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Linaker Pupils Work For Our Community - REACH

REACH  2020-2021

Excellent work from the Linaker family who took advantage of the free composting container. It will be exciting to see how the project develops.

Nature Club pupils have got the compost bin started in the secret garden.

Easter Bonnet Competition 

Congratulations to all the children who created a fantastic array of Easter bonnets – it was incredibly difficult to choose one winner from each class! Brookfields Funeral Services have chosen Linaker Primary School to support with their community fund this year and generously provided a super Easter gift for each winner.

Sandgrounder Radio Easter Egg appeal

Well done to all the pupils who generously donated an Easter egg for mufti. What a fantastic contribution Linaker Primary School has been able to make for the Sandgrounder Radio Easter Egg Appeal.  Thank you to all involved. 

Thank you to our incredibly generous families.

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Well done on a fantastic job collecting litter around your neighbourhood.

The Southport Schools' Councils have had a fantastic idea to show love for our town - a litter pick! Why not include picking up a little litter on your daily walk? Remember to wear gloves and, if you have one, use a litter picker.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all our amazing Linaker families! The toiletries donations have been parcelled up and delivered to Sandgrounder Radio, who are collecting on behalf of the Southport Soup Kitchen Christmas appeal. A truly outstanding number of donations were made. We are very proud of our generous families.

Southport Schools' Councils.

Despite not being able to meet with other schools, the termly charity activities will continue as usual.

On Friday 4th December, there will be a mufti day to support the local food bank and soup kitchen.  The REACH team will be collecting donations of toiletries in exchange for wearing mufti. 

A copy of the letter going out next week is below.

Mellow Yellow day. 

Well done Linaker pupils!

Linaker Outdoor Space Video

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Please help us raise funds to change our old carpark into an exciting outdoor learning space.


Reach 2019 - 2020

The following Southport schools participated in the Marfan Trust fundraising day:-

Linaker, Shoreside, Birkdale High, Holy Trinity, Ainsdale St Johns,  Crossens , BDS, FRJS, OLOL , Stanley, Kew Woods , St. Philips, Norwood, Churchtown  , Christ the King , Peterhouse , Merefield, Holy Family, Meols Cop, Larkfield , Birkdale Primary, FRIS .



Together, we raised the fabulous sum of





What a fantastic response to the fundraising day in support of the Marfan Trust, a small charity that supports families with Marfan Syndrome. So many children brought in their home made money boxes - 16 prizes awarded in total! The funky frames were fabulous! Thank you so much to all our super generous families. We will let you know the total as soon as the coins are counted.

Holly Hibbott, team GB swimmer from Southport visited the school swimming gala team today.  She came to talk about aspiration, inspiration and motivation and her swimming career. The children had produced an extensive list of questions and Holly happily talked about the joys and challenges of being a world class swimmer as she prepares for the Olympics later this year.

The children discovered that Holly trains in the pool for approximately 20 hours per week along with gym and strength workouts.  This commitment means that Holly has had to sacrifice a lot; time with family, outings and usual teenage activities and she said that at times it can be lonely.  However, the thrill of winning a race, achieving a personal best or another medal to add to the 50+ she has already achieved makes up for all she may have missed out on.

Holly’s advice for the gala swimming team, in fact, for anything the pupils want to attain is to ‘never give up’. Excellent advice indeed.  The children were thrilled to meet Holly and wished her the very best in her endeavour to go to the Tokyo Olympics as part of Team GB.



Holly Hibbott wins the Women's 800m Freestyle | Swimming | Baku 2012 European Games

Great Britain's Holly Hibbott wins another team Gold in the pool

The swimming gala team were inspired by Holly.

AIM high! Aspiration

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AIM high! Motivation

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One pupil asked if she could help to deliver an assembly on Chinese New Year. She explained how her family would be celebrating and all about the red envelopes given as gifts. The assembly was delivered to key stage 1 and 2 - how very confident she was speaking to a very large audience! Wearing her New Year celebration outfit, she visited Nursery to help pupils who were running a Chinese restaurant, teaching staff and pupils how to use chopsticks. Finally, as a lovely treat for year 6 pupils, she gave everyone a fortune cookie.Gong hei fat choy! The children were very excited about the dragon dance. There will be a dragon dance on Eastbank Street at 5pm on Tuesday.

Dragon dance

Schools across Southport will be raising money fro Marfan Syndrome on Friday February 14th. The REACH team have organised the fundraising event - don't forget to save those pennies!

The Eco Savers League Table Green Stars (organised by Sefton Council) have been awarded based on the Eco Savers League Table questionnaire sent back by schools which takes into account the following broad topic areas:  Energy;  Water;  Outdoor Environment;  Waste;  Travel;  Community. The tables are ranked according to number of green stars, carbon emissions per pupil and the energy efficiency building rating. Linaker Primary School has been awarded 3rd position based on the work carried out by the pupils around the school and grounds plus the local community. Keep up the great work!

The Art Club pupils presented Mrs Brown with their fantasy pictures.

Pupils invited local elderly neighbours to a Christmas chatter lunch. Words of wisdom were shared as pupils served the meal and entertained their guests. A fabulous time was had by all.

Members of Year 6 and Year 5 visited The Hollies to sing Christmas carols for the residents. It was one lady's birthday so they sang a rousing version of happy birthday. The Art Club representative also gave the picture created as a gift for the home - it was gratefully received.

How lovely! The children were thrilled to receive a card from a member of the Lord Street West Church audience.

Years 5 and 6 were invited to sing at the Lord Street West Church for their monthly elderly get together. The children sang brilliantly and the audience were very impressed and appreciative.

Great news on the shoeboxes - the total for Linaker RotaKids is 50! The photo was taken at the lunchtime packing with another from the collection on Friday by Rotary Links. Well done to all pupils and staff who brought in a variety of items for the shoe boxes. These will be much appreciated by children who have little.

Well done to Sara and Kyle, leaders of REACH.  They presented at the Southport Schools' Council meeting at Greenbank High School.  Kyle related all the work REACH has carried out to date whilst Sara eloquently put forward Linaker's proposal for the community charity event in February.  Sara was so persuasive that the other schools voted to support the Marfan Trust charity. 

Thank you to all the pupils who have applied to be class reps for this year's REACH team. The application letters will be reviewed this week (7th October) and successful candidates informed by the end of the week.  The first meeting will be held the following week. 

If you wish to apply, there is still time, the application forms can be collected from the main downstairs corridor or see Ms Fraser. 

REACH 2018 - 2019

Who knew fundraising could be so much fun! Well done Mrs Thomas on clearly preparing for the water fight.

Soak the teacher, thank you very much to Mr Hirst and Miss Wainwright!

Making cakes and icing biscuits ready for Water Aid day cake sale.

A fantastic School Council celebration event at Stanley High School today. Members of the REACH team represented Linaker Primary very well, they discussed, with other schools' members, all the work that REACH have undertaken this year. Well done everyone.

Super star in Year2! A fantastic poster to help us remember how to recycle our waste accurately. Thank you very much for making this at home and bringing it in.

The new paper recycling bags have been presented to each class. These were purchased for everyone in a distinctive colour so that every child would recognise the bag's use in whatever classroom they were in. Eco and School Council reps will collect the bags on a Friday to go in the recycling bin.

Mason and Jack make sure that all the crisp packets are put into the new crisp recycling bin.

Thank you to all the pupils who have recycled their crisp packets, these are off to the recycling collection point tomorrow.

Year 6 Community Event. Year 6 have endeavoured to improve the local environment with the gift of a tree or shrub sapling to our neighbours. A selection of saplings has been received from the Woodland Trust with some for the new school green area (the old car park) and some for the beds in the playground. The remaining shrubs and trees are to help improve the local area. Year 6 pupils each took a sapling (with planting information and a message from the school) to our neighbours in Sefton Street.

The Literacy Box, purchased with funds raised by the pupils in school and led by the Rotakids, has been received by the Jedidiah School in Lusaka. The pupils there have written letters of thanks and the photos clearly show their delight!

The funds raised by the amazing, generous families at Linaker Primary have been totalled - £532.38! Well done everyone.  This significant amount will be added to the funds raised by the other schools working in the Southport School Councils group.  Photographs from the schools involved have been submitted to the Southport Visiter so keep an eye out for a report on the day Southport primary schools turned orange!

Go Orange Day for Muscular Dystrophy. Firstly, may we say thank you very much for your generosity. Well done to all the pupils who made, donated and sold cakes and biscuits for cake sale. The school turned orange for the day as everyone made a fantastic effort to wear something orange for a donation - around £400 was raised!

Thank you to the children who came to WHSmiths at 5pm last night to have their photo taken by the local press. Keep an eye out for the Champion newspaper report.

Our pupils represented the school beautifully at the Schools' Remembrance Service at St Cuthberts. The range and quality of wreaths laid was staggering.

Members of REACH will be laying a the wreath made from a selection of the poppies the pupils made at a Remembrance service on Friday.

All the pupils and staff in school signed the poster of the poppy display they created. It has been mounted on the wall in the foyer.

WHSmiths have created a stunning display incorporating Linaker pupils' poppies.

Thank you to Year 6 who collected small change from families at the school gate to raise money for the Save The Children Tsunami Appeal. We rounded the donations up to £50 and paid this into the appeal fund. We are proud of our thoughtful and caring Year 6 pupils.

All pupils created a poppy for WHSmiths to display in their window from half term. The poppies will be sold to raise funds for the poppy appeal. A selection were kept to create a poppy wreath which will be laid at the small monument in Churchtown in time for Remembrance day. Well done to everyone, the poppies are fantastic. Many thanks to everyone who donated fabrics and those who also came into school to help the children.

Eco team members weeded the wellie garden and planted daffodil bulbs.

Thank you to Miss Chambers for organising the Macmillan Coffee Morning in school. In the morning, School Council pupils set up the cake sale on the playground and sold cakes to the pupils to raise funds for a very worthy cause. A grand total will be available soon.

A super visit from Better By Bus today, pupils heard how travelling by bus was better for the environment, safer and very high tech these days. Did you know that you are able to charge your phone on the bus now! Children then designed a poster to encourage people to take advantage of public transport.

Welcome to the REACH page, this is the new 'umbrella' name for the pupil voice groups in school.  Created by pupils, the name stands for 







 This is where the RotaKids, School Council and Eco team meet together to undertake collaborative activities and initiatives in our school and local community. 

REACH 2017-2018

Currently, pupils are taking part in logo competition to design the logo for REACH, this will be displayed on the webpage, display board and on newsletters.  Have you created your design yet? Don't forget to hand it in to your class reps this week. 


Also, pupils are sharing their ideas for why "We love Linaker".  Class reps collected children's ideas and comments and are in the process of making a fabulous display to highlight everything about their school which makes them proud.  Any more ideas? Speak to your class rep and we'll make sure they go on the display. 


Recently, during science week, each pupil made a pledge to take one small step that would make a difference, these included closing the doors to save on heating costs, walking to school instead of coming by car, using both sides of the paper before recycling and many many more! These pledges are displayed outside of each classroom.


"How can we brighten up the playground?" Once this challenge was posed, Key Stage 1 pupils leaped into action and planted flowers, bulbs and seeds in the playground beds and at the front of the school. Already looking brighter, we can't wait till the sunflowers start to grow and the bulbs bloom. 


Check back regularly to keep up to date with the latest news from the REACH group.


Coming to this page soon ...

*interviews with staff and pupils sharing their ideas for what makes Linaker great.

*photographs of the display board as it develops.

*hints and tips for how to ' be green' from the pupils.


Don't forget, any ideas should be passed onto the class reps, we welcome your input!




The Eco team are trying to find out more about staff and pupil views on litter and what types of plants the team should buy for the new Wellie Garden!

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Pledge displays

Working with nature.

On Tuesday 23rd May members of the Green Machine from Linaker Primary School, Meols Cop High, Holy Family primary, Holy Trinity primary and Norwood primary and made bee/ insect houses. They worked with Stella and Martin from the Sefton Parks department in the technology area with support from Mr Nichol (technician). The bee/ insect houses will be placed in the Kings Gardens by the children on Tuesday 6th June and we all hope they have some occupants very soon.

Rotakids organised and ran a cake sale this week to raise funds to improve our playground environment. Over £200 was raised - a fantastic amount! Thanks to everyone who donated cakes and for the Rotakids for their hard work.

What makes Linaker great?

Nathan, Shannon and Kelly have been prowling the corridors to find out what pupils and staff love about Linaker. After half term; Key Stage 1 interviews!


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Reception pupils have really brightened up the playground with their amazing variety of planters. From guitars, handbags and shoes, the display has created a buzz with parents and children alike.

Love Our Community week.

Pupils in every class worked together to devise activities that would improve life in our school, local, national and global community.

Children have planted flowers, picked up litter, visited a nursing home to share memories of Southport, donated to the local food bank and collected toiletries to make washbags for the homeless to name just a few of the child-led initiatives. 

A huge well done to all involved, it has been a super week and humbling to see how dedicated Linaker pupils are to making a difference.  

Love Our Community - reading with reception. Year 6 love reading with reception children and recognise that their love of reading has a really positive impact on the younger pupils.

Love Our Community. Year 6 pupils visited The Hollies nursing home. The residents love to see our pupils and are entertained by the singers, joining in with the classics! Most of all, they enjoy chatting with the children, sharing memories of Southport, their school days and finding out about school today. This is so rewarding for the children and elderly and we hope to set up a timetable of regular visits.

Love our Community - Year 6 cycling. Over two days, with support from Sustrans, Sefton Cycling and local police officers, the children honed their cycling skills and focused on safe cycling on the road. Many pupils will choose to cycle to secondary school as it is a cheaper alternative to public transport and we work hard to ensure they are prepared and understand how to ride safely. Many children also pointed out it was good exercise and much better for the environment too!

Love our Community - Dough Disco! The whole school came out to support Nursery in their 'Dough Disco' event. Helping to develop muscle and fine motor skills to enable little hands to write, Dough Disco is a firm favourite with our early years pupils and the older pupils are more than happy to join in!

Love our Community

Donations of toiletries.

Words cannot express how humbled and overwhelmed Year 6 children and staff were when the donations of toiletries literally poured into the classrooms.  The generosity of the families at Linaker Primary is outstanding, hundreds of items were donated.

Year 6 pupils organised the items then bagged them up to take to the Soup Kitchen to help the homeless and less fortunate. 

As so many items had been donated, the children made a decision to give half to the Southport Foodbank.  John was able to visit school to collect the items today and told us how the foodbank had actually run out of toiletries this very day and there were three families in desperate need who they could now help. He was extremely grateful that our generous families were able to help so many less fortunate. 


A huge "thank you" to everyone who has so generously donated .

Love our Community. Year one and Year 2 children gave the plants year one planted to the Salvation Army to thank them for the lovely assemblies they do for our pupils. These will then be given out to their community from Linaker. Reading buddies were also given a plant to thank them for coming into read with year one.

Love our Community. Year 1 pupils present plants to the volunteers who kindly donate their time in school as reading buddies.

Love our Community. Year 1 pupils collect, sort and donate groceries to support the Year 5 food bank collection.

Year 4 'Positivity' for Love My Community Week

Year 4 have been focussing on 'Positivity'. We have been thinking about speaking positively to one another, being positive role models in school and trying to have a positive outlook. We have talked about having a 'Growth Mindset' and changing our's not that we can't do it; we just can't do it yet.


During this week we have created posters that have inspirational or positive messages. We have talked about acknowledging those that help us, giving compliments to people and giving messages of encouragement and comfort to those in need.

Love our Community. Year 2 spent the week learning about friendship and discussing ways of being a good friend to improve our school community. We discussed what bullying is, in order to spot it happening and prevent it to make Linaker a happier, safer place. We are making posters this week to encourage 'good play' on the playground, in various languages.

Love our Community. Determined to improve our local environment, Year 3 really enjoyed their litter picking at Portland field and were extremely successful!

Love our Community. Year 5 were amazed by the generosity of Linaker pupils who proudly supported the collection of food items for the Southport foodbank. This is a worthy cause that pupils aim to continue supporting.

Love our Community. Reception had a lovely time decorating plant pots and then planting petunias in them. We attached a label to the pots; It had the Linaker logo on the other side. Laura and Gillian put the pots on the door steps of our nearest neighbours. We have already had 3 thank yous! One child said 'its nice to make people smile!'

Aspiration, Inspiration, Motivation, Aim High