Head Teacher's Blog 08.05.23

7th May 2023

Well, we ended the week in style on Friday with our Coronation celebrations - we do hope that the children enjoyed telling you all about the events of the day. The Early Years team did an amazing job of decorating the school hall and organising events for us all to enjoy. We began the day with a community coffee morning for our Open the Book friends and the Elderberries. Some of our older students were wonderful hosts as they served teas and coffees as well as baked goods that children from across school had prepared for this special occasion. Thank you to Angus, Isaac, Lexie, Alice, Lola-Belle, Luke and Isobel for the wonderful welcome and hospitality that you showed. Choir entertained our visitors and we ended with a collective ‘sing along’ of our Coronation Song ‘Sing for the King’. The link to this video on our school website is attached for you all to enjoy! Our wonderful kitchen staff prepared a Coronation picnic lunch that was fit for kings and queens and our children enjoyed eating in our red, white and blue themed school hall!  There were class parties across school and then at 14.00, we all joined together on the yard to ‘Sing for the King’ and perform a whole school Coronation Conga. We finished our celebrations with the National Anthem and as well as having lots of fun, our children showed a real respect for this national event. 

Thank you to all our families who made and sent in Coronation planters and decorations. They are all absolutely splendid and will be bloomin’ marvelous all through the summer term! Our judges will be around on Tuesday afternoon to choose winners from EYFS, KS1, LKS2 and UKS2 - we’ll let you know the results!

In addition to our Coronation festivities, Warkworth Castle were celebrating earlier in the week as they enjoyed a game of bingo together. They were the winners of last term's smiley count up and you can see pictures of our prize winners on the school website.

Choir were once again wonderful ambassadors for our school by singing at the closing concert for Alnwick Music Society’s Weekend Festival of Music on Sunday evening. Many audience members commented upon how much they enjoyed the performance. Thanks to Colette Boushell for accompanying the children on the piano. 

Let’s take a look at the week ahead: 

  • Our Year 6 children will be taking their SATs this week. They have worked so hard towards these assessments and we know that they will do their very best. We are proud of them all. Can we remind Year 6 that they are invited for a continental breakfast each morning this week with their classmates. Breakfast will be served at 08.35 so don’t be late if you want to partake! We look forward to seeing the children in school bright and early, having had early nights and good sleeps!

  • Plum Class assembly is on Thursday at 14.30. Family and friends are welcome to join us for this performance

  • Choir and some of our senior musical friends will sing and play at St Mary’s Church, Lesbury on Saturday 13th May. Children should meet at 10.00 for a 10.30 start. 

Our whole school attendance was 94.9% this week  with Chestnut class being our best attenders with 98.8%. Well done Chestnuts - keep it up! Can I remind everyone that attendance during the summer term is very important with national assessments taking place over the next few months. It’s also a really important time as children finish the year’s curriculum in preparation for their new class in September. Holidays in term time will not be authorised. 

Well done to our stars of the week - certificates will be coming home for: Penny Brabben, Damon Leach, Emily Wilson, Willow Ostle, Isla Pagett, Logan Dodd, Gracie Shadlock, Jonathan Waite, Marissa Horsburgh, Thomas Wooldridge, Daisy McArdle and Lexie Scott. Keep up the excellent effort!

This week’s music comes from the Coronation service. It was written by female composer Debbie Wiseman especially for the Coronation and it was performed by the superb Ascension Choir. This piece, entitled Alleluia (Oh, Sing Praises) is performed by singers without musical accompaniment. Can you remember the musical term for this? Smileys are waiting for anyone who can tell me!

Have a good week, 

Mrs G

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