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Newsletter 12th January 2024

Posted On 13 Jan 2024
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Friday 12th January 2024

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

Dear parents and carers, 

If I have not had the opportunity to speak to you this week, then may I wish you a very Happy New Year! We have had a wonderful start back to school this week; the children have had loads of high energy and worked really hard! We hope that you enjoyed the Christmas break and had a good rest. 

There is lots to look forward to this term, including the Big RSPB Bird Watch, Young Voices, new trips, Red Nose Day and World Book Day! More information to follow so watch this space! Hopefully you have had a chance to read through this term’s calendar dates; some of the key dates coming up are below. 

This week in EYFS, the children kicked off their new topic on ‘Traditional Tales’ by reading the story of the Gingerbread Man. They enjoyed retelling the story and were particularly excited to bake and taste their own gingerbread people! Yum! Over in Team Derwent this week, it was a pleasure to pop in to hear the progress they have made in Music with playing the recorder. I was blown away by their understanding of notation and rhythm! Well done Team Derwent!

Team Foss enjoyed their active sports session on Thursday with Ish from Superstar Sports. They took part in a carousel of athletic activities, which they absolutely loved. We are delighted to have Superstar Sports continuing to work with us this term and they have arranged a wide range of activities and clubs for children of all ages to participate in. As you will have already seen this week, children can take part in Football, Basketball and Archery clubs during lunchtimes. They can also sign up for our new after school clubs including Ninja Warriors (Reception), Gymnastics (KS1) and Archery (KS2). 

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and have a wonderful weekend, 

Mr Greene

Our school target is 97% 

This week our attendance was 94% 

Nidd –  93%                            

Aire – 92%                                                                                     

Ouse – 99%

Derwent – 98%

Foss – 95%

Calder –  87%

Humber – 96%


The NHS has recently provided some helpful information regarding attendance and when to keep your child at home. Every moment matters at school and if you are unsure as to whether your child is well enough to attend school, please speak to Mr Metcalfe or Mr Greene or visit Is my child too ill for school? – NHS 

Coughs and colds

It’s fine to send your child to school with a minor cough or common cold. But if they have a fever, keep them off school until the fever goes.

Encourage your child to throw away any used tissues and to wash their hands regularly.

High temperature

If your child has a high temperature, keep them off school until it goes away.


If your child has chickenpox, keep them off school until all the spots have crusted over.

Cold sores

There’s no need to keep your child off school if they have a cold sore.

Encourage them not to touch the blister or kiss anyone while they have the cold sore, or to share things like cups and towels.


You don’t need to keep your child away from school if they have conjunctivitis.

Do get advice from your pharmacist. Encourage your child not to rub their eyes and to wash their hands regularly.


If your child has mild symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, and feels well enough, they can go to school.

Your child should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and they either:

  • have a high temperature
  • do not feel well enough to go to school or do their normal activities


Dates for your diary:

Monday 15th January 2024 Deadline for applying for Reception class places for September 2024 – please ensure you apply online by this date if you would like your child to join Team Nidd in September. 

(This can be done online via NYCC admissions website

Friday 26th January 2024 RSPB National Schools’ Bird Watch – Mrs Caffrey will lead this in school with the children. 
Tuesday 30th January 2024 Parent Forum – 2.45pm in school.  

Please join us for a cup of coffee and discuss how we can improve our school.




Please ensure you pre-book school lunches and breakfast club on Parentpay 48 hours in advance of the day required.

Starting Primary School and Junior School

Apply for your child to start school in Reception or transfer from infant to junior school

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