What a confident and happy bunch of children we had joining us for their first day of school in September! They all looked incredibly smart in their brand new uniforms and shiny school shoes.
The end of the summer term brings about endings and beginnings. We welcomed our new Reception children through our nursery graduation in the final week of term. This was a lovely occasion to share with friends and family as we celebrated the individual personalities who will be joining us in September.
On the last day of term we said a tearful farewell to our fantastic Y6’s. They leave us with superb SATs results and a fun-filled, action-packed seven years full of experiences behind them. We could not be more proud of the brilliant young people you are becoming and we know you will continue to impress at secondary school.
We are ending our heritage project on the 100th anniversary of the suffragette movement by creating a new piece of artwork to hang in our dining room. We have been inspired by the ambition and passion to be boundary-breakers and trailblazers that the suffragettes possessed, and so, have created a design in tiles to remind us that one person can make a huge difference to the world. Every pupil, and many family members, have added tiles to the picture making it a true collaborative piece of work. One that will hopefully inspire and remind us every day that we can aim high and be the source of something new and exciting.
We ended our food technology unit once again this year with a picnic for our families and friends. This year, we took inspiration from the 70th birthday of the NHS to create our health-themed food. We were, once again, very well supported by local businesses; Homer Hill Farm Shop, The Italian Farmhouse and The Three Horse Shoes all donated beautiful treats for us all to enjoy. We had another glorious sunny day to celebrate a very special occasion and to say thank you to all of our families for their support this academic year.
Our very lucky Year 6’s had a fantastic morning making very special memories before they leave us for secondary school. Ellie, the pony, came in to school for a unicorn makeover with hair chalks. She was very well behaved and loved being pampered by her stylists. A special memento of a unicorn rosette was given to each participant at the end of the session. What a fab experience to take away from our final weeks in primary!
27 pupils from Years 5 and 6 spent a gloriously sunny weekend in the Scottish capital in June 2018. An early train from Durham meant we were in Edinburgh in plenty of time to see all of the sights. We saw the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriar’s Bobby, The Museum of Scotland, The Camera Obscura and took an open-top bus tour all on day one!
After a Nando’s tea and a good night’s sleep, we headed to Edinburgh zoo and saw the pandas, meerkats, monkeys and penguins amongst many other animals. Back in Prince’s Street Gardens, we saw a pipe band contest before catching the train home. What a fantastic weekend we all had!
We were thrilled to be able to hold our very first intra-school gymnastics tournament in summer 2018. Our gymnastics club has been going strong since early spring and the standard of all of the competitors was incredibly high, demonstrating moves such as a one-handed cartwheel, splits, straddle and bridge.
Thank you so much to our coach, Cheryl, who has been brilliant all year in getting the children to such a high standard. Well done to all of our gymnasts- you were fabulous!
Well done to all of our competitors in this year’s sports’ day. It was a gloriously sunny day and the event could not have been closer between all four houses. It was lovely to see how many of our supporters bought house scarves to cheer on their favourite team and we were thrilled when the adults joined in with the tug of war.
After a mammoth display of strength in the children’s tug of war, Kepier came out as overall winners for sports’ day 2018. The house of the year for house points in 2018 goes to Hallgarth. Well done to everyone!
We attended Beamish Museum’s celebration of Flag and Empire Day in May 2018. The event is a celebration of the commitment and effort our young people put into to the various organisations they are part of including their school. This year our group of volunteers proudly waved our school flag and our new Dementia Friendly flag as we help our local community become more dementia aware. We had a beautiful sunny day to march alongside hundreds of children and young people from schools, cadets, cubs, guides, brownies, scouts and rainbows.
Pupils across Key Stage Two were very fortunate to spend the morning alongside Japanese students who taught them a whole range of things about their culture. The children loved dressing up, trying chopsticks, creating origami, calligraphy and learning some Japanese words and phrases. In exchange, the students were improving their English for teaching young people. A great morning of learning for everyone!