Floods in Ovingham

We have been keeping track of today’s weather on the environment agency website and the river level is dropping as quickly as it went up. The run off from the rain coincided with a high tide which massively compounds the flooding.
There’s not as much rain forecast and the next high tide is 4am, so the tide will be well down by the 8am school run. We will of course update the website and Facebook page if anything changes.

Keen readers help judge book award.

girl in the window

A record number of OMS pupils – 30 in total – read this year’s shortlisted books for the region’s major children books’ award. The North East Book Awards shortlist proved a popular selection with Ovingham pupils across Years 6, 7 and 8.

Six newly-published novels were gobbled up by many of our keen readers. The shortlist had a remarkable range of themes and styles, providing a fantastic sample of the great range of books being published for the 10-13 age range.

Pupils voted on their favourites after two months of reading the shortlisted books, with votes contributing towards determining the award winner. Penny Joelson’s ‘A Girl in the Window’ was announced the winner at the Centre for Life on 10 June. Some of our judges attended the awards party, which featured most of the authors they have been reading.

Those who attended the awards party bought new books and got their award favourites signed by the authors. Everyone who read the books has received a book voucher. Also, we have multiple copies of all the six shortlisted books in school, so anyone interested in reading them should ask Mr Snowdon.

Year 8 Outward Bound trip.

Our year 8 trip left yesterday for the Lake District and as you can see are enjoying the good weather. Yesterday they did rock climbing, archery and team building followed by dinner and a great game of ultimate frisbee. Today has been spent sailing, kayaking and caving. The staff are impressed with everyone’s ‘have a go’ attitude and are looking forward to this evenings disco.

Unfortunately the WiFi signal isn’t the best so please bear with us for more trip updates.