Yr6 Message from Mr Knowles

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Message to Yr6 students from Mr Knowles – 10th June 2020

Click here for the video version of this message

A.      Introduction

  • Hello everyone.
  • This message is being recorded on Wednesday 10th June 2020 and is intended for all Yr6 pupils who will be joining us in September, plus parents of those students.
  • The situation we have all been in over the past few months has been one that none of us could have foreseen, and it has led to so much pain, loss and sacrifice. My thoughts go out to anyone who has lost loved ones during this pandemic that has caused upheaval in our lives.
  • In this message I intend to lay out key information for students and parents and talk about what the future may hold for us in September.

 

B.      Yr6 message

  • If you are a Year 6 pupil or parent you must be confused and frustrated right now. Some of you may be going into school or planning to. If you are then please continue to work with your teacher to make sure you and everyone stays safe.
  • You should have received a transition pack from us and we are working with your primary school to help them prepare you to come to us in September.
  • We have offered your school the opportunity to use our school building with your Year 6 teacher if it is required (because of a lack of space at your primary school). They will be deciding on this in the coming week or so.
  • In terms of transition, we will not now be able to proceed with the two days we had planned for you on our site in July. The Department for Education are actively discouraging on-site transition because putting together pupils from different schools with new staff leads to much higher risks of transmission. This is understandable and we will reluctantly accept their decision.
  • However, what we plan to do is a ‘Virtual Transition’. This will involve a video presentation from me and some of my senior team, video messages from the three heads of house and even some Zoom lessons you can attend from a few teachers. We know that this isn’t the same, but we hope that you will understand why. We will make it up to you in September with more orientation activities.
  • Please contact us by email if you have any questions or concerns.

 

C.      Conclusion

  • I hope that you have been able to keep up to date with all the messages we have been putting out on our social media pages. We post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, whilst ensuring that all our key messages get copied to ClassCharts for younger students.
  • There have been lots of challenges posted in the last two weeks and these are for Yr6 pupils too!
  • We have had Miss Ruddell’s art and baking challenges, ones from English and Media, Quizzes from Mr Hutchinson, guess the teacher from the baby photo, and lots more.
  • Many of you have also already had a go at the challenges on the new Hetton PE Facebook page, and through all these options you can earn WOW points or even the chance to win Amazon vouchers.
  • I’m sure everyone of you is wondering what school will be like in September, but at present, I’m not entirely sure myself. We are developing a range of solutions to the issues, so that we prepare in the best way possible, but I am sure that you will be back at school for at least the majority of your week.
  • The Department for Education and the Local Authority are providing guidance, and we will take on board everything that is necessary to work in your best interests. You will always be at the centre of our decisions.
  • Finally, and on a personal note, I have been a teacher or Headteacher for 23 year, and I could never have foreseen the situation we find ourselves in. The last few months have been tough because we have all missed our students. Hetton School is all about helping you to become the best that you can be, so not being with them day-to-day, to support and challenge them, has felt hard.
  • We are all adjusting and learning new ways to work and live, but it will be how resilient we are, that will determine our success in coming back stronger. We are, and will always be, committed to you as individuals.

Take care and stay safe.

Bernard Gilpin Go Eco!

Primary School Life

Today students from Bernard Gilpin Primary enjoyed an eco-tastic Science Lesson at Hetton School in which they took samples of the area around the school and examined the local flora and fauna.

In addition during a special welcome assembly Miss Lysiak gave students a taster of Hetton School’s positive focus on celebrating achievement when she hosted a Year 5 version of the English Faculty, ‘Groovy Summer Sunshine Awards.’

Today’s Year 5 ‘Groovy Award’ winners received a £5.00 Amazon Voucher and a certificate praising them for a specific achievement in either English, Reading or Performance. Students were nominated for these prizes by their Year 5 teachers.

Groovy Sunshine Award Winner were; Amy Dodd, Eden weeks & Elliot Franklin

Well done to the three students who won prizes! Keep up the excellent work!

All the students were a credit to their school and teachers. We look forward to seeing them all again in the very near future.

Dates for your diary. 

  • Hetton School Open Evening. Thursday 24th September 6.30–8.30 pm. Come along and see for yourself why we are so proud of our school!
  • Summer Showcase Show. June 30th 7pm. Check out the wealth of musical talent here at Hetton school. Tickets priced are available from the school office or on the door,

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Year 5 visit is a show stopping celebration

Primary School Life

Today visiting Year 5 students from Easington Lane and Eppleton Primary schools enjoyed lessons in Science and also watched a preview of the Hetton School, ‘Summer Show Case.’ The performance included Brass music from the Hetton School Brass Band and a new all girl voice choir called ‘Vocalise.’

After lunch, Miss Lysiak gave students a taster of Hetton school’s positive focus on celebrating achievement when she hosted a Year 5 version of the English Faculty , ‘Groovy Summer Sunshine Awards.’

Today’s Year 5  ‘Groovy Award’ winners received a £5.00 Amazon Voucher and a certificate praising them for a specific achievement in either English or performance. Students were nominated for these prizes by their Year 5 teachers. The winners were;

Easington Lane; Emily Davison for commitment to violin and drums; Kyle Thompson for commitment to reading & for enjoying Roald Dahl books; Jessica Smith for excellent diary extracts

Eppleton ; Amy Ritchie for excellent drama skills in literacy and language; Jake Moss for being a reading “enthusiast” and for excellent comprehension skills; Teejay Smith for writing an exciting episode for Mai-Ling based on “The Dragon Slayer”

Well done to the six students who won prizes! Keep up the excellent work!

All the students were a credit to their school and teachers. We look forward to seeing them all again in the very near future.

Dates for your diary.  Hetton School Open Evening. Thursday 24th September 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Come along and see for yourself why we are so proud of our school!

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Eppleton School meet  the Hetton Summer Showcase performers

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Easington Lane students pose with the Hetton School Band

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Year 5 Visit

Primary School Life

Year 5 visit is a ‘Groovy Summer’ Success

Today visiting Year 5 students from Hetton Lyons, Hetton Primary and East Rainton enjoyed a range of ‘taster lessons’ including English, ICT, Science and Drama.

After lunch, Miss Lysiak gave students a taster of Hetton school’s positive focus on celebrating achievement when she hosted a Year 5 version of the English Faculty , ‘Groovy Summer Sunshine Awards.’

Today’s Year 5  ‘Groovy Award’ winners received a £5.00 Amazon Voucher and a certificate praising them for a specific achievement in either English or performance. Students were nominated for these prizes by their Year 5 teachers. The winners were;

East Rainton; T.J Outhwaite – for effective use of vocabulary in creative writing; Ethan Nelson – for being an expressive reader and an immense love of books; Jasmine Ather – for keen and positive contribution to the school choir.

Hetton Lyons; Alisha Stubbs- for creative and imaginative narrative based on the Hajj Pilgrimage; Ewan Patton – reading the entire Harry Potter series independently; Troy Brook – for a fantastic performance as Issac Newton in the Year 5 assembly

Hetton Primary; Tia Dover- fantastic diary entry describing a day in Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica; Natasha Gale – For being an absolute bookworm; Evie Lightfoot – Taking the lead in school performances.

Well done to the nine students who won prizes! Keep up the excellent work!

All the students were a credit to their school and teachers. We look forward to seeing them all again in the very near future.

Dates for your diary.  Hetton School Open Evening. Thursday 24th September 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Come along and see for yourself why we are so proud of our school!

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Year Six Stomp at Hetton School!

General Hetton School Life Primary School Life Visits and Events

Year six students from East Rainton, Easington Lane, Eppleton, Hetton Lyons and Hetton Primary enjoyed a STOMPING good time at Hetton School today.

The corridors of Hetton School were filled with the sounds of very strange percussion as Year 6 students worked in teams with the English department to create music from every day classroom objects. Their work was truly amazing, highly creative and very, very loud!

The students then enjoyed a performance which included a Year 8 STOMP act, the school brass band and also highlights from the play Blood Brothers.

All students were a credit to their primary school teachers and we look forward to seeing them all again very soon.

Miss Lysiak

AFL English, Media & Performing Arts

Miss Dixon instructs.

Miss Dixon instructs.

Miss Lysiak conducts the Year six orchestra.

Miss Lysiak conducts the Year six orchestra.

Hetton School Band perform to Year six students.

Hetton School Band perform to Year six students.

Blood Brothers performance at the Year six show.

Blood Brothers performance at the Year six show.

Year 5s enjoy a ‘High School Musical’ Treat

Hetton School Life Primary School Life Visits and Events

Students from 5 local primary schools enjoyed a, ‘High School Musical’ treat today when they attended a final dress rehearsal performance of Disney’s High School Musical. The show was performed by Hetton School students to over a hundred local year 5 students.

Year 5 students from Gillas Lane, East Rainton, Eppleton, Hetton Primary and Bernard Gilpin Schools were treated to a performance of the Disney musical which included all singing, all dancing performances of, ‘ All in this together’ and, ‘The Start of Something New.’

The students thoroughly enjoyed the show, with many of the children (and even some of the teachers … we saw you Miss Lysiak!) singing and clapping along to the songs. One year 5 student stated, “I loved the show because the actors were almost like real movie stars.” Another told us she thought the show was,     “Fantastic, “ and added, “ I’m definitely coming to Hetton School in Year 7!”

Mr Keay, Hetton School’s Headteacher was delighted with the turn out by our local primary schools. “It is great that the Year 5s were able to come in and see some of the brilliant work of our students in the English, Media and Performing Arts Faculty. I hope it inspires them for the future. This is just one of many excellent whole school events that students at Hetton School are part of.”

Hetton School’s performance of Disney’s  High School Musical will be held in the school hall on  Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th April  @7pm. Tickets are available on the door priced £3.00

We’re all in this together!  The cast of High School Musical perform for the Year 5 students from the local community.

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