Newsletter – Friday 17th September 2021

Two full weeks completed and children are now settled into their new classes and once again enjoying learning and making us proud of what they achieve each day. 

Children in Years 1-6 enjoyed a performance of Treasure Island by the company that gave us The Wizard of Oz last year and Early Years have been busy learning how to use their outdoor provision and becoming independent. 

Road Closure 22nd and 23rd September 

We would like to give you a further reminder that on the 22nd September (next Wednesday) we have the School Street closure event in conjunction with Holy Rood, Joseph Locke and Barnsley Council. We will send a full information letter out on Monday but it’s important to note that Shaw Street from Racecommon Road to the war memorial will be completely closed to traffic on the 22nd and 23rd September. 

On the 22nd our children will be having a day of activities based around healthy choices, road safety and the environment and we have some exciting visitors planned for the day. Children can come to school dressed in bright clothes instead of their usual school uniform on this day. There will be entertainment and some activities on the road before school, and the staff car park will become an extra playground for the day! 

Food Bank 

On Wednesday 6th October we will be holding a Harvest Festival assembly in school for all children. We will also be collecting contributions for our local food bank to help families in need. Contributions can be brought into school on this day and the children can take them to class ready to collect. Any contributions before this date can be taken to the school office, or given to Mrs Athorn on the school gate. 

Below are examples of products you could send. We have worked with the food bank for a few years now and have helped many families. They are extremely grateful for all contributions. 

Pasta SauceTinned tomatoes
PastaTinned Fruit
Tinned MeatBiscuits
CustardCoffee
SweetsTooth Paste
Body WashRice
CerealLong Life Milk
Tinned FishRice Pudding
Tinned potatoesTea
ShampooConditioner
Sanitary ProductsNappies
Cleaning Products

Beat the Street 

We were very excited to receive our second and third prize for our efforts in Beat the Street last term. Today we received our prize certificates and a voucher for £175 to spend at Waterstones. We would like to thank all our staff and families for taking part and walking all those miles to help school. 

After-School Clubs 

All after school clubs (with the exception of Y5/6 Football) start next week. Clubs can be booked through the School Gateway and there are currently spaces left in KS2 Multi-sports and the Chess Club for Y1-Y3 (which both run on Thursdays) and also Y5/Y6 Choir which runs after school on a Tuesday. 

The choir will be an exciting opportunity for the children, as the club will run until January and will finish with a fantastic concert in conjunction with Young Voices at Sheffield Arena. For more information please visit 

www.youngvoices.co.uk 

School Vacancies – SMSA – Closing date Monday 20th September 

We currently have vacancies for two School Meals Supervisory Assistants. For more information and to apply please visit; 

https://barnsley.engageats.co.uk/

Fundraising 

We are looking for volunteers to become part of our school fund raising team. Over the years we have had a very successful fundraising committee which helped provide some great opportunities for the school and our children including the building of the MUGA and new playground markings amongst many other things. 

Unfortunately most of the families involved have now moved on to secondary school and the fundraising team is no longer able to run with the members left. If anybody is interested in joining the team and is able to offer their time and ideas please see Mrs Athorn. It would be great if we could get this back up and running this year. 

Finally we have had a couple of incidents lately where staff have been left upset by either aggression from parents or by the way parents have spoken to them in front of other staff members and children. 

This won’t be accepted on our school premises. We kindly respect that if you have any issues you approach staff in an appropriate manner. 

As always, if we can help with anything, please stop for a chat at the gate before, or after, school, phone or email or ask for a meeting – we’re always happy to discuss any issues, concerns or suggestions. 

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