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World Book Day Potato Challenge 2019

What amazing potato characters! There are some fantastic and very creative ideas. Well done Quarry Mount!

Parent Coffee Mornings

Quarry Mount's first parent coffee afternoon was very successful with 14 parents (both Mums and Dads) attending! We talked about volunteering and training opportunities as well as about what they would like to see from their community and how we can support them to help achieve what they want from the coffee afternoons. Our second afternoon saw us focus on mindfulness to mark World Mental Health Day. Parents expressed an interest in Art Therapy as well as meeting with a Community PCSO to discuss social issues and these sessions are due to take place in the coming coffee afternoons-all parents and carers welcome! Our third coffee morning saw parents access information about their local community, with two parents taking home application forms for volunteering opportunities! Our fourth coffee morning gave parents the opportunity to put their questions and/or concerns to the local Police. The Police shared information around keeping the home and car safe from burglary as well as how to keep children safe and how to report crimes. Our 5th coffee morning presented parents with the opportunity to find out more about the Chimp Paradox and how it supports school's behaviour system, one parent even shared her language skills and taught staff some Portuguese! The coffee mornings are held fortnightly on a Thursday at 9.15am

Today is Safer Internet Day! (5.2.19)

Today, assemblies and work in classrooms has focused on empowering young people to take control of their digital lives and consider how consent works in an online context. Word today explored how young people ask for, give and receive consent online. 

Please ask them about this important work at home tonight or...

You can find more information on this topic at:
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2019

Pictures of the children's work will be available in the class gallaries shortly-so please keep an eye out!
Residential at Robinwood

Children had a fantastic first day at Robinwood. They have taken part in the 'nightline' challenge, where they are blindfolded then complete a mystery assault course. They have taken part in wall climbing up to a great height! They then completed dungeon and quest games in which children needed to work as part of a team to solve puzzles. After a very tasty evening meal, children then completed the team challenge. Day Two - we have conquered the piranha pool! It was scary but we did it! We also got to zipwire in the snow - it was amazing. We completed the crate challenge. We are having the best fun!

What's on in the Community

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Christmas Tree 2018

Reception and Year 1 had special visitors come to see them with a special delivery! 2 of Santa's elves came to deliver a Christmas tree, which our School Council members then decorated for the whole school to enjoy.

The Quarry Mount Advent Tree - Dec 2018

Due to its success last year, the Quarry Mount Advent Tree is back for the second year running! Every day in December a child will be selected at random to open a parcel from our advent tree and win an exciting new book to take home. Watch this space to see some of our lucky winners throughout December....

Children in Need & Anti-Bullying week 2018

Our theme, to support Children in Need and Anti-Bullying Week 2018, was 'Odd Socks and Spots'. Pupils and staff were invited to come to school wearing odd socks and spots and were encouraged to make a donation for the two charities. Money raised was split between Children in Need and the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Throughout Anti-Bullying Week, pupils had the opportunity to earn 'respect tokens'. All tokens were placed in a box and 2 pupils from each year group were selected, at random during celebration assembly, to enjoy a cupcake with the Pastoral Team

Hugo Bus

The Hugo Bus came to Quarry Mount to share resources on mental health since 10th October 2018 is World mental Health Day. Quarry Mount pupils enjoyed having their faces painted and listening to live music whilst their parents accessed the resources that the Hugo Bus had to offer.

Black History Month, October 2018

October is Black History month in the UK. During the month each class focuses on a different artist whose work links to the significant people pupils learn about. Artists include Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold and Kehinde Wiley. The artwork that the children create is shared with the community at our Parents Consultation Evening.

International Evening 2018
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. 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 and Year 6 children playing the steel pans, both supported by Avtar and Victoria from Art Forms Leeds. Furthermore, attendees also enjoyed listening to Quarry Mount's Children's Choir as well as a break dancing performance, led by Beanz and Rawgina from Breakin Through Leeds. We are proud to say that the event even featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post - https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/education/community-celebration-for-quarry-mount-1-9257162. We would like to thank those families who supported the event as well as local businesses including Whiteley's Bakery, Arkwrights Fish and Chip Shop, One Stop Shop, Isaaq's Grocery Store and Sheila Howarth from Leeds City Academy who shared Carnival Props and information for the event.
 
Inspirations

Each year, some of our Year 5 children take 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'
In 2016, 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.