Message from the Headteacher 3 March 2017

1st March 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been a very busy week at Dr Thomlinson Middle School.

On Monday we had the second of our two “Show Racism the Red Card” events – this time it was Year 7 & Year 8 who benefitted from the mix of information about ways to further show mutual respect in our society as well as intense physical exercise. 

On Wednesday 30 Year 5 students took part in a skipping event at the Riverside Leisure Centre in Morpeth.  All the children did very well.  Especially well done to the following award winners:

Chloe – gained Gold in the Double Bounce

Joe – gained Gold in the Speed Bounce

Elle – gained Silver in the Speed Bounce

Jasmine – gained Silver in the Side Swing

Morgan – gained Bronze in the Cross-Over

Ben – who gained Bronze in the Pretzel

Ben & Evie – gained Bronze in the Butterfly Pair

Luke, Ben, Michael, Davy, Matilda & Olivia – gained Bronze in the Run-Jump-Out Team

Luke, James, Bailey, Ava, Catalina, Isla, Autumn, Molly, Amelie & Skye – gained Bronze in the Keep the Pot Boiling.


Thursday was Wold Book Day which was very well celebrated at Dr Thomlinson Middle School.  I was amazed to discover that this year saw the 20th Anniversary of the event (I can vividly remember the first World Book Day when I was asked to organise a week-long celebration at Lincoln Christ Hospital School – was 1997 really 20 years ago…?)  During the 2017 World Book Day our children took part in a morning of activities culminating in a whole school celebration which saw those children who did really well in a specially designed book quiz take part in a grand LitQuiz final involving a team of school librarians; our 2016 LitQuiz team; a Key Stage Two team and a Key Stage Three team.  The finalists are listed below:


LitQuiz Finalists:

KS2: Silas, Catalina, Megan, Chloe

KS3: Finley , Sean, Lottie, Maddie

Librarians: Tabitha, Joe, Stevie, Duncan

LitQuiz Originals: Euan, Grace, Lily, Lucas  (the LitQuiz team showed their credentials by winning this interschool final with an impressive 15/18 points.)

The celebrations also saw voting take place on the best Get Caught Reading photographs.  Thanks to all those who sent an entry in. 

Get Caught Reading winners:  Gus, Olivia and Mrs Corbett (who won the Best Teacher photograph)

We also judged the Fancy Dress competition and a prize went to the best dressed person from each class.  I really enjoyed walking around school and trying to guess who the characters were who people had dressed as.  I spotted Johan Cruyff; the Tinman; Harlequin, a character from On The Road by Jack Kerouac (our parents are so literary!) and my personal favourite…Zaphod Beeblebrox!  For those who haven’t read the five books of The Hitchhiker Guide to the Universe trilogy then you are missing out.  ““If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now” as Zaphod famously says in the book Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Our Fancy Dress Winners were:

5H Thomas

5T Michael

60  Dan

6M Jacob

7I Seb

7L Harry

8N Joe

8S Maddie

The day raised £145 which will be used by the librarians towards new school books. Thanks to the librarians and Friends of Dr Thomlinson’s who organised a cake sale and book sale during break time.

Today saw our choir and orchestra take part in the Women’s World Day of Prayer.  Thank you to all those who took part and to Mrs Ewen and Mrs Tasker-Brown for organising the event.

Today also saw the winners of the School Cross-Country Competition that took part in PE classes during the week.  Well done to the following students who recorded the fastest times in their Year group:

Cross Country Fastest Times:

Year 5 – Elliot & Molly

Year 6 – Seth & Martha

Year 7 Robert & Hazel

Year 8 Euan & Lily

Next week sees our students take part in the Maths Challenge at Heddon.  On Monday morning our Year 7 students are visiting the Gurudwara in Newcastle.  Tuesday sees our rowing finalists take part in the regional indoor rowing final at Durham.  On Wednesday our students are taking part in a Cross-Country event at Mowden Hall.  Our Football and Netball teams are playing Seahouses on Thursday and Friday sees the school celebrate St Cuthbert Day; our Year 7 & 8 boys take part in a rugby competition in Alnwick and the award of the prizes in the Digital Civics Logo in Celebration Worship.  We will also be celebrating Careers Week on Wednesday; Thursday and Friday afternoons all Year groups will be receiving valuable Careers Education.  What a busy week lies ahead.

Have a lovely weekend,