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It is hard to believe that already we are drawing to the end of another school year -and what a busy year it has been!

Reflecting on our achievements our biggest success so far this year is our GOOD grading awarded to us by Ofsted early in the autumn term. This official recognition of our hard work has enabled us to build on this success which was also recognised by the NYCC Education Development Adviser during their recent visit to school who confirmed that we are solidly good with outstanding features. Our vision remains to aim high and maintain this grading. Another success story in school is our new-look foundation stage class together with a new logo. Working alongside our nursery (which is now open 5 days a week offering full day care to children from their 3rd birthday - funded places also available) this teacher-led class ensures children have a positive start in their school life. We are currently taking registrations for nursery children for our September intake. Please contact the school for details.

To help you and your child familiarise yourself with our nursery, we offer free monthly taster sessions for all children of pre-school age (babies are more than welcome). This is an ideal opportunity to meet the staff and other parents and get a ‘hands-on' feel for what we offer. The next taster sessions are Friday 20th June and Monday 7th July.

Events the school has participated in so far during this short half-term include:

• An Easter Community Service led by Heather Tisbury who also kindly judged our decorated Easter egg competition
• Y1 and Y2 children joined in the cluster fun run at Easingwold Secondary School - despite the rain!
• Rural Arts have worked with Class 3 on a pottery project based on materials
• Y5 and Y6 pupils played in the Cluster Kwik Cricket tournament - finishing 3rd place - well done to the cricketers
• Robyn Walton and Drover visited school to tell the fascinating story of how old English sheepdogs herded animals along the drove road
• Class 2 have welcomed back the hens who have already laid eggs giving the class a treat of scrambled eggs on toast!

Rural Arts project - Class 3

Each September we start the academic year with a themed rewards system. This year we chose to base our rewards on the ‘Tour de Yorkshire'. Children had to work their way through six stages with the completion of each stage achieving a reward based on cycling -

Stage 1: racing bike
Stage 2: racing licence
Stage 3: best young rider
Stage 4: sprinter's green jersey
Stage 5: King of the Mountains - polka-dot jersey
Stage 6: Tour de Husthwaite - yellow jersey

Some children have recently completed all 6 stages and their reward is a limited edition yellow sports drink bottle reflecting the ultimate prize of the yellow jersey.

Probably the best part of the summer term is being able to enjoy our magnificent grounds to their full potential. We are extremely fortunate in having such wide open spaces for children to explore, ignite their imaginations and just generally have the freedom to run around. All PE lessons supported by our PE coach now take place outdoors. Children will be experiencing not only the traditional summer games of cricket, rounders and tennis but also athletics and golf. Miss Goodchild has worked hard in planning another Sports Week for the end of June where each day different sporting activities will be offered to all children and will include traditional competitive sports as well as team games. A fabulous fun-packed week where all children from nursery to Y6 participate in a whole school activity - with a guarantee for parents that children will be tired and bedtime will be welcomed!

Class 3 will also shortly be busy rehearsing for their Summer Production - School Daze - which promises to be highly entertaining!

The highlight of the summer term has to be focussed on the School's 40th Birthday. Coincidentally this year we have also had two members of staff celebrate their 40th birthdays - 1974 was obviously a good year!

On Friday 18th July we shall be holding a Celebration to mark the school's 40th Anniversary. We hope to be able to put together a gallery of photos/memorabilia from past and present pupils. If you have anything that you can give/lend to us for this purpose, or know of anyone else who can, we would love to hear from you. Ideally we will need items for display purposes bringing into school by the end of the first week of July (Friday 4th) in order to give us time to collate and set up a gallery.

Celebratory events will kick off at 3.30pm and finish at 6.30pm. To reflect our rural community we shall be basing events vaguely on a mini ‘Yorkshire Show' theme with horses (pony rides available), llamas, sheep, food and refreshments, ice-creams, cake stall, raffle and tombola and other stalls run by children. There will also be a cupcake competition - if you would like to enter this, details and entry forms can be obtained from the school's website.

For further information please see our website: www.husthwaite.n-yorks.sch.uk. Alternatively please call the school office on 01347 868371.

2nd June School opens
20th June Taster morning at Husthwaite Nursery
23-27 June Sports Week
7th July Taster morning at Husthwaite Nursery
9th July Staff training day - school closed
17th July Class 3 summer production
18th July School's 40th birthday celebrations 3.30-6.30pm
22nd July Leaver's Service at St Nicholas church
School closes for summer 2.45 pm
2nd Sept School opens for autumn term