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.

Year 8 Belgium trip

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.

Primary Maths Challenge.

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.

Interactive Evening… Come On In!

We welcome you to come and experience us as a school.  This is not an open evening… this is an interactive, get involved, experience us, explore us and begin to love us evening.

We do believe we are awesome.  We know you will too.

Flyer 2018 PDF Version (1)

We have listened to feedback and this year the route around school begins with the year 5 area.  Please follow signs from the car park and front of school to the year 5 doors where someone will be there to greet you with a map and a smile.

We look forward to seeing you.

Paris Trip – ETA


CURRENT ETA – 10.00pm

10:06am – We woke at 6.15am to set off and are currently around an hour from the train at Calais!

12:00pm – about to board the train!! Blighty here we come!

13:16 – Touchdown!! And so continues the long drive North. I will update the ETA when we have passed London as the traffic will massively effect the time.

14:47 – Rounding London. Dinner set for Peterborough services at around 17:00

15:06 – Heavy traffic on the M11 😦

17:48 – Pupils are all fed and we are on our way again!

19:28 – Just short of Doncaster where we say goodbye to our wonderful coach driver, Mark. We will pick up a different driver for the remainder of the journey. Very slow traffic however on the A1.

20:12 – we have our new driver, Kevin, and have had our last toilet break. Ovingham here we come! ETA UPDATED!

21:00 – Lock up your sons and daughters, board up the windows and horde your food …. we are about an an hour away


Paris Trip – Day 4

What a day!!!

Today we set off for our epic tour of “Gai Paris”.

A bright and early start was required in preparation for the famous Paris traffic. First on the agenda was the Cite de Sciences (Science Museum) where our pupils explored movie special effects, flew virtual gliders and learned about the science of fire.

We then headed for lunch under the Eiffel Tower which provided the pupils with an opportunity to take photos and lounge in the sun. Next on the agenda was a peaceful (until we arrived anyway) cruise along the Seine, on the “Bateaux Parisiens”.

The biggest challenge of the day was the arduous climb up to the mighty Sacre-Coeur to Montmartre. After a brief stop to catch our breath at base camp we continued to the summit in the baking sun. More photos, ice cream and novelty souvenir shops followed before we had to plunge back into the Paris traffic for the long drive home.

Once back dinner…

The pupils were surprised with a bonus experience when a tray of 120 cooked “escargots” (snails!!!) was delivered. Much to the our delight the pupils rose to the challenge and the tray was left empty!!!!

Late night and a very start required so photos will have to wait until we are back in good old blighty!

Please keep a close eye on the website for our ETA tomorrow. I will be updating the page as we make our way up the A1.