out of all of the boys who entered (42 from other schools) and our school came 5th overall (23 schools). This is an incredible achievement. Well done Lucy, Kitty, Maggie, Felix and Frankie!

Read  all about this and other sports news on the sports page. Click on the link below.

St Francis’ Sports News

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World Book Day Wednesday

Please send children in dressed as their favourite book character on Wednesday. A reminder that non-uniform day for Easter Bingo is on Thursday. Please bring some chocolate for the raffle. Our PTFA still have tickets for the Spring Social. You can contact school for more details.

Many thanks.

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Beauty and the Beast…(from the east)

Dear families and friends,

We thank you very much for your patience today.

Since starting at our school, I have contacted the Highways Agency and County Council every year about our roads. As you are all aware, Horns Lane is treacherous in freezing conditions but I am always told that our roads cannot be gritted because they are remote. Councillor Wilkins and the police have tried to help us but we are constantly refused attention to the road leading to our school. If you have any time to spare, please could you write a letter, send an email or phone the Highways Agency to lodge a complaint and ask that something is done for the safety of our children, familes and staff?  You can find information on the Lancashire County Council website. We are mindful of children who need to use our breakfast club in the morning  and we aim to inform you all whether or not school is open tomorrow morning by 7.30am.

I took the time to walk round an empty school today and thought it might be worth posting some pictures of our striking classrooms for you all to see. The ‘Beast from the East’ may be causing disruption but the ‘beauty’ of our school continues. I always think you know when teachers really love teaching because they take such pride in classroom appearance. Visiting our classrooms (usually with the children in) is one of my favourite things to do. It is exciting to see new displays and organised working areas created for the children that change on a regular basis. Every inch of a classroom should be all about the children and all about extending, challenging and celebrating learning. You really never know what you will find inside a St.Francis’ classroom and that keeps the excitement alive! The project work that our children have been undertaking is absoutely stunning and it speaks for itself.


The past month has been quite a busy one. Clearing the attic hasn’t been the most pleasant job I have undertaken so far but orchestrating the outside project and observing the progress has been amazing. It was unbelievable how many hats we found in the attic. Obviously, I had to try on each hat as I found one and I favoured this Laurel and Hardy ‘Sons of the Desert’ hat. Worryingly so, a good friend of mine had found a picture of me back in my Deputy Head days and it seems I haven’t changed-still wearing a variety of hats and wellies…



The outside area is wonderful and we will invite you all to see it when all of the new resources have arrived. It has been another interesting project with a range of finishing timescales. Again, the weather has added delay. We will be creating a new tarmac and  colourful path leading up to the cottage door, planting colourful flowers and removing the over flowing water butt, which now seems such an eye sore!


I was delighted to add the final few pebbles to the rill. You won’t believe that they are the only ones that didn’t settle into the concrete but it certainly hasn’t detracted from the overall effect. The children have been busy retelling traditional tales and engaging in puddle play. Big ‘sit on’ diggers are on their way for the mud pit and the painting window arrived yesterday.

Internal building works continue and all is progressing well. The corridors were plastered on Sunday and new secure door frames have been installed…


A  ‘Rabbit Kingdom’ is being constructed for our new little friends and the children will look after them alongside the chickens in our animal welfare UFA group. This animal care area will form part of our new outdoor classroom project.


You will find a new section on our homepage that tells you all about the Longridge Cluster ‘ WW1 Armistice Project’ led and directed by Simon Wallis from Barnacre School. Please support this in whatever way you can. We desperately need knitted poppies. These can be dropped off at school or at ‘Sew Crafty’ in Longridge. Any families interested in sponsoring the project can find information by clicking on the link to the facebook page. From September, our Year 4 children and school band will be involved.

We are having a non uniform day on Thursday 8th March for our PTFA Chocolate Bingo event. Tickets for the Spring Social are still available from school. We really do value your support with these events. I believe that we have nearly reached our goal of raising £6,500 for the outdoor amphitheatre with shade sails. This is absolutely incredible!

Please be alert to Groupcall text messages in the morning and thank you, again, for your understanding.


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Armistice 2018

Armistice Information 2018

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St Francis’ is currently involved in an exciting collaborative educational project called “Armistice” and Preston Guildhall has been booked for November 11th 2018 the centenary for the end of “The Great War.”

The project will involve over 500 children and adults from the Longridge School’s Cluster and will tell the story and remember the key events of the conflict through music, dance , drama, poetry and the visual arts. It will culminate with an act of remembrance. We are also wishing to engage the wider community in this project as it was a historical event that touched so many families and communities particularly so in the North of England.

As part of the build-up work, we wish the children to experience a range of different arts and craft based activities, one of which is to knit thousands of poppies 19,240 to be precise which were the number of men who died on the July 1st 1916 the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

We will use the poppies, to create a huge visual display during the act of remembrance, very much inspired by the Poppies at the Tower of London.

We have attached the poppy patterns below

Simple Poppy with Leaf

Knit flat

Crochet Poppy

Knitted Poppy Patterns

If you would like to donate to the Longridge Cluster group (in order to raise £10,000, to fund the project) please click on the link below. All donations are most welcome.

Link to the crowdfunding page

If you would like to support the event on social media or find out more information – please click the link below, it will take you to the Armisitce Project 2018 Facebook page.

Thank you for your support.

Armistice 2018 Facebook page

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Half term dates for you diaries

Welcome back! Building work is well under way and we thank you all for your patience. We have many exciting trips and visitors planned for this half term, including a photography club assembly! Band, choir, CAFOD and Glee club resume next week and all usual day time enrichment clubs led by children will continue within the school day. New UFA groups have been organised and UFA remains every Wednesday afternoon for Key Stage 2. We will inform you all about Summer term after school clubs provided by staff and specialists by the end of this half term.


21st February:           Year 5 at Longridge High school for a taster day

21st February:           KS2 Gymnastics competition-Year 3 and 4 only

27th  February:         Police visit infant classes with riot van

28th February:         Year 5 at Cobble Hey all day

1st March:                    World Book Day- Dress up as your favourite character

Glee Club begins after school

2nd March:                  Christine Dewhurst from CAFOD visit day-workshops for KS2 and working with CAFOD club at                                               lunchtime

5th March:                    Year 6 at Longridge High for Safety Town all day

11th March:                 Mothering Sunday Family Mass

12th March:                 Science week begins

13th March:                 Photography club assembly for children (in preparation for photography club to begin on 17th                                                  April)

19th March:                 Sports Relief Week

22nd March:                KS1 Palm Liturgy in Church at 2.30pm –families and friends all


Families and friends are all invited to attend our very special class assemblies and Palm Liturgy. Class assemblies are as follows:

26th March: 9.00am:   Pendle Class assembly The Last Supper

27th March: 9.00am:   Parlick Class assembly The Garden of Gethsemane

28th March: 9.00am:   Fairsnape Class assembly The Stations of the Cross

29th March: 9.00am:   Beacon Class assembly The Resurrection of Christ


Holy Thursday-Break up at 1.30pm

Children return for Summer Term on Monday 16th April



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Goosnargh Concert Videos 2018

On Angels Wings

Wade In The Water


Band 2

Choir 3

Glee Club

Glee Club 2

Just when you think you have seen it all, our children amaze us ….again! Click on the links above and you will be able to watch our little stars perform at the Goosnargh Showtime concert. Thank you so much to parents for bringing your children and thank you to everybody who came to support the children and school. We have had so many positive comments about the standard of performances. One member of the public could not believe that our 22 young band children were playing different parts, reading music and playing in time. This is a huge achievement and it is not an easy thing to do at all. Children in the choir had such a beautiful sound and they performed three songs brilliantly. We finished with our Glee club, who left us speechless, in tears and in awe of the perfect timing, drama and song.  I think we all needed reminding that this club had children from Reception Class performing! Thank you to Mr Warren and Mrs Davies for arranging the music and leading such enjoyable and successful clubs. Well done children and thank you for representing our school in such a positive way. Our stars were certainly shining on Sunday!

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