World Book Day

Although we were unable to celebrate World Book Day this year (due to the adverse weather conditions), we are proud to say that our donation of old mathematics text books was received by the charity Books2Africa.

Our donation (of four 20kg boxes) helped reach a total of 388 boxes donated throughout February.  This will go some of the way to meeting the 70,331 books that were requested by individuals and institutions across Africa through 45 book request applications via the Books2Africa website in February.

The books shipped have led to the creation of libraries (within schools, academic institutions, communities) and improvement in teaching and learning. You can read the most recent impact report from Ghana, where 1,049 books were donated by Books2Africa by clicking here.

New data from UNESCO and World Bank now suggest 90% of children (202 million children) who go to school in Africa would not be able to read or write after finishing school. In light of this sad fact, the need for quality educational materials is more crucial than ever… and we are pleased, that in some small way, or donation has had a positive effect.

Charity Updates!!

Thank-you to anyone who was involved in, or made a donation to, our Poppy Appeal, Children in Need or Walking with the Wounded.  We are very proud of these totals!

An Artful Day in Year 3/4

What a great day we have  had today. As we continue to forge links with the Customs House in South Shields we were visited by Elizabeth Kane who is the Learning Officer at the Customs House.

Elizabeth had invited us to participate in a project entitled ‘Power and Protest’  which the Customs House were delivering and has been funded by Historic England.

As a class we discussed what the words meant and looked at three protests that had taken place in South Tyneside:

The riots at Mill Dam, the Jarrow Crusade.and the Miners’ Strike. We had an excellent discussion about how people would have felt at the time.

Next we looked at a famous artist called Bob and Roberta Smith and we looked at his art.

Elizabeth then explained to us that we were going to use his art to inspire us to create our own using oil pastels on card.

The whole class spent the afternoon, working in pairs to complete their own piece of artwork.

As you can see below the results were fantastic.

As part of the project we will have our art displayed at the Customs House and the children will all receive an Arts Award.

 

Queen Elizabeth Carol Service

Wonderful links were maintained as choir members from our class travelled to Darlington in order to participate in a special carol service which brings together members of the College, the local community and the children of Dunn Street.  The message of “Giving is better than receiving” resonated strongly with our class having recently participated in our fundraising for Walking With The Wounded.

Alongside other guests, we enjoyed Pass the Parcel and Bingo!!  Our singing went down well as the audience enjoyed a scrumptious lunch.  When we had finished our lunch, we performed a variety of carols and the poem, “A Christmas Guest”.

Check out our Twitter feed for other photos.

 

Dunn Street couldn’t be prouder of our Year 5/6 class and all they have achieved in this section of the PWA.  Their awareness, compassion and respect has been utterly compelling – at this time of year, it is heartening to see children getting so much from giving rather than receiving.

We are on target for raising in excess of £800 which is a phenomenal achievement.  Thanks to everyone who donated and our new friends from … this is how your money will make a difference:

Support the wonderful work of Skillforce, the charity that runs the PWA, by sending virtual Christmas cards!

https://www.dontsendmeacard.com/charities/CWDX 

Follow the run-up to our successful walk by visiting our Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/DunnStreet63?lang=en

Lambton Worm Review

The following review has created a stir on Twitter… click to find out more!!!

Are you contemplating going to see The Lambton Worm at The Customs House?  Well you’re in for an amazing ride!  See brave, bold John find love with a princess.  Watch two sisters fight and Poisonous Pen conjure up a whopping worm looking for true love.  -Kayleigh

Warning!  WARNING!  Do not visit this pantomime if you hate laughs, fun and extravagant entertainment!  -Emily

Come early, it you are thinking about coming, as you can have a great time singing songs with your friends and family before the show has started.  Dancers, actors and jazzy costumes – you won’t know where to look!  -Lucy

The costume designers, Paul Shriek and Matt Fox created costumes that were detailed and looked exactly what you expect from The Lambton Worm.  The colours, in my opinion, definitely suited the characteristics of the characters.  -Leo

Credits all to Paul Shriek and Matt Fox for using their magic minds to create miracles upon the stage.  From furry animals to glittering, blinding dresses (and not just for the ladies!) these men can do it all!  -Emily

My favourite part was when John and the Princess kissed: it was sooooo romantic!  An onstage kissing scene brightens up almost every audience member’s day!  They were so perfect together.  -Alice

The pasting scene was hilarious – I don’t want to spoil it for you, but, Bella was trying to develop a room and it all went wrong!  Puddles (the dog) dropped a tub of glitter and made a right mess!  While Poison Pen was in a dungeon, she was trying to make a diabolical scheme.  She was teaching a worm, not any worm, a massive worm of terrors.  -Conor

My favourite character is Poison Pen.  She acted like a witch when she told Sir John to put on the cursed armour and to first kill the worm and then kill the first living thing he sees.  – Conor

It’s the 150th anniversary of the story The Lambton Worm.  This is a Geordie pantomime.  In my opinion, the best character was Sir John because he was the prince in the story and he was told to kill the worm but instead he let it go.  -Kurtis

Outrageously wonderful, the backdrop is unique just like the twist in the plot.  There were times when the backdrop looked like a child’s imagination and then times when it looked like it took years to design…not a fault in sight.  -Kara

Music was varied and depending on the character.  If Sir John entered on stage, the music would be bold and daring whereas if Poisonous Pen strutted onto stage, sinister music would play.  -Kara

The whole performance was full of comedy, singing, dancing and great performances.  I would recommend this for any people to come and watch.  It is for children and adults in my eyes.  Although I have seen it before, I would be excited to see it again.  5 stars out of 5.  -Lucy

It is fun-filled with giggles and laughter and comedy and romance.  -Conor

We (Year 5/6) are organising a walk because the Prince William Award has set us a challenge: we are to raise awareness for a chosen charity.  We have chosen Walking with the Wounded and the campaign Walking Home for Christmas.

Every Friday, we are participating in the Prince William Award where we solve problems and instructors help us to “dare to be our best self”.  PWA is run by a charity called Skillforce who develop our skills and give us the opportunity to do the right things in life.  Developing young students’ minds, like ours, the PWA helps us understand real life situations and gives us quality memories that we cherish and remember forever.  Sarah (our comrade) helps us build our confidence through teamwork and resilience.  We enjoy these sessions because they help us communicate and bond with each other.  We complete journals at the end of each session and reflect on the guiding principles.  These guiding principles (which we will use in the future) have made us choose the charity Walking with the Wounded: kindness, conscientiousness, sharing, compassion, neighbourliness, gratitude, good health, optimism and appreciation.

Walking with the Wounded is a charity that helps ex-servicemen and women with a range of issues when they leave the services (eg mental health and physical needs) to get back to civilian life.  The PWA instructors are mostly ex-services and this was one of the reasons we chose this charity.  The charity provides equipment that they need to get jobs and get rid of the war memories that causes them to act out of character.  During this event, Walking Home for Christmas, we are hoping that the message comes across that we are doing this because we want to… not because we have to… we hope you choose to support us and this fabulous charity.

We will follow a route around Jarrow and sing carols/Christmas songs, hand out gifts and spread Christmas spirit as we walk!

Please visit our registration page or our Just Giving Page to show your support…

#RememberWhatWeStandFor

 

Gyrwy Lodge Social Evening…

…with Mr Hymers, Kenny the Sax and The Dunn Street Choir…

A wonderful evening of song and music was enjoyed by all at the Hebburn Masonic Lodge.  Our choir performed a range of local songs accompanied by the penny whistle, Kenny, Mr Reader and Mr Miller “in a box”!

Local favourites like Bobby Shafto, Weel May the Keelrow, Cushie Butterfield, Waters of Tyne and Blaydon Races were performed alongside more modern pieces like “Autmun Winds” from The Last Ship and the favourite of the evening, “Meet Me On The Corner”.

The night was a great success and we were overwhelmed to receive a total donation of £650 to continue, and enhance, music and performing provision for the pupils of Dunn Street from Gyrwy Lodge.

This is ontop of a previously generous donation to continue our penny whistle work. 

 

 

Remembrance Sunday

As last year, we were invited to attend the Remembrance Parade in Jarrow.  Following a week of work on the subject and a successful PWA session on Friday, ten Year 6 representatives paraded, participated in the Service of Remembrance and laid a wreath at the War Memorial.  It was also immensely gratifying to see so many ex-pupils taking part.  Many thanks to Sarah from Skillforce for her support and positive comments about the pupils and to staff and parents who attended the parade.

#RememberWhatWeStandFor

#HoldHighTheTorch

Remembrance in Year 5/6

As part of our ongoing Prince William Award work, and our English work on Flanders Fields, we finished the week with a morning of remembrance.

We learnt about the origins of World War I and the importance of remembrance for those who have died, those who have been injured and those who “Live On”.  Our challenge was to ensure “we never leave a man behind” by creating a stretcher to carry a wounded member of our team.

Throughout the week we have re-thought remembrance and we are proud to say that we #RememberWhatWeStandFor.  The sacrifices of those men and women in our armed services allow us to “Be Our Best Selves”.

We went to St Paul’s, Jarrow to complete our morning by leaving messages of remembrance by the Roll of Honour.