Head Teacher's Blog 12.06.23

15th June 2023

What a busy week to kick off our last half term of this school year!

Firstly, huge congratulations to all of our UKS2 children who represented our school so brilliantly at Alnwick Cricket Club last week, competing against other local primary schools for a place in the district finals. Swansfield had five teams in the competition, two girls teams and three mixed teams. Each team played five games and everyone played incredibly well, not only having fun but showing great sportsmanship. The day ended with a Swansfield Vs Swansfield final for two of our mixed teams with the Rowan Girls team winning as well. The children were so proud to receive their trophies and look forward to the district finals in Stocksfield next month. Well done everyone!

Our Year 3 children had an action packed day out at the Glendale Agricultural Show. The children enjoyed seeing different animals - from hound dogs and donkeys to sheep and pigmy goats. The children were introduced to a variety of local businesses and showed great interest by listening to exhibition leaders explain what their businesses entailed and by asking questions. There were lots of freebies to be had, including food tasting! Some children tried venison and partridge for the first time and really enjoyed it. One of the firm favourites of the day was definitely the Sheep Show where we were introduced to a wide variety of breeds. The sheep each had their own name and a song to match their personality and appearance - they even performed a dance for us! It’s safe to say that both adults and children had a great day out!

My thanks go to school staff for enabling both of these great opportunities to happen and also to our dedicated parent helpers who give up their own time to accompany the children on trips throughout the school year. We are so grateful for your on-going support. If you would like to become a parent helper, please nip and see Victoria or Gillian in the office and they’ll give you further information. 

Moving on to this week, it’s another busy one so please take a moment to note all of the upcoming events: 

  • Year 1 children will be taking their National Phonic Check between Monday and Thursday this week and our Year 4 children will be taking their Multiplication Tables Check

  • On Monday 12th June at 8.00pm the FOSP will be holding their AGM. If you haven’t already signed up on the Google form to receive the link, please do so. Our Friends are such an asset to our school and if their work is to continue, they need support. 

  • DCHS staff will be visiting our Year 6 children on Wednesday afternoon as part of their ongoing transition programme

  • Pear class assembly is on Thursday 15th June at 2.30pm. Family and friends are warmly welcomed to join Pear class for this special event - their first class assembly. 

  • On Thursday 15th June, Year 3 will be taking part in the first workshop for The Journey of a River project which they will be performing in at Alnwick Playhouse onSaturday 1st July. Please can Year 3 children come in PE kit ofThursday for this event. Parents of children performing are reminded that tickets can be purchased from the Playhouse Website (the event is entitled Watershed) https://alnwickplayhouse.co.uk/event/watershed/

As always, we have some stand out stars to let you know about. This week, certificates will be coming to: Jemima Blundell, Alexix Hogg, Cora McCarthy, Bella-Rose Elliott, Tom Rose, Noah Porteous, Liam De Villiers, Cooper Catlow, Jacob Costa, Evan Isaats, Faith Brown and Sam Castle. 

Our music choice this week comes on the back of World Ocean Day which was on June 8th. Let’s listen to Sea Sketches by Grace Williams. An interesting fact about Williams is that she was the first British woman to compose the musical score for a feature film. Can you find out which country of the British Isles Williams came from? Do let me know, smileys are waiting!



It looks as though it’s going to be a hot and sunny week so please can I remind parents to ensure that children have applied suncream, have a hat or a cap in school and bring a water bottle each day. 

See you in the week, 

Mrs G

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