Important Information/School Closure/Events

Week Beginning 14th October 2019

Supporting those in need/The People’s Kitchen

The Village Hall Committee are to have a coffee morning on the 30th Nov 10-12 . They are gathering together donations for Newcastle’s People’s Kitchen. They are in need of clothing – warm things and also second hand smart clothing etc.

The aim? To help their clients get back into work  -so things that could be used for an interview. To help their clients in winter weather.

The People Kitchen’s staff have also asked for  toiletries etc. [The majority of the people they see are men.]

Everyone is welcome to come along to the coffee morning, and they are hoping to get a person from the People’s Kitchen to come along and talk  about the work that is going on down in Newcastle.

If people can’t make the coffee morning they can still help by dropping their donations off at the village hall any time before the coffee morning.


Autumn Fayre 5th October 2019

I am hoping I haven’t left anyone out, if I have it is not because I don’t want to thank you but because I have gone round the room thinking of the faces I saw and the people whom I knew had orchestrated the Autumn Fayre, to the people who donated items for the fayre, to those who bought raffle tickets and to those who attended on the day. And what a day. The stress was unbelievable… Would the weather hold, would the football tournament go ahead, would people come… Thankfully  we managed all three.  We raised over £1100 but more importantly the day was a successful start to the school year. It was a pleasure to see past parents, and our lovely past pupils…What a day!

To the PTA/Wraparound Committee thank you so much for all of your efforts today and everyday, you are a marvelous set of people who take on the mantle of leadership, organisation and support whilst so many others ‘let you get on with it’. We always know you will do us proud. I know how stressful and painstaking all of this planning is and we are so grateful to have you. We, that is, staff and the community, don’t always say thank you for a brilliant job.. BUT THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN YOU ARE A FABULOUS BUNCH OF PEOPLE
To everyone who helped out on the day and in setting up the day before, THANK YOU,  you supported our school and the PTA effectively to make sure the fayre went smoothly. WELL DONE!
To Donald for organising a wonderful tournament. THANK YOU. Again I know how stressful this organisation is. I also know I added to that stress, worrying about the weather and the state of the pitch. I have my Health and Safety head on… Donald as always, is thinking of the  kids, the tournament, the first football /last football until after Christmas. I am pleased to say Donald was right the pitch did hold up and we had no accidents at all save to our football strips.  Which were absolutely filthy. Cambo came third on this occasion, Stannington being the overall winners  on points and goals scored. Well done Cambo! I know you won quite a few of your matches, you worked hard for each other and gave great commitment. Well done to you all! I don’t have an email for Archie Glass and I know I thanked him on the day for being our referee, but if anyone sees him remember to give him a well done pat on the back. What a consummate professional he was throughout the tournament! It just seems like yesterday that he was running round our pitch with his Cambo shirt on! Bless!
To our community many thanks for purchasing raffle tickets, donating prizes etc and for many coming to the Autumn Fayre. It is only through these fundraising initiatives that we are able to do some of the things we do e.g. go to London, the pantomime,  buy books, pay for buses, cooking etc. Your support as always is invaluable. Once again I thank you all, for supporting our school
We have a fantastic community of people who all help the school, staff and our children to be the best they can be!
I thank you all
Paula Cummings

Peripatetic Music with Kathy Anderson

Peripatetic music lessons with Kathy Anderson will begin on Friday 13th September. Please ensure that your child has their instrument in school.  All children who were interested in playing an instrument have had the opportunity to play an instrument on Friday 6th September,If your child is interested in playing an instrument please let Carol know as soon as possible. Those children continuing with music also need to inform Carol of their intention to continue playing.


Please make sure ALL of your child’s PE kit is named and placed in a PE bag. Children will not need an indoor PE kit.

This term children will be taking part in Swimming, Tag Rugby and Football. They will need their  outdoor PE Kit in school e.g. training shoes, jogging pants, tee shirt, sweat shirt.

Swimming will commence Tuesday 10th September 2019. The children will be transported to Ponteland Leisure Centre  via Rothbury Motors. They will return to school for 3.15pm. Children will need: swimming costume, towel, goggles. No jewellery can be worn. Ear rings must be removed pre swimming [and PE] or plasters must be provided to cover the ear rings.

If your child has gained any swimming awards over the holidays could you please let Carol know as soon as possible please.

Arts Award

Well our attainment is in the laps of the Gods. The Arts Examiner came into school for a whole morning on 13/6/19. He looked at work, talked with children and staff and viewed video evidence. Phew we were all on tenderhooks! I am pleased to say that 100% passed their assessment with flying colours!


Dear Children, Parents, Staff and Governors-WELL DONE!

In April 2019 we successfully gained Arts Mark Gold for the school via the Arts Council. A most prestigious award!
We had to submit a statement of intent re the Arts in Cambo regarding the areas we were wanting to improve across the school e.g. Pupil Voice and independence in the arts. Once our project was concluded we then had to submit our case study for assessment. PHEW! what a journey it has been! It isn’t quite finished, if there is such a thing as a finish! Year 1 are to have their Discover Award assessment and the Class 2 children are just about to have their external assessment via the Arts Council for their EXPLORE award having concluded another 75 hours of arts activities and independent learning.
We are so blessed to have such a forward thinking community, Governors who support and encourage, brilliant staff and supportive parents. More importantly we have such wonderful children! nothing has been too much, even when they really didn’t like doing certain things e.g. recorder during lunch times, they got right on and played anyway, performing for parents and the community in the end! I am so proud of everyone. WELL DONE!
This is what the Arts Council said about our development…
Cambo First School’s Case Study was an exciting summary of its commitment to and the effects of a creative, arts-rich approach to teaching and learning. The school describes the Arts as being integral to all it does and that the Arts allow teachers to develop excellent quality provision, teaching and learning. The school uses data very well within the Case Study to show how the culture and ethos underpinning the use of the Arts leads to demonstrable learning gains for children. Their prior legacy of Creative Partnerships and Artsmark is evident throughout all they do. Particularly impressive is the sense of the impacts and effects the work has had and is having. All children in Years 2,3,4 successfully submitted a portfolio of work to gain their Discover Arts Award. Years 3 & 4 have completed over 60 hours work in the Arts and 15 of these have been independently completed. 100% of children have visited numerous art galleries including the Baltic and the Sage. They have also visited museums including Science Museum, British Museum, Discovery and the Imperial War Museum. Such visits are used to drive inquiry questions which in turn lead to an exploratory approach to learning through the curriculum back at school. There is a very strong sense of commitment to CPD in the school and a belief that this is highly effective.
The Arts Council England celebrates your ongoing commitment to arts and cultural education at a leadership level, and the opportunities established across your whole setting. Your children and young people are offered equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a broad range of high-quality arts and cultural activities, and you recognise the importance of development opportunities delivered by specialists for your staff that have measurable effects in these areas. You engage with a wide range of arts and cultural organisations and other settings, and can evidence the positive impact of these partnerships. Your children and young people have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture, and you are working to share the very good practice you have established.


We are delighted to inform you that we will be starting the READ 2 DOGS scheme at Cambo First School  in the week beginning 4th March. This program is fully insured and is designed to give children the opportunity  to increase their confidence and enjoyment in reading.  Several charities, such as Canine Concern, Paws to Read and Pets as Therapy are involved in the program and we are lucky enough to have Ali and her dog Red joining us in school.
Red is  a specially trained service dog, who works in schools, hospitals and care homes. Children  will have the opportunity to read with Red under the close supervision of Ali, his owner and a member of school staff.
Some children can be nervous about reading out loud or reading to others in a group. Red loves to hear children read, so this is a special time fr the children giving them time to practice and enjoy reading, away from other children.
Children in other schools have really benefited from the READ 2 DOGS Program. It has helped them become less self-conscious and more confident with their reading. They looked forward to reading, because Red provides comfort and inspires children to have fun reading.
We look forward to seeing Red and Ali in school.



Momo [this could be a hoax, but just incase]

We have been made aware from the media, police other schools of a dangerous and sinister online game:‘Momo’, that some children might have been accessing. The game encourages children to self-harm and has been dubbed the ‘Suicide killer game’. 

What is Momo?

MOMO is a brown haired young woman, with bulging eyes and creepy bird like legs. She was originally created by Japanese artist Midori Hiyashi for the Link Factory, none of which have any connection to the horrifying game.

The game hides itself in the form of other normal looking games so that parents do not suspect it. MOMO then asks the player to add a number on WhatsApp, which may also be found on YouTube.

After adding the number, the scary doll like figure sends graphic violent images, and starts by asking them to complete odd tasks like waking up at random hours.

MOMO becomes sinister after a series of texts, and tasks start to become more dark and dangerous, before finally ending by challenging them to take their own lives.

Various forms now exist both on the internet and via app stores, but the more sinister ones remain hidden.

How to keep your child safe

To stay safe, parents are warned to always be aware of what their children are watching and reading online, and if possible, limit the apps they can access.

If a parent suspects a MOMO is targeting their child, contact the police, delete and block the number immediately.

“The most fundamental piece of advice offered is to speak with your children – let them know that they do not have to deal with any concerns on their own. It is crucial that parents are involved with their children’s online lives and we would urge parents to make children aware of online dangers and ensure they know that they can speak to someone if anything or anyone online causes them concern.

“Parents are also advised to ensure that any devices used by children are restricted to age suitable content. However, we are aware of media reports that the “Momo” challenge has popped up even when these controls are in place so there really is no substitution for supervising the games that children are playing and the videos that they watch online.”

If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children you can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website.

Children who are feeling worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone, on 0800 11 11 or by visiting

 “The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing overall online safety with their children, as well as promoting Net Aware – the UK’s only parental guide to social media and gaming apps.”

Things to look out for:

§  Become very secretive, especially about what they are doing online

§  Are spending a lot of time on the internet and social media

§  Are switching screens on their device when approached

§  Are withdrawn or angry after using the internet or sending text messages

§  Have lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices

If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website. Children who are worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone on 0800 1111.


Below are a selection of websites and resources which children and parents can use to increase their knowledge of how to stay safe on line.
Please pay particular attention to the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website at which parents and children can report any concerns they have. We also have a link on our website.
We would recommend parents view this site by the NSPCC which gives in depth information about popular apps which children use and how to keep them safe, including how to effectively operate privacy settings.

Android devices [parental controls]

Android parental controls

Amazon devices [parental controls]

Amazon devices


Think You Know? – child friendly information by CEOP

South West Grid for Learning (who produce our E safety Scheme of Work)

Safer Internet Day (information linked to the annual event)

Common Sense Media site reviews videos, games, books, and websites to help parents and children know which ones are safe to use.

‘Get Safe On-line’, gives answers to many questions, via ‘Terry Tablet’ who answers any questions, informative videos and includes an update on current on line issues and scams.

Kid Smart – guidance on different areas of on line communication

Net Smartz Kids – child friendly activity site

Newsround Quiz – safety quiz and information from the BBC

I Keep Safe – adult orientated sight with strong parenting advice for on line protection

Visits / events for autumn term: 
Class 1 –  Wallington 2/10/19
                 Newcastle Upon Tyne – The Great Fire of Newcastle is the focus 10/12/19

Class 2 – Wallington 2/10/19

                Centre of Life 10/12/19

Y3 Skipping Festival – Chantry Middle School  15/10/19

Y3/4 Rugby Tournament -Morpeth Rugby Club 14/10/19



The SOCKS chair is Frances Robson

The Secretary is Donna Reader/Lindsay Rutherford

The Treasurer is  Vik Rees

But what is SOCKS/SOKS?

Not a lot of parents realise what the SOCKS/SOKS stands for or what they do on behalf of our children. SOCKS is The Support Our Cambo Kids Association and with your support in developing and attending fund raising  initiatives we raise money to support children in school e.g we go to the theater in January, we have an Autumn fayre, meals etc!  Without their hard work and your support there is so much in school that we couldn’t do!!


After School 
Timetable for the After School:
Monday -Games/children’s choice/football

Tuesday – Cooking/Children’s Choice/Lego Club

Wednesday – Children’s Choice

Thursday – Children’s Choice

Friday – Football and Children’s Choice

Football with Donald runs every Friday, weather permitting