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A New Term At Husthwaite School

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We welcomed children safely back into school for the start of the autumn term. It has been fantastic to be back at school with the warm weather allowing children to once again enjoy our wonderful grounds during playtimes before the damp weather sets in and the grass becomes too wet for children to play on.

We welcomed some new staff into school this term alongside our new pupils. Mrs Warriner will be job sharing with Mrs Fowler up until the October half term and Mr Sims will be teaching Year 4 each morning. A new appointment has also been made in the office and we welcome Miss Mellers who will assist Mrs Dixon. As some of you will have heard, Mrs Bainbridge has taken on a joint headship role with Sessay School after being approached by them to initiate new working practices which are a way forward in ensuring village schools remain at the heart of rural communities.
The whole school topic this term is ‘castles' which has included learning what a castle actually is, model making, fairy tales, discovering the life of a knight and story writing. Class 3GG have also been focussing literacy work on WW1. Visits to Clifford's Tower, York and Helmsley Castle and the bird of prey centre will take place as part of this topic work.
In line with our ‘Experience Easter' and ‘Experience Christmas' whole school activities at the Church, we shall this term be ‘Experiencing Harvest' - a wonderful opportunity for children to fully understand the value of ‘harvest'.
Later in the term we shall also hold a Remembrance Day service at St Nicholas Church at 10.30am - members of the community are welcome to attend. The whole school will also participate in an activity day focussed on WW1.
Numeracy work so far has included mental addition practice, place value and column addition.
Y6 children have participated in bikeability; a cycling proficiency course for children to enhance their awareness of bike and road skills.
A polling day was held for pupils to vote for their School Council with potential candidates canvassing for votes and outlining their own manifesto!
A new incentive for older pupils at school this year is the opportunity to be a member of ‘sports crew' - a group of pupils who will organise various sporting events for all children in the school participate in.
Children will also represent the school this term in football, netball and cross country participating in matches with other schools in both the local cluster and across North Yorkshire.
Husthwaite Nursery - Rising 3s
We were delighted to welcome 5 new children into our nursery this term. We are also delighted to announce that we can now accept children into nursery earlier than in the past, admitting children at the start of the term they turn 3 - please enquire at the school office for further details. Applications for the nursery can be made via the school website. We are continuing to hold our monthly toddler drop-in sessions. These are free sessions accessible by all pre-school age children - birth upwards - and their parents. The next date is Friday 10 October - full dates available on the school website.
School Open Afternoon
On Wednesday 19th November the school is inviting all present and prospective parents (and children) to an open afternoon from 1.30-5.00pm. Teachers and staff are welcoming members of the local and wider community to come along and see the school in action. There will be various activities on offer showcasing children's learning through traditional methods and new technologies, art displays, music and fun events. A children's judo club will also be in action after school. Refreshments will be served to visitors from 3.30pm and the school will remain open until 5pm to give people the opportunity to view children's work on display and talk to the staff.
Raskelf/Easingwold/Husthwaite School Bus
We have been fortunate in successfully negotiating the re-establishment of the Raskelf/Easingwold-Husthwaite School bus service. Thank you very much to Hutchinson's Bus Company (Easingwold) who have offered to run an Easingwold/Raskelf bus service for the school in a non-profit making capacity and we are very grateful to them for this opportunity.
Community Service
On Friday 17th October we shall be holding a community harvest festival in school at 2.30pm - everyone is welcome to attend.
Fund-raising
The next collection of ‘Bags2School' will take place at 9.00am on Monday 20th October. Any second hand clothing, shoes, belts and handbags can be accepted - we get paid on the weight of the goods collected. Bags of goods for the collection can be brought to school from 7.30am on the morning of the collection. Black bin bags can be used for goods a quantity of the company's own bags are available for this purpose from the school office. The School's Christmas Fair will be held on Friday 5th December - 1.30-3.00 pm.
Diary Dates:
Fri 10 Oct: Toddler drop-in session - 9-11 am
Fri 17 Oct Community Harvest lunch at school
Mon 20 Oct Bags2School collection
Fri 24 Oct School closes for half term
Mon 3 Nov Staff training day
Tue 4 Nov School opens
Tue 11 Nov Remembrance Service St Nicholas Church 10.30am
Wed 19 Nov Toddler drop-in session 9-11 am
Wed 19 Nov Open afternoon 1.30-5.00pm - refreshments served from 3.30pm
Fri 5 Dec School Christmas Fair 1.30-3.00 pm
Visits to the school are always welcome, or if you would like more information please feel free to contact us (01347 868371) or visit our website on www.husthwaite.n-yorks.sch.uk