13 October 2019

13th October 2019
What a list of things to talk about from last week, and tell you about for this week!
On Monday last week Mr Burke from the Local Authority came in for his termly visit.  He loved our new entrance area, enjoyed chatting to the children and staff, and went away happy!
On Tuesday we had a lady in from the Parliament Education Team to come in and do some mock debates with the Orca Class.  She said they displayed significantly more decorum than current politicians do!  It was also parent lunch on Tuesday - thank you to those that came in and shared lunch with us.  On Tuesday afternoon the school had Margaret from The Magic Lantern - an art education programme - come in to deliver some workshops on art history.  We had given her a sea theme to look at, and the children enjoyed an interactive presentation looking at a range of different works of art based on a sea theme.  After school on Tuesday our Year 5/6 girls hosted Swarland for a football match.  Whilst we didn't win, it was a good experience for the children, who are gradually learning to be a bit stronger on the ball!  Whilst I am delighted that they are such polite children, they are starting to understand that there are times where they need to be a bit more physical!
On Wednesday we had a lovely Harvest Festival.  Thank you so much to all those that donated items for the Alnwick Food Bank.  Also, thank you to those parents, grandparents, carers and friends that attended the service.  The church was the fullest I have seen it for a school service!  Thank you, also, to Rev Alison for leading the service.  It was great to meet Re Ian, the new curate, and we are looking forward to working with him.  Open the Book shared a Bible story with us on Wednesday afternoon which, as ever, we all enjoyed.
On Thursday we hosted Mrs Hall from the Diocese who came to inspect how we are doing as a church school.  Thank you so much to the parents who talked to her, the community members who entertained her over lunch, and the children who shared all the lovely things we do.  Unfortunately we are unable to share the result until the report has been finalised.  As soon as we have it I will let you know!
This week is no less busy!  On Monday My Mental Health Rocks is coming in to do a workshop with Orcas and Puffins.  We feel very strongly that one of the most important things we can teach children is to look after their own mental health, so we are very excited that the workshop is happening.
On Tuesday afternoon the Gazette is coming in to take a group photo of the new Reception children - look out for it in the paper!  The Year 5 and 6 girls are going to play football at St Michael's after school.
On Wednesday the Book People Bus is going to be with us for the morning again - it is a great opportunity to buy cheap Christmas presents.  Please send your children in with money to buy a book!
On Thursday the Puffins will be going to the quarry with Coast Care to do a seed collection.  At the same time Trinity Tots will be coming in to school to have a session with the Starfish.  In the afternoon the Year 5/6 girls will be going to a football tournament at the High School.