Principal’s message:

Well that’s the end of our second full term and hasn’t it flown by (they do say time flies when you’re having fun)!

Over this last term we have seen things return to ‘normal’ in lots of ways but are still reminded daily that Covid has not gone as we have seen increased infections across the school. I would like to thank you all for your support not only over the past few weeks when you have continued to get your children tested, but over the entire two years of this pandemic. One of the many positives that the OFSTED inspectors picked up is how parents, carers and school all work together for the good of the children particularly throughout the pandemic. For us as a school community, the experiences of the last two years have only served to make us stronger.

It seems like ages ago now but for Comic Relief our staff bravely ‘volunteered’ (or maybe I volunteered them) to be soaked in the name of charity. I know you’ll all agree that they were brilliant sports and that the children, and it appeared some parents too, really enjoyed the experience. I am pleased to say that we raised and whopping £485! Thank you for your kind donations.

Last week, our Year 4 children performed their own talent show for their loved ones and what talent they all have! They did two performances to a packed out crowd and blew me away with their confidence and skill. Thank you to the Year 4 team for all their hard work in getting the children performance ready.

This week was the second chance this year to meet with your child’s class teacher to discuss their progress but this time we actually managed to do it in person! It was great to see so many parents back in school again and thank you for all your positive comments on their report cards.

I’m sure you will have seen from Facebook that we have had a very successful term with regard to sport. From football to dance to gymnastics to cross country, we have been able to compete at a very high level and give as many children the chance to represent the school as is possible. Whilst we do celebrate winning, what has been even more impressive is what great sportsmen and women our children are: cheering on the other teams, showing respect to judges and referees and behaving impeccably at the venues. I do, however, need to invest in a larger trophy cabinet after all the success that we have been having and I’m sure this will continue next term also.

Now that restrictions have been lifted, we were able to bring back one of our old traditions- the KS1 Easter Bonnet Parade. What a creative bunch you are! I know you will all enjoy coming down to watch the outdoor catwalk this afternoon. Just before the catwalk, a special visitor will have arrived at KS1- the Easter Bunny! If it’s anything like previous years, the children and staff will hardly be able to contain themselves – pictures will be posted to Seesaw shortly.

A date for your diary- we will be holding a Jubilee Jamboree on the last day of next half term (27th May) weather permitting. We are busy working on plans but we intend to bring the whole school together on the field at KS1 for the afternoon and then run our summer fair straight after with the help of FOGS. I will communicate the full plans after the holidays but hopefully it’s going to be a great event and a chance for us all to be together again.

Today we say good bye to Mrs Ewing who has worked at Key Stage One for over 2 years now. She is leaving to start a job at Huddersfield College after the Easter break and I know you will all join me in wishing her all the best for the future. She has promised to still come in from time to time to see us which I will be holding her to. I am pleased to announce that we have recruited Miss Townsend to replace Mrs Ewing and she will be starting work in 1A shortly.

I do need to give a polite reminder to you all about Seesaw. Please could parents and carers not message our staff outside of working hours. We have had a number of staff receiving messages on an evening or weekend. I know you’ll all agree that we have amazing staff who want you all to be involved in your child’s education, but they deserve their time away from work just like anyone else. If you need to make contact with a class teacher or other member of staff, please email the school office and they will respond within the working day.

So that just leaves me to wish you all a lovely Easter break – hopefully in the sunshine! We will see you all again on Monday 25th April. A polite reminder that KS1 learning starts at 8:45 and KS2 at 9 so please make sure your child is there on time.


Happy Easter- have an eggcellent time 🙂

Mrs Crowther