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.

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

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'.

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!

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!

 

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

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.