Head Teachers' blog 06.02.23

5th February 2023

We hope everyone enjoyed the stories we shared for National Storytelling week, if you have missed these they are still available on the school website, thank you to our story tellers.

On Friday our UKS2 children enjoyed participating in an anti-racism workshop with actor and rapper Kema Kay. The session focused on key areas such as bullying, discrimination & peer pressure and the children used drama to explore and discuss the emotions and feelings experienced as a result of these behaviours.At the end of the afternoon, Kema commented to staff that he was so impressed with the engagement and positivity of our children. 

As mentioned in the newsletter, Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 7th February this year. The theme is ‘Want to talk about it -  making space for conversations about life online’ 

Classes will be involved in a range of activities that highlight the importance of e-safety. If you’d like to join in at home, you can find a range of resources at https://www.saferinternetday.org/en-GB/home.

We’ve attached a video that you might like to share with your children. 

Other important things to note this week include:

  • On Wednesday Willow, Maple, Chestnut are going to see Little Manfred at Alnwick Playhouse 

  • The Friends are holding a Valentine Discos on Friday.  Nursery to Y2 children at 5-6pm and an adult must accompany. The disco for children in Y3-Y6 starts at 6:15 until 7:30 and it is optional for adults to stay.

  • We'll be in touch about parent consultation meetings which will be just after the half term holiday

Our music for this week comes from our friend and local composer, Cheryl Camm. Mrs Grimes was reminded of this song last week and what a great tune it is! It’s a song about the shipyards of Sunderland and it is performed by our school choir from about 2009. It’s funny to think that these children will all be young adults now. Maybe our current choir could learn it for a 2023 update!


Whole school attendance this week is slightly below our target at 94.9% with Ash class achieving the highest attendance at 97.5%.

This week we have been particularly impressed with Cerys Quilliam, Olivia Boutell, Annabelle Clements, Lottie Brown, Benjamin Rowley, Adam McRoberts, Amelia Say, Nicola Welch, Noah Edgar-Hogg, Evie Brown, Kye Mattison and Jake Davison - our stars of the week, well done everyone.

Bye for now

Mrs Smith and Mrs Grimes

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