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Weekly update 18th April 2024

18 Apr 2024

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’.
Weekly Update Thursday 18th April 2024

New this week…

After School Clubs.
 – These are now payable via parent pay.

Monday: Football club with Miss Tucker
Kick-start your child's athleticism and teamwork skills.
Tuesday: Gardening club with Mrs. Court
Let them get their hands dirty and discover the magic of plants.
Wednesday: Ranger club with Mrs. Lancaster
Adventure awaits as they explore nature and wildlife.
Thursday: Generic after-school care, no club.
Coming Up...

PTA - Books for School Funds.
Discover great reads at the Northallerton Tesco book stall for a good cause. Shop books, donate books, support the school, and enjoy a rewarding reading experience.


Message from Reading Squad/
Remember to Return Your Books on Tuesdays and Fridays
To make the process of returning library books easier for everyone, the library has designated Tuesday and Friday lunch times, as the days when books can be exchanged. By bringing back your books on these specific days, you can ensure that the library is open and the Reading Squad are available to process your returns and help.

Nursery and Reception will be learning to ride a bike with Dave from Bikeability on Wednesday 24th April  in the morning. If your child has a helmet, please can they bring this to school, no bike is needed. Please see attached form, this has been sent home today via paper also, please can you complete this and return by Tuesday 23rd April.
Any other KS1 and KS2 children who are unable to ride a bike or who are not yet confident riders will be with Dave in the afternoon.
  -BALANCE CONSENT FORM no bike.docx-  

Next Parent working party is the RSE Policy Review
Many thanks to all those who completed the recent RSE survey and to those who have volunteered their time to help as we review the federation RSE policy.  Your support is very much appreciated.
The working party meeting will take place at St Nicholas CE Primary School, West Tanfield on Tuesday 7th May at 7:00pm.  If anyone else would like to attend, please just contact Leonie Mandelson (PSHE Lead) at to let her know.

Area SEND inspection for North Yorkshire Local Area Partnership
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are inspecting the local arrangements for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across North Yorkshire. They invite you to fill in a survey to tell them about the help and support that children and young people with SEND get.
The Inspectors want to know about the help and support that children and young people with SEND get. You can tell them by filling in a survey. What you tell them will be treated in confidence.
There are three separate surveys for:
  • Children and young people with SEND
  • Parents and carers of a child or young person with SEND
  • Practitioners working with children or young people with SEND in education, health or care services
You can access the surveys here.

The surveys will close at 9am on Tuesday 23 April 2024.
Solihull Approach Parenting Courses
You may already be aware of this great resource for parents which can be accessed at inourplace | Solihull Approach | Online courses and is free to families in North Yorkshire using the code NYFAMILIES.
We are excited to share that is now also live on ‘Inourplace’.  The ‘moving up’ hub includes new free video guides, relevant online course information and topical blogs for parents on preparing for new school transitions. With a focus on starting primary school and moving up to secondary school, ahead of primary school places being announced next week, these resources are designed to introduce the Solihull Approach and key concepts around childhood development and emotional health.
St Mary’s Youth Choir, Masham
We have been contacted by Ann Rudd from St Mary’s Church in Masham to let us know that she has spaces in the youth choir for KS2 children in any of the benefice schools who enjoy singing.  Please see the attached flyer and information sheet for more information or contact Ann on:
Mobile: 07901647337
Phone: 01765 689460

  -Youth Choir flyer.pdf-  

Farewell to Reverend Sian
We would like to thank Reverend Sian and wish her well as she leaves us to take up a new position as priest in charge in the Parish of Lower Nidderdale.  On Sunday 21st April at 10.45am there will be a Joint Parish Eucharist as we say goodbye to Rev’d Sian, at St Mary’s Church, Masham.


School uniform
The PTA are having a coffee morning on Sunday 21st April at West Tanfield Village Hall they will have the second hand uniform out on a stall they only ask for a donation but that could be £1 for an item so not a lot! Please see attached flyer for details.

  -Coffee morning poster.pdf-  

Forest School
Nursery and Reception will be in the forest on Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has waterproofs, wellies and a change of clothing.

Safeguarding, Health and Wellbeing Updates…
The Sleep Clinic
Need help with your child’s sleep - Sleep clinics for families of children aged 12 months upwards in North Yorkshire, see link below
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Online Gaming - Roblox
Online gaming can be great fun for our children and we teach widely in school about how to be safe when playing online. A game we know many of our children (across the school) enjoy is Roblox. This site can be suitable for wide age-range but needs to be managed carefully with support from adults at home. Please see the following website for  specific information and advice to support you at home: 

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