Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have all had a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year – it feels like the holidays have flown by!

The end of last term was so busy with the various nativities, the Christingle Service, trips out, the music assembly and the Christmas parties, not to mention our Governors’ Awards. It was a lovely way to end the term.

I’d like to thank the PTA for their financial support with the trips to Down at the Farm and to the pantomime, as well as paying for Year 6 to have a special Christmas treat at Frankie & Bennys. Over the course of last term the PTA made contributions totalling £1,100, including the purchase of some exciting new resources for Foundation Stage, all of which helps improve the experience of school for our pupils, so thank you for your continued support.

Here are some other updates and news…

Christingle Charity Collection Thank you very much for supporting our fund-raising for our two charities so generously – you raised £214 which has been split between North Tyneside YMCA and ‘Send a Cow’. It was a lovely night in the church and your generosity made it even more special – thank you!

Governors’ Awards On the last day of the Autumn Term we had a special assembly to give out our Governors’ Awards. The winners were those children who teachers felt had excelled over the course of the term in terms of their attitude and overall contribution to school life. Our winners were:

Reception – Erin Joel (well done also to our runners up, Jenson Crook and Rose Colquhoun)

Year 1 – Liam Stewart (runners up, Molly McDonald & Ethan Bannon)

Year 2 – Levi Alberts (runners up, Lily MacFadden & Lea Diaz Howe)

Year 3 – Tommy Crow (runners up, Natalia Blackett & Charlie O’Donnell)

Year 4 – Lucy Todd (runners up, William Baldwin & Jack Ford)

Year 5 – Sonny Walton (runners up, Grace Rozanski & Ben Aspinall)

Year 6 – Adam McDonald (runners up Lucy Roxburgh & Lewis Noble)

Spring Term Parents’ Evenings We will be having parents’ evenings after half term on Tuesday 27th February and Thursday 1st March. Due to a clash with Forest Schools training for Miss Allsopp, parents of our Reception children will have their parents’ evenings on Monday 26th February and Thursday 1st March. Further details will be sent out nearer the time and the format will be the same as in the Autumn Term, with appointments taking place in the hall and books being available for you to look through in your child’s classroom. Gateshead Schools’ Dance Festival Year 4 and Year 5 will be taking part in the Gateshead Schools’ Dance Festival later this year and they will be having dance lessons with a coach from Gateshead Schools Sports Partnership each Wednesday afternoon as they prepare for the event. Further details will be sent out as soon as we have them.

Yoga Year 6 and Reception will be having Yoga sessions on a Monday afternoon this term with Yogabugs. They delivered a demonstration session before Christmas and I’m sure the children will really enjoy this addition to the PE timetable!

Ukelele lessons We are lucky enough to be starting some whole class instrumental lessons this term. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be learning to play the Ukelele on a Thursday afternoon with Mr Nicholson – I look forward to hearing their progress over the course of the coming months!

VOICES Project with The Baltic As mentioned before Christmas, I am very pleased to say that we’re one of twelve schools who will be working with artists from The Baltic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s visit to Newcastle. Year 3 will be going to The Baltic for a workshop on 19th January before having another session with the artist here in school on 8th February.

Finally, just a quick reminder about safeguarding in school – could all parents/carers please refrain from using mobile phones in school, even when waiting in the lobby area near the main office. Could I also remind all parents and carers who use Kids Club that they need to use the KS2 door (leading onto the KS2 yard) for both drop off and pick up times. I’m sure you all appreciate that we want to ensure school is a welcoming but safe environment, so I do thank you for your understanding in these matters.

As usual, if there is anything at all that you want to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Chris Boddy

Head Teacher

chrisboddy@whitemereprimary.org

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