School Newsletter

Merry Christmas everyone! Huge congratulations to year 3 and 4 on their excellent curating of Segedunum museum this week showcasing their learning all about The Romans. From trumpet performances of Jingle Bells (yes the tune was definitely Jingle Bells!) to displays of work, storytelling using our Talk For Writing approaches, poems, dressing up, and historical knowledge-sharing, the children did exceptionally well!

On their return one of them told me I was the ‘best headteacher’ organising for them to go, but I take no credit at all, as it was entirely Sarah and Michael and their very able team who coordinated everything to make the event happen. And obviously a special well done to the children for throwing themselves into the day, and delivering it so well.

Early Years shared a great opportunity for families to come and see some of the writing work that the children have created in early years this term as part of a book look afternoon. Check out some of the photos on the newsletter!

The end of a special year

And so we come to the end of 2018 and another exciting and busy term. This year has seen so many highlights, from our first residential abroad, to Year 6 Sats tests (and results), our first school leavers, Ofsted inspection, a real Big Top Circus, some fabulous learning experiences including curating Segedunum museum, Greek workshops, Vikings and Romans, bake sales, Zambezi Sunrise Trust, hula hooping, skipping, football, sports leading, forest school badges – especially the ranger badge, a full nursery class booked in for later this year. These are all just a few of my special memories and events. Nothing compares to the smiling, happy faces of our children, their evident love of learning, their pride in their achievements and their enthusiasm for so much of what we plan for them. It makes every challenge so worthwhile.

Forest school Christmas gift sale raised £56 for our forest school resources. Well done to our creative children for making such wonderful natural decorations.

Merry Christmas

As the children streamed into the hall while adults awaited at Christmas lunch, they brought colour and excitement. That’s what they do every day. They bring colour and excitement to all we do. And in all the busy-ness, in all the challenges and all the stresses and strains of teaching and leading learning your children inspire us to do what we do. We hope you all enjoy a happy and peaceful Christmas with them, enjoying one another’s company, as well as those simple things that often give the most special memories. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019!

Carol Service donations

Many thanks for your kind donations from our Christmas Carol service last week. We are sharing £152 between St Nicholas Church and the Zambezi Sunrise Trust.

Welcome to Rebecca Simmons

We welcome a new member of staff who will support teacher’s planning release time in key stage 2. Rebecca joins us after exceptional performance in the teaching part of our recent interviews. She brings with her a passion for music, animals and twenty years classroom practice.

Ashleigh’s outdoor ideas …

Thank you for all the fantastic responses for the brightest outdoor tree in Cramlington. I have rewarded those who took part. As the weather turns colder it can become more
difficult for our birds to find their food. Before you tuck into your Christmas turkey please make a Christmas dish for the birds in your garden/local area. This could be using pine cones, kitchen roll tubes, or even empty bottles. You could use lard, peanut butter, seeds, and nuts to create the perfect Christmas cake. Merry Christmas! 🙂

Clubs back to normal

Clubs in early years, year 1 and year 2 return as usual from Monday the 7th January.

PE KITs every day next year!

Please ensure that the children have PE kits in school every day next term. There are a wide range of sporting experiences planned for every year group, including pilates, tag rugby and judo to name but a few. Full kit is required including black shorts or joggers, white CVPS sports T shirts, and sand shoes or trainers. Huge thanks to Nicole Weatheritt for continuing to drive forward such a wide range of sporting experiences for our children.

Attendance and Punctuality

  • YR 93%(0)
  • Y1 97% (8)
  • Y2 95% (6)
  • Y3 93% (1)
  • Y4 90% (4)
  • Y5 90% (5)
  • Y6 100% (0)

Homework returns

  • YN 42%
  • YR 83%
  • Y1 77%
  • Y2 75%
  • Y3 75%
  • Y4 76%
  • Y5 68%
  • Y6 100%

Well done to Y6 this week for excellent attendance AND excellent homework returns … again!

Kindness Champion this week – Sieannah Henderson

Achievement awards

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