On Friday 15th December 2017, the whole school paid £1 to come to school wearing a Christmas jumper. All proceeds were donated to the NSPCC.
Christmas started early for the residents at the Weardale Community Hospital. On Thursday 14th December 2017, our KS2 Christmas Choir visited the hospital and sang beautifully to entertain the residents and staff. We began by singing four traditional Christmas Carols which some of the residents knew and sang along to. Next we sang some songs from our Christmas Performance which everyone really enjoyed. As always, we finished off with our favourite Christmas song – Nearly Christmas. Everyone had a fantastic time and the children were treated to chocolate and juice before they left. Our children sang their hearts out and really did the school proud.
On Wednesday 29th November 2017, Alison from The Dogs Trust came into school. She delivered an assembly to the whole school which focused on how to read the body language of a strange dog and she taught the children how to greet a new dog they have never met before. Alison then ran a workshop for our youngest children in Reception and Year 1.
Dogs bring an enormous amount of pleasure to all of us and it is our responsibility to teach our children how to react and behave around dogs. As such, Alison is running a 6 week programme for a small group of children who have a genuine fear of dogs. This programme will run in January and letters have been sent home asking for you to register an interest. If you would like your child to take part, please contact Mrs Cross, Deputy Head Teacher.
On Thursday 30th November 2017, Vision Skills North East visited our school. Vision skills is a charity which works with visually impaired people and we invite them into school every two years. This ensures that our children have a good understanding of what it is like to lose your sight or to be born blind. There were two workshops. One for KS1 and one for KS2. The presenters were very entertaining, telling children the important facts but with funny anecdotes and stories which had the children and staff in stiches.
It is important that our children are not only tolerant but also accepting of difference and workshops such as this help to develop their understanding of the world.
On Friday 24th November 2017, our Buddies and Mini-Buddies introduced a new award to the school. At the suggestion of the children, we are now presenting two Playground Awards each week. During the week a Buddy and a Mini-Bud will identify a child who they have observed doing something outstanding on the yard. The awards could be for bravery, friendship, kindness etc.
At our Celebration Assembly on Friday 17th November, Buddy- Kyle and Mini-Bud – Grace presented the very first Playground Awards to Raven and Melody.
This was a fantastic idea by the children and as such they get to present their awards and sign them too!
On Thursday 23rd November 2017, our two Junior Road Safety Officers went out on Patrol with CSR Herring from Durham Police. This week has been the National Road Safety Week and as such our JRSO’s wanted to raise awareness with our parents about the risks of driving and parking around schools.
Bonnie and Charlie braved a very cold and frosty morning to patrol the main street and hand out leaflets with helpful information and some shocking statistics.
At the local PACT meeting, it was decided that Road Safety around Stanhope Barrington CofE Primary School should be this year’s PACT Priority. We are delighted with this as it means that there will be greater police presence and support from the Highways department too. Throughout the year there will be a wide range of activities linked to Road Safety Awareness. Keep your eyes peeled!
Friday 17th November 2017, saw the whole school go spotty! Children and staff came into school wearing spots and Pudsey merchandise in order to raise money for Children In Need. In addition, Taylor Shaw put on a Spotacular lunch for the children on this special day. Great fun was had throughout the day and we managed to raise a staggering amount of money (£145.33). Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this fantastic charity.
On Friday 17th November 2017, children from Year 1 right up to Year 6 attended the Church Hall in Stanhope to see the Highlights Craft Exhibition. The theme this year was ‘Luminosity’ and there were some amazing pieces of art for the children to experience.
The children had the opportunity to handle different materials and sketch their favourite piece. The children also took part in a weaving workshop. Children from Class 3 were very proud to see their own work displayed alongside renowned international artists.
On Friday 10th November 2017, our children, staff, governors, parents and members of our community, joined together to reflect and remember those who gave their lives for ours.
The service was held on the back field, where the children gathered around the Remembrance Oak Tree (donated by the Weardale Society) and our Remembrance Stone. Each class lay a wreath at the base of the tree. The children in Class 3 read out the story of James McCudden, who was an Ace Flying Pilot in World War I and who was killed three weeks before the end of the war at the age of 23. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for Valour and two DSO’s.
World War I poems were then read out by Bonnie, Daisy, Phoebe and Georgia which were incredibly moving.
The service ended with the school prayer.