We have been awarded the Bronze School Mark Award for Excellence in Sustainable Travel this term. This award is given out by Sustrans and is given for activities which promote walking, cycling and scootering!
We had a fantastic day at our Maths Puzzle Day. All of the children in school had the opportunity to take part in a number of puzzles and logic problems in the school hall. The children worked in teams and really enjoyed their sessions. We also had a lot of parents at the after school stall buying puzzles for the children.
On Wednesday our year 5 pupils went to Bishop Barrington for the afternoon to take part in a science workshop. The activities included generating electricity with a coil and magnet and then using the electricity in circuits. They had an electrifying time!
Welcome back to school for the new term and a new year. Our assemblies this week focused on Going for Goals which is the new SEAL theme. We talked about children being motivated and trying their best so that they can achieve their goals.
Thank you to everyone who supported the School Christmas Fair. It was a very busy afternoon with a fantastic attendance. Thank you to everyone who provided donations, manned stalls, made cups of tea, etc. and to everyone who spent their money on everything from raffle tickets to cakes to raise money for the the school. Your help is always appreciated. Thank you. We raised £875 on the day.
We were very pleased to receive a letter from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Reform, congratulating the children and staff on their success last year in the Phonics Check. It is really positive and great for the children and staff to be acknowledged for their hard work.
Although bullying does take place face to face it can also take place on the internet. The amount and types of cyber bullying has greatly increased and parents and children need to be aware of how to stay safe when using the internet. The Internet Matters website has been designed to give parents advice and information about online safety.
This week 17th – 21st November is the National Anti-Bullying Week. The Anti Bullying Alliance was set up ten years ago to support schools in spreading the message that all forms of bullying must be stopped. We will be carrying out activities in our school to promote this year’s theme which is to STOP BULLYING FOR ALL! The aim of this year’s theme is to raise awareness of the bullying of children with disabilities and special needs.Bullying of all children is clearly unacceptable, however, evidence shows that:
- Children with special educational needs are twice as likely to suffer from persistent bullying
It is essential that we all spread the message Stop Bullying For All as loudly as possible and ensure that the children speak up against bullying.
Thank you to all the children, parents and friends for your support with this year’s Children in Need theme. The School Council met and organised a day to raise money for the charity. The children came dressed in non uniform and superhero costumes for the day. They carried out some art and craft activities and bought biscuits from the School Council. The total raised by the School Council during the day’s activities was £308.32.
Well done and thank you for your fantastic generosity.
Today the whole school stopped and observed the two minutes silence to recognise Armistice Day. A group of our year 6 pupils read out names of some of the soldiers from West Auckland who died during the First World War and wore poppies that they had made. We finished with a prayer written by one of our pupils.
Examples of class art work based around remembering those who died in wars.
Thank you to all the parents and friends who send in loose change for our Tanzania appeal. We asked children to help fill water bottles with the loose change for our partner school in Tanzania. The water link was used to raise awareness of the importance of clean water. The total raised was £150 and this money was taken to Tanzania in October by Miss Dooley when she went to visit Lyakombila Primary.