Reception and Nursery had a wonderful but windy morning on Tuesday 2nd April 2019. The children joined together with a multitude of their parents and enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt set up by our lovely Nursery Staff. The children explored Highfield Park throughout the morning in search of hidden delicious easter eggs! Have a look at the fantastic pictures below!
Our children joined other schools from around the Gateshead and local area at the annual Gateshead School Sports Partnerships Dance Festival at the Sage Gateshead. The group of 20 children in upper KS2 have been working extremely hard throughout the past few months, practising in their Dance Club in preparation for the Festival.
Their hard work paid off as their performance was absolutely stunning to the audience on the night. We are so very proud of the dance group and have enjoyed watching them progress from learning the steps to mastering the whole routine.
Have a look at the photographs below from the Festival; we can’t wait for the DVDs to be released!
Throughout the course of today (Tuesday 19th March 2019) classes took it in turns to visit the Spetchells Centre from Reception to Year 4, the children walked down with impeccable behaviour (And a huge thank you to our parent helpers throughout the school for your help!) and then when down at the library, the children listened to a reading of an age-appropriate book while children took it in turns to visit the ‘Pod’ a quiet reading space with the option of audible books using headphones to not disturb other readers. The children had a fantastic time reading while they waited and some even found a new favourite book!
Today we have held our whole school art day, where each class followed the theme of space art in keeping with the year of space.
Reception used pastels and blended them to create the planets in our solar system and learned a rhyme to remember the names of all of the planets.
Year 1 also used pastels and blended the colours together and enhanced them with glitter to create images of galaxies.
Year 2 focussed on images from the Hubble telescope and used hairdryers as a technique to blow the paint across the paper to create their masterpieces.
Year 3 have done lots of learning about planets throughout the day and used pointillism to create their planets.
Year 4 went on a journey into an unknown solar system and created pictures using pastels and blended the colours to create their new planets.
Year 5/6 used Surat’s technique of pointillism to create space art using various paint and paper clips and cotton buds.
On Friday 5th February 2019, St. Matthew’s held a Race for Life in support of Cancer Research UK. Despite the chilly winds and blizzardlike snow, the Race continued as normal and we even managed to set up our P. A system and microphone, despite the weather!
The children and participating adults had a fantastic time running in support of Cancer patients around the world and onlookers supported their children with gusto!
Check out the below video:
On the warmer side of things, in total, we raised a fantstic: £1420 through our just giving page. On top of this we received £270 extra through gift aid, and at least £300 in cash, fundraised by you, the parents! So a grand total of approximately £2000! Which is absolutely fantastic for our Small School to be able to give a large impact to the children
Arrangements have been made for our School and Nursery to run their very own Race for Life in support of Cancer Research UK. A fantastic cause that affects so many of us both directly and indirectly through our lives, and we hope to support their research so more people can get better chances of survival from Cancer.
The race itself has been arranged for Friday 1st February 2019, and the timings are as follows:
• For our Nursery: Race begins at 9am and should finish at approximately 9:25!
• For School: Race begins at 9:30 (approx.) and should finish by 11am at the latest.
Please feel free to come along and support your child/ren (or even take part in the race!)
If you would like to join in our fundraising, then please see the donation link: here
Thank you so much!
Today we commemorated the centenary of the end of World War 1 with a special liturgy lead by Class 4. The children focussed on how love in action, can help to bring peace to our world. Children thought about what peace means to them.
How can we live out our life of love today in our words and actions? Love is an active thing; it requires action. We cannot love others if we ignore them, or fail to support or help them in practical ways.
St. Matthew’s Remembers!
As it is the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, St. Matthew’s have tasked themselves in making poppies to brighten up the School in remembrance of those that sacrificed their lives to keep our Country safe during the War.
Thank you all so much for the glass jars, have a look to see the fantastic work the children have used them for:
Children have lovingly made poppies to fill the variously sized jars that were so kindly donated. We then placed tea lights in each one, symbolising each year that has passed since the war ended in 1918. We feel that this has made the celebration extra special, as parents have donated their jars and children have added in their fantastic creations to create a whole-community created celebration!
Have a look at the jars fully arranged and on display for all to see!
This November, St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, with the help of the Mini Vinnie’s will be collecting shoe boxes for the ‘Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child’.
The Mini Vinnie’s have been working hard on this project and on Monday they lead an assembly in school to talk about how we can contribute to this cause.
A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. We can be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child and it is a wonderful way to give to those less fortunate than ourselves.
For more information about how to put a shoe box together, please use the following link,
https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/ (click on get involved)
Shoe-boxes need to be brought into school by Monday 19th November 2018.
Space week ended with a ‘big bang’ today we saw received all the results of the missions completed by the children over the last 7 days. It also marks the start of our ‘Year of Space’ as we embark on our mission to learn more about Space science, engineering and maths over this academic year.
I have been hugely impressed to see the range of work produced by our children. We have received poems, information posters, research notes, space-related games, artwork, models, pictures and more. It was lovely to see that some children worked as independent researchers to produce fantastic pieces of Science and others were able to collaborate with fellow space explorers at home and present their findings as a team effort!
I am very excited about the work that we hope to do over the next year and will be in touch soon to update you with more Science News!
Thank you, as always, for supporting your children in their learning,