Hamsterley School News – September 2010

School Unfortunately, we missed the deadline for the last parish magazine but there has been so much going on at school during the holidays and since the start of term, we wanted to keep you all updated with school life with this special bulletin.


Recent Events

Welcome to our New Starters

In September, we welcomed 5 new starters who have settled in really well. They are; Zach, Lily, Anna, Robbie and Anthony. Welcome to you all and we hope you have a wonderful school life at Hamsterley.

Thankyou Volunteers

During the summer holidays, a working party of friends, parents, governors and staff came into the school and helped with decorating, cleaning and rearranging furniture in preparation for the new term. We also had outside contractors to help us with some structural changes.

The changes include:

  • A new ‘Welcome’ sign at the entrance.
  • A large world map on the hall wall (Thanks to Steve Lee and his power drill!).
  • ‘Buddy Bench’ in the playground.
  • We created a new design technology/art area.
  • Relocated the early years area for better access and planning.
  • Redecorated both Class1 and Class 2 toilets.
  • New computer suite.
  • A new projector and screen is awaiting installation.
  • Mrs Cowans old office has now been transformed into a new kitchen area for pupil sessions and Friends of the School. We also run the healthy tuck shop from here.
  • New fencing and gates have been erected around the pupil entrance to make access more secure.

Many thanks to everyone who gave of their time. We hope the children like the changes!

Robinwood Trip

In early September, Class 2 children enjoyed a weekend residential visit to Robinwood Activity centre, near Alston, where they had the opportunity to enjoy river walking, climbing, bouldering, obstacle course, high swing, trapeze, zip wire and a piranha pool! The children had an absolutely fantastic time and we hear that the teachers enjoyed it just as much!

After School Clubs

This term we are enjoying the following:

  • Tuesday; ‘Art and Klart’ for Class 1 and Media Studies for Class 2.
  • Wednesday; Football for years 1-6.
  • Thursday; we hope to have a dance club soon.

Friends of the School

A big thanks to the Friends of the School who held a well attended social evening at the end of last term and also ran a successful cake stall at the Hoppings. We now have a new football strip provided by the Friends, which the children proudly wear.

Fantastic Results!

We really wanted to tell you about the excellent SAT’s achievements that last year’s Year 6 pupils achieved. Whilst we cannot give out detailed information, we are delighted to inform you that the majority of pupils achieved the highest grade possible for both Maths and English. There were some significant improvements during the last term by a number of pupils to bring them up to the highest level attained. Well done all! We wish them ongoing success at secondary school.

Our Year 2 pupils also achieved excellent results in their Key Stage 1 tests.

Coming Soon…

Future Events Include…..

  • Monday 18th October – Lights Camera, Action – pilot session on presentation skills and media for Class 2.
  • Tuesday 19th October – Tim Dalling theatre workshop for the whole school, involving music, drama and lots of FUN!
  • Later, that night, Tim is performing his one man show at the village hall. Call Jaquie on 488323 for tickets.
  • Thursday 21st October – Harvest Festival at St James – starting at 9.15am.


Fancy Dress Halloween Party!

This will be held on Sunday 31st October in the village hall from 5pm until 7pm and is open to children of all ages. Please dress up in your most ghoulish costumes! There will be games and a lantern competition.

£2 per ticket including a hot dog and a drink. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult (accompanying adults don’t pay)

The Parental Support Association for our region is also running a Halloween Event at school during the half term holiday  – Wednesday 27 October 10am-12noon, children must be accompanied by an adult – £1 per child (under 2’s  go free). Opportunity to make craft items and some edible treats, all Halloween related. Bookings should be made through Flis Chesters (Healthy Food Advisor) on 07770 872483.

And Finally…………

….some exciting news to come from our recent school tidy up.

Isn’t it amazing the things you find when you start to clean out cupboards?

When clearing out the school cupboards and boxes, we found a number of old records of the school, some dating back to the 1870’s and including a ‘Punishment Book’ from 1921-1970! I wonder how many of the older Hamsterley residents are featured in this?!

Data protection regulations under both a 30 year rule and a 100 year rule mean that some of this information cannot be circulated (such as the Punishment Book!).

Nevertheless, there are still a number of fascinating records that can be accessed and made available to the public. This has got a few of us very excited, including a certain local historian from Ravensford Farm!

One particularly interesting note taken from the School Log Book is the following;

‘February 23rd 1939…..His Majesty the King visited Hamsterley today. The school was closed at 11.45am and re-opened at 1.25pm, after the royal party had passed. The children were taken out again at 2pm and school re-opened at 2.20pm, ie: after their Majesties had re-passed.’

The full list includes:

Hamsterley School list of subscribers 1870-1904, Log Book of School events from 1923, Admission Registers for 1875, 1895, 1910, 1945, Sales Book 1905-1975, Punishment Book 1921-1970, Visitors Book 1905, Statements of Accounts 1899-1938, Stock and Stores Book 1964, Syllabus Book- undated, Stock Book 1977, A Log Book, undated and locked by a clasp!

We are currently taking advice from various sources as to the best way of preserving these documents and also making them accessible

(There is a history of events at the school between 1870 and 1940 on the Organisations/School page.)

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