Willow Dome

As a memorial to Karen, year 2 pupils worked with OASES outdoor company to build a living willow dome on the top of the hill outside of their classroom. Pupils enjoyed planning, planting and weaving the willow twigs to form a play space which pupils can use over the coming years. Parents and pupils then enjoyed a time of dedication together in the hall after school. What a fitting memorial which will be enjoyed by so many children over the future years.

Y3 led Worship

Parents came to school to enjoy our year 3 pupils worship focused on Christmas. They share the value of love through the gifts of Christmas - not the expensive type but the small actions of smiling, greeting others etc. They wanted to share the multi-cultural nature of our school by focusing on Christmas across the world, using their different languages to share Christmas as a multi-cultural Christian festival.

NSPCC Carol Service

Members of the school choir gave their Saturday morning up to represent the school in the annual NSPCC Carol concert at Durham Cathedral. Aimed at raising the profile of this important charity, the choir sang two hymns to a packed cathedral. As ever, they sang beautifully and enjoyed the opportunity to perform in such an  amzing venue for such an important cause.

Remembrance

Our Year 6 children sold poppies in Durham and around school, with all money going to the British Legion. This was in preparation for their Remembrance Worship on Friday 9th November.

As part of the worship, the Year 6 children also ran a ‘Remembrance’ prayer space in the wooden gazebo by the school entrance. Every pupil in the school came to work with the Y6 leaders to reflect and place poppies. They created a woven prayer ribbon representing courage and peace to take away with them. After the Y6 worship, many parents and staff also came to offer their prayers and thoughs.

Green team

Our green team, led by Mrs Stoker, welcomed environment scientists from Crete who helped them build their knowledge of the effect of energy wastage and carbon emitions. They used this to look at our personal impact on the planet. They have audited the school and offered advice to staff and pupils about what we can personally do, such as switching off computers and projectors, not wasting food and water, travelling sensibly etc. They fed back their findings on this in an environmental worship where they helped us understand the damage which is happening to God's planet and how humans can improve it.

Harvest Festival

Friday 12th October was our Harvest Festival in school. We managed to squeeze 450 pupils and staff in to the hall, along with a huge collection of food and donations to the People's Kitchen. The service was opened by Y6 pupils dramatising a William Wilberforce. Y5 pupils read from the book of the prophet Joel and led our prayers. The choir performed beautifully and infant and junior pupils enjoyed singing some old favourites such as 'Cauliflours fluffy' and 'Harvest Calypso' and also some new hymns. What a wonderful way to celebrate the good things God gives us and to offer our support to others who need our help.

Y6 at Beamish Museum

Our Year 6 children visited Beamish Museum on Monday to learn about life as an evacuee during World War 2. They were evacuated to Home Farm, where the windows had been blacked out! They donned gas masks, baked carrot cookies, dressed up as evacuees and wrote postcards home to their families. They even had to carry out a home guard drill. A really informative and engaging day was had by all.

People's Kitchen visit

On Tuesday, 8 year five pupils visited the People's Kitchen in Newcastle, in preparation for their worship to parents on Friday 19th October. The journey itself was exciting, catching the train from Durham to Newcastle before the short walk to the Kitchen. They found out all about the charity, set up by Alsion Kay 33 years ago, and enjoyed a tour of the building. The 8 children will be sharing their good work with the congregation of St. Margaret's Church Harvest Festival on Sunday.

Bishop Eraste Bigirimana

On Thursday, we were honoured to be visited by the Bishop of Burundi. He is in the area to make people aware of the struggles in his country and the need they have for our support. He spent time visiting each class in the infants and then held a question and answer session with the junior pupils. The pupils showed great insight in the questions they asked and we learned a great deal about Burundi. We hope to look for ways in which we could offer our support over the coming year.

Y1 visit St. Margaret's Church

On Thursday Year 1 went on a trip to St. Margaret's Church. We had a brilliant time learning about the different parts of the church and their special names. We also went on a treasure hunt to find animals in the church. We found camels, mice, a horse, a dragon and an unknown creature. Mrs Lyons also told us a story before we went home. We had so much fun.

church y1

Gardening Club feed the school

Our gardening club have been working really hard with the help of Mr Ellwood. They have looked after the school environment and used the planting beds around school to plant and care for an array of vegetables. The crop produced was so successful that the pupils decided they wanted to make some harvest soup for the other pupil. It was delicious.

Healthy Eating

Our School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG) met with Taylor Shaw, the company that provides our school meals, and discussed and fed back about how they thought the new dinner system and tablet ordering was working and also looked at the new menus which will start after half term.  They've booked in another meeting for 4 weeks time and they are going to get to sample some of the items from the new menu then!

SNAG

Welcome to our school.

We hope you enjoy your time here with our fantastic children and get an idea of the activities we take part in and the talents we have.

Please enjoy looking at examples of our work and our lovely school environment. We feel very lucky to be part of St. Margaret's and hope you feel the same.

The sections on the right and left show recent events in school, whilst the photo reel at the top shows all the different events which allow our pupils to 'Let their light shine'.

Christmas Nativity

EYFS shared 'It was on a starry night' and Year 1 performed 'A Christmas recipe' to the school and parents as part of their learning about the nativity story. As always, their ability to learn many words, songs and actions was quite remarkable and they shared the story of the birth of Jesus with great enthusiam. Well done to all pupils and staff at this busy time of year for creating such lovely, well-performed dramas.

Advent Prayer Space

Year 2 and 3 went to St. John's Church to take part in a prayer spaces event. Focusing on the Christmas story, pupils spent time learning, reflecting, praying and writing their own prayers based on the messages from the Christmas story and the example of the people involved.

Durham Live Nativity

Pupils from the school enjoyed the opportunity to preform in the live nativity in Durham city centre. In front of hundreds of spectators, they sang and acted with members of several churches - not to mention a live donkey and camels. A truely inspirational and emotional evening and a once in a lifetime way to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

RE sharing worship

Across our school, pupils have been studying different aspects of Christmas as part of their RE topics. These themes link closely with our worship topic looking at 'Why Christians celebrate Christmas'. To celebrate their learning, we came together as a whole school for a sharing worship where pupils from each year group explained what they had learned with the rest of the school. It was a great opporuntity for pupils to think carefully about the importance of Christmas.

Year 5 Lifesavers

As part of their keeping safe topic, year 5 have enjoyed visits from many community members including police, wildlife experts, medical experts etc. They also spent a day training with the St. John's Ambulance looking at life saving first aid. Their confidence and skill was evident throughout and, whilst we hope they never have to use their newly acquired skills, its reassuring to know that our young people have the skills and attitude to help other if they ever needed it. Well done year 5.

Children in Need bakeoff

Pupils across the school brought in cakes they baked at home to seel at our bake sale. In the juniors, this formed part of the house competitions wish pupils can take part in over the year and brought some incredible results. We estimate that over 2000 cakes were brought in to school! After selling them to pupils, then selling left overs to parents after school, then giving some away, we were still left with over 300 cakes. We used our link with 'The People's Kitchen' in Newcastle and the left over cakes were taken through to their Saturday evening Film Night where those in need were able to enjoy the cakes with the film and then take others away to help them in the cold night ahead.

SNAG group

The 'School Nutrition Action Group' met with our kitchen staff and the managers from Taylor Shaw who provide our lunches. They provided feedback on our lunch pilot scheme which means pupils choose their meal via computer systems each morning and gives them the flexibility to swap between lunches and packed lunches as and when they wish. A great opportuntity for our pupils and hopefully their feedback can provide support to Taylor Shaw and the other schools they work with.

County Football Champions

On Tuesday, our school football team managed the amazing achievement of becoming the best 7 a side team in County Durham. After several previous rounds, they played against Easington Colliery (Peterlee), Rickleton (Washington) and Hastings Hill (Sunderland) in the final, who had qualified as their area representatives. We drew 1 - 1 with Hastings Hill and won 4 -1 v Easington and 1 - 0 v Rickleton to take the title. The team will now progress to play in the North of England final at Sheffield in March next year. An incredible achievement brought about by skill and some incredible team work.

Y4 Hockey Festival

Year 4 had a fantastic time at the Hockey festival.  They received training from the Durham Sports Partnership and students from Durham Johnston helped to support each team.  After practising the basics, they had the opportunity to play games with children from other local schools.  They worked hard, played well in their teams and had lots of fun too!

House group worship

To end the first half term, Year 6 pupils planned and led worships to their house groups, based on this term's value of forgiveness. They planned activities to open the worship, chose and led hymns, shared reflection activities and wrote and shared prayers of forgiveness. They also found some incredible ways of representing the value of forgiveness by choosing Bible stories or sharing examples of firgiveness through drama, stories and even a quiz. The younger children got so much from hearing the examples that our oldest pupils shared and have thought hard about how they can be more forgiving in their own lives. 

Year 3 Killhope Leadmine

On Tuesday, Year 3 enjoyed a trip to Killhope Mining Museum as part of their topic of Rocks and Soils. The children had a great day learning about the rocks and minerals found a Killhope, venturing down the mine and having a look at the living conditions of miners a century ago. After a busy day, there were lots of sleepy children on the bus home!

 

Y3 Stone-age Day

On Friday, Year 3 enjoyed Stone Age Day. One half of the day was spent doing Stone Age themed activities in the classroom. We pretended to be cavemen and women creating cave paintings in our own caves (under the desks!) and made Stone Age jewellery out of clay. The other half of the day we spent with visitors who showed us how people would have made fire in Prehistoric times, and we also made and ate Stone Age bread! We all had a great day.