Dear Parents and Carers,

I can’t believe that I’m writing the final newsletter of this school year but here we are on the last day of the Summer Term!

It has been a very busy few weeks. We had two lovely Sports Days last week – the Early Years children made us all smile with their fantastic effort and delightful attitudes, while the Key Stage 1and 2 children showed some very impressive athletic ability! We really appreciated how many parents and carers came along to support the children and you all helped make the day a lovely event for the children, so thank you for your support.

Last Friday we held our Summer Fayre and, again, it was fantastic to see so many of you there. We really did feel that the atmosphere in and around school was lovely and I felt very proud of the children for all the effort they’d put in to making their products to sell, as well as manning some of the stalls. What’s more, the event raised an amazing £1,568! This is an incredible amount of money and the PTA will be meeting with myself and Miss Orrock in September to discuss how we may want to use this money to support school. As promised earlier in the year, you will then get to vote for the option you feel you’d like financial support to go towards. This will make a huge difference to school, especially in these difficult times in terms of school budgets, so I am extremely grateful for all of your support, as well as the hard work of the PTA.

We have had a series of special assemblies in school this week, including a celebration assembly for Mr Kidd as he enters retirement. We wish him all the very best as he heads off on his adventures and the children were very pleased to have the chance to see him and Mr Harris on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, we had our end of year music concert which was a lovely afternoon. Our musicians are making impressive progress and they played some very tricky pieces, doing themselves proud throughout!  Well done to all of the children who took part and thank you to Mr Nicholson for organising the event.

On Wednesday we had our Governors’ Awards Assembly. As always, it was very difficult to pick out one winner from each class when so many of the children have stood out but the winners were as follows:

Reception – Charlotte Mulley, Year 1 – Amelie Richardson, Year 2 – Lucas Moran,  Year 3 – Maddie Pearson,
Year 4 – Finlay Rhodes, Year 5 – Finlay Thompson, Year 6 – Tom Price
Well done to all of our winners, each of whom received a £10 book token to spend this Summer!

Our Reception children had their graduation assembly on Wednesday afternoon and they performed with great confidence and a large amount of charm! Well done to all of them!

Our final assembly took place this morning and it was our Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly. The children have worked very hard and put together a fantastic show including songs, dance, musical performances and some lovely memories of their time here at White Mere. They have had an excellent year and produced some very impressive SATs results – well done Year 6 and good luck as you move onto your next step! I know that Mrs Hutchinson, Mrs Titterton and Mrs Cutter will miss them all, so we hope they will pop in to let us know how they are getting on in September.

Today is also a sad day as a number of staff are moving on. Mr Noble, Miss Grant, Mr Stanton and Miss Willis are all leaving us today and we wish them all the very best. They have all given the school a great deal this year or, in the case of Mr Noble, over the past seven years! We will miss them all and I would like to thank each of them for the energy, commitment and care that they have shown – thank you and good luck.

I would just like to finish by thanking you all for the support and commitment you have shown to school this year. It is, as you know, my first year as a headteacher and I have learned a great deal, not least that when there appears to be no obvious solution to a problem, either Mrs Cutter or Mrs Nicholson will soon find one! I will be sending out a parent questionnaire in the Autumn Term, but I always appreciate parental feedback to help me improve how we run the school, so do not hesitate to get in touch if there is something you’d like to share in the meantime.

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Summer break – hopefully the weather will hold and mean that we can all be outdoors over the coming weeks. Your kids are great, so I hope you get some quality time with them!

Best wishes,
Chris Boddy
chrisboddy@whitemereprimary.org

 

Summer Days Out…
If you are looking for things to do this summer, here are a few suggestions that might be of interest to you…

– Souter Lighthouse offer Seashore Safaris amongst other events. Last year you didn’t need to be a member of the National Trust to go on the safaris and (I think) they were only £1 per person but that may have changed.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas/features/summer-at-souter

– Thornley Woods is a great (free) place for a wander through lovely woodland and there’s a café if you want a drink.
https://www.newcastlegateshead.com/things-to-do/thornley-woodlands-centre-p26201

– The beach at South Shields and the bay at Marsden are both great places for a day out. Obviously they’re free but Minchella’s and Scoop and Bean are both nearby…
http://www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk/article/16152/marsden-bay

– If you are in South Shields, there are two good museums to visit – both are free (I think) and are worth an hour or so to look around. One is Arbeia Roman Fort…
https://arbeiaromanfort.org.uk/

…and the other is South Shields Museum & Gallery.
https://southshieldsmuseum.org.uk/

– If you fancy a visit to a farm then both of the following are, I believe, free (they invite donations) and are well worth a short visit if you’re in the mood…
Bill Quay Community Farm
http://www.billquayfarm.org.uk/
Ouseburn Farm
https://www.ouseburnfarm.org.uk/

Other, well-known local attractions that have a cost attached include Beamish, Gibside, Wallington Hall, the Centre for Life and Tynemouth Priory (my son’s favourite due to the WW2 gun emplacements!), while the Hancock Museum and Discovery Museum in Newcastle are both free, as is the Baltic. The last three venues are all hosting elements of The Great Exhibition of the North as well so check out their websites for more information.

Enjoy your summer!
Mr Boddy

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