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Information Updates regarding our election of our two new Chair of Governors and our Parent Governor Vacancy

A word from our Governors...

There have recently been some changes within the School Governor structure here at Collingwood as Beverley Atkinson, who had children in the school for a number of years, has stepped down from her longstanding role as Chair of the Governing body. Bev provided excellent support and leadership during her many years in this role and we want to thank her for her longstanding service; we are delighted that she will be staying on as a Governor. Two existing Governors, Elaine Smith and Hilary Cooper have taken on the role and will now co- chair the Governing body, supported by Rachel Weddle as vice-chair; all three are looking forward to the opportunities this change will bring.

Two Governors who have given many years service to the school have also decided not to renew their positions due to other commitments and their contribution will be missed as they have added great value to the governing body during their service 

This does though offer an exciting opportunity for any parents who may wish to have the opportunity to join the governing body in their active support of the school development.  Elaine and Hilary would like to invite anyone who might be interested to come into school on 15th November at 9am for a coffee and informal chat to learn more about the role of Governors within school. Please let Mrs McVay or Mrs Towler in the office know if you are going to attend and are interested in our vacancy. The closing date in Friday 17th November at 12 noon.


Final MAT update

Monthly Newsletter

Angels of the North Performance

posted 3 Jul 2017, 08:51 by EMMA SHERIDAN

Well done to the children who performed at The Sage on Friday night as part of the Angels of the North celebration.
More than 400 children sang together from North East schools and we were proud to be a part of the show. 
Many thanks to parents who supported their children and to the staff who made sure they were ready 
and confident to perform on such a huge stage. We are proud of their commitment and enthusiasm.

Art Gallery

posted 3 Jul 2017, 08:42 by EMMA SHERIDAN

Thank you to all of you who supported our Art Gallery in the hall last week. The children had a brilliant time creating their artwork and 
enjoyed seeing it framed and on display. You can still purchase the pictures this week - please see the office for payment.

Celebrating RE Week

posted 15 Jun 2017, 07:20 by EMMA SHERIDAN

Thank you to all of the parents, carers and friends who attended our RE Celebration Show and Tell Assembly on Friday. The staff and children shared what they had been learning about during RE week and it was a lovely celebration of their hard work. The theme for RE week was 'prayer' and different phases found about how Christians, Buddhist, Muslims and Jews pray to their Gods. The children created stunning artwork and models to show their learning as well as learning songs and reading out information about the different religions. Some of their models and artwork is now displayed around our school. Well done to everyone involved and we hope to see as many parents attend future celebration assemblies.

Song for Europe

posted 25 May 2017, 06:16 by EMMA SHERIDAN

On Tuesday, some of our Y4 children went to the Gala Theatre in Durham to take part in the Song for Europe singing competition. We sang 'Oh ma journee' to the audience and they loved our performance! We sang in French and Mrs Oswald taught us how to pronounce the words. We had inflatable saxophones to play which was great fun! Everybody had to vote for each other's performances (out of 5) and we were very proud of our singing. It was the best day of our lives!

Seven Stories Visit

posted 8 May 2017, 08:02 by EMMA SHERIDAN

Our Year 1 children went on a visit to Seven Stories where they had a fantastic time exploring lots of different books. They dressed up as wizards and looked at the Harry Potter books before listening to a story all about a bear. They enjoyed a workshop about famous bears includeing Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh alongside new stories of polar bears, pandas, talking bears, scary bears and toy bears from more recent favourites such as Hugless Douglas, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and The Bear . They had a brilliant time!

Space Day!

posted 7 Apr 2017, 04:37 by EMMA SHERIDAN

Year 1 celebrated a Space Day this week and the children found out lots of facts about planets, rockets and the solar system. 
They came to dressed as aliens, rockets and astronauts! Parents and carers were invited into school to help make rockets and 
everyone had a great day.

School Council

posted 30 Mar 2017, 08:11 by EMMA SHERIDAN

In our most recent School Council meeting, we talked about how we could support The Youth Box Project which helps young children in Gambia to go to school. Mrs Oswald, our French teacher in school, has supported this charity in the past and thought we could help too. We invited Regine Schneider to come into school, who works for this charity, and she talked to us about life in Gambia for some children in  our assembly. The School Council have decided that each class will create a shoe box of goodies that will be sent across to the children as well as holding a non-school uniform day to raise money. The School Council will write a letter giving more details and that will be sent out shortly. We are looking forward to helping other children get a good education and feel lucky that we come to school for free! 

Balkwell Project

posted 3 Mar 2017, 06:48 by EMMA SHERIDAN   [ updated 23 Mar 2017, 04:10 by Greg Houghton ]

Thank you to all those who attended the showing of the Balkwell Project Film last night at St.Peter's Church. The film was created with the support of members of the community, St Peter's church, our current Y6 children and Amber Film company. One of our ex-governors, who attended the event, commented on how impressed she was with the project and wanted to express her gratitude and delight at the hard work everyone did to achieve making such a wonderful film of the history of our local area.

World Book Day

posted 2 Mar 2017, 07:17 by EMMA SHERIDAN

We had a brilliant World Book Day assembly this morning where we launched 2 competitions. The first is for our Y2 - Y6 children and is 
called the Readathon Challenge. Children are challenged to read as much as they can and get sponsored every time they finish a book or a section of a book. Any money raised will go to help children who are in hospital have access to story tellers and books to aid in their recovery. Our school also receives money to spend on books and the chance to win a visit from Julia Donaldson! We also asked all children and staff to take pictures of themselves reading a favourite book in an extreme location! We already have some interesting photographs of Miss Stidwell, Miss Rutherford and Mrs Oswald reading books in funny and unusual locations. Ideas could include reading a book in a den, whilst doing kicky-ups or buried in the sand. The more unusual, the better! We hope the children have fun with this and please remember, a grown up must be with them to take the photograph and make sure everyone is safe.Good luck - the competition ends on Friday 17th March so any sponsor money or photographs must be submitted by then. Thank you for your support.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Eco Schools Bronze Award

posted 14 Feb 2017, 01:20 by EMMA SHERIDAN

Congratulations to Miss Cable and our Eco Councillors for gaining the Bronze Eco Award. We are well on our way to gaining our Silver, then hopefully our Green Flag! Please read our Eco Code which is displayed around school to see how you can help our school be eco friendly.


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