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Congratulations to our new Reception children

Congratulations to our Reception children who have completed their first full-time week in school. They are all settling in very well and our Year 6 ‘buddies’ are doing a fantastic job.  We welcome them and new parents and carers to our Special Mentions Assembly for the first time this week.

Our Christian value –Respect

This week we have explored how we show respect for others by taking on important responsibilities and being reliable when carrying these out. Next week we will be voting for new School Council members and thinking about democracy. Your child has a home/school values sheet to take home tonight.

Sports Premium PE Funding and Silver Sports Mark Award

We continue to use our government funded sports premium to enhance the skills of both our children and teachers and improve fitness, participation, health and wellbeing. This half term we are funding work in Class 1 and 2 PE lessons with hockey and multiskills and an after school club. In KS2 we are funding netball and hockey in Class 3 and 4 PE lessons and a club for netball in addition to our school football club.

We are delighted to have been awarded the Sports Mark Award at Silver level once again this year which recognises our wider participation in competitions and festivals.

Richmond Secondary School Open Evening Tuesday 27th September 6pm

Hockey Club at Richmond School This is held on a Thursday evening for Y3-Y6 from 6-7pm. Contact if you would like to attend.

Year 1 and 2 Multiskills Festival Monday 26th September Thank you to everyone who has returned their consent forms. Please remember a water bottle and healthy snack;fruit or cereal bar.

Class 3 Tudor Visit  Monday 10th October Children in Class 3 have received information on their exciting day living as a Tudor. Please complete the consent forms and return to school. Payment can be made by Parentpay.

Year 6 Residential Visit to Marrick Priory

Congratulations to all our Year 6 pupils who were excellent ambassadors for our school last week and had great fun with a range of exciting challenges as well as learning to live together in a community.

Wider Opportunities Music Programme

Class 3 is taking part in this programme once again. This involves specialist music teaching and an opportunity to learn to play the violin or cello. After half term each child will be allocated their own violin or cello for the year, which they may take home to practise with if you wish.

What can I do to support  my child’s learning in school ?

At our Parent Teacher consultations in October we will discuss further your child’s progress and targets with you. You can support your child by:

  • Listening to your child read at home as often as possible and discussing the meaning behind the text, any tricky words
  • Taking time to support their homework activities
  • For children in Y2 upwards, learning their times tables so that by the end of Y4 they know all their tables to x12

Safety in the playground and when parking cars

The children have been asked to wheel their bikes and scooters out of the playground gate to keep everyone safe at collection times. Please be aware of the movement of children at the beginning and end of the day when parking. Local residents who live in Garthside, Bolton-on-Swale have asked us to respect this as a private road and not to use it as a turning place.

Friends of the School AGM and planning meeting Monday 10th October 7pm in school  Please make this a priority for attending; there are refreshments and it is very sociable and a great way for new parents of Reception children to meet others. The strength of Friends of the School is a real indication of the commitment and strength of our school community. We need parents to join the committee so that planning of events can be shared and manageable; it is great that others will come on board and help ‘on the day’ but without a committee there will be no events to support.

In a typical year Friends of the School provide wonderfully sociable events and a range of activities which our children really value and enjoy. Last year these included: soup and refreshments after Harvest; coffee for new Reception parents; school discos, refreshments and raffle at our Christmas and Summer school productions; a theatre production of ‘Oliver Twist’ ; presents for Santa to deliver; an Easter egg tombola at our egg rolling and prizes for our Easter activities; Christmas cards designed by your child and most recently a fantastic Summer Fair. 

In addition to planning social events, Friends of the School also raise about £3,000 each year to support our children. This helped to fund more IT equipment for school, equipment for Clubs and our forthcoming production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Scorton Methodist Church Harvest Festival Sunday 25th September at 10,30am

Everyone is welcome to join in this Family Service. Children from school to attend the Monday Cool Club are helping to lead this worship.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.


Yours sincerely,


Nicola Dobson


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