Many congratulations to former pupil, Anna Turton, whose poem was recently awarded first place, in the Primary School category, in the 2017 Leeds Peace Poetry Competition. Anna entered her moving and empathetic poem about Refugees during her Summer term of Year 6. She performed her award winning poem to audiences at Newlaithes, at Horsforth High School, and at the awards ceremony, which was held in The Great Hall of The University of Leeds. We are so very proud of the sensitive manner in which you addressed this important subject Anna. You inspired lots of other children to write poems about Refugees. Well done. Mrs Cooke
Yesterday, ten Year 3 and 4 pupils participated in an Able Writers writing workshop, hosted at Ireland Wood Primary School. The children were fortunate enough to work with the children's author, Colin Parsons, who writes science-fiction books. Colin worked with the children, guiding them through the process of writing their own story. Excellent participation and behaviour was displayed by all - well done!
Thanks to Mrs McSorely and Mrs Fearnley for accompanying the pupils.
Many congratulations to one of our former Y6 pupils for an incredible achievement in her KS2 Reading test, which was sat last Summer. The pupil in question achieved the highest score out of the 8,500 Y6 children who sat the national statutory test in Leeds (49/50 marks).
Very well done; we sure that this former Horsforth Newlaithes pupil will continue to flourish at Horsforth High School.
As part of our travelling Book Fair week, we held a whole school 'extreme reading' competition. Pupils were invited to submit a photograph of them enjoying their favorite books in the most imaginative places possible. Well done to all those who entered, and to our 7 daring winners...you scaled trees, climbed into freezers, showered, balanced on parallel bars and so much more!
During National Storytelling Week, we invited parents, carers and grandparents in to school to tell us a story (with or without a book); a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the adults who visited - we really enjoyed hearing your stories. (Reception pupils read their stories to mums and dads inside the dens they had built - check out the Reception class pages to learn more...)
In January, Abby Warner, a Y4 pupil in Willow class, launched 'Newlaithes NEWS', our first ever school newspaper. A raft of reporters and photographers were swiftly recruited from Years 4, 5 and 6, and the news team meet every Thursday lunchtime, with Mrs Cooke. The first edition of Newlaithes NEWS will be posted online on Thursday 26th March. Well done Abby and team - keep up the fantastic work!