During Fairtrade Fortnight the children learned all about Fairtrade and the impact that buying Fairtrade products have on the lives of people in poorer countries.
The children made Fairtrade biscuits and held their own Fairtrade event, which raised £135.07 for the Fairtrade Foundation. As a school we have worked towards gaining a Fairtrade Award and recently have managed to do this. We are now a FairActive School.
Sonia with her son and tutors.
One of the parents of Shabad in 2C, Sonia has been attending different courses through Sunderland College. While attending her ICT class she recently entered a Competition ran by the college to produce a poster about happiness. She was picked in first place over all entrants and received a gift voucher for her achievement, presented by the colleges Vice Principle Judith Quinn.
She also has passed her ICT, English and Maths courses with the help of her tutors Judith Vasey and Zoe Hepplewhite.
Well done Sonia!
The cook with produce from our allotment.
The school has six raised beds in our allotment. We grow a range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as green house produce.
Joyce, our school cook, cooks some vegetables to be served with our healthy school dinners. The school has ‘Healthy School’ status.
The school allotment.
We’re pleased to announce that the school has been awarded an Artmarks Gold award for demonstrating how our key art forms are defined, delivered, managed and developed across both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
Inside of the Artsmark Gold Validation Report, which you can read in full here , the inspectors said:
Richard Avenue Primary School has evidenced strength in leadership at all levels demonstrating their commitment to art and culture as an essential entitlement for all. They offer Arts rich creative teaching and learning both within and beyond the curriculum.
The inspectors went on to praise how they saw arts being implemented throughout the school on a recent trip:
The application form and school visit combined to highlight: the breadth and depth of creative, meaningful learning through a range of experiences; a wide range and depth of art form expertise readily shared across the staff team, complimented by a good use of professional artists for added value and sustainability
Well done to all involved.
The children from both schools in front of an anti-bullying display.
Our school councillors were invited to Fulwell Infant School . We were asked us to assess them for their anti-bullying award. They showed us their ‘big blue’ Anti-bullying book and examples of anti-bullying techniques they use in their school. We were then given a tour of their school and playground.
We felt they were so good, we awarded them the Gold Anti-bullying Award!!!
Well done Fulwell Infants and thank you for being good hosts.
Miss Halliday with some of the winning students.
We are excited to reveal that we’ve won the Best Sustainable school Award!
The Eco/Gardening club entered the Journal and Gazette newspaper School awards July 2014 and were shortlisted into the top 3 Best Sustainable school Award.
Miss Halliday took Poppy Smith, Shane Spoors, Tyrese Giblin and Lauren Green pupils from Year 4 and Eco/Gardening club members to the award ceremony at Ramside Hall. The children took part in golfing activities and had a mini-beast experience before the award ceremony.
As part of our Sustainable school entry we made a book all about RAPS Sustainability projects both new and ongoing within our school. We also made a ‘News report’ video showcasing our fantastic provision for an Eco friendly learning environment.
As a school we have ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ at the heart of our philosophy for moving forward. We have embedded the sustainable curriculum into our lessons and over time have developed fantastic provision for children to develop their knowledge of maintaining and developing a sustainable school.
Our Friendship garden includes developing a bee environment by planting lavender to encourage bees to use the school grounds to collect pollen. Our wildlife garden continues to grow with the building of a second bug hotel and planting of more wild plants. We have developed a new allotment plot over the last two years and are very successfully growing a variety of fruit and vegetables.
Thank you to the Journal and Gazette newspaper for recognising the staff and children’s sustained efforts in this important subject.
Year Six celebrate winning a trip to the cinema.
All the students of year six have won a private screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2, thanks to their attendance record.
The children of 6W had the overall best attendance in the school, but because 6G give them a run for their money and also to treat them as part of their leavers celebration we have decided to reward them all.
Tomorrow they will be visiting a local cinema for a private screening of the film.
Very well done to all.
Detail from the Wildlife Garden.
To launch the 2014 RHS Britain in Bloom campaign and to celebrate Bloom’s golden anniversary, the school has entered this years Britain in Bloom and Sunderland in Bloom competitions.
We have a long history of horticultural awards having achieved a fantastic outcome in the 2013 awards grading us the highest ‘gold’ standard within the Northumbria area to the point where the school was included in the Sunderland City in Bloom local area judging route.
Detail from the allotment.
We haven’t rested on our laurels however and with summer slowly approaching we’ve been out re-potting and planting and watching the mature plants come into bloom bringing with them the colour of spring and summer to our already beautiful gardens.
We will fully update you with how the judging goes in time.
Detail from the Friendship Garden.