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Newsletter – January 2017

Welcome back

Happy New Year.  I hope you have had a fabulous Christmas and New Year.  A special welcome to Aiden, Isabel, Kayleigh, Katii and Zach who join us this term. We also welcome Mrs Hailstone.



We continue to develop the creative curriculum this term.  Our over-arching theme for the school is ‘Journeys’.  Years 1, 2 and 3 will be basing their work around the theme ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and Years 4,5 and 6 will be Exploring America’ and looking at different journeys.  Foundation Stage are also looking at journeys and they’re ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’.  Curriculum newsletters will follow shortly.

Reading at least 3 times a week is working well and the children are showing good progress with their reading skills.  Thank you for your continued support.  We will be running a phonics workshop this term.  Details to follow.

Thank you to all of the parents that attended the behaviour policy meeting.  Your opinion was a great help in shaping the way forward.  The behaviour policy is working very well and it is wonderful to see children being presented with their ‘wow’ behaviour certificates in Friday’s celebration assembly.  The children are very proud of their achievements.


Stay and Play

We are pleased to confirm that there will be a ‘Stay and Play’ session every Tuesday morning during term time from 9am – 10.15 in the school hall.  This is free for all children under 5 and will have a wide range of different activities for you and your child to be involved in.



The school council worked extremely hard last term to organise a sponsored silence and the selling of wrist bands for Children in Need.  With your help they raised a massive £308.25. Well done.


Church Distinctiveness

Our Christian value for this half term is Courage and will be the focus for our daily worship. We look forward to welcoming Rev Mo as she shares collective worship with Rev Andy on a Wednesday.

During the next half term we are reviewing our Christian values which is usually done every 5 years.  Further information to follow.

Our joint Advent activity went really well and the children had a fabulous morning working collaboratively with Skirlaugh Primary School on the Christian meaning of Advent.

There have been a few events that have taken place at St Lawrence Church including the Remembrance service and our fabulous Christingle service.  I am sure you will agree it was a delight to watch all of the children sing and perform and light their Christingles.



There are quite a few sporting events coming up this term including table tennis, dodgeball and tag rugby.  Mrs Wrightson will be sending out a letter with all of the details and a consent form but dates are in the diary dates section of this letter.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Coach Craig will continue to run the after school club on a Friday evening.  If you would like your child to attend please contact Mrs Conlon at the school office.  This club has proved very popular so far.  It is open to children from years 2 to 6 and will run from 3.30 to 4.30.  Please note that if your child is at this club they must be collected at 4.30pm.

Drama club has become increasingly popular and will continue to run on a Tuesday evening after school.  Their performance of Charlie and the Chocolate factory at the end of the term was fabulous.  The club is open to children in years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.  This has a small charge of £2.50.  If your child is interested they are very welcome to attend.  Please book a place with Mrs Conlon.

Breakfast club and after school club provides any additional care that you may need for you children before and after school.  Breakfast club begins at 8am and after school club runs until 5pm.  Please see Mrs Conlon if your child would like to attend.



All dinner money for pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 should be sent to school on a Monday in an envelope marked with your child’s name and the days meals are required. The price remains at £2.20 per day or £11.00 for a full week.

Envelopes containing money and letters to be returned to school should be handed into the class teacher by your child and not at the office.



A big thank you to the PTFA for all of their hard work this last term.  The Christmas shopping evening, the Christmas Fair, Flower arranging and Halloween event etc were a great success and they raised £1070.31.


Dates for the Diary

  • Tues 10th January and every Tuesday in term time 9am – 10.15 – Stay and Play for children under 5.
  • Thurs 12th Jan -1.15 – 3.15 – Foundation Stage open afternoon for prospective pupils
  • Wed 18th Jan – 4.30-6.30 Foundation Stage open evening for prospective pupils
  • Thurs 19th Jan – swimming gala
  • Mon 23rd Jan – Dodgeball
  • Tues 31st Jan – Table Tennis
  • Wed 8th Feb – Tag rugby
  • Fri 17th Feb – school closes
  • Mon 27th Feb – school opens



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