School Newsletter 8th February 2016

Dear Parents / Carers,

Minster Class Collective Worship

Minster Class led a wonderful Collective Worship last Friday on the Christian value of Justice. They thought of all the times they might say something is unfair and realised most of their responses began with I, which could then be considered selfish. They shared an old Jewish folk tale with us where two brothers, unknown to each other, shared sacks of grain. They used the phrase 'It's not fair!' in a positive way as they tried to make a situation fairer and more just. Thank you Minster Class.

As a school governor commented she has seen three outstanding Class Worships this half term. Credit to the children and staff. These are unrehearsed unlike a Christmas Nativity which is a performance. The purpose is to share our Collective Worship with you. We hope you like the new seating arrangements for these occasions and find this more inclusive.  

Fair Trade Fortnight

Our monthly value of Justice helps to prepare for Fair Trade Fortnight which begins on Monday 29th February with 'Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers!' As Martin Luther King famously said, 'Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you've depended on more than half the world'.

A Busy Week Ahead

This week is our Safety Week and what a busy week! We will be learning about keeping safe in and out of school. Tuesday 9th February is Internet Safety Day.

It is also Shrove Tuesday on the 9th when we welcome Mr Malcolm Price to Kirby Hill. He will be visiting school for our Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).

Sowerby Music for Life are also in school on Tuesday and we welcome James Stretton our musician for the day. This provides a wonderful musical opportunity for the children and as always we are very grateful to the organisers of Sowerby Music for Life for including us in their arrangements.

Parent Consultations

We look forward to seeing you at our termly parent consultation meetings this week.

We are trying something new this half term. Parent consultations for Abbey, Chapel and Church Classes will be held in the School hall. On Wednesday 10th February the Chair and Vice Chair of Governors will also be in the hall should you wish to speak to them.


Many thanks to those parents who have volunteered to support the PTA going forward. The PTA are organising a Superworm Disco in school on Thursday 11th February. This is from 5.00pm to 6.00pm for Early Years and KS1 and from 6.00pm to 7.00pm for KS2 pupils.

Fundraising for All Saints Church

All Saints Church is currently busy fundraising to collect sufficient funds so that they can have toilet facilities installed in the church. We would like to support their fundraising and plan to wear ‘odd socks’ on Friday 12th February. We kindly ask for the donation of £1. In March we also plan to support a toilet twinning project and this will be part of our next Messy Church event. The details have yet to be confirmed.

School closes for half term on Friday 12th February at 3.15pm. After School Club is open as usual.

School reopens on Monday 22nd February.


Yours sincerely,


Mrs V Farby