Strong effective links exist between St Joseph’s and St Peter’s which encompass a range of curriculum aspects. We work together at a number of levels including St Peter’s sports leaders (pupils) supporting our games lessons, visiting teachers contributing to Healthy Schools events, specialist teachers providing high quality inset for our staff and Catholic cluster meetings and training for all staff.
We regularly welcome artistes in residence into our school to provide specialist dance sessions for all children. This opportunity enhances the children’s dance experience. The children have certainly produced some fabulous dance performances which are then shared with the whole school. This performance theme continues as year 6 pupils are invited each year to watch the St Peter’s pupils tread the boards in their annual musical production. In the summer term the year 6 children spend a further day participating in a drama workshop at St Peters with children from other local Catholic primary schools. Gifted and talented dancers are also treated to a specialised dance day under the supervision of the performing arts team.
Sports links are another key feature of this partnership operating in several ways. In addition to those mentioned above the St Peters team provide a vital link with the Bournemouth Sports partnership which funds additional fun sporting activities including the Catholic primary school cross country challenge, BISI badminton sessions, golfing and basketball and 6th form sports leaders to support games lessons in school. These vary annually but there is always plenty on offer!
Transferring to secondary school is a pivotal moment in any child’s life and the close connections with St Peters does provide a cohesive framework to support our children as they make this important move. In addition to the year6 focus sessions mentioned above, they are welcomed in an annual transfer day, are visited in our school by the head of year and have numerous opportunities to visit their new school.
Teachers at the two schools work, learn and worship together across the school year. The performing arts team is a regular contributor to our teacher inset, delivering sessions on, amongst other aspects, effective drama across the curriculum. Louise Buxton, head teacher, regularly attends Catholic cluster meetings with senior staff from St Peter’s often collaborating to deliver inset and worship for the Catholic cluster of schools.
This strong and effective link is one of the keys to the development of our children; whilst travelling through the primary classes and on into their transition into secondary education.
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