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It was a a golden day at the Handball Festival for schools in the Birtley cluster today as the Kibblesworth A team came out on top in a Year 4 competition. George, Matthew, Jake, Charlotte and Thomas not only won the gold medal, they also won every game they played, and didn’t concede a single goal! The whole team excelled themselves, with each and everyone involved playing an invaluable part in the success: Jake lived up to his reputation in goal by proving impossible to beat; Matthew worked tirelessly to chase down every loose ball that came his way; Charlotte blocked practically every pass and hassled and harried the opposition players throughout, and George and Thomas provided the ammunition up front by chopping in with 10 goals between them!
They weren’t the only team to excel today though – Kibblesworth B were incredibly unlucky not to be facing their classmates in the final, missing out only on goals scored to Barley Mow D. Macy, Eve, Erin, Jamie & Elena were devastated at not being able to challenge their friends for the gold, but showed their class and sportsmanship by cheering them on throughout.
A final mention too for Kibblesworth C, who came an unfortunate 2nd in their group, another team missing out on the next round by virtue of the dreaded goal difference! Abby, Owen, Sarah-Jane and Daisy even managed to do it all with one player less than their opponents!
The children suggested that we make a school handball team in the future, even offering to help with the coaching. Judging by today’s results that doesn’t sound like a bad idea!!
The new mentoring program brings together our best and brightest from Year 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 to share ideas and work together to improve each other’s work. The mentors and Year 2 pupils will meet at least twice per week to look at developing reading, writing and maths skills. It has to be said thought that the pupils in Year 2 are already showing that they are very talented – that’s why they were selected for the program – and by working with their mentors we hope they can reach even greater heights.
The partnership doesn’t just benefit the Year 2 children though, as the mentors benefit from the opportunity to explain ideas and methods. By teaching and developing their Year 2 partners, they will also deepen their own subject knowledge and understanding, as well as feeling great as they know they will have helped someone else.
There are a number of rules attached to being a mentor, and all of the pupils who have agreed to take up this role know that they have very high expectations placed upon them, and falling short of those expectations is unacceptable due to the fact they are not only a mentor, but a role model to all pupils in school.
Amongst other things, the mentors must:
Our seven initial mentors are all looking forward to working with their partners and making a difference to their learning. If the initial launch visit to Seven Stories is anything to go by, the pupils in Year 2 are in safe hands.
Our mentors are going to get their very own page on the website, so check back to find out more about how our pupils are committed to helping each other.
Our school council recently visited the Millennium Centre in the village to raise some money to support two very worthwhile causes. The Council decided to repeat an event we held last year and organise a soup kitchen in support of the People’s Kitchen and Age Concern. Produce was donated by allotment holders and residents of the village, as well as being harvested from our very own plots in school, before being turned into delicious soup. The Council then set about selling it to members of the community with all of the proceeds going to charity.
It was a great success and we raised just short of £90 for these great causes. Mr Baker, a former teacher from Kibblesworth School who now supports the People’s Kitchen will be visiting school in a couple of weeks to tell us all about the fantastic work they do and be presented with a cheque to help them further.
Well done everyone!
Today saw the official opening of our Upper KS2 Hub, with parents and guests joining us to mark the occasion. Unfortunately, the weather let us down, and as it was raining we all gathered in the hall to start the proceedings. Members of both Year 5 and 6 welcomed our guests and said a little about how the classrooms came to be, and what they mean to everyone at school. It was a chance to celebrate the fact that we now have these fantastic rooms, and also an opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make them a reality. Without the help of Mr Batten and Mr Etherington working across the summer to remove fences and knock down walls the classrooms couldn’t have even been put in place. The work of Mr Thomas, our electrician for the contract, and Mr Breheny, who called in favours and gave his time generously to make sure we had steps and ramps to get in and out of the building was acknowledged, and we are all very grateful for all of their hard work.
Once the speeches had been delivered in the hall, we moved to the classrooms where Jai had the honour of cutting the ribbon with Councillor Harrison of Lamesley Parish Council. Jai was so keen we didn’t even get a photograph! We then moved into the building where Robbie and Emily were given the honour of officially declaring the Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms open for business with Councillor Hood from Gateshead Council.
With the formalities out of the way it was time to allow all of the parents and families into the classrooms to see what all of the fuss was about. It was a chance to see where the children worked, and also look at some of the work on the walls that demonstrate how the building is being put to good use. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm of the children as they showed their families around, and it was also nice to be able to share a cup of tea and reflect on all of the hard work that has gone into this major development for the school.
It has all been worth it in the end, and I am sure that the building will go on to serve the school, and the community, well for many years to come.
After working their socks off all half term for their SATs, Mr Ridley decided to reward the children in Year 2 with a sleepover in the school. It was all anyone was talking about all week, and it’s fair to say that it didn’t disappoint – everyone involved had a fantastic time!
To prepare the homes around the school the children walked around delivering letters to all nearby houses warning them of any potential noise around the school grounds late at night…not that anyone would be that excited that they’d be making that much noise…!
At 5.30pm the children all came back to school armed with their provisions for the night – or in Chloe’s case, carrying a suitcase packed for a week’s holiday! Once parents had waved goodbye, it was onto the first activity of the night – handling and learning about nocturnal animals.
We were lucky enough to have ZooLab come in and share some of their animals with us, and Rob was great at sharing his knowledge and letting the children hold all of the creatures – apart from the tarantula and scorpion, for obvious reasons! Miss Breheny was in her usual hiding spot when the creepy crawlies were on show, but the children were much braver, holding and handling everything. It’s a tough call to decide what the favourite animal was, but the African hedgehog proved a big hit with children and adults alike. After some interesting (and “interesting”) questions, the first activity of the night was over, and as Rob left the children prepared their meal for the evening, homemade pizzas.
The choice of toppings was vast, and the pizzas on show ranged from simple margaritas, to concoctions including pepperoni, onion, sweet corn and pineapple (just for Catherine!). When the pizzas were prepared, the children got themselves into groups of 3 to take part in a treasure hunt. With jigsaw pieces with clues hidden all over the school grounds, the boys and girls worked together to solve the riddles and put the jigsaw together. With prizes on offer for the first team finished, everyone was working their socks off to find all 9 pieces, and Chloe, Christian and Olivia were the worthy winners, using teamwork and initiative to comfortably finish first.
Following a quick dance off organised by Miss Breheny, Miss Jackson and Miss Garnett, Mrs Brunger served up the pizzas. A quick food stop was all the boys and girls needed, as soon enough they were back outside, this time armed with torches, to go on a nocturnal animal hunt. The usual sightings of ‘foxes’, ‘bats’ and ‘badgers’ were accompanied this year by a ghostly presence – or so Mya had everyone believe! Alfie and Addy did manage to find some snails, and after inspecting their home, it was back inside for some hot chocolate and a quick change for bed.
The mats were laid out and sleeping bags were strategically placed, and after a quick dance to try and tire everyone out (it didn’t work!), everyone settled in to watch ‘The Good Dinosaur’. Fully expecting the children to drift off asleep during the film, it was only Mr Ridley who caught some shut eye, as Miss Garnett and Mia relished catching the snoozing on camera!
After the film, everyone quietly tucked themselves in and got some much needed sleep. The first children began to stir at 7am, and apart from a sleepy few everyone was up and dressed by 8am. The inevitable lost socks and missing t-shirts were hunted for, and after some breakfast it was time for children to start heading home.
Everyone agreed that it was a super night, and the children all behaved themselves well. A huge thanks to Mrs Brunger and Miss Garnett for sleeping over, and to Miss Breheny and Miss Jackson for staying late too. After all the work the children in Year 2 have out in lately they deserved this fun night, and hopefully we can squeeze some more fun into the next few weeks too!
It could just be exam fever, but Year 6 introduced a new twist to the attendance competition when one of their number brought their own version of our attendance hound to spend the day in their class. Re-christened “Pack’d lunch please” for the day, the older sibling of Heamis even came to assembly, and as Year 6 said, “It’s the only way we would ever win the attendance bear.” That’s true Y6, but that’s mostly to do with the fact that you are competing for the attendance cup!
Pack’d lunch please (or Archie as he is usually known) is welcome in school any time – but next time he must put his smart black school shoes on – like Heamis – and not his converse. Even hounds need to be in uniform!
Year 2 were given a boost this week when every member of the class helped in our SEALS assembly by helping to tell a story about believing in yourself, meaning that they could all get their SEALS assembly standard ticked off!
More and more children are completing their passports every day – we are actually running out of Gold Headteacher Awards – which is exactly what we want!
Keep it up everyone!
Year 2 and Year 3 top the attendance tables again this week. With the cup only being missing from Year 3 for one week so far, they have managed to gain in back with a very credible 97%, just behind Year 2 with their great score of 98%. Hopefully the KS2 SATS next week will ensure that Year 56 are in with a great chance of lifting the trophy next week for the first time!
Well done to everyone!
A change of home for Heamis this week as he made the journey across the hall and down the stairs to join Y2 this week. With all classes achieving at least 97% Year 2 just snuck in with a great 98% to win the prize and earn the extra break time.
Year 3 have also lost their stranglehold on the attendance cup as it made the short journey to Year 4, who were thrilled to get their hands on the trophy. George and the boys in Year 3 insist it is just a temporary arrangement as they will be getting the cup back in assembly again this week.
We’ll see boys, we’ll see…
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