A familiar face has been appointed the new headteacher at Pegswood First School.
Andrew Waterfield joined as deputy head in January 2006 and he became acting head earlier in the school year. The position became available when previous head Gill Philip retired.
“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the school,” he said.
“We have fantastic children here and they are supported by a wonderful school community, which is underpinned by our dedicated staff.”
Staff and pupils were very busy in the last few weeks of term. The children donated many food items for the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank, including soup, cereals, tinned meat, fruit and tomatoes, biscuits, pasta, jam and instant mash potato.
Governor Mike Willis collected them and some of the items will be distributed to local families in need.
Pupils from a range of age groups and family members – 62 people in total – took part in the Children’s Cancer Run at Newcastle Racecourse. They raised about £1,100 for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
The nursery section brought in hundreds of pounds for Barnardo’s by once again getting involved in its annual Big Toddle fund-raiser.
And pupils also did a garden workshop on a Saturday morning at the school. It included filling the raised beds.
Mr Waterfield said: “We support a lot of charities and our children are keen to do their bit to help others.
“In fact, the idea to collect items for the food bank came from a group of pupils.”