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Weekly update 01/12/2023

30 Nov 2023

Weeklyupdate Friday 1st December 2023  

Our Vision 
We believe that our children should have the aspiration and opportunity to ‘Live life in all its fullness and ‘Shine like stars in the sky’. 
New this week… 
Coming up...
Forest School
Asteroid class, (years 3,4,5,6) will be working on our golden thread, be creative, in forest school on Friday 8th December.
Rocket class, (Nursery, Reception, years 1 and 2) will be working on our golden thread, be creative, in forest school on Friday 15th December.
JAM Messy Church
Just a reminder that our popular JAM session will be taking place in the school hall on Monday 4th December between 3:30 and 5:00.  Many thanks to all those who have already responded to book a place.  If your child(ren) would also like to attend, please let Miss Mandelson know before the weekend.
St Nicholas Eve - 6th December
Hopefully, everyone has received their invitation to our patronal celebrations hosted by the Bourne-Arton family on Wednesday 6th December at Tanfield Lodge from 6.30pm.  This is a lovely occasion when the community comes together for food, drinks and carols.  All our families are very welcome.

 Friends of St Nicholas
Christmas Disco
3.30 till 5pm on Wednesday 13th December. Free to all ages, (nursery to be accompanied by an adult). Children will need to bring a change of clothes to school. Also some change for the tuck shop and Christmas lucky dip if they wish. The Friends will provide drinks. Rascals Entertainment from Harrogate will be doing the disco with fun songs and games appropriate for all. A separate email will be sent out, if you give your child permission to attend this event, please respond via the separate mail as per the instructions.

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 Piano Lessons
Mrs Harris is going to be offering piano lessons to Year 2 and above. These will take place on a Friday morning in school time. Lessons will need to be paid for directly to Mrs Harris. If you are interested please email her on 
Lessons will last for 20 minutes and cost £10 per week for an individual lesson or £7.50 for a pair/ group lesson. Please let Mrs Harris know which you prefer. 

Help needed! 
We are keen to further develop the wildlife area at the back of our outdoor classroom and the raised beds outside of the hall. The children have lots of exciting ideas for these, but we really need some help to develop these. 
If any parents have some time to give to help develop these, or know someone in our community who could help, we would be really grateful for their support. 
This could be by running an afterschool club alongside a staff member from school, or giving some time each week during the school day to help. 
If you are able to help, or know someone who is, please contact the school office. 
Safeguarding, Health and Wellbeing Updates… 

Safeguarding, Health and Wellbeing
Please click here or find attached information from North Yorkshire Healthy Schools about the importance of and ideas for a healthy packed lunch:
North Yorkshire Packed Lunch Guidance - Healthy Schools North Yorkshire


Resources to help children with anxiety - Anxiety UK 
News from the Wider Community… 
All-age Worship
School has been asked once again to help with the next family service at St Nicholas Church on Sunday 10th December at 9.30am.  There are usually a range of jobs available, including reading the prayers, giving out hymn books, lighting the candles, etc.  If your child would like to take part, please could you let Miss Mandelson know.
A big thank you!
We would like to say a huge ‘ thank you’ to the Friends for the fantastic Christmas Fair last Sunday. A huge amount of time and effort was put into the organisation of this hugely successful event and as a school we are immensely grateful.
Thank you also to the children of the Friends who helped to set up and tidy away the village hall. Finally, thank you to all who visited the fair and shared their support. Ever penny spent will go towards resources, trips and events in school. If you are interested in joining the Friends, please look out for Mrs Lancaster or Mrs Petchey in the playground.

Please see attached from the parent working party.

  -Parent Working Party West Tanfield School 22nd November 2023.docx-  


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