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Friday 16th September 2016 - Visit from Right Honourable Alan Campbell!

We were delighted to welcome our Tynemouth MP, Alan Campbell to our school. He told us about his work as a Member of Parliament and how he wants to help people in our community. We also welcomed Gillian Bell, an Outreach Worker for Parliament, who explained how our politicians work in the Houses of Parliament. Our new School Councillors received their special badges from Alan Campbell MP and had the opportunity to ask him some more questions about his role in the House of Commons. We think he works very hard to help our community and really enjoyed listening to his stories about working in politics. We found out he has met the Queen 3 times!

Summer Fayre 2016

A big thank you to all of your support for our Summer Fayre. Despite the downpour, we still managed to have fun on the bouncy castle and take part in all of the great activities. We managed to raise £1,500 which is absolutely fantastic! This has been announced in our whole school assembly and the children are busy thinking about how we can spend the money. Our charity this year has been Guide Dogs For The Blind and we have enough money to sponsor a puppy which is brilliant news. Our School Council will be discussing how we can spend the rest next year. Congratulations everyone!

Parents and Carers Survey Results 2016

Many thanks to all of you who completed our survey, we received 124 responses! It has been lovely to see your responses and thoughts about Collingwood Primary School. 
Here are the results of our first 3 questions:

100% of the parents and carers either “agree” or “strongly agree” that their child feels happy at our school.

100% of the parents and carers either “agree” or “strongly agree” that their child feels safe at our school.

100% of the parents and carers either “agree” or “strongly agree” that their child makes good progress at our school.

Please click here to see the rest of your views are about our school.

Pupil Survey Results 2016

We also asked our children how they feel about our school. Here are some of their thoughts:

100% of our pupils say that they are taught well in our school.

100% of our pupils feel that they are well looked after in our school.

100% of our pupils say that if they get stuck, the teachers will help them.

99% of our pupils feel safe at our school.

98% of our pupils feel happy at our school.

Please click here to see the rest of their responses.

Water Aid

At Collingwood Primary School we support The Africa Trust. This is a scheme where money is donated every month from our water coolers in school, to help poorer countries. We are proud to announce that we have had our very own water pump built! This water pump supplies people in the community with much needed fresh water.
 Definitely something to be proud of! 

Learning Mentors
Just a reminder that we have our 3 learning mentors, Mrs L.Bell (KS2) Mrs A.Bell (Foundation Stage) and Mrs J.Price (Key Stage One) who are on hand daily to help with any concerns regarding your child or attendance issues. They are always available and ready to help in anyway they can.

School Nurse
Please speak to your child's class teacher if you have any queries or concerns relating to this.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass, is being run in partnership with both North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police.

The project, which commenced in June 2016, aims to support children who are affected by domestic abuse.  Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing for a young person, who can often see the abuse, hear it from another room, see a parent’s injuries or distress afterwards or be physically hurt trying to stop the abuse.

As a result, following any domestic abuse incident being reported into Northumbria Police, specialist Police Officers will make contact with the school and communicate relevant and necessary information to nominated school staff.  This will ensure that the school is made aware at the earliest possible opportunity and can subsequently provide support in a way that means the child feels safe.

 We have 2 members of staff who have been fully trained to liaise with the Police, when required, and will ensure that necessary support is made available to the child following the disclosure of a domestic abuse incident. Any conversations that are held with the child will be done in a quiet setting, away from any other children.

This project demonstrates Collingwood’s commitment to working in partnership, to safeguard and protect children, and to providing the best possible care and support for our pupils.

There is more information about the initiative on the website:


Severe Weather Plan

The school has a severe weather plan which activates when there is a risk of closure because of snow. Schools are expected to make a decision ON THE DAY, taking into account the condition of the school site, the availability of staff (who travel considerable distances to school) and the forecast for the day ahead. Parents will be informed by email and on the school website if school is to be closed for health and safety reasons.

Breakfast club parents can ring ahead to check that there is someone in school to receive children. There may be occasions when a closure decision can be made sooner, for example, due to a heating failure, but many closure decisions, made in advance, cause children to lose a day’s schooling unnecessarily.

Although any course is inconvenient for families, the health and safety of the children and the staff must come first.


Upcoming Events

Scholastic Book Fair 
Our Book Fair last year raised £1,000 in books for our school libraries. They will be back in school October 2016 so watch out for our newsletter with the details.


Community Links


SUDS Project

Whilst our SUDs (Sustainable drainage systems) project with Northumbria Water has come to an end this year, we have continued to manage and maintain our new green areas around school. This exciting project (free to our school) enabled the children to learn how to use water more sensibly to benefit wildlife. Teachers chose Eco Champions to help plan works to the whole landscape and our job for next year is to maintain the green spaces that we have created.  The long term hope is that we will have interesting habitats and green spaces for the children to investigate.  Please contact Miss Cable for further information.

Over the Easter break, we were lucky enough to have new play equipment installed on our KS1 yard. A local company Marshalls Street Furniture, based at the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, kindly donated the equipment. Over the last few years, we have benefited from their generosity, including picnic benches and refurbishment of railings. We really appreciate their donations and look forward to working with them again in the future. Now that the weather is looking brighter, the children will certainly make use of their new play area!