In today’s Assembly, the whole school came together to say goodbye and thank you to the Rev. Canon David Osman.

David has been a friend of our school for 20 years and has been a well respected and important part of our School community, whether working with our foundation children or welcoming children to his church as part of the RE curriculum. His fortnightly Assemblies have always been a big favourite, captivating the children and staff with his story telling and music.

We are very grateful for David’s tireless work developing the links between St John’s Church, Hebburn and our school and for allowing the use of the church for Christmas and Harvest performances.

During today’s Assembly, the children presented a memories book and shared some of their thoughts about David. Matthew in Year 2 wrote ‘Farewell David hope you have great time being retired we liked your singing. We liked when you used us as assistants, we wish you good luck .We had fantastic moments and memories with you.’ Illisa in Year 5 said. ‘We will miss you loads. We will especially miss your songs and your humour.’

To end the Assembly the Choir even gave a sneak preview of their upcoming South Tyneside Music Festival performance, ‘You’ve got a friend’.

Good luck and best wishes in your new adventure David and thank you from everyone at Toner Avenue.

Year 3 School Council Visit the Town Hall

‘On Monday, Holly and I went to the Town Hall to represent our School Council. We talked about Staryland needing a new leader. It was lots of fun!’ Joe (Year 3)

Both children were a credit to the School as they took part in an interesting workshop about the imaginary, magical place called Staryland. In the workshop, Staryland, was in need of a new leader.

The workshop gave Holly and Joe:

  • An understanding of democracy and the election process.
  • The experience of participating in an election – includes; hustings from candidates, casting their vote in the same way as an ‘adult election’, and through their vote being able to influence the election outcome.
  • A demonstration of the election process and outcome
  • Lots of fun!

Holly and Joe have used the knowledge they obtained to help the rest of the School Council prepare for our Committee elections.

Please see attached link to article published on STC website covering the event.

Kidsafe Purple Day Success!


We’ve had such a busy but fantastic day!

First of all thank you to all of you donated £1 to wear non-uniform today, we particularly liked the brilliant KidSafe T-shirts the children had made and we even had children with purple hair!

Also thank you to our chair of Governors, Mrs Luke for organising huge cakes for our tuck shop and thank you to all of you who bought them with your cartons of juice!

Another thank you for the lovely Y4CH and Y2SC for being the BEST shopkeepers! It was so lovely to see the older children helping the younger ones. They all kept their station tidy for the new customers, counted money, had lovely manners and were so helpful! We are so proud of you.

So far we’ve raised over £400 for KidSafe. Some of the money will be used to make sure that Mrs McBarron and I can continue to train the children in Toner to be KidSafe, the rest of the money will be sent to KidSafe to ensure that this brilliant programme goes far and wide.

Val and Jude, the wonderful ladies who created KidSafe also visited our school today. Val cycled 23 miles (in the thunder and lightening!) to visit 11 KidSafe schools in the North East. We were lucky enough to be one of them. The children created banners and bunting to wave as they cheered them on. They were really impressed with the childrens KidSafe knowledge, the purple outfits and the welcome they received.

If you would like to find out more, please come and ask us, we’d love to tell you all about it.

Or you could even like KidSafe on Facebook.

Finally a big thank you to all of the staff at Toner who supported Mrs McBarron and I, by getting children to create bunting for our banners, by carrying cakes, by cleaning up, by finding purple clothes in the back of the wardrobe, getting classes to the right places at the right time and even forgoing their planning time to help! We really appreciate it!

Miss Cox and Mrs McBarron

Sonia Samuels Assembly

We were very fortunate this week to welcome the amazing British Olympian, Sonia Samuels to our School.

Sonia shared her inspiration life journey, from her first running steps to competing on the biggest possible stage at the Rio 2016 games, explaining the steps to success she follows.

Our children really enjoyed spending time with Sonia, asking great probing questions and listening carefully to her words of advice.

Thank you Sonia from all at Toner Avenue for a wonderful morning.

Remember you can find out more about Sonia at her website:




Toner Christmas Fayre

What a brilliant morning!  As I type this the Christmas Fayre is still in full swing.

The event began with a fabulous concert by the school choir which was their very first public performance!  Then the stalls and games were well and truly open for business.

It looks like the PTA have raised lots of money and I wish to thank them for all of the hard work, late nights and boundless enthusiasm they have shown to get ready for today.

Many thanks to all of the staff who came to help and, of course, to all of the children and parents who came along to support and spend your money!

Merry Christmas!

Mr Arthur


Remembrance Day Assembly

Today, the whole school came together for a special Assembly to remember all the people who gave their lives, or were injured, fighting for our freedoms during the World Wars.

Miss Dobbin led the Assembly and started by sharing a moving animation with the children about a young rabbit living in the poppy fields. (

poppy fields

She then shared the history of Remembrance day with the children and read the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields‘ by Lt Col John McCrae, a Canadian doctor was inspired by the sight of poppies to write it.


In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow  
In Flanders’ Fields.

Miss Dobbin then talked about why people choose to wear poppies and where the tradition originated from. She informed the children of the work of Moina Michael, who was inspired by the poem to make and sell red silk poppies which were brought to England by a French woman, Anna Guérin.

We ended the Assembly with an impeccably respected 2 minutes silence that, once again, showing what amazing children we have at Toner Avenue School.


Town Hall visit

On Monday 10th October our very talented and caring school councillors took their first political steps when visiting the Town Hall in Jarrow.  The councillors met the Mayor and Mayoress, sharing a drink and a biscuit. There was even another school there on the tour, Valley View. Both schools really got on well and enjoyed the trip together.

Once we settled in, we went for a tour of the Town Hall and went into the Mayor’s private parlour – it was very fancy! We learnt so much about how politics work and the history of our democracy, including the Jarrow march.

We went into the Town Hall chamber and learnt about what happens and who goes in there. All the councillors got the chance to sit on the Mayor’s chair and even hit the gavel on the desk – order!!

This was a fantastic trip with some fantastic future politicians!

It was fun and interesting to learn all the things about democracy.” – Shayan, year 6.

I learnt about the Jarrow Crusade; I didn’t know all about this part of our history before this.” – Lucas, year 6.

The school councillors

and Mrs McBarron

Grand Total…so far….

A massive thank you to all the people involved in our very successful Macmillan coffee morning! We had a great turn out and everyone had a lovely morning! We have a few cakes to sell after school tonight, so if you missed it, please pop in.

Our total so far is…

(…drum roll…)


Well done Toner Avenue!

Year six team


Summer Fair

Our Summer Fair was held this weekend and was a roaring success.

The hall and yard were full of children and adults enjoying the various stalls, games and activities which had been organised. The fair was opened by the School Choir, who sang a range of songs beautifully and with confidence.

Additional music was provided by the band, Off Key Music.

A fancy dress competition was held and there were several raffles, face-painting, sand art, stalls and bouncy castles.

A whopping £1287 was raised through your generous support!

Thank you to the PTA for organising, to all of the local businesses who supported us and to everyone who turned up to make the day a real family event.