During the last weeks of the Autumn term we were very busy preparing for our Christmas play, Christmas Fate and creating festive decorations. Some children had the opportunity to sing Christmas Carols in front of Lord Ridley during the turning on of the Christmas tree lights. The children prepared items for their classes stalls and some children manned the stalls! We also had many visitors in school. The Char Masum, The Ridley Arms and St Mary’s inn cook our school Meals and thank them for doing so. They were really tasty! Our Year 3 and 4 children took on the roles of waiters/waitresses to serve the staff and local community their Christmas dinner. The children loved making festive crafts, carrying out surveys, writing letters to Santa and many more activities in the run up to Christmas!
Last week the Year 4 children sang alongside other local schools from within the Morpeth Partnership to a packed crowd at the Sage in Gateshead. Although it was a long day, Miss Enzor and Mrs Stokoe were very proud of the children’s performance and fun was had by all.
The Green team have had a busy start to the school year. We have been continuing to encourage our friends to put paper and card into the green recycle bins, turning off lights and computers when we are not using them and always turning off taps after washing hands! We have also been picking up rubbish from the nature trail and yard but also encouraging our friends to put their rubbish in the bins.
To help the environment, this Christmas the Green team have a special request. Instead of spending lots of money on Christmas cards and sending individual cards to all of your friends in school, could you only send 1 card to the whole school? If you wish, you could make a donation of food, biscuits or chews and this will be donated to the local cat and dog shelter.
‘The Green Team’
We will be using a new E-Learning platform provided by NCC and Schools 360. You can still access Nortle until Easter. The tools from Nortle can also be found in Schools 360. Your child will be given a password in the near future.
To help launch the new platform we will be holding a competition. Your child needs to design a new ‘digital badge’ for their school house group (Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Warkworth) .
They may design their badge using any media ( paint, crayon, pen etc..) and we will scan them. Alternatively, your child could create their badge using a paint package (2paint a picture on purplemash/nortle or an ipad app). Send your designs to email@example.com
You can access School 360 via these links:
Nortle can be found here https://www.northumberlandvtle.net/
Thank you to those who attended Mrs Bolam and Mrs Davis’ Parental Phonics Workshop on Wednesday evening. You can view the presentation and access links to other resources and videos via the presentation below. Phonics Info Evening help 2014
This week the whole school fell silent for remembrance day. Miss Enzor played ‘The last post’ on her trumpet. The church bells chimed 35 times for each person, from the parish, who lost their life during the war. In each class we made poppies and learned about the war. We wear poppies to remember those who had died and give our thanks for their sacrifice. They went to war so we could live in peace.
Miss Enzor playing ‘The Last Post’
We will be collecting donations from Monday 20th October 2014 and they will be donated to the People’s Kitchen in Newcastle and the Morpeth Food Bank. The organisations are very grateful for everything they receive but find the following items particularly useful: tinned fruit, soup (tinned & packet), biscuits, breakfast cereal, tinned rice pudding, hot chocolate, tinned vegetables, long life milk, dried milk, tinned milk, tinned and instant custard, dried herbs and spices, sugar, tinned meat, sauces, gravy granules, tea, coffee, self-raising flour, cornflour, baking powder, sweets, chocolate, blue J cloths, washing up sponges, black bin bags, orange and blackcurrant juice.
Our Harvest Festival Service will be held in Church on Thursday 23rd October at 1.30pm.
We have been working really hard in KS1! In Forest School we have been making number sentences, helping light the fire and learning all about how to keep safe outdoors. In class we have been making number bonds to 10 and been learning tricky words by using the truck to move the word stones. Reception also had the opportunity to come into KS1 and use some of our computers! Look out for their work, it should be on the website very soon!
The children at school are all busy making things to show at the village show – the Stannington Make, Bake, Grow and Show Show. This is a wonderful event bringing all the local community together to showcase the talents that are in the locality. This year we are entering our pumpkin, marrows,painting, writing, Lego models and miniature gardens. Our children are so keen to participate that they are outside in the rain at the moment creating their miniature gardens – such dedication to the cause!
I hope to see as many children and parents as possible supporting the event, it is an event not to be missed! The proceeds of the day and the auction of produce are split between the church, the village hall and the school, so all our children benefit from the day. I look forward to seeing you there.
The new building has arrived! It’s not finished yet but it looks fantastic. Parents and members of the community are more than welcome to come into school and view our new building. If you wish to do so, please ask Mrs Harker at Reception for an appropriate time to view. We would also like to thank the many groups, companies and individuals who have made this possible! Thank you.