Our Nursery Children had lots of fun!


We had a lot of fun at our PTA Fun Run.  We were very lucky to have wonderful sunshine throughout the day and the children had a great time on the field.  As well as the run this year, we set up several World Cup themed activities for them to try.

Our penalty kick station proved the most successful.  Our Nursery and Reception children found out just how bad a goalkeeper Mr Alderson is and both the boys and girls had a great time.
Our Year Six Runners Took it Very Seriously!  Mr Kelly Ran Lots of Laps (Honest)
The sponsorship and donation money totalled nearly £1500 so well done everybody!
Mr Jackson Shows Some Skills!
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who helped out and the staff of North East Sports who kept everyone organised and ran the laps with the children.  What a great day we all had!
Cake Sale
Our cake sale was a great success, we had a tremendous response to our request for cakes.  The children loved the chance for an afternoon treat for half-term and we raised £180.  Thank you to everyone for your hard work and wonderful baking skills!

MiniBus Letter

Dear Parents/Carers

We are writing to share our latest idea to further improve the educational outcomes and life chances of our children here at St Benet’s RC VA Primary School/

at St Benet’s we believe in bringing the curriculum to life so our children can experience a top-quality range of our of school, real life, direct experiences. We are hoping this will give the children the opportunity to visit the wealth of local areas of interest we have in abundance on our doorstep and interesting places further afield. We strongly believe such experiences will be of particular benefit. Not only to inspire the children’s writing, but also enhance their historical, geographical, scientific and artistic skills, knowledge and understanding too.

We currently get the children out as much as possible but transport costs for schools are at a premium. School covers some costs, as do the PTA funds but we do rely on voluntary contributions from our families. We appreciate all your assistance but we are realistic and aware that times are hard.

We are hoping, through sponsorship and fundraising, to buy (or lease) a minibus to facilitate these opportunities and can then rely on lesser contributions from school, PTA and our families. As we have 45 or more pupils in most year groups we would keep going with this project over a number of years.

In addition to this, having a school minibus would also really help with transportation to local sporting events. This will also increase participation, as more children will have additional opportunities to take part in physical activities and encourage them to lead a healthier lifestyle.

In order to get a minibus, we will use some of the monies from our Sports’ School Premium, PTA fund, School Fund and our school account, but we also need to raise some extra funds to cover the cost. Over the next few months, our children will be taking part in some sponsored events and other exciting activities in school to raise money for the minibus. We also hope to organise some family events that everyone can take part in, so watch this space!

We would welcome any ideas you may have to help us no matter how off-the-wall they may be. We would be grateful if you are prepared to share any connections you have including links with local firms and avenues for sponsorship or funding bids. In the past some of our families have supported us if they work for companies with policies to support local projects with matching funding. If any of you have any connections minibus firms/coach companies please also get in touch.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. A big thank you to you all for your continued support and all the events you have helped us with over the years.

Yours sincerely

Alison Hayhoe      &    Ann Blakey

Chair of PTA                Headteacher