Head Teacher's Blog 03.07.23

2nd July 2023

We have reasons to be proud of our children each and every week but this last week seems to have been a real ‘stand out’ week for achievement, positivity and representation. 

Let’s start with our Year 6 children who headed off on residential last Wednesday with lots of excitement, but also a few very normal worries about being away from home and the challenging activities that lay ahead. Let’s hear from Mrs Murdy about how everyone got on: 

“Our Year 6 children had a fabulous time on their residential last week. From the excitement of camping out with friends under the stars to canyoneering and paddle boarding, it was an adventure full of smiles, laughter and courageous personal achievements. I’m sure the children have enjoyed sharing their memories and highlights with you. Photographs will be uploaded onto the school website at the beginning of the week.”

My personal thanks go to Mrs Murdy, Miss Back, Mr Fordham-Scott, Mrs Pickard, Mrs Young and Miss Taylor for leading the children in such an unforgettable experience. 

Our Nursery children all excelled in their sports days last week. What a lovely atmosphere there was with families cheering all of the children on and the children themselves putting so much effort into each of the activities. Thanks to Mrs Farrar and all of the Apple class staff for organising such a wonderful experience. 

All of our children painted an entry for the Alnwick in Bloom competition and we received the results of the judging this week. I’m delighted to say that the following children from Swansfield have won a prize: Rowan Horsburgh, Louis O’Connell, Logan Dodd, Bradley Saxton, Karina Krzeminska, Sophie Colgan-McKnight, Rowan Miller, Addy Pynn and Lee Melech. These children have been invited to the award ceremony on Thursday evening and I look forward to bringing you further details of their prizes in next week’s blog. 

Evelyn Baker was the lucky winner of a colouring competition from Glendale Show and we hope that she enjoys her fabulous prizes.  

Then I come to our Year 3s who gave their performance of Journey of a River at Alnwick Playhouse on Saturday afternoon. I had the pleasure of accompanying the children and I have to say, I was bursting with pride as I watched the children perform. As well as some stand out personal performances from children who took leading roles, what struck me the most was the team work, creativity, expression and enjoyment that each performer showed. Just brilliant! 

Looking forward to next week - it’s action packed once again. Here are the important things to note: 

  • UKS2 cricket team head to Stoksfield on Monday for the District finals. Good luck to both our teams and we’ll bring you the results next week. 

  • Year 5 has bikeability this week. Please can children note that on the approach to school and on the school grounds, they should push their bikes (not ride them) to ensure everyone’s safety at these busy times!

  • Strike days are Wednesday and Friday, please refer to communication sent this week for details of class closures. 

  • Year 6 will have their transition day to the high school on Wednesday. They will be taken and collected by school staff. They should come in at the normal time in normal school uniform (no PE kits needed) and bring a water bottle. 

  • Children can come in non-uniform on Thursday for a donation towards the school fair. This can be a bottle, a toy or book or a tombola prize

  • LKS2 will have their sports day on Friday morning. Gates will open at 09.45 for a 10.00am start.

Our FOSP summer fair is on Saturday 8th July between 10.30 - 1.00pm. In addition to the non uniform day for a donation, class teachers will also be handing out smileys on Friday morning and afternoon for anyone who brings in a donation for the cake stall. Please bring sold raffle tickets and money into school as soon as possible and come along on Saturday to support our Friends who have put lots of time and effort into organising this fun family day. 

In addition to all of the achievements already mentioned, here are our stars of the week: 

Erica Crane, Isaac McNeil, Syke Lothian, Akshith Amarnath, Chelsea Fordham-Scott, Rathesh Thayaparan, Mason McFall, Sebastien Brown, Alice Wooldridge. 

Our whole school attendance was 94.8% this week and Sycamore were our class winners with 97.7% attendance this week. 

Well, enjoy the rest of the weekend. I’m off to Alnwick Gardens with our school choir and Year 3s to sing at the finale of the Wonderful World Festival. This week’s music is Be Cool, Be Green,  the anthem for this fabulous celebration. 


See you in the week, 

Mrs G

You must consent to the use of advertising cookies to allow this YouTube video to show.