Eta now just after 1 am due to horrendous traffic. We are so sorry to keep you up. Thank you for your patience.
Unfortunately our year 8 trip has been stuck in really bad traffic and the ETA is now 12.10. We will update again if this changes.
After an early start and breakfast (and some very quick and efficient packing) we left the hotel and made our way over the border and headed to Arras. Here we visited Wellington Quarry, a series of underground tunnels used during the infamous Battle of Arras. It was quite an experience walking through the tunnels that soldiers themselves had created, lived and matched on their way to surprise the Germans in battle. After here we travelled towards the amazing Newfoundland Memorial Park, a memorial dedicated to the Newfoundland regiment who were practically wiped out during one days battle during the Battle of the Somme. Here we walked through the remains of British trenches, No Man’s Land and then onto the German side as well as visiting memorials and a mass grave. This was our last place on a jam-packed tour. Currently we have just arrived at Calais and are waiting to board the Eurotunnel.
Poetry Writing Winners:
After much, much deliberation, the 5 joint winners were
announced as Anna, Lily, Luke S, Helena and Lauren.
Another jam-packed and busy day. After an early continental breakfast, we left the hotel to firstly visit the Menin Gate (where almost 55,000 names of soldiers whose bodies were never found are enscribed on the wall) and hugely informative Flanders Field museum before picking up our tour guide. Our guide was a fountain of knowledge and took us to visit the huge craters and bunkers at Hill 60, the biggest commonwealth war memorial at Tyne Cot, the German cemetery at Langemark, the Northumberland Fusiliers memorial and Essex Farm where the famous poem ‘In Flanders Field’ by John McCrae was written. We also got to visit the resting place of Abel and Lily’s relatives which was a truly moving experience. After a visit back to the hotel for some much-needed food, we went back into the market square to visit the chocolate shops (and practically cleared them out!) before then watching the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. After returning to the hotel, we then treated ourselves to a hot chocolate with marshmallows and then wrote some poetry about our experiences so far with some absolutely amazing results. The pupils have been fantastic!
Belgium update: just arrived at our hotel after a busy but enjoyable day. The journey was smooth and uneventful and full of sleep, as we hoped, and no sooner had we arrived over the border, we visited our first location: Passchendaele museum. It was enthralling to see actual arefacts from the battle of Ypres as well as walk through the reinacted dug out and trenches.
Before the Christmas market we visited Ypres cathedral which was hugely impressive and hard to think it had been rebuilt after it was completely destroyed during WW1.
After a quick bite to eat, we visited the Christmas market before going ice skating where we saw many impressive skating moves just as much as many impressive wobbles and falls!
Afterwards we warmed ourselves up with a well deserved hot chocolate. We have been lucky with the weather so far: it has been chilly but we have had glorious sunshine and blue skies Currently we have just got ourselves sorted in our rooms, which have impressed pupils no end, and will be spending the rest of the night having dinner and a bit of down time (or early nights for some) before an early start for a jam-packed day tomorrow!
Monday 17th December
- Years 5 & 6 – Karaoke – £1:00 each.
- Year 8 – Edinburgh Zoo leaving OMS at 7:15 am and collecting from OMS at 6:15pm.
- Interim Reports for all year groups.
- Year 7 Boys County Cup football match at St Cuthbert’s High School, NE15 7PX – 1:15pm to 3:30pm.
Tuesday 18th December
- Non-uniform / Christmas Jumper Day – £1:00 for Save the Children.
- Christmas Lunch.
- KS2 Disco – 6:00pm to 7:30pm, £2:00 per ticket (on sale at break times).
- Year 8 – P.E. kit needed.
Wednesday 19th December
- Year 6 – Generation Game – 9:30am to 11:00am (Year 6 parents welcome).
- KS3 Carol Service – St Mary’s Church, Ovingham – 10:00am to 11:00am.
- Year 8 – Pantomime – Newcastle Theatre Royal – leaving OMS at 1:00pm and collecting from OMS at 5:15pm.
- KS2 Carol Service – St Mary’s Church, Ovingham – 2:00pm to 3:00pm.
Thursday 20th December
- Year 5 – Pantomime – Empire Theatre, Consett – 9:15am to 1:00pm.
- Year 6 – Cinema – The Fuse – 9:30am to 12:30pm.
Friday 21st December
- Year 7 – Cinema – The Fourm Cinema – 9:15am to 12:30pm.
Non-uniform day for the winning house – to be announced on Monday.
Carol Service – all pupils will go to the carol service unless parents opt out by phoning school on 01661 833 215.
Parents are NOT allowed to take Year 5 & 6 pupils home from the church. All pupils must return to school and can be collected from the Year 5 and Year 6 doors where teachers will mark them off on the register.
A quick update to say that the bus has arrived in Calais and is now well on its way to Ypres.
We will update you again once we have further information.
Our year 8 trip to Belgium is due to leave tomorrow night. Please can everyone meet in the school bus park at 10:30pm on Tuesday night. Please remember to bring food for breakfast and lunch for the first day as well as money and any medication.
Below is a link to the powerpoint that was shown at the recent parents evening should you require any further information.
A huge well done to all pupils in Key Stage 2 who took part in the Primary Maths Challenge in November and an even bigger well done to those pupils who managed to achieve a bronze, silver or gold certificate – the questions were very tricky! Special commendation goes to Andrew F who got a fantastic score of 21 out of 25 – the best in the school. We look forward to hearing if any of our pupils have made it through the next round in February.