As part of our work with Farringdon Community Academy, some of our Y4,Y5 and Y6 pupils took part in a ‘Swimathon Gala’ to raise funds for their Gambia appeal. The aim was to swim as far as they could in one hour. Our team managed to swim just over 5 miles/8km. The best part of this event, was that they raised an incredible £727.70! We want to say a massive WELL DONE! to the children and an even bigger THANK YOU! to all who sponsored them.
As well as celebrating the success of our pupils, it is always nice to celebrate staff achievements on our website.
As many of our Key Stage 1 parents are aware, A & P Coaching have been delivering curriculum PE to our younger pupils. Amar and Arjun Purewal, who run the company, were celebrating last week, as they were both nominated for a national award – the FA’s ‘Asian Non-League Footballer of the Year’. Both brothers were delighted to be nominated and Amar’s night was made even better, when he won! Amar also collected the ‘Team of the Year’ award, on behalf of the Punjab FA, who reached the finals of the CONIFA World Cup in 2016, in Russia. Amar was top scorer in the competition, in which Punjab were beaten, on penalties, in the final.
We want to say a massive well done to Arjun and Amar.
Arjun and Amar Purewal
Well done to our book fair competition winners whose names were announced in assembly this week, we hope you enjoy your new books!
KS1 were lucky enough to have a visit from the author Tracey Corderoy. Tracey shared some of her stories with the children and helped them to draw one of her book characters ‘Slippery Sam’. Both children and staff had lots of fun!
School was contacted today, by the staff from the County Durham Foodbank. They wanted to give a massive THANK YOU to all of the families who helped us with our Harvest Festival donation. The team at the foodbank informed us that we had donated 284 kg of food, which helped them to provide a meal to 340 people. They have asked us to stress that without such donations, they would not be able to help half as many families/people. I think we can say we have been able to make a real difference to people in our community.
The author Tracey Corderoy will be visiting school on Tuesday 7th November as part of the Northern Children’s Book Festival. Tracey will be sharing some of her latest books with us and bringing her stories to life using props and puppets. She will be looking forward to personally signing any copies of her books that the children purchase.
Get hooked into a book and visit our school book fair in the infant hall from 3.30 p.m –
4.00 p.m on the following dates:
Monday 6th November 2017
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Thursday 9th November 2017
Friday 10th November 2017
On Thursday, we celebrated Harvest Festival in our school. We collected lots of tins and packets of food for the County Durham Food Bank. We needed very strong muscles to carry them all when Reverend Thorpe came to collect all the bags. Thank you to all who contributed!
We work hard in school, to encourage our children to understand the values that maintain our society. It is wonderful, when we can give them concrete experiences of how these values work. Our recent Student Council elections was one such experience. Pupils presented themselves to their Year Group peers and stood for election, to this very important body. When the votes were cast and counted, the pupils below had been selected. We are certain they will work with staff, over the next year, to ensure we take notice of ‘the pupil voice’ at Mill Hill Primary School.
The staff and children in our Reception class are really pleased with our new ‘outdoor’ kitchen, which was delivered this week. The plan is to use it as a ‘Mud Kitchen’, to encourage children to measure, weigh and mix as they play. The equipment, from a local company called James’ Shed, is a fantastic addition to our outdoor learning area.