Today I had the absolute pleasure of taking four of our Junior Sports Leaders - Alex, Ellie, Jamie & Daniel - to Shotton Hall, where they helped with the running of an outdoor and adventurous day for Year 2 pupils from across our local area. They worked with young children from 11 different schools to explain, lead and encourage on two different activities. They often had to work without an adult to guide them - most of the time, in fact, as I was helping Year 2 - and by the end of the day I had lost count of the number of times other teachers and organisers had told me how brilliant these young people were. They were the only Year 6 volunteers there as other activities were led by 16-18 year olds from Shotton College and they were as confident and involved as the best of these older pupils.
As we drove back to school at the end of a tiring day, Jamie told me he was delighted to have had a day with no work. "I haven't even had a pen in my hand!" he told me. I disagree. The older pupils there were being assessed on their delivery of activities. Our fantastic four just did it because they loved it. They get no assessment, no marks for their day of hard work but they really worked hard today to develop some important communication and life skills. I could not be prouder of them. Well done kids!
Thank you Mrs. Eadsforth and Year 4 for a delightful and thoughtful class assembly. What a lovely family and caring school St. Cuthbert's is.
I have just come back from the dance show case. The children's performance was fantastic and I left feeling extremely proud that my children had been part of it. The biggest thank you goes out to Mrs Strong and Miss Armes for all their hard work and for giving up their free time to teach the children the dances and for being there tonight. Well Done to you all.
Congratulations to Mrs. Strong, Miss Armes and all the children who took part in the Dance Showcase tonight. It was a fabulous performance and obviously a massive amount of hard work had gone into preparing for tonight, Well done everyone and a big thank you to all.
Today I just did my first sats test and it was not as bad as I thought I am really happy because this year I have improved in alot of stuff and thank you to all the teachers that have helped me.
Good luck year 6, you have all worked so hard we are all extremely proud of each and every one of you!
Thank you to St. Cuthbert's School Choir for a stunning performance at the Easter Vigil. Our family was very moved by your beautiful voices. When I first read the order of service and the hymns to be sung I thought the level of difficulty might be above the experience and ability of such young children.
But I was proved totally, and happily, wrong.
The school choir handled it like pros. They were clear, confident and note perfect as their voices soared up to the rafters and throughout the church.
Thank you to the choir, Mrs. Noble and all the adults who have worked with the children, to bring about a memorable performance.
A special mention for Emma, Year 6, when did a reading at the Easter Vigil. Emma read beautifully. It was a joy to listen to her as she read perfectly, with a lovely quiet confidence. Well done Emma. John, my husband, said you read like a professional. xx
The footy season has finished. I've enjoyed being captain. It has been a good season but unfortunately we didn't win any trophies. I thought the lads played really well and I hope they do even better next year.
Year 6 Liturgy, on Friday, March 31st, was, I felt, profound. There was a depth to it that was very emotive and all consuming. I was totally engaged from the first moment the first child spoke. It was educational, informing us about the plight of refugees worldwide, with a huge world map on the whiteboard where a child showed us the key areas throughout the world where refugees come from. It was a Liturgy where Year 6 raised our awareness and gave us the facts about refugees worldwide. I was deeply touched by how they put it across. And they linked it beautifully to the question of, 'Who is our neighbour?' with their Bible story of The Good Samaritan. They also showed us how, as a whole school, St. Cuthbert's collect money, throughout Lent, for CAFOD, money which will help refugees.
Year 6 sang beautifully and invited us to join in their prayers which they prayed with great reverence.
We, as a family, were deeply touched by this wonderfully informative, educational, prayerful, spiritual and moving assembly which through the eyes of every child in Year 6 definitely raised our awareness of the importance of loving, caring and forgiving each other.
Thank you Year 6 and Miss Huntley. You did a great job together.
Over the last two weeks we have had the opportunity to be present for two class liturgies ... Year 1 and Year 6. And they were both special. Our grandson Corey is in Year 1 and our grandson Shay is in Year 6.
Year 1 Liturgy on the 24th. March had the theme, 'Mother's Day'.
It was a beautiful Liturgy, from beginning to end, with every child touching our hearts with their beautiful singing, prayers and loving messages to their mams. Every message to a Mam was met with 'oohs' and 'aaahs' from the everyone in the appreciative audience. I think all our hearts were touched by the innocence and beauty, and often humour, in every message. There was laughter and tears of joy too from happy and proud parents and grandparents. I was amazed at all the lovely songs Year 1 had learned and sang out so clearly. Their speaking out was impressive too. They are growing and gaining in confidence every day. Lovely to see. Thank you to Mrs. Lambert and all the staff who teach, love and care for them every day, in every way.
Just wanted to say a massive well done to all our fabulous dancers who went to the Dance Festival yesterday! You performed your socks off. Well done everyone but especially those boys and girls who were there for the very first time and for some the very first time dancing on a stage for an audience, You were fantastic, both myself and Miss Armes are so proud of you.
I have studied at St. Cuthbert's about 8 years ago in year 3. I am so glad to see that there are not many changes to the playground. I still remember the previous head teacher giving me a sticker and also my year 3 teacher teaching me times tables. Really happy to see the new teachers and I am missing those days.
hoppedy hoppedy hop! i hope all of the children are behaving themselves leading up to easter! we will be surprising you with lots of eggs and chocolate!
PS children, always behave yourselves for the easter bunny and especially your parents.
i hope you get lots of eggs from your family (i will be bringing some too)
have a happy easter boys and girls!
I love using the iPads and laptops with Mr Graham. Today I coloured in a cow picture and made it come to life with the iPad. It was amazing. Last week I played on the lego game to make the robot move direction. Mr Graham said he had never seen anyone get past level 6 and I did it. Thank you Mr Graham and Mrs Lambert
Wow! I've had a fantastic night at St Cuthbert's Cafe for cookery club's Valentine's meal with Miss Hodgson as my date for the night! The food was fantastic and all of your special guests loved the evening. We were very proud of your skills, effort and team work. Thank you all so much for inviting me. Needless to say, without Mrs McGann, Mrs Prest and Mrs Donnelly this amazing opportunity for our Year 5 pupils wouldn't be possible so a huge thank you to them as well.
Had a fantastic night at the yr 5 cookery clubs 3 course valentines meal tonight. Food and company were great. Children had worked so hard and the food tasted lovely. Well done to our daughter Lily and her friends Hannah, Casey-Leigh, Fran, May, Louin, Oliver and Matthew and Mrs prest, McGann and Donnelly.
I'm loving my time in Year 4. Mrs Eadsforth is really nice and helping me learn my timetables very quickly. I hope her ankle gets better soon because people keep kicking it. I will miss her when I go into Year 5 but I will probably enjoy Year 5 with Miss Parlett.
I LOVE ALL OF THE TEACHERS IN ST.CUTHBERTS SCHOOL
Gail Robinson thankyou very much for leaning and teaching us the pretsle and the butterfly these moves are very amazing and i can finally do the pretsle and the butterfly.
thankyou Gail Robinson great skipping teacher xxx
What a lovely school, everyone makes you feel so welcome. The staff are all willing to help and all of the children are kind, thoughtful and polite. I look forward to working with you all again soon!
Wow! St Cuthbert's RC - you are now a skipping school!
Y3 and Y4 children - you have been fantastic listeners and have a brilliant attitude. I am looking forward to working with the skip team in March 🙂
Thank you for making me feel so welcome in your lovely school. Keep smiling and skipping!
Hope you get better Mrs Eadsforth
As the governor responsible for literacy, I enjoyed my school visit today and listened to readers from every class. I also managed to look at lots of examples of work in books. I was very impressed with the effort made by the children and the teacher's comments and marking.
Our family tonight enjoyed a beautiful experience.... Midnight Mass at St. Cuthbert's Church, Seaham. The church was packed and we could see that Father Hastie was very happy with that.
It was beautiful to see the little girl from Reception Class carry out Baby Jesus and lay him in the manger. And the St. Cuthbert's School choir was wonderful... no other word to describe them. Wonderful..
Our grandson Shay was in the choir. Couldn't resist turning around to have a look at him. His little brother Corey, Year 1, sang every word and verse of Silent Night. He hasn't stoped singing it at home since he learned it for the Year 1/2 Nativity performance. Lovely to hear.
I love the impact St. Cuthbert's School has on our grandchildren. A beautiful ,enriching experience that they will carry with them all through their lives. Thank you all. And a happy Christmas 🎄🎄🎄
This morning John and I went to St. Cuthbert's Church for St. Cuthbert's Primary School Christmas Carol Service and as the church filled up with parents and grandparents, friends and family there was a lovely sense of excitement and anticipation in the lovely warm air of the church..... Father Hastie had put the heat on.... as we all gathered to see the children come into the church and begin the carol service.
I loved the carols as we were waiting for the service to begin. That was a lovely touch and I began to feel the peace and hope of Christmas in my heart.
Mrs. Parlett with her Year 5 Class led the service with beautiful readings and singing from her class. They were amazing. And it was obvious from the perfection of everything they did the sheer amount of hard work and dedication that had gone into such a flawless performance from every Year 5 pupil. A big 'Thank you' to Mrs. Parlett and every child in her class. They were inspirational.
Mrs. Noble led the choir in magical singing. They were delightful. And their attitude, stance and demeanour was lovely to see and admire all the way through every carol they performed so beautifully. They too were inspirational. And I know too that Mrs. Noble puts everything into preparing the choir for performances with early morning, before school, choir practice. A labour of love. It has really helped our grandson Shay develop his confidence, we will miss seeing his gorgeous little face next year when he moves on to 'big school'. Thank you Mrs. Noble and all the children in the choir. You brought magic into our lives again this Christmas.
We enjoyed the individual singing, too, from each class. They were all super and performed with happiness and enthusiasm. Thank you all.
Aw... and Reception Class. Just class. A class act. Their singing and dancing.... some non - stop dancing too, had the congregation turning to smilecat each other. They were superb.
Thank you Mrs.Groark they were absolutely lovely. Real gems.
The whole Carol Service was an outstanding success. I could tell that that was definitely so when I saw John shaking his hips to one of the carols. A sight to behold. xx
The Year1/Year2 pupils today retold the story of the well-loved Christmas carol Silent Night for their festive show. The play told the story of Barney, a church mouse who ate the organ bellows so the congregation couldn't play their normal carols and had to create a new one - Silent Night.
I have never seen this performed before and so it was a joy to watch Years 1 and 2 bring it to life in a delightful way.
It felt like every child had a star part because each one brought so much fun and enthusiasm to it with fabulous singing, dancing and speaking.
I loved the joy the children brought to it. They were lovely to watch - every one. I had a great time.
And I have, been watching via the internet, , since I came home from school today, Harry Stiles from One Direction perform as Barney in his first school play, and I can only say, 'Eat you heart out Harry, our Barney was simply the best'.
My two sons joined the school in years 1 and 3 after moving to Seaham, they both thoroughly enjoyed their time at St. Cuthberts and being part of a such a great community.
This year, once again, we are very happy that our grandchildren will travel to the Gala Theatre, Durham for the Christmas Pantomime. This year it is Jack and the Beanstalk, a favourite traditional story of mine. I love it. I think the school is great to put in the preparation needed to organise this trip for the children. Something they will never forget. A lovely memory from their childhood. There are tickets to be booked, a date to be decided upon, transport to be arranged, letters to be sent home. No magic wand involved, but time and effort from everyone in the school.
And the cost? A wonderful £5 for each child, almost half the price otherwise. And the school organised a fund raiser towards the cost of the tickets and the transport costs. We were very happy to sponsor our grandchildren and to support the school in the fundraiser.
This is a great opportunity for all the children to enjoy the pantomime together and to shout out, 'He's behind you'.
Thank you St. Cuthbert's. We really appreciate it 🎄🎄🎄
Fencing is both an ancient tradition of honor and a timeless art.
Although actors frequently learn how to fence for films, actors Tom Cruise and Will Smith and British football star David Beckham all fence simply for the love of the sport and one another’s company. They’ve formed a sort of informal “fencer’s club” and they gather as often as possible to train together.
This afternoon we had the privilege to watch Year 6 pupils, from the after school Fencing Club, perform, and show off , their newly learned fencing skills, in competition with each other.
At times the atmosphere was tense and nail biting as each competitor fought for supremacy. They were all great. We were amazed at their concentration, poise, and dexterity as they parried , like the famous French Musketeers, with their swords.
As they danced backwards and forwards in combat we could imagine them saying, 'Take that' and 'Touche'.
Our grandson Shay was very confident. We were amazed at his attacking strengths. Before he started his bout his little brother Corey was going, 'Go Shay, go Shay' ..... in a whisper.
The pupils behaviour was exemplary. They helped each other get into the complicated gear for their bout and were on hand again to help each other disrobe. Commendable.
The audience got great praise too. Seemingly we were the biggest audience ever from all the County Durham Schools and also the best behaved.
Super afternoon all round.
I would just like to say well done to everyone who dressed as a super hero or wore blue today. You all looked fabulous! I hope everyone enjoyed the anti bullying activities and the assembly. I am looking forward to working with our new Anti Bullying Ambassadors.
Great website, Well Done Mr Graham!
Well done Year 1 for leading the assembly on Friday. We were a little stage struck as so many parents and grandparents came but I'm very proud of you all. You introduced Show Racism the red Card by telling us that all our differences are amazing and we should all embrace who we are. Again, very well done.
Just wanted to write to say I love my new school and I have made loads and loads of new friends. I'm missing primary school and my buddy Evie but I hope she is having a fab time in year 1. Unfortunately, I broke my ankle on the trampoline at school so I'm off school for a while but yes I'm loving secondary school. I hope all of you are doing great. Look forward to seeing you all in the future xx
Just wanted to let you know I'm loving my new senior school. I've made lots of friends and I'm really enjoying the work (including maths!!). I really wanted to let my buddy Corey know I was thinking of him at the start of the school term and I really miss seeing his little face, I hope he is loving year 1 and getting stuck in. It's nearly half term and the past 6 weeks have flown by hope they have for you too Corey Boy, I miss you x
Year 4 Assembly on Friday showed the caring nature of St. Cuthbert's School. As grandparents, we thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more
Well done children and thank you to Miss Marron.
I am in year6 now and this school has been great so far. I have made so many friends ever since reception class! I remember having a buddy in reception and now I am a buddy and I couldn't be happier! I am excited to see what comes next at St.Cuthberts and thankyou to everyone who as taught me!
We are just into the first half-term of a new school year and already I have been enjoying all the lovely photos of the fabulous activities going on. I know our grandsons Shay and Corey enjoy all the different choices at Breakfast Club and have my mouth watering when they talk about the variety on the menu at dinner time. And Sticky Toffee Pudding too. Yummy. Nothing like that when I was at school. They are so lucky.
Great too to see the photos of the footballing teams and they are doing brilliantly. Well done.
Congratulations too on the school being awarded the Silver School Games Mark. Wow. I'm not surprised though because the children are given a whole host of sporting and fitness opportunities. Great too to see the photos of the youngest pupils enjoying the activities with The Seaham Futsal Academy.
The children dressed up as characters from their favourite Roald Dahl book made me smile. Fab outfits.... they all looked amazing. Our daughter Kelly dressed up as Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And the children in her class loved it.... They wanted her to wear her purple wig every day. Lol
Absolutely loved too the photos of Reception Class with their Year 6 buddies. And their assembly all together was superb. Loved how Year 6 spoke and sang. They are a credit to the school. Aw... and Reception. After just a few weeks in school they sang and performed like real troopers...... showing confidence already. Just great to see that.
I look forward to seeing more photos of all the brilliant activities throughout the year.
We have just returned from a thoughtful and emotional class assembly presented by Year 6 and Reception Class. The children were wonderful. Many thanks to Miss Huntley and Mrs. Groark ( the real one).
On Friday evening I had the pleasure of refereeing the football matches between St. Cuthbert's and Ropery Walk. St. Cuthbert's won both and played superbly. Their behaviour was excellent and they were a credit to our school.
Many thanks to Mrs. Prest and Mrs.Donnelly for the time they give to these young footballers.
Well done to all.
I have enjoyed this school all the way through and know that I am in year 6 my buddy is the icing on the cake. I think it is so nice that year 6 get the chance to welcome and help receptions. I have enjoyed every minute of this school and I know my last year here will be the best. I'd just like to thank all the teachers and helpers for making my time here so special and a big thank to the reception and Miss Huntley and Mrs Prest for letting us have buddy time
THANK YOU ALL for the best years of my life so far