20 October 2019

20th October 2019
What an incredibly hectic week it was last week!
Monday started off with a visit from the My Mental Health team to do a workshop with Puffins and Orcas.  It was great to see the children so engaged and having some good ideas about how we can deal with a wide range of emotions.
On Tuesday afternoon, Caroline, Mary and I went to Metro Radio for the presentation of awards by the North East Children's Cancer Run.  It seems like ages ago when we all did the run, and finally all the money has been counted.  As a school we raised £2461 - coming in the top 10 schools who took part.  The run itself raised almost £300,000 which is amazing.  We decided that next year we definitely need to try and break the £3000 barrier as a school!
We then hot-footed it back for Y5/6 girls football against St Michael's.  It was a glorious Autumnal evening and we had a great time, and even scored 2 goals!
On Wednesday morning the Book People Bus came to school.  Almost every child in the school bought something, as well as members of the local community.  The driver said he took over £400, which is great, and means that we will have about £60 worth of books for our librarians to choose.
On Thursday, Puffins went out to the quarry, with 2 members of Coast Care.  We carried out a wild flower seed collection, and saw the site that has been earmarked for the school's wild-flower garden.  It was amazing how many different varieties of seeds we found.
Whilst Puffins were at the quarry, Starfish hosted a Trinity Tots session.  Thank you to those that came - it is always lovely to share our classroom with you!
This Thursday morning saw Reggie the Dog's first visit to Orca class to listen to readers.  I think he enjoyed himself!  The children certainly did.
In the afternoon, the Y5/6 girls football team played in a tournament at the High School.  Despite having to borrow girls from the other teams, and never being able to be subbed, our girls remained good-spirited and showed our Christian values to the full.  As the afternoon progressed they became stronger on the ball, more tenacious, and fought hard to the end of every match.  I was really proud of them.
On Friday we were washed out!  It is the first day in over a year that we have not been able to go down to the beach at all, but we kept very busy in school.  In the afternoon Ellie, from Coast Care, came back, bringing the seeds we had collected and Puffins and Starfish made seed bombs ready to be thrown in our wild flower meadow in the spring.
This week is (thankfully) much more peaceful.  The girls football continues with us hosting Whittingham on Tuesday at 3.15 on the village football field.  Whittingham are a very strong (and serious) team, so it would be great if you could all come and cheer the girls on from the side-line.
On Thursday it is a change of sport and the Y5s and Y6s (including boys this time) will be taking part in the tag rugby festival at Alnwick Rugby Club.  It is going to be quite a challenge as again we go without any subs, but I am sure that we will have a good time.
Friday morning is a parent worship, and then it is half-term.  On Monday 4th November the teachers have a training day, so we will expect you all to be back in school on Tuesday 5th November with batteries recharged!