Care and Respect for All05/07/2019
Thought of the Week:
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”
Message From Mr Sutherland
As a class teacher, as well as ensuring your child is safe and happy in school, an important part of our role is building on your child’s academic achievements from the previous year, securing and deepening their understanding of the current year’s curriculum and preparing them for the new year ahead. We have identified and underpinned the children’s curriculum and pastoral strengths as well as areas that need further intervention or support. Assessments and statutory testing have been completed and we can all look forward to the last few weeks of term and the summer break ahead. It is also the time of year when teachers are informed about which year group they will be teaching next academic year and of course, when the children find out who their new teacher will be.
I always remember as a teacher being really excited to find out whether I would be remaining in the same year group or moving to a different part of the school. I also remember the buzz of excitement as the children find out which class they will be in and who their teacher will be! With that in mind, you will have received an email today with a letter attached, informing you of our staffing structure from September so I would ask that you please check your emails today. The children will all be told who their new teacher will be this afternoon so you will be able to share that information together when you get home. Decisions about staffing and the movement of classes are given significant deliberation by the leadership team at school as, of course, we want children and staff to feel happy and ready for the challenges a new term will bring. Before the end of term, the children will have transition sessions where they will be introduced to their new teacher, be shown around their new classroom and its facilities so that they can get their bearings and made to feel comfortable. Children who find these transitions difficult will receive additional support. In this way, we hope that when all the children return after the summer break, they do so with confidence and no worries about where they need to go.
There are still lots of things happening in and around school over the next couple of weeks so please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website so that you don’t miss anything!
Have a great week!
Whole School Information
You are invited to join us at our Summer Fayre on Friday 12 July. We have all sorts of entertainment and fun in store. Gates will open at 1.55pm. Our choir will be performing on the field to open the Fayre. The whole of Year 1 will then take to the field to show us their routines from their Happy Feet sessions, following on from this our Boyz Street Dancers will be back to perform their routines from they entered, as well as street dance club and our Year 5 Hear Club. Parents are then welcome to collect their children from their classrooms from 2.30pm to join them at the Fayre. We have lots of exciting stalls including our famous cake stall, hook a book, coconut shy and splat the teacher. In our Forest School, you can go along and toast marshmallows or sit and enjoy a hot dog whilst you are entertained by some singers and musicians from Kingsmeadow School. We hope you can join us and remember to bring some change if possible.
School closes on Thursday 18 July
Another reminder that school finishes for the summer on Thursday 18 July. We return to school on Tuesday 3 September for the start of the new academic year.
Today the children found out who their new teachers are in September. Parents will have also received an email outlining all staffing for September. The children will meet their new teachers next Thursday 11 July where they will spend the day in their new classroom getting to know each other. Mrs Burn`s class’ transition will take place on Tuesday 9 July and Early Years have already started their transition as it is carried out over a longer period in shorter bursts. I am sure they will soon be telling you all about it.
Beauty and the Beast
On Wednesday our Year 5 and 6 children are set to astound you as they take to the stage with their production of Beauty and the Beast. Having popped into rehearsals I believe this show is set to be our best yet. We still have some tickets left available on our school app. A reminder also if you require a creche place this must be booked through our school office so we can ensure adequate staffing. We would discourage any young children from coming into the performance, please. Do join us and let us entertain you.
The menu for week commencing Monday 8 July is Week 2. A reminder that as part of our Healthy Schools programme, we ask that children do not bring crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks in their packed lunches. Due to allergies, we ask that children do not bring nuts or kiwi fruit in their packed lunches.
The final instalment for our current Year 5 children to visit Dukeshouse Wood is due on Friday 12 July. Please arrange to make your payment of £25 through our school app.
Nursery take a trip to the farm
Last term nursery had the pleasure of watching eggs (all ten) hatch into baby chicks which triggered our interests into the life of farm animals. So it began…over the last two weeks, we have paid visits to Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester. During our time we had the opportunity to feed baby lambs, goats and donkeys. We held little chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs and showed we knew how to be gentle and caring so that the animals felt safe and comfortable in our hands. One of the highlights of the day was travelling on a bumpy tractor ride around the farm where everyone held on tight, although we giggled as we travelled along the rocky road. Whilst we were uncertain of what the weather would hold, we all enjoyed ice lollies as the sun shone in the afternoon. The nursery team couldn’t be prouder as Anne, our guide paid compliments to the children’s behaviour and engagement as they learned about farm animals! Go Nursery!
Molly said, “The pigs are so stinky.” as she held her nose.
Harry said, “I want to take this chick to my house.”
Reception Family Learning Workshop
Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Our Reception parents and children enjoyed a family learning workshop this afternoon. Working together, they made treasure maps, pirate hooks and colourful parrots. Lots of fun was had by all!
“Brilliant family activity. We all had much fun!” Lucy, Mam and Dad.
“Great opportunity to learn with Isaac! Good activities we both enjoyed ourselves!” Isaac and Mum.
“We had lots of fun being pirates. Arghhh!” Mia and Dad
Outdoor and Adventurous Festival
Ten of our Year 1 children had an exciting time at the Outdoor and Adventurous Festival at Gibside, National Trust on Wednesday morning. The fun began with a scavenger hunt where they had to follow a map and collect objects to help them build a home for a hedgehog!
After that, they headed into the woods where they walked the nightline blindfolded and made mud cakes!
When asked about his favourite part of the morning Harry said: “I liked wearing the blindfold and holding the rope!”
Year 5 Rounders
30 children from Year 5 were lucky enough to take part in a rounders competition, along with Year 5 pupils from Lobley Hill. The children from both schools were immediately mixed into 6 teams…of both Dunston Hill and Lobley Hill pupils! Although some seemed nervous at first, it didn’t take long before each of the 6 teams were getting along brilliantly with each other. Each team tried out batting and fielding and there were some excellent examples of good sportsmanship from both schools, such as applauding the other team and encouraging those who were trying hard. Miss Jobey and Miss Reay were both very proud of all of the children and a big well done to Team 5, who were the overall winners and did not loose a single game!
Year 6 Tennis Tournament
Eight children from Year 6 went to a mini tennis tournament on Monday afternoon at Blaydon Tennis Club. they played against 4 other schools and came third overall winning the bronze medal.
Zane said ‘ The matches were great fun’ and Charlie said’ it was a great experience, I have never played Tennis before.
Lower Key Stage Two Sports Day
What a fantastic afternoon LKS2 had in the sunshine on Wednesday for their annual sports day. The children represented their house teams with passion and pride; showing excellent sportsmanship and determination throughout. The scores on the doors were:
4th Place – Bamburgh
3rd Place – Lampton
2nd Place – Alnwick
1st Place – Durham
Well done to all of the children for taking part and for their exemplary behaviour. As always you have made us proud.
Thank you also to all of the spectators who came to support this event – it is safe to say we now know where the children’s competitive streaks come from! Well done to Scott Lane for winning the parents race! It was great to see so many taking part!
Reception and Key Stage One Sports Day
Wow! How amazing were our youngest children on Thursday afternoon? Each and everyone of them gave it there all and rose to the occasion. We witnessed such excitement and teamwork that was contagious and the children were delighted when the Mummy’s and Daddy’s joined in the fun too. A huge thank you to everyone who came along to support the turnout was excellent and i know the children loved it. The Green team won overall but they were all winners that afternoon and we are super proud of them.
Our Headteacher Awards were presented today to the following children who have all impressed their respective class teacher:
RCH Lewis Horn
RCY Harley Moulding
1B Jayne Smythe
1C Taylor Stephenson
2B Colby Keenan
2C Maisy Henderson Arkless
3B Ava Cook
3M Michael Treglown
4B Eva May Ford
4C Isabelle Rogers
5J Faith Goode
5O Mark Wharmby