Bollington Cross School – OUTSTANDING!

Bollington Cross C.E Primary School recently had its Church of England inspection (for Anglican and Methodist schools) and is proud to share the news that it was rated once again as OUTSTANDING across all areas inspected!

We would like to thank Canon Veronica and other Foundation Governors at St Oswald’s who supported the school throughout the inspection and continue to work closely with us. We are thankful for our close relationship with St Oswald’s as it greatly enhances the Christian values and ethos at our school.

Farewell to Mrs Downing

Today was the last day at Bollington Cross CE School for  Mrs Downing after 14 years as Head Teacher. The pupils and teachers gave her a rousing send-off by singing…

Simply The Best

We knock when we need you. You open the door.
You smile then speak, it’s you we adore.
You are Our Head, give us everything we need.

Every day we try harder to do our best.
To reach our targets, complete our SAT’s tests
And all because we want “A Headteacher’s Award”!!

Chorus
You’re simply the best
Better than all the rest
Better than anyone
Anyone we’ve ever met
We’re stuck on your heart
We hang on every word you say
Mrs Downing Our Head
You’re Simply The Best!

In St Oswald’s Church we follow your lead.
You are our sunshine and we are your seeds
Best double act seen – Mrs D and Rev V!

[Chorus]

Our school is good and you are “outstanding”
Inspiration is your middle name
We will miss you but will never forget that
Mrs Downing …. you are the best!!!!!!!!

[Chorus]

Blessings and Farewell to Mrs Downing!

I shall personally be very sad to say goodbye to Julie Downing, our amazing Head Teacher at Bollington Cross School, who will be retiring at the end of August this year. Julie was already well established in her post by the time I arrived as Vicar of Bollington (my fifth parish) in the Spring of 2007. Like my predecessor, I was immediately welcomed by Julie into her school community at Bollington Cross, the closest neighbours to St Oswald’s Parish Church. She and I quickly formed a professional bond of friendship and support, as we shared from time to time the comparable burdens as well as the joys of our respective roles. We have offered one another a listening ear and welcomed the different perspective on particular problems or opportunities, each respectfully offered by a colleague who shares a Christian concern for the wellbeing and flourishing of all people of our community, young and old.

For about 14 years Julie has been the highly skilled and experienced Head here at our local Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School, herself a committed woman of faith, and a discerning mentor to many others taking on responsibilities and challenges within the realms of education. She has latterly also served as a wise, stringent but empathetic Ofsted Inspector. In our everyday lives, both Julie and I are required to be visionary leaders and encouragers of others, and to work co-operatively with people of all backgrounds across our community. From the outset I have admired Julie’s constant drive for achieving excellence, encouraging others also to climb to greater heights and to reach their potential, this combined with her willingness to tackle (with persistent good grace) the ever-changing educational landscape dictated by successive Government Ministers. Julie has always kept at the forefront of her mind the needs and welfare of the children in her care, and successive “generations” of staff, parents and pupils have so many reasons to be grateful for Julie’s heartfelt dedication, her obvious delight in all her pupils’ achievements and her good-humoured and painstaking approach to the multifarious tasks set before her day by day, week by week and year by year.

She will be a hard act to follow – principally because it is never an “act” with Julie! She is one of the most sincere and genuinely kind people I have had the pleasure of working alongside, and I will miss her calming and cajoling presence in times of stress! However I do now look forward very much to welcoming Julie’s successor as our newly appointed Head Teacher from September, Mr Yenson Donbavand, whose aptitudes, skill, enthusiasm and energy for the tasks ahead certainly shone through during the intensive interview process carried out by the BX School Governors in April. I’m glad to know that Julie will be leaving Bollington Cross School in excellent hands, and we thank her very much for her enduring legacy of commitment to enabling holistic and truly aspirational education for all our children.

Veronica

RIP Guy Wharton

Following the tragic death of Tytherington School science teacher Guy Wharton in a traffic accident on Tuesday, St Oswald’s will be open during the day for the next ten days (provisionally 8.45am to 6.45pm) as a place of sanctuary for all those who are mourning his loss within the community of Bollington and beyond.

A book of condolence will be available in the church from this afternoon.

The family have a close connection with both Bollington Cross School and our young people’s after-school group RiCH.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Guy’s family, friends and colleagues.

A Hoot for April…

Any guesses as to what this object is? Our artist Ann has captured its complexity and its shiny industrial beauty. It looks rather like a musical instrument but it isn’t, although it used to make quite a noise. In fact it is the actual old steam-driven factory hooter (or blower) from the Adelphi Mill in Bollington, which used to call the cotton workers to start their labours in the morning and get off home in the evening.

It has been acquired for St Oswald’s Church for use instead of the present Church bell. The plan is that the hooter will sound an hour before the time of our Sunday service to wake people up and allow them time for a quick breakfast. It will blow for a full 10 minutes before the actual start of worship at 10.30am. It is believed that the sound of the hooter will reach as far as the top end of Bollington and even Pott Shrigley and Prestbury with the wind in the right direction. Around the Bollington Cross area, it will be quite deafening but the Church Council is of the opinion that it will be welcomed as “a voice from the past reminding people of Bollington’s industrial heritage as well as being a joyful noise and a call to worship” and as the Bible reminds us “to wake up as the night is far spent”. It will be given a trial run (maybe) on the first of April.

Scrooge comes to Bollington Cross School!

It was revealed during the Key Stage 2 Christmas Play in St Oswald’s Church on Wednesday evening 12/12/12 to a shocked audience that Bollington Cross School had a new Scrooge-like Head Teacher who frowned upon any form of seasonal celebrations and had persuaded her staff to ban Christmas altogether!
However in the end the “mini” Mrs Downing was fortunately persuaded to change her mind when all the children of Key Stage Two rebelled and insisted on keeping Christmas as an essential part of their school life and traditions. Carols and songs old and new were enjoyed by all during this splendid performance, which complemented well the delightful Key Stage One Nativity Play as the children once again followed the star to Bethlehem.