Week beginning 6th May 2019
It has been a very strange half term so far with two Mondays missed due to Bank Holidays. This squeezes the week and means that the four days of teaching are very busy. Alongside this, it is the shortest half term of the year, so all of the usual meetings have to be completed in five weeks. Add in national testing and it will be the half term holiday before we know it.
As usual, school is very busy with lunchtime and after school clubs. Gymnasts are putting the final touches to their routines, the tennis, table tennis and badminton teams all practicing their backhands, netball and hockey players continue to develop their skills on our fantastic new pitch, runners pound the streets on Friday morning and pound the field on Friday lunchtime and archery club offers a more sedate, but extremely skilful, sporting option. It was so busy in school that our cricket club had to play out in the pouring rain on Wednesday evening. It was no problem though, as we were not cold and we were not wet - at least, that was what we tried to persuade the children! The drama club are in final rehearsals for Joseph and the choirs, music club and dance club are getting ready to entertain everyone at the Great Get Together in June. Minecraft and coding clubs are still very popular, producing work at an amazingly high standard. Art club and sewing club continue to create masterpieces and the better weather has seen the return of the Gardening Club. As you can see, there is hopefully something on offer for everyone who wants to join a club, but we also know that some children simply want to spend their spare time socialising with their friends.
This week has been Nursery in Action week, when we have welcomed some of our new pupils for next year to visit the Nursery and start to get to know the setting. It has been lovely to meet them and their families.
Year 1 had a particularly wet and windy visit to the North East seaside, but they wrapped up well and all had a fabulous time rock pooling and visiting St Mary’s Lighthouse.
We had a very exciting Friday thanks to Julian Hughes from Gem Education, who came in and taught Classes 2, 5, 8 and 19 how to use green screen technology. This work continues on Monday when he will work with classes 12, 14 and 16 and then teach the teachers at our staff meeting. Julian supports the school with educational technology and the computing curriculum and some of you will know him from his “Keeping Safe Online” talks that he gives at In the Loop meetings. I am sure that year teams will be sharing their work on the pupil pages very soon. My favourite was seeing Class 2 shrunk down to the size of their favourite mini-beasts.
Which reminds me – Reception are looking after their caterpillars in class and hoping to help them to turn into beautiful butterflies.
Thanks to all families in Years 1 and 3 who are helping Northumbria University Sports Science Department with their current research project looking into exercise. We will be offering this research project to Year 2 children after half term.
And finally for this week, I think we will be welcoming staff and children from our two sister schools in Wuhan, China in early July. I am just waiting for confirmation of the visit and numbers and will let you know the details as soon as I get them. It will be great to meet up with them again and share our fantastic school.