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St Hedda's RC Primary
Egton Bridge
YO21 1UX

01947 895361

Head Teacher:
Mrs Hilary Thompson

Chair of Governors:
Clare Dalton

History... 08-09

Sports Day - June 2009

Once again the weather was kind to us for our annual Sports Day on Tuesday 23rd June. There was an excellent crowd of support from both families and friends.

This year we were in our “house” teams; Barn Owls, Lapwings, Kestrels and Kingfishers.  We also introduced some new team relay races which included flat race, bean bag and water team relays these were contested very competitively.


The scores remained close throughout the afternoon, culminating in a vital last race to see who would become this year’s champions.




Tri - Golf Festival - June 2009

Following on from the Tri-golf coaching lessons in school, some children took part in the Tri-Golf Festival at Whitby Golf Club.  Children had to work round various skill stations, winning points along the way.  We were delighted to finish in 2nd place.


It was an enjoyable morning despite being bitterly cold!

Children have enjoyed their second session of cricket coaching by local junior cricket development officer Leigh Coates. 

Children have also been introduced to a new sport this term, Basketball.  Children were taught the basic skills of the game throughout 4 sessions delivered by  Basketball community development officer, Martin Roberts.

This term we also celebrated National Sports Week by trying various sporting activities, designing adverts for a sporting event and the KS2 class designed a golf course for the infants to try their skills at.

Year 5 children joined with other year 5 children from the valley schools to take part in a morning of “Orienteering”. This was a very enjoyable morning in which the children were given various tasks which included using navigational skills to work their way around a course.


R.E. - June 2009

This term our topics were Good News, Choices and Neighbours.

On Wednesday 3rd June we celebrated “Pentecost” with a special
day in school.  We came to school wearing red and yellow clothes, the colours that symbolise Pentecost.  We started the day with an assembly given by Mr Hay, Diocesan RE Co-ordinator, who joined us for the day. Throughout the day we did lots of activities which included making buns, wind socks and prayer doves.  We also had a picnic at lunch time.



PEAT RIGG Residential trip - May 2009

The year 5s and 6s took part in a residential trip to Peat Rigg. We spent a week taking part in lots of different activities. When we arrived, we walked in to find just bare rooms with fresh sheets from the laundry. So before we did anything else we had to make our beds. For some of us, this was the first time and proved to be a tricky task! We really liked the dormitories as they were cosy. Throughout the week we were very well fed. The food was very tasty and we could eat as much as we liked as we had to keep our energy levels high! We made some new friends from Castleton and Egton School and of course Stan the dog who was loved by everyone!


As well as activities during the day, we took part in activities like orienteering, blindfolded obstacle courses and forest treks in the evening. After these, we were all feeling tired and ready for a quick shower and hot chocolate before we headed for bed. We were all very brave and lots of us faced our fears whilst tree climbing, canoeing and abseiling. This was one of our scariest moments as we were sitting on the edge of a 50m high viaduct. One of our favourite activities was canoeing. We paddled from Ruswarp to Whitby and the best part was going down the weir.


We also enjoyed doing a night line. We were blindfolded and had to find our way around an obstacle course using just a rope. On the last night, the sun came out and we enjoyed a BBQ and talent show. The evening featured a
variety of entertainment including magic and mind reading and of course singing and dancing from our own Meg and Rhian!

We loved Peat Rigg, we made lots of friends and the saddest part of the week was when we had to leave.

       Report by pupils from Years 5 and 6


This year the Postgate Rally was held at EgtonBridge.  Children had been learning about the life of Nicholas Postgate and a selection of their work was displayed in St. Hedda’s Church prior to the Postgate Rally.

 Willow Planting - April 2009

During the last week of term, all children took part in “Willow planting”.  As you know this was co-ordinated by project leaders: Rhian, Megan, Daniel, Stephen and Maeve working with a specialist sculpture team from Dolphin Design. The end result is a willow dome with a tunnel on the school field.


Easter - April 2009

During the last week of term we focused on Easter using our Easter tree with Lenten promises and our Easter Garden. We also held our annual Decorated Easter egg competition.  This is always a popular and enjoyable event.

The children made lots of wonderful creations and it was a difficult decision for the judge, Mrs Wall.

The winners were:


Y5/6 – Bird on a Branch by Rhian Hodgson

Y3/4 – Rabbits at play by Maeve Clenaghan

Years 1/2 – Hornet fly by Reece Foster

 Reception – Chick and Bunny by Gracie Elder.


During the afternoon the children took part in an Easter symbol treasure hunt round the playground.  The Barn Owls were the first group to find all their symbols.  We then enjoyed an Easter Assembly by Mrs Wall.





 KS1 Whitby Museum - March 2009

On Wednesday 11th March KS1 had a trip to

WhitbyMuseum where they took part in science experiments and then had a really exciting tour of the museum. 

PSLN – BRAINBOXX - March 2009

As part of the ongoing Primary Strategy Learning Network cluster, years 3 and 4 children from the valley schools joined together at St. Hedda’s to take part in a Brainboxx activity run by Mr John Fewings. This involved showing pupils memory and thinking techniques. It was very enjoyable.  If your child is in year 3 or 4 see if they can remember the body pegs with numbers 1-20!

CAFOD - March 2009

On Friday 6th March we held our annual Lenten CAFOD Fun Day.  This was arranged and run entirely by the KS2 children who had the following stalls; cakes, biscuits, books, 10p, sweets and games.  We were joined by many parents throughout the morning and raised the fantastic amount of £125.92 which has been forwarded to CAFOD.


Eskdale Festival - March 2009

During this term children from KS2 took part in verse speaking at the annual Eskdale Festival.  The whole school sang “Yellow Submarine” and “You shall go out with joy” in the Primary School Singing Class accompanied by Mr Moss. Following their violin lessons in school with Miss Hydes, children from Years 3 and 4 took part in the Strings Orchestra Class and came joint second. We thank Mrs Wall, Mr Moss and Miss Hydes for all their hard work in preparing us for the festival.  Congratulations to everyone who took part.


Mexican Evening - February 2009

On Friday 27th February we held a Mexican Evening in school.  This was a very informal evening where visitors were able to take part in a quiz, have a go at the Mexican Hat Dance and sample some tasty Mexican snacks! It was lovely to see so many children, parents and friends at this event!


The Sound of Music - December 2008

Our Christmas production this year was ‘The Sound of Music’. All the children took part and performed to two full audiences on Thursday and Friday evenings.