Valley Gardens News
Kindness - Resilience - Respect
22nd December 2022
Message from the Headteacher
We've finally made it to the end of a long term. It's been a successful term with pupils excelling in all sorts of ways both in school and out. It has been great to hear about our pupils who have been selected for county and national competitions in various sports, and it has been wonderful to see so many of our pupils showcasing their musical talents in the various performances that we have held so far this year. I must publicly thank all of the staff who give their time, week in week out, regardless of the weather, to give extra opportunities for our pupils. We are currently offering over 50 extra curricular clubs per week, which is a staggering offer for any school.
Our school, like many others, is struggling to cope with staff absences currently, and we are working our hardest to prevent any disruption to our pupils' education. We are particularly short of staffing in our admin team at the moment, so I must apologise if you are struggling to get through to the office or it is taking us longer than usual to return phone calls; we hope to have this situation rectified as soon as possible in the new year and we appreciate your patience in the meantime.
Many thanks for your continuing support - it is very much appreciated.
Have a great Christmas and New Year.
9th Jan - Pupils Return to School
14th - 21st Jan - Y8 Ski Trip to France
16th Jan - Parent Forum Meeting 6-7pm
18th Jan - Year 6 & 7 Child Measurement Programme
20th Jan - Year 6 Books Home
24th Jan - Year 6 Parents Evening 1 (Virtual)
26th Jan - Year 6 Parents Evening 2 (Virtual)
27th Jan - Year 6 Parent Tours
30th Jan - Snowzone (Ski Trip Austria Pupils)
31st Jan - Ski Trip Austria Parent Meeting
2nd Feb - Scottish National Ballet - Snow Queen
3rd Feb - Year 8 Books Home
7th Feb - Year 8 Parents Evening 1 (Virtual)
9th Feb - Year 8 Parents Evening 2 (Virtual)
10th Feb - Year 8 Parent Tours
16th Feb - SATs Evening for Year 6 Parents
17th Feb - Careers Event Year 8 (AM)
w/c 20th February - Half Term Holiday
Term Dates 2022/23
Fundraising in School
On Friday 4th November Valley Gardens supported the organisation Tin on a Wall by collecting non-perishable food and other essentials to support local charities including food banks. Thanks to the generosity of all of you 222.25kgs was collected which is the equivalent of 1 and a half panda bears! An amazing achievement and one that will support lots of people who are struggling this Christmas. You should all be very proud. To find out more information about the charity and how to become a volunteer please visit https://tinonawall.co.uk/, maybe you could start doing it on your street/estate.
Children in Need raised £692.
Project Based Learning
Y7 Crest Award Project
This term, two of our PBL groups in Year 7 have been working towards their Bronze Crest Award. They were challenged with the STEM question 'what makes a bath bomb fizzy?'
The Bronze Crest Award introduces pupils to project work, empowering them to work like real scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
Street Science Year 8
We have had an unprecedented uptake for our street science group this year. Our fantastic Year 8 street scientists have shown incredible initiative and independence in planning, preparing and delivering their exciting sessions to the Year 5 classes. Their activities have included everything from making crystals and setting off pop rockets, to making ooblek and investigating electrostatics. They have been developing their skills in science communication and enthusing the next generation of scientists. Well done Street scientists of 2022/23!
Germany Trip 03rd-09th December 2022
I think the best part of the Germany trip was the Christmas Markets as we could practice our German and explore the culture through shops and food. I also really enjoyed Phantasialand as there were a variety of areas from around the world. All of the people were very friendly. It was a lovely place to stay.
Thank you for taking us! We are very grateful!
Recently I have been lucky enough to be nominated to go on the Germany trip. Whilst on the trip I have learnt some very strong life skills and had a very memorable experience. My favourite part of the trip was speaking German to all of the vendors at the Christmas Markets. Everyone was really nice and helpful. The boys in the room were very kind when I was feeling unwell. One of the best experiences was going to the Schokoladenmuseum where we got to see how the chocolate was made.
A group of our Year 8 pupils had the opportunity to visit the Newcastle Foundation building where they experienced a hands-on STEM Careers experience. Pupils learned about what the different STEM strands stand for and looked at possible careers in each of these areas. Pupils then went on to use Sphero Robots, where they used core skills needed in the STEM industries.
World of work taster day
Sports fixtures, competitions and events
Class Christmas Song Competition
Christmas Musical - Hosanna Rock!
Well done and thank you to all the children and staff who helped make the performance such a huge success.
Thanks also to all who donated to help fund future performing arts projects.
Once again it has been delightful to see our pupils spending their epraise points on a selection of different activities during our termly epraise day. This event is always enjoyable for pupils and staff and we love seeing happy smiling faces on these days. We have many pupils who still have points to spend and in the New Year there will be a selection of treats in the epraise shop for them to spend these on, or they may want to save them for the next epraise day in the spring term.
Friends of Valley Gardens
FOVG activity for this term involved a Halloween Disco for Years 5 and 6; a Christmas Disco for Years 7 and 8; and a Christmas Movie Night for Years 5 and 6, where they watched the classic film, “Elf”. We finished off the fundraising activities with our Grand Christmas Raffle, with 15 Prizes in total that were won and a lucky Year 6 pupil won the 1st Prize – a Playstation 5!
We’ve raised just over £3,000 this term and will spend this money to improve the school, either improving facilities and or technology to benefit all children attending the school.
We hope we’ve given the children some fun memories attending these events. We’d like to thank you for your continued support and look forward to hosting more events in the new Year.
Thanks to all our FoVG volunteers and teachers!
We are always looking for volunteers to help out with events, so if you are interested in becoming part of FOVG could you please contact Amber on 07944 558322.
All of the information parents require is on the school website, under public website, parent area and school meals, see link below and it will take you directly to the page;
You can also view the menus, contact Caterlink directly with any queries you may have and check your child's balance.
Uniform is available all year round from the School Office. We accept cash or cheques (made payable to Valley Gardens Middle School) or card payments in person. The order form is available on our school website.
Uniform can also be purchased from local suppliers Ann Thomas in Whitley Bay, Emblematic in Benton. The uniform standard can be viewed on hour website via this link.
Breakfast and After School Childcare
Do You Need Child Care?
Our Out of School Club offers breakfast and after school care where children can enjoy a wide range of indoor/outdoor activities in a happy, safe and caring environment.
We are based within the school in the Music Block and have our own area, designated just for us, which is packed with activities and games for the children to enjoy.
All of our staff are very experienced, appropriately qualified and DBS checked. We are registered and approved by OFSTED.
For more information please contact Jill on 07769037094.