Milkshakes and Valentine’s Shortbread

valentines day.pngLast week we  made creamy milkshakes and compared making the chocolate one using an old fashioned hand whisk with the strawberry shake that was created in half the time with an electric blender. They decided they were both equallyl delicious.Good behaviour + hard work = Valentines heart-shaped shortbread biscuits. The cooking crew and their teachers chose other pupils to join in the fun on Friday. They made enough for both classes but unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances the biscuits were not quite ready on time. However the promise of hot chocolate for everyone and the shortbread when we return to school seemed to put smiles back on faces.This afternoon  was  about ‘sharing the love’ after all .💟

Mrs Rowe
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Communication survey…..

Dear all,

Thank you for responding to the school communication survey that closed last week.

We received over 100 responses. Your feedback is being analysed and the results and next steps will be shared before Easter.


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Headteacher Award

ht-award-170217This morning I presented the first of my Headteacher awards in our weekly celebration assembly. The deserved winner of this was Abigail in 6JC. She is a fine example of a pupil who has always behaved well during her time at Gorse Hall. She is hardworking, kind and enjoys all aspects of school life. Abigail always makes right choices and is a great role model to others. I wonder who will be the next winner after half term?
Miss Flood
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Headteacher appointment

Dear Parents/Carers

Further to my letter of the 4th November, I am writing to provide you with an update.

As you will be aware, the Governing Board have managed the process to appoint the acting Head and Deputies and to recruit the next permanent Head teacher in time for the start of the next academic year (September 2017).

I am very pleased to confirm that the Head Teacher vacancy attracted a significant level of interest and applications. On the 9th and 10th February, the Governing Board interviewed three excellent candidates.

I can now confirm that Miss Flood (who has been acting as the Head Teacher since the 1st January) has accepted the Governing Boards offer to become the next permanent Head Teacher for Gorse Hall Primary School.

Miss Flood will continue to be supported by acting Deputy Head Teachers, Ms Suleman until April and Miss Evans from April to August, the plans to finalise the leadership structure will be confirmed towards the summer.

I am sure that you will join me in congratulating Miss Flood and wish her all of the best in the role.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Harding
Chair of Governors


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Eco Bird Hide- Grand Opening

It was a delight this morning to welcome Jonathan Reynolds (MP) back to our school to open our new bird hide. He was joined by myself, Councillor Jan Jackson and our Chair of Governors Andrew Harding in officially cutting the green ribbon to celebrate the opening of our latest Eco initiative. The Eco committee and members of our Africa Council enjoyed taking part in practical activities to share with the adults that joined in the celebration. These activities included: creative artwork making birds; sharing our collection of bird watching data from the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch in the form of graphs; making bird fat balls; and putting together cheese and apple food rings for the birds. As a gift for supporting our school in the celebration of our achievements, the children presented Jonathan with a framed bird collage created by themselves. He promised to display this in either his local or parliamentary office! The morning was a truly fabulous one. Thank you to the children, Mrs Hughes, Mrs Ashton and Mrs Lacey for the hard work and dedication that they show towards our pupil voice work, and for organising this fantastic event.

Working together our achievements are endless…

Miss Flood


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Good behaviour= baking cookies!

I am very pleased to say that good behaviour and really hard work earned some year 6 pupils another baking afternoon in the kitchen. The children chose chocolate chip cookies for their recipe. We had fun making these and also managed to adapt the recipe and lessen the sugar content. I hope this will be a regular activity to be enjoyed by all the children on rotation, especially those who work hard and behave every day.

Keeping making good choices!

Mrs Rowe


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Young Voices 2017

Dear all

We had a fabulous time on Wednesday 1st Feb taking the children into Manchester to the Young Voices 2017 concert event. They have worked so hard over recent months to learn the song and dance actions to a range of songs. The event was celebrated by other schools in the region- we joined them at Manchester Arena in making a joint choir. Young Voices tour the country and the globe- resulting in the largest school choir concerts in the world! Our children were amazing- they had great fun and represented Gorse Hall in style. A huge thank to all of the adults too who joined in and made this event a huge success.

Mrs Winterbottom and Mrs Broadhead
(School Governors)


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