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Friday 15th September 2017


Dear Parents,

Reception children settling in well

Congratulations to our Reception children who are settling very well. We look forward to welcoming them for full days next week. On Friday 22nd September there will a drop in coffee morning for Reception parents/carers in the hall from 9.00am to 10.00am. This is a good opportunity to meet other parents/carers and to chat informally to Mrs Reynolds and Mrs Parr. Friends of the School and Governors are kindly hosting this.

Open Evenings at Richmond Secondary  and Saint Francis Xavier Secondary Schools

Parents and children, particularly those in Year 6, are invited to Open Evenings:

Saint Francis Xavier Thursday 28th September 6.30pm

Richmond Secondary School Tuesday 26th September 6pm

School Council

We are delighted to announce our newly elected School Council for the year. This helps us to explore democracy and listening to and appreciating the views of others.

Reception: Rupert Maguire; Year 1: Tate Marshall; Year 2: Ethan Bell; Year 3: Emma White; Year 4: Hollie Orton; Year 5: Harry Dunn: Year 6: Maggie Norman and Toby Simmonds

Dates for term and school year

A full list of term dates for the academic year was sent home last week. There was also a diary dates list for this term which highlights key events, performances etc. In addition each class sent out Curriculum letters. You can also find these on our website.

Parental Assemblies

Each class has their own assembly this term on Thursday morning at 9.30am. Parents, relatives, carers of children in that class are invited to this. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your child’s learning. Dates for each class are on the diary list.

This half term:

Class 1 Parental Assembly Thursday 28th September 9.30am

Class 3 Parental Assembly Thursday 12th October 2017


Parent Teacher Consultations

There are dates on the diary list for these. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or queries at any time. You can also contact the office by phone or email or use your child’s diary/planner to communicate.


School Clubs

Our school clubs start again next week, Monday 18th September. Our school staff and parents run these voluntarily. We do our very best to give each child at least one club, depending on requests. For oversubscribed clubs we operate a waiting list system.

Your child has received a slip confirming their club choice attendance for this half term.

Thank you

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Tesco Bags for help last term. Friends of the School organised this and we are delighted to have received £2,000.

This will contribute to the development of our Class 1 and 2 outdoor area.

Thank you to Adventure Toys at Little Smeaton, Northallerton who have donated some wonderful new toys for Class 1 and 2 to enjoy both inside and outside.

We also have a new picnic table on our patio area. This was a very generous gift to school from the children and parents of Year 6 last year.

We do ensure that our fundraising benefits all children in school and we are all looking forwards to our whole school performance of Pinnochio on Thursday 26th September. This is funded by Friends of School. Our focus for fundraising this year continues to be IT, updating laptops and exploring iPad use.

Homework routines

A reminder that homework is usually sent home on a Friday to be returned on Wednesday. This is in addition to their reading books. Please sign to show your child has read at home. Individual classes will have their own routines for testing spellings – see the class newsletters sent home last week. Classes 3 and 4 have a big maths focus on rapid recall of times tables to x12.Any queries, please ask.

Online learning

As a school we are continuing to subscribe to an excellent online learning resource, ESPRESSO. Children can access this in school. To access from home:         student23945                         bolton

This password and login is the same for everyone as this a learning resource not a personalised learning platform. There are lots of educational games, news clips, current affairs – do share this resource with your child.


This newsletter is sent out every Friday. If you would like to receive it by email please send an email to the admin address above.



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


Yours sincerely



Nicola Dobson


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