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SAFC Family Learning
We are delighted to announce that The Foundation of Light are offering free family learning sessions.
There are 2 sessions that you can choose from (Wednesday and Thursday), by signing up you commit to attending all 6 online sessions.
All ingredients are provided for free to your doorstep and you then log in and cook along with SAFC. The Foundation are working in conjunction with Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, meaning that all the dishes you guys cook are healthy and affordable.
The flyer includes below includes all of the details so you can sign up.
Free Easter Holiday Sessions
See the flyer below for information regarding free COVID safe play sessions over the Easter Holidays.
Its time to send us your answers!! We’ve come up with a little answer sheet with the clues included, you can use the sheet or can write down your answers on a sheet of paper, take a pic and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first 8 masked readers are live on our YouTube channel, go check them out. We’ll send an answer sheet out for you guys to have a guess in the next couple of days.
Our School YouTube Channel
You can take a virtual tour of our lovely nursery and wonderful forest school here:
Privacy Notice for COVID 19 Testing
Covid 19 Risk Assessment
Free Packed Lunches Over Christmas
Washington Food Bank are offering free packed lunches over the Christmas holidays for all children. All the details are in the poster below, please feel free to use this wonderful service.
We have some amazing news!!
Recently eXPD8 ran a competition with colleagues to suggest local schools who would benefit from free tablets to support students with their studies.
We were delighted to be nominated by Julie Atkinson and we took delivery of the tablets this week.
We are absolutely thrilled and a very big thank you to eXPD8 and Julie for nominating us.
Christmas Jumper Day
On Friday 11th December we are supporting Save the Children by holding a Christmas Jumper day.
Pupils can come into school on Friday 11th wearing a Christmas Jumper or non-uniform. We are asking for a voluntary contribution of £1 to go to Save the Children Fund.
Children in Need 2020
We are delighted to announce that, thanks to your generous donations, we raised over £300 for this years BBC Children in Need!! Thank You.
Children in Need 2020
The information regarding what our lovely children will be doing in school to support BBC Children in Need 2020 can be found below.
You can also visit the Children in Need website by clicking here.
Free School Packed Lunches Over Half Term
Below is the information from Washington Community Food Project regarding providing packed lunches over half term for school children:
In view of the decision taken by the Government last night, not to supply school meals during the October holiday, WCFP have quickly taken up the challenge of giving out lunches as they did during the summer.
Unit O in the Galleries will be open Monday to Friday between 12.00 and 3.00 pm. Parents will be able to collect a lunch for their children, every day, without a referral.
If you need to, please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to get a free packed lunch for your little ones.
We are running parenting gym sessions, using the incredible years programme, to help with children’s behaviour at home. These will be held with Michael over zoom over a number of weeks. If you’d like to take part please contact him on email@example.com
Corona Virus Absence Information
Find government information regarding when to keep your child off school due to COVID19 symptoms or any other situation below.
School Dinner Menus
Below are the menus for this years school dinners, we think you’ll agree they look delicious!
Information Regarding Corona Virus
Please use these links to keep up to date regarding Corona Virus
Free Play Scheme Session
We have been lucky enough to be chosen to take part in a FREE play scheme session for our 8 -11 year old children during half term.
The session takes place on Wednesday 19th February from 12:30 – 4:30 and lunch is provided! All the information can be found on the poster below.
To book a place please call 0191 5373231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note places cannot be booked through the school office.
World Book Day Lunch
On Thursday 5th March our pupils will have the opportunity to try a delicious World Book Day themed lunch. They are available to all students including those on packed lunches.
If you would like your child (who doesn’t usually receive a school lunch) to have one of the World Book Day lunches there is a one of payment of £2.20 and we ask that you let the school office know by Friday 28th February.
February 2020 Newsletter
February’s newsletter is now online and available here: February 2020 Newsletter
Under The Sea Lunch
Children will be able to have an Under The Sea Themed lunch on Thursday 16th.
Our second family night is happening on the 10th December 6-7pm and tickets are on sale from the school office now!
Christmas Diary Dates
Click below for all the important dates over Christmas
Hertz Community Raffle
We have been lucky enough to have been chosen by Hertz Uk Ltd to partner them in a project they have been running, as part of their community work, Hertz staff and customers kindly donated all kinds of items such as food, toiletries, toys and clothes.
We are going to give all the goodies away by running a free raffle which every child in the school has been entered in to. Prize winners will be notified via text message in the coming days.
Football Team News:
Starting after half term the football team will be training indoors on a Tuesday night and therefore need trainers, not boots.
The Elmer Raffle
As you know our lovely Elmer Grylls is currently part of the Great North Parade – pssst he’s currently hiding in Gateshead Library… But how do you fancy your very own Elmer!
A main part of the parade is raising money for St Oswald’s Hospice to help with the wonderful work they do with families and children. So as part of that we have some raffle tickets available to purchase for £1 at the school office…
1. A full size ‘classic’ Elmer sculpture
2. Exclusive Elmer Hamper to the value of £100
3. Exclusive Elmer Hamper to the value of £50
Terms & Conditions are availiable to read here
Draw Date: Tuesday 12th November 2019
Be sure to get yours from the school office ASAP. Thanks for your support
Here’s the raffle results from the school fayre, well done to the winners!! If you haven’t got them already, your prizes can be collected from the school office.
Class Organisation 2019 – 20
The football team for next year has been announced. Well done to those that have been selected, it was a very hard job this year as the standard of trialists was so high.
Training will start in September for the first team squad and reserves.
Reminder: there is no more football training this term. We start again in September
Year 5 Football Tournament.
Year 5 Football Tournament.
On Thursday 6th June at Biddick Academy we are playing in a Year 5 only tournament. We need Year 5 players for this so if you’d like your child to play let the school office know before Tuesday 4th June, thank you.
Elmer Has Arrived!
Our very own little Elephant has arrived! Keep up to date with his goings on, visit his page by clicking here.
The Great North Elmer Parade
As you already know we’re proud to be a part of The Great North Elmer Parade (a BIG thank you to the Glebe Residents Association) which will be taking place later this year. The big aim of the parade is to raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice, who do amazing work with families who have little ones with incurable conditions.
So…. We are delighted to announce that we will be selling cute little Flumpets for £2 per cuddly critter!!
We’re sure these will fly out so get along to the school office to grab yours before they’re gone.
Football Strip Amnesty
This week before the end of term we are having a football strip amnesty…
If any bits of kit (blue sondico shirts, black sondico shorts or blue socks) have been left at home by accident and you’re wondering how they got there, please bring them back into school this week.
National Autism Week
Just a reminder that this week (1-7 April) is National Autism Awareness Week.
National Autism Awareness week aims to celebrate all things Autism. Throughout the week all children and teachers in school will:
* learn about autism in fun, imaginative lessons, activities and assemblies that are level-specific.
* help spread the word about why it’s so important to understand and accept autism.
In support of Autism Awareness Week, the whole school will be doing a walk (or toddle) on Friday 5th April around the school grounds. We kindly ask that children bring a donation of 50p that will go to the Autism Society.
Members of school staff have also signed up to do the annual Walk for Autism around Herrington Country Park on Friday 12th April. If this is something you would be interested in taking part in please click on the links below for further information:
On Thursday 17th January we will be having an ‘Eco Warrior’ lunch in school. All information can be found by clicking the link below.
Here is January 2019 Newsletter
The Incredible Years Parenting Programme
This January, Michael will be delivering the Incredible Years parenting programme and it is available to all our parents across the school and nursery.
More information is available by clicking here.
To book a place email Michael on email@example.com or contact the school office on 4187916.
Key Stage 2 Pantomime
We are delighted to announce that we will be adding an extra performance of our Key Stage 2 pantomime, Cinderella, Rockafella on Tuesday 11th of December.
Tickets for all 3 days (Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th) are available to buy from the school office priced at £1 a ticket
Just a reminder that this Friday 7th December is the schools Christmas Fayre, with various stalls selling all sorts of festive goodies from cakes, crafts and hot drinks to a raffle and tombola.
Also don’t forget to come in your best Christmas jumper or outfit for a chance to win a prize.
Children can be collected from their usual doors at 1:30 with the stalls opening at 1:40.
We we look forward to seeing you there.
Good Citizenship Award
We are working in partnership with Northumbria Police to recognise good citizenship within the community.
If your child has done something special which you are really proud of, please let us know so that we can acknowledge this within school i.e. volunteers within the community, respects the area in which they live etc…
Please let us know by emailing Michael at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Washington Futsal Tournament begins this Thursday 15th November 2018 and we will be playing the first part of our games at Washington Leisure Centre from 4 – 5pm for the next 4 Thursday’s. Children can be collected from the Leisure Centre at 5pm, or we will be returning back to school at around 5:20.
Check the Football Page for the squad announcements each Wednesday.
We are delighted to be able to offer all children from Recpetion – Year 6 a free breakfast before school.
Click here for all the information.
Our Halloween Disco is being held on the 1st November.
KS1 and Reception: 4pm – 5pm
KS2: 5:15pm – 6:45pm
Just a reminder that this Thursday (11th) is school photos day, individual and sibling photos will be taken during the school day. With nursery photos taking place the following Thursday (18th)
Please ensure you have completed and returned a consent form to the school office as without these photos of the children cannot be taken.
If you would like a family portrait taken (including family members or children that don’t attend Wessington) then these can be arranged for after school on Thursday 18th October, please complete and return a form to the school office with your preferred time slot.
If you are thinking about moving your children onto school meals, or are wondering what culinary delights your little darlings are enjoying on a daily basis, click here to view the school dinner menu.
Sunderland Illuminations SEN Preview Evening
We have received information from Sunderland City Council to say they are offering a night for children with special educational needs and their families to preview the upcoming Sunderland Illuminations on Wednesday 18th October 5:30 – 8:30.
All the details are here.
Entry is free, but you must book a ticket through the website and take it along with you.
Our kitchen is fixed and ready to go!
As of Monday 24/9/18 the school kitchen will be providing a selection of hot, delicious meals and cold nibbles for our wonderful children!
If you would like your child to return to school meals from Monday 24/9/18 please contact the school office by email on: email@example.com, or reply to the recent text message.
Thank you for your patience and support during the recent building works.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Calling all Parents/carers/grandparents,
All are welcome to come and join us for our Macmillan Coffee Morning on Thursday 27th September 9.00-11.00 am in the main school hall. There will be a selection of wonderful cakes, treats as well as teas and coffees to sample with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support to help them with their fabulous work.
The school is going to be inspected by an Ofsted inspector on Wednesday 4/7/2018. Please see the attached notice for more information:
Safe and Sound Holiday Club
As you are aware we were delighted to receive a Big Lottery Grant to run our Safe and Sound Holiday Club.
We will be running the club for 3 weeks during the summer.
Week 1: Monday – Friday, 23rd – 27th July
Week 2: Monday – Friday, 30th July – 3rd August
Week 6: Tuesday – Friday, 28th August – 31st August
The club will be open to pupils from current Reception to Year 5 and will run from 10.00 a.m. -3.00 p.m. each day. We are restricting attendance to one week per pupil initially to enable as many children as possible the chance of attending, please return your letter to the school office ASAP to get your places.
It is our Summer Fayre Friday 6th July, children can be collected at 1:40 with the fayre starting at 1:45. There will be a huge number of activities to take part in, including: soak the teacher, a fairground ride, raffles and everything in-between! We look forward to seeing you there.
It is our Sports Day Monday 2md July, the gates will open at 1:30 for parents to come and watch our future sports stars.
The photographer will be in school on June 5th to do class photos.
We received this yesterday and it absolutely made our week! Its lovely to receive such kind words from our families and we appreciate all the support they give us.
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We know our children are spending a lot more time online and we’re also aware of the positive effect this can have on their lives. But it is also incredibly important that we teach our children how to be safe when they’re in the online world.
Here is the poster we use in school that is displayed around the computer areas in classrooms as a visual prompt that explain the key areas of online safety and all children are aware of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with Article 17 highlighting their right to be safe when gathering information online.
Remember it is important to talk to our children about this, and just like we would teach them how to cross a road safely, we don’t have to have a ‘big chat’ it is just as effective to do it in small chunks as often as possible.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact one of the safeguarding team in school (Mrs Young, Michael, Mrs Sykes or Mrs Lorraine) and we can share ideas or help in any way we can.
Here are some links from organisations which you may find helpful:
Anti – Bullying Award
Not only have we been awarded the gold standard for our anti bullying work, but we have also been recognised by the young achievers service in Sunderland. Some of our wonderful anti-bullying team went along to the Stadium of Light to collect a surprise award; a huge congratulations goes to Mrs Theaker and the anti-bullying team for their amazing work in helping us achieve this.
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Inclusion Quality Mark
In an extremely busy week for the school We are hugely proud to have been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark!! Our assessor was particularly impressed with our interwoven inclusive practise, with our fantastic pupils showing her just how wonderful Wessington is; or as one year 4 pupil said: “I love this school as I can be me!”
Rights Respecting Silver Award
This week we have been awarded the silver Rights Respecting Award!! A huge thank you goes to Miss Theaker and the Mighty Rights Team for all their hard work to help us achieve this and well done to the whole school for creating a rights respecting ethos.
Click here for this terms newsletter, including key dates for the book fair, sports relief, nursery play sessions, Easter services and many more.
It also includes key information regarding celebration assemblies and pupil absences.
Due to the school being closed, the following events have been rearranged:
Year 2 Class Assembly is now Thursday 8th March at 9am.
Year 2 families are to drop their children off as normal then come around to the hall fire door to get their seats for what promises to be a spectacular show.
World Book Day is now Tuesday 13th March
Children are invited to attend school dressed as a character from their favourite story for a day of book based fun!
School Closure Notice
School will remain closed Friday 2nd March.
The safety of our students, parents/carers and staff remain our primary concern. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this time. As always your support is much appreciated. Stay safe.
See you all on Monday 5th March
We know it’s hard for both you and the children being stuck indoors for 2 days (apart from going outside for a snowball fight or building a #wessysnowman)
So we came up with a couple World Book Day inspired ideas:
The younger children could have a practice run of their costume ready for next week, or pretend to be the teacher to their toys and read out their favourite stories, with voices and actions of course.
Or the older children could do a YouTube style review about a story they like or dislike. Get them to harness their favourite Vlogger like Dan TDM or Ali – A.
School Closure Notice 1/3/2018
Due to continued poor weather the school will remain closed Thursday 1st March 2018.
Stay safe, keep warm and remember to upload your snowmen/women to Facebook with the hashtag #wessysnowman
Thank you for your support.
School Closure Notice 28/2/17
Due to adverse weather conditions school is closed today. We will review conditions regarding the rest of the week and let parents/carers know our decision through text and our Facebook page.
Stay safe and keep warm.
30 Hours Free Childcare
Information on the 30 hours free childcare offe
How do I apply for the 30 hours free childcare?
- Apply online through the childcare service childcarechoices.gov.uk.
- If you are eligible you will receive a code. Bring this code into school along with your National Insurance number and your child’s date of birth. We will check the code and allocate your child a free childcare place up to 30 hours a week.