Family Information and FOPHS News Friday 9th February 2024

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In just a week’s time we will be officially halfway through the school year. This week I aim to see what activities are on offer over the half term holiday. If you know of anything, please share with me by email or on the FoPHS Facebook group.

This week has been busy in terms of parent/carer engagement. We had 2 training/information sessions; Online Safety which has been recorded and MOVE face to face. I hope you found them helpful. It’s difficult to gauge interest and the numbers attending don’t always reflect what you’ve told us you would like. I’m sure that I speak for all PHS staff in saying that we know the additional challenges of caring for students who attend our school and we do want to be responsive to your needs. We also had 2 departmental coffee afternoons with another next week and the final one just after half term.

Next week at a glance:

Thursday 15th February: 09.30-11.00.         FoPHS AGM

                                           14.00-15.00.        Engagement pathway coffee afternoon.


And, in case you had forgotten school closes on Friday 16th at 15.30 for half term. We re-open on Monday 26th February.

School Meals

Those of you who are eligible for income related free school meals will receive vouchers via the usual method to cover half term. These will be active from Monday 19th February and must be activated during this period. The letter from North Tyneside will be emailed to families in receipt of vouchers. If you believe your child may be eligible, please contact me.

Online Safety

The link to the Online safety information can be found on the school website under the heading “Parent and carers area”, then “online safety” from the dropdown menu.

Webinar for parents/carers

This is hosted by the Toby Henderson Trust.

Centre for Life/Science at Life

The centre re-opens on Saturday 10th February and on Sunday 11th there is a relaxed session.

Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books

Free admission and there are events on over half term where some charges will apply.

Ouseburn Farm

Located adjacent to Seven Stories, this could be a full day out weather permitting.

Smile through Sport: Half term

February Half Term Sessions.

Half Price Zoo Tickets

Half price tickets to Northumberland College Zoo are still available.

The Gruffalo’s 25th Birthday celebrations

It’s the Gruffalo’s birthday and everyone is invited!

Places where children can eat free or for £1 over half term

This is taken from Money Saving Central, and as they get updates they add to the list.

North Tyneside Disability Forum Wednesday Fun and Games Club

This was shared by a staff member.

Gymability session

Brand new for 2024. SEN and ALN classes offer the same quality session of recreational classes in a quieter environment.

Gymnastics SEN Stay and Play Session

Swimming session for those with additional needs Hadrian Leisure Centre

FoPHS News

100 Club

Last chance to join for the whole year as we will draw the first 6 winners at the AGM.

I like to end with a thought for the week, something to inspire this week I hope as the FoPHS AGM is imminent:


No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.


Contact details

Eileen Robinson: Family Liaison Officer


Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext. 3260.