News from the School
As I write this article the children are at Church for the Leaver's Assembly - it hard to believe that yet another academic year is drawing to a close and we fondly say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils and wish them well in the next stage of their educational life. The summer holidays give us all a chance to recharge our batteries and prepare for the new academic year in September.
A major change for the school this year has been the joint headship with Sessay School. This has proved to be highly successful and a positive move for the continuation and viability of both schools. Collaboration between schools is a growing trend and we are pleased to be a part of the future for education.
Reflecting back on the summer term the children really have been very busy. Some of the highlights are listed below:
• The half-term started with a whole school writing exercise - children had to write a newspaper report on the excitement of the world record breaking attempts by teachers - Miss Goodchild - disco dancing; Mrs Heward - non-stop talking; Mrs Fowler - building the highest tower and Mr Sims - trampolining. Some interesting articles!
• The whole school topic was ‘differing locality - London'. Children researched how London compared to their own environment, what the main differences were as well as finding out facts about London's famous landmarks which KS2 children did using Google Sketch-Up
• Y4/5 have been working on a new computing programme 'Lego Digital Designer' - which is proving to be very popular (and enjoyable!)
• Sports week was a great success and children were able to try some new sporting activities include Boccia and Inclusive Zone Basketball (IZB). This year the week also included a sponsored fun run and family BBQ with a star appearance from Gemma Magnusson (Britain's Strongest Woman) - to date this event has raised approx. £750 - a big thank you to everyone who attended.
• The school was represented at the Cluster Kwik Cricket and Rounders competitions finishing as runners up and won the Athletics event.
• Class 3 hatched some chicks and quickly learned they do not stay small for long!
• The Year 6 end of school treat was a visit to the Forbidden Corner
• The KS2 production ‘School Daze' was a great success and received rave reviews from parents
• Class 3 have been working on our Wildlife Garden as well as designing graffiti art for some outdoor fence panelling.
• We have welcomed new faces to our Toddler drop-in sessions and look forward to seeing more new toddlers next year.
Once again we are very proud of our Year 2 and Year 6 pupils who have performed well in this year's Key Stage Tests (SATS) In Year 2, 87.5% of children showed that they were working at National Expectations (Level 2) in all subject with 25% reading, 12.5% writing and 37.5 % maths working above this level (level 3) In Year 6, 88.9% of children showed that they were working at National Expectation (level 4) in reading and maths and 100 % in writing, with 55% reading, 33% writing and 44% maths working above this level (level 5) We are also pleased to say that once again a number of children worked hard at the Level 6 curriculum throughout the year with 1 pupil achieving this level in maths. - a fantastic achievement. Well done and congratulations to all the children for their efforts. It is something to be really proud of. More detailed results will appear on the school website in due course www.husthwaite.n-yorks.sch.uk
Looking ahead to next term, children in Years 2, 3 and 4 will once again have weekly swimming lessons and Year 6 will participate in bikeability.
We shall also be busy preparing for our Open Day on Saturday 26th September. Everyone is welcome to come along between 10 am and 12 noon and meet the staff, have a go at some of the activities on offer and just generally take a look around and see what we do. There will also be refreshments on offer and we look forward to welcoming everyone into our school.
Following the success and popularity of last year's Fashion Show and demand for it to happen again, we have booked another date - Tuesday 29th September. Tickets will be available from school at the start of the next term which will include refreshments.
We are relaunching our nursery and it will now become known as Apple Tree Nursery @ Husthwaite School. We currently take children from the term before they turn 3 (known as Rising 3s) and offer flexible sessions including full day care. There are some places still available for the autumn term. Please contact the school for further information.
We shall also continue with our monthly drop-in toddler sessions. These are free and all pre-school age children (including babies) and their parents are welcome to come along and join our foundation stage class for a morning of fun activities. Just ‘drop-in' between 9.00 and 11.00 am. Dates for the year are available on our website.
7th Sept - staff training day
8th Sept - school opens for autumn term
18th Sept - drop-in toddler morning 9-11am
26th Sept - Open morning 10-12 noon - everyone welcome
29th Sept - 6.30pm Fashion Show - tickets available from School office start of autumn term
14th Oct - drop-in toddler morning 9-11am
23 Oct - school closes for half term