Year 6 finished their ‘electricity’ topic today by presenting their festive lighting circuits to our visiting ‘dragons’! As part of a Dragon’s Den challenge, they have had to design, build and test a festive lighting circuit that included a motor to operate a moving part in their circuit. They have worked very hard and used both science and DT skills to solve many problems whilst building their prototypes. Our visiting dragons were actually very tame and were extremely impressed with both the scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills displayed by the children. Well done year 6!
Guitar club ended the term with a bit of karaoke this week. A few renditions of Queen’s ‘We will rock you’ went down well! The children are making great progress. We hope to entertain you all again in the summer to show you what we have learned over the year.
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!)
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!
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.
We have had an absolutely fantastic time with World Book Day today. Some of the costumes the children (and staff!) have created and wore have been stunning, have a look at a small selection of some of the outfits!
Whole School Liturgy 29.3.18
During Lent we received a visit from Mr McGee, a friend of ours who volunteers for Cafod. Mr McGee came to talk to the boys and girls about ‘Give it Up’, Cafod’s latest campaign to help make a difference to some of the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.
Mr McGee gave us an A-Z of things we could give up during Lent and donate to Cafod instead. We found out that donating just £1 will provide seeds to grow beans and that £10 will help cultivate a nutritious family vegetable garden.
To complete their ‘Sources’ unit in RE, where they have been studying the Bible, the year 5 and 6 children chose a quote from scripture and used it to design their own bookmark. They will be bringing their bookmark home today to use in their Bible, prayer book or reading book at home. We had a wonderful lesson exploring the pieces of scripture that inspire us.
A group of Year 5 and 6 children took part in a Multi Skills Festival on the 15th November 2017 down at St Thomas More, Blaydon. They competed in a variety of sporting events with other year 6s from other feeder schools in the area, they competed in a variety of Relay events, lap events and some track events.
The children absolutely loved the event and they were fantastic in the sports themselves. Just look at the smiling faces above in the Team Photo. Here’s looking forward for our current Year 5’s taking part next year as well!
‘It was lovely to visit STM and take part in the indoor sports challenge with other year 5 and 6 children from our cluster schools. The team were fantastic in both behaviour and attitude. They really enjoyed it and the atmosphere was great. We came fourth overall. There were some outstanding performances from our team, particularly in the field events and relays. Well done St Matthew’s!’ – Mrs M Saunders, Class Teacher
Our Year 5 and 6 children visited ‘Our Lady and St Cuthberts’ on the 3rd November 2017. The children attended Mass and even got the opportunity to interview Fr Michael about his role as a Parish Priest as well as what it entails to be a Priest. The children loved it asked so many great questions! This is really going to help them in their current RE topic! Look at the cheery faces in the ‘mini-gallery’ below. Lucy, Matthew and Fintan even helped out in the morning Mass!