Race for Life 2019 – Results

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

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!

 

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.

16/11/2017 – Mini Vinnie Assembly with Mr Wilcox

We were delighted to have had a return visit from Michael Wilcox this week. He talked to the whole school about the important work the Society of St Vincent de Paul do and how with our continued efforts as Mini Vinnies, we are making a big difference to lots of people in lots of different ways. It reinvigorated us all and we are committed to keeping up the good work we do in school.

Below is some information about the Society and what it does:

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. Today the SVP England & Wales is pleased to highlight its continuing strong links with young people, through the development of its new ‘Mini Vinnies’ programme – a ground-breaking Primary Schools initiative, based on good work done in Australia, piloted in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, and which is seen as having, “the potential to significantly contribute to the future of our Society.”

‘Mini Vinnies’ are children aged between 7 to 11 (or younger) who, with the permission of their parents and the support of their Schools, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible ‘Vincentians for life’.

As Mini Vinnies, the youngsters have their own ‘treasured’ Prayer, Pledge and Badge, a dedicated website and a range of bright and colourful documents which guide them in their formative steps – helping and enabling them to become in every sense, young Vincentians – or ‘Mini Vinnies’.

 

15/11/2017 – KS2 Multi Skills Festival

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

15/11/2017 – Virtual Reality Rollercoaster

Class 4 have had such great fun in Class today, they’ve all had a chance to experience ‘Virtual Reality’ using the devices attached to their head and a mobile phone. They downloaded an app on a phone and they got to ride a virtual rollercoaster as if they were actually there themselves. It wasn’t just for fun though! The children are using this experience to help them in their creative and descriptive writing in their English work. Have a look at the smiling faces in the photos below.

They used an app called ‘Space Coaster – Destroy the Drones!’ which both throws the children straight onto a VR roller coaster but keeps it even more interactive as it’s also a game where you score points! Some of the children got quite competitive!

14/11/2017 – Reception’s New Display

 

Reception have started on their new display piece for the school hall! They’re using what they’ve learned in their Expressive Art and Design lessons to create this lovely display that is absolutely fantastic to look at. If you ever get a chance, do pop in and have a look!

Every single one of the children worked exceptionally hard in cutting and designing their shapes for the board, each of the children designed their own coloured piece of fruit for the tree!

 

In their art lessons the children have been learning about the Russian artist ‘Wassaily Kandinsky’ who did many amazing pieces of artwork during his life, one such art piece was his famous ‘Kandinsky’s Circles’ (Pictured: Left) which has proven to be quite the inspiration for our Reception Class and their new display!

10/11/2017 – Remembrance Liturgy

 

During November we are remembering and praying for all those who have died,
especially members of our own families and friends.
On and around 11th November, Armistice Day,
we pray for those who have lost their lives through war and
we pray for peace in our troubled world.

God our Father,

We remember those who have died as a result of war or conflict, soldiers and civilians.
We give thanks for their lives and acknowledge their sacrifice.
We ask that the peace of Christ will end all violence and that all may live together in harmony.
Amen

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
We will remember them

During the centenary of his birth this year, we are remembering Blessed Oscar Romero. In his last sermon he tried to end the fighting in his country when he asked the soldiers to stop killing of the people of El Salvador. We pray that his words and actions continue to inspire us to be peacemakers through our actions, thoughts and prayers. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Have a look below at a  little gallery of photos taken from the heartwarming liturgy performed this morning by our Reception Class, a video is available on our Facebook Page.

03/11/2017 – Yom Kippur Liturgy

Following on from our Judaism day on Thursday 2nd November 2017, Class 5 prepared and practiced a heartwarming assembly and school liturgy around the topic of the Jewish holiday of ‘Yom Kippur’, which is the holiest day of the year with it’s central themes being atonement and repentance, the day is usually celebrated with a fast lasting 25 hours! this year Yom Kippur was celebrated on Friday 29th September 2017.

 

After the liturgy the weekly awards were given out, we had the following awards to hand out!

  • Ben (Reception) – Amazing Phonics
  • Lilly (Class 1) – Brilliant Maths
  • Henry (Class 2) Working hard during Judaism day
  • Erin (Class 3) – Excellent Maths
  • Whole Class (Year 4) – Good work during Judaism day
  • Jonie R (Class 5) – Great work in History

 

Sean W (Class 3) received a special award from his Judo Class, he was awarded ‘Player of the Week! Congratulations!