Monday, 12 December 2016

News from our school

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Monday, 4 January 2016

Happy Christmas

Turkey dinners, parties and nativity plays were the order of the day as we began our Christmas celebrations. We even received a book each from a special visitor wearing red!

A great sense of joy permeated throughout school as we prepared for the great feast.

Before leaving school for the last time in 2015, we all wore our Christmas jumpers to Mass. 

We are looking forward to lots of new opportunities in 2016... starting with a cosmic classroom!

Drama Extraordinaire

Throughout the autumn term our drama group have been rehearsing for their performance of "Wicked." The group sang and danced their way through the story of the Wizard of Oz, much to the thrill of their audience.

The group is part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing Arts Education and will contribute to our Arts Award which we hope to apply for shortly.

Carols for Penshaw!

Once again, the Christian churches of Washington and Penshaw came together to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

 The Salvation Army Band gave rousing accompaniment to a range of traditional carols to create a wonderful atmosphere at the start of the Christmas celebrations.
 A particular highlight of the evening was the Nativity tableau created by our Year 3 children. Well done children, we were so proud of you, once again!

Year of Mercy

Bishop Seamus invited pupils from all schools in the Diocese to Mass at St Mary's Cathedral to celebrate the start of the Year of Mercy.

Patrick and Isabelle were our representatives and they found out that the Year of Mercy is the Pope's call to us all to show forgiveness in our everyday actions.

At the end of term Mass, the staff of our school pledged to be ambassadors of mercy and promised to act as role models of forgiveness.

More information about the Year of Mercy can be found here.

National Democracy-FIRST HAND!

Our children proudly share their thoughts and ideas in all curriculum areas and know how important it is for their voices to be heard. They debate often and understand how democracy works. To extend this understanding still further, Year 5 went on a remarkable trip to London where they had the opportunity to walk down Downing Street to watch the comings and goings at number 10 and they also visited the Palace of Westminster.

An early start was the order of the day and so we said farewell to our parents at Durham Railway Station before 6am.
 Breakfast on the train gave us the boost we needed....

 ...although Charlotte also felt the need for a power nap!

 Once we arrived at Kings Cross Station excitement grew.
 Our walking tour of London included Buckingham Palace...
 ...the Albert Memorial
 ...The Mall...
 ...just as the guards changed!
 ...Horse Guards Parade
 We also saw St James' Park, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square before arriving at Downing Street.

 Katie even got the opportunity to use the famous Number 10 knocker !
 Our tour continued with a stop-off at Westminster Abbey, The Supreme Court and St Margaret's Church, before investigating the statues of Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square.
 Crossing Westminster Bridge we enjoyed our well-earned lunch before returning over the Thames for our visit to the Palace of Westminster.

 We were very privileged to be given access to Westminster Hall, which was not only used by Henry VIII as a tennis court but has been the centre of law and democracy for over 900 years.
 Moving through the many rooms of the palace gave us an incredible sense of history. We felt truly privileged to walk the corridors and touch the walls that have held kings and queens, ministers and Lords and to see the place where all laws are created, written and stored.
 We sat in the both  chambers during debates. The House of Commons was discussing the contribution of charities to society and the House of Lords was considering the changes in pensions that will affect middle-aged women, (Mrs Reilly-O'Donnell pricked up her ears for that!)
 We took part in a workshop about Making Laws and were joined by officers from our local constituency. Unfortunately our MP, Brigid Phillipson, was unavailable but her colleagues Shin and Aidan gave us a fantastic welcome.
 Erin, Max and Ella all took on their roles of leaders of the Houses well and after much rumination of the motion, "School holidays should be longer," we "passed" a new law, that summer holidays in schools should extend to 10 weeks.

 Running the country was hungry work, so a visit to a pizza restaurant was essential before our journey home.
Tired and weary, we snoozed on the train journey home, but we were uplifted by the experiences of the day and the unique opportunity we had had to see real democracy alive and kicking!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Ladies Evening

The Friends of OLQoP organised another fantastic event when we turned our school hall into a craft market. A number of our talented parents sold their beautiful craft items, along with local traders and artisans

Refreshments added to the enjoyment and a substantial raffle boosted profits. All who attended had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and started their essential Christmas shopping.

Thank you to all who attended and special thanks to our dedicated team of mums who give their time so willingly to plan and prepare for our special events.