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Inspirations

Three of our Year 5 children have been taking part in a series of team building sessions with children from other local primary schools. They have had a go at indoor caving, tennis, cricket and spent a day with the fire service at Killingbeck Fire Station. All of the activities have helped them develop the inter-personal skills they will need to use when moving on to high school.

'See It Make It'
Last year some of our Year 5 children took part in the 'See It Make It' project run by Into Film. They had the chance to work with a professional award winning film maker, Peter Snelling, to plan and film their own live-action film. The children chose to focus on how it must feel for a new child starting at Quarry Mount and their film was called 'Thumb Wars.' Family and friends were then invited to a screening of the film at Hyde Park Picture House along with two other Leeds schools who also took part in the project. We were delighted to hear that our film was also chosen for one of only six screenings of children's films during the recent Into Film Film Festival in November 2016. You can watch the film on You Tube using this link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmxVKdbRSsY. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as the children enjoyed making it.
Summer Fair 2016

Thank you to all who attended the Summer Fair on Friday 8th July. We were delighted that once again Avtar and Year 3 opened the event with an impressive Dohl drum performance. The sun came out to help everyone enjoy the bouncy castle, ice creams, sponge a teacher, face painting and stalls selling children's work. The final of Quarry Mount's Got Talent was hugely popular and resulted in a class party for Year 5 as Sienna, Adara and Adanna, singing Jessie J's 'Flashlight,' were crowned the winners.

International Evening 2016
This event is an important event in our school calendar as it is a chance for the local community to come together to celebrate the diverse nature of our school family. It had extra significance this year as it formed part of Diversity Week. This year's event was well attended by members of the local community who wore international dress and enjoyed home made food from all over the world. Entertainment included Year 3 children playing the Dhol drums, Year 6 children playing the steel pans, a children's choir and a break dancing performance, led by Beanz and Rawgina. We are proud to say that the event even featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post - http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/youngsters-make-some-noise-as-they-celebrate-diversity-in-leeds-1-7829184. We would like to thank those families who supported the event as well as local businesses including Whiteley's Bakery, Island Grill Caribbean Cuisine and several local places of worship.
 
Paul Brennan visit
On Friday 15th January 2016 we were delighted to welcome the Deputy Director of Children's Services in Leeds, Paul Brennan, to Quarry Mount. He toured the school with Miss Hendley and the Year 6 Deputy School Councillors, Yosan and Adam. He thoroughly enjoyed talking to the children and staff and seeing what about our school earned us our 'Good' from Ofsted. 
Lantern Festival 2015

On Friday 20th November the schools that form the Lantern Learning Trust took part in the annual Lantern Festival. This year's theme was 'Aspirations for our local community.' Forty of our staff, parents and children came together to carry lanterns in a walk around our local community. We then joined with the other schools at Leeds City Academy to share food and enjoy performances by pupils from LCA and some of our pupils as part of the Flare Choir. Thank you to all those who attended and to the children in Years 5 and 6 who helped to make this year's lanterns.

Children in Need 2015

The staff and children became super heroes for the day to support Children in Need. Batman, Superman, Supergirl and many more were spotted around school! We were able to raise 65 thanks to your generous donations.

Victoria Quarter Visit

Following Year 5 and 6's work with the Leeds College of Art on the theme of 'Shopping: past, present and future', ten pupils had their art work chosen for display at the site of the Victoria Gate Shopping Centre, which is scheduled for opening in Autumn 2016. The lucky ten artists were then invited to view their art work, have 'high tea' at the Victoria Quarter and have a tour of the building site!

Dear Quarry Mount,

What a lovely email to open! I am so pleased that we seem to have got this event just right for the enjoyment of your children. Your words mean a lot to us and I will pass your message on to all involved since they certaonly will feel involvement is such an event is worthwhile with this strong praise. 

Thank you very much for taking the time to send this through and long may we continue such links with you in the future. Please could you pass on our warmest thanks to Adam and Abdullatif for taking time to write-- their letter is a delight to read. *

With warmest wishes,

Sue Deuchars,
Reader in Neuroscience.

* See their letter in Year 5's gallery.
Science Fair at the University.

Years 5 and 6 attended the University Science fair. It was a whizz! They learnt about DNA and the environment and CSI technique and mind distortions and how the brain worked. It was mind-blowing fun! The fair required so many intelligences -- Green/Nature, Linguistic, Logic/Mathematical, interpersonal and Visual/Spatial. Here are some photos.

World Book Day

On Thursday 5th March we celebrated World Book Day. Children and staff dressed up as their favourite characters and many people brought in the book that featured their character to share with their friends. Can you spot one of the 101 dalmations or maybe Gangsta Granny? We also hosted a Book Swap which allowed children to swap books from home, that they no longer read, with other children in school. Now all we've got to do is decide which book to buy with our £1 book tokens. Happy reading everyone!

Lantern Festival 2014

Although it was a wet night many parents from the school and QM Children's Centre gathered together for the annual Lantern Trust Lantern Festival. The families braved the rain to walk the streets of Woodhouse with their message of light and remembrance for peace. This was followed by refreshments and musical entertainment at Leeds City Academy. Thank you to all who supported this special event.

Helping Others by Being Scary.

http://www.radioaire.co.uk/charity/get-involved/spooky-friday/ It is important that children care for others, especially other children. We took part in Radio Aire's Spooky Friday to raise money for other children in Leeds and West Yorkshire. Our scary event made £100. We were proud of our efforts, which we shared with Radio Aire in our Friday school assembly. Every class in school joined in. We had cuddly monsters in Reception, beautiful witches, and some x-rated horror costumes. Here are some of the most terrible creations. Aaaarggghhhhhh!

Football Winners

Congratulations to all those who triumphed in the Lantern Trust Tournament. See Year 5 for more details.

Lantern Festival Art Workshop
European Day of Languages - September 2014

Year 4 worked with staff from Leeds Central Library to make a short video to celebrate all the different languages spoken at Quarry Mount.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrb_o4i-Z18
Attendance Trip.

Year 5 have achieved a lot this year and that has been because of their high attendance at school. They really enjoyed their reward: a visit to LAZER. Mrs Georgeson organised the perfect trip for the class-- it suited their commitment to action and sport!

Well done Antonio.

On Wednesday, Antonio Rawlins in Year 1 went to a trial at Leeds Gymnastics Club, to see if his gymnastics skills would impress them enough to be able to join the team. Antonio had to complete a series of tricky gymnastics tasks, including climbing to the top of a rope, pulling his own body weight up above a bar, walking on a beam, races, cartwheels, and other strength and flexibility testing – all the while being observed by important gymnastic judges! He even had to race against children who were experienced gymnasts – and won! At the end of the intense trial, Antonio was told just how much he had impressed the judges, and out of lots of children around Leeds and Bradford, Antonio has been offered a well-deserved place at the club. This is a really exciting opportunity and we are very proud! Well done Antonio!
Library Bus Consultations.
 
Year 5 were asked to give their views on reading so as the new library bus would be stocked with exciting books which children would want to read. They researched a detailed list from Amazon and gave Maureen and Rachel their thoughts. These are some of their opinions on reading.
 
Bethany and Rooa.
“Rooa told me about Garth Nix and how she is reading the Seventh Tower series, so I want to read them.” Bethany.
“We looked through all his books and wanted to read all of his The Keys to the Kingdom. He is an exciting author.” Rooa.
 
Ahmed.
“I have been reading football stories, after I bought Ronaldos’ book in Waterstones on World Book Day. I want to read some biographies. I would like Ronaldo’s Moments for the bus.”
 
Hanan.
“I made a list of origami books because I like reading instructions and making paper shapes.”
 
Kadija.
“I’ve read lots of books by Jacqueline Wilson. I bought Diamond at the Bookfair. I made a list of all the books that I think people would like to read. I like her crazy stories.”
 
Yesani and Demiko
“We put the new Spirit Animals on our list. We have read the others in the series. They are a hard read, but a challenge.”
 
Hazim.
“I like the Magic Treehouse adventures. I have read 3. I put some others on my list. I want to read the new one about the World Cup”
 
Michael.
“I bought Ninja Meerkats at the Bookfair. I liked it. I looked for more books in the series because Gareth Jones is an exciting author.”
 
The class.
“We all like Chris Bradford, Gamer and his Warrior series. We would like to see his books on the library books. Mrs Gough is mad about him—she’s on his Facebook!"
Team GB gymnast Harry Owen visits school

On Wednesday 21st May 2014 Harry Owen, a gymnast for Team GB, came to help all the pupils complete a keep fit challenge. He was accompanied by Jack Phipps, who represents Team GB in the Pole Vault. Each class took turns to workout with Harry and complete a series of energetic exercises. The children and staff had a fantastic, if exhausting, time! This was followed by a school assembly, where Harry talked to the pupils and staff about how he started training to be a gymnast, his day to day training and gave a demonstration of some gymnastic moves. The display was amazing and everyone was left speechless by how controlled and effortless Harry made the rolls and backflips look, especially after Harry did somersaults over Cherish, Riley, Ibrahime and Mr Kucharczyk! Afterwards the children were able to take part in a question and answer session and found out lots more interesting facts and information about being an Olympic athlete. The school presented Harry with a portrait created by Rufaidah and everyone wished him 'Good Luck' at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

International Evening

On Thursday May 22nd 2014 we hosted our annual International Evening in conjunction with the Children's Centre. Those who attended wore international dress and enjoyed homemade food from all over the world. Entertainment included Year 3 on the Dhol drums, Year 6 on the steel pans and a performance from our Year 6 'girl group' as well as professional musicians.

Football Tournament LLT March 2014

It was a wonderful afternoon at the Lantern Trust football competition! So many talented players came to play...and what an achievement to see so many assertive female football players. The competition really showed that football is for everyone and it can spread peace and harmony. The behaviour from every pupil was exceptional across the Trust-- so much friendliness joined to a desire to achieve. Congratulations to Quarry Mount Tigers who won the competition. And well done Quarry Mount Panthers too. It was tense, it was competitive, it was a demonstration by all schools of how excellent play matched with excellent behaviour creates excellence!

Lantern Trust Art Prize

Rooa and Michael won first prize in the Lantern Learning Trust Art Competition. The winning piece was a peace sculpture called "Peace of Mind". The prize ceremony was full of parents, pupils and teachers, a real gathering of schools. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress presented Michael and Rooa with their prizes. Reception also won the KS1 prize with their beautiful Peace Fan.

Mathematics Research Project

Following a Mathematical training course, Year 5 and Year 3 will be taking part in a research project with Durham University. The project is about speech and reflection and mathematical thinking. The children--so far--have started to set-up their research project. You can read more if you visit the school entrance hall.

World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day on March 6th by dressing up as our favourite story characters. Children in different classes joined together to read stories to each other in English and the children's home languages. The following week each class visited Waterstones bookshop to spend their World Book Day voucher.

Bedtime Stories

We recently held several 'Bedtime Story' evenings in school. The children returned to school at dusk in their pyjamas or onesies to share stories and hot chocolate with staff and parents.

Lantern Festival

We joined together with the Children's Centre and the other schools in the Lantern Learning Trust to hold our third Lantern Festival on 8th November 2013. This year's theme was unity. After making our lanterns earlier in the week we paraded through the local community and arrived at the City of Leeds High School. There we enjoyed food and drink and sang a specially written song. Thank you to all the families who joined as at this wonderful event.