Today we had a story teller come into school and got the children excited about Northumberland’s past and what it offers us today. He showed us models of the Roman wall, mines and lighthouses. He captured our imaginations with a story of local Northumbrian myths of princesses, kings, brave knights and fierce dragons!
PC Brown and his partner brought in the police dogs to show the children. He told pupils that police dogs were used to search for suspects, missing people and concealed objects. The dogs could also chase and detain people who run away from police, disarm violent criminals, and control hostile crowds. The pupils really enjoyed learning about the Police dogs. A big Thank you to PC Brown and his partner.
Mrs Davis has today collected 6 I-Pads for the children to trial in school. Animation Club were delighted with them and put them to use as soon as they arrived – watch this space for some of the animations !
I am pleased to see that the children have returned to school with their batteries fully recharged and ready for the busy weeks ahead. It is very important over the next half term that the children are in school on time and that they miss as little school as possible as the teachers are beginning to make their final assessments of the children’s learning. The assessments that were made during the Spring Term are being finalised and the termly reports will be sent out to parents soon.
Our Early Years Unit continues to be extremely popular – I have just been over there to check on our new children – Cameron, Isabel, Annabelle and Harry (Lily isn’t in today) and am pleased to say that they were all very busy , in fact it was hard to tell that they were only in for their second afternoon!
Swifts are pleased to have Mr T back full time and are already busy learning about life in the Scottish islands thanks to the stories of Katie Morag.
Owls are very lucky to have Miss Tiplady teaching them alongside Mr D for the next seven weeks as she completes her teacher training. The children in there are learning about the history of America and also learning to play the Samba drums – the next concert will be in about 9 weeks and hopefully outside so that we can invite everyone to see (and hear) how wonderful their drumming is!
A date for your diary is the next PTA meeting which is on Wednesday 24th April at 2.15 pm in the school. It would be lovely to see some new faces there (not that there is anything wrong with the usual faces!!) we are discussing the Summer Fair and all ideas, suggestions and offers of help would be gratefully received. If you have any raffle prizes, please either bring them into school or give them to one of the PTA Committee.
We are looking for people who have some time to spare who would like to become an Associate Governor, if you are interested, please either call in to see me or give me a ring and we can have a chat about what is involved in the role.
The children had a great day reading their own books and listening to stories. The children came into school dressed up as book characters and they all looked fantastic. Thank you to all who came in to read to the children.
KS1 will be making feeling boxes in Art over the next few weeks. If you have any spare shoe boxes then we would really appreciate them. Thank you!
Happy New Year to you all! I hope that 2013 will be a very happy, healthy and successful for everyone connected with Stannington First School!
The children all appeared to be very keen to get back to school this morning and were very quick to get down to work – I went around all the classes at 9.30 a.m. this morning and they were all busy working!
We have got some new Nursery children this term – Harry Hague, William Compson and Farren Stewart have started this week, a big welcome to them and their families, we hope that you will all be very happy whilst your children are at Stannington First School.
I am delighted that I am now able to tell you how our Ofsted Inspection went a fortnight ago and am pleased to attach the report for you to read. Our school was graded as ‘Good’ in all areas. I’m sure that you’ll agree that the report is a testament to all the hard work that has gone on in the school since our last inspection. All the staff and children are now looking forward to a well deserved break, before returning in 2013 to continue to work very hard!!
I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and hope that 2013 will be a happy and healthy one for you all