For our RE day this term the whole school celebrated the Hindu festival of Holi. We listened to a sensory story in the Library, visited the Forest School for snack and made a painted person in the Workshop. We also got to take part in a colour run which was lots of fun!
4th – 8th February was Children’s Mental Health Week and every day classes were doing a different
activity which helps support good mental health. For example `Walk in the Sunshine`. These activities will continue to happen throughout the school year!
On Monday 4th February we were lucky enough to have the National Chairman of RDA, Sam Orde, come to Priory School to present the Stephen Clark Cup and annual awards to the riders from Slaley RDA Group and Ponteland and District RDA Group. It was a lovely morning with a lot of parents attending. We provided tea & coffee afterwards which enabled RDA volunteers to chat with the parents of the children.
Our Annual trip to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle was a huge success. Pupils had a great time watching Golidlocks and the three bears. They joined in for the audience participation as did the staff! A huge thank you to everyone to contributing to school funds for funding this!? Not sure how to word that bit.
2018 has ended with a beautifully cooked Christmas lunch by our new Cook, Louise. Our pupils held three magnificent performances! It's a Super Baby was performed by the Primary Department and Secondary Department performed Free Range Farm. All pupils had a great time performing and we are very proud of them all.
Pupils from Key Stage Two took part in a Panathlon at Morpeth. The pupils competed in different sporting events including Table Cricket, Boccia, Parachute games and Target games. The children took part in individual tasks and groups games to gain point for their team. Hexham Priory School came in second and we are very proud of all of them.
This term the Primary Department are learning about Heroes and Heroines. As part of our Local Heroes theme, we decided to follow in the footsteps of many Heroes and raise some money for a local charity. In preparation for our sponsored run the children learnt about healthy living including the benefits of exercise and a balanced diet. Our run had to be a challenge so Puffin Class decided that children would run different distances from 1 to 3 miles. We decided that our local charity would be Tynedale Hospice and some of the children learnt about the important work that they do.
We were all very excited when the sponsorship forms started returning to school. Everyone was so generous and the total amount raised kept rising and rising. The fun run was lot's of fun! The children all dressed as superheroes, they looked incredible! All the the children tried their best and it was great to have the Primary Department working as a team. The children helped their friends, cheered each other on and keep going even when it was hard. It was a great experience for all.
The total raised on the day was £446.35!Which is incredible. What is more incredible is that sponsorship money keeps coming in, so our final total is over £500!
Well done everyone who took part and thank you to everyone who supported us!
Kev and Barry from The North of Tyne Mountain Rescue team came into school for the morning and each class in primary department had a session with them.
They gave a talk about what The Mountain Rescue do and an explanation of the equipment. This included first aid equipment, rescue equipment, the search dog Bob and their vehicle.
Pupils were then able to explore the equipment and vehicle. Seal's, Butterflies and Hedgehog Class were able to explore the equipment- there was lots of different textures etc, explore the vehicle and interact with the dog.
We recently held a Macmillan coffee morning for staff, pupils, parents and governors. There was an assembly about the work that Macmillan do followed by coffee and cake in the hall. All of the classes had baked and there were donations of cakes from parnts too. Fresh vegetables were also on sale courtesy of Puffin and Merlin classes who had grown them as part of the Roots and Shoots project at Alnwick Gardens. It was a really successful morning; 35 parents attended and the school raised over £300.00 for Macmillan.