Epinay News

aPRIL 2016

School showcase

Congratulations to all our pupils who starred and helped with our Showcase concert held on Tuesday 22nd March. We always look forward to our end of term events and this year was no exception! WELL DONE

Epinay School's Community Garden

Wooohooo…..Epinay School came second in the Tesco’s Bags of Help programme and will receive £10,000 to develop a Woodland Learning Walk.

Our new learning areas and woodland walks will combine natural environment with sensory experiences and provide educational and therapeutic benefits to children, their families and the local community.

Thanks to you all who supported and voted for our project

Great North Run 2016

If anybody would like to run for Team Epinay and needs a GNR number - we still have 3 charity places left!

Contact Dianne Mountain at Epinay School

email: dmountain@epinay.org

We are delighted to have 11 runners taking part in this year's Great North Run on Sunday 11th September, raising funds for Epinay School. You can sponsor all our runners online by visiting our school website www.epinay.org/events

You can also make a donation using your mobile phone -

- text EPIN41 £amount to 70070

Good luck Team Epinay: Colin Becke, Dianne Mountain, Melanie Soutar, Carrie Welsh, Craig Burnside, Stephen Harrison, Carla Burden, Laura Finlay, Ashleigh Walker, Suzanne Baker and Paul Rosen (from Sweden).

Sport Relief

On Friday 18th March, pupils took a very active part in raising money for Sports Relief. Following a whole school assembly, the primary classes completed a treasure hunt, Post-16 did face painting and seniors took part in Mrs Walsh’s sports challenge. The red raffle, as always, drew a great response and prizes were many red cups, chocolates, pens and face cloths.

We raised a fantastic £214.05 - Well done everyone

ENTERPRISE - sparkly 7

The enterprise group, Sparkly 7 have continued to develop their business skills through the development of a new range of products. They established a “pop-up” shop filled with unique Valentine products and developed their communication and marketing skills as they sold their wares. For Easter they have produced Washcloth bunnies, a new product available from the team at pocket money prices.

International Links

Epinay School were delighted to have students from Germany, Tom and Florian, on work placement from 29th February until Wednesday 16th March. Working alongside Primary 1 and Primary 3; Tom, Florian and our primary pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They also immensely enjoyed visiting some of our local sites and tourist attractions. We hope to keep in touch with our new friends and develop potential future foreign exchange trips.

British Science Week 2016

Through a grant received from the Institute of Physics the school has been able to purchase a 3D printer. The printer was setup ready for British Science Week.

Having access to modern, exciting equipment within school offers good practical learning for pupils and enhances cross-curriculas programmes in maths, science, art and design as well as developing creative and imaginative projects.


PULSE….great news….our Epinay entertainers 'Pulse' performed at Dance City in February and have been selected to perform at the Regional finals at Dance City. Well done.

In addition, Epinay School has been given a choreography Award from Liberdade Dance Company. The Award offers one of our pupils the opportunity to choreograph their own piece of work, mentored by Michael Heatley, and perform the piece at Dance City and other platforms across the North East. Such a fabulous chance which may open doors to new opportunities!

Post-16 @ Epinay

Post-16 has had a slightly disrupted term with the unexpected temporary closure of Bede’s World and therefore our inability to access our Jarrow Hall rooms. Thanks though have to go to Mark Black for allowing us to take temporary residence in the luxurious Clervaux Exchange. Thanks also to Rohm and Haas for providing furniture for our temporary rooms.

The Friends of Epinay have also supported us by providing polo shirts. Although uniform is not compulsory in Post-16, our students decided that some form of identifiable and unifying clothing would be of benefit

Thank you to Big Local for the grant to purchase a shed for Post-16. Great storage for our outdoor programmes.

Post-16 has undertaken First Aid training from the British Red Cross, particularly aimed at coping with incidents that may happen in their age group. Melanie Wallace, our instructor said “they have been a fantastic and inspirational group of young people to work with.”

As part of the suite of ASDAN qualifications being studied, they have looked in depth at some conservation charities. This has meant some fabulous, if slightly muddy visits to the National Trust Wallington Estate. The group also volunteered at an out-door charity event in Hexham on 5th March, students braved the cold and wet and were remarkable considering it was a very long day!

Forest School

We are delighted to be working with Clervaux Nursery and accessing their forest school facilities that offer an innovative approach to learning and allows children to explore and engage in learning through positive outdoor experiences. Activities aim to enhance the creative curriculum and support children's natural curiosity.


Parents/carers/families and the local community are welcome to come along to our monthly coffee drop-in. The drop-in’s are held monthly and the next session is:

on Thursday 28th April 1.30-2.30pm at Epinay School

Please come and join us, call in for a cuppa, a chat, meet others and find out more about school projects, access information and support fundraising events.

Supported by the Friends of Epinay.

The Friends of Epinay work with volunteers, plan fundraising events and support school programmes. This year, the Friends group have raised over £3,000 through fayres, raffles and events. They have purchased a range of school equipment and resources, including:

*Waterproofs for primary and forest school

*Polo tops for Post-16 students

*Bug-club, Rapid-plus, Knowledge Box resources

*Microwave for the life-skills room

*New sensory equipment

These purchases would not have been possible without the support from staff, pupils, parents/carers and the local community. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.


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Cancer research uk - relay for life

Sign up now to join this year's 22-hour event which is taking place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of July at Monkton stadium. Contact Ann Walsh for further details (annwalsh11@aol.com)

Epinay Business and Enterprise School

Clervaux Terrace, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear. NE32 5UP

Telephone: 0191 4898949