School Newsletter 27th May 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Charities Week
The year six pupils organised a super array of stalls in Charities Week and these were enjoyed by pupils in all year groups.  They raised a fantastic £429.03 which was shared between Christian Aid, The Blue Cross and Boroughbridge Communicare.

Early Years Equipment
Thank you to the PTA for funding the new climbing equipment in the Early Years outdoor area.  As always, we are grateful to the PTA for all their hard work raising funds for the children in school.  The children are thoroughly enjoying using the new equipment which helps them to develop their gross motor skills.

We have been very proud of the children that have represented the school this half term in a range of sporting activities, from a football friendly at Boroughbridge, to Quicksticks at Thirsk.  The link on the school website should show all the results, should you wish to see them.

HMS Heroes
Congratulations to Kieran Hale who won the Armed Forces Day Badge Design competition, this was a great achievement as all North Yorkshire Schools were invited to take part.  He will be presented with his prize by a WW11 Veteran on at a special forthcoming event at Catterick Garrison.  

As Teamstar’s season comes to an end I would like to say well done to all of them for their performances throughout the year, especially at the recent choir festival at Queen Ethelburga’s.  Thank you to Mrs Gudgeon and Mrs Montgomery for all their hard work with Teamstar.

Cornerstones Curriculum
What a fabulous term it has been with all the new topics in school!  Our children have been engaged by visits to and from school, including trips to Bettys to make bread and a visit from a mobile farm.  Prince Charming and Red Riding Hood visited Reception and Cinderella even left her glass slipper as she dashed through! 

One of the main focal points this term has been on improving writing, and Cornerstones has certainly helped to inspire children to write more.  As I visit classrooms the children have enthusiastically told me how much they are enjoying learning through their Cornerstones topic and that their Learning Journals have given them a real purpose to write.  Thank you to those of you who were able to visit your child’s classroom, either yesterday or today, to share in the culmination of our first term of learning through the Cornerstones Curriculum.  It seems to have created a real buzz for learning.  Across the school, children are developing more writing stamina and their accuracy is improving.  More hard work lies ahead and the new topics next half term aim to inspire all children to achieve success as we all strive to achieve rapid improvement.

Wishing you all an enjoyable half term break.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs V Farby
Head Teacher