Nunnykirk News - Winter term 2011 
Dear Parents 
Welcome to the Christmas 2011 edition of Nunnykirk News.  
One week to go and the tension is high. Will this year’s play go ahead? For the last two years the play has had to be cancelled due to snow and we are keeping our fingers crossed that this year we will have a performance – the pupils and Mr Nicholson have worked very hard towards this and everyone is looking forward to Friday... 
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone – pupils, staff and parents – a very merry Christmas and a happy new year in 2012. 
As usual we have had a very busy term as the following articles highlight: 
Carol Hodgson 
Head Teacher. 
On Friday 9th December we took delivery of our new mini bus. In a change to tradition we have gone for a silver one this time to coordinate with our uniform. The extra luggage space in the back is very welcome and the feedback from the pupils and staff is very positive. 
Those parents and children who meet Mr. G at the station will have to get used to looking out for a different bus! 
As Mr and Mrs Bowles have moved on to Whalsay (just off Shetland) we are looking forward to welcoming our new caretaker Mr Bobillier and our new matron Miss Naidoo who will both be joining the school in January. 
Mr Bobillier is moving up from Bradford and Miss Naidoo is coming all the way from Florence. Our pupils are looking forward to learning some Italian from Miss Naidoo who is fluent in this language. 
I would like to thank Miss Hanson who stepped in at the last moment to cover Mrs Bowles absence since half-term. She has been a real asset to the school and we are all very sorry to see her leave and wish her all the best for the future. 
At our recent Governors’ meeting we were very pleased to welcome two new Parent Governors – Mr Stretton and Mr Beton who are replacing Mr Bassarab and Mrs Cooper. I am sure that their talents will enhance the governing body. 
I am also very pleased that Mr Bassarab and Mrs Cooper have agreed to remain as part of the Board as regular governors and that we will continue to benefit from their expertise. 
Pupils once again did a fantastic job in terms of performance for the annual Quadathlon. The combined efforts in the three mile swim, three mile run, three mile cycle, and the three-legged race were excellent. Well done. 
Pupils raised a grand total of £856 which was for the new go-kart track stage 2. So a good effort by all. Now all we need are the floodlights and we are set! 
I would also like to thank parents for their support, particularly in the selection of costumes for the event. There are photographs on display in the school dining room. 
Mr. Smith 
To start off our Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal we held a Halloween party at school and a fantastic time was had by all. 
There were some excellent costumes and mummies abounded! The cooks provided a sumptuous scary feast complete with a wicked worm infested punch. 
Mr Nicholson provided us with the fear factor with a spooky soundtrack and there was apple dunking, an eyeball hunt and marshmallows in flour! Getting messy was great fun!!! 
It was all for a good cause and we were able to collect enough treats to make up five shoeboxes which are now on their way to a child living in Liberia. Thank you to all those who sent treats in with their child. 
Bobbing for apples
Bobbing for apples 
Fright night!
Fright night! 
Pumpkin packing
Packing a pumpkin 
The Inters have had their geographical investigators heads on this term as they went on two field trips to support our topics of rivers and mountains. 
Our first outing was to Fontburn reservoir. Having followed our river from its source above the reservoir to its end flowing out where the Wansbeck meets the North Sea, we were therefore eager to see how the river is used. 
The Inters were able to see how people used the river for recreation when we sneaked quietly past the fishermen. We saw people walking and discovered a special area sealed off as a wildlife sanctuary. 
The second of our visits was to the Simonside hills to help us understand how we tell the difference between a hill and a mountain. The children were able to use binoculars to look at the surrounding area from a fantastic vantage point and felt like real explorers. 
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