Library books

From Monday, pupils will no longer be allowed to take books out of the library. This is in order for Miss Quinn and Mrs Robson to be able to do a stocktake of all the books and make sure we have all of the books back in particularly now our collection has increased rapidly this year. Pupils can still, however, read books in the library during lunchtime; they just won’t be able to take them out.

Please can parents or carers ensure that your child returns any library books that they may have at home.

Thank you.


Some of our Key Stage 3 pupils have been eagerly reading new books as part of the North East Book Awards. The annual award sees five top-quality new children’s novels being shortlisted. However, the award is unusual because young readers are the judges. 23 of our Year 7 and Year 8 pupils read all the shortlisted novels, then voted for their favourites.

A large group of our young book judges also attended the awards party, held in the Centre for Life’s banqueting suite on 18 June. Five authors shared their inspirations, ideas and insights in a celebration of books, reading and creativity. This included fascinating presentations from shortlisted authors Ross Welford (‘The Thousand Year Old Boy’) and Mitch Johnson (‘Kick’). The winner was announced too: Helena Duggan’s sinister dystopian novel ‘A Place Called Perfect’.
Every participating pupil received a book voucher. At the awards party quite a few members of the OMS contingent took the opportunity to not only buy new books but also get them signed by their authors. It was an inspiring evening and we are already looking forward to next year.

Author Visit

On Wednesday 27th June, local children’s author Dan Smith will be coming into school to speak to KS3 pupils about his writing career, influences as well as his books. After the assembly, pupils will have the opportunity to purchase one of his books which Dan will also personally sign. Books are priced at £5 each.

Go Local Food

Year 7 pupils were recently joined by Anna Galloway from Go Local Food. Go Local Food is a local food co-op growing a wide range of amazing vegetables all year round. The nutritious produce is hand grown in harmony with the local environment. Anna told us all about the co op and we were able to discuss many issues including the impart of food miles, eating with the seasons, looking after the environment, packaging and use of plastic.

Eco Schools

We have just recently joined up to the Eco School award scheme.
Pupils from each form class have joined this group headed by Mrs Clark and Mr Pusey.
The pupils will be doing different sorts of research about the environment around our school, the local community and the world, including biodiversity, energy, litter, waste, transport, water, school grounds, healthy living, marine and global citizenship.  Then giving feedback about projects that our school can be involved in to support the above subjects.
There is a bronze award, a silver award then finally the Green Flag award which has a continuously running scheme to keep the Green Flag status in school.
The pupils would like to invite any parents, grandparents, carers, staff and governors who have any environmental interests to contribute any information or expertise about any projects we could do and also be a part of our Eco group.

Author event

The Forum book shop in Corbridge has been in touch to say that they have authors; Chloe Daykin, Dan Smith, Chris Callaghan & Em Lynas in their bookshop 9.30-10:00 am this Saturday to launch Independent Bookshop Week! They’d love to meet readers and sign books.

World Book day and Library opening

On Friday 8th June, Ovingham Middle School officially opened the new ‘Robson Library’ (named after Mrs Robson, who has worked tirelessly to make the library a success). We were very lucky to be joined by local author Dan Smith who as well as helped opening the library, ran 2 workshops with some of our lucky pupils. The opening was combined with the belated World Book Day (postponed previously because of the snow) and yet again pupils wowed with some fantastic and imaginative costumes!

A great day had by all!

Anyone for tennis?

Our tennis nets have been put up to allow our pupils the opportunity to play at break and lunchtimes. They should bring their own rackets and tennis balls if they wish to use this facility.

Upcoming events

The Summer term is always jam-packed with events so in order to give parents some advance notice, here is a list of what is planned so far…

Wed 11th July
Whole school Sports Day 1pm start

Mon 16th July
KS2 Sports for all – 9am to 12.30pm

Sports Awards Evening – 6.30pm at Prudhoe High School

Tues 17th July
KS3 Sports for all – 9am – 12.30pm

Thur 19th July

Year 8 Prom, 7pm start at Kirkly Hall, Ponteland

Premier League Primary Stars

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Ovingham Middle School U11 Girls reached the Primary Premier League Stars final at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.

The Premier League Primary Stars tournament kicked off on the 23rd May 2018 at the King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City. Over 12,500 young people and over 1600 teams took part in regional competitions for the chance to represent their Premier League club on the grand stage. Ovingham Middle School represented Newcastle United and certainly showed why they deserved to represent them. The girls were drawn in a group with: Bournemouth, Brighton, Chelsea and Leicester. The girls were excited but nervous as they stepped out of their comfort zone and on to the pitch in front of thousands of spectators.

The first game was Bournemouth and the girls started fast after shaking off nerves and started to find themselves on top without playing their renowned passing football. However, after a lot of strong attacking play, chance after chance went begging. The girls defended well and managed to shut out a strong Bournemouth player who represents Southampton Academy but the game ended 0-0. The girls took the positives from this match with a clean sheet and the creation of lots of chances. Lily W took the girl of the game accolade after a strong display in centre midfield.

Next up, the girls faced Brighton who won their opening fixture so they were top of their group. They were playing on pitch one in front of the stand with the entire crowd in and the strong support helped OMS battle back from 1-0 down. Brighton took the lead due to a mistimed bounce which their striker dispatched past Lois. This brought Ovingham to life with Anna and Emily playing some superb passing football from defence. Ovingham equalised when Lillie C finished off a brilliant passing move. The girls were full of confidence and Rose R broke free and smashed the ball in to the back of the net which lead to all of the girls celebrating together which demonstrated the togetherness of the team. After another slick passing move, Emily and Lily connected together to play through Rose who made it 3-1. Finally, a free kick was awarded for a bad foul and up stepped Lillie C to score an unbelievable goal by chipping the ball into the top corner. The girl of the game accolade went to Rose R.

The girls were now top of the group and had Chelsea to play. The OMS girls took a few minutes before they started playing their fluent football but Chelsea were managing to defend their goal well. Chelsea sat on the edge of their box and defended well which was frustrating OMS. Finally, OMS scored when Lillie C smashed the ball past the goal keeper into the bottom corner. A vital 3 points for a solid team display, with Lillie C getting the girl of the game award due to a relentless display.

The final group game was against Leicester which was always going to be tough in front of the home crowd. The girls knew that a point should be enough to see them through to the next round. A tight, nervous game ended 0-0 with OMS defending well. The girl of the game was Emily D for a solid, tenacious performance in defence.

The semi-final was up next and it was Newcastle United vs Manchester City. The girls played unbelievable passing football through out and put on a spectacle for the crowd. Lillie C scored a screamer after slick passing which lead to Rose laying the ball off for it to be smashed in to the top corner. Emily, Anna and Millie put in very strong defensive displays which lead to the girls dealing with any danger. Lillie C then scored another brilliant goal after fantastic team work to send the girls in to the final. The girl of the game could have gone to anybody but Lillie C was awarded it thanks to her brilliant goals.

Newcastle United vs Everton was the final fixture. Ovingham started off brilliantly taking the game to Everton and the girls created lots of chances. The girls were very unlucky and on another day may have scored 2 or 3 goals. Everton then took control of the second half of the game when their superb midfielder who represents Liverpool academy scored 2 and set up another. The girls fell short in the final but they were still amazing. This was still an unbelievable achievement for Ovingham Middle School making it to the final 2 from 1600 teams.

Thank you to NUFC for their amazing support and congratulations to Everton! A very proud day for all involved.