BARKISLAND C.E. (VA) PRIMARY SCHOOL
Where Every Child Matters
Working with the Diocese of Wakefield and the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale
Tel: Halifax: (01422) 823324
Fax: Halifax: (01422) 825982
Headteacher: Mrs S. Sutton (B.Ed (Hons) , M.Ed)
NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 3
st1 October 2009
I’d like to remind you that I shall be absent from school from tomorrow, as I have to go
into hospital for an operation on my knee, and I will hopefully return after the half term break. Ms Nutbeam will deputise in my absence, and if you have any concerns or queries, please do contact her.
DOGS IN THE PLAYGROUND
Just before we broke up for the Spring Bank holiday, there was a very unfortunate accident in the playground, when a dog bit a child on the hand. Despite the fact that the dog had no previous history of this nature, that it was a family pet and therefore very used to being with children, something happened to make it turn on one of the hands that stroked it. It may be that the dog felt threatened by the many children who were crowding around it and who were extremely noisy - I don’t know, but the bite was very
deep and the child had to have hospital treatment. Thankfully, he has fully recovered. However, there is a similar situation at the beginning and end of each school day, i.e. the children are running around the playground and are noisy and excited. It is with regret, therefore, that I am reminding you not to bring your dog into either of the playgrounds. It would appear that one or two parents have forgotten. Thank you for your co-operation.
I’d like to clarify our policy regarding the wearing of earrings. Children may only wear
studs, but even these must be removed for PE, games and swimming lessons. If your child cannot remove and replace the earrings independently, earrings must not be worn on the days when there is a PE based lesson, as we have received a directive instructing us not to remove or replace earrings. I hope this is now clear! Thank you for your cooperation.
PHOTOGRAPHS rdIndividual and family photographs will be taken by Phil Fearnley on Friday 23 October.
Please see separate letter for details.
You may have noticed the border next to the extension to the Horton Room (Reception’s
classroom) is rather unkempt. Simon Butler, Tony Nicholson and David Wright, as members of the Buildings Committee of the governors have very kindly volunteered to clear the area and plant it up. They will be working on it on the morning of Sat 31st October, which is the end of the half term holiday. They would dearly love to be joined by a willing group of volunteers to help with weeding, digging over, adding topsoil, planting up and spreading bark. If we get 5 or 6 people, it shouldn’t take more than 3 hours, but even if you can only spare an hour that would be a huge help. The ‘boys’ are starting at 9. If you can help, please let us know, and please bring your own tools. There’ll be bacon butties for those who turn up!!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
As usual, we will be supporting Operation Christmas Child again this year. We know that our shoe boxes will be given to children in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. There are many, many orphaned and poor children in these areas, and your gift of a shoe box will bring so much joy to their lives. If you would like further information, please visit the charity’s website: www.samaritanspurse.uk.com and then click on ‘OCC’.
Your child has watched a DVD showing children receiving boxes last year, and their smiles and excitement were wonderful to see. I then showed the children how to prepare a box. (Please see the accompanying leaflet for details of what is and what is not suitable for inclusion). Not all contents need to be new – good quality, clean second hand toys are
absolutely fine too. I hope you feel able to support this very worthwhile cause. The final thdate for return is Friday 13 November, when the boxes will be collected.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
A big thank you to everyone who supported the Macmillan Coffee morning last Friday, whether by donating cakes and raffle prizes, by serving and washing up, or by coming for a coffee on the day. It was a great success, and raised ?220.68 for the Macmillan nurses. Thank you all for your help and support.
The family Magic Night last Saturday with ‘Magic Matt’ was a really good evening –
everyone enjoyed the show, and some of the adults even tried their hand at plate spinning and unicycling! The feedback on Matt has been excellent, and those who came along have recommended we use him again. It was great to see so many new faces, too. We made a small profit of ?50, to boot! Many thanks also to everyone who pitched in and helped on the night.
The AGM took place on Tuesday, and it was reported that Martin Burke wished to resign from the post of Treasurer, after fulfilling that role for a number of years. I would like to formally record my thanks to Martin for all his support and hard work during his time as our Treasurer. He’s done a great job. His last piece of work was to produce an overview of the amount that the BSA has raised over the last 7 years. It wasn’t just useful; it was
cast iron evidence of what this small village community can achieve by working together for the good of our school. The BSA has donated just over ?32,000 in that time, which is phenomenal – and it must be pointed out, that does not include any monies raised by the
3 Spring Balls we’ve organised. Hats off to you all, and appreciative thanks. Long may it continue!
The meeting was much better attended than usual, and we welcomed 4 new faces onto the committee, which was fantastic. The election of officers brought some changes, as follows:
Chair: Debbie Thirlwall Vice Chair: Sharron Worthey
Treasurer: Ros Craven Secretary: Jackie Smith
thThe next event will be a Christmas shopping/pamper night on Thursday 12
November. Further details nearer the time, but please make a note in your diaries. It promises to be a really good night! If you would like a stall, please complete the slip below, or contact Debbie as soon as possible.
HARVEST thMay I remind you that the Harvest service will take place on Sunday October 4 in
Church, and will begin at 10.30 a.m. For those new to school, please bring your donations preferably in shoebox type/size containers to help the Y6 children when thdistributing them around the village on Monday 5 to the Church Service, and not to
school. As always, everyone is welcome to this family service.
If you are able to accompany groups of children on the Monday, either by driving them, or walking with them, we would be delighted to hear from you – please call Debbie or
Jane in the office. All offers of help are much needed and appreciated!
Following the Harvest service, a Harvest Lunch will be provided in the Cricket Club, at 12.30pm for 1.00pm. The cost is ?10 for adults, ?7 for children and ?5 for under 5s. A children’s menu is available and there will be a raffle. All proceeds are for Church Funds.
AUTUMN CYCLE TRAINING
The Calderdale Road Safety Unit will be running Cycle Training Courses in the October half term holiday. There will be Level 1 training and also Cycling Proficiency courses (for children aged over 10). Don’t forget we run the Cycling Proficiency training in school for Year 6 children in the summer term. If anyone is interested in the half term courses, please call into school for further details and an application form.
There will be a Ceilidh at the Victoria Room above the Conservative Club on Saturday th10 October, starting at 7.30 pm. All profits will go to VSO in Zambia. Please contact Julie (823326) or Rebecca (820829) for tickets.
thth Sunday 4 October 17 Sunday after Trinity
10.30am Family Service – Harvest Festival
th Wednesday 7 October
3.45pm Tea time Church in School
thth Sunday 11 October 18 Sunday after Trinity
10.00am Sunday School
11.00am Parish Eucharist
th Wednesday 14 October
3.45pm Tea time Church in School
S Sutton (Mrs)
thChristmas Shopping/Pamper night – Thursday 12 November
I would like a stall for the above evening. I will be selling
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