Our LKS2 pupil all know and understand a great deal about life in our country during the war. They put on a wonderful play for us about an evacuee called Harry. Life was tough for children sent away from the cities.
Children were often bullied by the families they were sent to but some were better fed and well cared for away from the danger.
Our Young Pioneers were evacuated as part of our rememberance of the war years this week.
They were given a list of items to be packed into their pillow case.
Some of them struggled to carry all their worldly goods.
When we arrived at our destination we were informed of the dangers of attacks by German bombers up the Tyne. A ministry of defence boffin told us about our secret mission.
We were paraded around the church and Father Alun selected two pupils to live with him and his wife in the vicarage.
These pupils were particularly clean - a nail inspection was vital and clean teeth also!
The girls were asked to show their hankerchiefs as previous evacuees had been poorly behaved.
The vicar asked if the pupils could look after the church and to do duties.
Walking the dog everyday was top of the list.
We then looked at how other creatures were brilliant at flying.
We were asked to send secret messages via pigeon.
The messages were fixed to the bird with a special mechanism.
Then sent to a contraption away from enemy eyes.
School is currently exhibiting some of our Year Three and Four reading work in Newcastle City Library (The children's section - floor 3).
Our exhibition will be open until the end of April and features mummified cats, wonderful masks and, of course, outcomes from reading. Please visit if you can!
It seemed an appropriate time to unveil our artwork as part of our 'Flanders Field Exhibition'. We invited Mr Chandler (an ex-soldier); Mrs Tinning (Chair of Governors); Mr Roberts and Mrs Armstrong (ex-Chair). Mrs Broderick provided some beautiful music and our pupils ushered our guests and told them about our work.
Our pupils assembled in the hall with our teachers to pay their respects to those who fell in the Great War.
Mr Chandler was once a soldier – he came in to help us with our remembrance ceremony.
Mr Outterside told us about a battalion of soldiers from his village and our pupils read poems.
We held our poppies as Mrs Broderick played a lament on the violin then we all fell silent.
Our ‘Flanders Field’ gallery was made ready in preparation.
Our pupils made guard of honour along the corridors.
Our display contained writing and pictures of our school trips to Belgium to see the sites of the Great War.
Our work of art was ready to unveil – Mr Roberts had designed the tribute and all our pupils contributed a poppy. They used acrylic paint – some were finger prints and others were painted. Our pupils observed and listened from the hall.
Mrs Broderick led Mrs Tinning (Chair of Governors); Jen Armstrong (ex-Chair) and Mr Chandler down to the gallery. We all listened to the words.
The pupil’s work was unveiled by Mrs Tinning and Mrs Armstrong. A worthy piece of art that will be a lasting tribute.
Then all of our pupils began to place their poppies onto the display.
Each poppy representing a soldier. We posed for pictures after the ceremony. Well done Mr Roberts and our pupils.
We shall remember them…
Some very spooky and scary children attended school tonight! Of course they were attending our annual Halloween disco. All of the children made enormous effort to transform themselves into the most gruesome Halloween characters!
There was lots of zombie dancing...
There was a fashion show to show off all of the amazing costumes...
There was Halloween musical statues...
There was a deadly swamp to cross at the KS1 disco...
There was a time-warp-off at the KS2 disco!
Well done to all of the children who made loads of effort with their costume and well done to the winners of the night!
Check back soon for all of the photos!?
Our latest disco was a great success - have a look at the red carpet photographs below.
What a great night we had at Waverley's Got Talent.
Well done all of the acts.
Keep checking back to find out more details about this year's Panto!
Check out these past events at Waverley:
We are held a 'Puffing Billy' super learning week from Monday 24th June to Friday 28th June. We are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first journey of the world famous steam locomotive.
Puffing Billy was one of the first steam locomotives to transport coal from Wylam Colliery to Lemington Staithes on the River Tyne.
We are already learning about Puffing Billy in our Castle Families and over the coming weeks we will learn some traditional Geordie songs and folk dances in preparation.
We will also make our own Puffing Billy Banner with a textile artist that will commemorate the events.
We have already learned about how coal needed to be transported from Wylam pit to London - the best way was to send it down the Tyne but first it had to be transported to Lemington. Horses were used on wooden rails at first but William Hedley had better ideas. Puffing Billy was developed by Newburn-born engineer William Hedley in 1813, it paved the way for the development of the rail industry.
We are holding a week of events to commemorate Hedley and his engine - Technology Tom will be telling us about the science of steam and we will have some very old visitors from the past!
We will be looking at the evidence from the past to find out what life was like. This image of Lemington glass works gives us an idea.
Work was hard in the glass works and Puffing Billy passed right by the building which still stands.
We get an idea of life from records such as the census of the time.
And don't forget the life of school children. We are going to dress up like them - so get your costumes prepared.
We will try to imitate artists of the time also - look at painting of Wylam pit and all of the activities going on in the picture.
Life the was hard and children of the time often appear to look sad - these Lemington houses are no longer standing.
The Tyne was also different with islands.
So look out for details of the week and of the Puffing Billy Festival Day we are holding with Newburn Manor Primary and Lemington Riverside on Friday 28th of June.
DJ Thoburn was on the wheels of steel for the Easter Disco.
Have a look below...
A star studded evening saw a great crowd gather for WGT 2013.