Care and Respect for All22/11/2019
Thought of the Week:
“The first to apologise is the bravest, the first to forgive is the strongest, and the first to forget is the happiest ”
Message From Mr Sutherland
I am so sorry that so many of our boys and girls have been poorly this week and I hope that everyone is feeling a little better now. Some classes have been particularly badly hit with almost 50% of the children absent on some days We are aware that other schools have also been affected with one or two having to close. Naturally, we sought advice at the beginning of the week from the local authority and from Public Health England as our aim was to ensure that we did not exacerbate the situation. We acted on their advice immediately, which included emailing every parent with a copy of the letter they gave us with their recommendations. This meant us undertaking a deep clean of the school on Tuesday, reminding everyone about the importance of hand-washing throughout the day and only returning to school once fully recovered and not before 48 hours if sickness and diarrhoea has been involved. We have continued this week with regular cleaning of particular areas such as taps, door handles, tables and toilets and we have avoided having everyone together when not absolutely necessary; for an assembly for example, to avoid spreading any more germs. I hope that everyone manages to shake off their bugs over the weekend and enjoys the longer weekend as school is closed on Monday 25th November. Thank you to all parents and carers for their support whilst these measures have been put in place.
I love seeing the children sitting at our Friday Golden Table and their beaming faces as they are shown to their table are a joy to behold – not to mention the waiter and waitress service they enjoy. This is part of our initiative to promote good behaviour at lunchtimes including talking to friends quietly, lining up smartly, tidying away their plates and lunchboxes properly and not running in the hall. We are already seeing a huge difference and our aim is for everyone to have had a chance to sit at our Golden Table before the academic year is out. Well done everyone for the improvements so far.
We started a new song at our singing assembly on Monday called “Be More Kind” which links beautifully with our positive friendships and anti-bullying theme. We managed to go through the first verse and chorus and the children sounded fantastic. I can’t wait for us to finish the song and be able to perform it – we will aim to record a brief video and put it on our website and social media when we can. #BeMoreKind
We are entering an extremely busy time in the school calendar and I don’t want anyone to miss anything. All the important dates for your diary are in this newsletter so please add them to your diaries and contact the school if you are unsure or have any questions. We want things to go as smoothly as possible so that everyone has a wonderful time. I would also draw your attention to the arrangements for taking the children to the Theatre on Tuesday afternoon. The safety of your children on and off our site when on a school visit is my utmost priority and I have instructed staff to adhere to our agreed procedures when dismissing children. It will be dark when we return and might be raining which can add to the challenges so I would respectfully ask for your patience and understanding when parking your cars and waiting for your children. We will get them back to you just as quickly as we can so they can fill you in on all the excitement!
Have a great week!
Whole School Information
A reminder School is closed Monday 25th November for our Occasional Day
Pantomime visit to the Theatre Royal
On Tuesday we are off to the Theatre Royal to see Beauty and the Beast. Buses will take the children to and from the theatre. We hope to return to school by 5.15pm and will update our school Facebook page with any changes to this. We do ask that parents DO NOT PARK ON SITE. Last year the buses were unable to access the site to drop the children off safely as parents were blocking the route. Please park considerately bearing in mind our local residents. Children will be taken back into school and dismissed from their classroom doors. No children are to be collected from the buses. We are not allowed to take any bags into the theatre. Children can bring a small bottle of water to drink which they will need to carry and a small packet of treats or fruit that will fit in their pockets. Children do not share sweets so please just send a small amount enough for your child. We are very excited about our visit!
|Monday 25 November||School Closed|
|Friday 29 November||Christmas themed dress-up day. Please bring a donation for our school Fayre|
|Wednesday 4 December||The lighting of the tree St Nicholas Church 6pm|
|Tuesday 10 December||EYFS Nativity 9.30am and 2.30pm|
|Wednesday 11 December||Christmas dinner day – Children can wear Christmas jumpers today|
|Thursday 12 December||KS1 Nativity 9.30am and 2.15pm|
|Friday 13 December||Our Christmas Fayre – Children can wear their Christmas jumpers again, parents can collect their children from 2.30pm to attend our Fayre|
|Monday 16 December||Nursery and Reception Christmas Party|
|Tuesday 17 December||
AM: Whole school Church Service – St Nicholas Chruch (children only)
PM: Y1 and Y2 Christmas Party
|Wednesday 18 December||
AM: Grand Christmas Raffle, Bongo Bingo Morning for parents and carers- ALL WELCOME!
PM: Y3 and Y4 Christmas Party
|Thursday 19 December||
PM: Y5 and Y6 Christmas Party
6pm Community Carol Service St Nicholas Church – Choir performing
|Friday 20 December||
Break up for Christmas
Children can wear Christmas clothing or jumpers today and bring in a small game or toy – NO ELECTRICAL ITEMS
Friday 29th November – Christmas dress-up day!
Come to school in Christmas themed clothing to launch our festive period. No money required, instead please send in a donation for our school Fayre. Ideas such as gifts sets, toys, sweet treats, books would be much appreciated. Anything really that we can use as prizes and gifts at the Fayre. Your support with this is much appreciated.
On Christmas Party Day Children have two options.
Option 1: Bring your party clothes into school in a big and 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.
A sheet with party food options will be outside your child’s classroom the week before for you to sign up for a small item to bring along.
Grand Raffle Bongo-Bingo morning
We would love as many parents, carers, family members and friends to come along on Wednesday 17th 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 welcome.
Children In Need
The total raised from last week’s ‘Children in Need’ appeal was £191.20. A huge thank you to everyone who made or donated biscuits and cakes for our sale on Friday and to those who came along to support this very special cause.
The menu for week commencing Monday 18 November 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.
This week’s Class News is from Upper Key Stage Two…
Year 5 were lucky to have lots of visitors in school on Monday – some with hundreds of legs, some with six legs and some with no legs! Jo, from For Paws Animal Shows, brought in a selection of exotic rain forest creatures such as a corn snake, a tarantula and a giant millipede! During the visit, Jo commented on the children’s brilliant rain forest knowledge and was super impressed with how much they knew. This creepy crawly experience will help us with the rest of our Amazing Amazon study. Take a look at the photos to see who joined us!
For lunch on Thursday Year 6 were treated to an authentic Greek meal kindly provided by Acropolis Street Food who set up their tent and cooked outside our classroom windows. The children ate: chicken and vegetable skewers, pitta bread and Greek salad – which was quickly devoured! Everyone loved the experience which coincides with out history topic on Ancient Greece . George commented – “ This is the best skewer I have ever tasted! “ Whilst the girls deliberated over which elements of this modern day Greek meal may have also been enjoyed by the Ancient Greeks. A huge thank you to the Acropolis street food team who can be found at the Quayside market on Sundays and at Tynemouth market on Saturday and Sunday.
Tracey Corderoy Author Visit
KS1 had a wonderful afternoon with the multi award – winning author, Tracey Corderoy. The children thoroughly enjoyed her story telling and all of the other interactive activities that she delivered. They really enjoyed finding out about the main characters in her stories, ‘Shifty McGifty’ and ‘Slippery Sam’. Oliver from 2B said “my favourite activity was drawing Slippery Sam.” At the end of session, children got the opportunity to purchase one of her books and get it signed personally by Tracey. Our children were certainly inspired by her and they couldn’t wait to read their books when they got back to their classrooms!
Recent Illness in school
On Tuesday all parents should have received via email a letter from Public Health regarding recent illness in our school. The letter offers advice on symptoms and treatments and what to look out for. A reminder that no child should return to school until 48 hours after their last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. Staff in school have been working hard to ensure children know how and when to wash their hands thoroughly and how to reduce spread of germs.
Reception Class places for September 2020
Nursery parents can apply for Reception class places in September 2020. The closing date for Reception admissions is 15 January 2020. Apply online at www.gateshead.gov.uk/schooladmissions. Please contact the school office if you do not have access to the internet to submit your application.
Our Headteacher Awards were presented today to the following children who have all impressed their respective class teacher:
RCH Ava Johnson
RCY Lydia Murthy
1B Poppie-Rae Ellison
1T Evie Vaughan
2B Jayne Smythe
2J Hallie Dixon
3C Lacey Watson
3M Tommy Willey
4C Heidi Caffrey
4W Evie Kiszel
5B Max Nordmann
5O Daisy Keane
6P Alfie Guyan
6R Giovany Mariello