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.