New School Building Work Begins – October 2016
The construction of our two new classroom and sports hall has begun. Our Head Boy and Head Girl began the works by making the first dig. The children will keep you updated on how the project progresses by taking photographs at different stages of the build.
Design and Technol0gy Week – ‘Cavalcade of Crash Helmets’
As part of our Design and Technology week the school held a ‘Cavalcade of Crash Helmets’ competition. The aim was to promote bike and scooter safety to the children and to promote the wearing of cycle helmets when riding bikes or scooters. There was certainly a fantastic selection of helmets on show. Well done to all that took part and to the year group winners, selected by our very own school council.
Family Fun Day at our Summer Fayre – June 2017
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our St Mary Magdalen’s summer fayre. It was a fantastic day with children and parents having a fun filled afternoon! Thank you to all the volunteers and helpers who worked really hard to make sure the day was a success. Thank you also to all our community business sponsors who donated prizes for the fayre. Special thanks must go to Mrs Spence for all her time and hard work in ensuring the children had a day to remember. The current total raised was £1682 with further donations expected to come in this week. The money raised will go a long way in helping to provide further enrichment opportunities for our children.
Art Day 2017
Profession artist, Jane McCraken, visited school once again to deliver a number of work shops to the children during our Art Day. Following on from an inspiring art assembly, Jane worked with individual classes in helping the children to produce some fabulous pieces of contemporary art work. These art pieces will be displayed in the school in the coming weeks so please look out for them when you visit school. Thank you Jane for all your hard work!
Further information regarding the work of Jane McCracken can be found on her website: http://www.janeleemccracken.co.uk
Author Visits Year 4
Thank you to author Paula Newman who visited our Year 4 children. She spoke about the skills needed to be a successful writer and shared some of her top writing tips with the children. Year 4H & 4W had a fabulous time and are already beginning to use Paula Newman’s top tips in their own writing!
Our School Council Visits Durham Town Hall
Our School Council were invited by the Mayor of Durham to attend Durham Town Hall. The children had the opportunity to look around the historic building and to learn many interesting facts about Durham Council history and our local democracy. Mayor Bell answered many questions and certainly provided the children with a fascinating and memorable experience. The School Council would like to thank Mayor Bell and all at the Town Hall for their time.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Visits School
The Mayor and Mayoress of Durham visited school this week along with another very important visitor. The Queens’s Lord–Lieutenant (British monarch’s personal representative in each county of the United Kingdom) visited school to talk to the children and to share her experiences and to outline the role that she does. Lord -Lieutenant, Mrs Sue Snowden, had a tour of the school and called into each classroom to speak with the children and to answer a range of questions. We must say, both children and staff thoroughly enjoyed meeting and speaking with Lord -Lieutenant Snowden who was extremely friendly and full of fascinating facts. We hope she enjoyed her visit into school and she is always welcome to visit again in the future.
School Spiritual Garden Open!
Councillor Bell visited school to officially open our new Spritual Garden. The garden will be the perfect place for children and parents to sit in a quiet and peaceful space, to have time for self reflection and prayer. The garden also remembers one of our past pupils, Megan Bell, who sadly passed away last year. Thank you to Councillor Bell who, on behalf of DCC, donated £1000 towards the cost of the garden. Thank you also to Mr Sinclair who did all the special wood carvings that make the garden so special.
Red Nose Day 2017
The school had a fun filled day to celebrate Red Nose Day 2017. Lots of fundraising events took place throughout the day. Our ‘Mini Vinnies’ held a ‘Tell us your joke’ competition, the school council washed the staff cars to raise money and a surprisingly large number of pupils and staff donated money to see poor Mr Duncan get dunked at the end of the day!! A fantastic £459.23 was raised for good causes – well done everyone!
Design & Technology Week (Spring Term) 2017
The children have been designing and making lots of products linked to textiles and fabrics this week. Lots of Mother’s Day and Easter cards were made. The children certainly did a fabulous job!
World Book Day March 2017
The children and staff had a fantastic day yesterday during World Book Day. Everyone got dressed up as their favourite characters and our KS2 children shared books with our younger children in school. What a fabulous day – well done to all!
Below is a flavour of what went on during the day. Individual class photos will be uploaded in class files at the end of spring term.
World Book Day Challenge:
Can you spot your teacher? Who was their book character?
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
All of our children performed some fabulous Christmas productions this year. Well done for all the hard work and effort from all the children and staff. Thank you to everyone who joined us in our celebrations.
The children ended the term with a lovely Christmas lunch. There was a lot of Christmas cheer, singing and cracker pulling! Thank you to our cooks for providing such a fabulous meal.
Christmas Fayre 2016 a Huge Success!
Thank you to the ‘Friends of the School’ for all their hard work and fantastic effort in preparing and running our Christmas fayre. Thank you also to our Year 6 children for helping out on the stalls. It really was a fabulous afternoon and it was lovely to see so many parents and family members attending and enjoying themselves. The total money raised was just short of £2000 which is a tremendous effort all round! I hope all who visited Santa get what they wished for this Christmas!
Design and Technology Week (Autumn Term)
The children used their Design and Technology skills, throughout the week, in making products to sell at our Christmas Fayre. They used a range of Science, Maths, Literacy and Craft skills in planning, designing, making, evaluating and finally selling their products. Well done to:
Reception Class – for making fantastic tree decorations : Redacre Class – for making fun Christmas cards : Fleetrock Class – for designing and making Christmas cards with moving parts.
Featherbed Class – for sewing and stitching Christmas stockings : Year 3 – for making fabulous stained glass window cards : Year 4H&4W – for making beautiful smelling soaps : Year5 – for making delightful boxed glass candles.
Year 6 – for making brilliant wooden Christmas tree sculptures. Well done to all the children who did a great job in creating and selling their products!
Reception Christmas Crafts
Thank you to parents who attended today’s Christmas craft making with our Reception children. The children did a fantastic job making lots of fun Christmas decorations and crafts. Well done to our ‘Christmas Stocking’ winners for their winning ‘Christmas Stocking’ design. All the children will receive a headteachers sticker for their brilliant effort!
Children in Need 2016
The children had a great day doing all things spotty! Our school house groups competed to see which could cover the most spots with copper coins. Who was the winning house? – Well all the money raised will be counted and the totals revealed next week! Thank you to everyone who helped to make the day a big success and for donating towards a very charitable cause.(Congratulations to Milbanke House for winning the House Total – £74.22! Altogether we raised a fantastic £192.38 in copper change. Added to other money raised our school total to Children in Need is £210. Well done everyone!)
The Big Friendly Giant comes to School
The children enjoyed a fun morning watching a theatre production of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. There was a lot of singing, dancing and the odd scream! Everyone was pleased to find out that the giant was actually a friendly old fellow! Thank you to M and M Productions for a putting on such a fabulous show.
Remembering on November 11th
The school held a minute silence today to remember all those who have died during times of war. We also prayed for loved ones, in our own lives, who have sadly passed away. Our Key Stage 1 children decorated remembrance crosses and placed them at the front of school. Our Key Stage 2 children painted stones and made a remembrance poppy in our remembrance garden. Year 5 visited the Seaham centotaph where they spent their minute silence with members of our community….. ‘Lest we Forget’
Spooky Writing Day 2016
The children spent ‘Spooky Halloween’ enjoying a fun day of creative writing. Everyone dressed up for the occasion and lots of great pieces of spooky writing were produced (examples of spooky writing work, from Reception to Year 6, can be seen in a special display book in the school hall). The children ended the day with a KS1 and KS2 Halloween disco. Thank you to our fantastic ‘Friends of the School’ who organised the disco and made the event so special – over £500 was raised which is a fantastic achievement.
‘Friends of the School’ – Halloween Disco
Food for Thought Day
To recognise the importance of World Food Day the children celebrated a ‘Food for Thought’ day in school and enjoyed thinking and learning all about where our food comes from, what food is healthy and where hunger exists around the world. Thank you to all the children and parents for the many donations of food cans we received into school during our ‘Food for Thought’ day. You certainly excelled, once again, with your generosity and support. All the cans of food will be donated to local food banks which will be a great help to those in our community who need a little help.
Poetry Day 2016
Well done to all the children who did a fantastic job writing out their own poems during our Poetry Day. It was lovely to share some of these poems during assembly and to listen to the certificate winners reading out their pieces of written work. All winners received their very own ‘book of poems’.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Macmillan Coffee Morning today. It was lovely to see so many parents, volunteers and members of the community enjoying a cake and coffee over a friendly chat! Thank you to all who donated the fabulous cakes to sell – the school hall looked like an episode from the Great British Bake Off! Well done to our very own ‘Mini Vinnie’s’ group for helping to organise and run the event and a special thank you to the staff at St Cuthbert’s Primary for selling some of our cakes too!
Congratulations to our parent Mrs Slater on winning the ‘Guess How Many 100’s and 1000’s are on the Cake’ competition. £48 was raised – with 1/2 going to the winner and 1/2 going to Macmillan.
Although we have more donations to come into school the current total we have raise so far is a fantastic £782.30. Thank you to you all for helping such a fantastic cause.
European Day of Languages – Magnifique!
Our European Day of Languages was a great success! The children dressed in European colours and learnt about a range of European cultures and languages. European lunches were on the school menu and some of our KS1 children even managed to cook some of their own European food. Thank you to Miss Cooper for organising the day – bien joué!
A Day at the Beach
Our end of year trip was a school visit to our local Seaham beach. The weather was fabulous, the sand was lovely and the water was warmer than usual! The children had a fabulous day building sand castles, playing beach games, catching star fish, paddling in the water and eating delicious ice creams! Thank you to all the parent helpers on the day – what a fabulous school community we have!
‘Books and Bakes’ Sale
There was a great deal of reading and fund raising happening at our school during our ‘Books and Bakes’ sale. All the children enjoyed the opportunity of sharing some quality family reading time with parents and family members whilst enjoying a cake or two! Thank you to everyone who donated books and cakes and all those who helped to organise and run the day – the school is very grateful. Well done to our ‘Mini Vinnies’ group who organised the ‘Staff Bake a Cake’ competition and raised money for good causes within our community. Money raised totalled just over £600 which means the school can now purchase a sound system for our main hall and other much needed resources in school.
St. Mary Magdalen’s Got Talent
There was certainly an abundance of talent on show when our children performed during our ‘St Mary Magdalen’s Got Talent’ evening. What fabulous singers, dancers, gymnasts, musicians and actors we have in school. Everyone had a fabulous evening and felt very proud at the end of the show. A special well done to our very own ‘Ant and Dec’ comperes, Michael and Luke, who thoroughly entertained us all.
A Piece of Africa Arrives in School
The school was filled with the sounds of African music, singing and drumming. The children enjoyed a day of learning how to play African drums and performing in front of a whole school audience! Thank you to Fanuel Kapumba for bringing a piece of Zimbabwean music into school and giving the children a memory they will certainly never forget!
Hula Hooping Success!
The children had a fun and exhausting day learning how to keep fit using the Hula Hoop! Having learnt the basic skills during hula hooping work shops, each class demonstrated their skills on the school yard during a final showcase to the school and parents. Even to teachers had a go – some more successful that others!
Year 6 Visit to York
As part of their curriculum, our Year 6 children spent two days in the beautiful historic walled city of York. They visited many wonderful sites including the Cathedral and Dungeons. It was lovely to receive comments from the public on how polite and well mannered the children were.
Health, Fitness and Activity Week
Day 1 – To start off our ‘Health, Fitness and Activity’ week the children had a fabulous school Sports Day. The day was filled with lots of exciting races, fun events and plenty of exercise for the children. Thank you to all parents who attended and in particular those who were brave enough to compete in the parent races! A big thank you also to New Seaham Harbour Cricket Club for allowing us to use their fabulous grounds for the day.
Day 2 – As part of our ‘Health, Fitness and Activity’ week the children carried out a fun sports carousel at school. There were lots of sporting skills and activities taking place with lots of budding future Olympians showing off their skills! Well done to Year 5 who spent the day representing our school in a local ‘Kwik Cricket’ competition.
Day 3 – ‘Keep Skipping!’ – the children enjoyed a fun filled day of skipping. Despite the rainy weather the children took part in a number of skipping workshops in the school hall and showed off their fitness and skills.
Day 4 – Well…. the children were certainly busy today learning lots of new Zumba moves! After several workshops in the school hall the children showed off their newly learnt dancing skills on the school yard with a spectacular ‘Whole School’ Zumba dance performance! Thank you Stephanie for all your hard work in teaching the children all the dance moves and keeping them active throughout the day.
Check out our whole school ZUMBA video
Day 5 – Skipping Success! Our school ended our Health, Fitness and Activity week with a day filled with active skipping! Well done to all the children and staff who did some fantastic skipping and showed how being active and keeping fit can be so much fun! It was lovely to see everyone taking part in our final skipping ‘show case’ on the school yard at the end of the day.
Remember to stay E-Safe
Our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children held fabulous E-Safety assemblies in school. The message to stay safe whilst online certainly hit home. Thank you to all the parents who attended and to Pauline Stewart from DCC who held separate talks with parents on E-safety issues. There will be further information sent out to parents on the issue of E-Safety. Feel free to pick up an E-safety leaflet from the school reception area. You can also update your E-safety knowledge by visiting the E-safety page on our school website.
Professional Artist helps our children to excel during Art Day in school
A profession artist, Jane McCraken, delivered a number of work shops to the children during our Art Day. Following on from an inspiring art assembly, Jane worked with individual classes in exploring different art mediums and helping the children to produce some fabulous pieces of art work. These art pieces will be displayed in the school hall in the coming weeks so please look out for them when you visit school. Jane will be putting together a collection of the children’s art work to create a school poster. Copies of this poster will be available to buy during our school ‘Books and Bakes’ sale later this term. Thank you Jane for all your hard work!
Freddy Fit puts the children through their paces!
The children were certainly kept on their toes when Freddy Fit visited our school. All classes had the opportunity to join in with some exciting sporting activities and to show off their fitness skills. The day was a great warm up for our ‘Health and Fitness’ week which begins in school on the 27th June!
Happy 90th Birthday to our Queen!
On Friday 10th June our school celebrated the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. In the morning the children did lots of activities linked to the Royal Family and how they have influenced our British culture and values. The afternoon saw a fabulous ‘Royal Tea Party’ in our school yard, where children and staff came together to share food, song and some fun dancing. All in all it was a day to remember!
Design and Technology Week
To start off our school Design and Technology week we celebrated a fantastic ‘Bling’ up your scooter event. There were some amazing designs that added a bit of dazzle and bling to our school. Well done to our School Council who were fantastic judges.Throughout the week the children took part in a range of Design and Technology activities covering design, sewing, construction, food technology and more! The school also enjoyed a visit from Nissan who gave a presentation to KS2 about car design and even allowed the children to sit inside one of their latest car designs!
‘Bling’ up your scooter event
Some classroom activities during ‘Design and Technology Week’
The Amazon arrives in School
The Amazon was brought to life for some of our children today. Year 3 children were introduced to some amazing Amazon animals and were able to hold some scary looking creatures. Even Mrs Wilkinson braved the man eating snake!
J.J.R Tolkien’s – The Hobbit
Our Key Stage 2 children were in for a real treat at the start of this Summer Term. M&M Theatre Productions brought J.R.R Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ to life with a fabulous production in school. The Year 5 and 6 children even had an opportunity to carry out theatre work shops and to have a Q&A session with the actors.
What an Eggcellent Display!
Our children certainly eggcelled themselves with their brilliant Easter display of paste egg designs. Well done to all the children and parents who took time to create such marvellous works of art! All entries will receive a special prize in assembly!
Easter Egg Raffle
The school received a staggering amount of chocolate egg donations for our Easter class raffle. Thank you to those who donated an egg – you’ve certainly helped to make the end of term an eggciting time for our children. A special thank you also to our local Sainsbury’s store who donated thirty eggs for our children! They have supported school in the past and we welcome further community links in the future. Good luck to all those who have bought raffle tickets.
Mothers Day Lunch
School had a fabulous Mothers Day Lunch for KS1 and KS2 children. It was lovely to see so many happy mothers enjoying lunch with their children.
Image Musical Theatre
School enjoyed a visit from the Image Theatre Company who worked with the children in carrying out a splendid performance of ‘Sword in the Stone’. The school hall was filled with acting, singing, clapping and plenty of laughter. Not only that, we even enjoyed a few cameo appearances by some of out children! We are already looking forward to next year when the Image Theatre Company will return with a performance of ‘The Jungle Book’.
World Book Day
As part of our celebration of World Book Day, children and staff raided their dressing up boxes and came to school dressed up as their favourite book character. As you can see, there was a fantastic variety of characters. Children enjoyed the day sharing books with different classes and doing a range of creative World Book Day activities! They ended the day with a whole school parade in the hall. Even our Year 5 and 6 children, who were away at FORD Castle for their residential week, celebrated World Book Day by sharing their favourite books with each other.
Year 2 are Sooper-Dooper-Hoopers!
Well done to our Year 2 children who took part in the Hoopstarz Festival day at East Durham College on Tuesday 23rd February. It was a fabulous day with lots of fun activities and skills being carried out. Well done also to Mrs Bowie who showed that she still has all the moves when it comes to hoola-hooping! It was especially good to hear from the college that our children, as always, had impeccable attitude and behaviour throughout the day. If you are popping into school please take time to take a look at our ‘Wall of Fame’ and you will see a photo of all our children with their Hoopstarz certificates. Well done Year 2 – I’m really proud of you all! – Mr L J Duncan (Headteacher)
Fire safety – not a Flash in the Pan!
With Pancake Day fast approaching, Seaham Fire Brigade came into school to discuss ways to keep safe in the kitchen. They reminded everyone about what to do with unattended pans, what to do in the case of an emergency and how to stop, drop and roll which was expertly demonstrated by one pupil. Some of our Year 6 children were then lucky enough to try flipping pancakes – and then sampling them!
St Mary Magdalen’s would like to say a big THANK YOU to the community safety team who did a great job in getting the message across to the children.
Front Page News!! – find out more about what our children got up to on the CDDFRS news web page.
Other Christmas Events
Christmas was an extremely busy time: Year 5 visited Beachcomber nursing home to sing Christmas carols, Year 3 and 4 entertained everyone with their Christmas play and of course, everyone had a fabulous time at their class party!
We all wore our wackiest and wonderful Christmas jumpers to enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch!
Christmas Music Concert
Our talented woodwind and brass musicians performed alongside pupils from St Bede’s in a Christmas carol concert. They entertained us with a selection of old and new Christmas songs which really helped everyone to get into the festive mood.
The Friends of the School organised yet another spectacular Christmas Fayre which was very well supported. The Year 6 children helped to run a variety of stalls which would suit all tastes including: face painting, cake stalls, a tombola, a fabulous raffle and not forgetting a visit to Santa Claus! An amazing £1782.15 was raised on the day!
Children in Need
Once again, everyone rallied together to raise money for this very worthwhile cause. Organised with the help of the Year 6 class, Pudsey Bear’s face was covered with 2p and 1p coins.
This special day was marked by all classes. Reception and KS1 marked the occasion by planting crosses around the Willow Sculpture outside the front entrance.
Both Year 3 classes went to the Cenotaph to observe two minute’s silence with other members of the Seaham community. They also planted their own wreath as well as crosses along the line of reconciliation. Other Key Stage 2 classes marked the day with a minute’s silence at 11:00am.
Spooky Writing Day
Everyone donned their scariest costumes and got into role to produce some really spooky writing.
To continue the scary theme, witches, monsters, ghouls and ghosts roamed the school for the annual school Halloween Disco. a great time was had by all.
World Maths Day
World Maths Day was held on 15th October.
To celebrate, we all took part in lots of exciting Maths activities from measuring to tesselating patterns to an outdoor maths trail!