School Newsletter 23rd March 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Collective Worship
Well done to Church and Chapel Class for leading our Collective Worship this half term.  They did so with confidence and maturity and are a credit to themselves and their teachers.

Messy Church
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with Messy Church on Monday.  Our theme was 'Money Matters'.  The children learnt about how 2.8 billion people in the world don't have a clean, safe place to go to the toilet, mostly due to a lack of money.  In response to this, some of the children made collecting pots (some even in the shape of toilets!) in which to collect money to go towards the Toilet Twinning scheme.

Toilet Twinning provides people in the poorest communities on the planet with a decent toilet, clean water and all the information they need to stay healthy.  If we raise £60 as a school, we will be able to twin one of our school toilets with a toilet somewhere else in the world, so that other people can enjoy the luxury we often take for granted.  For the children who didn't have the opportunity to make a collecting pot in Messy Church, they will be given a card template for a collecting box.

If you could please fill these collecting pots with any spare change and bring them back into school by Friday 22nd April then hopefully we can twin our toilet.

Debating Competition
Last week eight Year 6 pupils represented the school at a debating competition with other schools at Harrogate Borough Council Chambers.  The topic they were asked to debate was "Do you think our climate is changing?”  I am delighted to say they were very successful with their arguments in favour of the motion and were placed second.

Cross Country
Well done to Martha in Year 6 who was especially successful in the North Yorkshire finals for the Cross Country Competition and was placed twelfth out of sixty eight finalists.

MSA Role
School has one vacancy for a lunch time mid-day supervisory assistant.  If you are interested in the position of MSA please contact the school office for further information and an application form.  The role requires you to work from 11.45am to 1.00pm each day.     

Thank you to the PTA for holding a successful cake stall, tombola and raffle last Friday which raised a wonderful £165.65.  Their hard work supports the school with extra resources for all our children.  Many thanks for all the prizes donated too.

This half term seems to have disappeared in the blink of an eye.  We have had lots of visitors, workshops and events that have really enhanced the children's learning experiences.

All of these things enable us to enrich the curriculum and encourage the children to be curious.  Curiosity has to be one of the most significant factors in getting children and indeed adults engaged in learning.  It gives learning meaning and purpose.  If children are curious they will have a desire to seek and find out, use the skills they have learnt and this results in progress and attainment.

Some of our visitors and workshops have included the planetarium, Shakespeare in a day, Y4/5 and Y6 involved in a river project, World Book Day, Stay and Play, What’s money worth? and Messy Church.  Learning is much more than what goes on in the classroom which is why we want our children to be curious so that they never stop learning.

Easter Bonnets and Easter Egg Competitions
On Thursday 24th March we will be having our annual Easter competitions.  Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2 can enter a decorated Easter bonnet, and KS2 in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 can decorate an Easter ‘egg’.
There will be one first prize and one runner up prize for each year group.

On the morning of the competition there will be tables in the hall for each year group to place their entry to be judged later that morning.  Please remember to name the entry with the year group discretely marked on it.
Many thanks to Mrs Robson for kindly asking Morrisons to provide the Easter egg prizes.  I am also very grateful to the Chair and Vice Chair of Governors Mrs Ward and Mrs Moulton who have the very difficult task of judging the competition.

Our Fairtrade Committee attended the Fairtrade Conference in York last night and were once again acknowledged for their commitment to their work with Fairtrade and were awarded a certificate celebrating Fairtrade in Yorkshire School Award 2016.

They were also presented with a certificate on behalf of Temple and Priory Classes for the Community York Global Artist Project 2016 that both classes were involved in.  In addition, Mrs Cockerill and Miss Waite were presented with their individual certificates recognising their achievement in gaining Global Teacher Award Level 1.  Well done everyone!

SSAT Educational Outcomes Award
The Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT) annually releases the Educational Outcomes database combining three official DfE and Ofsted sources into one database providing key contextual and performance data on every state funded school in the country.  The SSAT has advised us that in 2015-16 our school achieved the National award standard for Children's Progress placing us in the top 20% of schools.    
Please also see the first page of the Validation Inspection Dashboard on our school website.

I hope you all have a very happy Easter holiday.  

School re-opens on Tuesday 12th April.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs V Farby
Head Teacher