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kooth.com – a digital counselling support service that NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has commissioned. 

Kooth.com is an award winning and innovative online counselling and support service which is now available to all young people aged 11-25 years Northumberland, confidential and anonymous way for young people to access emotional wellbeing and early intervention mental health support. 

Fully trained and qualified counsellors and emotional wellbeing practitioners are available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year, providing a much needed out-of- hours service for emotional support in an accessible way. 

Reading Challenges

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The past few months has been an unprecedented time full of disrupted routines, homeschooling and uncertainty yet I know some of you will have used the time to complete those DIY jobs that you have always been meaning to get round to and perhaps, like me, even gardening. Our pupils have coped admirably in what has been a strange time and I am so pleased to see that many of them have been reading, more so than ever. Reading, as I am sure you are aware, is the best form of escapism and has certainly been more important during this time than ever before. 

Over the summer holidays, it is very important that our pupils continue to read regularly. With this in mind, I thought I would inform you of the different ways you can encourage your child to keep reading. 

The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge. Each year the Challenge, delivered with the support of public libraries, motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and condence. This year, Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all different kinds of funny books! More information can be found on their website: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

Secondly, running alongside this, we are launching our very own OMS Reading Challenge this summer where we are challenging pupils to read a range of texts and genres over the holidays. See the attached challenge sheet for further information. Pupils should bring their sheets into school in September to share with their teacher and classmates and there will be prizes for the most boxes completed. 

Thirdly, to really get into the fun of reading, we are also launching another competition: The Extreme Reading Challenge. Books do not need electricity; we can read them anywhere and everywhere. Where is the most interesting place your child has ever read a book? Whether it is up a tree or on top of a mountain or snuggled up on a hammock in the back garden, we want your photos! Your challenge is to take a picture of your child reading somewhere extreme and send it in to school. We will run a competition for the most extreme places reading has taken place; a display will also be made from the photos. All you need to do is take a photo and send to our school email  admin@ovinghammiddle.co.uk and add your child’s name and Extreme Reading in the subject line. The deadline for entries is Friday 28th August.

Keep checking our school Facebook and Twitter for further updates as well as photos that are sent in. If your child reads a book they really enjoy, let us know 😊

Yours faithfully,

Miss S Quinn

Head of English

500 Words competition

500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for kids. Over a million stories have been submitted since 2011, in response to everything from technology to climate change. Now, they want to bring children’s voices onto the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement.

Open from Monday 29th June until Friday 3rd July at 11.59pm 2020, we invite children aged between 5 and 13 to respond in whatever way they wish in no more than 500 words, in the form of a story.

Please see the link below for more details.

https://500words.me/

Singing Club Video

Well done to Miss Tyler and her singing club for pulling together this video of their performance of Count on me by Bruno Mars. Special thanks go to Ava M and Olivia in year 5, Sadie in year 6 and Lucia in year 7 for allowing us to share their talents. Well done everyone!

 

Year 7 Hall of Fame – English

In English this week, Year 7 have been exploring the story of the famous Gothic tale, The Monkey’s Paw.  Here is a collection of some of their fantastic work including a description of a gothic setting, their very own set designs for the story and their own sequel. A special well done to Daisy P, Anna, Becky, Lucia, Rory, Alby, Tom, Heather, Ben, Jago, Hannah, Sam, Ellis, Chloe, Helen, Iris, Claire, Amy and Isabel for excellent work!

Job vacancy

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Caretaker/Cleaning Supervisor to join our friendly and dedicated team. The ideal candidate will have experience, preferably within a school environment and will be hardworking, self-motivated and take pride in their work. This post offers an opportunity for a highly motivated and well organised individual to make a contribution to the successful operation of our school.
Please click on the link for more details and to apply.