Archive | March, 2016

Have you signed our recycling pledge?


As part of our outdoor learning, we’ve launched Rochdale Council’s challenge to get our staff and parents to support their recycling pledge. When the pledges are logged they mount up for your child – the winner of the most pledges wins a snap on watch, and the winning school wins a cash prize of £1,000 and visit from Great British Bake-off Winner and keen recycler Nadiya Hussain. There are also runner up cash prizes for schools.

You can see the Outdoor Learning blog here.

Pledges can be submitted until Wednesday 30th March 2016. With your help, we can make Rochdale a better place!

The more waste that is recycled across the borough, the less money the council has to spend on waste disposal. With your help we can save up to £1 million which we can then use to help protect other service. In just 3 easy steps you can submit your pledge to recycle more and help pupils and our school win prizes.

Click here to submit your pledge!

Happy Easter!


We’ve reached the end of another busy term at Lowerplace, and now have two weeks to relax and recharge before we’re back for Summer Term. Don’t forget, we have a teacher training day after the holidays, so children are back in school at 8:50am on Tuesday 12th April!

Check out some of the things we’ve managed to do this term:

We’ve raised so much money for charity: £449.74 for Joey’s Boxer Rescue, and £275.38 for Sport Relief.

We’ve had Parents Evening and 8 different parent workshops, as well as so many assemblies I can’t remember them all!

Yesterday’s Easter bonnet and decorated egg competitions were amazing – check out Mrs Bolton’s Twitter feed @DHTLowerplacePS for pictures.

Hoppy Easter 2016

This morning Mrs Kelly and the Easter Bunny arranged a fantastic egg hunt for everyone who has been Green All Term. Despite the drizzle, everyone had a great time searching the Secret Garden for treats!

Sport Relief at Lowerplace – Part 2!

As well as the tug of war contests, the staff organised a Bake Off for Sport Relief too!

We had to find some experts to judge it, so we recruited Miss Carroll and Miss Kenyon from our school kitchen since they know a thing or two about baking.


They have been busy inspecting and tasting the entries and will announce the winner after lunchtime today. Who will it be?

Drum roll please… The winner has been announced…

Mrs Riley, the TA in class 4b, won First Place with her incredible Easter cake, and our Learning Mentor Mrs Kelly came in second with a stack of gorgeous scones!

Bake Off collage

Sport Relief at Lowerplace – Part 1!

It’s great to see everyone dressed in their sports kit for Sport Relief today! We’ve had an awesome assembly this morning, and then everyone went out into the playground before breaktime to watch the first staff tug of war: with the teachers and teaching assistants from the Charter Street building versus the kitchen and office staff.

The office and kitchen staff have been preparing all week, and warmed up ready to pull!


The teachers and TAs weren’t quite so prepared… until Mrs Bolton arrived!


And the kitchen and office staff won!


This afternoon, the Teachers in the Kingsway building took on the Teaching Assistants. They took it an awful lot more seriously than the infant staff had, and the children’s cheering could probably be heard from the Town Hall!


The Teachers won all three of the games!

Get set for Sport Relief!

sport relief 2016

On Friday 18th March we’ll be doing our bit for Sport Relief!

Children are invited to donate £1 and come to school in their sports gear (whether that’s their favourite football kit or a t-shirt and leggings) so that we can raise as much as we can for Sport Relief!

If you want to see what Sport Relief does with all the money they raise, check out their website here.

Check back here for updates about what Lowerplace staff are doing for Sport Relief – who will win the Tug of War? And who will win the Great Lowerplace Bake Off for Sport Relief?

We love Taco Tuesday!

Our kitchens have switched over to the Summer Menu, and we’re loving it – especially Taco Tuesdays!

Year 2 enjoyed tucking in to their chili-filled tacos today.


We offer a wonderful varied menu, prepared lovingly by our Catering Team. School Meals are just £10 a week for children in Year 3 or above, and free to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 as part of the government’s ‘Universal Infant Free School Meal’ programme. To see our menu and learn more about School Meals, click the link below:

Dinners and free school meal information

Mother’s Day Celebrations in school

We were unfortunate last Friday to have the worst weather so far this year – but it did encourage a lot of our mums into the Junior Hall to join the Mother’s Day Celebrations that had been organised by the fantastic Lowerplace Parents Forum. The ladies enjoyed hand massages, henna, and flower arranging, and had a good chance to sit and chat with other mums and staff.

Mothers Day 2016 Collage 1

Mothers Day 2016 Collage 2

School is open today – 4th March 2016 – UPDATE!

KS1 Snow Feb 2016

Lowerplace is open today – we pleased to see so many managed to get here despite the weather.

Today’s trip for Reception classes to Smithills Farm has been postponed.

School will remain open until the usual hometime of 3:15pm but we are cancelling today’s After-School Clubs: Year 2 Art and the Dodgeball tournament. Affected parents and carers have already been texted.

Please try to be on time to collect your children at 3:15pm.

If the decision is made not to open school on a particular day, we take multiple steps to let parent know as soon as possible:

* we will text parents and carers – if you have changed your number recently, please check with the school office that we have your correct number. If you have a ParentMail account, please update it with your new number. School staff are unable to update your personal ParentMail account.

* we will post a message here on our News Desk blog page

* we will tweet it from the main school Twitter account @Lowerplace_PS

* it will be listed on the council’s school closures website

* we will let local radio stations know, who will list it on their own websites and may announce it on-air.

Thank you!

Celebrating our best friends on Tuesday 8th March!

The School Council are starting off their Spring/Summer fundraising with a special day on Tuesday 8th March in aid of Joey’s Legacy Boxer Rescue in Liverpool!

You can read more about the charity by clicking on the image below:

Joeys boxer

We want to help Joey’s Legacy raise the £75,000 that they need to build the UK’s first dedicated rescue centre for boxers, by celebrating the fact that dogs are a man’s best friend! We’re asking everyone to donate £1 to the charity and bring in their favourite soft toy friend to spend the day with them in school.

Please attach a label to your child’s teddy before sending it in – we do promise to take good care of them, but would hate to have special friends going home with the wrong families at the end of the day!

Our super-talented school kitchen staff will be baking dog-themed biscuits on the day, which will be on sale for 30p at breaktime, so please send 30p in with your child if you think they’d like to buy one.

boxer sleep

We’ll be continuing the fundraising on 21st and 23rd March too, when Dog’s Trust visit, selling toast at breaktime!

Attention all Mums/Carers/Significant Female Members of the family!


On Friday 4th March 2016 we will be celebrating Mother’s Day between 9:00am and 11:00am in the KS2 (Junior) Hall.

We do hope you will join us for a Mother’s Day treat, just for you! Children will not be joining us.

There will be refreshments available, as well as:

Flower arranging
Hand massage
Food tasting and recipes

There’s a letter coming home tonight with a reply slip for you to return tomorrow – please send it in so that we know how many we’ll need to cater for – we don’t want to risk running out of biscuits!

Thank you

The Lowerplace Parents Forum