Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“In order to write about life first you must live it.”

Ernest Hemingway

Message From Mr Sutherland

As you know, on Tuesday of this week we took all the children from Years 1 to 6 to the Theatre Royal to see this year’s Pantomime – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.  What a wonderful afternoon we all had!  The looks on the children’s faces as the curtain went up and the music began was absolutely priceless and, for a couple of hours, we were all transported to a magical world full of singing, dancing, colour and of course, lots of jokes.  There were certainly plenty of “awe and wonder” moments too with some very special guests who came onto the stage to perform, although I have to say that I don’t think that Miss Bunce and I were quite prepared for being part of one of those “moments” when we were called up on stage to play roles in “Romeo and Juliet”! 

To undertake a whole-school trip of this nature is a huge, logistical operation as I know you will appreciate, with many buses involved and all the school staff staff attending as well as a huge amount of planning and checking.  Our priority, as always, is to ensure your children have fun but are safe.  Add to this the fact that it was dark when we returned and was raining and it would be easy to make the decision not to undertake a trip of this kind.  I can assure you that many schools wouldn’t.  I am so pleased we did, however, and would like to thank everyone involved, including all the staff and volunteers, for giving the children a wonderful afternoon that they will remember for many years.  The children’s behaviour was fantastic too, in fact we even had some calls from members of the public the following day complementing them on their behaviour.  May I also thank all parents and carers for their support and involvement and of course, their patience at the end of the day whilst we made sure that the children were all safely counted back into school to then return home.  I am so proud of all of them and really hope they had a fantastic time and have told you all about their day.

May I also respectfully draw your attention again to the letter that was sent home on Wednesday afternoon about the challenges that schools are facing with regards to funding.  This is a collaborative effort from schools across the North East and we would really appreciate it if you could take two minutes to sign the electronic petition.  We have placed a copy of the letter on our Facebook page and will also place a copy on our website for your reference.  We believe it will really make a difference and will help to raise this serious issue with government.  Thank you for your continued support.

Have a wonderful week!


Whole School Information


Coming soon…

We are thrilled to be able to announce the introduction of a school app which is accessible on Android, iOS and the web. It will work on phones, tablets, laptops, pc’s and even smart watches.

Once you have downloaded the app, you will have access to a range of services at the click of a button which will enable you to:

  • Access a messaging service, which will enable school to eliminate the costs of texts or printed letters
  • Book and pay for school trips / clubs and complete online consent
  • Pay for school meals and music lessons
  • Make your parents consultation appointment
  • Check your child’s attendance record and submit explanations for any absences.

More information will follow in the New Year.


Christmas Fayre

A reminder our Christmas Fayre is Friday 7 December. Children can be collected from their classes at 2.30pm to join you in the Fayre. This year we have some new and exciting stalls as well as a special visitor in our Nursery grotto. We have also decided to spread the Fayre out throughout the school hall and up into our ICT suite following feedback from last years busy occasion. We look forward to seeing you all there. 


Children In Need

The total raised from the ‘Children in Need’ cake sale was a fantastic £324.60. A huge thank you to everyone who made or donated biscuits and cakes for our sale and to those who came along to support this very special cause.


Midday Supervisory Assistant Vacancy (1 day per week)

We are looking to appoint a Midday Supervisory Assistant to supervise and ensure the safety and well-being of pupils during the lunchtime period. You will work under the direction of the Midday Supervisor. Working hours are 11.45am to 1.15pm on a Tuesday. For further details please visit our school website. The closing date is noon on Friday 7 December 2018.


Photo of the Week

Class News


Its starting to look a lot like Christmas!

What a great week we’ve had in school.  Today the children (and staff) have looked fantastic in their Christmas colours and clothes from Kevin and Katie the carrots to elves and baubles, not forgetting UKS2 in their Sainsbury`s advert inspired outfits. Hope you got to see their efforts, check out the photos if not. Also a huge thank you for all the  donations that have come in for our Christmas Fayre.


Fun at The Theatre

We had a fantastic visit to the Theatre Royal on Tuesday to see Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children and staff had a wonderful time and loved the experience, especially the guest appearances of Mr Sutherland and Miss Bunce on the stage! I am sure the theatre will be asking to cast them again next year!

Year 6 had lots to say after the show…

On Tuesday we went to the Theatre Royal to see Goldilocks and the three Bears. I loved it because it was very entertaining and showed extremely impressive circus routines and mesmerising acts. I really enjoyed this comedy musical. Gracie, Charlie and Calvyinio said, “Their favourite part in the pantomime was when the juggler was on stage and managed amazingly to juggle 6 footballs at once.”I thought the best bit was when Danny got ‘Alexa’ out and Alexa played lots of different songs! Katie and Lois thought the costumes were really cool and the pantomime was funny. Sophie really enjoyed the part with the roller skating as they did amazing tricks and when the girl got swung round by her neck it was quite nerve wrecking to watch!


Reception Visit to Gibside

This Wednesday is Receptions turn for their Christmas treat as they head off on a magical experience to Gibside.  The children will take part in the Christmas trail with festive characters.  The trail will end with toasting marshmallows around the campfire! Children are not required to wear their uniform for this visit but must be dressed appropriately for the day according to the weather, as the children will be outside.  Please send in your child’s wellies so that they can change into them before they go.


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

RCH  Alice Pattison

RCY  Rafailia Biniakou

1B  Jayne Smythe

1C  Hadiy Mohammed

2B  Angelina Xie

2C  Lily Annah Wales

3B  Erin Sutton

3M  Evie Dotchin

4B  Connie Guilfoyle

4C  Alarika Dryden

5J  Millie Blackburn

5O  Olivia Aguiar

6P  Hannah Kosak

6R  Alicia Ford


School Attendance