Codex 1300 (posted on 30.03.2017)

Year 6 pupil Alex Anderson’s work is featured in a new Children’s Codex, created to mark the 1300th anniversary of three bibles which were sent from Wearmouth to Rome in AD 716.

The original codex was sent as a gift from Abbot Ceolfrith (of St Peter’s Church) to Pope Gregory II some 1300 years ago.  To mark this anniversary, schools in Sunderland were each asked to design a page in a new Children’s Codex and Alex’s work was selected to represent EHPA.

The new Codex was presented to Pope Francis in the Vatican, after being signed in Westminster Abbey by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.  A copy of the Codex will remain on display at St. Peter’s Church Monkwearmouth.

The Codex 1300 project is being coordinated by SPEAK (St Peter’s Educational Activities for Kids) in conjunction with  Sunderland City Council, the Parish of Jarrow and South Tyneside Council.

Tackle It: Racism (posted on 16.03.2017)

On Thursday 16th March 2017 Year 6 were lucky enough to have a visit from SAFC footballer Papy Djilobodji.

He visited school to support our ongoing work on tackling racism and discrimination.

All Year 6 children are currently involved in a six-week project run by the Foundation of Light.

During the Tackle It: Racism project, the children are exploring teamwork, stereotyping, their local community and racism.

They have classroom discussions, followed by P.E. sessions to build communication and teamwork.

Find more on Twitter #callfulltimeonhate, via the SAFC website or via the Sunderland Echo

Free Full-time Nursery Places from September 2017 (posted on 03.03.2017)

As you may know, the government will introduce an additional 15 hours of free childcare for 3&4 year-olds of working parents who meet the eligibility criteria in September 2017.  We aim to deliver a number of 30 hour places from September 2017, as well as continuing to offer the free 15 hours of Nursery education to those families that are not eligible for the additional 15 hours.

Eligibility Criteria for Free Nursery Education / Childcare:-

  • 15 Hours of Free Nursery Education for 3 and 4 year olds:- All children aged 3 and 4 are eligible for 15 hours (term time only) of nursery education from the term after their 3rd birthday until they start school in the term after their 4th birthday.
  • 15 hours of Free Additional Childcare:- Based on the criteria set out below.

Working Parents – A child will qualify for an additional 570 hours per year of free childcare over no fewer than 38 weeks of the year if:

–       They meet the age requirement; and

–       Both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) and each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) up to a maximum of £100,000 per year.

Foster carers – Will be eligible for the extended entitlement if they meet the earning or carer criteria for their own children BUT are not eligible for the extended entitlement for the children that they foster.

Eligibility in families where one or both parents may not be in work

Families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) will not usually be eligible for the extended entitlement. However, the extended entitlement will be available where:-

–       Both parents are employed but one (or both parents) is temporarily away from the workplace on parental leave, maternity or paternity leave, adoption leave, or on statutory sick pay;

–       One parent works and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring;

–       One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.

To help us plan for our Nursery places in September 2017, parents of prospective children are asked to complete and return this questionnaire to the main school office: Nursery 2017 Questionnaire