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Newsletter 8th March 2024

Posted On 12 Mar 2024
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Friday 8th March 2024

            A wonderful celebration of reading and learning!    

This week we came together to celebrate World Book Day and we had a wonderful time sharing books, reading and learning about creative writing with our visiting guest author Sarah Shafi! Reading lies at the heart of our school and we are committed to our ongoing mission of inspiring children to pick up a book and succeed in their reading.  The children enjoyed the non-uniform day and many were delighted to bring along their favourite book. Throughout the day, every class had a writing workshop with Sarah and they loved hearing top tips for how they could improve their own writing. A huge thank you to Sarah for coming in to spend the day with us and thank you to Miss Smyth (our English Lead) for organising the day. 

We also ran a very successful competition for children to dress up as their favourite character! Congratulations to all the runners up and winners! Thank you to everyone who took part and thank you at home for all of your ongoing support. The teachers also got involved and Miss Catterall smashed the competition to win the children’s vote! Well done! 

I also want to say thank you for your support with our Celebration of Learning event yesterday. It was a real joy to welcome you in with your children to allow them to share their learning with you this term. We know from the event last term, how much you valued the opportunity to see work in classrooms and children’s books, especially ahead of parent consultations, and it was a pleasure to see so many who could attend. Don’t forget to sign up for a parent consultation with your child’s teacher next week if you haven’t already done so. 

There are a couple more events coming up before the Easter holidays which I would like to draw your attention to. Firstly, next Friday 15th March is Red Nose Day and children are welcome to come wearing non-uniform. Any donations to the Red Nose Day charity event can be made through Parent Pay. Finally, we do hope that you can join us for our Easter Celebration at Church on the last day of term (Friday 22nd March) to share the children’s learning. 

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week, Mr Greene


Attendance Update

A huge thank you to all our parents and carers. There has been lots of excitement and buzz from the children as to who is going to be the first team to achieve a non-school uniform day. 


Our school target is 97% 


This week our attendance was 96% 

Nidd –  97%                            

Aire – 95%                                                                                     

Ouse – 99%

Derwent –96%

Foss – 96%

Calder –  98%

Humber – 94%

Safeguarding Thought of the Week

For this week’s safeguarding thought of the week we are going to be sharing information about Instagram. This is another popular social media app and we are aware that it is used by some of our children. The attached poster is a really useful guide for parents and carers and what they need to know about this app. Please can all parents be mindful of what your children are accessing on their electronic devices.

Dates for your diary:

Monday 11th March – Thursday 14th March 2024 Parent Consultations Online

Please make a virtual appointment with your child’s class teacher to hear how they are getting on with their learning. 

Please log in to book your appointment.

Tuesday 12th March 2024 Y5 trip to Wakefield Museum
Friday 15th March 2024 Red Nose Day – non uniform – donations can be made on Parent Pay
Thursday 21st March 2024 Team Derwent Sharing Assembly 2.45pm.  

Parents/carers, please join us and find out what the children have been learning.

Friday 22nd March 2024 1:45pm Easter Celebration in Church

3.15pm Break up for Easter

Monday 8th April 2024 Back to School
Friday 12th April 2024 Teacher Training Day – School closed to pupils



On Sunday 28th April Leeds Rhinos Netball are taking a match to the first direct arena in Leeds where they will play against reigning Super League Champions the Loughborough Lightning!

As part of our partnership, and as a thank you for all the great work that the children have been doing this year, Leeds Rhinos Netball would like to offer children and families an amazing opportunity to attend this match at a special discounted schools rate.  

This is a fantastic opportunity to see the best Netball players in the UK and be part of an incredible atmosphere at the arena!

Date – Sunday 28th April 2024 

Start time  – 4pm

Opposition – Loughborough Lightning

Venue – first direct arena (LS2 8BY) 

Tickets can be booked now through the school in our exclusive ‘Schools Zone’ via Parentpay and are priced as follows. Please note that tickets will go off sale at 10am on Friday 22nd March 2024. 

Schools Zone
Adults (including Senior Citizens) £12.25
Juniors (aged 16 and under) £7.25


Tickets will be distributed to the school and will be available for collection from the School reception by 14:00 on Tuesday 23rd April 2024 at the latest. 


Further match day information can be found at no later than 5 days prior to the fixture. 

The Rhinos are looking forward to welcoming you to the first direct arena for what will be an unforgettable afternoon!


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