‘Belong. Be your best. Be Bramhope.’ As you are aware, we have adopted these principles as they represent so much of what our school is about. It was lovely to see these principles in action this week at our key stage sports days. Everybody looked fantastic in their house T shirts and there was a real sense of celebration and camaraderie between the children. I was hugely impressed by the enthusiasm and respect shown on each day and the children were clearly having fun collecting team points for their House. Well done Wilberforce and Hepworth, KS1 and KS2 winners respectively! Competitive sport is an emotive issue but done well, I believe it offers so much to so many, and not just those who come first. Learning to lose, play as a team and strive to achieve a personal best are real life skills. I was hugely proud of all the children at sports day and hope you were too!
Next year, we are aiming to instil an increased sense of pride and belonging through our new school uniform. Uniform and bags are now available with our new logo and as you replace items, we would like you to buy our new, branded uniform and equipment whenever possible. Again, school uniform is often an emotive issue, but I hope the letter and guide which comes out today clarifies our rationale and demonstrates that we have listened to parents and children and changed things for the better. Please note that we are not expecting parents to buy any new uniform or equipment for this September. There will be a gradual changeover as children grow out of their existing uniform and I am aiming for greater consistency by September 2020.
Finally, thank you to the many parents who were able to attend sports day. I look forward to seeing many of you at tomorrow’s summer festival which still promises glorious sunshine!
On Thursday 27th June we had a fantastic Sports Day for our Reception, Year One and Two children. We were so fortunate with the weather and the children enjoyed themselves immensely. It was great to see the children showing our sporting values which are: respect, determination, body language, encouragement and communication.
Children competed in one of their four house teams scoring points together. Congratulations go to Wilberforce who were the overall winners on the day.
Thank you to the Year 6s that helped on the day, and to parents for supporting and cheering on the children that took part.
Key stage 2 Sports day
On Monday Key Stage 2 children were lucky to miss the rain as they took part in their very successful sports day. Over the course of the morning, children were given the opportunity to take part in track events, including the sprint race, hurdles, egg and spoon, as well as field events such as javelin, triple jump, speed bounce and long jump.
Congratulations go to Hepworth who were the overall winners on the day.
A special thanks to Mr McKeown our PE coordinator and staff from Sporting Influence who made the event run so smoothly, and to parents for supporting and cheering on the children that took part.
Year 2 Nell Bank visit
On Tuesday, Year 2 visited Nell Bank outdoor education centre in Ilkley. We spent the whole of the day in the outdoors and it rained non-stop! However, this didn’t dampen our spirits and the children had a fantastic time. Our core focus was senses and habitats. We enjoyed learning lots of interesting facts about how different creatures are adapted to suit their habitat and discussed predators and prey. We also took on the role of these creatures: following the scent like a badger; scrambling through tunnels to portray a rabbit being chased by a weasel; hiding in the long grass as a mouse being hunted by ‘teacher’ owls and exploring our sense of touch as we followed a rope trail blindfolded like a mole! We also caught a variety of creatures, including; newts, water snails and disco-dancers when we went pond-dipping, as well as collecting and sorting a range of mini-beasts into their number of legs.
Just when we thought we couldn’t get any wetter, we had great fun in the water play area. The behaviour of the children throughout the day was fantastic and their existing knowledge and sensible questions was impressive. Above all else, the resilience and positive attitude the children maintained despite being soaking wet was amazing.
Healthy Schools Cooking Workshops
We learnt about choosing healthy ingredients to make delicious food at our cooking workshop! We watched a cooking demonstration first so we knew how to prepare the food. Then it was our turn!
We made yummy vegetable pizzas and a fruit crumble for dessert!
We hope you enjoy cooking and eating your tasty food at home with your families.
Many thanks to parent Mrs Sarah Boycott for organising the workshops and to all our parent volunteers.
Maypole Dancing at the Summer Festival, 1.30pm
On Thursday, we took full advantage of the beautiful sunny weather as the Year 2 Maypole dancers performed for the rest of KS1. We were rehearsing for the upcoming display at the PTA Summer Festival. Please come along to watch the display on Saturday at 1.30pm on the rear playground.
Summer Festival and Scarecrow Hunt - tomorrow!
Our Summer Festival and Scarecrow Hunt is tomorrow! Everyone is welcome including extended family and friends. We will have; a BBQ, bar, games, stalls run by school pupils and our summer raffle. We have some visitors coming along to provide activities too, including activities from: Blade Martial Arts, Bramhope Tennis Club and Rugby Tots as well as visits from the Police and Fire Brigade.
- If you have a gazebo or sun umbrella you could lend us for the day please bring it along to the school field anytime from 9.30am on the day. It's set to be a warm one so the more shade the better or bring your own along to the event!
- You can pay by card at the bar on our card machine!
- Tony Lendill from Powerhouse Photography (and school parent) will be taking photos on the day. The photographs are sent to the school directly for their use only in accordance with photography permissions.
- Do not park where there are traffic cones in the KS1 playground. The cones will give the fire engine access so please do not obstruct them or our special visitors will be unable to attend.
The Superhero Scarecrow Hunt is from 11am -1pm, you can collect your trail sheet from the KS1 playground.
The summer festival in on the school field 1pm – 4pm.
More raffle tickets will be available to buy on the day with the draw being at about 3pm including all pre-sold tickets. If you have any sold raffle tickets still to hand in bring them along on the day to the raffle stall.
Thank you to all our supporters, sponsors and volunteers, we would not be able to put the festival on without your help. The weather is looking to be gorgeous so it should be a great day.