Take a look at our 'Clubs' page to find out about some of the after-school activities on offer at GWPS.
Every year, children in Year 5 and 6 are invited to join the Key Stage 2 choir. They are involved in large-scale events, jointly with other schools at venues such as Durham Cathedral, Hexham Abbey and Sunderland College. They also sing regularly within the local community for special events.
Hexham Abbey Opera North Project
In July, the choir were lucky enough to be involved in a project singing with the professional singers from the Chorus of Opera North. Singing in Hexham Abbey was a wonderful experience, and being accompanied by professionals was excellent!
Year two enjoyed making pizzas using their knowledge of fractions. They looked delicious!
George Washington has lots of sporting talent and we have been lucky to win so many trophies. Over the years, the children have won cross country, netball, quad kids, swimming galas and cricket competitions. We also have the Year 5/6 football team who recently finished third. These competitions have proved really successful when promoting good sportsmanship, as part of the PSHE curriculum.
During Sports Week, in the Summer of 2015, the whole school took part in an international dance festival. Each class chose a country and created a dance routine, traditional or modern, which represented the country. There was a fantastic atmosphere outside on the yard, as the children, in full costume, performed. We also took part in a Fun Run, to raise money for water aid. It was a big success and know it will be a great event to have again in the future.
This year, some of the children in year 4 and 5 have been trained as Young Leaders. The Young Leader Award is a great introduction into leadership, giving older children knowledge of how to organise and lead small games and activities that can be used as part of sports club sessions and weekly PE sessions. Over the summer, the children have created games to teach the year 1 children. Every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime, they meet with the younger children and ask what they would like to play or do. It is then up to the leaders to sort the children, equipment and instructions.
In May, our year 4 children were selected to work with coaches from Newcastle Falcons. Over the weeks, they developed the skills and techniques to play ‘Tag Rugby’ and then some of the children were chosen to represent our school at a local schools competition.
Year two had a fantastic time at Beamish museum learning all about World War One. They made a parcel to send to a soldier in the trenches. They went shopping and bought broken biscuits, fudge, soap and other items to remind him of home.