Yesterday (6th February), Megan from Falconry Days spent the day in school educating and inspiring the children by class about the importance of birds of prey in the wild and captivity. She brought with her a Tawny Owl, a Brown Owl and a Kestrel. She provided an interactive, hands on educational talk and demonstration discussing each of the birds, their habitat, what they eat and how they are trained. The children asked some very interesting questions.
The children had a lovely time and six children were selected from each class to have a turn at holding the birds. It was amazing. If your child shared their experience with you when they left school, i am pleased to inform that they will be attending our fun day on the 10th July, so a chance for you to see this display for yourself.
Check out the gallery below, photographs will be added over the next week as they are shared with the office.
This morning the children in Year 6 received a letter from the ‘Unidentifiable Creature Society’ who have recently discovered a new creature. The children used clues from each of the scientific labs to find out more about the creature, so that they could write a non-chronological report about it. The morning was pretty disgusting, as you can see from some of the photos, but we now have lots of information to help
us when we are writing our report next week!
On Wednesday 29th January, one of Europe’s leading brass performers, Brett Baker, visited our school to work with some of the children in the school band. Brett is a world class brass teacher and has been coming to Consett for 20 years now. The purpose of his visit on Wednesday, was to discuss our concert with White River Brass, on Friday 3rd July and also to prepare the year 6 band children for their tour! The children who play instruments in Year 6 will visit seven other local primary schools over the next few months to play a concert of music which will hopefully inspire and entertain other children in our local area. The visit was also featured on the international brass band website ‘4barsrest’. See the link below.
As a school community who have cared and supported Ethan and Emily over the last few years, and will be part of their special day in school next week, please read the Northern Echo article below. It is such an amazing end to their treatment.
Ward 14 have been amazing for both children. We are donating our usual £1 non uniform fine to them from Friday 14th February.
The whole school attendance for January was 97.45% which is an excellent improvement on December (93.91%) and pushes us above our floor target of 96%. Sickness absences are improving and there have been no term time holidays. Most parents/carers are very good at informing us of the reason for their child’s absence, which can be done via calling, texting or emailing the school. Failure to inform us does result in an unauthorised absence which may then instigate further action and monitoring. If your child has been off several ad-hoc times, with the same thing, this is recorded. Mr Dixon will be contacting some families this week to offer further support to help improve their child’s attendance.
The January attendance by year group is as follows:
Year 3 – 96.21%
Year 4 – 97.47%
Year 5 – 98.00%
Year 6 – 98.19% – WOOP WOOP!
As year 6 have achieved the best attendance for January each child in year 6 will be given a cake/giant cookie tomorrow (Friday 31st January) as their reward.
Class 8 (Miss Waters) have achieved the reward for the best class attendance at an OUTSTANDING 99.19%, well done! Even with one day to go they were unbeatable. The Class 8 reward for this is a FREE non-uniform day which will also be tomorrow.
In September 2019 the school kitchen was inspected following Taylor Shaw Internal Audit criteria to ensure that health and safety, and food hygiene practices are in line with protocol. The catering team have now received their results and were, not surprisingly, given a ‘Gold Award’ for both checks (certificates below).
These inspections and assessments show that we are ensuring your child is being given an individual service which provides top quality nutritional ingredients in a safe and welcoming environment.
We welcome you to share in the success of your school kitchen and the peace of mind as parents in ensuring your child is enjoying a balanced meal in a friendly and safe environment.”
Well done to our catering team, Keith and Nicky!!!
Last week the children from Class 8 took part in a book swap. This involved children in the class bringing in books from home that they had already read and would be willing to swap. The children absolutely loved the session. They were able to look at all of the other books and chose some new ones for themselves to take home. As you can see in the photographs we had lots of books to swap so it was a great success! The children have been excited to talk about their new books this week and are obviously enjoying discussing books that their friends have already read.
Thank you to the parents and children of Class 8.
During the afternoon/evening of Friday 10th July we are holding a fun day at Consett Rugby Club, to raise money and awareness of the charity ‘If You Care Share’.
We are quietly working behind the scenes planning the event now and wondered if anyone has or knows of anyone who would like to operate a stall from 3.30 p.m. onwards. This could be selling crafts, jewellery, cakes etc, and in return we would ask for a donation to the charity.
The afternoon will be focused around the children (and parents) doing a sponsored event on the rugby field, and for those families who are wanting more of a sponsored challenge we have secured a 70 seater coach to take us to Rowley Farm to allow us to run back to the Rugby Club, this run is a parent/child/family event. There are only 70 seats so if you know now you want to do this then please email email@example.com asap to secure your seats on the bus.
The venue is secured until 8.00 p.m. (or later!) when more children’s entertainment will be on. There will be food stalls and the bar (The special adult drinks for adults will be from 4.00 p.m.!).
To raise as much as we can for this charity we will be selling wrist bands for adults and children, this is to allow children to freely access most of the activities without paying individually.
From 3.30 p.m. the Rugby club is open to your friends and families to make this an even bigger event, all they need to do is purchase a wrist band on entry. Letters and sponsor forms will go out after May half term.
As you are aware, we have two very brave children in our school who have been undergoing treatment for Leukaemia (ALL). Emily was diagnosed, while in our school, two years ago and Ethan was diagnosed the year prior to that. This meant we have had two children in our school who have received treatment at the same hospital for the same condition. Every patient is different and they respond to treatment in different ways. It has been a very difficult time for both families, and I am sure you will agree it is amazing to hear that both children are now nearing the end of their treatment.
There is still a long recovery road ahead for these children, but on 30th January Ethan will ring the ward bell with his family and Emily rings the bell on 10th February. All the children and our families have been supportive with these children, either by being a very special friend, supporting us in raising money for children with cancer in 2018, or informing schools when an illness may impact on Ethan or Emily. Therefore, we have the family’s permission to celebrate in school by holding a family assembly and inviting all the children to enjoy a ‘party style lunch’ on Friday 14th February. Ethan and Emily’s favourite foods will form the menu, pizza, chips and fish! We will have music and balloons.
If your child is usually on packed lunches but would like to have a school lunch on this day, please return the order form which will be sent home today before Friday 31st January. Your ParentPay account will be charged on the day (unless on free school meals).
As Friday 14th is the last day of this half term, we usually offer non-school uniform for £1 school council fine. Children can still come to school in non-uniform for a £1 fine, but this will either be donated to the RVI ward or Children with Cancer UK.
Ring this bell,
three times well,
It’s toll to clearly say,
my treatments done,
this course is run,
and I am on my way!
Kind Regards Mrs Raine School Operations Manager