St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School

Spirituality, Aspiration, Innovation, Diversity

Basketball League

The second match day for basketball was a very successful day for both teams.  The year 6 team winning both of their games 16-2 and 14-8. The year 5 team did amazing well, winning their first game and drawing the second game. Amazing performances from both teams  that showed great team work and spirit throughout the match day.

Pictures and the standing for both teams can be seen in the links below.

Year 5 – Sports

On Friday 7th February, Year 5 participated in an intra house football and cross country sporting event. All teams demonstrated good teamwork, communication and sportsmanship. This event would not have been possible without Jane Austen College, who organised, refereed and set up the morning for us. Everyone, including the teachers, really enjoyed the event. Well done to all of Year 5, and especially to Yellow House for being the overall winners!

Football Success For Year 4s – Winners Of The Norwich Schools Sports Partnership Development League

The Year 4 have played in three tournaments after school at the UEA.   Leading into the final match day, the year 4’s were top of the group by two points. The first of the matches was against West Earlham Primary which was a close game between the two sides. It took till the second half for the break through, which came from an amazing over-the-top ball which was played to Rylan who calmly finished.  However we were unable to hold on to the lead and conceded late on.   The final score 1-1. The second match was against Notre Dame Prep. This game was a good demonstration of great teamwork and footballing ability. The final score was 3-0  with goals coming from Rylan, Georgina and Blake. The final game was against Mulbarton Primary which was another close game.  Everyone worked hard for each other and got rewarded with a superb solo goal from Rylan to clinch the victory and the title.

Amazing performances from Mateo, Oscar, Blake, Tiago, Georgina, Leo, Jude, Joseph, Billy and Rylan for their participation in all three match days, and an incredible achievement to go undefeated throughout the whole process. I would like to also massive thank you to all parents for their help and support throughout the match days. 

Mr Palmer

More pictures can be seen using the link below. 

NSPCC Fundraising

Well done to all the children in our school for raising £1,085 in sponsorship money for the NSPCC. In November.  You all performed brilliantly in the Workouts with Buddy.  We hope you all remember this brilliant charity and how it can support all children.

Year 1 Trip to The Anglican Cathedral – November 2019

Year One have had a very busy week! On Wednesday we went to the Anglican Cathedral to enjoy a trip all about Advent. We made our own angels and met lots of people who could tell us about the Nativity story. We even saw the Cathedral cat, Fudge, fast asleep on the altar! The next day, we took part in an Advent Liturgy where we talked all about the importance of getting ready to celebrate Christmas and Jesus’ birthday. We sang a lot of songs and told Father Simon and our families about the meaning of the Advent wreath. The children were fantastic both during our trip and our Liturgy and were an absolute credit to their families. 

Year 6 Trip to The Little Match Girl

What a treat Year 6 had when they saw The Little Match Girl at Norwich Playhouse on Thursday morning.  From the music, to the dance, singing, acting, costumes and scenery an imaginary Italian city was brought to life to tell a new version of the Little Match Girl.  With only 4 dancers, each of whom played multiple roles, and a single highly talented musician, who provided the sound scape through voice and instrument (on  the violin, guitar, mouth organ, various percussion and other instruments) the children were captivated and thoroughly enjoyed this innovative and entertaining Italian adaptation.  If you have the opportunity to see the show, we would highly recommend going.

The KS2 Choir sing at The Royal Albert Hall

Wednesday the 32 strong choir travelled to The Royal Albert Hall to rehearse and then perform in the Music for Youth Proms.  They sang as part of the Norfolk Ensemble of ‘ A Kind of Magic Flute’ and they were sensational.  It was such a brilliant, although long, day and parents and children should be so proud of their behaviour and singing.  We also had a little walk around the area and popped into the Science Museum for tea.   It was also wonderful that parents and the Year 6 children came to see us. 

Ullswater – The Lake District – 5 day residential

November saw Year 6 travelling to Ullswater in the Lake District to enjoy a week of adventurous, outside activities. The Outward Bound Centre provides an experience, which develops independence, resilience and a love for nature and the outdoors in young people. The children took part in a variety of activities, which included canoeing, hill walking, rock climbing, exploring tunnels, gorge walking, orienteering, rowing and team building games, all in the amazing and beautiful setting of Cumbria. Year 6 had an amazing time and it has been a joy to see how much they have matured and grown in confidence in just one week! A big thank-you to all parents who turned out at 4:40am on the Monday morning to wave the children off and picked up 8:30 on the Friday. Without your support we could not provide the children with such a rich experience.

Cross Country and Tag Rugby Competitions – October 2019

Just before half term, 18 pupils from Year 2 upwards when to Earlham Park to participate in the Norfolk Schools Partnership Cross Country event.   They all had a great day and enjoyed considerable success.  In year 2,  Igor came 1st  and Isaac finished 2nd which is amazing.  Matilda, also in Year 2 came 1st in the girls competition and Primrose finished in the top 10.  Fabulous.  Florence in Year 3 came 1st and the other Year 3s, Ingrid, George and Hugo respectfully came in the top 20.  In Year 4 Leo came 2nd and Georgie and Killian finished in the top 10 and 20 respectively. In Year 5 Risard came 5th, Olivia 12thand Sophia and Tymoteusz both finished in the top 40.  In year 6 Kaiser, Adas and Isabella all came in the top 25.   A fabulous result by all.

In late October, 18 pupils went to the Schools Partnership Tag Rugby tournament at the Crusaders Club in Little Melton.   One team came second in the group which put them in the Cup tournament and finished 3rd in their group.  We await confirmation of their final place.  The other team finished 3rd in their group by try difference and finished top of their group in the Plate.  Again we await confirmation of their final place.    Incredibly well done all.   Mr Palmer was so pleased with the sportsmanship of all competitors in both tournaments.  

Our Artsmark Journey

The Arts have always been valued, developed and celebrated at St Francis and have been central to the educational experience we are able to offer our pupils. We have always planned rigorously when teaching knowledge, understanding, skills and critical thinking in the Arts and the many vibrant displays around our school are testament to the value we place on developing the Arts in both our taught and wider curriculum.

However, for the last couple of years, we have sought to obtain a formal recognition of the work that we do through taking part in the Arts Council’s ‘Artsmark’ process.

Our vision was to also work together as a Trust, sharing our ideas and expertise with each other, and for us to create more opportunities for sharing the wealth of outstanding creativity throughout our schools.

Some of the major events in our Artsmark journey have been ‘A King’s Ransom,’ Opera project, the Peter Pan Project and the Summer Art Exhibitions held as part of the Norfolk and Norwich festival. These had a huge impact- creating even more opportunities for creativity, performance, exhibiting and community outreach. Visiting artists and musicians have worked with children of all ages, and continue to do so.

Our Pupil Voice survey results included:

‘I felt really proud of my art and also that the rest of the school were showing their artwork too. My family were amazed at the exhibition!’

Comments from the families and community:

‘The standard of the artwork is exceptional. Well done for all the hard work and care that has gone into the display- from the whole school community,’

A selection of images from our Artsmark journey can be viewed below:

In the December 2019, St Francis of Assisi was awarded a Gold Artsmark in recognition of the quality of Arts provision throughout the school.