Galley Hill Primary School Newsletter 27th September 2019

Another busy week with lots of new learning taking place. There has been lots going on in the classrooms, as well as outside.

Music mark

We have gained Music Mark membership for all the hard work that has gone into ensuring that pupils at Galley Hill are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education, and in their words ''offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated'', to which I couldn't agree more.

Our Music Mark Membership Certificate
Strikes garden centre

Did you know you can collect free gardening vouchers for Galley Hill?

You will receive a gardens for schools voucher for every £10 spent in a single transaction in the Garden Centre or Coffee Shop.

For every 250 vouchers we collect we will receive a £100 garden centre voucher. You can hand them in to Mrs Jennings at the office.

Year 5 have been looking at the Solar System and how far planets are away from each other. They now also know a very good way to remember the planets in order from closest to the sun to furthest. My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.

A Plea from nursery

Head boy and Head girl

A huge congratulations to our new head boy and head girl. You will be hearing more from them in the next couple of weeks

SEN PArent forum

It was great to see so many parents at the SEN Parent Forum on Wednesday. There was lots of discussion about how we are going to drive improvements through SEN, ensuring that it was child centred and had your input along the way. There will be future meetings each half term and a new SEN policy and Local Offer/Information report is currently undergoing review with those that were at the SEN parent Forum. Thank you once again for your input into this, it makes all the difference.

House names

I can finally confirm the names for the four houses at Galley Hill Primary School. It has taken slightly longer than I thought, but we now have them:





Cross county

With almost 50 children taking part in Cross country this week from KS2 I have some exciting news to share. The children were a credit to the school, showing sportsmanship, determination and resilience, as well as their great skills in running. The school came 3rd overall, which is a great achievement. There were also several children who have made it to the district round next week. We wish them the best of luck and I look forward to telling you how they have done next week. Well done to everyone that took part, and a thank you to the teachers, support staff and to Mrs Cooper who helped supervise the trip.

Volunteers - Afterschool/lunch time

Thank you to the people who have so far been in touch about this. I will be getting in touch with you next week to see when would be a good time to meet to discuss times and days etc. It really does help build the links with the community and school and I do appreciate it. I am also looking forward to placing further after school clubs on next half term.

School council

This week we held our first School council meeting. There were plenty of ideas shared, from thinking about characteristics that we would like to develop as a school, to picking up litter on Saltburn beach. Watch this space for some interesting events that are going to be organised by the school council, helping build Galley Hill's links with the community, but also showing their leadership skills.

Year 5

It is with great pleasure that I can let you know that whilst Mrs Meadows is absent from school, Miss Watson will be the Year 5 teacher. I had spent the beginning part of this week ensuring that I found someone to ensure stability and aspirations, ensurng that we continue to strive for a challengind and aspirational learning environment here at Galley Hill.

Aldi Kit for Schools

We are still collecting the 'Team GB' stickers from Aldi.

One voucher will be given to customers in Aldi when the total spend of a single transaction is £30+ between 06.09.19 - 03.11.19.

In order to be added to a prize draw with the chance of winning one of 20 x £20,000 cash prizes for school, we must collect 300 stickers and add them to the poster in the school entrance. Other prizes and equipment may also be won. More information can be found online: https://getseteatfresh.co.uk/kitforschools

If you shop in Aldi, please help us raise money for Galley Hill by dropping the stickers off at the school office. This is how we are currently doing, about half way there!

Secondary School

These deadlines come around quicker than we all think. Completed applications must be made by no later than the published closing date of 31 October 2019. All details for this can be found on the admission pages on the Redcar and Cleveland admission website.


The work of FOGH in previous years is something which has helped the school to purchase equipment for school to enhance our learning environments. The work to raise funds through various means, from the wonderful discos to writing bids to apply for funding. There was a danger of this group folding at the end of last year as the numbers of people running the key positions have dwindled.

With this in mind, I put out another rallying cry on their behalf. If you would like to help out to help raise funds for school, then please let Mrs Jennings know at the school office. It would be a great shame to see the wonderful work of this group end, at a time where we are starting a new adventure with wonderful things to come.

Unfortunately no one has come forward so far. It would be a real shame to loose this group.

They are meeting this Thursday at 8pm at school. Someone will be at the main entrance to welcome you.

Dates for your diary

Al Sylvester

School was lucky to have a visit from Al on Wednesday. Al Sylvester is a well known former RAF Mountain Rescue Service team leader who was actively involved with over 400 operational rescues. In addition, his life of adventure has taken him to some of the most extreme environments on the planet; including the South Pole, Aconcagua, Mt Kenya and the base camps of Mt Everest and Annapurna.

He shared his stories with the whole school before working with Year 2, Year 5 and Year 6. His talks were very inspirational and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.


Another busy week as we hit the half way point to this half term. We are building momentum and it is great to see the children producing some amazing work.

Have a great weekend whatever you are doing.

Mr McGeeney