Latest Working with Families information
Our parents, pupils and staff kindly donated food as part of our Harvest Festival. The food was donated to Elim Foodbank in Sunderland. Some of our children accompanied staff to hand over our kind donations. The food was gratefully received.
Parent Ceramics Class. A group of parents have recently begun a beginners ceramics class with MBC Ceramics & MBC Arts Wellbeing. The group will be exploring clay, techniques, making pinch pots and glazing. We will follow their progress over the coming weeks and hopefully display some of their works of art.
On week two and three, our group have been exploring coil techniques and creating their very own works of art.
On weeks four. five and six the group explored glazing, colour and effects of how to complete their works of art. The finished items will be available in September.
The finished items have been returned to our parents after being fired in the kiln at MBC. We hope you will agree, the finished items are amazing! All of our parents thoroughly enjoyed the course and are so proud of the works of art they have produced. Hopefully we will be hosting more exciting craft classes soon.
A small group of parents and their children have taken part in a cookery course ran by the Foundation of Light. They have explored making healthy, home made food from scratch and on a budget, the group have made meatballs, soup, turkey burgers and coleslaw.
The group completed their course and on Friday 12th July 2019 were awarded a certificate at the Beacon of Light in a graduation ceremony.
English as A Second Language (ESOL)
Two of our parents who attend ESOL are eager to improve their English language and attend classes each Friday morning. They are learning the alphabet and improving their handwriting.
Jebun Nahar, receiving her Community Champion Award, at the Stadium of Light. Jebun's award was sponsored by The Big Lottery Fund, the event was organised by The Foundation of Light. The award rewards her continuing efforts in setting up and developing a Bengali Ladies Group who meet every Thursday in Valley Road School.
Peer Support Group
Our Peer Support Group visited the Journey to Justice exhibition at Sunderland Winter Gardens where the book our group have had published was on show to the public
Parent Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Community Links Award
Congratulations to the parents/carers involved in this group, they have been given this award for the second time. Each year the city's anti-bullying team has an event which celebrates the work carried out in Sunderland's schools around raising awareness of anti-bullying. The parents/carers of Valley Road have been presented with the 'making positive links with the community award' this is due to their work around the impact of bullying and the setting up of the Community Spirit group who fund raise for day trips during school holidays.
Student of the month
Congratulations to Jebun Nahar who has won a student of the month award with City of Sunderland College. Jebun was nominated for her improvement in maths and community work with Bengali ladies in Valley Road School.
Congratulations to the Community Spirit parent volunteers, a recent application to the Back on the Map Big Fourteen Grants has been successful. Parents have secured a grant of £850 to support with further day trips and other events to support local children and families.
ESOL - (English as a Second Language) Any Parent/Carer that wishes to improve their use of the English language please come along and speak to Angela Hibbert or Carolyn Trueman. Classes are free of charge.
All are welcome to join our Benagli parents group in school. Our parents meet every Thursday morning for a chat and to showcase their culinary skills. Please see Angela Hibbert or Carolyn Trueman if you are interested. .
Community Spirit day trip to Preston Park and Adventure Valley
Mini Moo's day trip
Community Spirit parents/carers and children enjoyed a day trip to Mini Moo's farm, the children enjoyed activities such as soft play and tractor rides, they learnt about different animals and had the opportunity to feed them.
Community Spirit parents/carers continue to meet each Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the community kitchen, if you are interested in joining the group then please come along or if you would like further information please speak to Abigail Higgins, Kimberly Buglass, Carolyn Trueman or Angela Hibbert.
Jebun Nahar presented with her student of the month award from Debra de Muschamp