Family Information and PTA News 2 December

Welcome to the Family and PTA news blog for Percy Hedley School.

We’re into December now, and Christmas activity planning in school is well underway.

It was lovely to welcome around 15 parents/carers to the half termly social coffee morning on Wednesday. I always ask for evaluations to be completed. This one was no different to the last one, although I had quite a few first-time attendees there. What you value most is the opportunity to talk to other parents. You didn’t really have other ideas, but I’ll continue to ask.


Events: Some parents asked what Christmas events in school parents could join. Here’s what I found out:

Thursday 15th December: ELTBA craft afternoon 2-3pm

Friday 16th December: Christmas Carols at Killingworth library 10.30am. I’m not sure what students are involved, so ask class team if you need to know.

Wednesday 21st December: KS3/4 Christmas Fair 13.30-15.00. This is an enterprise project so younger children will not be involved. However, all parents are invited to the fair.

Thursday 22nd December: Engagement classes Christmas Assembly 14.00.


Student Discount

One of our Post 16 parents, Alison asked me about the student discount scheme. Our Post 16 students would be eligible to use these. We are registered with Unidays. The link is below:


To access, you will need to use the students Percy Hedley email. If you need help with this, passwords etc please contact your child/young person’s class teacher.

Totum Card: Formerly the NUS Extra card, I have emailed to ask if we can avail of these again and will update once I receive a response. The website says it takes up to 2 weeks.

CBeebies Bedtime Story.

BBC Local news featured one of our former PHS students this week. Rob Burrows, a well-known former Leeds Rhinos Rugby league player who has Motor Neurone Disease is reading a bedtime story tomorrow on CBeebies using an eye gaze. I loved seeing Lucy and her mum Jo interviewed about the importance of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

If you would like to view it, the link is below. It will be on The One Show tonight

fast forward to approx. 26:40min

The link to the story is below, but it will be on tomorrow evening too

fast forward to approx. 26:40min


FREE Winterland at Seven Stories this December!

Our beautiful Winterland will open at Seven Stories this Saturday 3rd December, as a welcoming warm space for all the family to make memories this festive season.

Winterland will be open 10am – 5pm every day (except Wednesdays during term-time).

While you’re here you can explore our full building for FREE fun – Seven Stories will be full of Christmas cheer, festive treats, books and more!

Before our Christmas events sell-out, make sure to pre-book tickets for all the family via our website or call our Box Office on 0300 330 1095.

Find us in the Ouseburn, just 5 minutes’ walk from Manors Metro Station (don’t forget, children under 11 travel free on the Metro) and on many bus routes over Byker Bridge. 10 minutes’ walk from the Quayside.

North Tyneside Disability Forum:

Thanks to Helen, one of our parents who brought this to my attention. There is a focus on activities, especially music, with an accessible café located in Shiremoor. The website is below, and the phone number is: 0191 4661667

Trainmaster Tyne and Wear is at St David’s Church Hall.

We’re pulling in to St David’s Church Hall, Tudhoe, Spennymoor, for our Trainmaster Durham Elf Event this Sunday!

90 minutes play with sweet treats for your train fan(s), a tea/coffee and mince pie/biscuit for you + time for a photoshoot with your elf playing havoc with our track!

Tickets are on our website

Come and enjoy your elf playing trains with us.

Muay Thai at Scotswood Sports Centre, Denton Road

Every Sunday morning, SEN only at 10-11am. Come along and give it a go, learn skills and techniques. But most of all, have fun.


Christmas Jumper Day; Thursday 8th December.

Funds will be divided between Save the Children and Percy Hedley Foundation


Christmas Fair

We are delighted that all parents/carers have been invited to visit the Christmas Fair, which is an enterprise project run by our Post 16 students. The PTA will have a table and will do a Chocolate tombola, donations big and small would be appreciated. There will be an opportunity to find out more about the PTA too.

Dreams on Moonbeams is linked with True Colours who you’ll remember have been in school before. They are coming in next Friday, 9th December to spend the day entertaining the classes. With discos and activities this promises to be a lovely day for all students, funded by your PTA

The link if you are interested to learn more about them is HERE

MOVing in a Winter Wonderland promises to bring magic of a Christmassy theme to school and your PTA is proud to support this with some of the resources needed. This will take place over 2 days; Tuesday and Wednesday 13th/14th December.

Facebook group.

The link to join the Percy Hedley School PTA Facebook group is here


Have a good weekend. My contact details are:

Eileen Robinson: Family Liaison Officer


Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260