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Artsaward Success

The Artsaward children in Y5 presented their work to family and friends. A really successful year. Well done.

Fun on the slopes

Year 3 and Year 4 had a great time at Silksworth Sports Complex for their summer trip. We had to complete lots of activities such as problem solving, orienteering and skiing but I think the best part of the day for everyone was the snow tubing (even the teachers had fun racing each other down the slopes!) Of course in true Mr Monaghan style he won the races.

Mrs Gofton and Mr Monaghan


Thank you Derek for Keeping us safe

We would like to thank our Lollipop man Derek for years of friendly service, we will miss you. happy retirement from all of us.


St. James attend Champions League tournament after Hebburn League win

St. James football team attended the Academy of Light on Monday to take part in the annual Champions League event held for league winners in the district.

After winning the Hebburn League for the second successive year, the team played five games on the day in beautiful sunshine. The results didn’t go as well as the children would have hoped, but they battled hard and showed excellent pride and resilience against some very impressive teams on the day.

I am very proud of their efforts all season long and they are a credit to their school and their families. Each and every one of the children gave their all for their team which is fantastic.

Well done girls and boys.

World Cup 2018 – Week 1 instructions

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you will know, we are starting a World Cup project in school for all of the children to take part in. Today, Thursday, they have been introduced to the project and have taken part in some fun activities with Sunderland AFC and they now know what their first task is for Week 1.

I would like your child to write a match report (template available in school) OR record themselves on a phone or iPad for a pre-match report, a piece of commentary in-game or a post-match report. Each child can submit a maximum of 3 things this week. These can be all written, all recorded, or a mixture of both. Remember children, every entry counts towards your house total at the end of the World Cup.

Email address – (This is a safe and secure email specifically set up for the World Cup. Please send any recordings directly to this email, with your child’s initials and class as the subject.)

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to see me on the playground in the morning before school, or indeed after school.

Here’s to a successful World Cup for St. James.


Mr. Monaghan



*Example of written match report

Year 4 shine on their recent trip to the YMT Village

Year 4 children had a fantastic time on their recent overnight stay at the Youth Ministry Team Village in Consett, with some of them staying away from home for a night for the very first time.

The theme of the event was Light and the children were encouraged to think how they shine their own lights and how others shine light on them. The children interacted brilliantly with St. Peter’s School in Low Fell, who had also sent along a Year 4 class.

Not only was this ideal preparation for the upcoming First Holy Communion sacrament which some of the children are making,  but each and every child came away from the experience feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Thanks to the YMT who not only provided the children with some fantastic activities to complete over the course of their stay, but the hospitality was also top class with some lovely food at meal times.

Well done Year 4, I am a very proud teacher after the trip. Your behaviour overall was outstanding and you were a credit to   your families and your school.

Mr. Monaghan