3rd July 2015

      What a fantastic time this has been in school we have had class assemblies, trips, visiting VIP’s and ended this week with an incredible production of James and the Giant Peach. The performance really showed our school off to our community as well as celebrating what we do best - team work and partnership. Our children are our biggest asset and to see them bursting with confidence and delivering work and performances, at such a high standard across the board, are inspirational not only for the adults, but it motivates the children to achieve even more.  I also know the part our families play and the unfailing support they give the school together with the dedication of all the staff in going that extra mile. It is crucial to the kind of experiences we can offer the children. I was so proud of everyone and it was great that every child had the opportunity to experiences such a fantastic event. It was my last grand performance and it was wonderful to go out with such an extravaganza. It also provided the perfect opportunity to welcome our new head teacher Mr Ben Wassall to the Chilli Road family and also gave everyone a chance to meet him informally. He will at the Strawberry Tea to 
continue meeting our families.

We have had some amazing class assemblies recently. Our youngest children picked up lots of top tips about animals from their farm visit and entertained the whole school most royally with their class assembly about animals. They were absolutely delightful! Year 4 produced an equally entertaining assembly all about their love of books and joy of reading. What ingenuity they showed us all. For both classes to pull out such incredible work at this point in the term was astonishing. The whole school loved it.

We have been continuing with our drive to enter more sporting competitions. This time it was the turn of our younger children. A squad of 12 children from Year 1 took part in the Multi Skills tournament which was part of the Schools 500 event. They had bags of sportsmanship and enthusiasm and clearly some skill as they came 5th overall! Our Year 2 took part in a city wide cross country run and acquitted themselves very well. We have been running a Family Football programme this half term. They have been very well attended and their final session is at St James’ Park, no less. How very exciting for all our families! Year 6 have been visiting Heaton Manor to have some specialised tennis coaching using their tennis courts. The class have absolutely loved it and it is something, that at a primary school, it is very difficult to offer.

Year 4 had a brilliant trip to Marsden Rock as part of their coastal study work. Year 5 have been to Live Theatre to take part in a workshop about anti bullying which was very thought provoking. Year 5 were out and about again with their pocket trumpets and took part in the Big Gig. Our guitarists went along as well and had a fantastic day playing with hundreds of other children in a wall of sound. Amazing! Year 6 Steel Pan Band took part in the annual Steel Pan Band festival in North Tyneside. This is a great opportunity for our young musicians to work alongside the secondary Steel Pan Bands from across the region. They did very well and picked up some great tips. I hope some of them will continue to play and join an adult band when they leave our school. Our panners together with the Year 5 Steel Pan Band and our Samba Band entertained everyone at the Heaton Festival. It was a glorious day and the distinctive sound of our school filled the park to wide acclaim!

Year 3 having dispensed with the Stone Age were exploring a short topic about the Roams and had a fantastic day the Segudunum seeing what Roman life was like. Reception and Nursery children went down on the farm - Whitehouse farm to be exact. They were on a fact finding mission to share with us at their class assembly. They had a fabulous farm and the weather was perfect. They fed the animals as well as handling such exotic creatures as tarantulas and snakes! In the words of one of our parents, “It was a perfect day!”

Our choir are taking part in the Ouseburn Festival this Sunday. Together with other choirs they will be singing a specially commissioned piece to commemorate the Heaton Pit disaster. It should be very moving. I hope many of you will come along and support.

We had visit form our MP Nick Brown who was showing his support for our EYFS Yard bid as part of the One Family Foundation. It really is nail bitingly close and we await the final count. Results will be announced after the weekend. Nick Brown was very impressed with what the community of our school has achieved and wanted to show his support. Thank you for all of our families, community and sister schools who have voted for us. It would be a massive achievement if we won this national award but we are up against some very stiff opposition. If we lose all is not lost as Katie Watson, the driving force behind our campaign, has a plan. Be afraid! Be very afraid! We will go forward with our plan bit by bit as we have already got pledges of support from our wonderful community.  As Year 3 will tell you Rome wasn’t built in a day!
That certainly was an amazing week in school and next week looks just as packed. I look forward to sharing more exciting learning opportunities for our talented children and meeting you all again at our Strawberry Tea on Tuesday. Enjoy your week.

Karen Elliott