Friday Bulletin – 16th June 2017

16 June 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a wonderful week we’ve had in and around Amsterdam. The children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have learned so much. We started off our week with an incredibly moving visit to Anne Frank’s house in the centre of Amsterdam; the children were exceptionally respectful and asked some very thoughtful questions about what life must have been like during the war. We were then treated to a cruise through Amsterdam’s extraordinary canal system, followed by a short journey to our hotel by the seaside in Noordwijk.

The next morning we were back in Amsterdam to visit the Rijksmuseum. The children were able to admire paintings and other artwork by a huge range of artists including Rembrandt, Monet and Vincent van Gogh. It was hard to follow the museum’s grandeur, so we headed off to a traditional clog and cheese factory. It’s amazing to see just how many variety of cheeses are made – you may well find one in your child’s suitcase!

One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the Madurodam Miniature Village. You can explore their website by following this link After a busy morning exploring, we headed north to Volendam for some sightseeing and some souvenir shopping.

This morning, we climbed a windmill at the Zaanse Schans Windmill Village and are now on our way to Schiphol Airport ready for our journey home. The children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves, had lots of experiences to enrich their knowledge of the curriculum, and have hopefully made some very special memories to last a lifetime.


I hope you have a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Whistler


Dates for your diary for the coming weeks:


Friday 16th June

  • Year 6 return from residential visit (please collect from Newcastle Airport at approx.5pm)
Monday 19th June

  • ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ working with Year 5
  • Zoolab visiting Year 1
  • Mr Mohammed Shammaz from Heaton Mosque visiting Year 6
Tuesday 20th June

  • Zoolab visiting Early Years
  • Year 2 visit to Hamsterley Forest


Monday 26th June & Tuesday 27th June

  • Children are in their September classes for the afternoon
Saturday 1st July

  • Transition morning to meet your new teacher for September 2017 (new Year 1 – new Year 6 children)
  • Kells Lane Food Market
Tuesday 4th July

  • Music concert for parents of musicians in school (2pm start)
Wednesday 5th July

  • Joseph Swan concert for musicians – more details to follow (6.30 pm start)
Monday 10th July

  • Year 2 Performance (dress rehearsal – 2pm start)
Tuesday 11th July

  • Year 2 Performance (2pm start)
Friday 14th July

  • Sports Day (will be held at Joseph Swan Academy) Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 in the morning and Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 in the afternoon
Thursday 13th July

  • Year 6 Performance (dress rehearsal at 1.30 pm)
  • Year 6 Performance (5 pm)
  •  Year 5 Kwik cricket tournament
Wednesday 19th July

  • Year 6 Presentation Evening (5 pm start)
Thursday 20th July

  • Last day of term for pupils (school finishes at normal time)
Tuesday 5th September

  • First day of term for pupils