Nov 15 2012

Walk Once a Week (WOW!) »

Strider came to our school today.  He visited the children in breakfast club first of all.  Then he went into the playground to greet the children and parents as they arrived for school.  Strider and his friend gave out special badges to the children who had walked to school today.

Remember that you can earn a badge every month by walking to school at least once a week.  In Classes 1, 2 and 3 the classroom staff will ask childern how they have travelled.  In nursery, parents are asked to tell a  member of staff on arrival at nursery if they have walked that day.

Please note that travelling ‘actively’ also counts!  This means cycling or scooting.  It also qualifies if you park away from the school (outside our school permit zones) and walk the rest of the way.

For more information please read this letter and visit this website –

Posted by: Ms Wilson Categories: School Events

Sep 10 2012

Julia Donaldson replied! »


Last year the Year 2 children carried out several weeks work all about Julia Donaldson and her books. At the end of the project they wrote to Julia Donaldson to tell her how much they enjoyed her books. They also asked her some questions that they’d been wondering about as they were learning about her.
Over the summer holidays the school got a reply from Julia Donaldson on a lovely post card.
Julia Donaldson postcard
Front of postcard
Posted by: Mr Handy Categories: Class 3

Sep 4 2012

Activity Bear's Summer Olympics Adventure! »

Have you been reading Activity Bear’s Olympics blog?  Click on the photograph to read the blog.

Posted by: Ms Wilson Categories: Uncategorized

Jul 19 2012

The Queen! »

Yesterday the class 3 children went to Palace Green to see the Queen pass on her way to have lunch at Durham Castle.

This photograph was taken by Gregor’s mum and she has kindly allowed us to put it onto the website.

If you would like to see what the Queen had for lunch then click here to see the menu.

Posted by: Ms Wilson Categories: Class 3

Jul 19 2012

Fundraising Website (Friends) »

Hi, here is a quick update on It is an easy online fund raising place for most (if not all) of your online purchases. So far, it is quick and easy to register and use, which makes it very exciting.

“How it works- helps charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and other good causes to raise money when their supporters shop online. So far we’ve raised over £3 million for causes throughout the UK. It works in a similar way to nectar, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead. It’s as simple as that!”

The registered ‘retailers’ will donate x% per purchase to a ‘cause’, in our case we are registered as The Friends of St Oswald`s C E School – Durham. To use it, you need to individually register and importantly add The Friends of St Oswald`s C E School – Durham to your account and then use it to shop online as you would for example Sainsburys, Tescos, John Lewis, Amazon etc. There are a lot of retailers!
Once we reach £15, School will receive a monthly cheque. After informally trying it out over a couple of months, two or three of us have already totted up £7.50.

“You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate up to 15% of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 2.5%, Amazon 2.5%, The Body Shop 10%, some insurance retailers will even donate up to £30 simply for taking out a policy with them!”

Any questions please ask

Nicola van den Bremer-Hornsby

(as of September- Yfke class 3, Isadora and Amke reception)

or via The Friends Facebook group- Friends of St Oswald’s

Posted by: Ms Wilson Categories: Friends

Jul 11 2012

Bear at the Olympics - a Blog! »

Katie’s mum (nursery) is a volunteer at the Olympics.  She has very kindly agreed to take Class 1’s Activity Bear with her and will be keeping a blog.

You can read the blog at this link –

You can leave comments on the blog posts by logging into the learning platform.

We hope that you enjoy reading the blog.  Many thanks to Ms Munro!

Posted by: Ms Wilson Categories: Uncategorized

Jun 25 2012

Nursery Farm Trip »

On Wednesday we are going to the farm.

Here are some reminders:

Please dress your child for the weather.  Wellies and waterproofs are recommended!  If it is a sunny day then please apply sun cream to your child before arriving at nursery.  If it is a sunny day then a sun hat will be useful.  We would appreciate if children wear the school uniform sweatshirt and will provide one to anyone who does not have one.

Please remember to provide a packed lunch for your child.

The bus will leave school at around 9.15am so please arrive for 9am.  Nursery will be busier than normal in the morning so parents are kindly asked to leave promptly after dropping your child.  Parent helpers are asked to arrive for 9am and to wait in the Sunshine Room part of the nursery.

The bus is due to return to the school for 2.30pm.  We will send a text message to tell parents if it will be earlier or later than this for any reason.  Please collect your child from school at 2.30pm unless they would normally stay for after-school club.

Posted by: Ms Wilson Categories: Nursery, Sunshine Club

Jun 20 2012

Olympic Swimmer Visit »

Yesterday Chris Cook visited our school and led an assembly.  This was very inspirational and we all enjoyed meeting him and hearing about his experiences.

You can read about him on his website at


Posted by: Ms Wilson Categories: School Events

Jun 15 2012

Durham Junior Chess - Event Information »

Durham City Junior CHESS

@CoxhoeCoxhoe Village Hall, Coxhoe, DH6 4DA

Saturday 7th July 2012, 2.00 – 5.00 p.m.

Please click here to view the flyer with full information.

Posted by: Ms Wilson Categories: Uncategorized

May 23 2012

Friends of St Oswald's on Facebook »

The Friends Facebook group is now live – please join us!

Intended as an additional means of informal communication between parents and other (adults) with a link to the school, we hope it will enhance the community associated with the school by helping to you to make contact with a wider group, share ideas and provide mutual support.

All parents / staff and other over 18’s with a link to the school are welcome and must adhere to the guidelines on the site (click here to view these).

To join, you must have a Facebook profile, then simply search for ‘Friends of St Oswald’s’ and send a request to join the group or click here.

Posted by: Ms Wilson Categories: Friends