Hamsterley Primary School News – July 2011

Primary School signWhat we’ve done this term……

Red Cross Activity Day, Woodland Football tournament, ‘Happier in School’ week, Small School Rounders Competition, Recharging the Earth event, Brass U Tuba concert, Sports day and Jump for Heart, Tesco Fun Run, a visit to High Crane Lodge Farm and we’ve starred on Bishop FM radio station!

Esh Award

Mrs Stephens was successful in her bid for eco-funding and was awarded £700 to plan and install a pond in the school grounds. This will be a home for the frogs which the children have nurtured from tadpoles. William Gale and Jane Horn attended a presentation at Bowburn to receive the funding.

‘Maths in Motion’

We were thrilled to win through to the National Finals of the Jaguar ‘Maths in Motion’ Race Challenge. Charlie, Harry, Olivia and Molly went to the National Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, to take part in the grand finals on June 30th and did tremendously well in coming 5th out of 12 primary schools and 16th out of the 32 schools in total (including secondary schools and colleges!)

School Website

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


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!

Volunteer support

We are very 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 Fridays after school, we would always welcome more help in our gardening club. This term we have been 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!



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