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Friday 25th November 2016


Dear Parents,

‘Superstar ‘– our Nativity Performance

You are warmly invited to join us for our whole school Nativity Performances on Tuesday 6th at 2pm and Wednesday 7th December at 6pm. Ticket requests should now be in to the office and tickets will be sent home next week.


Nativity costumes need to be in school on a named coat hanger by Monday 28th November, ready for our dress rehearsal on Friday 2nd December.The ideas in the letter are suggestions only; please ask if you need help. We do have some spare costumes in school.

Parish Christingle Service Sunday 27th November, St Mary’s Church 10.00am

This is a very family friendly candle lit service; a good way to start Advent and support the Children’s Society charity. The children have collecting candles which they can take to the service or return to school. Thank you to everyone who has returned their candles.

Parish Posada. Figures of Mary and Joseph

It is a tradition in the parish for figures of Mary and Joseph to journey from house to house during Advent. They will reach St Mary’s Church at the crib service on Christmas Eve at 1pm. A letter was sent home from Rev Yvonne earlier in the week. Please return the slip at the bottom of the letter if you would like the Mary and Joseph Posada bag to spend a night at your house.

Friends of the School Reminders

Friends of the School have done a great job organising the child-designed Christmas cards – thank you. They are currently organising the raffle and refreshments for the Christmas Performances. If you can donate a raffle prize please bring it into the office by Monday 5th December. Many local businesses have generously supported us. On the Wednesday evening performance mulled wine and mince pies will also be served.

A new football kit for school

Following the success of our Y3/4 and Y5/6 boys’ teams who both won the Richmond Area Tournaments and our Y5/6 girl’s team who came second, we are celebrating with a new football strip! Our previous strip will still be used and was kindly sponsored by the White family – ‘Allmet’.

A special thank you to our new sponsors the Newall family – ‘Swale Auto Sales’. The Y5/6 boys will wear this for the first time when they compete in the area finals.


Thank you to the Green Frog Garden Shop for our school Christmas Tree

A special thank you once again to the Green Frog Garden Shop at Ellerton for donating our school Christmas Tree.

Date reminders to the end of term

Week of 28th Nov – 2nd December Last week of Clubs (apart from Rural Challenge which will continue until Friday 16th December)


Friday 2nd December                        ‘Superstar’ Nativity Dress Rehearsal


Tuesday 6th December 2pm              Christmas Nativity Performance – whole school

Wednesday 7th December 6pm       Christmas Nativity Performance – whole school


Tuesday 13th December                    Classes 1 and 2 Party pm and visit from Santa

Wednesday 14th December              Classes 3 and 4 Party pm

Thursday 15th December                   Christmas Lunch


Friday 16th December                        Carol Service in St Mary’s Church 2pm and early finish 3pm. All welcome.



The Boys’ Brigade is seeking to appoint a children’s worker for established BB groups and work in rural schools and communities in Bolton on Swale, Brompton on Swale and Middleton Tyas. This will be an exciting and challenging role and will involve planning and delivering activities for newly established groups for children, and helping to actively recruit members (children) and volunteers to ensure sustainability.

A key part of the role will be to build up strong relationships with local schools, churches and communities.

This is a part time position (16 hours per week) on a fixed term contract January 2017 to July 2017 (with possible extension till July 2018). Flexibility to work some evenings.

If you have a background in Christian children’s work and the confidence and skills needed to help us achieve our plans and vision, then we would be pleased to hear from you.Closing date for applications – 16th December 2016.Recruitment packs can be downloaded from the boys brigade website: or by e mail to Graham Weston The application pack is also available from our school website in the vacancies tab.


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


Yours sincerely,


Nicola Dobson


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