School Newsletter 23rd October 2015

Dear Parents and Carers,


Well done to all our Year 6 pupils who have been wonderful buddies to our Reception children this half term.

Class Collective Worship

Thank you also to Church, Minster, Priory and Temple for leading Class Collective Worship this half term. Thank you to parents, friends and governors who have also joined us for these special occasions.

Pumpkin Competition

Our Foundation Governors, Mrs Moulton and Mrs Smailes, had a very difficult job yesterday morning judging all the wonderful entries for the pumpkin competition. We were overwhelmed by the amazing and creative ideas. Thank you to the PTA for funding the prizes. Congratulations to Erin Shaw who was the overall winner, and to Rose Staniforth and Holly Barlow who were runners up. Each received a book token.

Each year group also had a prize for the best pumpkin. The winners were as follows:

  • Nursery       Isabelle and Chloe Wilson
  • Reception    Aiden Shaw
  • Year 1          Macey Dunnington
  • Year 2         Ethan Mazza
  • Year 3         Lacey Springell    
  • Year 4         Sophia Barlow
  • Year 5         Emily Mortimer
  • Year 6         Torol Blacker

Cross Country

I would like to reiterate Mrs Mackay’s P.E. letter and congratulate all those children who took part in the cross country and say a special well done to those who achieved a place in the top twelve positions. Fantastic!

Temple Class Cake Stall

Thank you to the PTA for organising Temple Class Cake Stall last Friday, this raised £64.82 for the PTA fund.


Your generosity in providing groceries for our Harvest Service was much appreciated; the food has now been taken to the Homeless in Harrogate and to Ripon Foodbank. I know some of you would like to join us when we celebrate Harvest but as a school we now fill the church and even have to use the choir stands to fit everyone in! Each class contributed songs, poetry and narrative to the celebration. Priory Class reminded us of many important facts including how if their class represented Africa they would have six slices of bread to share between thirty of them but if Priory Class were Europe, they would have fifty four slices! Enough for everyone and lots to spare! Temple Class introduced us to a new idea and encouraged us to think how Christians are like a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in and washes all the dirt off you. He cuts off the top and scoops out the bad seeds. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate and greed. He carves you a new smiling face and puts his light inside of you to shine for all the world to see!

R.E. Workshop

The whole school took part in various R.E. workshops throughout Monday. Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3 enjoyed a puppet show about Samantha the Lost Sheep. KS1 and Year 3 children had opportunity to explore and take a journey into Christianity. Priory and Temple Classes learned about the Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci and the significance of Holy Communion for Christians.


Thank you for your support and contributions to our two charity dress down days this half term for Macmillan Cancer and Red, White and Blue Day. A very special thank you for supporting Children in Distress too by sending shoeboxes into school which Mrs Ward has collected today.

Fair Trade, School Council, Eco Warriors and Collective Worship Committee

I would like to say thank you to all the children who volunteered or were voted to be a member of one of the above groups as they make such a difference to the life of the school.  


Yours sincerely,


Mrs V Farby