Family Music Night

28th November 2014

In a busy school it is always difficult to fit everything in and every week I am always amazed at how much goes on in our busy and lively school. This week was no exception! We ended the week with our world class Family Music Night event. This is part of the Chili Road tradition and the standard each year gets higher and higher. All the children put their acts together themselves and rehearsed them without any help from teachers and family Everyday our children make me so proud but Family Music Night never ceases to amaze me with their sheer variety, poise and confidence. It was a fantastic evening and it was wonderful to see so many children and families’ dreams come true. Of course it wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of all our families

We had everything from alternative comedy sketches, to singing, dancing, musical solos and dance routines. It was a rich and varied programme which was just what was needed on a miserable November evening to bring some fun into a Friday night. A big thank you goes to all the Arts Steering Group for all their help, our families for their fantastic support, The Samba Band, The Chilli Road band and Pizzaholic for all their help. But the biggest stars were our children who were just fabulous!

 

Joanna from Sustrans was in school this week flagging up our bling your bike and “be bright” festive breakfast for all of our families who walk, scoot or cycle to school. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible from 8.30 on Tuesday 16th December.

 

Some of you are aware we are developing a pilot Forest School. Mr Thompson is working with a small group of children in Year 3 and Year 4 and some parents. We hope to develop this further so more children can benefit. It is really about building resilience and problem solving in an environment which the children will enjoy.

 

Last week was “Anti-Bullying” week and this year we chose to look at this issue form a different perspective and look at what makes a good friend and how sometimes our behaviour can confuse our friends and make them think things about us that we didn’t intend. We had a brilliant “sharing” of the children’s ideas and it was wonderful to see so many of our children thinking about this issue and coming up with really great ideas. Wonderful!

Year 6 have had a fantastic week in school this week. They have been working with Heaton History Society finding out about the interesting families that lived in the streets that run either side of our school during the Great War. I have been amazed at the knowledge the children have gained from this topic and their analysis of the primary sources. They have been buzzing with excitement. Some of the stories the children have unearthed are heart-breaking and some are fascinating. But it has certainly brought history alive. It really shows how important the memories of the ordinary people are and that they need to be documented and preserved or they will be lost forever. Ms Holmes and Ms Hancock has devised an ingenious way to represent what they have found out and I hope you will all pop into the school to see the “street” on display. It would seem that Heaton has always attracted interesting people. What has been especially interesting is that a lot of members of our community who have never been inside our school have been working with our children sharing memories and teaching them new skills. We have even had a knitting circle to replicate the knitting that the community did to send articles to the troops to keep them warm and remind them of home. We are sending our knitted articles to the hedgehog hospital but sadly although the children have loved learning this new skill they are very slow and we only have one knitted square finished. So if you are a keen knitter, we could really do with some help so more than one hedgehog will be warm this winter!

 

This week our top attending class are Year 6 with 100% and gain 5 minutes extra playtime

 

Have a good week and I look forward to sharing with you more snapshots of our super children’s exciting learning journeys.

 

Karen Elliott

 

karen.elliott@chillingham.newcastle.sch.uk