Mission Christmas

Each year, thousands of children across the North East will wake up on Christmas Day with no present to open. Ever increasing rent and bills put pressure on some families which means they cannot afford the little luxuries that most of us take for granted. The children’s charity, Cash for Kids, aim to lessen this burden and ensure these children receive a gift from Santa.

The charity therefore ask for donations of presents, suitable for a child aged 0-18 years, which can be distributed across the North East where needed.

As a school, we decided to get involved and try to gather as many presents as we could to donate to this worthwhile cause.  

We are absolutely overwhelmed by the response, both the quantity and quality of the presents donated has been astounding and we would like to say a big thank you to each and every one of you. There will now be many more smiling little faces on Christmas Day and that’s down to you. Metro Radio will be coming into school on Tuesday morning to collect the gifts.

Thank you again and Merry Christmas!

Mrs Ellison & Miss Lancaster

A Visit From Peter Bunzl

Sara and Helena in Year 6 report on a special visit to the school by author Peter Bunzl.

On the 20th June 2017 Peter Bunzl, the author of Cogheart and Moonlocket, came to our school to visit and talk about what it’s like being a writer and the inspirations for his books.

Peter grew up in South London with a great interest in books. He also enjoyed sci-fi films and loved to make animations. He adored the robots from films! Peter was most inspired by the Star Wars robots and that’s where he got the inspiration for his character Malkin, a wind-up mechanical fox (and best friend of main character Lily), in his two novels.

Cogheart is all about the emotional journey for a girl called Lily, mechanical fox Malkin and Robert (Lily’s friend). Moonlocket – the sequel – follows on from this book with more mysteries and magic. Both books are set in Victorian England, but with weird and quirky futuristic elements too – a great mix.

When Peter visited our school he showed us all of his inspirational moments. He played games with us (to do with robots, of course!) and demonstrating posture by balancing books on children’s heads (a school lesson from his books… read Cogheart if you want to know more).

Peter told us how he had enjoyed animating his front covers on his books since they’re to do with robots and mechanics. We were allowed to buy either of his books and he signed them at the end! All 50 copies of the books were snapped up by enthusiastic readers.