Please can I start this last newsletter of 2022 by saying a fond farewell to Mrs Earnshaw, Mrs Woodcock, Mrs Priestley and Mrs Robinson. Thank you very much for your hard work and dedication. You will be sorely missed, but we wish you every happiness in your retirement.
Christmas Magic Show:
The magician made me laugh because the panda kept coming on the cards. I liked it when we said abracadabra. After the show I asked Santa for a magic set. I loved it when Eli held the balloon and it deflated.Joanie
The magician show was magical. When the panda kept popping out I laughed. It was funny when the magician gave Eli a cloth and he dropped it before he gave it to Eli.
The magician was really funny because he was saying that he had a certain amount of reindeer but he actually had a panda.Leon
A huge thank you to Mrs Earnshaw who paid for Dazzling Darren to come and perform two fantastic magic shows – one for the younger children and one for the older children. A wonderful goodbye gift!
When we went to Oxford Grange, we sang traditional carols to our audience before chatting to them. Surprisingly Santa was there and we got to talk to him and take pictures. Overall it was a great experience and I would love to do it again.Bluebelle & Joshua
Our Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children put on an amazing concert in St Mary’s Church on Wednesday. We were treated to singing, dancing and a time travelling experience through the decades. Well done to all the children for a fantastic show and to the staff for all their hard work. It was wonderful to have St Mary’s Church as our setting, so thank you very much to Brenda and all the team.
The 2 Christmas performances are available to watch at the following links:
We had a real treat at school on Thursday as Christine and Helen produced 150 Christmas lunches. It was a lovely spread as we enjoyed turkey or a tasty vegetarian alternative, with all the trimmings. It was delicious! Well done and thank you.
The Christmas parties have all taken place this week with lots of fun had by children and adults. Many thanks to Mrs Woodcock for her donations of sweets, popcorn and chocolate! There was certainly plenty of laughter as the children had a great time playing games and enjoying the food.
Well done to Ellis, Harry, Riley H, Miya, Olivia, Riley T and Bluebelle who all won this term’s SMASH awards. I know it is really difficult for staff to choose the class winners, but these children are very worthy winners. Thank you to SMASH for sorting out the certificates and trophies.
Thank you for all your support with our fundraising this term. We had a very successful Christmas fair where we raised nearly £2000. This will go towards future events and developing opportunities for children in the grounds.
Mrs Grant will start working in the office after Christmas. She will be on the gate each day to welcome you with a smile, take after school club bookings and help you out in any way she can.
Booklet to support families:
Attached below is a copy of a booklet issued by Kirklees on Winter Water Safety. Aimed at younger children this is a fun way to learn how to keep children, friends and family safe around water,
When the weather turns chilly and new dangers appear. Please share these messages and safety tips with others to help us prevent drownings.
Supporting Children online and with new devices:
Younger children need different advice and guidance than older children. Older children need different advice and guidance than teens. It can be really difficult keeping up with everything that is online and what risks and issues may affect children of different ages, so on these pages there is some age-related advice and guidance for parents and carers:
Pre-school – https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/0-5/
6 – 10 year olds – https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/6-10/
Setting up new devices:
It can be difficult knowing all the different settings that are available on different devices to help protect children, this includes allowing or disallowing chat, friends, spending money, content filters and much more. On these pages you will find the details, as well as non-technical instructions, which will help you understand what is available to you and how to set up your child’s devices.
Gaming consoles and devices – https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/gaming-consoles/
Smartphones – https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/smartphones-and-other-devices/
Broadband and mobile networks – https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/broadband-mobile/
Entertainment and search engines – https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/entertainment-search-engines/
Tesco Community Tokens:
When you are shopping this Christmas don’t forget to collect your blue token from Tesco to put into our box. It is nearly the end of our time, so let’s make sure we get as many as we can!
Our selected stores are:
- Cleckheaton Superstore, BD19 3HS
- Birstall Express, WF17 9EH
The first coffee morning will be on the 17th January which will run alongside the training listed below.
Tuesday Morning 9am-10.30am
ASC awareness – 17th January 2023
Healthy Relationships with Food 31st January 2023
If you are interested in any of these courses, please see Mrs Grant to book a place.
(15 Places available for each course)
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.
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|
Have a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you back in school on Wednesday, 4th January.
Yours sincerely, Miss J. Barker