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Odd Sock Day
As part of Anti-Bullying Week children and staff wore odd socks to remind us that we are ‘All Different, All Equal’ which is the theme of this years week. We all agree its great to celebrate differences and life would be very dull if we were all the same!
Remembering The Fallen
This week, we have had Dawn from Durham County Record Office in school. She has worked with all classes in school and has helped us to remember and think about those that have died in all wars. Some classes learnt about a soldier, George Rainbow, who came from South Moor. They learnt about where he lived, when he was born and tragically when he died- two months before the end of World War One.
Terrific Tree Planting
Many thanks to the Woodland Trust who donated 210 saplings to school! We had a great time planting them and we hope that in the future it will enhance our woodland surroundings as well as helping the environment. In many years time we look forward to seeing these trees grow.
Fantastic Family Fireworks
A huge thank you to everyone that joined us as we hosted the second Stanley Learning Partnership Family Fireworks Event. We hope you enjoyed it!
This is an exclusive fireworks display and is an opportunity for the families of those schools within Stanley Learning Partnership to come together to celebrate safely.
It’s a big night in SLP’s calendar and there’s lots of planning goes into it but without the help and support from the staff at our school and those from South Stanley Infant & Nursery and South Stanley Junior School it would be impossible for it to run as smoothly as it did. We must also thank Stanley Action Partnership, Paxtons, Hodgson Sayers, Ward Hadaway and Stanley Rotary Club, without whose financial support, SLP simply couldn’t have put on this superb event.
We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!
Record breaking Harvest donations
WOW! What a fantastic harvest donation our families made. Our collective donations weighed in at a massive 514kg!!!!
This will make a huge difference across County Durham, providing 642 meals to people who desperately need it.
Not only this but fantastic cash donations of over £138 means that County Durham Food Bank , Food4U, were able to buy what they were short of.
Greenland now holds the record for this year for the most food and cash donated – we are the Combined Harvest Champions.
On behalf of everyone at school, Food4U and those who will benefit; thank you and well done!
Mini Police Water Safety Assembly
With the Summer holidays coming up, Year Five Mini Police did an assembly about the dangers of water and why it is important to keep yourself safe a the beach or near a river or any water source. All children listened to the advice carefully and took it on board.
Brittany Brass Band
As part of the Durham Brass Festival 2017, we were visited by a brass band from Brittany in France. They were excellent, and as you can see, we really enjoyed ourselves.
Road traffic Safety at the NDA
Our Mini Police visited the NDA to learn about keeping safe on our roads. They were joined by the Police Interceptors and the Fire brigade.
Year 4 River Project
As part of work on habitats, Year 4 have been out and about learning about the wildlife found in the stream in South Moor Park. It was fun to see all of the different organisms and vertebrates found there.
Do you like the shelters that Year 4 have built by working together? Good old teamwork!
Mini Police Assembly
Our Mini Police delivered a very informative assembly to the entire school on the subject of keeping yourself safe online. They have been carrying out a 6 week program with police cadets from Durham Police and thoroughly enjoyed it.
We were really egg-cited by all of your fantastic efforts in the egg competition. The standard this year has once again been egg-cellent! Mrs Purvis and Mrs Brown from the F.R.O.G.S had a really difficult job judging!
This week has been ‘Science Week’ in school. All children have been really busy carrying out investigations and having fun in the process. On Monday and Tuesday, KS2 went to Beamish to carry out some scientific work and on Thursday, we even had Professor William in school carrying out some wacky science experiments in the school hall.
New House Team Logos
At the end of February, the school council decided to rename and re-brand our house teams to create more impact in school. We held a competition to design the new logos which are based around ‘Birds of Prey’. The entries we received were fantastic and once the winners were chosen, Miss McGurk carefully edited the original images on to banners which will be proudly displayed in our school hall for all to see. Well done to our winners!
World Book Day 2017
All staff and children had a great time on Thursday dressing up as their favourite book character. Check out the photographs below!
A few more photos to follow shortly…
Year 5 Police Cadets and Princess Anne!
As part of their Mini Police work, Year 5 have being learning about being good citizens and learning more about how to deal with problems and issues through the police cadet scheme. Also, some of our Mini Police were involved in a Guard of Honour for Princess Anne no less!
Snow Fun at School!
Look at all the fun we have had!
Mini Police visit Police Training Centre
Earlier this week, some of our Mini Police visited the police training centre at Meadowfield. The centre is where police officers learn the different skills they will possibly need whilst out protecting the public. Our Mini Police officers had a great time using some of the equipment that officers use.
Year 5 Robotics Challenge
A group of our Year 5 children spent a full day building robots at Tanfield school. Children used their technology and engineering skills to build a robot. After that, they wrote code to move the robot. Finally, they developed their maths and coding skills to complete a challenge by knocking all of the orange balls off a ramp.
Fantastic Greenland take first place in Derwentside Athletics Festival
What a day! Children from Year 3 and 4 took place in the annual athletics festival and came first!
South Moor Heritage Trail
Earlier in the year, the local council held a competition for children to design a badge for the new heritage trail. The trail, around South Moor, has been designed to commemorate the soldiers and miners who died in the Great War. Kieran was really pleased to have his design chosen and it is something that will be seen by many people for many years to come.
It was lovely to see children and parents at the Remembrance Service at the park gates on Sunday. Children have, throughout the week, been learning about the sacrifice that all men and women made for our continued freedom.
Penalty Shoot out with SAFC
All children had a great time on Friday and have raised over £1000 so far. You are all amazing! Children who raise the most money will receive tickets for a Sunderland home game, fantastic!
Fire brigade visit school
On Friday we had a visit from the local fire station who came in to tell children about the dangers of bonfire night. Children listened very carefully on how they should keep themselves, and others safe on November 5th. The teachers also got involved too- Mrs Overal even got the opportunity to wear the firefighting uniform!
Mini Police help with another royal visit
Today two of of our Mini Police officers helped out at Durham Police HQ when the Duke of Kent came to open two buildings in County Durham. He arrived by helicopter and the Mini Police formed a ‘guard of honour’. Both children enjoyed it immensely.
And the winners are……Greenland Community Primary School!
Well done to the team and Miss Stamper for winning tonight’s CBBC Top Class. They were all fantastic and have made both school and their families even more proud of them (if at all possible!)
Tune into CBBC on Friday at 3.55pm to see how they get on in their quarter final round.
Well done guys!
The Wizard of Oz
I’m sure you all agree that our end of term production of the Wizard of Oz was fantastic. Well done to all the children and staff that helped make the production what it is was! A special shout out to Mr Howe too for making all of this possible.
Sports Day 2016
What a great time we had at sports day! We held two sports days this year, one for Early Years and KS1, and one for KS2. Stephenson won for KS1 and Cookson won for KS2.
Race for Life
Thank you to all adults and children that took part in the Race for Life. We had a great afternoon running around the field and keeping fit, and it didn’t rain!
Be a Hero for Brandon
We had a fantastic day dressed up as our favourite superheroes! It was fun to dress up whilst raising money to help with the purchase of a night monitor watch for Brandon. Brandon needs a night monitor watch that will observe his repetitive movement as he sleeps. Whilst he does have night monitors in place, as technology and medicine develops, a night monitor watch is the best way to keep him safe and alert his parents of the onset of a night seizure.
Police Helicopter Visit to School
This week, mini police from other schools in the area came to our school. As a treat the police helicopter landed and we got to have a look around the aircraft. It was great fun! Along side the helicopter, Jet and Ben and an interceptor car turned up and again, we got to have a look around. Photos to follow.
Stanley Town Council in School
On Friday, the chair of Stanley Town Council, Councillor Nicholson, came into school to show us how a town council meeting works and what happens in these meetings. We picked up a few tips and will use these tips in our future meetings. She also very kindly asked us if there was anything we wanted for school and has said she will give us money towards buying something that school would like. We now need to ask each class and then have a vote on it. Democracy in action!
Killhope Lead Mining Museum
What a week we have had! The whole school went up to Killhope throughout the course of the week and some even stayed overnight in yurts! It was cold but everyone enjoyed themselves. Children completed a range of activities; from learning about life of the lead miners to making Spar boxes to using the digital weather station. Children that stayed overnight got to experience bushcraft and archery and even managed to do some stargazing. Thanks must go to Sunderland Astronomical Society for this. We look forward to next year!
Stanley in Bloom
Look at the fantastic work we have been doing to help make Stanley an even better place to live in. I’m sure you agree the flowers look quite pretty.
We have been tidying up and improving our school gardens too. We planted more plants in our flower beds, planted wild flower seed in the meadow and pond area and placed new bedding plants in the main entrance. The school gardener also pruned the Willow tunnel. We think school will look more colourful when all the flowers start to bloom.
Easter Egg Competition
We were really egg-cited by all of your fantastic efforts in the egg competition. The standard this year has once again been egg-cellent! Aimee even made a lovely Easter bonnet. Mrs Purvis and Mrs Brown from the F.R.O.G.S had a really difficult job judging!
We’re going to be on the TV!
We can’t give too much away but we are hopefully going to be taking part in a children’s quiz show. The tv company held an online interview just before the end of term and we managed to get through! There was lots of general knowlege and fact based questions for us to answer but we answered them successfully. Watch this space to see what happens next!
Northern Echo School Awards
We are delighted to say that we have won the Active Community School award for the work we do in the community. It was a great to see the school recognised for its fantastic work in this area. In the words of Hanna, “We love our community because our community loves us.”
It was also great to see a pupil, Azariah Smith, from North Durham Academy win the award for Inspirational Pupil of the Year. Azariah was praised by both her peers and teachers for being a ‘real shining star’ for her efforts to improve the school and her own abilities.
World Book Day 2016
World Book Day, in its 19th year and marked in more than 100 countries, encourages children to explore the joy of reading by introducing them to new authors and providing schools with books.
We had Alice in Wonderland characters (it was the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s novel last year), Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Where’s Wally?, superheroes – a whole range.
Children were given World Book Day £1 book vouchers and enjoyed reading and writing book reviews along with other activities throughout the day.
Greenland School from the air
Thanks to Mr Allison for his photos.
A huge thank you to Anthony Hunter from Hunter’s Brothers for sponsoring South Moor football team from the club and Greenland school.
Congratulations to Major Tim Peake
Everyone at Greenland School wanted to say congratulations Tim Peake for being the first official UK ESA astronaut after his successful launch en route to the International Space Station.
Guess who came to school!
We have had Christmas parties in school this week and everyone has enjoyed themselves a lot. We even had a surprise visit from Santa himself who came to deliver presents to the children.
Mini Police support Christmas dinner for old folks
On Monday our mini police went to help with Christmas dinner at St Stephen’s parish centre in East Stanley. The event was organised by the local community police and The Silver Line Friends to give the older residents a chance to get together and enjoy themselves. The Silver Line Friends is a local volunteering service that provides friendship and advice to older people. The children thoroughly enjoyed helping out with Christmas dinner and playing games with the old folks afterwards. PC John Bairstow said, “The children worked extremely hard and were a credit to themselves and the school.”
Our school and Durham Constabulary have teamed up to have the Mini Police project in school.
This project is for children in Years 5 & 6. During the project they will learn about the police in a fun and interactive way. Children will learn about their personal safety and community problem solving, as well as gaining an insight into how the police work in their area. The main thing is that the children will have fun!
Fun With Food!
We have had a fab time this week working with Taylor Shaw, the company that prepare our school dinners. We have learnt how to make smoothies,ice cream, bread and even pasta, all from scratch. We also learnt the importance of washing our hands properly. At the end of the week we invited our grownups in to school so we could show them what we had been doing.
Mad Alice Theatre Company
This morning we have had the Mad Alice Theatre Company in school. They told a story using poetry and rhyme. We enjoyed it very much!
They are coming back soon to work with all classes in KS2 and we can’t wait!
Earlier this year we raised money to help send Andrew Hetherington to Los Angeles in California, America so he could take part in the Special Olympics.
Andrew was captain of the GB football team that beat Bangladesh in a penalty shootout winning the gold medal.
All of the children were very excited when Andrew came back to school last week to show us his medal. Mrs Overal was very excited too!
Film Crew at School!
The folks from Creative North sent a camera crew to school to film Lee Ferry from ‘Custom Artwerk’ paint the mural on our walls. We think they are fab.
Photos of the finished walls from Key Stage Two will be posted soon.
Artistas Del Gremio Band from Spain
Wow! What a performance! We danced away to the music for an hour this morning. It was so good that we didn’t want it to end. Class 9 also took part in the performance using percussion instruments, they were fab too!
Well done to yellow team (Stephenson) for winning Sports Day, a well deserved victory. The whole school were fantastic and everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves!
School trip to the beach!
We had such a fun time at the beach – even the rain didn’t put us off! We built sandcastles and even tried burying some members of staff! We got a chance to get our feet wet in the sea, and later on the sun even managed to make an appearance before we had our ice lolly!
Willow Burn Wednesday
Last week we held Willow Burn Wednesday to raise money for our local hospice. This included a Onesie Wednesday and a staff cycle challenge.
Throughout the day the staff took part in a cycle challenge. They cycled(on exercise bikes) from Lands End to John o’Groats, a total of 874 miles!! Staff started at 8.30am and had completed it by 3.15pm! The children came in throughout the day to keep everyone motivated. We are still awaiting a little sponsorship money but together, we have raised in the region of £1000 for Willow Burn Hospice in Lanchester. This is an absolutely fantastic result!
We were able to put this event on with the help of Leisureworks, The Louisa Centre and Easylift so many thanks to them.
Community Benefit Award
We have won an award for how our new building has helped lots of people in the local community. To find out more, please click on the link below.
To find out more please view the article on the Northern Echo website.
Race for Life
On the last day of term we all took part in a fun run around school to raise money for the charity ‘Race for Life’. We all had a great time and our family joined in with us too.
Easter Egg Competition
We had lots of EGGcellent eggs brought in to school to be judged! It was very EGGciting! We were very all very impressed.
Take a look at the brilliant eggs and winners below.
Creative Week – Back to the Future!
We had a special visitor this week, the one and only DeLorean from the film ‘Back to the Future’ Dr Brown was stuck there and we tried to help him get back!
We had a great time finding out about the Wild West in 1885- and we all enjoyed dressing up too.
Remembering The Bombs at Beamish May 1942
Some children have been working with Tony Baker from the BBC to remember the tragic events of 1st May 1942 where eight people, including four children lost their lives.
They have made a short film about the event which including acting at Beamish Museum, Prayers for Peace at Durham Cathedral and a trip to the Durham Light Infantry Museum.
We look forward to seeing the finished film, who knows we may have some budding stars in the making!
Reevo Coaching during the holidays 7th – 9th April 2015
If you are looking for something to do during the holidays then why not come along and try out our Netball and Football courses for children. Courses will be held in school from 10am -3pm.
Click on the PDFs below for more information.
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Healthy Living School of the Year Award
After winning the award last year unfortunately we couldn’t repeat the same success. However, we made it it in to the final and had a great afternoon out in the process!
Remembering the Burn’s Pit Disaster
Over the holidays some of our Year Six children took part in a service to remember the 168 men that died on the 16th February 1909 at West Stanley Colliery.
Even though it happened 106 years ago it is still remembered as being one of the deadliest pit accidents in the North East of England.
Please view the article on the Consett Stanley Advertiser website.
Safer Internet Day 2015
Safer Internet will be on 10th February and we will be learning about keeping safe on the Internet.
Don’t forget you can help your child to keep safe by reading our esafety guide in the parent information section of the website.
We had a really great day on Friday! We raised a fantastic £216.70 for the Movember foundation by coming to school sporting a moustache. We held a competition for the best moustache and the winners recieved a £5 gift token.
If you would link to find out more about this cause please visit the Movember website.
World War One Cententary – What have we been up to?
Come and see what we have been doing this week to remember World War One.
Mrs Scott’s class learnt about and constructed WWI trenches
Miss Sheavill’s literacy class worked in groups to plan and present a short presentation on footballers of WW1.
Mrs Murray’s class were taught in the style of a 1914 classroom- they loved it!
Miss Mallett and Mr Johnson’s class carried out research about the soldiers from South Moor who died in the war.They then went over to St George’s church yard to find them.
World War One Memorial Fence
Mr Wilson has created our fantastic new fence. There are one hundred poppies on it to represent the one hundred years since the outbreak of World War One. We think this is a fantastic addition to our school.
Remembering World War One
Throughout this week we have been learning about the Great War of 1914-18 or World War One as it is now known.
Activities have included writing letters home to our family from the battlefield trenches and visiting the graves of soldiers buried in St George’s Church yard. We also learnt how strict school was during this period, some of us really enjoyed it though!
Keep following us to see what else we get up to this week.
Road Safety Assembly
Today we had a road safety assembly. A lady from the council came in and showed us how to stay safe when crossing the road and where we should cross when coming to and leaving school. Mrs Whetstone, our school crossing patrol, also demonstrated how to keep us safe too. We all know that we need to ‘Stop, Look, Listen and Think.’
Look at our fabulous new walls
School has had some of its cloakroom walls painted. Don’t you think they look fab! Thanks go to Leeroy Ferry of ‘Artwerk’ who painted them and to the children who helped design them.
We’ve been awarded the Gold Sainsbury’s School Games Mark!
We’ve been awarded the Gold Level Sainsbury’s School Games Mark for our commitment to and the development of competition, school sport and physical education. Well done to all the boys and girls who have taken up the amazing after school opportunities on offer and representing Greenland in competitive sport.
Welcome to all our new starters in our Reception classes!
Mrs Kirkland and Miss Stamper have been really impressed with how well our new starters in Reception have settled in.
Mrs Kirkland said, ‘Our new reception children have successfully completed their first week at school. They have settled in perfectly, making friends and meeting their new teachers. They have enjoyed exploring their new classrooms and are learning all about their new school routines.
Please take a look at our topic web to see the areas of learning and the objectives we aim to achieve this half term.
All of the reception teachers wish the children the best of luck for the year ahead and we are sure that everyone will love being part of the Greenland family.’
South Moor Police Station
Even though it has been the school holidays some of our children have been out and about helping in the community.
Some children have helped to improve the outside of the police station in South Moor which now looks fantastic.
Please view the full article on the Northern Echo website.
Key Stage 1 Visit Tynemouth – July 2014
67 children and lots of adults visited Tynemouth. They went to the awesome aquarium and stunning seaside! It was fun and sun all day long!
The Fantastic Oompah Brass – July 2014
Everyone had fun listening and learning with the fantastic Oompah Brass! We extended our knowledge about brass instruments as well as having lots of fun!
Everyone said that the music lifted their spirits and made them feel very happy! Many children are wanting to learn how to play a brass instrument now!
If you unwound the French Horn it would be about the length of the span of the teachers’ arms.
Fresh Vegetables From Our Garden – July 2014
We have really enjoyed planting and growing vegetables – and now we are going to enjoy eating them!
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Another Great Sports Day – July 2014
Everyone enjoyed the sporting activities on the day! A supply of fresh fruit helped to keep up our energy levels.
Another Great Sports Day (2) – July 2014
Everyone gave they’re all in the House races! Well done everyone!
Congratulations Mrs Wilson – July 2014
School thought it only right that the old school bell was presented to Mrs Wilson as she had taught in Greenland for 38 years! What an achievement!
Well earned and well deserved!
The Oswald Barrass Achievement Award – July 2014
We were extremely pleased to present the £100 award to someone who throughout her time in our school – from Foundation to Year 6 – has shown commitment, has achieved well and has 100% attendance this year!
Her Granddad was very proud of her too! Oswald Barrass’ widow also attended the ceremony.
We Came First! July 2014
The Chairman of Durham County Council and Mayor of the City of Durham presented us with our award. We were extremely proud!
Our golf skills were outstanding!
UN Convention on the Rights of The Child – Article 29, “Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.”
Official Opening of Our New School – July 2014
Our school was officially opened today the 2nd July 2014. Councillor Ossie Johnson, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People’s Services, Mr Tom Harpe, Chair of Governors and Mrs Bainbridge, Headteacher gave speeches and unveiled the plaque.
The children performed two songs from our upcoming Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat musical production. They were tremendous!
A good time was had by all.
New Artwork in Our School – June 2014
We had a plain red wall and Leeroy – an artist we know – turned it into a stunning piece of artwork.
We all love it and it makes our school even better!
The Fire Service Visit – June 2014
Classes 4 and 5 were visited by the fire fighters today. They heard all about staying safe in the home and they watched as a fire fighter put on his special fire fighting equipment.
The children also went outside to inspect the fire engine. They learnt lots about fires how they can start and how the fire fighters put them out.
Special Birthday Cake June 2014
We have some really clever mums who can bake some awesome cakes!
Sunshine Skipping – June 2014
We enjoy keeping fit during our break times!
Lunchtime Golf Lessons – June 2014
Fun in the sun whilst learning how to play golf!
Class 4 Assembly – May 2014
We invited our grown ups in to our class assembly. It was based on the work that we had covered in history on the Great Fire of London.
Do you like our proggy mat? Miss Sheavills’ class made it with help from Mrs Rainbow. We will take it to Bordeaux, France to give to our Comenius partners.
Class Assembly – 8 May 2014
Our assembly focused on everyone’s right to have a home – Article 27 United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child!
We told the traditional tale of the Three Little Pigs to highlight that everyone deserves the right to a safe and peaceful home.
The whole school listened as we told them about children in the world who do not have a home through war.
After School Gardening Club – April 2014
We are so proud that we have grown radishes from seeds!
Alnwick Castle Visit – April 2014
Miss Lewis’ class had a wonderful exploring castle life and Harry Potter!
Healthy Living School of the Year Award 1st April 2014
Mrs Bainbridge, Mr Armstrong and Miss Bargh took seven children to the Northern Echo Schools Award Ceremony.
Some of the children wrote an article to tell the newspaper how they thought Greenland Community Primary School was an all round healthy school!
They told of how we have healthy school lunches and how we encourage packed lunch children to pack a healthy bait box. They explained that we have free access to water throughout the day and how physical exercise is a big part of our school so much so that we offer our wonderful MUGA to community to encourage them to stay healthy too!
The children also included all the other healthy activities we promote – growing our own vegetables, ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ sessions, SNAG meetings, healthy cookery, Wiggle Giggle, cross-country, golf, netball and more…
Robinwood North Pennines Activity Centre – Alston, Cumbria – March 2014
We had a fantastic time having so much fun outdoors! Archery, Trapeze,Piranha Pool, Cabing, Canoing, Climbing, Night Line, Zip Wire… to mention a few!
Thank you to all the staff that looked after us!
Developing Our Woodland – 20th March 2014
Kirsty from the Wild Life Trust visited our school today to help us assess our woodland area. We want to turn it into a wildlife haven and so we have to make sure that we do it properly!
We must make sure that all the animal and plant habitats are safe as we do our work.
We had to measure and identify trees and shrubs. This took lots of maths skills. It was very interesting to see what sort of mini beasts live in the woodland. Teachers and students from Tanfield Comprehensive school came to help us with some of the more tricky measuring tasks and activities! They were great!
School Nutrition Action Group – SNAG 18th March 2014
The SNAG team met with Taylor Shaw, the firm that provides our nutritious school meals. Today’s meeting involved food tasting and the food offered passed with flying colours!
We had to sample a range of delicious dishes and give our opinions as to whether or not we liked them! We had to say why we liked some food and why we might not be as enthusiastic about other meals. It is one of our jobs to tell other children about school meals and what we think about them.
The new menus will be coming into school in the autumn and they will be very welcome!
Civic Pride – 17th March 2014
Stanley Civic Pride kindly loaned us all the equiment to ensure everywhere is clean and tidy.
Thank you Civic Pride!
Class MJ Assembly – Article 17 – March 2014
Mr Johnson’s class assembly was all about accessing information safely.
Well done for a rerally good and informative assembly Class MJ!
Prince Andrew Opened North Durham Academy – 7th March 2014
HRH Prince Andrew officially opened North Durham Academy
Four children and Mrs Bainbridge were there to help demonstrate how Accelerated Reader program supports children’s reading development. NDA and Greenland Community Primary work closely together to support children’s reading.
It was a very historic moment when HRH Prince Andrew revealed the plaque.
World Book Day – March 2014
We had fun dressing up as book characters and reading lots of books!
Penalty Shoot Out – February 2014
We had so much fun raising money for our school funds!
Thank you to everyone for supporting us it is very much appreciated!
Security Bike Stamping – February 2014
We brought our bikes to school to get them stamped by the police, to help identify them if they are stolen.