Congratulations! Dunn Street have achieved Silver Level through Rail Safe Friendly.
We all know how important it is to promote rail safety and educate ourselves and young individuals on how to be rail safe. This campaign is a great way to do just that.
‘The tragic death of Harrison in 2017, when he was in Year 7 at Guilsborough, brought home to our community the importance of teaching our children about safety on the Railways. Schools play a vital role in keeping our children safe.’
Simon Frazer, Principal at Guilsborough Academy.
KS2 now know how important it is to promote rail safety and educate ourselves and young individuals on how to be rail safe. This campaign is a great way to do just that and in assembly this morning, we watched and shared the relevant 15 minute safety video.
This is the link to the KS2 video so that you can also watch it at home:
The link to the KS1 video is here:
Over 19 million students, parents and teachers from across the UK have already watched these videos which has led to a significant decrease in the number of incidents in their area through watching the safety videos.
KEY FACTS –
- A train weighs the same as 80 elephants – 400 tonnes
- A train travels faster than a car on a motorway (70mph) or a cheetah (60mph) – it travels at 125mph
- A train takes 1.25 miles to stop
- A train can cover 100m in 3 seconds
The Magnificent 7 measured how far 100m is – it’s approximately the length of our school field…
You can find additional rail safety videos and resources at https://switchedonrailsafety.
Over the festive period, the hard-working KS2 choir participated in a range of performances. They were able to do this as they attended after-school clubs, gave up lunch-times and completed extra sessions within school. This showed dedication and commitment.
Their first performance was at The Christmas Tree Festival.
The choir also collaborated with the other Blue Skies Federation schools, Marine Park and Whitburn, to perform at the South Tyneside Carol Concert at Temple Park. We are very grateful to Mr Richardson for all his help in making this the huge success that it was!
The choir was invited to Carols by Candlelight at St Paul’s. This has become a Dunn Street tradition and it seemed fitting that we were able to sing a composition by Mr Miller who was our pianist for many years!
Finally, the choir was the hinge pin that brought the KS2 Nativity together. A fitting end to the festivities in school!
We were delighted that we were invited to place our Christmas tree in St Paul’s as part of the annual Christmas Tree Festival. The tree was dedicated to the memory of Mrs Hayes. The decorations were made by last year’s Year 3s and the current choir.
Last week, pupils in Year 6 were invited to take part in a special Service of Thanksgiving for the Venerable Bede at St Paul’s. The service was the first in a series of community events celebrating the 1350th Anniversary since the birth of the Venerable Bede. The Bishop of Durham lead the service, alongside Reverend Jason, and The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside.
Our pupils were an absolute credit to our school. Here is a sneak peek of the service, and the pupils meeting Bishop Paul:
More information about the service can be found on the Diocese of Durham’s website
We started the week. like the rest of the school, with Odd Sock Day. We discussed what it means to “be kind” and wrote poems based on kindness.
This is Elijah’s poem:
On Wednesday, Mr Roberts taught us about programming LEGO. We controlled various vehicles, that we had built, by using code.
On Thursday we welcomed out first Dunn Street Luminary for a game of “Guess My Job”. We learnt all about how past pupil Eve has made a success of her business The Hive Coffee Company.
And finally, on Friday, we once again joined the whole school as we participated in our Children In Need non-uniform day to raise funds for this fabulous charity. We completed our second orienteering exercise, watched on by Pudsey, completed maths challenges, danced, watched some Samba dancing and enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows!
Today, pupils in Key Stage 2 went to St Paul’s Church for a special Remembrance Service with Reverend Jason Wratten. We observed the Two Minute Silence and created a Roll of Honour for the old boys of Dunn Street Boys’ School who lost their lives in The First World War.
On Sunday, representatives from Dunn Street will be attending this year’s Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service at Jarrow Town Hall. Wreaths will be laid at the memorial at 10:20, with the service beginning at the War Memorial in Station Street at 10:55.
Finally, thank you to everyone who supported the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. Your donations will continue to support the Armed Forces Community; those currently serving, ex-serving personnel and their families.
This is the song Flesh and Blood, which we sang as part of our Service of Remembrance today: