On Wednesday, we are welcoming the fantastic M&M Theatre Productions who will be performing C S Lewis's classic fantasy adventure, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The story is a real children's classic and forms one of the whole class novels Year 4 are studying this year.
A Big Thank You
To everyone who made our World Book Day event such a wonderful success. It was fantastic and photographs from this are beginning to appear across the website and our Twitter feed @sdps13. Our theme: Heroes and Villains really captured the children and staff's imaginations, with 101 Dalmatians, Marvel, Mary Poppins and Peter Pan particularly prominent. A special well done to Beau in Yr 6 - whose Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde costume - was eye catching and especially creative and our staff - of course - whose energy and hard work is essential for events like this. We are still wading through photographs - including entries for our extreme reading, thank you and keep them coming in.
This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Sanderson - the original headteacher at Seaburn Dene, as part of our discussions around marking the opening of this fantastic school. While children were initially admitted in April 1969, the official opening didn't actually occur until the October, which is when we will be marking it. Miss Sanderson, now 92, amazingly qualified as a teacher in 1946 and taught at West Southwick, then Redby before arriving at a new Seaburn Dene. Over the course of her career (until 1986), the school's roll moved from one form to 1.5 and then two and she remembers, with fondness overnight residentials - with classes - at Moor House in Durham and how the school grew and developed. Our school council, who have been busy formulating ideas for the events later this year, have been invited to go and meet/interview her next month. It should be fascinating. In the build-up to events in October, we would welcome any thoughts, photographs, reports, memories from ex-pupils and staff for our extravaganza. Just contact the school office.
Techy Tea Party
School is holding a Techy Tea Party next Friday, in the staff room from 9-11am with volunteers from EE, including one of our parents - Mrs Trotter - for parents, grandparents and carers. During the tea party, ‘Tech Know’ staff spend an hour or so with anyone who wants a bit of help with their tech challenges. This might be learning how a tablet works, setting up an email account or finding out how to shop online. Its free to attend and you are invited to bring the kit they want to learn more about and the Tech Knows bring their devices so EE staff can demonstrate what technology can do.
And finally after much deliberation, we have a shortlist of finalists in our 500 Word Letter writing competition. Mrs Tough and I sifted through the high quality entries and have two finalists from each class to go forward to final judging with Miss Purdy (who has sponsored the trophy) next Tuesday. Well done to all who put the effort in to enter the competition. It certainly paid off.