At Richard Avenue we pride ourselves on providing an education that promotes Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development which is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum. Strong evidence shows that promoting SMSC in schools can contribute to raising academic standards and improves children’s life chances and prepares pupils for life in a modern world. Here at Richard Avenue, we are happy to say we have achieved the National GOLD SMSC quality mark . Well done everyone!
Our Sunderland Hoops4Health winners 2018 with the Eagles.
On Friday 2nd February Richard Avenue went to Northumbria University to take part in the Sunderland Hoops for Health Finals. Mrs Todd, Mr Spoors, Mr Old and the basketball team were very excited about watching the Newcastle Eagles game but even more excited about watching Richard Avenue on the court.
The team played before the game and then made it through to the final at half time in front of the many supporters in the stands.
At half time they played one final game and won to be crowned the Sunderland winners! To read more about the event please follow this link.
Very well done to all.
Gabriel Coates Little Inventors winner.
William and Kate met Richard Avenue Primary Schools, Gabriel Coates and found out about his winning entry in the ‘Little Inventors’ workshop , during their visit to the new Arts and Cultural Centre, located in the newly regenerated Old Fire Station, Sunderland.
Gabriel Coates meets William and Kate.
Gabriel Coates meets William and Kate.
Gabriel designed a ‘Roller Lamp’ as part of a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) project. This was an ingenious remote control lamp on a motorised skateboard which could be directed to move around a room in a house, at the will of the person controlling it.
Kensington Palace asked to meet the three winners of the ‘Little Inventors’ competition, whilst on their visit to Sunderland. The visit was to celebrate culture, art and regeneration in Sunderland, with a strong emphasis on young people having a voice and a role in the future of Sunderland. Naturally, Gabriel gave a good account of himself and his invention to Kate and William.
William and Kate.
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.