School Mark Award
We have been awarded the Silver School Mark Award for Excellence in Sustainable Travel. This award is given out by Sustrans and is given for activities which promote walking, cycling and scootering to school!
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!
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.
Letter from the Minister of School Reform
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.
Anti Bullying Week
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.
Children In Need
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 by Miss Dooley when she went to visit Lyakombila Primary.
Harvest Festival Table
Thank you to all the parents and friends that contributed to the Harvest Table. We had a wonderful range of food items on the table and it looked fantastic. The food has all been bagged up and distributed to the local people that were named by families in our school. A bag of food has also been given to the local foodbank. Thank you again for your excellent support.
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
Thank you to all the parents who attended the Macmillan Coffee Afternoon and donated generously to the charity. Thanks to your donations we were able to send £221 to Macmillan. Thanks again.
Marcus Watson from Sustrans was in school on Wednesday 24th September to carry out bicycle repairs for any children in school. This is part of our healthy activities work on supporting children with walking and cycling initiatives. If you wish to have your child’s bike checked and repaired please bring it to school through the top gate on Wednesday.