Learners and their parents, Headteacher and all staff, members of the Academy Committee, thank you to you all. This year, especially during these last months, we have worked together with immense energy, attention to detail and humour. The result has been a purposeful, vibrant, deeply caring school community.
We now enjoy a well earned summer holiday, time for recreation and preparation for the next stage of our school journey, including greeting new staff and learners.
I shall not be with you then, I am moving to a new parish. It has been my immense privilege and joy to be a member of this school.. As we say in church, Heddon School is the jewel in the crown of this parish.
May the Lord bless you and take care of you,
May the Lord be kind and gracious to you,
May the Lord shine his face upon you and give you peace.
Parish Priest and Chair of Academy Committee
Normally in the Summer Term the children in Year 6 would have the opportunity to gather at St. Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle with all the Year 6 children from across the Diocese to celebrate their time in Primary School and look forwards to moving onto Secondary School.
Due to the current situation this has not been able to take place this year, however, the Diocese of Newcastle were keen that the children did not miss out on this special service.
Therefore they have created a virtual leavers’ service called ‘Moving On Together’ for all Year 6 children and their families to share across the Diocese.
To watch the service please click here
On Monday we are pleased to welcome Reception and Year 1 children into School in their new ‘bubbles’.
I have attached a presentation below which can be shared with the children to help explain to them what coming back to School in a ‘bubble’ means.
I hope that you find this resource useful.
To read ‘Coming back to School in a bubble’ please Click Here
Credit: Kezia Matthews (Shere Infant School and Nursery)
You may remember a few weeks ago I shared with you some amazing art in the style of Banksy by Andie in Lindisfarne class which she did in response to COVID-19.
Andie is now selling her artwork on Etsy.com to raise money for the NHS.
If you would like your own copy of her ‘girl with rainbow balloon’ you can purchase one for £3 and £1 will go towards the NHS.
The art work can be made unique by changing hair colour and clothing and uniform can also be added in the picture along with a choice of balloon shape and colour.
If you would like to check this out and purchase one please click here
When you are out for you exercise in the village could I suggest that you take a walk up to School.
Our Key Worker children have created a very special prayer tree. They have made the tree themselves and have written some prayers that they would like to share with you.
What they would like most of all is if you bring your own prayer to add to the tree when you come to look at it. All prayers can just be tied to the fence. It could be for the Key Workers or for someone that you personally know.
We hope that grown ups as well as children add their prayers. It is on the fence outside of the School so that any member of the community can add their own prayers to. I am sure that Rev. Audrey will be offering these prayers at our Parish Church.
I have added some pictures of the inspirational prayers written by some of our children already on the tree.
We can’t wait to read your prayers!
Lindisfarne class have been researching the street artist Banksy as part of their home learning. As part of this work the children were challenged to have a go at recreating one of his artworks.
We wanted to share with you this stunning artwork by Andie who has not only produced an amazing interpretation of ‘Balloon Girl’ but has also created her own COVID-19 inspired version incorporating a rainbow.
These pieces of artwork certainly brightened our day and we hope you enjoy looking at them too!
Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the Coronavirus lockdown.
Their online classroom offers free access to great teachers, delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available for both primary and secondary levels, it covers a range of subjects. All of the lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan. We’ll provide new lessons and resources each week.
Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources such as BBC Bitesize to offer a structure for the day for children until schools fully reopen.
Oak National Academy was built at speed; at present resources are for pupils who usually access their schools’ curriculum in mainstream education, from reception through to year 10, without significant support or adaptation. They are currently working on providing support for teachers working with pupils with additional needs, and teachers based in specialist settings. Next week they hope to launch materials for pupils not able to access all aspects of their current offer.
How it works: Each Oak National Academy lesson will be an hour long, with elements such as a quiz, a video explanation from the teacher and a worksheet.
Currently the staff at Heddon are looking at the materials and will direct Year groups to particularly appropriate materials via the class blogs during this week.
To check out Oak National Academy please click here
Please follow the link below to read the letter sent to all children via SchoolComms on Monday 20th April 2020.
Please see link below for update letter for parents which was sent out via SchoolComms on Monday 20th April 2020.
While most of you are at home the key worker children have been working hard with the staff in our new allotment at School.
Thanks to a very generous donation of plants, flowers and vegetables from Halls of Heddon Garden Centre our allotment is looking amazing. Thank you so much Halls of Heddon, your kindness is much appreciated!
We hope that we are all back in School in time to pick and eat all the wonderful things that are now growing.
Keep your eyes peeled for our scarecrow, Bob, who will be out in the allotment scaring the birds once he is completed by the children!
We hope that you enjoy looking at the photos of all of our hard work and we would love to know if you are growing something special at home too.