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Summer Term First Half

Week 1,2 and 3

It is hard to believe we are already at the end of week 3, our whole week has been focused around supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the year 6 children with their SATs tests. Some children are nervous until they get the first paper out of the way and for other children they take it in their stride. The children put every effort into the full week of assessments, kept going with toast and crumpets. After the final paper it was a celebratory juice and doughnut followed by a relaxing Friday of sausage sandwich and film. On week 1 after the half term break the year 6 children received their leavers hoodie - helping to keep the two week momentum of revision going. 

Around the rest of school we are really starting to see the children across school make some gains on the learning that they lost during lockdown.  

We are welcoming 2 new Governors to the school Governing Body and I look forward to meeting up with them next week.

See you all at the picnic next week, finger crossed for no rain!

Spring Term Second Half

Week 6

It has been an extremely busy and fun-packed week in school. On Monday it was the painted egg competition and we had 140 entries. We had four judges making the decision on the final three from each year group. The children enjoyed coming for a look to see the creations of other classes. In the afternoon we had our Easter raffle and we all eagerly awaited who would win the giant Easter egg donated by Hays Recruitment Agency. There were many winner across school for the other eggs and I would like to thank Asda, Vision for Education, Poundland, the staff and Governors of Waverley and other parents who kindly donated eggs  and prizes for the raffle. 


On Tuesday and Wednesday it was parents evening in school where it was an opportunity for an update on how your child is progressing.


On Thursday due to a staff shortage I was lucky enough to go out on the Year 5 trip to the Centre for Life. This was incredibly well organised by Waverley staff and the Centre for Life and the children had an amazing experience. See the class web page for photos). We had workshops in the lab, learnt about the planets in the planetarium, enjoyed a Science show and saw life inside the international space station. 


Back to school and Thursday night was the Easter Disco. We had a huge turn out from all year groups. It was a night to get dressed up, dance and play some 'old-fashioned' but favourite party games.


Finally we all made it to Friday. The Easter Bunny arrived and thanks again to an extremely generous donation from poundland.


Have a restful and peaceful break.


Week 5

This week I had a great time teaching PE to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 so that Miss Cowling could join Year 5 at the OWL Athletics event at Newburn Leisure Centre. The event was ran as the re-introduction of getting children in the outer west to mix together before they meet at High School. Congratulations to Josie who came first in the cross country run. If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram you will see the blizzard conditions that the children competed in. We had a large number of children finish in the top 10 spots and we believe 'circle of fitness' that takes place every Friday has been instrumental in this. Not only does it improve fitness but also stamina. A small group of our year 6 children went to the event as Sports Leaders and they were also a credit to the school. The children were jangling with medals on their return.


On Friday a small number of year 5 and 6 children were out again at another OWL school event. The event held at Throckley Primary School was basketball and Waverley came in second place with Knop Law in first place. This was a lovely event as the children from all OWL schools mixed and chatted together, having met at the athletics the day before.


Thank you to the huge turn out of year 6 parents who joined our UKS2 team for a talk about the Year 6 SATs tests which take place in early May. 


Next week in school it is the painted egg competition, the Easter raffle, parents evening and the Easter Disco's, with a no-uniform day on Friday. Just another quiet week at Waverley!


Week 4

This week I joined year 5 out on Forest School. The weather was glorious and we had an amazing time. In other news I have been negotiating the school land boundary with the local authority since Spring 2021. We are almost at the completion of this process and we shall be handing some land back to the Local Authority very soon. This land sits outside of the school fence and with diminishing budgets it is not acceptable for us to use school money to pay for this ground maintenance. Over the coming weeks you will see significant cut back to the waste land near the park and also to the public fencing at the bottom of Maple Close. On completion of this work and school finance dependent we will then make every effort to enclose and secure our perimeter.


Week 3

Thanks to everyone who contributed to Red Nose Day - we raised just over £100 for the charity. There were some amazing T. shirts, noses and hair colours on the day. We had a fashion show conga in our assembly to show off our Red Nose Day outfits. See photos on our various Waverley media. Thanks to the donations of eggs. Don't forget to purchase your raffle tickets.


Week 1 and 2

It has been a really busy couple of weeks in school. On the first week back we marked the 25th anniversary of 'World Book Day' and parents and children surpassed themselves with the costumes. It was nice to have some fun and as far as possible a continued return to normal school life pre-lockdown times. For Year 6 parents it was the annual worry day of which secondary school children in year 6 had been allocated. This is an important milestone for many. We have children from our current year 6 feeding to Emmanuel, Studio West, Walbottle, Callerton, Sacred Heart and St. Cuthberts, so, once again a huge range of secondary options.


In week 2 our Year 4 class began their 'Artist in residency' project as part of the Hadrian's Wall celebrations. It was a frantic day of drawing, designing, carving and printing. The children worked tremendously hard and did a brilliant job. For those parents of children with SEND needs the staff, Mrs Selkirk and I have had our round of Spring parental meetings. We have parents evening coming up at the end of this half term and whilst we are offering telephone, teams or face to face, it will be a great opportunity to get into school and view your child's work.


In line with Newcastle City Council and the DfE we are working to improve pupil attendance across school. Our attendance officer works in partnership with school. We all want the best outcomes for the children personally, socially and academically. We acknowledge the return for some children will not be as easy as others and the class teacher's and Mrs Selkirk are trying to support children for whom this is a challenge.


Week 3

Year 4 experienced the second and final day of their 'Artist in Residence' project. There will be an opportunity for the children to view their work at Denton library with school but over 4 weeks there will also be an opportunity for family and friends to visit and view work with some Saturday workshops taking place at the library. More information from the artists will follow on the weekly bulletin.

We look forward to red-nose day, remember you don't need the official nose - a splodge of red lipstick or face paint can do the job just as well. 


Spring Term First Half

Week 5

This week in school we had our first ever (in the history of Waverley) netball competition. Miss Cowling and I took 7 budding netballers to the Sports Dome in Walker. I was super impressed with their determination and team effort. Like most of the schools competing our practice time had been limited and the children were apprehensive, but they took it all in their stride. There were some magical moments and we have made a good netball contact for the school to help us pursue this sport further. Well Done Team Netballers. I have had a lovely couple of mornings in Reception class this week and I have been really pleased with their behaviour for learning, the work they have completed and how much they join in with all activities. I particularly enjoyed our PE dance session where there was some real creativity. 


Week 4

Forest school has been in full swing this week with more campfire cookery, more class team building through fun activities in year 3 and 4. If you see us out and about give us a wave.  There has been more great work across school this week. Including replicas of pudding lane, Macbeth performances, lots of investigative work involving measuring and toast buttering. Have a look at our class page on the website. This week I noticed that the Evening Chronicle had a link to the public consultation for the new proposed West Denton Pool, with climbing wall and gym amongst the facilities. If you can please complete the survey, the link has been sent with this weeks bulletin.


Week 3

This week I have been planning for an Artist in Residency project, the school team have decided that this opportunity should be give to year 4 who studied the Romans in the Autumn term and did so well with their work on this topic.  Next half term will see the project begin and then the work will be displayed in the community. This year it is the 1900 celebration of Hadrian's Wall and so it is good to mark this as a school by the project. 

This week with the bulletin I will be sending some draft behaviour documents for parental, staff and Governing Body consultation, before any changes are adopted and this becomes school policy. It is worth a read to see the principles that we will all be working together on.


Week 2

This afternoon's pantomime of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' was fantastic. I wish I could have captured the atmosphere and pleasure that the children had. It was wonderful to see the hand clapping, the boos, cheering. The cast thought the children were magnificent and everyone got into the whole show from the very start. It feels like a long time since we all had that much fun together! Plans for further fun events involving parents are also in the pipeline.


Week 1

Welcome back, we hope you all had a restful, peaceful and Covid free Christmas. Our cases amongst staff and children remain low however we have increased our measures again for the return to school. Guidance changes faster than we can all keep up so we try to post this on the Latest News page.

Autumn Term Second Half 


Week 7

It has been a festive week at Waverley. Thanks to Mrs Selkirk for her work in supporting our families this Christmas. Thanks to Mrs Thomson for a great job filming and editing the variety of performances across school, see the school website. Thanks to Dave, Val and Gemma in the kitchen for an amazing Christmas dinner on Wednesday. Thanks to the whole team at Waverley in what has been a challenging term. Thank you to our Governors who volunteer and give their time to the school. Thank you as always to you our parents and children for your continued support. We all wish you a Merry, peaceful and healthy Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all on Tuesday 4th January 2022.


Week 6

Well, it almost felt like a normal week in school. Lots of learning taking place and lots of pupils wearing Christmas jumpers. Christmas crafts went without any hitch, just a lot of glue and glitter. The children were festive and enjoying themselves and some lovely things were made. There has been much 'cram' rehearsing and I am sure you are all hearing the odd song or two. Filming next week - fingers crossed.


Week 5

We have continued to feel the impact of staff absence again this week and by mid-week next week we should be almost back to normal. Thank you for being patient with us through this 'bump'. In  school we have still managed to get through all SEND reviews and we have had an amazing attendance for these meetings. Our Early years have managed to have their Christmas craft morning and there were some super jumpers and hairbands. Year 2 have been amazing and tried so hard on their Phonics Reading Test - Well Done. We managed to get some decorations up in stages. Remember we have a Teacher Training Day on Friday 3rd December. We have a very busy couple of weeks ahead before we complete the Autumn Term.


Week 4

This week in school (as per my letter sent by email today) we have felt the real impact of staff absence. As always we try to keep school functioning as normal as possible for the children, this can impact on the support we can offer to our parents through our 'drop in' policy. We have been lucky in that we have had 3 fantastic supply teachers. Whilst the cancelling of performances with parents present has been very disappointing we will aim to put a video out in the last week, with a song or more, our newly established choir is already sounding super. I would like to thank Donna who has been our school cook for the last couple of years but has been a member of the kitchen team for as long as I can remember. We wish her well in her new job and hope the children will say Hello when they see her in the new Lemington Lidl.


Week 3

This week in school we opened our Early Years to prospective parents, who will be thinking about their reception class and school for their child. Thank you to so many of you who have pointed new parents and families in our direction, it has been lovely to hear some of the feedback. We still have a few classes across school with spaces available. This week in school Waverley also hosted the Autism training for SENCO's in the Outer West Trust (OWL). Waverley is part of a group with 7 other schools; Throckley, Newburn Manor, Lemington, West Denton, Westerhope, Milecastle, Knop Law and Simonside. Teaching Staff also had PREVENT training with Gail Forbes of Newcastle City Council as threat level nationally has been set up to a new level following Liverpool.


Week 2

Following the arrival of new corridor display boards and with a half term of work ready to be presented staff have spent their evenings making sure display boards were filled with some of the super work the children have completed across the curriculum, Mrs Douse and I continue to work hard to manage school money efficiently so that we can continue to enhance our school environment for the children.


Week 1

Welcome back. We hope the children had a restful half term. In school Covid cases are very low once again and we continue on as per normal. Remember to check your child's class page to see what they have been up to.


This week we have begun drone film footage of our outdoor site ready to go onto our website so parents can have a full 360 experience of school. Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes have had some Forest school fun both on and off the school site especially with the leaves that have blown off the trees surrounding school. We collected six bin bags full at playtime. The helpers were thanked with Kit-Kats and juice for volunteering! 


Being able to read is a very important life skill, children who read at any level develop a larger vocabulary, perform better academically, develop empathy and an understanding of the World, have improved concentration, their imagination and creativity skill not only develop but can then run wild. Whilst we ask you to listen to your child three times a week this does not necessarily mean the whole book in one go, a few pages at a time across the week if this is more manageable. Spellings are once a week and another piece (often Maths is also set weekly). In Key Stage 1 parents can request 2 books for the week. In EYFS the earlier skills such as letter sounds, names, words and as the children progress eventually a book are set. Thank you.

Autumn Term First Half 2021

Week 6

This week the 'LIVELY' project begins for some of our Early Years pupils. We have been lucky to achieve on a place on this research project after four years of trying. We have our first face to face Full Governing Body meeting this week. Being a Governor of school is an interesting role and one of responsibility, we have a huge agenda this week and a presentation from Mrs J. Stuart our Outer West Learning Trust lead, where she will be sharing our future direction as a group of outer west schools.


Week 5

Photograph Day! It seems such a long time since official photos were taken by Michelle Fowler, proofs should arrive soon and if you want photos in time for Christmas gifts for grandparents, aunties and uncles then make sure you don't delay on your order. All orders are direct to Michelle herself and not via School.


Week 4

We have invested heavily in Science and as can be seen Mrs Sample's class have certainly been having some very interesting Science lessons involving lemons and cabbages. Have a look on her class page! It was a soggy weeek for Forest School for Key Stage 1 so it was camouflage art on site that took place. A reminder we have an Early Years open day on October 14th, it is important you look around ahead of the application window in January for Reception intake.


Week 3

After school this week I went to watch two of our older girls trial for the Under 11 Newcastle City Schools County Team. I was thrilled that out of 41 girls who tried out that both girls achieved a place on the team. Well done! 


Whilst it always seems far away, now is the time that our Year 6 parents need to be considering the High School of choice for their child and it was nice to hear Miss Wigham from Studio West talk so passionately about her school to the children on Thursday - details of High School open events are on this weeks bulletin and on the Latest News page of the website. 


You may have seen me outside the front gates of school this is due to the footpath being dug up, which forces children and families onto the road. If you are a driver please watch your speed as you approach school and do not park on the school chevrons.


Week 2

It has been really good to get back to normal everyday activities. Our football club on Tuesday and Thursday after school have proved really popular and the funds raised from this are being given back into Sport and outdoor learning. We are investing in 4 new goal posts and a set of footballs to begin with.


Forest school also began this week and the children have been out and about in the locality. Homework is being set from this week so remember to check the class page for the day homework is posted on SeeSaw and collected by the teacher from SeeSaw. We place importance on reading and children should be reading at least three times a week. Please try and listen to your child read aloud once as this helps them develop their fluency.


Week 1

Welcome Back! It was lovely to see children, parents, grandparents and past pupils yesterday for the start of term. We have had a busy Summer (as you can see). We have a new yard surface and dainty perimeter fence for our children in Early Years and we have completed a re-fit of some toilets in Early Years. We have put a safer fence for children around our outer car park. We can't wait to get started with pupil learning and experiences. There should be a weekly update each Friday from the class teacher on their class web page.


We have had technical issues with our phone system this week linked to Firewall work undertaken by the city, we hope this will be back to normal for Week 2.