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Character Development Programme

STOC Character Development Programme

Pupils from Year 5 and 6 have formed a Pupil Parliament and have been meeting weekly. As well as discussing school issues, these pupils have been learning more about the UK Parliament and about the process of debating. They have learnt about the key roles, including the ‘proposition’, ‘opposition’, ‘speaker’, ‘timekeeper’ and ‘audience’, and also about the procedural aspects of an organised debate. This week, they worked together to discuss and collate some official ‘STOC Debating Rules’. Next week, they will begin preparing for our first ‘in house’ debate on the topic of ‘School Uniform’.






Our official school debating team name has been decided as… ‘The S.T.O.C. Owls

Did you know that the collective noun for a group of owls is a ‘parliament’?

When practising debating skills and procedure, the pupils will split into two sub-teams: ‘Team Thomas’ and ‘Team Canterbury’.


Our first ‘in house’ debate will take place on Thursday 30th November.

Motion: School uniform should be banned.

Proposition: Team Thomas

Opposition: Team Canterbury

Our Year 6 pupil parliament members kicked off UK Parliament Week by presenting a PowerPoint in assembly all about the UK democratic system and how it works. They did a great job!  

Pupil Parliament Presentation

UK Parliament Week


To mark UK Parliament Week, our year 3,4,5 and 6 children all had a go at voting. The Parish Hall was transformed into a Polling Station and the children were all given the chance to vote for the end of term house team prize.

Year 6 Residential 2023

Year 6 fundraising for Age UK Salford: Part 1

Year 6’s fundraising began with cooking food from their culture, at home, to sell to other members of their class. It was a huge success and we made over £80, just from the Year 6s alone.


We would like to say a huge thank you to our parents and children for donating food and money to the cause.

Year 6 Fundraising Funfair

For part 2 of our fundraising, our pupils decided on activities they could run for our funfair and independently planned and resourced them. They promoted what they were doing through posters, spoke to classes and asked pupils to bring money in to partake in the fun on 28th June for the afternoon.


Activities included playing dodgeball; throwing wet sponges at the Year 6s; hit the target to win a prize; estimate the number or sweets in a jar; having a water gun competition; penalty shootout; and selling items such as homemade lemonade, cakes, second-hand books and board games.


A huge congratulations is in order as they raised over £500 for Age UK Salford!

Year 6 volunteering work: cleaning up our local area

Year 4 Challenge: 5K Sponsored Walk

Year 5 Easter Care Home Visit

Year 4 Festive Fundraising

Year 4 had a festive film night in December to raise money for a local charity. Our aim was to raise £200 but we managed to raise £305 which will be donated to Mind in Salford. Well done Year 4!!! Thank you for your generosity. 

Year 5’s sponsored walk for charity

Year 5 Visit Newland's Care Home


The Year 5s visited Newland's Care Home this week (19/12/22)  and entertained the residents with some beautiful renditions of popular Christmas carols, as well as presenting them with Christmas cards made by other year groups. It really was heart-warming to see the joy on both the children’s and residents’ faces. 


Please see the pictures and videos we took over on the Catholic life and mission page. Link below.


Year 6 Residential 2022

In order to help our pupils grow in confidence and develop independence, the Year 6s partake in a three-day residential in the Autumn term. As well as giving the teaching staff the opportunity to build relationships with the children, we see the positive impact of their residential experience both on their academic outcomes and their wider development.

Year 6

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