27.06.2018 – Inter-House Competiton:Rounders

Even though our weekly swimming lesson had been cancelled, we still managed to keep fit and have a fun time doing sport this morning. Lead by Mrs Curry we enjoyed an inter-house competition of rounders. The games were super fun and very intense as everyone aimed to do their houses’ proud.

It was a tough call but the scores reflected:

  • 1st. St. Cuthbert
  • 2nd. St. Oswald
  • 3rd. St. Aidan
  • 4th. St. Bede

Congratulations to the House of St. Cuthbert for pulling slightly ahead with a few huge swings! What a lovely day for the competition as well, blue skies and gorgeous sunshine!

 

Art Day 2018

Throughout the school, we’ve been getting messy and creative! From finger painting to paper craft the children have worked their socks off to create their very own masterpieces this afternoon. This all follows the homework they were set to research the classes chosen artist: Van Gogh, Money, Picasso, Picasso, Dali & Seurat were among the fascinating individuals chosen for the day. Have a look at our artists in action, who knows perhaps one of them will be worth a fortune one day as a ‘Before they were famous’ painting?

Class 4 Pit-Garden

As part of their topic, this term covering History, English, Music & Art, Class 4 have thoroughly enjoyed researching the local history throughout the Victorian era, in particular, our local coal mining communities and children working in mines. Following on from the visit to Beamish Museum and experiencing life in a mining community the children have carried out a lot of research of local pits including, for example, Wylam, Hartley, Durham and made models of mine shafts and associated buildings and equipment. Just like the mining children they have spent time today in our school Pit Village garden tending to their vegetable plants and flowers. They have also been making scarecrows to keep the birds and squirrels away.

Have a look at our classes handiwork below!

KS2 Salsa Classes

What a fantastic start to the KS2 Salsa Classes this afternoon and the start of an amazing journey into spanish dance! This week they began to work on the basic moves of a variety of Spanish dances and enjoyed themselves in a new way to keep themselves fit!

More spaces are available for the KS2 Salsa Classes if you would like to join in on the fun, then please could you contact the school office or, pay via your ParentPay account. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Class 4 Mining Trip to Beamish

On Thursday 10th May, we had a fantastic trip to Beamish Museum. We took part in a Mining Investigation where we had to decide who we felt was responsible for the death of a young boy who worked at the Pit. We had to interview members of the Mining Pit Village and put the pieces of the puzzle together. We finished by putting the blame on the Mine Deputy! We made sure he lost his job for his crime.

We enjoyed our packed lunches in the park by the Town and then even had time to pop to the Sweet Shop. After this, we became detectives and had to solve a murder that had taken place down at the train station. Excellent questioning from all detectives ensured that we caught the murderer and he was arrested!

Well done Class 4!

29/03/2018 – Easter Egg Competition

Today we’ve had our very own ‘Easter Egg Competition’ children from Nursery to Year 6 have brought in their wonderful creations to showcase in our competition. Have a look at some of the amazing entries below!

We know we’re not supposed to pick favourites but even Mrs Pye had such a hard time picking a favourite for the Easter Egg Competition this afternoon.

After a lot of deliberation and thought, three winners were decided upon by our judges, who each received a big yummy Easter egg of their own to enjoy over the holiday break.

KS1: Robson G (Class 1)
KS2: Louis B (Class 4)

Thanks again for your continued support and such creative ideas for your eggs, together we have raised £££££ for CAFOD international!

Finally, we hope you and your families have a fantastic Easter Break, and we will see you back on the 16th April!

Gallery of some of the amazing creations:

The proud winners (with their yummy prizes!)

 

 

27.03.2018 – School Council Trip to London 2018

On Tuesday 27th March 2018, our School council had an amazing adventure and opportunity to visit our capital city of London. They visited platform 9 3/4’s from the Harry Potter Films, took a trip on the London Eye, visited the Houses of Parliament and saw the sights of London!

All in all it was a fantastic time, which I’m sure none of them will forget anytime soon! They co-visited with our partner primary school, Sacred Heart and the trip has helped build friendships between the councils which will no doubt flourish when the children move onto St. Thomas More, when their time comes!

Check out the timeline in photographs!

 

Cheery faces, bright and early for their 6:30am train down to London! Full of energy for the adventure ahead!

The children’s first stop was Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Films! A magical first stop on a magical journey!

 

 

They travelled on the London Underground to reach Green Park and had a fun (and dry!) time exploring the park and surrounding area. They even managed to get some great photographs near Buckingham palace!

Our children had the opportunity to go on the London Eye as well as a truly fantastic ‘4D Experience’ (We know it was amazing but we don’t want to spoil it for you!)

From the London Eye they travelled over to the Houses of Parliament and were lucky enough to be shown around by a guide! They learned about the Suffragette movement, the buildings History and so much more! One of the highlights of their visit to the Houses was being able to meet our very own local MP Mr Guy Opperman! They also got to watch (from a viewing balcony) an actual debate in the House of Commons!

From there they headed back to London Kings Cross (via the ‘tube’) and grabbed some warm Mcdonalds for tea to eat on the train! The children, and staff!, were absolutely exhausted after a fun-filled day!

 

Class 4 Sport Relief Day

Today we had a thoroughly enjoyable morning taking part in a variety of sporting activities for Sport Relief. We hula-hooped, skipped, threw and danced our way through the morning and had a fabulous time!

GSSP – Dance Festival 2018

 

St. Matthew’s Dance Festival Group had a great time participating and practising for the Gateshead School Sports Partnerships annual Dance Festival. With this year’s theme being ‘Films and Musicals’, we chose a delightful song from the 2003 film, Honey, Yolanda Adam’s ‘I Believe’, which supports our school’s Growth Mindset approach about not giving up and that we can achieve anything if we put our minds to it! The children flourished with the song and became captivated by it over the many weeks of practising, they’ve worked fantastically hard and we are all very proud of their hard work and efforts.

The fruit of their hard work has been the Dance Festival itself, our children gave a flawless performance at the Sage, Gateshead in front of a sold out crowd! We are so very proud of everyone who participated! Have a look at the small gallery below, and watch out for the DVD that should hopefully be coming out soon!

As well as the great performance at the Sage, one of our very own dancers was lucky enough to win the design competition for the Programme cover of the Dance Festival. Yasmin G (Class 5) had a truly unique design based on the theme of musicals this year and her design was the forefront of the festivals media. She was awarded a family ticket to the opening show of the ‘Disney on Ice’ for her hard work and was presented with a large copy of her design and a t-shirt featuring her design, which was worn by the organising crew at the show.

Class 4 B Outdoors Day

Today (Tuesday 20th March) we enjoyed a morning of outdoor activities with B Outdoors. We took part in lots of team-building activities. We worked together in teams to complete an orienteering challenge following maps and retrieving clues. We then worked together for an egg throwing challenge. We had to use selected materials to try and ensure the egg wouldn’t crack when it landed!