It’s been a busy few weeks since we returned from the Easter break.

I would firstly like to let you all know that I have taken on an additional role within the trust. First and foremost, I am still the Principal of our wonderful school ,but my new title is Executive Principal with responsibility for the Trust Designations ( the English Hub, Research School, SCITT and Medical Needs Provision for Kirklees). My priority will always be our school but this new role will bring in some extra funding for the school and professional development opportunities both for myself and the staff, which in turn will benefit our children. When I am not on site, Mrs Ashton and Miss Whiteley, as experienced Vice Principals, will always be available, supported by the wider leadership team.

Our sporting success has continued and over the weekend we took a group of gymnasts to the BSGA School Gym National Finals in Stoke. They were all simply amazing and I must give special thanks to Miss Wild for giving our children such an wonderful opportunity. Thank you also to Mrs Rylands and Mrs Bennett who have both helped out at the gymnastics events. I am so proud to say that we came away with a bronze medal in the U11 mixed pairs- third in the UK!

You may have seen on Facebook that Mrs Emmerson ran the London Marathon over the weekend for the charity VICTA. She completed this mammoth task in under 5 hours and we are all so proud of her. She has asked me to thank you all for your words of support and donations.

You may have noticed our new planters at our KS2 site along the front of the building. Our gardening club have been busy planting and they are already looking fantastic. We can’t wait to watch them flourish and grow and we are asking for any donations to help us continue to develop this area. Our plan in the future is to start an allotment at the back of school which links to the Food For Life Award that you have all received communication about. We will be growing our own vegetables and a herb garden.

On Wednesday, we took our 40 plus strong choir to the Halifax Minster to partake in the choir competition which you may remember we won last year.  The children were incredible and sang their hearts out. The competition was significantly larger this year and had to be held in several stages but we found out yesterday that we won! That’s two years in a row and I couldn’t be prouder of them all.  We have such talented children and we couldn’t do it all without the wonderful Mrs Smelt who works tirelessly to harness our children’s talents.

Next Thursday is polling day and 2A’s classroom will be in use all day. We have made alternative arrangements for them within school but please be aware that there could be more vehicles entering and exiting our carpark on that day.

And finally some more good news, I am pleased to say that work on the KS2 gym roof is due to commence in the next week or two and should take around 6 weeks in total. I will send out separate communication about this in due course including any changes to access as the works will be happening during school time.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and I’ll see you all on the gate at KS1 next week.

Mrs Crowther