It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

12th December 2014

What a magical week this has been in school. Our youngest children showed tremendous confidence and excitement as they took to the stage in our traditional nativity on Wednesday and Thursday. They made us all so proud and I know a few of you had tears in your eyes. A lot of fun was had this year with the manger as all the animals in the nativity shared out the straw, even the grumpy camels! Absolutely hilarious! A big thank you goes to Mrs Tait, Mrs Redhead and Miss Shand for managing the wonderful Christmas angels. Another big thank you goes to Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Knowles, Mrs Morgan and Mr Thompson for the Reception children who were the characters in the Nativity and characters they certainly were. As usual the children provided precious memories and they helped us focus on the real message of Christmas, which costs nothing, sharing time with our families and friends! I know from talking to many of you after the performances how much you enjoyed the break from the mayhem of preparing for Christmas and that you feel Christmas has really begun. There is nothing like a bit of tinsel and a tea towel to get you in the Christmas mood!

 

Our Year 6 and Year 5 steel pan bands, trained by Mr Fletcher, ably entertained the crowds before the Nativity performances. This is such a distinctive sound of our school that we never miss an opportunity to share their musicality. Lindsey Hann, from the Sage Gateshead and Mrs Fear really out did themselves with the singing this year especially the singing group. Mrs Knowles and Ms Beckett did a fantastic job with the narrators who had learned all their lines off by heart. We had a little extra bit this year in our Nativity to remember the Christmas day truce in December 1914 and a big thank you to Mrs Andrews for her help. Mrs Norton with Faye and Natalia took care of the music. Eden and Hannah were brilliant as the voiceover in “My Camel’s Got the Hump” and were very funny. I couldn’t have been more proud of the whole school.

 

Year 4 had a fantastic day working with Tanya Bentham as part of their Greek project. The children were transported back to Ancient Greece and dressed up for the role and tried out various traditional crafts. I was amazed with how much they learned. Our youngest and our oldest children have been working with St Cuthbert’s High School. They have been working with Year 1 on Bee-Bots and on Lego Mindstorm with Year 6. This is all part of the primary curriculum especially the programming and coding elements. A fantastic time is being had by all. A big thank you to the staff and students of St Cuthbert’s for sharing their expertise. Gardening Club rounded off the term with a session on what to do with all you grow? Eat it of course! They made delicious pizza from scratch and don’t they look delicious. Our ballet club ended the term with a   performance and I was amazed at the progress they had made. Year 5 have been off to Heaton Manor to work with their D&T department on moon buggies as part of the class Space project. The children have really enjoyed working with this department. They are becoming very proficient with hand saws and drills! This is what working as a Trust is all about – widening opportunities.

Top attending class this week was Year 6 with 99.5% and they gain 5 minutes extra playtime.

As we pack away the tea towel head dresses and angel wings for another year we look forward to our final week of 2014 filled with festive fun. I hope you have  a peaceful and merry Christmas and  a happy and prosperous New Year. I wonder what 2015 will hold for us all. I look forward to sharing with you some more of our super children’s achievements with you next year!

 

Karen Elliott

karen.elliott@chillingham.newcastle.sch.uk