Wellfield Middle School Newsletter

14 October 2016

Dear Parents, Carers, Friends and Governors

Teacher Training Day

Please note we will be holding a training day on Monday, 31st October 2016, this is the Monday immediately following half term.

High School Applications

Please note the closing date for High School Applications is 28th October 2016.

School Photographs

The school photographer will be in school next Tuesday to take school photographs.

Medication in School

We would like to remind all parents/carers that, if a pupil needs to take medication during school hours, arrangements must be made with the school beforehand.

If medication is to be taken on a short term basis e.g. antibiotics, the necessary form is available in the Parents section on the website (Letters section/file)

For long term medication please contact either Mrs Pattinson or Mrs Henderson via the school office.

Ski Trip

We’re delighted to confirm that we have received an excellent response to our recent “ski trip” letter and we are now in a position to move forward with a ski trip for travel in this academic year.

To ensure that this is both an enjoyable and safe experience for your children, we will be working closely with Marcus Tinsley, an experienced outdoor education advisor who runs the NSSA- The Newcastle Schools Ski Association.

Resort: France - Alpe Dhuex or Serre Chevalie (to be confirmed)

When: Saturday 25th February 2017- Saturday 4th March 2017

Cost: £770.00 (non- refundable deposit of £100.00 is required by Tuesday 1st November 2016)

We understand that you may have many questions, therefore we invite you to attend our: “family ski trip meeting” on Thursday 20th October at 18.00hrs.

Harvest Festival

The school will be collecting items for the Bay Food Bank at this year's Harvest Festival on 21st October. If parents and families can possibly donate any of the following items it would be greatly appreciated. Children can bring them into school at any time next week.

The basic list for food items they are usually after is as follows:

  • Long Life Milk*
  • Tea Bags
  • Coffee
  • Jam/Spread*
  • Tinned Fish (Tuna etc)
  • Tinned Meat (Spam etc)*
  • Tinned Meat in Gravy/Chilli/Curry/Stew
  • Meatballs
  • Hotdogs
  • Pies
  • Tinned Vegetables (Sweetcorn, Peas etc)
  • Tinned Potatoes
  • Soup
  • Tinned Pasta (Spaghetti/Hoops/Macaroni etc)
  • Tinned Fruit (Peaches etc)
  • Rice Pudding
  • Custard (Tin or Packet)
  • Biscuits
  • Savoury Snacks (Crisps etc)*
  • Sweet Snacks (Chocolate etc)
  • Baby Food (Tins/Jars/Packet)

*denotes food we often run low on

WEAR RED DAY

We will be holding a Wear Red Day on Friday 21st October to support Show Racism the Red Card campaign. Please could students wear Red non-uniform and donate a £1 to this worthy cause.
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Show Racism the Red Card Workshops

On Monday 10th of October KS2 had some people come in to help us learn about racism and how it affects people. These amazing people came from the charity, Show Racism the Red card. We had a PE lesson with one of the instructors called Paul. These are some of the games that we played:
-Football
-Netball
-Head & catch
In the afternoon we learned about racism and how much it can affect others' lives. We listened to stories about real people. Their names were: Jack, Alisha and Serena.
We also discussed which words are OK to use and some that are not. We hope that they come back again to show the future KS2.
Georgia and Connie, 6KW

At the workshop I learned that some words were more racist than others and there are 4 ways to tell if it's racist or not: nationality, culture, skin colour and religion. Show racism the red card teaches kids to understand what racism is and not to do it in the future . I enjoyed the PE lesson it was very fun playing lots of the games .
Amelia, 6KW

I learnt about racism and about the words you should use and you shouldn't use. I agree with SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD, no more racism, make it stop today!
Jamie, 6SE

This was an amazing day and I really enjoyed getting coached by a professional footballer.
Amelie, 5GY

Yesterday we learned about racism . I enjoyed fitness fun, we did football and I scored a goal! Me, Thomas and Sam were on the same team with Rosie, Alex and Natalie.
I was surprised by words we discussed, I've heard a lot that are racist.
Lucas, 5KB

I enjoyed fitness fun and learning about racism because some words you think aren't racist, actually are and some you think are, actually aren't. I cannot believe that racism goes back hundreds of years.
Etania, 5KB


To see photos and more reflections, click here.

Key Stage 3 Girls football

The Wellfield Year 7 and 8 girls took to the stage at The Soccer Dome to compete in the FA Girls Football Week. The Year 7’s were up against some very strong sides, as well as the tournament being their first opportunity to play as a team together. Although they played fantastically well, showed some great teamwork and played with a lot of passion and effort, they got knocked out after the league round.

Wellfield Year 8’s then were up; the 2 different teams got put into 2 different leagues, each as hard as one another. The girls played their socks off and never stopped running, tackling and shooting. Unfortunately, one of our girls’ teams got knocked out in the league round. However, the other got through to the semi-final. The girls played as well as they could, hitting the cross-bar, putting huge tackles in and some great all-round teamwork. All of the girls should be very pleased with their efforts. Well done girls!

Netball

The netball season has finally got under way for Y8 . The Y8 girls have played their first games against Valley Gardens Middle School and Marden Bridge Middle School.The girls played really well , unfortunately losing both games.

Well done to The Y5 and Y6 girls who played at Marden Bridge Middle School on Thursday. Again some really good performances . Great to see so much enthusiasm and team work.

Y7 girls have to wait until the end of November for their first game.

Netball practise every Monday all girls welcome .

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Book Buddies

We have introduced a new initiative in reading where, once a fortnight, your child will pair up with a member of another year group and read with each other, discuss books and hopefully, form a friendship through mentorship. We have been delighted with the response from the older mentors in Year 7 and 8, and having undergone some training this week, we hope that they will go on to help their younger peers develop a life-long love of reading.

Because of this initiative, there is now an expectation that children will carry a reading book with them, in addition to their planner and pencil case, so that they are able to access reading materials on a daily basis. We would strongly encourage you to chat to your son or daughter about this book buddy program and support them in their reading at least 3 times a week at home by signing in their planner stating when and how much they have read. Please feel free to make comments if you would like to as these are regularly checked by tutors and English staff.

We look forward to watching our pupil's love of reading blossom!

Mr Evans

Wellfield Readers Recommend...

Rent A Bridesmaid by Rowan, 6KW

My favourite book is called 'Rent A Bridesmaid' By Jacqueline Wilson. I loved this book because it was full of emotion, happiness and curiosity. I recommend it to female readers of 9 to 12 years. You should read this if you are a fan of: Jaqueline Wilson's books, fashion or diary layout stories. It is about a girl called Matilda (Tilly for short) and she really wants to be a bridesmaid (using a friend's old bridesmaid dress.) Later on she secretly she puts an advert to rent herself as a bridesmaid in her newsagent's shop and gets a few replies...

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by Daniel R, 6SB

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is an amazing book, full of adventure, suspense and action. It is absolutely amazing, written by JK Rowling and is the fourth book in the series.

It is about a young Harry Potter, whose parents died at the hands of a dark wizard named, Voldemort. He now lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin, who are all despicable.

Every year he goes to a secret wizarding school...Hogwarts! Find out what happens this year by reading the book.

* * * * * 5 star rating

Gangster Granny by Kate C, 6SE

'Gangsta Granny' by David Walliams is a book about Ben, a boy who hates his granny; she's really like your textbook granny: she has white hair, false teeth, tissues tucked up her sleeve... and one more thing, she's an international jewel thief who stinks of cabbage.

The book puts you on the edge of your seat, you can never put down. If you haven't read it, not even the blurb you must be insane! Get out of your seat and go and buy the book and then read it for yourself and you will see that it is amazing.

The Hobbit by Samuel T, 6SB

I have been reading 'The Hobbit' for a few weeks now and although I have not yet finished it, I am really enjoying it.

The basic plot is that a Hobbit called Bilbo Baggins joins a group of dwarfs to reclaim their lost gold. It is extremely exciting and there are lots of encounters.

My favourite character is Bilbo Baggins because he doesn't want to go on an adventure.

4 and 1/2 stars rating

Rat Burger by Ellie G, 5GY

I think everybody should read Rat Burger by David Walliams. It is a very funny book and my favourite character is Burt because at night he goes looking for rats to kill. He kills the rats and then puts them in the burgers and then sells them but does not make a lot of money!


* * * * * 5 star rating

Rose in the Blitz by Olivia, 6SB

Rose in Blitz by Rebecca Stevens is a book about a girl called Rose and her Great-Aunt Cosy, who thinks she is in World War I.

My favourite character is Rose because she goes on a mysterious journey with her dog to find her Aunt Cosy who goes missing. She meets lots of new friends on the way.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Script Edition by Olivia, 5CS

Olivia recommends the book, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Script Edition'. This is a really good book if you enjoy reading plays as it has a range of stage directions and all the usual characters; Harry, Ron, Hermione etc.


* * * * * 5 star rating

Retelling of Matilda by Alfie, 6SE

Would you like to listen to a traumatising tale that will send a chill down your spine? It all started one dreary, crisp morning in the playground at Crunchem Hall School. Matilda was quietly chatting to Lavender when all of a sudden, the playground went silent.

"Amanda Thripp!" yelled the savage brute. "COME HERE! Why have you got those horrid tails sticking out of your head?"

"MY mummy likes them," yelped Amanda gingerly. "She thinks they look pretty."

"I don't care what your mummy thinks!" bellowed the Trunchbull. "She's a dweeb!" and with that, she grabbed the child by her long hair and started swinging her round and round.

Lost Property

There is a large quantity of un-named lost property in school. If your child has lost anything, please check the boxes in the school entrance. Any unclaimed items will be disposed of at the end of this half term. .

All items brought to school should be clearly marked with the pupil's full name.

School Council are raising funds via The Giving Machine.

Remember! When you are buying Christmas presents online, make sure that you generate a free cash donation with every purchase via www.TheGivingMachine.co.uk. There are over 1500 of the most popular stores taking part in the program making it so easy for you to make difference without it costing you a penny more than the normal purchase price of your item.

CISV International Camps

We have been sent the attached information about International Camps available for pupils in Year 6.


I am attaching an invitation for your current Year 6 children to apply for a place at one of our 2017 International Summer Villages.

CISV offers a fun and exciting experience, but there is a lot more to us than that. Our international programmes are based on sound principles of experiential learning and objectives, and on our peace education curriculum.



Please see here for details

Application Form

Bursary Information

Well done!

Well done to Jevan, who assisted with a road traffic accident which occurred last night. Jevan remained calm throughout the whole situation, he went to get assistance immediately, he took control of the situation by taking the family dog home, and looking after the sibling while assistance was being sort. After the emergency services took control of the situation, he asked the mum she would like him know how the victim was.

Well done to Jevan, we are so proud of him and he is an inspiration to other pupils in the school.

Congratulations and Well done!

Extracurricular Activities so far.....

Monday morning Year 6 Gym

Monday after school All years Netball,Robotics Club

Tuesday morning Year 7 Girls Gym

Wednesday morning Year 7 Boys Gym

Wednesday lunch KS3 Gymnastics, Choir

Wednesday after school Karate, Art Club

Thursday morning Year 8 Gym

Thursday after school All years football, Steel Pans

Friday morning Year 8 Gym

Dates for your Diary

18 October School Photographs

20 October Year 7 Trip to Warkworth Castle

20 October Key Stage 3 Ski Trip Meeting 6pm

21 October Wear Red Day

21 October Harvest Festival

24-28th October- HALF TERM

31 October Teacher Training Day

29 November Year 5 Trip to Great North Museum Planetarium

9 December Tyne Theatre Pantomime, All pupils, more details to follow.