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Shirley Avenue




BD19 4NA


Dear Parents/carers,


Raffle tickets:

Don’t forget to bring your raffle tickets back. If you want more just ask. There will be more available on the door at the Christmas fair. A Christmas hamper will be the first prize!

Elf on the Shelf:

The last chance to book Elf on the Shelf is Monday 28th November. This will take place at the Christmas Fair where our Elf on the Shelf will be available for you to take your own pictures. There will even be a gift for every child.

Virtual Santa:

The last chance to book for a Virtual Santa slot is Tuesday 29th November. This will take place in school where Santa will chat to your child all the way from the North Pole! Fortunately he will send over gifts in advance so each child will have something to bring home!

Updated Events list:

Please find attached an updated events list for this term. The changes are highlighted in yellow.

Non-uniform for hampers/tombola:

Thank you for all your support today. We will be able to have lovely tombola prizes as well amazing raffle hamper prizes.

Silent Auction:

I have attached a poster highlighting the gifts available to bid for in the silent auction. Next week slips will be available for you to write out your bid. These will then be put into a box until the night of the Christmas Fair. After this the highest bid will win the gift. Bids must be no less that £5.00. Good luck!

Tickets for Christmas performances:

Tickets for the Christmas Nativities and concerts will be issued next week. You will get 2 tickets per family for each performance. Everyone attending the events will need a ticket including siblings. The tickets will need to be handed in on arrival. No extra tickets will be issued.

Film Night:

Thank you to everyone who supported our film night on Tuesday. The children were beautifully behaved, had a great time and enjoyed tasty cookies! Thank you SMASH!

Tea-time Club:

There will be a number of events happening in Tea time Club leading up to Christmas. There is no need to book in for a specific day as if you miss an activity you can always do it on another day. However I’m sure this will be popular so make sure you book the days you need soon.

Tesco Community Tokens:

Earlier this year we applied for the Tesco Community Grant to make improvements to our outdoor areas around school. We are pleased to say that our application was successful!

This means when you shop at Tesco and are given a little blue token to put in the box our school will feature on one of those boxes. This started on Saturday, 1st October, and runs all the way through to January.  

It would be amazing if you could support our school by choosing the ‘Gomersal St Mary’s box’ for your token. The more tokens we get the bigger the grant for school! 

Our selected stores are:

  • Cleckheaton Superstore,  BD19 3HS       
  • Birstall Express, WF17 9EH       

Coffee Morning:

All welcome to our informal Coffee /Tea mornings (drink and natter). These are held every Tuesday after dropping your children off at School (8.45 till 10.00am). Under school age children welcome too as there are lots of toys for them to play with. Please join us in the Children’s Centre with Mrs Priestley suppling the drinks and biscuits.  

Thank You 

Parent Workshops

Tuesday Morning 9am-10.30am

Healthy Relationships with Food 31st January 2023

If you are interested in any of these courses, please see Mrs. Earnshaw to book a place.

(15 Places available for each course)

Financial Support:

Here is a website that might be useful if you are a family who are struggling with paying bills/debts/fuel costs/mental health/unemployment etc.

Cost of living | Kirklees Council

Training Days 22/23 reminder:

Here are the training days for the next school year:

Tuesday 3rd January 2023  
Thursday 4th May 2023  
Monday 24th July 2023  
Tuesday 25th July 2023  

Yours sincerely

Miss J. Barker

DateEventTime and Location
2nd DecemberChristmas Fair  3.30pm – 5.30pm
2nd DecemberAt the Christmas Fair:
Meet Elf on the Shelf and get a gift!
Please feel free to take your own photos.
We request a donation of £2.50 for this.
Book on ParentPay in advance by Monday 28th November.  
6th DecemberChat to Santa direct from the North Pole and get a gift!
We request a donation of £3.00 for this.
Please book in advance on ParentPay by Friday 2nd December.      
7th DecemberKS1 Nativity
Only 2 audience members per child for each performance. Please try to leave smaller children/siblings at home.  
St Mary’s Church 10am and 1.45pm
8th DecemberA theatre company will be coming to school to perform a pantomime.
We request a donation of £1.00 towards the cost of this.
Please pay on ParentPay.  
8th DecemberChristmas Jumper Day for Save the Children
Please make a donation.  
12th DecemberAs a special leaving present to the children, Mrs Earnshaw is paying for Dazzling Darren to come to our school. He is a children’s entertainer and will be putting on two performances – one for younger children and one for the older children. There are no donations required.  

Children can wear Christmas jumpers on this day.
14th DecemberYear 1 and 2 Christmas party (afternoon)
No donations are required.
Children can bring clothes to change into for the party in the afternoon.  
14th DecemberEarly Years party (morning)
If possible please can all Nursery pupils attend in the morning so they can be at the party.
No donations are required.  
14th DecemberKS2 (Years 3, 4,5 and 6) Christmas Concert
Only 2 audience members per child for each performance. Please try to leave smaller children/siblings at home.  
St Mary’s Church 2pm and 6pm  
15th DecemberEarly Years Polar Express Day
Children can come to school in their pyjamas.  
15th DecemberSchool Christmas Dinner  Children will select Christmas dinner on the day  
16th DecemberYears 3, 4, 5 and 6 Christmas party
Children can come in non-uniform, but please note that Year 6 will still have PE in the afternoon
No donations are required.