Mrs Shaw's Visit
Last week Mrs Shaw returned to SDPS with members of her staff to discuss our excellent Design Technology with Mrs Tough. She contacted me later to say that they were inspired by their discussion and have lots of new ideas to take into their school. At the same time she also commented as to how wonderful our school looked with the many vibrant displays of children's work.
Darlington Teachers' Visit
On Friday we hosted Mr Peacock and two teachers from two schools within the Carmel Education Trust to see how we teach writing and the exceptional standards our children reach. It was a delight to spend the morning discussing writing and the team returned to Darlington refreshed and ready to plan their next steps. It is a relationship I hope we can foster in the months to come.
This week we celebrate the achievements of those children who have made at least 3 sub stages of progress in maths during the Autumn term, whatever their starting point. Mr. Smith, who leads maths in the school, has issued parents with an invitation to Wednesday's award ceremony. Congratulations to the many children who will receive a certificate.
School Council Tackle Policy Writing
The School Council, guided by Mrs Taylor, are reviewing and revising the school's anti bullying policy. Rachel Jackson from the NSPCC has volunteered to support them in return for a fundraising project which they agreed to. This Tuesday she will be explaining the sponsored event to the children during assembly when they will receive the official forms to take home.
This week our workshops for parents move onto demystifying the many ways to teach multiplication. Last week parents from Years 1-4 enjoyed the addition and subtraction sessions but this week we are hoping that parents of children in Yrs 5 and 6 will also come along. The workshops last around half an hour and will help you to work with your child at home.
Calling All Football Mad Dads
We have been contacted by Usworth Colliery Primary School who are trying to set up a football tournament for dads' teams. If you are interested in being a player in a SDPS dads' squad please leave your name at the school office and we will keep you informed of any developments.
Other Sporting Events
There is a netball tournament after school on Wednesday and a swimming gala on Thursday afternoon.
This week our theme is education.