Newsham Primary School in Blyth has become a trailblazer within the county by becoming the first school to get involved in the inaugural Northumberland Day celebrations and having now set the bar for other schools.
Newsham Primary’s involvement with Northumberland Day began on March 15, when assistant head teacher, Caroline Elton, responded to an invitation for Blyth schools to attend a briefing session at Headway Arts in Blyth.
The teacher’s interest was sparked by the initiative, championed by Langley Castle in Langley-on-Tyne and embraced by people county-wide, because of the opportunity it could potentially provide for children to appreciate all facets of Northumberland’s culture, heritage and community life.
She left the session full of enthusiasm and ready to hold a staff meeting, to generate ideas of how to involve both Newsham Primary and its local community in Northumberland Day 2017.
The resulting programme of activity is truly inspiring, with all staff members at Newsham Primary having grasped the essence of Northumberland Day and the benefits that involvement can provide.
Caroline Elton says: “We are very excited by the first-ever Northumberland Day and see this as an initiative that can be shared with our community and used to celebrate all that is good about Northumberland, Blyth and Newsham Primary.
“It will help unite our community and enable everyone to share in activities that can have visible outcomes, as well as being a lot of fun.”
Dr Stuart Madnick, owner of Langley Castle, says: “This programme of activity drawn up by Newsham Primary highlights why Langley Castle was so keen to champion Northumberland Day and make it a grass-roots initiative in which everyone can be involved. Newsham Primary are shining a light on the sorts of things that can be done and acting as a beacon in this respect.”
Northumberland Day organiser, Jane Hunt of Catapult PR, says: “Newsham Primary instantly grasped the spirit of Northumberland Day after attending our briefing session and realised what a force it can be in bringing people together in a shared celebration. The school’s plans are truly inspiring and we hope they will spur other schools on and encourage them to take part and allow their pupils to derive the same benefits.
“We hope this first-ever Northumberland Day will stick in pupils’ minds and give them something to talk about to their own children one day, as they recall what they were doing in their school as the very first county day approached and how proud being Northumbrian made them feel. Spots of time like this are what make for lifelong memories.”
More information about Northumberland Day can be found at www.northumberlandday.net and at www.facebook.com/northumberlandday whilst any other schools wishing to take part can email NDay@catapultpr.co.uk to make their plans known. ENDS
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