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Blessing of school library and Isabelle's Garden 2024

On 28th April 2024, the school community received a special visit from the Bishop of Birkenhead. Julie Conalty, and the Bishop of Stockport, Sam Corley, to celebrate the school's Christian vision and values: 'Full of life, love and learning.' The school vision is based on John chapter 10 verse 10, which says: 'Life in all its fullness.'

Bishop Julie rededicated the inspiring and creative school library, which had been redesigned by a dedicated team of PTFA members to provide a stimulating and inspiring place for children to explore and develop a love of reading.

Bishop Sam spoke to the school community, blessing Isabelle's Garden, as a special reflection garden, an outdoor space to experience peace, joy, hope and love. Special stones were signed by the bishops, Isablle's family, governors, PTFA members and past and present senior leaders. The stones were placed in special areas of the garden for all to read the messages and know how valued and important each child is to the school community and to God.

The afternoon ended with the bishops celebrating collective worship with the school community.

This is a link to the archived Tameside Reporter and the article can be read fully on pages 12-13.


The Chester Diocese Education News Blog link for further information is below:


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Gee Cross Holy Trinity School sends our deepest condolences to the Royal Family and everyone struggling with the news of her passing. We came together to remember Her Majesty for her dedication, sense of duty and inspirational leadership throughout a remarkable 70 years of service. The children visited Holy Trinity church to light a candle, write in the book of condolence and spend time in quiet reflection. Our deputy headteacher visited Buckingham Palace to leave our school book of condolences and flowers to share our special messages with the Royal family.

School Christian Values

Collective worship

Collective worship: autumn term 1 for 2022: Fruits of the Spirit

Collective worship: autumn term 2 for 2022: Peace (activities to do at home as a family)

Our Community

Acts of Kindness within the village community

Congratulations to the school community for putting their learning into action to support others in our community and beyond. Here is one story that made a difference to others in our community and beyond as Picture News shared it on their website. See link: https://www.picture-news.co.uk/blog/a-wonderful-story-to-brighten-your-day/

Following on from the news story with the big question ‘Should visits to care home be allowed?’ the Year 2 children at Gee Cross Holy Trinity were inspired to take action and reach out to their local community.

The 6 year olds were saddened to learn that the care home residents were not allowed to have visits from their loved ones. The images of the cuddle curtains and screens really touched the pupils and from this their compassion grew. They asked if we had care homes nearby and told their teacher, Mrs. Cole, that they need to do something to make the old people happy again.

With the help from their class teacher, the class made contact with the manager of a local care home who informed the pupils that the residents had been very lonely and longed for visitors. The pupils knew what they had to do! They wanted to write letters and include something special for each resident.

Immediately, they started to write emotive letters to share their love and tell the residents that they were thinking of them. Some of the letters told them “I care about you and I am thinking about you at this sad time.” The children copied their letters up on special paper and decorated each letter with pictures that would brighten their day. Then another suggestion came from a pupil. She asked, “Can we send a pocket hug?” The class cheered to show that they all agreed.

The Year 2 pupils set to work decorating wooden hearts with special messages of hope with brightly coloured rainbows. They wrote “I am sending you a pocket hug to cheer you up.” All the letters containing pocket hugs were put safely in decorated envelopes and placed in quarantine for 72 hours.

After reading about the activities that residents take part in, from the Picture News Resource 2, the children felt that they wanted to make the residents happy with a game. With a little help, all of the letters were then parceled up into a wonderful game of Pass the Parcel to bring more happiness to the elderly people.

One week later, and after a thorough risk assessment had been carried out, the Year 2 pupils walked to the local care home to take their parcel. The outcome was tremendous. Nobody had prepared themselves for just how emotional the visit was going to be…

Each of the residents came to the window in turn and waved to the children. The children called to each person using their name and smiled as they shouted “Hello!” They made hearts with their hands and held them out towards them. They were amazed to learn that Olga was 101 years old and waved like the Queen. The children rejoiced as one resident followed the children from window to window, just to get another glimpse of their smiling faces


The school staff had tears streaming down their faces; tears of happiness at the difference that had been    made by this visit. The manager, Sarah, repeated what the residents were saying at the window and this made the staff cry even more! Statements such as “This is the happiest I’ve been in weeks” and another lady cheered as we handed over the parcel.




The Year 2 children were totally inspired to visit again and started to plan a Christmas Carol Singing concert wearing fancy dress as soon as they returned to school! That evening, many parents contacted the Class Teacher via the home learning APP to say how the children had talked about the visit all night and had recounted their names. One parent wrote “Belle’s been telling me their names since she came home, Norah, Dot, Florence, Gwen. Absolutely beautiful.”  Another parent wrote, “Amelie loved every minute, the excitement of meeting someone who was 101 just blew her away!” After the visit, the care home manager contacted school with great thanks, saying how, “they were all in bits and it made their day.”

We have all learned something important from this community project, at a time of national crisis, there has never been a more important time to reach out and touch the lives of people that need our help.         

This week, Picture News have awarded the school the brand new ‘Picture News Gold Impact Award 2020’ (there are only 3 in the world !) and wrote: ‘Thank you again for taking the time to tell your school’s story and our biggest ‘WELL DONE!’ to your fabulous children from all of the Picture News team.’ The children are already inspired to take on another project in the community so more to follow.


Radio Tameside interview about year 2 acts of kindness and Hearts4Homes nation wide campaign

04 - Hearts4Homes Campaign.mp3
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