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Term dates

School closes for the end of half term:  Friday 23rd October 2020

School re-opens: Monday 2nd November 2020

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Safeguarding notice                     

A reminder that if your child is ill or you wish to make changes to home time arrangements (going home with a friend etc) these messages must be given to Mrs Bentley or the class teacher by the child’s parent / carer and not a child. Alternatively, messages can be left on the school phone answer service at anytime or an email can be sent to askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

 

Late arrivals

Please note, due to coronavirus restrictions, there are changes to drop off and pick up times for each year group, these are listed below. Please try not to be early or late for the designated times for your child. Thank you.

A reminder that children who arrive late must be signed in by their adult in the ‘Late Book’ in the office. To help parents, children may be collected up to 3.40pm. Children not collected by 3.40pm will be taken to the hall and they will be booked into after school club and charged from 3.40pm. There is no after school club on a Friday but a late collection charge of £1.00 per 10 minutes late will be applied for children collected after 3.40pm on Fridays. As notified last year, late collection from clubs will also work in the same way.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

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Newsletter Issue 3 - 24th September 2020

 

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Latest News: Autumn term 1

 

24.09.20

As last year, all children in years Reception to year 6 are being offered the nasal flu vaccination. This will take place in school later in the autumn term. Please see attached letter about how to give consent for your child to receive this vaccination. The deadline to give consent is 25th October 2020. Nasal Flu Vaccination Letter


This week, I have received a letter from the Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire. The letter asks head teachers to remind parents that GP’s cannot diagnose coronavirus nor are they able to administer tests. The only ways to obtain a test are via the NHS website or by calling 119. We have also been asked to distribute the attached letter from NHS Test and Trace about when it is appropriate to get a test. NHS Test and Trace Letter


We are aware of the difficulties in obtaining a test and the current delays in receiving results. If your child is not able to come into school because of the isolation rules, we will send work home, see below:

  • A member of staff will call parents of isolating children during the day to arrange to email work home. We will aim to have made contact with you by the end of lunchtime of the first day of absence.
  • Whilst waiting for work, we suggest children read their reading books or access online learning resources eg Activelearn reading or BBC Bitesize etc
  • In the event that the whole year / bubble is isolating at home, learning will move online with learning resources sent home for children to work through.

Please note: More information will follow next week about these home learning procedures.

Please be assured that any absences as a result of the isolation rules will be coded as authorised leave.


It is important that we have your current contact details. If you have changed your home telephone number, mobile phone number, email address, moved house or changed your nominated emergency contacts over the last 12 months, please inform Mrs Bentley in the office as soon as possible. If you are unsure of which details we hold for you, please ask.


On Monday, Tempest Photographers will be in school to take individual photographs. We have carried out a risk assessment and consider it safe for the photographer to visit school. Unfortunately, this year sibling photographs will not be possible. Details of how to purchase a photograph of your child will be sent home.


As announced in my letter on Tuesday, we are pleased that hot school lunches (served on a tray) will re-commence from Monday 28th September. A further copy of the menu is attached. A reminder to inform Mrs Bentley (by 9am Monday 28th September latest) via either phone message or email if your child would like to change from packed lunches to school meals or change the days they have school meals.

 

17.09.20

We hope you have had chance to read the letter emailed out on Tuesday about coronavirus symptoms, when to send your child to school and when to get a test. We are receiving advice and guidance from The Department for Education on a daily basis and will pass this on when relevant. We are required to record which absences are related to coronavirus eg waiting for a test or isolating, and those that are not. If your child is unable to come to school, please detail the reason / their symptoms in the message; please do not just say they are ‘unwell’. Thankyou for your help with this.

 

A further reminder of drop off and pick up times, please try not to be early or late, thankyou.

Bubbles                Drop off times                 Pick up times

N & R                    8.30-8.40am                    3.10-3.20pm

Y1 & Y2                 8.40-8.50am                    3.20-3.30pm

Y3 & Y4                8.50-9.00am                    3.30-3.40pm

Y5 & Y6                9.00-9.10am                    3.40-3.50pm

 

We hope those children who have attended clubs this week have enjoyed them. Please refer to the clubs timetable sent out with last week’s newsletter as some clubs have changed from last year.

 

Whilst the children have been enjoying their ‘grab bag’ style lunches, we are looking forward to the more usual type of school lunch service returning. We are in discussions with Dolce, our caterer, and hope that we will be able to offer more traditional school lunches from the beginning of October whilst keeping the children, catering and school staff COVID safe. Further information to follow.

 

A reminder to parents of children in year 6 that the deadline for applying for a secondary school place is 31st October 2020. Applications are made on line via the County Council in which you live. Askwith children go on to a variety of secondary schools in the Otley, Ilkley and Harrogate areas. Please check the website of the secondary school/s you are interested in for open event information.

 

We are currently planning how our usual curriculum evenings and parents' evenings can take place in a safe way. Information will be sent home when available.



10.09.20

It is lovely to say welcome back to all our children! We didn't know how the first few days would be but I must say the children have coped very well with their prolonged absence from school and have adapted quickly to the changes in routines. A big Askwith welcome also to our new families in nursery and reception. I have met some of you already in the playground and look forward to greeting others soon. Mrs Barker, the Chair of Governors, has extended her best wishes to all children, parents and staff for the new school year.

 

Thank you to all parents for complying with the necessary changes to drop off and pick up times, it has all gone very smoothly. A reminder of the times are below. Please ensure any other adults that drop off or collect your child (eg grandparents or childminders) are aware of these times and the queuing system.

 

Bubbles                Drop off times                 Pick up times

N & R                    8.30-8.40am                    3.10-3.20pm

Y1 & Y2                 8.40-8.50am                    3.20-3.30pm

Y3 & Y4                8.50-9.00am                    3.30-3.40pm

Y5 & Y6                9.00-9.10am                    3.40-3.50pm


At the moment, we don’t know of anyone in the Askwith community who has Coronavirus, but we must remain alert, as they say! Please re read the information emailed out to you on the 3rd Sept (or for new parents the 7th Sept) and visit www.gov.uk/back to school to remind yourselves about what to do if you or your child has any COVID symptoms.

 

A reminder that breakfast club is on every morning for children in years R to 6 from 8am. No need to book. To drop off, bring your child to the drop off point and staff will take them to the hall. We have reviewed our after school clubs to offer a variety of activities to all children whilst keeping them in their infant and junior bubbles. To collect from an after school club, please wait at the gate and phone school (01943 462896) and staff will bring your child out to you.


Unfortunately, the planned swimming lessons for years 5 and 6 this half term and 3 and 4 next half term are currently not able to take place. We will update you when we know more.


We are delighted to announce that both Mrs Bennett and Miss Johnson have had baby boys! Both mums and babies are doing well and we send them our very best wishes and look forward to seeing them when possible.

 

 

 

Latest News: Summer term 2

15.07.20

We have finally reached the end of a somewhat unprecedented year. A special thankyou to you all for your incredible support, we have very much appreciated it. I would also like to say thankyou to our fantastic pupils—we continue to be amazed by their resilience. We look forward to welcoming them all back in September. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank staff and governors. Their huge commitment and dedication to the school has  never been more apparent.

Mrs Bennett and Miss Johnson have done sterling work over the past weeks joining the children in reception and nursery via zoom, we have all enjoyed seeing them on screen. They now have the chance to put their feet up before their babies are born, we wish them all the best for their new arrivals.

Unfortunately Mrs Farrier has left the staff, we wish her all the best for the future.

Mr Parker, CEO of YCAT and ex headteacher of Askwith Primary School, retires this week. We wish him a long and happy retirement and look forward to him visiting us in the future. Mrs Robinson, current head teacher of Lothersdale Primary School, will become the new CEO from September.

Tomorrow, children may come to school in their home clothes and bring a small toy that does not make excessive noise. No valuable items, phones or ipads please.

A reminder that ALL children should be collected at 2pm on Friday, please queue to collect your child from the playground. The year 6 parents have been invited to arrive for 1.40pm to watch the year 6 children walk through the traditional Askwith leavers’ arch, please allow them to have a good view.

If children have any concerns or questions about returning to school in September, they can use Seesaw to contact their teacher over the holidays. I hope you all have a restful and safe break over the summer. 

 

PTA VIRTUAL QUIZ - 8pm Tuesday 28th July

Test your knowledge from the comfort or your own arm chair & raise money for the school! The quiz will last for approx 20mins & there are cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.

Registration is quick & easy—you register at virtualquizevents.com in advance of the quiz & you’ll get an entry code to login & play. Our quiz can be found by searching for Askwith Primary PTA in the ‘fundraisers’ page or by following this link : https://tinyyurl.com/yao9dkv5 Entries are £5 & Askwith PTA will receive funds raised by player registrations. We hope you can join in the quiz, if successful there may be another quiz over the summer, details will be posted on the Facebook page.

 

09.07.20

Further to last week’s government announcements, we are now able to provide some information about what school will be like in September. We will continue to monitor all government advice and may update some of our protocols based on information on social distancing and hygiene available in the days prior to school opening.

School will once again be compulsory for all school aged children so we look forward to seeing all children on the first day of term, Tuesday 7th September.  School uniform will be required, see attached a copy of the Sue Knowles order form and contact details if you need new items.

Children may bring school bags, PE bags, coats, and pencil cases to school in September, a named water bottle is also recommended. The school library will re-open in September and children will be able to borrow books to read at home. During lock down, the library was reorganised and new fiction and non fiction books added for all age groups.

As per the government guidance, the school will be split into bubbles. The bubbles will be: nursery and reception; years 1 and 2; years 3 and 4; years 5 and 6. To maintain the bubbles, there will be staggered drop off and pick up times each day, see below. A one way system will be in operation, see attached drawing. Please do not start to queue until the drop off / pick up time for your eldest child.

 

Bubble             Drop-off               Pick-up

N & R              8.30-8.45             2.45-3.00

Y1 & Y2           8.45-9.00             3.00-3.15

Y3 & Y4          9.00-9.15              3.15-3.30

Y5 & Y6          9.15-9.30              3.30-3.45
 
 
Breakfast club and after school club will run for children in Reception and above at the usual times, ie breakfast club from 8am every morning, after school club until 5.30pm Monday-Wednesday and until 5pm on Thursdays. Prices will be the same as last year. For these clubs, children will be split into an ‘infant bubble’ and a ‘junior bubble’. Children staying for after school clubs will be supervised between pick up time and the start of the club. A list of clubs will be announced in September.

Our caterer Dolce will recommence their provision of school lunches, prepared and cooked in our kitchen. For the first two weeks of term there will be one choice of main meal plus vegetarian option / other dietary requirements. The menu will be sent out to you on the training day (Monday 7th September). From week 3, choices may be possible, further information will be provided in September. There will be multiple lunch sittings with the children eating in their bubbles.

In September, it will still not be possible for parents to enter the school building or classrooms. If you wish to talk to your child’s teacher, please contact the office via phone or email to arrange a phone call. Any letters for the office should be handed to the member of staff on duty in the playground.

School transport will be provided by North Yorkshire County Council for those in catchment or wish to purchase a bus pass. Please review the North Yorkshire County Council School Transport website or call 01609 533693 for more information. 

Holidays in term time—I must stress that because children could not attend school for 7 weeks in the case of years Reception, 1 and 6, and 14 weeks for years 2, 3, 4 and 5, it is vitally important that there are NO unauthorised absences (ie holidays in term time) to enable pupils to catch up with lost learning. Thankyou for your support.

Please see attached term dates for year 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, these dates are also on the school website. End of year school reports will inevitably reflect the amount of time children have been in school this year. The reports will be sent home tomorrow with the children that are in school and their siblings. For children not in school, the reports will be posted home on Monday. Year 6 will receive their reports at the year 6 tea party on Tuesday. If you would like to discuss your child’s report with their class teacher, please ring the school office to make an appointment.

There will not be a staggered finish time on the last day of term as we want to mark the occasion of the year 6’s leaving with our traditional (but socially distanced) arch of children. All parents should pick up at 2pm on the last day of term, observing social distance markers. Your child will be dismissed from the playground. The school bus and taxi will depart at 2pm.

On the last day of term, children may come to school in their home clothes and bring a small toy that does not make excessive noise. No valuable items, phones or ipads please.

 

02.07.20

Apologies for the lack of newsletter last week, we had internet problems which have now been resolved.

The children in years 2, 3, 4 and 5 have greatly enjoyed their socially distanced gatherings this week. Thankyou for all the lovely comments received from parents, it was a pleasure to see all the children, we do miss them!

Next week we have parties for:

Nursery—Monday 6th July 

Reception—Tuesday 7th July

Year 1—Wednesday 8th July  

Year 6—Tuesday 14th July

Children should be dropped off at the field between 12.45—1.00pm and collected between 2.30—2.45pm. Children can wear home clothes but should be dressed to be outside for the party and bring sun cream / hats or coats as required. Children may bring a picnic blanket / beach towel or similar to sit on, and must bring a bottle of water. School will provide picnic treats. Due to the rain this week, we have been hosting in the school hall but the forecast looks much better for next week, fingers crossed!

 

As is customary at this time of year, I am pleased to announce the staffing from September:

Reception & nursery: Miss Dunbar 

Year 1: Mrs Mort

Year 2: Miss Gregory   

Years 3/4: Miss Fox

Years 5/6: Mrs Longford and Mrs Nayler 

The teachers will be assisted by our team of teaching assistants: Mrs Cattlin, Mrs Yorke, Mrs Burgess, Mrs Dockar, Mrs Muttick, Miss Webster and Miss Campbell. Miss Campbell joined the team yesterday as maternity cover for Miss Johnson. 

 

Following today’s government announcements, all children will be able to return to school in September and school attendance will be compulsory. However, it is likely that there may have to be staggered start and finish times and we do not yet know if breakfast clubs and after school clubs will be possible. Once we have studied the detailed information published today, we will inform parents of anything they need to know either before the end of term or during the summer holidays via email.

 

School will close for the summer holidays at 2pm on Friday 17th July. School will not be open for the children of key workers during the summer holidays.

 

18.06.20

 

Following the latest government advice, we are now able to invite children, not currently in school, for face to face meetings.

We plan to do this through a series of socially distanced tea parties! It is up to parents whether they would like their children to attend but it will be a great opportunity for the children in each year group to see each other and their teachers.

The tea parties will take place on the field. Children can wear home clothes but should be dressed to be outdoors, sun cream / hats or coats as required.

Children may bring a picnic blanket or similar to sit on, and should bring a bottle of water.

School will provide party food. We are working on a plan B in case of rain but we are determined not to have to cancel.

 

The dates for your diaries are:


Year 2—Monday 29th June                      Year 3—Tuesday 30th June
Year 4—Wednesday 1st July                    Year 5—Thursday 2nd July
Nursery—Monday 6th July                       Reception—Tuesday 7th July
Year1—Wednesday 8th July                     Year 6—Tuesday 14th July


Children should be dropped off at the field between 12.45—1.00pm and collected between 2.30—2.45pm.

 

The children in school will be taken to the field to join their year group unless parents advise otherwise and may come to school in home clothes on the day of their year’s tea party.


To help plan staffing and cake buying, please can parents email school askwith@ycatschools.co.uk or leave a message on the school phone (by Tuesday 23rd June) advising whether or not they would like their child to join in the tea parties.


A reminder that children currently attending school, should bring their PE kits to school every Monday, they will be sent home every Friday for washing.

Named water bottles and named sun cream can be kept in PE bags whilst not in use.


Unfortunately, our deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables for the infant children’s snack for break time have not resumed. Parents may send in a break time snack for their child, we request the snacks are healthy ie no chocolate, sweets or crisps.

 

11.06.20

It has been lovely welcoming back the children in years nursery, reception, year 1, year 6 and the children of key workers. School is quiet but we are all getting used to the new routines and the children have adapted very well.

We already have more children in than we did when we opened on the 1st June, and I know more are planning to return next week.

Play times are a little different, but the children have been enjoying ‘socially distanced’ games such as musical statues, ‘keepy uppy’ with badminton equipment and keep fit routines.

Unfortunately, the school kitchen has now closed until September and we are sorry we can no longer provide warm school meals. Thankyou to all parents for co-operating with the change and remembering to send packed lunches. If you wish to order a school packed lunch, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by 3pm on a Friday for the following week.

Mrs Bennett and Miss Johnson are continuing to shield at home but regularly join the children in nursery and reception via Zoom, which the children greatly enjoy.

The older children are being helped to catch up with their learning but we are pleased to say that all your hard work at home has meant that the majority are not too far behind and we have a plan in place to ensure all children catch up. The children in year 6 have particularly welcomed the opportunity to see each other and this week have been enjoying a morning treat of ‘pain chocolate’ and fruit juice, something they would have had in SATS week. We don’t want them to miss out on everything!

Sadly, it has been announced that the children in years 2, 3, 4 and 5 won’t be allowed to return to school before September. Thankyou for collecting your work packs from the shed over the weekend, the last few are now in the office, please call to arrange collection. A reminder that children in years 2, 3, 4 and 5 can use Seesaw to communicate with their teachers.

We are hoping that by September it will be possible for all children to return, but we will wait and see.

Thankyou for your continuing co-operation.

 

Spring term 2

20.03.20

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

I would like to thank you all for your support and patience during what has been a very difficult week. None of us could have anticipated what we are now facing. Hopefully, you will have all now received work packs for your children. We are currently working on the best possible way of uploading work for your children to access in the coming weeks and a means by which they can ask questions/raise any concerns they may have. We shall be in touch shortly with more information about this.

 

Re: pupil medication

We have received the following information:

Please ensure that all pupil prescribed medicine that is held in school is given back to pupils at the end of the school day. This is to include inhalers, adrenalin auto-injectors and insulin amongst other medicines. If a child attends on Monday, then they can bring them in with them, however they need to be kept with the child.

We will return all medication to children who are present in school today. If your child is not at school today and you are not a key worker then, should you need this medication, please arrange with school via phone or email to arrange a time when you can pick it up – thank you.

 

In the meantime, if you have any concerns or questions then please do not hesitate to contact us either via the school phone or email. We will respond as soon as we can.

I will keep in touch with any further updates which may be relevant to you.

We all hope that you and your families keep healthy and we look forward to when we can eventually get back to normal.

Best wishes to you all.

Mrs Nayler and the Askwith team

 

12.03.20

Yesterday, the netball team from years 5 and 6 played in their first netball competition and came second!! This was particularly impressive as it was a competition for large primary schools. Well done to the whole team and thankyou to the reserves who were ready to step in if needed. We hope to enter more netball competitions in the future.


On Tuesday, the children enjoyed a great afternoon with Sam Tuitupou, a New Zealand international rugby player. The children completed challenging circuits with Sam, who pushed them to stretch themselves physically. They then spent time learning all about Sam, his family and his inspirational career playing for many successful rugby teams, including: Worcester, Munster, Sale Sharks, Coventry and the New Zealand All Blacks. Photographs of the event are now on the school website. Thank you to all those who generously sponsored the children, after costs, we raised over £200 which will be spent on sports equipment.


Thankyou to Mrs Dockar for leading the baking clubs with children from years Reception to year 4 this year. Baking club will return in the autumn!


This year’s Design Technology Challenge will take place on Wednesday 1st April for all children in years Reception to 6, details will be sent home next week.


World Book Day vouchers are being sent home today, spares in the office if yours has gone missing.


We will soon be planning the nursery for next school year. Children are eligible to start our nursery the term following their third birthday. If you are interested in a place please collect a registration form from the office.

 

05.03.20

We continue to take the Coronavirus situation very seriously and have put the following measures in place to endeavour to keep our school community safe. Children and staff are washing their hands more frequently and hard surfaces such as door handles and tables are being cleaned more regularly with antibacterial products.

 

From Monday, as a further precaution, we would request that only parents / carers of children in the nursery and Reception come into the classrooms in the morning. Parents of children in year 1 upwards should say their goodbyes at the classroom doors, children will then come in on their own to hang up bags and coats. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, then you may come into the classroom as usual. Messages such as changes to going home arrangements can be left on the school answer phone or by emailing.

 

Further to the messages sent out at the end of last week, we can confirm that our new catering company is Dolce Catering. Cooked school meals will continue as usual with the current spring term menu.


The children benefited from age appropriate sessions led by the police on Tuesday about online safety including who to tell if they have any concerns. The afterschool session was also greatly appreciated by the parents who were able to attend.

 

Today we have had a wonderful World Book day! The children have enjoyed a range of literature related activities. It was great to see all the different costumes including the infant staff as Goldilocks & The Three Bears and the junior staff as The Midnight Gang (David Walliams). Photographs will be on the website soon.


Thankyou to all those who have sent in sponsorship money for the fitness circuit to be led by international rugby player Sam Tuitupou next Tuesday (10th March). Please ensure that all children have their PE kits in school on that day.

 

27.02.20

We are delighted to share the news that Mrs Timiney has had a baby girl! Both mum and baby are doing well. Congratulations to the whole Timiney family.


As previously announced, on Tuesday 3rd March, the police will be delivering age appropriate sessions to all the children about online safety. We know that this subject is also of interest to parents so we have arranged for the police to deliver a presentation/workshop for parents at 3.40pm on the same day. To help with childcare, after school club will be free on that day until the end of the presentation.


Letters and emails were sent home before half term giving further information about the election procedure and nomination forms for the role of parent governor on our Local Governing Body. If you are interested, please complete the nomination form and return to the school office by Wednesday 4th March. If you have any questions about the role please ask Mrs Nayler or Mrs Longford.


World Book day is on Thursday 5th March. As usual we are inviting children to come to school dressed as a character from a book as detailed below:

Nursery, reception, years 1 and 2—Characters from traditional tales, fairy stories or nursery rhymes
Years 3 to 6—Characters from books by authors David Walliams, Roald Dahl or J.K.Rowling
If you already have an alternative character in mind, please feel free to come dressed in that costume.


We are greatly looking forward to the visit by an international rugby player during Sports Relief Week on the 10th March. Sponsorship forms for the fitness circuit were sent home before half term. Thankyou to those who have already handed in sponsorship money. All sponsorship money and forms to please be returned to the school office by Monday 2nd March. Thank you for your support of this event.

 

Spring term 1

13.02.20

On Monday we held a whole school art and music day. The children experimented with various medias in order to explore the theme of ‘Our River Wharfe.’ The results are fantastic and will be on display in the entrance hall after half term
It was lovely to see so many parents at this week’s Parents’ Evenings, we hope you found the meetings useful.


Thank you to all those who have already returned their completed Parent Questionnaires, please can any other responses be returned before half term, thankyou.


Emails were sent home yesterday giving further information about the election procedure and nomination forms for the role of parent governor on our Local Governing Body. (Paper copies going home today.) If you are interested, please complete the nomination form and return to the school office by Thursday 5th March. If you have any questions about the role please ask Mrs Nayler or Mrs Longford.


On Tuesday 3rd March, the police will be delivering age appropriate sessions to all the children about online safety. We know that this subject is also of interest to parents so we have arranged for the police to deliver a presentation/workshop for parents at 3.40pm on the same day. To help with childcare, after school club will be free on that day until the end of the presentation.


World Book day is on Thursday 5th March. As usual we are inviting children to come to school dressed as a character from a book as detailed below:

Nursery, reception, years 1 and 2—Characters from traditional tales, fairy stories or nursery rhymes
Years 3 to 6—Characters from books by authors David Walliams, Roald Dahl or J.K.Rowling.


We are greatly looking forward to the visit by an international rugby player during Sports Relief Week. Sponsorship forms for the fitness circuit were sent home last week. All sponsorship monies and forms to please be returned to the school office by Monday 2nd March. Thank you for your support of this event.


We finish for half term at 3.30pm tomorrow and return on Monday 24th February with breakfast club open as usual from 8am. I hope you all have an enjoyable break.

 

06.02.20

We are proud to have received another letter of congratulation from Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for School Standards. Our end of Key Stage 2 tests last year put us in the top 2% of primary schools in the country for mathematics, see attached copy of the letter.


Please see attached a Parent Questionnaire for parents/carers of children in years reception to 6. Your views are very important to us. Please return by Friday 14th February, thankyou.


We currently have two vacancies for the role of parent governor on our Local Governing Body. We thank Mrs Akers and Mrs Jennings for their work as parent governors during their tenure. Further information about the election procedure and nomination forms will be sent out next week.


Yesterday, the children in reception went on a trip to Ilkley. They visited and learnt about the features of two churches and found out why they are special to some people. The children behaved very well and particularly enjoyed the trip to the park at the end of the day.


On Monday we are holding an Art and Music day. The children will be exploring the theme of ‘Our River Wharfe’ through art and music. The resulting art work will be displayed around school and photographs from the day will be put onto the school website.


A reminder about next week’s Parents’ Evenings on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th February. If you need the link to book your appointment sending to you again, please ask Mrs Bentley. Due to the parents’ evening, dance club will not take place on Tuesday 11th.


On Friday 14th February, we will be having a fund raising event, ‘Wear Red for SELFA!’ SELFA (Skipton Extended Learning for All) is this year’s chosen school charity. Children are invited to wear all red clothes or just a single item of red clothing. Donations of 50p per child for SELFA are requested.


For Sports Relief Week, we have been fortunate to secure a visit from rugby player Sam Tuitupou! The children have been told about this event in a special assembly and are greatly looking forward to it. Further details and sponsorship forms are being sent home today, spares are in the office. Thankyou for your support of this event.

 

30.01.20

The children greatly enjoyed their Chinese New Year lunch on Tuesday, there were lots of clean plates! As it was so popular, we will put this meal on the summer term menu so the children can enjoy it more often.


Last week, Mrs Dockar and Miss Fox were on refresher first aid courses. We are obliged to have staff trained in first aid to look after the children and the adults and think it important to have more than the minimum quota of trained staff.


As previously advertised, there will be Parents’ Evenings for the parents / carers of children in years Reception to year 6 on Tuesday 11th February and Wednesday 12th February from 2.30pm until 6.00pm. The links to book your appointments were sent out via text and email at 2pm today. Please see attached instructions for booking your appointment on line.

 

Please note, year 5 have appointments with Mrs Longford and year 6 have appointments with Mrs Nayler. To help with child care, after school club, for children in years Reception to 6, will be free on parents’ evening days until 5.30pm. Due to the parents’ evening, dance club will not take place on Tuesday 11th.


We are also planning parent meetings for the parents of children in the nursery which will take place after half term, details to follow.


On Friday 14th February, we will be having a fund raising event, ‘Wear Red for SELFA!’ SELFA (Skipton Extended Learning for All) is this years chosen school charity. Children are invited to wear all red clothes or just a single item of red clothing. Donations of 50p per child for SELFA are requested.

 

23.01.20

Safeguarding notice—We have been advised of two incidents in recent weeks of adults approaching children and trying to entice them into cars. The first was outside St. Mary’s in Menston where a man asked a teenage girl for directions, the man became aggressive when she refused to enter his vehicle. The second involved a man in a black pick-up truck attempting to attract a child from Tranmere Park Primary School into his car with sweets. Please ensure your children are aware of the dangers of talking to strangers and know to never go anywhere with a stranger or give a stranger their name or address. These messages are regularly reinforced in an age appropriate way to the children in school.


The children in year 6 are hosting an event ‘Askwith’s Got Talent’ on Friday 14th February. This is for all years to participate in or watch. It will be 20p to watch and the money will go to SELFA, this year’s school charity. For further information ask Edward, Barney or Zachariya in year 6.


As advertised earlier in the week, we will be having a special Chinese New Year lunch on Tuesday 28th January. If your child does not usually have a lunch on Tuesdays but would like to join in, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by 9am Monday morning latest. A further copy of the menu is attached.


A reminder to send in PE kit suitable for outdoor PE for all children in years Reception to 6. Any sweatshirt or hoodie and tracksuit bottoms or leggings are fine. PE lessons are always outside unless the weather is inclement.

 

16.01.20

A special thankyou to Mrs Sardar who has been in school this week sharing stories with our children. Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


Yesterday, Lucy Short, a representative from our school charity SELFA, led a whole school assembly explaining the good work carried out by the charity.


Parking in the vicinity of the school in a morning is a challenge. To help with the efficient drop off of children in the morning, please be reminded of the following arrangements:

  • Breakfast club is open from 8am in the school hall for all children Reception to year 6 (£2.30 per child including breakfast)
  • Reading club is on every morning from 8.30am in the year 1 classroom for all children R to 6 (no charge)
  • Supervised play is available in the playgrounds from 8.40am for children years 1 to 6 (or enter the classrooms if bad weather)
  • Children in years N and R may enter the classroom from 8.40am
  •  Children in years N, R and 1 may be brought to school up to 9.15am
  • Parents of children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 may drop off their children in the ‘drop off zone’ in front of the blue barn and the children can then walk into school themselves. This space should not be used for parking.

09.01.20

I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful Christmas break.


Mrs Timiney is due to leave school on Friday 17th to commence her maternity leave, we send best wishes to the whole Timiney family and hope she manages a rest before the baby arrives. We are pleased to announce that during her maternity leave, year 2 will be taught by Miss Gregory. Miss Gregory was with staff on the training days and has enjoyed meeting children and parents this week.


Please see attached ‘Dates for your Diary’ for the Spring Term including Parents’ Evenings in February for children in years Reception to 6. We have some new clubs starting this half term, see below for details. There will also be a cooking club for years 3 and 4, commencing Tuesday 28th January, letter to follow.


Our new catering management team, P&A, has now started. Please see attached the Spring Term menu which will commence next Wednesday (on week 2) once food ordering arrangements have been finalised. You will notice we are now having ‘Meat Free Mondays’ to support the international campaign to improve the health of the children and the planet. A vegetarian option can be booked on other days of the week via the office.


If you have changed any of your contact details during the holiday please advise the office, this is particularly important in case of bad weather.

 

Latest News: Autumn term 2

19.12.19

We have had a fabulous festive week!


Naomi and Mark produced a delicious Christmas lunch on Tuesday, the children and staff had a lovely time with lots of singing of Christmas songs.


On Wednesday, the children enjoyed a variety of seasonal crafts in the morning and a Christmas party in the afternoon. At the party the children enjoyed pass the parcel, hand dancing, balloon games and the Reception children taught all the other children a secret Christmas hand shake!


This afternoon, children enjoyed choosing their favourite film to watch whilst completing their crafts. A reminder that tomorrow children may wear home clothes and bring a small toy that does not make too much noise to share with their friends for games afternoon. (No valuable items, phones or I pads please.)

 

School closes for Christmas at 2pm tomorrow, please collect your child promptly. The school buses will depart at 2pm.


School re-opens on Wednesday 8th January 2020 with breakfast club from 8am.

 

The menu for the spring term and dates for your diary will be emailed out to the first contact on Tuesday 7th January.

 

I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you in the New
Year!

 

 

12.12.19

The performance of ‘Cinderella’ by the KS2 children on Friday evening was terrific. The children excelled as usual. A fantastic time was had by all! Thank you to all those who came to the performances and were generous with their support of the children.

 

Thank you to everyone who was involved with the highly successful PTA Christmas Fayre on Saturday. A tremendous £690 was raised. The home baking that was not needed in the café was donated to Otley Action for the Elderly and was gratefully received.

 

The PTA raised a further £163 from a raffle held at the Nativity performance.

 

In addition, a collection for our school charity ‘SELFA’ raised £88.63.

 

The Infant Nativity performances on Wednesday were wonderful. Well done to all of the children for their hard work and beautiful singing, the comedy timing was fabulous! It was lovely to see so many parents, carers and grandparents at the performances.

 

The children in years 5 and 6 have been having school funded group guitar lessons this term. They now have the option of having individual instrument lessons. Any child in year 2 and above can have instrument lessons, see website www.northyorkshiremusichub.co.uk and attached letter for further details and prices.

 

Please see below our special Christmas activities between now and the end of term. Please note that there will be no after school club on Thursday 19th December.

 

Children may come in home clothes on Wednesday for the craft morning and the party afternoon. On Friday, children may wear home clothes and bring a small toy that does not make too much noise to share with their friends for games afternoon. (No valuable items, phones or ipads please.)

 

A reminder that school closes for Christmas at 2pm on Friday 20th December and reopens on Wednesday 8th January 2020.

 

05.12.19

Yesterday’s dress rehearsal of the KS2 Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ was highly entertaining and greatly enjoyed by the infants and parents and carers in the audience.

The children are greatly looking forward to performing again on Friday evening.

A reminder that the children should be at the Clark Foley Centre for 6.15pm.

The crèche will open at 6.15pm and close promptly after the performance. Refreshments will be available for parents to buy before the performance begins at 7pm.

Please remember to bring your tickets.

 

The PTA Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 7th December, 2—4pm, here in school. Any further donations of items for the class raffle hampers, the tombola, the sweet stall or baking for the café will be gratefully received. Baking for the café can be brought into school on Friday or the day of the fayre itself. 

 

A reminder that the infant Nativity takes place in the school hall on Wednesday 11th December at 2pm and 6pm. Please contact the office if you would like to make use of the crèche for the 6pm performance.

 

Please contact the office if your child would like to join in the special Christmas lunch on Tuesday 17th December, no need to book if your child usually has a school meal on that day. Please see below our special Christmas activities between now and the end of term.

 

Please note that there will be no after school club on Thursday 19th December. 

 

A reminder that school closes for Christmas at 2pm on Friday 20th December and re-opens on Wednesday 8th January 2020. 

 

28.11.19

It was lovely to see so many parents joining in with our ‘Come and Play’ and ‘Come and Read’ sessions this week. Similar sessions for KS2 parents will be held next term.

 

Next week is our KS2 Pantomime ‘Cinderella.’ The dress rehearsal takes place on Wednesday 4th December at 1.30pm and the main performance takes place on Friday 6th December at 7pm, both in the Clark Foley Centre in Ilkley. Tickets for the Friday performance are being sent home with the eldest siblings in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 today, 3 per family.

 

The children in Reception, years 1 and 2 will be travelling by coach to watch the dress rehearsal. After the dress rehearsal, the whole school will then be returning back to school in two coaches at approximately 3.30pm, please be patient when collecting your children on that day as the coaches struggle on the narrow lanes.

 

Preparations are well underway for the PTA Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7th December, 2—4pm, here in school. Donations of coloured items for the class hampers and the tombola are being gratefully received. Baking for the café can be brought into school on the Friday before or the day of the fayre itself.

 

Please see your emails for the attached details of our special Christmas meal, please return if your child usually has a packed lunch on a Tuesday but would like to join in.

 

21.11.19

Thank you to all those who baked, brought or bought for our Children in Need cake sale on Friday, £83 was raised.

 

With the weather now much colder please ensure your child brings a coat every day, gloves and hat also recommended.

 

As parents of the younger children will be aware, we have ‘Come and Read’ sessions beginning next week for EYFS and KS1 parents and carers. We would also like to introduce similar sessions for KS2 parents in the spring term. These sessions will further support reading at home. A letter containing more information will be sent home before Christmas. 

 

Rehearsals for the KS2 Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ at the Clark Foley Centre on Friday 6th December at 7pm are well underway. A letter with 3 tickets per KS2 family will be sent out next week together with booking information for the crèche for younger siblings aged 2 and over.

 

The infant nativity will be performed at 2pm and 6pm on Wednesday 11th December in the school hall. All children in Reception and years 1 and 2 will be involved. Tickets are not issued for these performances as there is usually enough space for everyone. A crèche for younger siblings aged 2 and over will be available for the 6pm performance. A letter will be sent out next week about booking the crèche. 

 

14.11.19

Thankyou to those parents who attended the presentations of ‘Supporting your child in Maths and English’ that took place yesterday. We hope you found the presentations useful. If you could not attend the presentations, all materials will be put on the website. Please see your child’s class teacher if you would like any further information.

 

Please take a look through our school website. There is a lot of information about the school, our learning culture and our curriculum.

 

A reminder that tomorrow is Children in Need day. To raise money, we will be having a bun / tray bake sale at break and lunch times, recommended donation 20p per item. Please take any bought or homemade items to the school hall in the morning.

 

We have received a thankyou card from The Royal British Legion, £49.75 was raised through the sale of commemorative poppies. With the weather turning colder, please see attached our School Closure Procedure.

 

07.11.19

I hope you all had an enjoyable half term.

Thank you to Naomi and her new assistant Mark for the delicious Bonfire Meal we all enjoyed on Tuesday.

Commemorative Poppies are now on sale in the office. The children in year 6 will also sell them at breaks.


The postponed presentations of ‘Supporting your child in Maths and English’ will now take place on
Wednesday 13th November at 3.45pm and 7pm. After school club will be free on that day for the duration of
the 3.45pm presentation.


Friday 15th November is Children in Need day, to raise money we will be having a bun / tray bake sale.


As part of Parliament week this week, the children have been discussing future fund raising events for their
chosen school charity, decisions will be made via democratic votes tomorrow.


Rehearsals for this years KS2 Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ have commenced. Paper and email copies of a letter
about the rehearsals have been sent to parents of children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 today. Please complete and
return the form by Tuesday 12th November.

 

Latest News: Autumn term 1

21.10.19

Thankyou to the PTA for organising last week’s Halloween disco. The carved pumpkins looked great and I am sure will have been great spooky decorations during the event. A big thankyou for the fantastic turn out at last weeks PTA AGM, your support is greatly appreciated.


It was lovely to see so many of you at this week’s parents’ evenings, we hope you found the sessions useful. The next parents’ evenings will be held in February.


Last week, envelopes were sent home to each child containing emergency contact details and doctor’s information, and a list of permissions. Please check the contact and doctors’ details and complete the permissions sheet and return both to the school office in the envelope provided before half term.


Please see below details of clubs for next half term. Please also see attached a further copy of ‘Dates for your Diary’ for events next half term including the infant nativity and the KS2 Pantomime.


Reminders! A reminder that children in years 3 and 4 will start their swimming lessons on Monday 4th November, the first day back. Please remember your swim kit! A reminder to year 6 parents that the deadline to apply for a secondary school place is 31st October. A reminder to all parents to please check your Parent Pay account over half term and make payments to clear all balances.


I hope you all have an enjoyable break and I look forward to seeing you on Monday 4th November.

 

17.10.19

It was lovely to see so many of you at our Harvest Assemblies this week. As usual, the children performed very well. Thankyou for your support.


We are delighted to announce that Mrs Timiney is expecting her second child. Congratulations to the whole Timiney family!


A reminder about tonight’s PTA AGM at 7.30pm in the Askwith Arms. All parents are welcome. I look forward to seeing you there.


The deadline to give consent online if you wish your child to receive the nasal flu vaccination, is Friday 18th October, tomorrow. See attached a further copy of the letter with instructions and the link.


Our October Parents’ Evenings will take place on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd October between 2.30pm and 6.00pm for parents of children in years Reception to 6. A letter about how to make your online booking was emailed out yesterday and the booking system went ‘live’ at 1pm. Please note, year 5 should book with Mrs Longford only (using the link that was sent out second) and year 6 should book with Mrs Nayler only. If you have any questions about making your appointment, please ask Mrs Bentley.


This week, envelopes have been sent home to each child containing emergency contact details and doctor’s information, and a list of permissions. Please check the contact and doctors’ details and complete the permissions sheet and return both to the school office in the envelope provided before half term.


Please see attached details of the special lunch for bonfire night after half term. Please return the slip or email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by Wednesday 23rd October if your child usually has a packed lunch but would like to join in.


A reminder to year 6 parents that the deadline to apply for a secondary school place is 31st October.

 

10.10.19

Our HART schools Ambassadors, Scarlett Wade and Edward Purvis, attended their first Ambassadors’ meeting on Friday at Killinghall Primary School and enjoyed making pizza and talking with ambassadors from other HART schools.


The children in years 5 and 6 are continuing to enjoy their school funded guitar lessons. The children in year 5 have now reached a standard to be able to take their instruments home to practise. A reminder to parents of children in years 5 and 6 that the lessons take place on a Wednesday morning so please ensure your child has their guitar with them. There are no spare guitars. Children who do not have their instrument will remain in the classroom with the other year group.


We are greatly looking forward to our Harvest Assemblies next week. As previously advertised the infant assembly (years Reception 1 and 2) will take place on Tuesday 15th at 9.15am and the junior assembly (years 3, 4, 5 and 6) will take place on Wednesday 16th at 9.15am. Parents are very welcome to attend.


A reminder that the PTA AGM will take place on Thursday 17th October at 7.30pm in the Askwith Arms. All parents are welcome. I look forward to seeing you there.


A reminder to please give consent online if you wish your child to receive the nasal flu vaccination, this year available to all children in years Reception to 6. The deadline to give consent is Friday 18th October.


Our October parents’ evenings will take place on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd October between 2.30pm and 6.00pm for parents of children in years Reception to 6. As is now our practice, appointments should be booked on line, details of how to book will be sent out early next week.


With the weather now turning colder, if any child on packed lunches would now like to change to a warm school lunch please contact Mrs Bentley in the office.

 

03.10.19

Despite the rain and muddy conditions we had 10 children at last weekends race representing Askwith. We had some excellent results including 3 children finishing in the top 10. A special well done to Seb Chambers who finished 2nd in the year 1 boys race. The next race is to be held at Ashlands Primary School on Sat 19th Oct, see details attached. Please return reply slip by Wednesday 16th October if your child would like to take part. Thankyou to Mrs Jones and Mrs Brown who co-ordinate on race days.

 

Parents whose children are registered at a school are responsible for ensuring they attend punctually and regularly. The DfE defines regular attendance as 90% and over. Parents should not take their children out of school for holidays during term time. Forms for applying for authorised leave in term time are in the office and must be completed 6 weeks in advance. If unauthorised leave is taken and is 5 days or more then a Penalty Notice leading to a fine of £60 may be issued by the Local Authority. Unauthorised leave over a period of 4 months which adds upto 5 days or more will also give rise to a Penalty Notice. Please be reminded that if your child is absent from school due to illness or a medical appointment, then you must inform the office by leaving a message on the telephone answer service or email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk before 9.15am. If your child is at a morning appointment please inform us if they will be back in time for lunch.

 

A reminder to please give consent online if you wish your child to receive the nasal flu vaccination, this year available to all children in years Reception to 6. The deadline to give consent is Friday 18th October.

  

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