Newsletter 9th May 22


Executive Headteacher: Mr. R. Barraclough Head of School: Mr. J. Molyneux

Monday 9th May 2022

Spiritual Reflection – Jesus is the Good Shepherd

The fourth Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel reading includes Jesus’ answer to the question, “Are you the Messiah?” Jesus responds by saying, in essence, “If you have to ask, then you are not one of my sheep.” Then Jesus asserts his unity with the Father.


We may be less familiar with the metaphors of sheep and shepherd than those to whom Jesus spoke. The image of Jesus as Good Shepherd and the community of followers as his sheep has endured over the centuries as a primary image in our faith tradition. The image speaks to us about the protection, security, and care that shepherds represent for their sheep.


This Gospel passage (John 10:27-30) speaks powerfully about the familiarity and intimacy between Jesus and his disciples, expressed as recognising and knowing another’s voice. This Gospel also speaks of the relationship between Jesus and the Father. In the Gospel of John, Jesus identifies so closely with the Father that he tells us that they are one—not just close, but actually one. To know Jesus is to know the Father. Jesus doesn’t just bring us closer to the Father, Jesus puts us directly into contact with God the Father, removing all distance between us. Our relationship with Jesus is an invitation to share in the life of God.


Virtues to live by

Resilience and perseverance.
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.

RG: Blanka RS: Oliwia 1K: Jessica  1/2 T: Nadia 2B: Dawid  3C:Fabian    3/4MT: Ben  4C:Jakob   5W: Hayden  5/6B: Jonita 6CD: Precious



School Trips

A letter was sent to parents  regarding Countryside Day trips to Harrogate for all children in Years 3 to 6.

Years 3 and 4 Countryside Day Trip – Tuesday 14th June (coach leaves at 08:30, children to school for 08:15)
Years 5 and 6 Countryside Day Trip – Wednesday 15th June

Please log on to your new School Money account to make the payment of £9.85 and provide consent by no later than Friday 20th May. If we do not receive sufficient payments from parents then the trip will not be able to go ahead.

Years 1 and 2 – Yorkshire Wildlife Trip – Tuesday 21st June. Please log on to your new School Money account to make a payment of £17.45 and provide consent. Please do this by no later than Monday 6th June. If we do not receive sufficient payments from parents then the trip will not be able to go ahead.

Reception – a letter will be sent this week regarding a trip to Cannon Hall Farm on Wednesday 29th June.




Children in Year 6 will be taking their Standard Assessment Tests (SAT’s) this week, each day Monday to Thursday. Children have worked very hard in preparation for the tests and you as parents can help your achieve the best that they possibly can by ensuring that  your child has a good routine, goes to bed on time and is prepared for school each day.

A SAT’s breakfast is being offered to Year 6 children each morning of the days of the tests , Year 6 children can arrive for 8.40am if they wish to have a breakfast in school. There is no charge for this.

Year 2 will also be taking their SAT’s throughout May. Again parents can assist their children by ensuring good home and bedtime routines are in place.

Den Building

Our Year 6 and Year 2 pupils will have worked very hard this week in school with their SAT’s. As a reward we have an Outdoor Learning specialist coming in to school to do Den Building with the children outdoors . Your child will be getting involved in a variety of outdoor projects and we anticipate they will have great fun! Please ensure your child wears their outdoor PE kit and sensible footwear for this. Please look out on Class Dojo for days that your child will be taking part.


Parent Teachers Association (PTA)


Last week the PTA met to discuss some new and exciting events to be held this year. The School Disco’s raised a huge £619.00! Thank you to everyone who came along. We are pleased to announce that part of the money raised will be given to each of our eleven classes to expand our selection of books. The teachers are very grateful for this extra funding for their classes.




Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Event – Friday 10th June

Next Event – On Friday 10th June, the PTA will be holding a Queen’s Jubilee Afternoon tea and crafting session. Parents are invited to come into school  with their child to do some Jubilee themed crafting events, such as cookie decorating, crown making, rock painting. There will be a selection of afternoon tea style cakes and refreshments for parents and children. There will be no charge for entry to the event, instead there will be a  charge for each crafting activity and the refreshments on sale.

PLEASE HELP – We would like to hold a raffle and are appealing to our parents for your donation of prizes. Perhaps you own a business and could donate an item or service, such as restaurant vouchers, beauty or hair treatments, vouchers, cakes.

In order that the PTA can adequately cater for this event and but the correct number of crafting resources, we are asking parents to complete the online form to indicate if you will be attending with your child. Your support is greatly appreciated. Please use the link below to register your attendance at the event by no later than Monday 6th June.



As the weather is changeable at the moment, please could we ask that parents do send their children to school prepared for the weather conditions. We would recommend a lightweight waterproof coat with a hood for the summer months and a jumper and cardigan each day. On sunnier days, please could we ask that parents apply sun cream before your child comes to school and it is also advisable for them to bring a sun hat (with their name written inside please).

Head of School Recognition award

The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Head of School, Mr Molyneux .

RG: Nicholas
RS: Dominika
1K: Anna
1/2T: Nicola
2B:  Elisheva
3C: Victoria
3/4MT: Jasmine
4C: Wanessa
5W: Victoria
5/6B: Owen
6CD: Vanesa

Handwriter’s Award

Our star handwriters for the last week were:

RG: Gianna
RS: Alphonse
1K: Floyd
1/2T: Alexander
2B: Ethan
3C: Thandi
3/4MT: Milena
4C: Matthew
5W: Elna
5/6B: Jakub
6CD: Filip

Winners of the handwriting award will have their work displayed in school.

Class Attendance Award

Class 6CD were the last weeks attendance winners with 94.86%.

RG: 91.42%
RS: 90.02%
1K: 92.12%
1/2T: 93.17%
2B: 93.79%
3C: 93.06%
4C: 93.67%
5W: 94.55%
5/6B: 92.85%
6CD: 94.86%


School has recently received an unprecedented number of requests for absence for holidays and family visits abroad. School cannot authorise term time absence unless there are exceptional circumstances, as deemed by the Headteacher.  School will communicate unauthorised absences with the Education Welfare Service and families may be subject to a fixed penalty fine. We would urge parents to consider the impact of lost learning on your child’s education by taking your child out of school. Children have already missed valuable face to face education as a result of the pandemic.

Extra Curricular Achievements

We would love to celebrate your child’s out of school achievements, please send any information you would like to be celebrated to

Diary Dates

Monday 9th – Thursday 12th May – SAT’S week for Year 6. Year 6 children can have SAT’s breakfast each day, Monday to Thursday at 8.40am
Thursday 12th May – Year 4 Athletics at St Wilfrid’s (more details to follow)
Friday 13th May & Monday 16th May  – Den building in school (more details to follow)
Wednesday 18th May – Cricket Tournament at St Wilfrid’s 4pm to 6pm (see separate letter)
Friday 20th May – Payment due date for Countryside Trips
Friday 20th May
– Last day of term
Monday 6th June – Extended Bank Holiday for Queens Jubilee – school closed on this day
Tuesday 7th June – School reopens
Friday 10th June – Queens Jubilee Afternoon tea and Crafting event 3.25 – 4.45pm
Tuesday 14th June – Countryside Day trip Years 3 and 4 (coach leaves at 08:30, children to school for 08:15)
Wednesday 15th June – Countryside Trip Years 5 and 6
Tuesday 21st June – Yorkshire Wildlife Park Trip Years 1 and 2
Wednesday 29th June – Reception Trip – Cannon Hall farm

Road Safety

Last week the Road Safety Improvement Officer from Wakefield Council came to school to observe parking at  the start and end of the day. Unfortunately, we do have a long running issue with parents ignoring road markings and parking restrictions. A Parking Promise was sent home to all children, thank you to those parents who have completed it and committed to safe driving and parking around the school area.

School have managed to negotiate free parking for parents at the Sports Club. Parents who wish to use this facility must obtain a parking permit form the School Office.

Get Active – with the warmer weather now here, why not walk, cycle or scooter to school. This will help to reduce traffic congestion as well as get your steps in for the day!

COVID Update – Living with Covid

  • If you develop symptoms of a respiratory infection and have a temperature or feel unwell you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with others until you feel better and no longer have a temperature.
  • Children and young people who feel unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid others. They can return to school when they no longer have a temperature and are well enough to attend.
  • Children who test positive for Covid-19 should try to stay at home and avoid others for 3 days
  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended.


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