MacMillan Coffee Afternoon, 26th September

A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who attended the coffee afternoon today.  It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents old and new in school.  The children enjoyed spending their money and eating cakes as well!  The Hedgehogs and Badgers had baked some very tasty fruit cakes, thanks to them too.  I can’t tell you how much we have raised yet as Fiona Hepton is busy counting the money now, but we will let you know as soon as we have a figure.

Tomorrow is our ‘European Languages Day’ , I am looking forward to hearing lots of different languages being spoken around the school – so it is ‘Au revoir’, ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ and ‘Nos da’ from me for today!

Instrumental Tuition

Keyboard lessons started on Monday, there are still some places if your child would like to join in, please see Mrs Harker in the Office for more details.

Today the guitar lessons began – ‘There was an Old Man Called Michael Finnigan’ is being strummed as I write!  We have two spaces if any other children would like to join them. 

I have taken delivery of 30 djembe drums for Owls this morning.  They are soon to begin their lessons with a djembe tutor – Rob Walker, I am looking forward to hearing the children and Mr Donnelly playing for us all.


Friday 14th September 3 p.m.

This morning I went to the pool in Morpeth with the children from Owls.  Their behaviour was superb throughout the morning, the bus driver even commented on how well mannered they all were.  Once we were all in the building the children got changed and were ready in double quick time.  The children listened to the safety talk and then heard what the fire alarm sounded like, after that they were ready for their assessment to see whether they were to swim in the shallow or the deep end – I was so impressed with how the children tried their best to swim the whole way across the pool.  Once in their appropriate group, the children had a super lesson, all listening and trying to do as they were asked.  It took us a little while longer to get changed back into school uniforms, after the lesson, but we now know what time we have to beat!  I am looking forward to watching the children improve their swimming skills over the next few months, and to us winning the Gala (if there is one!)

Thursday 13th September 10 a.m.

What a busy school we have this morning!  Owls are practising their handwriting, Swifts are writing their news,  a small group of children are working in the Hall on  spelling strategies and Badgers / Hedgehogs are out in the firepit learning about fire safety (and toasting marshmallows!)

This term we are concentrating on Handwriting, making sure that letters are formed correctly and also that the neat handwriting from Handwriting lessons appears in subsequent work.  We have a supply of pens and Pen Licences for Owls when they show us their sustained neat writing, Mr T and Mrs Davis have special pencils for their classes to use too when their writing is beautiful.