Wellfield Middle School Newsletter
11 November 2016
Dear Parents, Carers, Friends and Governors
Year 5 iPad Lease Scheme
We will be holding an additional Question and Answer session after school on Thursday, 17th November at 3:30pm for anyone with additional queries.
For more information about the scheme, please see the Lease scheme details on our website.
Beauty and the Beast at the Tyne Theatre
The trip costs £14. Permission slips and more details are available here.
Year 5 trip to the Tyneside Cinema
Students will be visiting on either 24th November or 5th December.
We’re delighted to announce that Choir practice commenced this week for all pupils who wish to participate.
When: Tuesday 8th November 2016 at 3.30pm-4.30pm then every Tuesday (term-time only up to 13/12/16 inclusive)
Where: Wellfield Middle School- main hall
Who: All pupils- subject to receipt of parent/ carer permission form
Cost: No charge
I really enjoyed the trip to Warkworth Castle (although we didn't get to see any ghosts!) and I was really happy that the weather wasn't too bad. It was a very interesting day and I liked it a lot. Holly Turner 7HR
We had lovely weather so we could explore the castle grounds without rain and enjoy a restful lunch on the grass. We learned many interesting facts such as how the castle was defended and what life was like in the castle. Ella Bullock 7HR
Newcastle University's STEM Ambassador Chemistry Workshops
What's the Matter?
Pupils learned about the properties of materials and particularly focused on 'colloids' - a substance microscopically dispersed evenly throughout another substance, for example, mayonnaise, shaving foam and jam.
The most exciting part of the workshops was an experiment to make 'elephant's toothpaste', which exploded out of a large conical flask.
School Council receive a Silver Award from Councillor McGarr, Chairman of North Tyneside
Councillor McGarr gave a speech and congratulated our school council on it's contribution to school life and democracy and presented our Silver Award.
Well done to all of School Council members, we are very proud of you!
Local author, Chris Callaghan, shares his story about a 'chocopocolypse' with KS2.
The Great Chocoplot
He came into school this week to work with a group of Year 6 pupils and inspire them to read and write for pleasure. He talked about the inspiration for his book, coming up with the word, 'chocopoclypse' and his love of all things Roald Dahl, particularly his creativity when inventing new words.
Chris read extracts from his book and asked pupils to describe the characters from illustrations, using a thesaurus to expand on their own words, and to be creative and make up their own descriptive vocabulary.
Pupils also worked in teams to write their own chocolate-themed story incorporating lots of well-known chocolate bars, with great results!
All of KS2 had a special assembly with Chris and learned lots about chocolate and took part in a debate about what could possibly be worse than a world without chocolate.
Chris stayed through lunch to sign copies of his book, but didn't have time to finish them all and has promised to return before the end of term to sign more.
Unfortunately, he has no books left to sell directly, but they can be purchased from bookshops and brought in to be signed on the day.
Auditions for Jane Eyre
Award-winning writer Anne Dalton invites highly talented and committed youngsters and adults to audition for the chance to perform alongside her professional cast. This brilliant new production offers them a unique opportunity to be part of an exciting original creative experience. Because of the distinctive nature of the piece ABD is looking for a wide range of auditionees who have previous choral and/or performance experience. There are also opportunities for a select group of senior and junior skilled dancers who can cope with a variety of styles.
AUDITIONS Sunday 13th November at Billingham Forum Theatre
Production Dates 22nd – 25th February 2017
A number of our students have performed in ABD productions at Whitley Bay Playhouse in the past. Please note, the rehearsals and performances for this production are in the Billingham area. There is more information here.
Congratulations and Well done!
Well done Noah, very impressive!
Noah attempted and passed his black belt grading this week and worked very hard to achieve this. He had a 6 month assessment followed by a week long intensive assessment.
Throughout Noah has had to learn a new martial art, teach kickboxing to his peers, develop and deliver a presentation to his assessors, spar and train with senior kickboxers, do intensive fitness drills and technique drills, read 2 martial art books (that have been written for adults) and answer questions on them.
We are very proud of you Noah!
'Talent for Writing' in Year 6
Well done to Katie Carr-Scott, Evie Carlisle Duhil, Charlotte Scott, Daisy Spry and Olivia Cowen - their work will be published in a book early next year.
Year 7 Super Science Home learning
Extracurricular Activities so far.....
Year 6 Gym- Morning (MW)
Year 5 Skipping club- Lunch time (BH)
Girls Netball- After School (JG/CS)
Robotics Club - After School
Year 7 Girls Gym- Morning (KB)
KS3 Volleyball- Lunch time (KB)
Cricket club- After School (KB)
Choir - After School
Year 7 Boys Gym- Morning (KB)
Dance club- Lunch time (KB)
Karate Club- After School
Art Club - After School
Year 8 Gym- Morning (KB)
KS2 boy’s football- Lunch time (MW)
Year 8 Gym- Morning (KB)
Also, anyone interested in dancing in the Pantomime can attend lunchtime rehearsals, the times will be announced each week by Mrs Bolam.
Dates for your Diary
29 November Year 5 Trip to Great North Museum Planetarium
9 December Tyne Theatre Pantomime, All pupils, more details to follow.