Some of our Eco Group used our school grown pumpkins to make soup this week.
Miss Kidd very kindly offered her help with this activity and also Mrs Clark, our Eco co-ordinator, who organised the event and helped the pupils. The pupils were very excited and had a great time chopping the onions and the pumpkins then cooking the ingredients together, adding stock then blitzing the soup. The Eco pupils then tasted their soup and most were very surprised at how good it tasted. Members of staff also came along to try the soup and were very impressed. The pupils are now keen to grow different vegetables as they would really like to do this activity again and invite more people to sample their work.
We are delighted to inform you that as a part of our continuation of promoting reading for pleasure across the school, we are holding a Book Fair week commencing 15th October. This event is being run by Scholastic and they are delivering to us a fantastic range of book titles, for all abilities and across a range of ages.
Pupils will be given allocated time in their English lessons on Monday and Tuesday to visit the book fair and browse the wide range of titles available to purchase. Your child will also be given a leaflet with some of the titles available to buy and titles can also be viewed online at https://bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/travelling-books/the-books/go-for-it
On Tuesday 9 October, two guests from Unicef UK visited OMS to learn about our journey to being a Rights Respecting School. Unicef UK runs the Rights Respecting Schools Award – we already hold the Silver Award and hope to progress to Gold status. Since 2015 we have been working on embedding children’s rights in the culture and curriculum of our school.
Our guests spent time having discussions and meetings with school leaders and staff, governors, parents and – most of all – the children. Pupils from all year groups talked about what it means to be a rights respecting school and how it makes a difference to them. They demonstrated not only their knowledge of rights but their understanding of how rights are both respected and abused in the wider world.
We are currently looking at ways to develop our work as a rights respecting school further. Our School Council has an important part to play and will be discussing this at its meeting next week. Watch this space!
Popular author Robin Stevens visited OMS on Monday 8 October, speaking to all our Year 5, 6 and 7 pupils. She talked about her childhood, her favourite mystery books and her creative inspirations. Robin also talked about her own murder mystery novels – the ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ series – and even guided pupils to create their own plan for a crime story!
After the presentation, Robin signed copies of her novels. Lots of OMS pupils bought copies, plus we got some extras for the school library. Our Year 8 Reading Ambassadors did a fantastic job of running the event and the book sales and signing. We are also grateful for the support of Seven Stories – the amazing children’s books centre in Newcastle – for making the event happen, and for selling books on the day.
We would like to thank Tim Knight, Youth Worker from Stocksfield Baptist Church, for leading Year 5 R.E. workshops on Friday 5th October 2018. Pupils engaged well in the sessions which were based on the Bible story of Joseph. Pupils reflected on themes from the story such as, forgiveness and the need to persevere during difficult times. They also enjoyed singing along to songs from the musical of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. It was a good opportunity for the year group to meet Tim. He visits school regularly through his links with the R.E. department and also to deliver assemblies.
Before the summer term our gardening group worked really hard preparing the garden area, they then planted and grew 3 large pumpkins as well as sunflowers and herbs.
Our Eco group are now going to make soup using our school grown pumpkins as part of the Big Soup Share for our staff and pupils to sample on Thursday 11th October. The Big Soup Share is an incentive run by the Royal Horticultural Society to get pupils to grow the ingredients then celebrate what they have grown by making and sharing their homemade soup.
In school, our Eco group are working on a Harvest Festival collection which will be happening in school from the 17th-19th October. If you would like to help with donations of tinned foods, these will be welcomed into school during the above dates. We will be donating the collection in a church service on Sunday 21st October, the donations will then be given to charities/food banks in the local area as I think you will agree that this is a great idea to help those in need. If anyone would like to attend Ovingham church service on Sunday 21st October to support our pupils, we would love to see you.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 28th Sept. Our school was proud to welcome parents and carers along with the Friends of Ovingham to raise £651.50 for such a worthy cause by eating lots of cake!
Please see the below letter from PCHS inviting prospective pupils and parents / carers to attend their open evening on Thursday 4th October 2018, 4.30 – 7.00pm.
PCHS Open Day Year 8 Invitation Sept 2018
Please find attached a letter regarding our MAT update. Letters to parents can also be found on the Parents section of our website.
MAT letter Sept 2018