All pupils from Year 5 entered a ‘young writer’ competition run by Rotary clubs across the country. The topic was entitled ‘Reflection’ and open-ended so children could interpret that in whichever way appealed to them. We had some amazing entries, with many children reflecting on their lives today compared to that of children in Victorian times. Pictured here are the five finalists, whose writing was chosen to represent Newsham Primary School in the North East regional competition. They are seen receiving their certificates from President of Blyth Rotary club, Mike Jackson together with Rotarian Lawrie Wise.

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As part of our partnership work with Blyth Rotary Club, each year a pupil is nominated to receive the ‘Rotary Junior Citizen of the Year’ award. This year, Amie Wilkes was the pupil who was nominated by staff for her work in the school community. Amie was described as our ‘unsung hero’ who, throughout her time at Newsham, has looked after and been a friend to other children, especially those experiencing difficult times and some of our younger children; Amie has always done this without being asked, or seeking recognition for her actions.

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