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March 2023 Round Ups

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March 31st

Great Big School Clean

As evidence towards our next Green Flag Award, we have signed up to take part in the 'Great Big School Clean' campaign run by Keep Britain Tidy. Over the Easter holidays we are asking children if they can do their part to reduce litter in their community. If you would like to take part and do a litter pick with your child, please take some photos and let us know how many bags you manage to collect via email. We have certificates for any Litter Legends out there! Our Eco Warriors will be continuing this good work after the Easter holidays when we begin our weekly school litter picks. Many thanks to Northumberland County Council for loaning us the equipment.

HEALTH AND SAFETY If you would like to do some litter picking for the Great Big School Clean, we recommend that you avoid:

● Potentially hazardous objects such as unidentified cans or canisters, oil drums and chemical containers.

● Sharp objects such as broken glass and disposable BBQs – these should be collected in separate containers not litter bags.

● Clinical waste such as needles/syringes – do not attempt to move them yourself. Make a note of their location and inform your local council.

● Hazardous areas such as deep or fast-flowing water, steep, slippery or unstable banks, sharp rocks, derelict buildings, busy roads and electric fences (which are identified by yellow warning signs).

● Working alone – all children must work alongside an adult. To avoid illness from poor hygiene, all those taking part in the clean-up must:

● Wear heavy-duty, protective gloves at all times.

● Cover any cuts (however minor) with surgical tape or a waterproof plaster.

● Keep hands away from mouth and eyes while litter-picking.

● Wash hands and forearms before eating, drinking or going to the toilet.


Remember: No one is too small to make a big difference! Good luck and happy litter picking! Mrs Willis


Outstanding Lunch Money

Please could all parents with outstanding lunch arrears clear your bill, thank you


Mrs Armstrong Maternity Leave

Mrs Armstrong will begin her maternity leave this week, her last day in school will be Friday 31st March. I am sure you will join us all in wishing her and her family all the best at this exciting time. T

o cover Mrs Armstrong's maternity leave we are delighted to welcome Mrs O'Farrell to the team. Mrs O'Farrell worked in EYFS in her previous teaching role so has lots of experience, she has been working alongside Mrs Armstrong this week to ensure a smooth transition for the children.


Year 4 Swimming In the Summer term,

Year 4 will begin their swimming lessons on a Wednesday afternoon. Therefore your child will need to bring a

- One piece Swimming costume/ swimming shorts

A Towel

Swimming goggles

A Swimming cap

4G will be the first class to attend, lessons will begin from the 26th April. Children in 4G will be required to wear their PE kit on a Wednesday and Thursday in the next half term. Thanks! The Year 4 Team


Latest Round Up News

 24 March


Easter Egg Competition

Bring a decorated hard boiled Egg into school on Wednesday 29 March, the eggs will be judged in each class by our Catering Company and the winner will receive a chocolate Easter Egg. Good Luck


Dogs In School

Please DO NOT bring any dogs into the school grounds or tie them up near the school gates, there are lots of children & adults who do not like dogs & they feel scared & intimidated just by walking past them, if you can, please avoid bringing your dog to school & DO NOT tie them up near any school gates/entrance.

Thank You


Fairtrade Fortnight

Today marks the end of our celebrations for Fairtrade Fortnight. We have had a very busy couple of weeks! Our Eco Warriors participated in the Big Fairtrade Get Together meeting last week and shared what they had discussed with the whole school in our assembly today. Our focus this year has been Fairtrade and sport. Everyone enjoyed learning how Fairtrade footballs are made and each class participated in a hotly contested Keepy Up competition. The highest scoring footballer in the whole school was Finley who managed an impressive 57 keepy ups and won the top prize of a Fairtrade football! Mrs Willis Eco Schools Lead


Re: Children’s Cancer Run 40th Anniversary, Sunday 14th May 2023

We would love you and your family to join in at the 40th Anniversary of the Children’s Cancer Run at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park.

Please note :- All children must be accompanied by an parent/carer & if you register to run before 31st March you will receive Early Bird Discount Price.


The Children’s Cancer Run is a cross-country family fun run with one, three and five mile routes to choose from. The charity event is organised by Children’s Cancer North and is supported by Greggs. We are very excited to be participating in this event and would like to invite you to join us for what promises to be a fun filled family day out. All participants receive a special 40th Anniversary medal and Greggs snack pack on the day, and all children receive a limited edition t-shirt. Metro Radio will also be there to entertain everyone with music and competitions along with much much more in the Event Village. Please complete an on-line entry form to join our team:

1. Log on to

2. Select ‘Register to Run’

3. Complete your entry form, selecting our school name from the drop down list

4. Click proceed to payment to complete the registration for you and your family


Please note that the three and five mile courses are suitable for children over 7 years old. All children must be supervised by an adult (parents can accompany their children on the Mini Mile without registering but please register if you would like to receive a medal and snack pack)

. We know that times are harder financially than they have been for a long time and would encourage you to just do what you can in order to raise sponsorship; while your entry fee covers the cost of the event, it is your sponsorship that will make a difference in making life better for children and young people with cancer in the North East and Cumbria.

If you are in a position to be able to raise funds please do so by using either the paper sponsor forms that will be provided in your run pack, or the on-line fundraising page created when you register on-line.

Remember that every £1 raised will make a difference.


Your run pack containing your run numbers, children’s t-shirts and start time will be sent home with your child the week before the run. If you have any questions in the meantime please get in touch with our school lead for the event or email


Newcastle Eagles Women's Match

We have been given a code which can be shared with our families for the Newcastle Eagles Women's team local derby v Durham on Sunday 2nd April. The code, which can only be used for this match at Newcastle Eagles Box Office (, gets a £2 discount off each ticket. Please contact the school office if you wish to receive the discount. Thanks! Miss Garrett


Latest Round Up News

3rd March

Reading Stars Challenge

Well done to everyone who completed the Reading Stars Challenge. We had lots of entries and are very proud of all the children for their reading efforts!

The prize winners were-

Harry L (EYFS) Imogen B (KS1) Elsie B (Lower KS2) Ela G (Upper Ks2)

The costumes for World Book Day have been AMAZING this year! Once again, huge well done to everyone!


Safe secure, online -reporting harmful content

What is harmful content?

Well, it’s anything online which causes a person distress or harm. UK Safer Internet Centre have put together a great online resource which focuses on providing advice about all types of harm online and signposting users to the correct services. Two versions of the 'Report Harmful Content; website have been developed, 1 for children and one for adults. Find out more here: Reporting harmful content - adults Reporting harmful content - children


Ofsted News

Last half term we were delighted to have an inspector from Ofsted in school and share with the inspector all the great things we do at Burnside. Our inspection was an ungraded inspection but we will still receive a short report that will be shared with parents. We have been informed that the report can take a few weeks to prepare but we look forward to sharing it with you as soon as we receive it.


Smart Uniform

The vast majority of children come to school in the correct school uniform, thank you for your support with this. Here are some reminders for clarification.

School Uniform

All children are expected to wear uniform. Items should be labelled with your child’s name to minimise lost property. a red sweatshirt or cardigan; a white Polo shirt plain grey or black school style trousers, skirt or shorts black or white or red socks / tights; plain black shoes. For safety, no open-toed shoes, high-heels, platforms or roller shoes. Trainers should only be worn on PE or outdoor learning days. additional under-layers are encouraged for colder days. In warmer months summer red and white checked dresses may be worn.

PE uniform PE kit / 'uniform' is worn for the whole day on a child's allocated PE day. Black, red or white T-shirt Black jogging bottoms Black PE shorts Trainers

No make up, extreme hair styles, nail vanish, earrings or jewelry.

Please note that it is NOT a requirement to wear branded/logo clothing. We also advise that children do not come to school in expensive coats or trainers on PE days. We prefer joggers to be plain rather than expensive sports brands.


Reception - Fruit Tasting

All reception children will be taking part in fruit tasting on Monday 6th March 2022. They will be trying pineapple, avocado, guava, passion fruit & mango. All children will be taking part unless parents contact the school office with any objections, please also let us know if your child has any allergies. Thank You Reception Team


Let Girls Play

On Wednesday 8th March, Burnside will be participating in the #LetGirlsPlay "Biggest Ever Football Session". Can all girls from Years 1-6 please come into school wearing their PE kit. They will be visited by a coach and will work with their year group to perform football related skills. Thanks! Miss Garrett


Book Fair

The scholastic book fair will be arriving in school next week. The book fair will be open in the school hall Tuesday 7th-Thursday 9th from 3.15pm-4.00pm. It will also be open on Wednesday 8th 8:30am -9:00am for morning only nursery. Parents/carers are to accompany their child/children to the book fair. School earns commission on sales to go towards buying new books for school. We are very grateful for all your support! World Book Day tokens can be used towards buying books at the book fair. Miss Turnbull


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