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Bernard Gilpin Primary School

Hall Lane


Tyne & Wear


Tel: 0191 917 2999


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News & Events


September 2014

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September 2014

Happy Birthday Bernard Bear

Our Toddler Group celebrated its first

birthday this month with a range of fun

and games and a visit from a Disney

princess. Click here to find out more about Bernard Bear's Toddler Group.

Drumming up a storm

Children in Year 6 had a great time playing  African drums. Ten lucky pupils were then selected to play alongside children from other local primary schools in a performance at the Houghton Feast opening celebrations.

Derwent Hill Residential Visit

Children from years 4, 5 and 6 have just returned from an incredible week at Derwent Hill Outdoor Activities centre in the Lake District. Click on the play button to see what they've been up to.

September/October 2014

Sunny the Seagull pays a flying visit

Sun FM's mascot Sunny the Seagull popped in to say hello as part of the radio station's 'Down Your School' feature. Click on the pictures below to see who Sunny met. (Pictures by kind permission of SunFM)

October 2014

October 2014

Water Safety Visit

Our friends from the RNLI Lifeguard Service made their annual visit to provide advice and information about water safety.

Children in Need

Children and staff had great fun dressing as Super Heroes for the day whilst also raising money for Children in Need. Click on the pictures in the gallery below to see some of our very own Super Heroes.

November 2014

Angela Rippon Visits School

Angela Rippon, newsreader and broadcaster, visited

Bernard Gilpin to see the school and find out more about

the Dementia Project. Staff had met her in London, in

May, when they received a highly commended National

Dementia Friendly Community Award at the inaugural

presentations by the Alzheimer's Society. Angela spent

the afternoon in The Living Room where she chatted with

staff, governors, children and people who regularly attend

the Tuesday afternoon activities. Angela said schools

like Bernard Gilpin are proving that intergenerational

projects really work when it comes to breaking down the barriers surrounding dementia, including the loneliness,

isolation and stigma.
















She said, "There are a lot of stages of dementia and

people who are affected can live well with the right help

and support." The visit was reported on Sky Channel 117

Made in Tyne and Wear, The Northern Echo and The

Sunderland Echo.

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December 2014

Wooden chalet

The children in Foundation Stage and Year One thought that Christmas had come early with the arrival of the wooden chalet.

The children watched in fascination as it was constructed and painted, all in a few days. All of Foundation Stage children, Year One children and staff were able to fit inside it comfortably. The possibilities for use are

endless. So far its been a reading den, with books, puppets and games inside. Of course it made the perfect Santa‘s Grotto.















The children have got lots of ideas about using their new outdoor classroom in the spring term. The staff really appreciate

this superb resource in the garden, and are looking forward to using it to support the

children‘s learning.

November 2014


February 2015

Half Term Reading Challenge

During half term we would like the children to have their photo taken reading what they enjoy most. Is it a particular type of story, or information about a

particular topic?

Perhaps it is a comic

or a cookery book?

Maybe a joke book

or a newspaper?

Please bring in your

photos on Monday

23rd of February

so that we can

share our love of



February 2015

TES Article

Our groundbreaking dementia project has been the subject of an article in the Times Educational Supplement this month.  Please click on the TES logo to read the article in full.

"A new scheme bringing older people suffering from Alzheimer’s into schools is teaching both generations the power of community..."    Read more...

February 2015

Valentine Disco

A big thank you to the Friends of Bernard Gilpin for organising a fantastic Valentine Disco. Kane and Oliver were excellent DJs and played a great selection of music that got everyone on the dance floor.


Sunderland Echo Article

Our dementia project has been featured once more in the Sunderland Echo.

You can read the article by clicking on the Sunderland Echo logo...





The Alzheimer's Society press release can be seen here.


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February 2015

Rockin' all over the school

Former Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich spent a day in school delivering two fantastic drumming workshops to the children and staff. Everyone got the chance to play a percussion instrument along with Jeff on the drums. We were also treated to a stunning improvised drum solo and some fascinating facts relating to the history of drums. John in year 3 enthused, “That was awesome! I want to play the drums like Jeff.”

To read the Sunderland Echo’s article on the event please click here.


March 2015

April 2015

Tri Golf

Year 3 and 4 children participated in a Tri Golf Festivel at Kepier School. They took part in eight different events, testing golfing skills such as chipping and putting. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were a credit to the school.

July 2015

New school kitchen featured in Sunderland Echo

Our wonderful new kitchen has been featured in an article about school dinner provision in Sunderland.

To read the Sunderland Echo’s article please click here.


June 2015

School choir help open day centre

Members of our school choir provided the musical entertainment at the opening of the Alzheimer’s Society Princess of Wales Centre in Sunderland. To read all about it, click here.


Click here to see the school meal menu for September 2015

July 2015

Summer Fayre fun in the sun