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Friday 29th September 2017


Dear Parents,

Class 1 – an excellent Class Assembly

Thank you to everyone who came to support Class 1 for their Class Assembly on Thursday. This was a wonderful opportunity to see some of their learning in action; excellent speaking and listening; songs and actions; prayers and art work. The children really enjoyed showing you their classroom also.

A reminder: Class 3 will have their Class Assembly on Thursday 12th October at 9.30am

Year 1 and 2 Multiskills Festival

All our Year 1 and 2 children enjoyed their sporting morning at Richmond School. It was good to work with other schools also.

Whole School Performance of ‘Pinnochio’

This was a great success, lots of fun and a great opportunity to experience ‘live’ theatre. Class 4 enjoyed learning about special effects, sound, lighting and costume in their stagecraft workshop.

Thank you to Friends of the School for funding this event.

Class 3 Viking  Visit  Tuesday 3rd  October

A reminder to arrive at school for 8.30am. Wear warm, casual clothes (not school uniform). Remember a waterproof coat and wellies or walking boots, as life for Vikings was quite outdoors! Bring a Viking style packed lunch in a plastic bag, not lunch box so this can be disposed of afterwards. Bring water in a disposable plastic bottle if possible. We aim to be back at school for 4pm depending on traffic.

Class 4 next week

Our Year 6 children are busy packing for their residential outdoor education week at Marrick Priory with lots of exciting activities planned.

Our Year 5 children will be taught by Mrs Jameson next week and are looking forward to a creative week of Art, DT, Science and Music on the theme of ‘Sound and Silence’.

There will be no instrumental lessons with Mrs Jameson next Wednesday only. Children will still receive 10 lessons across the term.

Annual Consent/Medical forms for visits

Each year we ask you to complete a rolling programme visit form which we refer to throughout the year. For local visits to St Mary’s Church, Bolton-on-Swale and Scorton village we use this as consent. We seek consent for all other visits during the year and use the details on this form for medical and contact information. Each child has now received this form. Please return this to school as soon as possible.

Friends of the School AGM Tuesday 17th October 6pm 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; 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 a fantastic Summer Fair. 

In addition to planning social events, Friends of the School also raise about £4,000 each year to support our children. This is used to fund more IT equipment for school and the theatre production of ‘Pinocchio ’.

A highlight of the past year was the successful Tesco bid for the KS1 outdoor areas which gave us a donation of £2,000.

Please see the attached nomination form and consider standing for a post on the committee.


‘Dales Academy Trust’    This is a Diocesan led Academy of Church of England Schools which is being established in the Richmond area. The governors entered into consultation in the summer term as a means of providing more detailed information to inform their future decision making. The consultation feedback which took place in a number of local schools, the full consultation report and more information is in the ‘Consultation’ section of our school website. No final decisions have been made at this stage. We valued the feedback from our parents, both formal and informal and like you, want to ensure that we maintain our ethos and high standards. We will continue to share updates as they become available.



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