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Whilst playing outdoors a small group of children observed some birds pecking the ground on the school field. Isabelle asked why the birds were pecking the grass and Cara replied, “they’re looking for food”. Logan explained that birds like to eat worms and that worms live in the ground. Holly was very excited to tell us that she feeds the birds with her Nana and she gives them seeds to eat, she added that the birds like seeds. We decided it would be a nice idea to feed the birds visiting our Early Years outdoor area and set to work scattering seeds around our outdoor area.
For the second year, our school has raised money for the People’s Kitchen in Gateshead through our Millennium Centre soup kitchen. In October, our school council visited the Millennium Centre and served soup to local residents – soup that had been prepared and made in school by after school club and some of the classes using vegetables from our school garden, and donations from the allotment holders and our friends around the village. It was a real community effort, and Mr Baker – a former teacher at the school – came to school today to collect the money on behalf of the charity. He assured us that the money would be put to good use, and for the second time in a day, we had helped others, and made ourselves feel good in the process – another huge drop in the bucket for 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.
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!
Last week Nursery have been working on the story of the Gruffalo. Their idea came, after some of class explained their was a monster living in the hedge in the outdoor area. Some of the children described a Gruffalo living in the hedge!
From that, the class worked in their keyworker groups to paint their own Gruffalo, build a mini forest outside for him and also retell their own Gruffalo story with their friends. We also had our own Gruffalo wood inside with the story characters. The Gruffalo has become a firm favourite story in Nursery!
Mr Baker came to talk to the children about the People’s Kitchen in Newcastle. We were very interested to find out about what the people’s kitchen does to support local people. The school council presented him with a cheque for £56 which was half of the money raised from the soup at the Millennium centre.
Members of the school have been hard at work this week, pulling together all of the generous donations from
our pupils to create fantastic christmas shoe boxes to support the Samaritans Purse Christmas Shoe Box appeal. Children and staff from school have been collecting items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, toys and sweets to make up gift parcels that can be sent to Children this christmas who otherwise won’t receive very much Christmas cheer.
We were visited by a representative of the charity earlier this year who asked us for our help in making Christmas better for children less fortunate than us, including refugees from Syria who are arriving in Europe with nothing more than the clothes their are wearing. The children responded magnificently with a huge volume of donations, and also a well supported non uniform day that will pay for the postage of our gifts.
With the collection deadline fast approaching, teams of children have been volunteering to give up their lunch times and break times to get the parcels made up and wrapped, and with pictures and notes of good will being shoved in at the last minute, they are sure to brighten the day of many children across Europe and further afield who need to know that we care.
A massive thank you to all of the children, families and staff of the school who have made this a great success, and proven that is far better to give than to receive, and we will have further news on the total number of shoeboxes we managed to create, and photos of them going on their way in the coming weeks.
The first of our Academy Awards Assemblies took place at school today. The children who had been nominated this half term for awards by their teachers gathered in the hall to be congratulated by their parents and friends. It was fantastic to hear about all of the achievements of all of the children across the school, including excellent in mathematics and english, and working hard on their respect passports. It was clear to all who attended that everyone has worked incredibly hard across the half term, and I am sure that we are sure to see more outstanding nominations at our Christmas Awards Assembly.
Today we had our first Nursery Awards Assembly. we even got to go on the stage to receive our certificates! A big thank you to all the parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and baby brothers and sisters who came to the assembly. A copy of our class PowerPoint will be available soon.
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