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Beanstalk Volunteer Readers

A big thank you to Beanstalk volunteer Rowland Moore for his positive quote about our school in the Beanstalk recruitment paper. We really appreciate his kind comments and are so pleased that he is able to volunteer in our school. (Article below)


Volunteer reader expresses praise for school reading scheme


A volunteer who helps children with reading at St Christopher's Junior School is encouraging more people to take part by sharing his volunteer experience.


Rowland Moore attends the school twice a week for 90 minutes to work with children one-to-one, and says it is the most rewarding thing he has ever done.


Rowland, from Runcorn volunteers for Beanstalk — a national children’s literacy charity which provides support to children in primary schools — and it is looking for more volunteers across Merseyside. 


Rowland has recently started volunteering with Beanstalk, and enjoys the fact that he is helping out at a school and having a great time with his children.


He says: “I had heard about Beanstalk through work, NARPO- (National Association of Retired Police Officers.)  I researched Beanstalk and felt its ethos and values were right up my street and then I applied”


 “There is lots of opportunities at Beanstalk to develop yourself but you’re not pressured”


“St Christopher's are extremely supportive and very welcoming. I really feel like part of the school especially when I had my photograph taken for the school community wall.”


“When you go in to school, the children are so eager to come out of class and read with you. I love helping the children and they are really engaged”


“Volunteering with Beanstalk is a really enjoyable experience”


“To anyone else who thinks they might be interested, I’d certainly recommend it!”


For more information about volunteering call 0151 722 4743 or email

Reading Events at St Christophers

Story Barn at Calderstones Park


A very lucky group of talented and enthusiastic readers, from Reception, Year1, 2 and 3, visited the Storybarn in Calderstones Park.


The Storybarn is an interactive story centre for young people to explore, share and discover their love of books.  Whilst we were there we discovered a thrilling world of imagination where the children could embark on a literary adventure. As part of the trip we experienced live-reading from story-sharers, made amazing rockets in a craft session and even went on a giant slide!

It was great fun!

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World Book Day 2016

Once again the children and parents/carers of St Christopher's School did us proud. An amazing effort was made by all to dress up as their favourite book character. Each year group studied a certain author during the week and produced some amazing work!

Our parade was the best yet! A big thank you to everyone who took part.

Secret Readers

We were lucky enough to have special visitors coming into our classooms in the form of Secret Readers. They were all dressed in festive costume and read us wonderful stories. A big thank you to all staff who took part.

Year 6 Reading Buddies

We are so lucky to have lots of dedicated and enthusiastic readers in our school. Two of our amazing Year 6 pupils have been chosen to become Young Leaders in Reading and will be supporting a small group of Year 3 children by becoming a Reading Buddy. 

Mrs McAllister, our Reading Guru, was spoilt for choice but eventually chose Emily from 6H and Olivia from 6C. We are hoping, after a trial, run to extend the group and invite more Buddies to support Year 3.

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Picture 3 Mrs McAllister - reading Guru!
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