A great High Coniscliffe tradition is the annual creation of SAT Monsters by the children in Year 6 as they enter their final preparations for their end of Key Stage Two statutory tests.
Mrs Aitken reads the story 'Worry Guts' which helps the children to see that everyone has worries and eveyone has different ways of dealing with them. Based on the story and the saying, 'a trouble shared is a trouble halved', they then make little characters using Fimo. Some children make these ugly, warty monsters symbolising how they feel about the SATS, while some produce cute, lovable figures that will support them through the week of tests.
We know that lots of past pupils still use their SAT monsters during their secondary, college and university exams!
Working with our PE and Sport partners, Liam and Katie from Sporting Futures, this year we told the Easter story through dance. Each class worked hard to tell the story with their movements and expressions.
We hope you enjoy their interpretations.
Class One Palm Sunday
Jesus went to Jerusalem on a donkey. Everyone shouted "Hooray for Jesus”
Thank you God for happy times
Class 2 The Last Supper
Before the disciples and Jesus shared supper together Jesus washed each disciple’s feet. When Jesus had supper with his disciples there was a lot of talking and laughing but Judas remained silent. Jesus took bread and blessed it. He then shared the bread with his disciples and said, “Take this and eat it. This is my body." Jesus took a cup and said a prayer. He filled the cup with wine and said, "Drink it and remember me. "Judas left early after they had shared the bread and wine. The other disciples thought he had an errand to do.
Class Four The Crucifixion
Class Three The Resurrection of Jesus
God of Love, passionate and strong, watch over us and hold us all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
We are very proud to announce that we have achieved the UK's Rights Respecting Schools' Recognition of Commitment Award in regard to our work to promote and realise children's rights and our encouragement of all to respect the rights of others in school.
For more information click on this link to the RRSA website
There was much hilarity during House Team Assembly as the jokes were told! The staff chose their 'top ten' then the children chose the winner and runner up through the 'laughometer'!
Ruth's joke caused the most laughter - what do you think?
Why did the lobster blush?
Because the sea weed!
Ted was the worthy runner up with:
Why did the mushroom go to the party?
Because he was a fungi!
Here are all the other hilarious entries - click to enlarge
This was a tricky one! Even the staff had difficulty identifying who was who. We had to use all the clues although some were easier to identify than others!
Many congratulations to Amber Batty from Class 4 who correctly identified the most and the runner up, Abigail Smith. Well done!!
Here's each House Team looking amazing this afternoon. The range of scientists and inventors they represented was incredible.
I wonder if a child in the future will choose one of these children to dress up as and and use as their inspiration!
It was extremely hard to judge the poster competition as the children had put in so much thought and research into the information they presented. However, the House Team Captains judged Reception to Year 5 and the teachers judged Year 6. Congratulations to the winners - they all received an Easter egg and resources to do a colour experiment at home.
Mrs Aitken couldn't resist 'borrowing' some of the outfits!
Bishop John talked to the whole school about his role as a Bishop and then was quizzed by each class throughout the morning.
We found him an inspiration and could have listened to him all day. His visit was part of the 'Talking Jesus' project in which 25 Bishops from across the North of England have embarked on a special mission to get people talking about Jesus.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu and the Bishop of Durham Paul Bulter launched the Talking Jesus mission at a service at Durham Cathedral yesterday.
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Along with 20 other Darlington primary schools, children from Year 5 sang their hearts out representing Argentina with the song from the musical Evita, 'Don't Cry for Me Argentina'
After many hours at school and home practising they danced and sang to tell the story of Eva Peron, finishing with her tragic death.
It was an amazing experience to sing in front a very large audience which include many VIPs such as mayors from across the North East and Council members.
The fact that High Coniscliffe was the opening act added to the excitement but the children didn't let their nerves show and sang beautifully what is a very difficult song.
All the official photographs can be found here by following this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e8k28tmor6hq7oo/AABYqli3Uhbm4a3T0ODmNaiaa?dl=0
Every year we exchange Christmas cards with children in Yuri Elementary school, Yurihonjo city, Akita prefecture, Japan.
We even had a go at writing the children's names in Japanese characters. Hannah in reception wrote her card for Chikara Abe which is written like this; あべ ちから
Here's reception designing and making their lovely Christmas tree cards.
57 children, 5 adults and we're calling it a 'sleepover'.........?
Hide and seek by torchlight, 'The Secret Life of Pets', a disco, Xbox games, a bedtime story, hot chocolate and cookies, lights out at midnight, a lie in (not!), bacon rolls, pain au chocolate, cereal, Pudsey cakes from Mrs Davison and biscuits from Abigail, cartoons, another dance then home. A fabulous time was had by all!
This fabulous event is becoming an annual highlight with this year being the third contest. The Mayor of Darlington organises the eveing which this year is to be held at the Dolphin Centre.
Our Year 5 children will form the choir this year, so a representative from the year group accompanied me to the Town Hall to draw which country we will be representing this year.
You can see from the photo that we will be Argentina and our song is 'Don't Cry for me Argentina' (yes, that well known European country!!)
Our partner school, St Mary's Cockerton are representing Scotland with 'I'm Gonna Be (500 miles) - a song made famous by the Proclaimers!