Let their light shine

Love and respect for all

We strive to reach our goals

Welcome

Our mission statement is central to the life of our school;

“Welcome to our happy school, where everyone is valued and given the opportunity to ‘let their light shine.’ With Jesus in our hearts, we encourage love and respect for all. We strive to reach our goals, as we learn, and grow, in a safe and enjoyable environment.”

I hope you find our website informative and we welcome any comments and suggestions to aid future development of our website.

Mrs Eve Alderson, Headteacher

Term Dates

Find out about the St. Matthew’s School Holiday dates for the current academic year.

Diary Dates

Take a look at what’s happening at St. Matthew’s over the next few months.

Newsletters

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Clubs

Discover more about the clubs we have running at St. Matthew’s.

Home Learning

Find out more about the home learning activities we did at St. Matthew’s.

Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust

St. Matthew’s are now part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust.

Diary Dates

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Multi-Academy Trust steps up fitness to boost mental health of its staffbccet.org.uk/multi-academy-trust-steps-up-fitness-to-boost-mental-health-of-its-staff/ ... See MoreSee Less
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In Art this afternoon Years 5 & 6 used their imaginations to create artwork that shows their visions of what the Kingdom of God would look like. They made a super start on their designs. Watch this space for their finished pieces. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
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In English today, Year 2 began to think about how they could perform poetry. We thought about how we might say things, actions we could do and where we could go. This week, the children will be planning, writing and performing their own poems! ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to all of this weeks certificate winners. You have all been superstars this week. Apologies for the poor quality of some of the photographs - we will get Year 2 to teach some of Year 6 how to take a good photograph! 📸 💙 ... See MoreSee Less
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🏆🏆 Congratulations to the girls team who came runners-up in the county final this evening. The girls won 1 and drew 2 and played so well despite the heat. A special mention to Martha, Isabelle, Ivy and Ellie who came straight from their residential to take part. A great effort from all. Congratulations to East Boldon who won the final - some great football played girls. 👏💙 ... See MoreSee Less
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Good morning from Hawkhirst on our final morning! We’ve had a hot breakfast and have cleaned our rooms and packed our cases! We’re ready for our final activities! See you all soon 👍 ... See MoreSee Less
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And even more of our bird of prey talk and the campfire 🔥 we loved the toasted marshmallows! 👏🏻👏🏻😁😁 ... See MoreSee Less
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And even more photos of our fun activities! 👏🏻👏🏻😁😁 ... See MoreSee Less
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Here’s a few more photos from our crate stacking and our visit to the bird of prey centre! 👍👍 ... See MoreSee Less
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The sun has been shining all day in Hawkhirst! We’ve had another amazing day! We’ve been zip lining, crate stacking, raft building and climbing the low ropes! We also had a long walk to the bird of prey centre at Keilder, where we all got to hold different owls and see the fantastic birds of prey fly high! After our tea, we had a fun sing song around the campfire! We’re all tired out and ready for a good nights sleep! We’ll see you all tomorrow 👍👍 ... See MoreSee Less
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Knowledgable colour theory demonstrated by our Y3 artists this afternoon. They used the primary colours to colour mix harmonious colour palettes and applied competently to add colour to their nature themed drawings inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Well done Y3 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 ... See MoreSee Less
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During Computing today, Year 2 continued to think about how to take a good photograph, this week, focusing on ‘lighting’. They thought about everything they have learnt so far, and tried to take a great photo of a subject of their choice. These are their favourites... ... See MoreSee Less
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In Year 2, we have been continuing to think about cyber bullying, and who we would turn to for help if this was happening. We created a ‘supportive sunflower’ with a list of our trusted adults and thought about what would be positive and negative responses to bullying. ... See MoreSee Less
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Year 3 have been looking at capacity and volume in Maths. Today they used different sized jugs to test their friends on how much they had filled their jugs up by. They then challenged each other by asking if they added or poured out water what would they then have in their jug. They also used their knowledge of fractions to discuss how much a quarter of a litre is and how many they would need to fill a litre jug. Great maths knowledge Year 3💧🚰😄 ... See MoreSee Less
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Good morning from Hawkhirst! We all had some sleep and a great breakfast! We’re ready for a full day of activities! ... See MoreSee Less
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Some photos from raft building and orienteering! ... See MoreSee Less
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We have had the BEST first day here at Hawkhirst!!! Our activities included raft building (photos to follow), night line, crate stacking and orienteering. We’ve eaten lots of delicious food and we are currently writing our diaries and playing some card and board games before bed 😁 ... See MoreSee Less
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At gardening club tonight the children planted strawberries, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes and placed them in our greenhouse. They watered all our previous plants they have planted over the last few weeks to keep them growing. We can’t wait to check back on our plants next week🌱🌳😄 ... See MoreSee Less
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And more from West Boldon Lodge! ... See MoreSee Less
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Reception had a fantastic day at West Boldon Lodge. The children explored the forest to gather natural materials to create land art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy! They created some fabulous land art, including their name and age, as well as animals and creatures found in a forest - birds, centipedes, hedgehogs and rabbits, we even had a shark!!!! As well as creating wonderful land art the children also enjoyed hunting for bugs around the forest. A great day was had by all! 🍁🌾🍃🦜🐛🐞🦈 ... See MoreSee Less
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Today, in Year 2, we checked on the progress of our plants, and also set up another science experiment. We are thinking about what material the plants will grow best in, our prediction is the compost! ... See MoreSee Less
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In Year 2, during our topic on Comparing Queens, the children have been thinking about what life was like during the Victorian Age. They had a lot of prior knowledge from trips to Beamish, and their work in Year 1. They were excited to link their work on Fantastic Firsts to the new inventions that occurred during Victoria’s reign. Great work Year 2, they are super historians! ... See MoreSee Less
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As we move into exam season, we just wanted to send our best wishes and prayers to these very special groups of young adults, who are about to embark on their GCSE's and A Levels. We know that they will do their very best. #letyourlightshine💙 ... See MoreSee Less
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Well done to all of our certificate winners. Some fantastic work this week. Happy bank holiday weekend everyone! ... See MoreSee Less
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Today in PSHE Year 4 were role playing different jobs and talking about what different skills and qualifications they would need. They did a great job!👏👍 ... See MoreSee Less
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What a lovely start to our Friday morning❤️ A beautiful Celebration of the Word focusing on Mary performed by Year 3. The children have loved planning, singing, dancing and learning their words to show their families everything they have been working on😄 Thankyou to all the parents, grandparents and carers for joining us to celebrate our month of Mary Celebration of the Word. ... See MoreSee Less
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Year 2 have been working so hard in English, and their writing is progressing beautifully. We did some story innovations this week, where the children changed some details from Kassim and the Greedy Dragon. The stories were wonderful and many children went to show Mrs Alderson. One thing that we need to work on before our next stories, is tenses, which we did today! Keep up the amazing work Year 2! ... See MoreSee Less
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It was great to welcome back Mr Jeff Tudor to St Matthew's, who worked with both Y4 and Y6 on developing their bowling and batting in cricket, in preparation for upcoming tournaments. We really appreciate his expertise. ... See MoreSee Less
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This afternoon, Year 5 enjoyed an inspirational workshop with NASA engineer Ashitey Trebi-Ollenu. They learned all about Mars, the Mars helicopter and the Mars Rover Robotic Arm. They even designed their own robots. Here are a few of their inventions...we think we may have some budding NASA staff in our midst. Thank you to www.big-ideas.org for holding such a great STEM workshop. ... See MoreSee Less
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A big thank you to Layla from Durham Cricket for delivering some fantastic taster cricket sessions to Y1,2, 3 and 5 today. The children really enjoyed it. ... See MoreSee Less
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