Despite the dismal weather, the arrival of our two Christmas Trees and the sound of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ have certainly made us all feel just a little bit festive this week. Many thanks to None Go Bye Farm for donating two beautiful trees. I know the children love having them in school and we have already received our first decorations, all of which are house themed in either red, green, blue or yellow. We are also keen to encourage children to write and our Christmas post-boxes will be out near the Christmas tree from Monday.
Now that the cash has been counted for last week’s shopping evening, I am delighted to tell you that £1300 has been raised! This was a real team effort on the day and although Sally Coombes organised the event, other key helpers were Lisa Bates, Bintu Conteh, Rebecca Nuttall, Sophie Hardaker and Nina Johnson. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the evening such a success. Our next big event is the Christmas fair on Saturday 15 December. I am hoping to have playground plans to share on the 15th and as you know, all money raised will go towards our new exciting projects:
· A re-surfacing of the KS1 playground with multiplay and artificial grass. The plan is to zone 4 areas, provide a mini running track around the edge and maximise play space by artificially grassing the muddy areas.
· A tarmac re-surfacing of the KS2 playground nearest the entrance in order to create a full sized netball court. The plan is to include our school emblem and provide seating areas and designated quiet spaces.
· The creation of a multiplay 200m running track round the football pitch on the school field. Running 8 laps is equivalent to running a mile and the plan is to include a 4 lane, 80m straight alongside the loop.
· The installation of a MUGA (multi use game area) on the current KS2 playground next to the tyres. The area would be big enough for two 5 a side football pitches but marked for different games and protected by a low fence.
House T Shirts
Next week we will be holding intra house competitions in our PE lessons! This will be an opportunity for all children to put skills into practice within a friendly game situation against their peers. The children are very excited as all house points go towards the house trophy for this term and we do like everyone to wear their house T shirts for the competitions. Could you therefore send your child’s house T shirt into school next week. Children will be wearing T shirts for one of their PE lessons and they will be back at home by the end of the week.
Please can I remind all parents of children who attend Kingfisher Buddies after school that they must inform the office if plans change. Class teachers will ensure that the children who are on the list for that day will go to Kingfishers, but if the children’s routine has changed for any reason, please make sure that the office is informed as well as Kingfisher Buddies. Many thanks for your support.
Cold, wet but still smiling, our Y5/6 boys showed great determination in last week’s competition at Highfield school, Harrogate. The team gathered momentum across the three games but were unable to take the lead. Charlie Brady and Joseph Whitehouse gave their all on the field and Charlie Kirk was wholly reliable in goal, saving us from a much bigger defeat. Well done to everybody who played despite the awful conditions and a huge thank you to the many parents who continue to drive to and from matches, enabling children to compete.
Are you a Y5/6 girl who wants to play football but doesn’t want to join our mixed Monday football club? This week, a group of girls came to see me to ask if I could start a girls football club. Click here to read more:
We currently have a huge amount of money owing and I would ask that everyone checks their account and clears payment by Friday 14 December. Thank you.
Have a lovely weekend.
KS1 Nativity - Lights, Camel, Action!
9:30am – 10:30am
KS1 Performance of Lights, Camel, Action! - 1st performance of 2
Our school Christmas Concert is on Wednesday 19 December. Children will be rehearsing after school. The concert will start at 4:15 in the KS2 hall
Christmas Party Day
12:00pm – 1:00pm
We will be holding our class Christmas parties again this year. Children will be invited to bring party clothes and food. More details to follow!
Christmas Jumper Day
Children are invited to come to school in Christmas jumpers and casual clothes
School Closes at 3.15pm
Just to clarify - we are having our Christmas Jumper Day on the 21 December to coincide with the last day of school, not on the 14 December which is National Jumper Day.
Christmas Card Post Boxes
Our Christmas card postboxes are back in KS1 and KS2. Children can bring in their Christmas cards from Monday 10 December. Please make sure cards have the recipients name and class (if known) clearly written on the front. Our year six school ambassadors will be delivering them throughout the week.
Christmas Craft House Competition
A reminder that House Christmas baubles competition is due in by Tuesday 18 December.
Pupils are invited to design and create a Christmas tree decoration in their house colour. They may wish to make their decoration from scratch or decorate an existing bauble. The only stipulation is that it needs to hang on our tree (general bauble/decoration size please). 3 house points per entry and some additional house points and certificates to achieve!
Congratulations to our Honey readers this week:
Alfie, Ben, Eaden, Katie and Emma
If you would like the chance to read with Honey remember to keep reading every day at home and get your grown up to sign in your reading record. Honey will be in once more before the Christmas holidays and can't wait to hear you read!
"It was so good! She did roll over for me" Eaden (Year 2)
On Thursday, 3/4 HL and 3/4 HB listened to a talk by Lisa Bates about 'Shabbat'. Lisa spoke to us about how her family celebrate the sabbath and showed us the different parts of the celebration. She explained how she lit the candles and said a blessing over them and explained how she recited the 'Kiddush' over the wine before each member of the family takes a sip. She also brought in some 'Challah' bread to share with the children. The children had the opportunity to ask questions and develop their understanding of the Jewish faith. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot and we would like to thank Lisa for coming in to talk to us.
If you have any spare egg or cereal boxes available, please could you pass them to our Reception team or school office. Reception class is full of keen builders..but more materials are needed!!
Thank you in advance
The Reception Team
Half Termly update from sporting Influence
Key Stage 2 have thoroughly enjoyed a half term of hockey. This was a new sporting experience for the majority of children but one they have really taken to. We are looking forward to our intra house competitions next week.
In Key Stage 1, the children have explored lots of different themes whilst developing their physical literacy. These have included adventures working on the farm, sailing the high seas as pirates and exploring the film settings of both Frozen and Moana. We will play some of the games and tasks again to determine who will be intra house champions.
Netball club has been thoroughly enjoyed by all the children. The younger ones have learnt lots of new games and have become ‘dodge ball tig’ experts. The older group are developing their skills and are becoming really competitive in the small sided games. Netball club will continue in the spring term for the older group whilst the younger ones will have opportunity to enjoy the new gymnastics equipment.
U11 Falkingham Cup
On Monday afternoon a team of Year 5 and 6 boys played against Shire Oak in the first round of the Falkingham Cup. The boys were very enthusiastic and managed to secure a 7-1 victory at home. Bramhope took control of the match early on and thanks to Oliver, our goal keeper, Shire Oak were unable to score after their first goal. Player of the match goes to Charlie B who scored a hat-trick and provided three assists. The next round of the cup shall be played in spring term.
Girls' merit league
Kicking off just before the boys' match, a mix of Year 5 and 6 girls played their second match of the merit league against St Augustine's. Unfortunately St Augustine's were a strong side and they won six- nil. Despite facing another setback the girls are keen to practice and play more competitive games in the future. The next match of the merit league will be played in the spring term.
U9 Datacable Cup
On Wednesday nine boys from Year 3 and 4 travelled to Carr Manor for their first fixture against another school. The match was the first round of the Datacable Cup and Bramhope won 10-4. The next round of the cup shall be played in spring term.
We have recently had a number of cases of Head lice in school. It is important that children are checked on a weekly basis so that any head lice can be dealt with quickly and before they can be allowed to spread.