Sports results

Earlier this week, the U12 Boys team faced a strong St Bede’s College team from Manchester, in the last 8 of the ESFA National Cup. The lads started well, but couldn’t quite put the ball in the net. St Bede’s then raced into a 2-0 lead, the boys showed true determination equalising instantly, after a goal of the season by Tom. The boys kept battling until the final whistle, but ultimately came up short on the day.
The boys are gutted, but we as a department, are extremely proud of them for getting so far in the competition. They have been a credit to themselves, and their parents and have all worked so hard. With a little bit of luck on the day, the result may have been different. Massive well done boys, and keep them heads held high!
We wish St Bede’s a safe journey home, and the very best of luck in the rest of the tournament.

Lisa Thompson, popular author visits OMS.

On Tuesday 15th January OMS enjoyed a visit from bestselling children’s author Lisa Thompson, author of The Goldfish Boy, The Light Jar and her newest book The Day I Was Erased. After a tour of the school and our library, Lisa Thompson gave an exciting assembly on why she became an author, what she did before writing and read us some of her brand new book – The Day I Was Erased.

After a successful assembly, pupils were eager to start buying her books, which were then signed by the author in our library. Everyone at OMS really enjoyed the visit and we look forward to seeing what Lisa has to write next!

Words and photos by Alex Q (reading ambassador)

Music Opportunity

The Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra are performing an evening of some of the greatest film music of all time at Sage Gateshead and OMS pupils have the opportunity to see this awesome performance for just £5!

If you are interested in this offer , please click on the letter below for more information.

Royal Northern Sinfonia offer

U12 Football Team Reach National Quarter Finals!

Yesterday, the U12 football team traveled down to Leeds to compete in the ESFA National Cup. After a long journey, the lads started quickly and went into half time with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a great strike by Charlie. A strong opposition then turned the game round and were leading 2-1 with 30 seconds of the game left to play. The lads showed tremendous fighting spirit by forcing an equaliser from Will which took the game into extra time. The lads dominated extra time scoring another two goals which were scored by Ben and Harry M.
It was hard to pick a man of the match, but special mention must go to Ben, who was only on the pitch ten minutes and managed to score, and set one up. Well done!
The lads showed fantastic effort, determination and attitude throughout the game and were a credit to themselves, their parents and the school. We are all eagerly awaiting the next round draw which is published on Monday.

Lisa Thompson author visit

We are pleased to announce that Lisa Thompson, an acclaimed children’s author, will be
visiting OMS next week. She will be talking to Year 5, Year 6 and Year 7 pupils on Tuesday
15th January at 1.30pm. This promises to be an insightful, informative and inspiring
Lisa Thompson has previously published two popular novels – ‘The Goldfish Boy’ and ‘The Light Jar’ – and her new book, ‘The Day I Was Erased’, is being published this week! It is described as ‘a story of family, friendship and finding your place in the world’.
There will be an opportunity to buy Lisa’s novels – and get them signed – on the day. Each
book will be priced at £6, a discount on the retail price. We therefore suggest that pupils
bring money with them. Staff from Seven Stories, the children’s books centre in Newcastle, will be visiting especially to oversee the book sales.

Promoting reading for pleasure is, as you know, a major focus for our school. Our new library has proved to be a boost to our school-wide culture of reading. We encourage all pupils to read for a minimum of two hours a week in their own time (preferably more). We reinforce this through designated reading time – in English lessons and form time – and regular completion of reading records in English lessons. Lisa Thompson’s visit will hopefully inspire further reading!

Merry Christmas

The politicians have a lot to say at the moment so:

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection.” ―Winston Churchill

“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” ―Margaret Thatcher

“My Christmas wish is that we all do more to help bring about the kind of society and world we want to live in…Whenever you can show people love, show them you care and enjoy your Christmas.” -Jeremy Corbyn

It seems that, despite the politics we can not avoid in our lives, Christmas has always been a time when even Politicians realise that Christmas day, the spirit and happiness it brings, is not all about them, which makes a change.

Change is a good thing.  Change will inevitable come next year as our year 8 leave us, our year 6’s sit those SATs everyone talks about, we move into a new exciting world of a MAT and we can eventually put our winter coats away again as the summer will hopefully come back as hot as this year.

One thing is for certain though, as sure, as my grandma used to say, ‘as eggs is eggs’, that Ovingham Middle School will continue to work hard, as we have all of this year, to be the best we can be for your children and our community.

Thank you to everyone who donated a present to the Cash for Kids collection, we had a car boot full of gifts to pass on to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Thank you for sharing our successes and tribulations of 2018, some of gewgaw significance, others of  Brobdingnagian proportions, and I look forward to seeing you all on the 8th January to begin the new year together.

I hope you have a wonderful time with your families and friends this Christmas.  I wish you, on behalf of the staff, governors, myself and my family, a very merry Christmas to you all.

Mr A Bennett


School House Points Result.

The results for the first half term’s house points are in and are as follows:
1st: Roman – 13,709
2nd: Saxon – 13,101
3rd: Norman – 11,065
So that means Roman, again, will have a non-uniform day this Friday 21st December. Form teachers will announce the results in registration.
Also, 5JL had the overall highest total with 4813 so they definitely deserve an extra little treat.
Well done everyone!