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Christmas Coffee Afternoon Winner!


On Saturday 27th January, a lucky raffle ticket winner attended the Sunderland vs Hull City match in an executive box. The game ended  1-0 and a great day was had by all. We would like to thank Adient who donated the prize.

Knitted Bible

On Wednesday 17th January the Church Council; plus representatives from Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2, were lucky enough to attend St. Mark’s and St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church and visit the ‘Knitted Bible’.

 Our Nativity

Our Key Stage 1 Nativity was a huge success. The photo gallery below is of our Y Classes.

The gallery below shows pictures from the X Class Nativity

While we were at church we shared the story of the Christingle. Christingle celebrations are named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle. Find out more about the meaning of each element of the Christingle below. 

Each piece of the Christingle holds special symbolism to help children understand  the importance of Jesus and the Gospel, and its relevance at Christmas time.  

  • The orange represents the world
  • The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ
  • The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
  • The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness

Breakfast With Santa

On Monday and Tuesday we had a very special visitor join us for breakfast. 

Reception Open Day

Please join us at 10am and 2pm for our Reception Open Day on 29th November.


Mystery Boxes

Today we received our first Mystery Box!! We wonder what it has inside? 




This year for our Christmas Coffee Afternoon we are asking the children to create small wrapped Mystery Boxes.  These will be sold for £1 at the event. The boxes can contain one gift or a selection of small treats. Please specify whether your Mystery Box contains boy/girl/unisex items and what age it is suitable for.  Remember that the items can be pre-loved as long as they in  “as new” condition. Boxes can be wrapped in Christmas wrapping  paper or decorated in a Christmas theme. Please bring your mystery boxes into school     by 17th November.


Space Projects

Year 5 have been very busy with their space projects. On Wednesday 18th October they all gathered to share their creations.

 Official Nursery Opening

On Monday 16th October, the Right Reverend Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham, officially opened Cleadon Church of England Academy Nursery.  Mrs Tooley kindly invited the children from Key Stage 2 Church Council to join the Nursery and participate in the official opening.  The older children worked with the younger children as Bishop Paul moved around the  Nursery, talking to the children. After the Church Council had played with the children, the Nursery children performed ‘Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’ for Bishop Paul and we sang along.  The Bishop cut a purple ribbon outside to officially open the Nursery. Mrs Atchison had baked an amazing cake with the School crest on the top.  We all enjoyed a piece of cake.  It was absolutely delicious. Bishop Paul said a prayer, blessed the Nursery and all of the children and grown-ups who work there. The Church Council said ‘It was the best day ever!’ and wished that they could go to that Nursery when they were younger.




RAP Workshop


Our Year 6 children were given the opportunity to attend South Tyneside's RAP workshop. The overall aim of the event is to raise children's awareness of the hazards associated with play and to increase knowledge of what can be done if an accident occurs. Research shows the majority of accidents experienced by 10 and 11 year-olds happen when they are playing and on the roads. As a result, 459 children die from accidents and a further one million are injured in the UK every year. This scheme aims to teach the children how to identify hazards, how to make good choices and what to do if an emergency does occur. 


It is at this time of the year that we say Thank You to God for the harvest. Our Key Stage 1 told the story of Johnny Appleseed.               Key Stage 2 visited the church for a traditional harvest service and Reception performed the story of The Little Red Hen. 

Germ Awareness

Year 1 worked with some of our local NHS staff to raise their awareness of how to stop germs spreading. 

Give Racism the Red Card

Year 6 visited the Stadium of Light to take part in Give Racism the Red Card