Hamsterley Primary School News – May 2011

Primary School signWelcome New Starters

A very warm welcome to 2 new starters. William McEwan joined the school at the beginning of the summer term and is a year 1 pupil and Joseph Bainbridge, whose family have returned to the village, has joined class 2 as a year 5 pupil. Joseph’s older sister was previously a pupil at our school.

And of course, a warm welcome to our other new ‘boy’, Canon Trevor Pitt, who has started as a Governor. Trevor is keen to be involved in school life and has offered his support to take whole school assemblies and further develop our Collective Worship annual programme.

Welcome all 3 of you!

‘Maths in Motion’

We were thrilled to hear that we have won through to the National Finals of the Jaguar ‘Maths in Motion’ Race Challenge. A team of four children will be getting up at the unearthly hour of 5am to go down to the National Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, to take part in the grand finals on June 30th. Keep your fingers crossed for us! Good luck Charlie, Harry, Olivia and Molly.

School Website

The website has been updated http://www.hamsterley.durham.sch.uk/ and now includes 360 degree ‘virtual tour’ photographs.

Bishop FM

Children from Hamsterley had a great day in school on May 16th working with Beth from Bishop FM to record an episode of their “Schools Out” show. Children helped choose and introduce the songs for the show, which was broadcast on Wednesday 18th May.


Mrs Stephens has developed links with a French school, Ecole Norbert Hѐdoin in Mesnil-Panneville, which is in North West France. The children are exchanging cards and letters to support and practise their French language skills. Bon chance!


We have received the Anti-Bullying Service Accreditation Award from Durham County Council. This award recognises the commitment the school has made to prevent and respond effectively to bullying issues. In the same week we also had our Investors in Children award renewed. Both these awards reflect the strong voice that children have within the school and the responsibility that they take for making things better both within the school and in the village community.

Volunteer support

We are so grateful to all the members of the village community who volunteer their time to help out in school. This term Stephen Morgan has been running a first aid club for our pupils on Monday, and Joan McDowell, Sue Davies and Pat Welsh have just started a knitting club on Tuesday. If you’re willing to share your skills, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

The Gardening Club

If anyone is free on Friday after school, we would always welcome more help in our gardening club. This term we will be digging a wildlife pond in the school garden – we would like to thank the Esh Charitable Trust for their award of a grant to make this possible.


Finally, thank you to all those people who have helped us collect the supermarket vouchers and have brought us their discarded batteries for recycling. Please keep bringing these in!


Read about the history of Hamsterley Primary School on the School page and see also the Primary School’s own website.

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