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Husthwaite School and Apple Tree Nursery News


The autumn term is passing by very quickly and as usual lots has been happening in school. The decades topic for the first half term ended with children in class 3 dressing in the fashion of their chosen decade with 70s style disco dancing! Class 1 had looked at toys through the decades and completed their topic by visiting Toys R Us to see how a modern toy operates. Class 2 will be showcasing their sewing skills having designed and made fashions of the 70s including flared trousers and tank tops!

Other news includes:

  • The school council organised a talent show for the last assembly of the half term. This is always popular amongst the pupils and parents were invited to be entertained by some very gifted children - great fun was had by the children performing their set pieces.
  • We welcomed the Orchard Village Club into school for the lunch followed by an afternoon of playing Boccia and dominoes with the children. 
  • Into film' festival has been held nationally during the start of November offering children the opportunity to visit a local cinema free of charge. Years 4, 5 and 6 visited the City Screen cinema in York to view Belle et Sebastian. A French film set during WWII in the French Alps, the story follows Sebastian, an intrepid boy who befriends a wild mountain dog which is believed by the locals to kill sheep. Threated by the hunters and the German soldiers, the two must protect each other from harm. Different from the usual films children tend to watch these days, it was enjoyed by all who attended.
  • The school was visited by ‘Power Down Pete' who held various workshops for the children to learn about energy efficiency and how they can help towards being more environmentally friendly both at school and at home. 
  • Years 4, 5 and 6 will once again participate in the Young Voices concert at Sheffield Arena following last year's success. Children are busy rehearsing the songs ready for the event in January.
  • A huge treat for the whole school this Christmas is a visit to the Pantomime in York which this year is Jack and the Beanstalk (oh no it isn't - oh yes it is!). This will be in lieu of the usual Christmas parties and everyone, including the staff is getting very excited about going.
  • Class 1 is busy rehearsing for their nativity "I-spy Christmas" - a real treat for parents to watch.
  • Open the Book Assembly continues each fortnight with members of the Church performing bible stories



Sporting news

  • Great news, following our successful achievement of the Silver Award for School Games we have now secured the Gold Award and are the only school in the cluster to have been awarded this grading! This shows our commitment to encouraging a healthy lifestyle and giving sporting opportunities for all. 
  • The school's netball team recently competed in the Cluster tournament finishing in 2nd place having lost just one game! The team will now represent the school at the district finals in February. Huge congratulations to Mrs Fowler and the Magnificent 7: Bella Tweddle, Sophia Metcalfe, Niamh Hall, Katy Darley, Issey Kennedy, Isabelle Smith and Jack Fowler. We wish them will for the next tournament. 
  • 27 children tackled the cluster cross-country course at Easingwold School - not an easy course considering the wet, muddy (and foggy) conditions but everyone did amazingly well. Six pupils qualified for the next round at district level, congratulations to Roxy McCallum, Matilda Armitage, Anna Darley, Oakley McCallum, Jayden Carter and Bella Tweddle.


  • Thank you to members of the community for donating items for our latest Bags2School collection which raised £72.00. There will be another collection next May so if you are having a spring clean, please remember us!
  • As usual this term we focus on our Christmas Fair which will be held on Friday 4th December, 1.30-3.00pm. The fair is organised entirely by the school and in particular Class 3 who organise various games stalls in addition to the traditional stalls including cakes, tombola, tea/coffees, raffle etc. A highlight of our fair is our Santa's grotto with a gift for each child. Please do pop along - everyone is welcomed.
  • Not all fund-raising we do is for our school fund. The School Council organised a ‘wear your pyjamas to school day' with a ‘Pudsey colouring competition' in aid of Children in Need. We feel it important for children to realise there are other people who are less fortunate than themselves.

Apple Tree Nursery
We continue to hold monthly open toddler sessions for all pre-school children to come along and join us for a morning of fun on the soft play equipment and join in some classroom activities - we made bread and feathery pictures last time based on the Little Red Hen story. All parents/ grandparents/carers are welcome to bring pre-school children to these sessions which are free! The next sessions are Wednesday 2nd December and Monday 11th January - a full list of dates is available on our website.

We still have some spare places for our nursery class - please contact the school for further details.

Contact us
We have updated our website - please do take a look. There is lots of information on here about us as well as what we have achieved -

Visits to the school are always welcome, or if you would like more information please feel free to contact us - 01347 868371.