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A Busy Week at SDPS

The Different Faces of Britain

Today is a special day where we come off timetable to look at the diversity of modern Britain. Some staff are taking a look at food, others music, traditions and religions. Assembly today will be about Walter Tull, the grandson of a slave who became a footballer for Spurs and the first black British officer to lead troops into battle during the First World War. He died in battle and was posthumously awarded the Military Cross by David Cameron.


Relax Kids-On Wednesday we welcome Hayley Ramm from Relax Kids. She will be working with Year 3 and some "ambassadors" from Year 4 on developing techniques children can use when feeling stressed or anxious. 


Gurdwara visit-On Wednesday afternoon Year 4 will visit a Sikh temple in Newcastle guided by Cloud who has worked with the class in school. This is part of the children's Religious Education curriculum but also fits in perfectly with our Different Faces of Britain theme. Mrs Tough has sent out a letter of information to parents/carers of pupils in her class.


Durham Cathedral Leavers' Service-Year 6 will be attending the Leavers' Service at Durham Cathedral on Thursday morning. Our invitation comes directly from the Bishop of Jarrow as the service is for Church of England schools. We appreciate being welcomed to this marvellous event.


We Wonder Walk-fingers crossed for a dry morning so that this rescheduled event, organised by a group of Year 6 children, can take place.


Learning the Ukulele-Mr McNally, our enthusiastic music teacher, persuaded me to invest in 30 ukuleles so that everyone has a chance of learning how to play an instrument in Friday music lessons. They were introduced to children just before we broke up from school and, after just a few minutes, sounded great with children twanging away to familiar songs. I am sure that, with Mr. McNally's guidance, many of our children are going to be proficient in this very "on-trend" instrument. It was a brilliant suggestion!


Coming up-next Thursday (15th) is Sports Day. The long range forecast is cloudy with a little rain so let's keep our fingers crossed that the rain clouds will blow far away to sea. We always push ahead,if we are able to do so without putting children in any danger, to avoid the problems that arise if we postpone the event. Don't forget to return your lunch slip.