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Newsletter – November 2016

Welcome back

Welcome back to the second half term of the Autumn.



We continue this half term with our theme of Megastructures.  The children have produced some fantastic work on this theme and we will continue to develop this over the coming weeks.

This half term we welcome Coach Craig.  A very experienced coach, who will be a great asset to our team.  Mr Dyson has received a promotion within the Ebor Academy Trust and we thank him for his time with us and wish him well in his new post.

The children in class 3 will begin drumming lessons every Monday afternoon with Mr Pymm for this half term.


Parents’ Consultation Evening

The attendance at the recent event was fantastic with a 98% attendance.  It was wonderful to see so many parents.  Working together we can achieve great things for our children.


Parent workshop

There will be a workshop for reading held on Wednesday 16th November at 9.15am.  Here we will inform parents/carers of how we teach reading in the new curriculum and you will have the opportunity to see a guided reading session being taught.  If you have any questions or would like anything specific covering in this workshop, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.


Church Distinctiveness

Our Christian value for this half term is ‘Compassion’ and will be the focus for our daily worship particularly as we celebrate Remembrance and Christmas. We look forward to welcoming Rev Andy as he leads worship on a Wednesday.

A key focus this half term is working with the children on understanding ‘The Trinity’.

We are planning a joint Advent activity with Skirlaugh CE Primary School later on this term.  This will be an opportunity for the children to work collaboratively on the Christian meaning of Advent.

The children will be attending St Lawrence church on the 11th November at 11.00am to take part in a Remembrance Service with Reverend Andy.  Parents and carers are welcome to join us just before 11.00am.

Please note: there will be no celebrations assembly on Friday 11th November.


Learning behaviours

Our focus for this half term is on positive attitudes to learning and behaviours for learning.  We have secured the support of the academy specialist Miss McQuinn, Academy Specialist Behaviour and Wellbeing to support us in our promotion of positive learning behaviours.  She will join us in conducting a parents’ consultation on the new system which will incorporate behaviour and behaviours for learning on Thursday 24th November at 2.30pm.  Please come along to help us work together for the best for our children.

Please note that due to essential staff training there will be no after schools club on Thursday 24th November.



This half term we have been represented in the cluster’s cross country and hockey events.  All of the children that attended did extremely well and represented our school impeccably. Well done.  More events are to follow this half term.  Mrs Wrightson will be in touch.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Coach Craig will be running an after school club on a Friday evening.  This will be open to children from Years 2 to 6 and is designed for the children to have fun and play team games to build the core skills of team work, resilience and co-operation.  The main aim being that the children have lots of fun!

Drama club was very well attended last half term and will continue to run on a Tuesday  evening after school.  It 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.

Also a reminder that our breakfast club (£2.00 per child, per session) and after school club (£2.50 per child, per session) run every day with a wide variety of activities for the children to take part in.


Staff News

We are delighted that Miss Marson will be continuing to work with us for the next half term until Mrs Hailstone joins us in January.  I am sure that Miss Marson will continue to do a fantastic job in Class 2 with Mrs Davis.


School Uniform

The weather is quickly changing and we do go out in all weathers therefore please ensure you child has suitable clothing for the bad weather.



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 clearly marked with the days which you require a meal.  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 as this is a very busy time for Mrs Conlon.

Pupils should bring their PE kits on a Monday to leave in school until Friday as sometimes additional opportunities during the week may mean they need their PE kits.


Arrangements for the school day

As for the last half term, at the beginning of the day the doors will open at 8.50am and the children are free to come into school from this time.  The school day will officially begin at 9.00am, by which time children are expected to be in class and ready to work.  We do have a small issue with children who are persistently late therefore please ensure that your child is on the school premises by 8.55am and ready to begin the school day at 9.00am.  After 9.00am your child will have to enter by the main office and this will result in a late mark.

Please inform staff of any special collection arrangements for the end of the day. We appreciate that sometimes arrangements change at the last minute, please inform the school if someone else is collecting your child and then we can ensure that everyone is safe.



The PTFA continue to work extremely hard and at the last AGM had a change of leadership with Mrs Bean now taking over as the Chair.  We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Simmonds and Mrs Richardson for their time and dedication.  They may have stepped down from office but thankfully they continue to be members of the PTFA and I am sure it will go from strength to strength as we move forward as a school.


Dates for the Diary

  • 9th November – Christmas shopping event
  • 11th November – visit to St Lawrence for Remembrance Service
  • 16th November, 9.15am – Reading Workshop
  • 24th November, 2.30pm – Parent Consultation on behaviours for learning. 30th November – Advent event with Skirlaugh CE Primary school
  • 1st December – School Nurse to conduct hearing tests
  • 2nd December – Christmas Fair
  • 6th December 2.30 and 6pm Class 1 and 2 Christmas performance
  • 14th December – Christmas lunch
  • 14th December – Christmas Jumper Day, £1 fine
  • 15th December – Christmas Parties
  • 15th December 6.00pm – Christmas Carol Concert at St Lawrence church
  • 16th December – school closes for Christmas break.
  • 3rd January – Staff Training Day
  • 4th January – pupils return to school



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