LATEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2012
Easter Holiday Dates for your Diary:
During the Easter holidays, there are lots of events planned in Blakelaw:
Team Fun Day on Wednesday 4th April 11am to 3pm at Hilton. Please note any children under 8 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult. Mrs Chisman will be in charge on the day. Everyone’s welcome!
Also, there are events to be held on 11th and 12th April at our school. There are a variety of things going on including sessions run by both the Newcastle Eagles and Newcastle United Foundation!
School reopens to all children on Monday 16th April – Be in line by 5 to 9!
April Events and Dates for your Diary:
19th, 26th – Yr5/6 football and maths with Graeme Doyle
20th – Yr2 going to Beamish Wild
27th – Coffee morning in Community Room 9am
We have match fit coming in every Friday for Yr3/4, children will need P.E. kits and a drink.
Let’s Get Cooking – As we have met the Let’s Get Cooking activity requirements and followed the Let’s Get Cooking guidelines for running a healthy cooking club, our club has qualified for Let’s Get Cooking accreditation. Anyone (parents included) wishing to enrol for the June group, please see Mrs Evans or Mrs Coutts.
Parents who are members of the LETS GET COOKING club please contact Mrs Evans or Mrs Coutts if you are able to help with our 60th anniversary celebration.
Updates from Kielder Trip
The children had a fantastic few days at Kielder. We visited the Bird of Prey Centre where each child held or fed eagles, falcons, owls and vultures. On Wednesday evening we went for a walk and enjoyed the fabulous scenery from Elk Kirk Viewpoint. A game of team hide and seek resulted in some very imaginative use of bracken and ferns as camouflage. The sky that night was the best it has been for a number of years and we were lucky enough to see shooting stars and meteorite in the cloudless, moonless sky, it was breathtaking. On Thursday we took part in Canoeing, Power Boating around the reservoir and Orienteering (map reading). There are some very interesting places hidden in the woods just away from the shore line. On Thursday night we went on a walk in the forest which was pitch black. We stood in the dark and in silence listening to the sounds of the woods. It was scary but you could hear all sorts of stranger noises which you would not hear at home. The food was absolutely brilliant and we were all so tired and well fed that most of us fell asleep on the coach back on Friday J
Hilton Sports News
On Thursday 15th March 22 children took part in The Newcastle Schools Cross Country Championships at Blakelaw Park. All of the children gave their best and tried really hard. We had some excellent individual performances from Darren Dryden 14th in Yr 3/4 boys, Lauren Weatherson 17th in Yr 5/6 girls and Kieran Patterson 10th in Yr 5/6 boys races.
Following the Newcastle United Foundation – Premier League Schools Tournament, Disney Channel have been in touch and have provided details of when the Goalmouth show will be televised – so you and your children can relive the event. Goalmouth is on Disney XD every Thursday at 5pm from 23rd February. There are episode repeats on Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m. Goalmouth will run for 6 weeks and then return after Easter at the slightly later time of 5.30 p.m. from 26th April. The “Premier League Schools’ Tournament: the Road to the Emirates” will feature each week from 26th April until 31st May. HOW TO WATCH DISNEY XD IN THE UK: Sky & Sky HD - Channel 607; Virgin - Channel 707
Please let us know if your child is ill by ringing 0191 286 9297 and select option 1 and inform us of the reasons why – thank you
Recently we’ve experienced an increasing issue with the non-payment of school dinners… can we please stress how important it is that we receive the money due every week (£1.90 per day / £9.50 per week)
Packed lunch drinks – Please could we remind you that children are not allowed to bring in fizzy pop or energy drinks as part of their packed lunch.
We have rehearsals for Roald Dahl’s Goldilocks every Monday after school – If your child is involved can you please make sure they attend so as not to let the rest of the cast down.
Free trampolining sessions are held every Saturday between 1pm and 3pm at Scotswood Sports Centre.
As you know Hilton Primary School promotes an anti-smoking policy, we have been asked by other parents/visitors to kindly request that smokers do not congregate around the school gates as the children need to safely have access.
Newburn – Could we remind parents/carers that children attending Newburn need to bring PE Kit into school and also a bottle of water.
Sun Safety – please ensure your child comes to school with sun cream on during warm days and also make sure their shoulders are covered.
Dinner Menus – can we please request that you only change your Child’s meal plans at the beginning of every term and not on a weekly basis.
Don’t forget you can always find out more about our school by looking at our zone blogs, our Facebook and Twitter pages. Our website is currently under construction – we’ll give you information once we’re up and running with the new site!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS!
We will try and answer all of your questions here, but we are always more than happy to speak to you in person in school. The best time to catch us is before 8:50am or at the end of the school day. If you want a longer chat, please make an appointment by phoning the school on 0191 286 9297.
If you prefer, you can e-mail us as well:
Mr. Heeley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Herron – email@example.com
You can read the latest school newsletter by clicking here.
Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit in school every day of the week. School PE kit consists of…
Plain white t shirt (a small logo is fine) OR Hilton Primary School Hoodie
Blue or black plain shorts OR jogging bottoms
Trainers or plimsolls
Reading and Homework
We encourage children to read every night at home and for parents/carers to read with their child at least three times per week. In year 6 children are encouraged to record what and when they have read in their homework diaries. By doing this they are becoming more independent readers. If your child reads at home at night, they should then move their ‘Rocket Reader’ in class the next morning – this helps us keep track of who is reading regularly at home. We also expect children to bring their home-school reading book into school every day as your child uses their book to read in our independent reading time.
In year 6 we will set a homework journal task every week. This will usually be a question or a specific challenge. We encourage the children to use a double page of their homework journal for every entry. They can include both writing and pictures in their journal. If you would like more guidance on the homework journals please do not hesitate to speak to either Mr. Heeley or Miss Herron in school.
Your child will also bring home a list of spellings to be learnt every Wednesday. These will be tested during your child’s Read, Write, Inc lesson the following Wednesday.
In maths, your child’s teacher may also set them tasks online at the My Maths website. Each child has their own log in for this website and the My Maths website can be accessed by clicking here.