The children competing in the long jump event.
To celebrate the Commonwealth Games taking place in England this year, we held our very first school commonwealth games.
The children took part in sprinting, long jump, high jump, sprint and basketball after which each class selected their own representations for a relay race. We all demonstrated the Commonwealth Games focus on teamwork and friendliness and all of the children had a brilliant day, showing determination, self-belief and passion – our school sport values.
The children in a sprint race.
As the Commonwealth Games are known as the friendly games, there was also friendly competition to win medals and trophies, while teachers also awarded children with best attitude medals.
“The high jump was my favourite. I won a medal and then my class were the winners of the trophy too.”
Special mention to the Year 5 Sports Leaders and the Year 4 helpers who supported the scoring and timing of the events. Also, a great big thank you to Melanie Nichols who opened our games and also helped out during the events. Good luck to Melanie who is the baton bearer in Sunderland on 14th July.
“I liked the high jump because I kept getting higher.”
The children receive their medals.
It was a wonderful day for everyone with huge thanks to our wonderful Mr Spoors for all he did to organise and lead a day filled with special memories for us all 🙂
The children in a class setting at Beamish.
Year 6 visited Beamish recently. Here is an account of the day, written by Adnan in 6H:
“When we first arrived at we went on a tram. It was really cool and a favourite part was how we got to the top deck of the bus seats. There was no roof and we all loved waving at the people walking.
Our destination was the town and we soon got there. It was amazing! My favourite part of the town was the sweet shop. The smell was too good to be true. We even got to watch them make sweets. Then we were evacuated to the farm. There were lots of animals and an Anderson Shelter.
We had our lunch on a field near the farm. On the bus ride home, it was so hot and some people were groaning but we soon arrived back to school. We discussed our favourite parts. My favourite part was the town because I love the old-fashioned things.”
Some of the children at Beamish.
The boys football team.
Football. A team of boys represented the school in a football festival at the Sunderland Beacon of Light this week. They performed very well, scoring some great goals and showing determination. Well done all! Special mentions to Arafaat for being selected as the player who showed the best attitude from all the schools taking part and to Lucas, who was identified as a player with talent and was invited to attend the Foundation of Light’s development programme.
Cricket. Some of Year 4 took part in a cricket festival at Eppleton Cricket Club this week, developing their skills in bowling, batting and fielding. They focused on technique and also learned about the role of wicket keeper. It was a great morning during which we spotted some cricket talent for next year’s tournaments. Who knows, we may well have the next Ben Stokes in the making!
The year 4 children at the cricket festival.
Quadkids. Well done to the Year 5/6 Quadkids Athletics Team who finished 6th out of 19 schools in this week’s competition. They completed in: long jump, howler throw, 75m sprint and a 600m run. Huge well done to Mehreen, who was the overall girls winner from 76 girls in the long jump competition!
The Year 5/6 Athletics Team.
A group of 35 year 5 and 6 children have just returned from a fantastic week at Derwent Hill in the beautiful English Lake District
The children on top of Barrow in the Lake District.
The children had an action packed week with some great outdoor activities including: canoeing, mountain walking, gorge walking and of course the infamous “big swing.” Because the children were completing their John Muir award, they also had the opportunity to visit Blackwood Farm and meet the award-winning farmer, Paul Barnes . This session allowed the children to see what Paul is doing to improve biodiversity and they got involved in a number of conservation tasks to learn about the importance of respecting the natural environment.
The children getting ready to go out onto the lake.
It was great to see how our children have pushed themselves to achieve some great things during their visit and have made memories that will stay with them for a long time to come. All children have returned with a new set of skills in confidence, teamwork, communication and a healthy respect for their wider environment.
You can view our Google Photos Album to see loads of photos and videos taken from the week.
Derwent Hill is open to children in year 6 each year and letters will be going out for our June 2023 visit in early September. Any remaining places will then be open to year 5 children.
The children wearing crowns they had made.
Throughout the week we’ve been celebrating the Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee. The staff and the children have been getting involved in all sorts of activities in preparation for a picnic we had planned. This included making bunting, crowns and decorating two large portraits of the Queen drawn by Miss Howard.
Mr Williams was also going round school to sit down with some of the children who answered questions about our Queen.
As part of the school’s jubilee celebrations, some of our children sat down and answered questions about our Queen.
Unfortunately, due to the British rain, the picnic with the parents could not go ahead but we did manage to find a break in the rain so the children could go out and sing the songs they had prepared, which represented different decades.
The children performing their songs.
It was great for everyone to be together outside and as it was something we hadn’t been able to do for a long time it felt extra special.
You can see some of the videos and photos from the day in our Queens Jubilee Album
We are absolutely delighted that Hajrah from 6H has had a painting excepted for the Young Artists’ Summer Show in London. Her artwork was judged by a panel of passionate artists and arts professionals. They selected her piece for display online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts
A fantastic artistic achievement Hajrah. Congratulations.
Hajrah’s painting to be displayed at the Royal Academy.
The Year 5/6 swimming team took part in the Sunderland School Swimming Finals. Well done to all of our children who swam brilliantly and showed great determination. Special mention to the boys who made the grand final of the medley relay race. Our children were superb ambassadors for our school with thanks to Mr Spoors for all he did to organise the children.
The Year 5/6 Swimming Team.
Thank you Mr Spoors!
Some of the Year 5 children at Safetyworks, Newcastle.
Year 5 enjoyed a visit out of school on Monday morning to Safetyworks in Newcastle. The children improved their knowledge in making informed life choices, where they needed to recognise key risks and dangers, and gain confidence to take actions which will reduce the risks to themselves and others. They enjoyed activities based on home safety, fire safety, road safety, internet safety and many more.
Well done Year 5!