Sport Platinum Award
WE have done it! Seaburn Dene Primary has become one of the first North East schools to win the National School Games Platinum Award.
Following quickly on the heels of their recently awarded fifth consecutive School Games Gold award, we have become one an elite group of schools in England to win a new national award for making a commitment to develop its young people to be the best they can be in competitive school sport.
Seaburn Dene provides sports as diverse as gymnastics and street dance to hockey and basketball, also excelling in football, rugby and athletics.
The special School Games Platinum Award is part of the School Games Mark, a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 and administered by national charity the Youth Sport Trust. Its aim is to reward schools for a commitment to the development of competition across schools and into the community.
Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision, grading them either bronze, silver or gold, and assists schools in developing an action plan for future progress. The Platinum Award is the new fourth level of the award scheme, introduced earlier this year to celebrate schools who had shown consistently high-levels of enthusiasm and commitment to school sport. Nominations are only open to those schools who achieved five successive gold awards.
To achieve the gold award a school must meet a certain set of criteria, which includes engaging a high percentage of young people in both curricular and extracurricular activities, participating in a minimum number of competitions across different sports, and reaching out to target groups including young leaders, volunteers, and those previously identified as the school’s least-active pupils.
Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “We are pleased to introduce the new Platinum Award this year to give these exemplary schools the recognition which they deserve. We are extremely proud of all our award winners for the passion which they have shown towards the School Games and their dedication to providing opportunities for all young people to take part in competitive school sport.
Maxine Purdy, retiring headteacher at Seaburn Dene, said: “This new, higher level Platinum award is further national recognition of excellent teamwork and our continued commitment to high quality PE and School Sport at Seaburn Dene. Learning in, and through, the physical is crucial to the development of our children and to be awarded Platinum emphasises our consistency of purpose in developing the whole child.”
We are working hard to get school open tomorrow. Unfortunately, with only two caretakers between two schools, the task is immense so we are asking for your help to clear pathways into school. If you have time, a snow shovel or spade please meet us in Torver Crescent to help us to make pathways safe. Children should come wearing jeans and hoodies or sweaters tomorrow with appropriate footwear so that we can enjoy the snow at some point during the day. We have a whole field to explore!! Mr. Howe and Miss Purdy cannot wait to see you all having fun.
Due to adverse weather conditions and health and safety reasons: school is CLOSED today. Updates will be given via the school website, Sun FM and school comms. Thank you.
Our latest newsletter - hot off the press.
We have just sent out an email to the whole school, via our School Communication Systems, regarding upcoming Non Uniform Days for our Christmas Fayre. As part of a system check, can we please ask you to check your emails and if you have not received this communication can you please contact the school office ASAP. Thank you!
Mrs Baker, Systems Manager
BOOK FAIR - TUESDAY 6TH TO FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 2017
We are pleased to have The Travelling Book Company back into our school, offering a wide selection of books to buy for all age ranges. The Book Fair is set up in the Main Hall and can be accessed via the main entrance or the fire exit doors from the big yard 8.30am to 9am every morning or 3.20pm to 4pm every afternoon.
Teachers will give children the opportunity to have a look at the books during school time, hopefully making the selection of their favourite books a little easier! There is also a special offer running this year - 3 books for the price of 2! We accept cash, cheques and there is also a phone payment option.
Come along to the Book Fair and earn FREE BOOKS for our school!
Please see the letter detailing the new system for texting and emailing. The letter can be found under the Parents tab in the Downloads and Letters Section / Whole School Events. On this occasion a hard copy of the letter is also being sent out.