Sports Day

Phew!  What a busy day we have had!  Today was the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Sports Day, all of us had great fun – there were lots of good sports for everyone to enjoy .  It was lovely to see so many Mums, Dads and grandparents – thanks for coming.  The event was won by Warkworth (well done all of Warkworth), but to be honest everyone joined in and made the event such a success!  The Dads race was won by Mr T (how did that happen?) and the Mums race was won by Jen Glennie.

Please remember the EYFS Sports afternoon is on Thursday – hope to see you there!

I Pads

The children have now waved a sad ‘Goodbye’ to the I-Pads, they were a fantastic resource for them to use, every year group used them at some point during the trial.  Our school fair on Saturday 8th June is raising money to buy us some I-Pads of our own, so please come along and help us to buy some I-Pads!

Welcome back to the summer term!

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.

Happy New Year!

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.

Ofsted Report

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

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The Hoity Toity Angel

What a fantastic performance of ‘The Hoity Toity Angel’ the children gave this afternoon!  It was definitely their best performance today, they all tried so hard and did very well in remembering the words of all the songs and their lines.  Our Hoity Toity Angel was definitely a star, well done Jess! Other brilliant soloists included Mary (Milan-Beau) and Connal (King Herod), together with Gabriel, Gabrielle and the Lead Angel (Kingsley, Beth and Mia), all stars in the making.  All the children were outstanding in their roles, I’m so proud of them all! Thanks to all the children and the staff for their hard work in producing this play.  The hamper raffle was also drawn this afternoon, I couldn’t believe that we had made up 12 prizes altogether!  We also had a lucky programme draw for a bottle of whisky.  Thanks to the P.T.A. who again worked really hard selling tickets and serving teas and coffees afterwards. Another successful Stannington First School event

Christmas Lunch

Yesterday we were served a delicious Christmas Lunch by Sam.  The children were waited on by all the teachers first and then the tables were cleared and set up again for our guests.  We had invited Governors, members of the PTA committee and friends from the Church and community, to have lunch with us.  The children acted as their waiters and also our guests were treated to a concert by the children who are learning to play the keyboard and the guitar.  After that the children helped to tidy up – a special big thank you must go to Alice and Beth who washed up all the coffee cups for me!  A lovely start to our Christmas activities.

A busy week ahead

I can’t believe that we are about to start the last week of term – and what a term we’ve had!! The children have worked so hard throughout and we are very pleased with the progress that is being made across the school, well done everyone!

Right, here’s what’s happening this week:-

  • Monday – full dress rehearsal of ‘The Hoity Toity Angel’, please make sure that your child’s costume is in school in the morning.
  • Tuesday – Christmas Lunch, guitars and keyboards need to be in school because we are a little concert during the lunch for all our visitors and helpers.
  • Wednesday – ‘The Hoity Toity Angel’ in the Church at 1.30 pm, please be there in good time.  The PTA will be selling raffle tickets for the hampers, I think there will be over 10 thanks to your generosity!
  • Thursday – Party Day, the children can come to school dressed in their party clothes, but we will still be playing outside, so nothing too gorgeous!  Please send in some food for the children to share, girls – sweet and boys – savoury
  • Friday – non-uniform day.  There is no swimming for Owls.  The individual class teachers will let you know any information about the day.  School will finish at 3.15 pm as usual.

I look forward to seeing you in the Church on Wednesday – you are in for a treat!