In a time of enormous upheaval, this section of our website aims to keep our wonderful school community connected. We are all experiencing this pandemic together but in very different ways. In this section we hope to provide creative ways to keep the spirit of our school thriving and connected.
Keeping Connected Coffee Mornings
Please read the letter regarding our new initiative: Keeping Connected Coffee Mornings. Keeping connected is always important but especially in challenging times and we hope that you are able to join in the conversation on Friday mornings (cuppa essential).
Head Teacher Challenge 2021: Spring Term 1
Welcome back to our Head Teacher challenge! This activity was very popular during the last lockdown so we’ve decided to bring it back!
Week 5 (Week beginning 08.02.21) – Express Yourself!
Last Friday we celebrated Children’s Mental Health Day with the theme of Express Yourself! So your challenge this week is to do exactly that. Send me a photo which shows me who you are. It might be a photo of a safe and happy place or it might be a photo of you dressed up in clothes you need for a certain hobby or interest you have or it might be something to show your flair and creativity. Whatever it is and whoever you are – be proud and share your pictures with me.
Week 5 – Results – Express Yourself!
|Wow, Jack! It looks like you are creating a cool video. We love the green screen set up! Well done.|
Week 4 (Week beginning 01.02.21) – Theme Night
Your challenge this week is to plan and hold a Theme Night. For example you could hold a Western Night and play country and western music; dress up like a cowboy; eat a camp fire stew. Or you might decide to do a Tropical Night or you could choose a country as your theme.
Send lots of great photos of your amazing theme night!
Have a lovely time.
Week 4 – Results – Theme Night
|Wow! It looks like Amina and her family had a fantastic Sci-Fi Theme night.|
|Owen and his family enjoyed these delicious Chinese Steam buns during their Chinese Theme night.|
Week 3 (Week beginning 25.01.21) – RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch project
Your challenge this week is to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch project. The project is taking place between Friday 29th January and Sunday 31st January 2021. You can register to take part by going to www.rspb.org.uk.
Once you are set up you can then watch, identify and record birds which visit your garden for one hour over the weekend. This information helps the RSPB get a picture of the number of garden birds across the country and is a really helpful thing to do.
You could enter either a photo, a list of birds you’ve seen in your garden or a fact file on a bird of your choice.
Entries should be uploaded to Seesaw by 5pm on Monday 1st February 2021.
I look forward to seeing your entries.
Week 3 – Results – RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch project
|What a lovely photo of a blackbird in your garden Abel. I’m very impressed you’ve now got a family membership for the RSPB.|
|It sounds like you and Xavier had lots of fun bird watching!|
|I bet the food encouraged lots of different birds into your garden.|
|Well done Lexi-Mae you’ve spotted lots of birds!|
|What an amazing drawing, Malachi! Well done.|
|Fantastic maths linked to bird watching Noah – well done!|
Week 2 (Week beginning 18.01.21) – My Dear New Friend Letters
Your challenge this week is to write a letter to ‘My Dear New Friend’. Your ‘Dear New Friend’ is going to be someone a lot older than you are and who lives in a care home. Your letter can be as long or as short as you wish and should include something interesting about yourself or something that you have done.
Some of the letters will be chosen and sent to our local care homes and hospitals to try to cheer up some of the older members of our community.
Please be careful not to give away any personal details such as your address or full name.
I look forward to reading your letters.
Week 2 – Results – My Dear New Friend Letters
Thank you so much for your lovely letters, cards and pictures for last week’s Head Teacher Challenge.
We received some really thoughtful and touching letters, along with some really funny ones, all of which I am sure will cheer up anyone in Stanhope Community Hospital.
Your letters, cards and pictures are now in isolation (those on Seesaw have been printed off) and they will be given to Stanhope Community Hospital this week so that they can share them out amongst their current patients.
I really hope your messages make someone smile and will let people know that we are all thinking about them at this difficult time.
Week 1 (Week beginning 11.01.21) – Dot Pictures
Your challenge this week is to create a picture using only dots. These can be sticky dots, dots of paint, dots of any material at all. Use your imagination and upload your entries on your seesaw account. The best will feature on our website! I look forward to seeing your entries.
Week 1 – Results – Dot Pictures
Wow we had some great entries for the Head Teacher challenge last week. You were all so creative with your dotty ideas. I loved that you used lots of different media and the subjects you chose were really brilliant. There were some lovely abstract images and also some fantastic pictures. I could have chosen lots to put up on our website but had to make the very tough decision to choose a selection.
I hope you enjoyed the challenge because your pictures really cheered me up – thank you! – Mrs Cross
A message from staff:
Archived Keeping Connected: 2020
You can view our archived Keeping Connected information on our website.