Category: Good News

School for Fidgets

The week after half term saw the launch of the short film School for Fidgets.  The film explores the need for some children to fidget or chew to help their concentration.  The animation is a combination of a hand-drawn animation by Saskia Grassie, a children’s occupational therapist, and children and young people’s self-portraits, drawn in response to the questionnaire on which the film is based.  Saskia asked the music department way back in 2018 if we could create the music to accompany her animation.  Miss Hughes and Mrs Hudson worked with a small group of pupils for over a year to write, perform and record the accompanying soundtrack. The pupils created the drum rhythm using objects that pupils may fiddle with, in lessons; rulers, pencils and pens and then wrote lyrics which they sang and accompanied themselves on ukuleles and guitars.  The final film was a huge success and has been positively received on social media with some people commenting on the music creating an earworm they struggle to get out of their head!  You can view the film on QEGatesheads YouTube channel by searching for “School for Fidgets QE Gateshead”.  It is also on our social media accounts.  

The National Breakfast Programme

Dear Parents/Carers,

The National School Breakfast programme is a major Government initiative launched to ensure that all school aged children have access to a breakfast each day. We are aware that for many of our students this is something that can be provided at home on a daily basis. In order not to make any distinction between our students, we have been able to secure breakfast provision to cover every student throughout the school in Years 7 – 13.

Eventually, the intention is to ensure that students will simply be able to choose to have the breakfast provided at the canteen free of charge to everyone, but COVID restrictions have meant that this won’t be possible at the moment. So, to ensure that our students don’t miss out on this opportunity, we have started the initiative with years 7, 8, 11 and 13 by giving them their breakfasts to take home. Inside this pack you will find 10 days’ supply of breakfasts in the form of 5 bagels and a large pack of cereal. These will be distributed every fortnight until we are able to provide them via the canteen.

We hope that your child enjoys these breakfasts but we are also aware that not every parent may wish to join in this scheme – If you would not like to take part in it in the future, please keep the initial breakfast pack and click the button below. Fill out the slip at the bottom of the letter, then give it to your child to return to their advisor.

Yours faithfully,

Mr M Searles

Assistant Head teacher

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