Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.

Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”

Bob Hope

Message From Mr Sutherland

We have been treated to some absolutely wonderful Christmas performances this week from our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children.  I was lucky enough to be able to be at all the productions and the children never ceased to amaze me.  The confidence and sheer enjoyment that exuded from them was lovely to see and the hard work they had put in was very evident.  There were happy smiles on their faces and a real sense of pride at what they had achieved.  For those of you who were there, you will know that I commented on the many qualities that were demonstrated by the children; speaking and listening; teamwork; sharing and taking turns; singing; dancing; clear narration and even comic timing!  All that whilst having a fantastic time as well. 

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the staff in Early Years and Key Stage 1 for their hard work in putting the show together and supporting the children, giving them all their chance to shine.  Of course, our thanks also go to you as parents, carers, grandmas and granddads for your help not only with costumes, lines and learning songs and for supporting the school through events such as our raffles and fayres but your presence at productions such as these.  I thought the atmosphere at all shows was truly magical and they were so well attended.  Thank you!

Still on the subject of Christmas, you may have seen photographs of our Christmas Dinner day this Wednesday.  Mrs Anglesea and I helped the Kitchen Team serve lunches to all our children and staff and the Hall looked really festive and sparkly.  I would like to thank Linda and all her team for the wonderful food they served to the children and the children themselves for their exemplary behaviour which was commented on frequently by staff.  They were polite, patient and well-mannered and I think every one of them could have sat on our Golden Table today!

Have a great week!



Whole School Information


Wow, Christmas has landed and what a week! 


For those who joined us on Tuesday and Thursday, I’m sure you’ll agree our Nativities this year were fantastic. We are so proud of our children for learning all their lines singing with such gumption and demonstrating their individual talents. Thank you to parents who supported with costumes and line learning. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!


Join us on Wednesday 18th December for our Christmas Coffee morning and Bongo Bingo!

We would love as many parents, carers, family members and friends to come along on Wednesday 18 December at 9.15am to join us for some festive fun. Last year we introduced Bongo Bingo and had lots of fun and giggles which certainly got us all in the mood for Christmas. During the morning you will be served mince pies and hot drinks while listening to our choir and groups of children from across the school sing some Christmas tunes.  We`ll have a lively game of bingo and a quiz and finally draw our grand raffle. Please join us – everyone is welcome!


Christmas Parties

Our Christmas Parties are next week…

Monday: Reception and Nursery

Tuesday: Year 1 and Year 2

Wednesday: Year 3 and Year 4

Thursday: Year 5 and Year 6

On Christmas Party Day, children have two options.

Option 1: Bring your party clothes into school in a bag, and the staff will get children changed for the party after lunch.

Option 2: Collect your child at 11.45am and return to school for 1.15pm party-ready.

Please send party food in on the morning of the party to enable staff to set up.


Community Carol Service – Thursday 19th December

Our Choir will once again be singing at St Nicholas’ Church for the Community Carol Service. The choir should meet Mrs McLean at 5.45pm in full school uniform including a school jumper and a Christmas hair accessory or hat.  The service will start at 6pm.


Snowy Weather!

Whilst not wishing to tempt fate, we have heard there may be some snowy weather on the way. Please find detailed below useful information in the event of disruption caused by inclement weather.

  • A message will be put on Facebook as early as possible if school is to be closed.
  • A message will be sent to parents/carers via our school app.
  • Information will be put on the school’s website.
  • Details will go on the Council website.
  • Local radio stations- Metro Radio and BBC Radio Newcastle will be notified and announcements made.


The last day of term

On Friday 20th December children can wear any Christmas clothes they choose, uniform is not required. Children are also invited to bring in a small game, puzzle or toy to play with their friends during the day. Electrical items or toy weapons such as Nerf guns are not permitted.


Start of term January 2020

A reminder we open for children on Tuesday 7th January 2020.


School Lunch

The menu for week commencing Monday 16 December is Week 3.  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, please ensure that no kiwi fruit or peanuts are brought into school, including in the form of Snickers or peanut butter sandwiches.  This is especially important to remember for children bringing in packed lunches or snacks.

Class News


This week’s Class News is from Key Stage One…

What a show!

Thank you for joining us yesterday to watch our Key Stage 1 Nativity ‘A Midwife Crisis’. Staff are extremely proud of all of our Year 1 and Year 2 children for their commitment, enthusiasm and hard work which went into putting on an amazing show. Children who had speaking parts have spent the last four weeks learning their lines at home and at school and we would like to thank parents/carers for support with this. The singing and acting was truly amazing and we are sure that we might see some of our children on stage in the future. Our Year 1 choir did themselves proud, remembering all of those actions whilst singing beautifully. Well done Key Stage 1 – you are all stars!


Mini Medics in Year 6

On Wednesday, Robin from Mini-medics was in Year 6. He discussed with us how to resuscitate someone who had stopped breathing. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving technique used in various emergency situations. Following the important steps, our children re-enacted what they would do to help adults and babies using CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. A valuable skill we are fortunate to learn.


Accelerated Reader – Year 3 to 6

A reminder to our Year 3 to 6 pupils that our Accelerated Reader Points cut off day was Tuesday 10 December. A huge well done to all of those children who have already achieved their personalised target set at the beginning of half term and a reminder to those that have not that we need to really try to read our home reading book every night at home and have this commented on in our Reading Diaries.

We would like all books returned by Tuesday 17th December. A verbal reminder and then a written reminder will be sent out to pupils who have not returned books according to our tracking system by this date.

Thank you for your continued support with reading….. “ Today a reader … tomorrow a leader!”


Year 5 Swimming lessons

A reminder from Thursday 9th January, it will be the turn of class 5O to have their swimming lessons.  Children will need to remember to bring a towel and costume each week.


Our Headteacher Awards were presented today to the following children who have all impressed their respective class teacher:

RCH  Seth Jones

RCY  Thomas Robson

1B  Daniel Bell

1T  Lucas Rodan

2B  Lacey Seward

2J   Indy Lister

3C  Ellen Atkinson

3M  Maisy Henderson-Arkless

4C  Chloe Wear

4W  Lucy Little

5B  Chloe Kennedy

5O  Will Harrison

6P  Alina Miron

6R  Isla Conboy



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