Head Teacher's Blog 15.11.21

1st November 2021

Last week children in reception and upper key stage 2 enjoyed ‘in person’ and virtual author visits whilst our year 3 and 4 classes had a great learning experience at Beamish Open Air Museum on Friday.

The school community has given generously to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and this week we are turning our efforts to raising money for Children in Need. Our day will be themed ‘Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds’; we’ll join Joe Wicks for his 9.30am workout, then find some quieter moments in the day for some mindfulness and we have many more ideas such as yoga and fun runs The BBC have been in touch and are hopefully coming into school to talk to the children film our activities and get the children involved in a Mexican Wave!  If you would like to make a donation to Children in Need you can do so by clicking on this link.  Children in Need Donations

This week is also Anti-Bullying Week and we’ll be marking the start of it by celebrating Odd Sock Day on Monday – let’s have fun by wearing some wacky combinations!  The theme for Anti-Bullying Week is One Kind Word. We've attached the theme song sung by Andy and The Odd Socks. Enjoy singing along!

This week parents in Plum, Oak and Larch Classes will be having their telephone consultations with Miss Freeman, Mr Johnson and Mrs Murdy respectively. Please bear in mind the work life balance of the staff by selecting either a morning or afternoon slot and only request an evening call if there’s absolutely no alternative.

Please can we remind parents to make an appointment with teachers if they need an in-depth conversation rather than engaging staff during drop off and pick up times which are always particularly busy.  This ensures that we can keep all of our children safe. 

Reception and KS1 Children are welcome to bring book bags or a small rucksack into school from Monday. They will begin bringing reading books and reading records home during next week. Further information for KS2 will be provided soon. 

With Covid still very much present in our community, can we thank everyone for their ongoing vigilance and ask that any symptoms, which seem now to include those of the common cold, be checked out ahead of coming into school. Thank you!

Congratulations to all of our KS2 children for their participation in the Maths Week England competition. Once again, Chestnut Class were the winning class at Swansfield Park having answered over 6000 questions between them - fantastic! A special mention must also go to the following children for their tremendous contributions: Isla-Megan W, Hector B, Thomas L, Noah E-H, Daniel C and Sophia T - Well done!

This week we have been particularly impressed with– Zach A, LJ Forsyth, Jack Mc, Eliza T, Danny P, Ryan S, George B, Lucas G, Alisha H, Evie, Hector B and Theo B our stars of the week, well done everyone, an electronic certificate will be with you soon.


One last thing for your diaries – the Alnwick Christmas Lights will be switched on Friday evening at 7pm by our very own Henry McArdle, whose name was pulled out of the hat!

Looking forward to another busy and exciting week ahead.

Bye for now,

Mrs Smith and Mrs Grimes

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