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Many thanks to Hexham Fire Service for taking the time to come in to talk to our students about keeping safe this coming Halloween and Bonfire Night. Our students are equipped with the best advice for the coming weeks.
Two of our Key Stage 2 pupils met the full crew as an added bonus!

"There's no greater classroom than this!" was one comment from a member of the public on Longsands Beach which perfectly captured our views of our visit on Tuesday. Our studies of Robert Westall's World War 2 novel 'The Kingdom by the Sea' led us to one of the novel's main settings - Tynemouth. Year 6 enjoyed a fantastic day soaking in the atmosphere of the setting, allowing them to delve into Harry's mind and experience key locations first hand. The beach provided a perfect setting for poetry and descriptive writing, allowing all of our senses to be utilised. The pupils used materials from the sea and beach to build their own WW2 themed sculptures using their tips from Joseph (a man who lives entirely from the sea in the novel!). Collingwood's Monument provided an atmospheric setting to engage in landscape sketching to really soak in the scene. Of course, no trip to the beach would be complete without a visit to the local chippy! All 142 of us enjoyed a delicious meal on the seafront. A hugely enjoyable and inspirational day which has left us with great classroom stimulus. Look out for articles from the children themselves.

Mr Watters and Miss France

On Monday, Year Eight visited Woodhorn Colliery and archives to see the ‘Poppies Weeping Window’ installation from the Tower of London. We learned all about the significance of the poppies, each representing one British life lost during the First World War. As part of the day, the pupils were shown archived materials relating to a man named George who lived in Morpeth. We viewed the conscription form which showed he’d signed up to be a soldier at the age of 20 in October 1915 (almost exactly 100 years ago) and his medical forms which were completed at the time. We also saw a photograph of him whilst training and a post card he sent back from the trenches. The final artefact was a telegraph informing his mother of his death after a gun shot wound. It was very moving but the pupils used what they’d learned to complete their own conscription forms, (using a quill!) medical forms, and post cards from the trenches.

On the 5th October, M&M Theatrical Performances came to HMS to perform ‘Oliver’ to KS2. It was very exciting, especially as there was a workshop after the performance!

‘Oliver’ is a brilliant storyline altogether. The characters are great, the drama is overwhelming; but sometimes theatre groups have trouble putting the story into a musical. M&M Theatrical Productions have really shown everyone, especially me, what a beautiful story ‘Oliver’ is.

There were some funny scenes, like with Mr Dickens the parrot; and some tragic scenes, like the beginning scene or the end one where Nancy dies. Altogether, it was a fantastic performance.

In the workshop, we learnt how to make our voices old and croaky like Fagin’s, change quickly during performances and we even got a sneak peek at the actors’ favourite sound effects.

I definitely hope that M&M Productions perform at our school again!

Anna, Year 6

Reminder for parents that school will close for pupils on Thursday 22 October 2015.  There will also be a Pastoral Evening on Thursday from 4.00pm to 6.30pm.

There will be a staff training day on Friday 23 October 2015.

School re-opens after half term on Monday 2 November 2015.