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The big news in school this term so far has been the visit by Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, as part of his Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing.

The school council performed a tour of the school for the Archbishop which was followed by an assembly with a questions and answers section. Some questions focussed on his life, where does he live, how big is his house, what is his favourite animal as well as his work in the Church. The Archbishop had obviously taken note of our school values and linked some of his answers to them. The Archbishop finished the assembly by blessing the Y6 children in preparation for their SATs. A selection of ‘Husthwaite School' gifts were presented to the Archbishop as a reminder of his visit to us. Each child also received a bookmark commemorating the Pilgrimage.

The topics for this term are Ancient Greece and the Olympics as we lead up to the Olympics in July. Children have so far investigated the Hoplites (soldiers) through looking at pictures on Greek vases (not an easy army to beat) and Greek mythology. Art work has included children designing their own Greek vases and sketching based on Mythology.

Class 3 children are taking part in the Rocket Seeds Science experiment. The RHS Campaign for School Gardening has partnered with the UK Space Agency to embark on an ‘out of this world' educational project. Seeds were sent into space with Major Tim Peake last autumn and returned to earth this spring. Each participating school has received 2 packets of 100 rocket seeds - one from space and one that has stayed on earth. The experiment now is to see if and how they grow differently. The class has to now remember to turn them 180⁰ every 2 days for the next 5 weeks and it will be interesting to see which will germinate first.

The other big event this term was the Queen's Birthday Celebration and Summer Fair (held on Friday 20th May). The Children's Young Voices choir opened the event and a giant birthday cake was shared out with everyone. KS1 children participated in a palace garden competition by creating a palace garden in miniature and KS2 children let their imaginations run riot designing a right royal collage!

Class 3 enjoyed a visiting the Village's Prime Time Club for a morning of Boccia and Curling.

It has been a long time in waiting for the warm and dry weather to arrive but it has been worth the wait when you see how lovely our fabulous school grounds are now looking - the blossom trees at the front of school have been particularly beautiful this year and the spring bulbs planted 5 years ago have been blooming abundantly this year.

The Eco Committee and School Council have met with a School Governor to tell them all about their achievements this year for working towards the Eco Schools Silver Award. Activities have included participating in Switch off Fortnight; Waste Watch; What's under your Feet; planting a hedgerow; taking part in a composting workshop with Yorkshire Rotters, regular outdoor learning activities as well as gardening, recycling and reusing resources efficiently and reducing the amount of energy we use in school.

As usual, we shall be participating in a week of sport from 20-24 June - lots of fun with competitive and non-competitive games including a traditional sports day and some team building games. The highlight of the week is usually the ‘bike' day. Children enjoy the week and with a focus on the forthcoming Olympics, there will be some fantastic medal awards ceremonies to look forward to - let's hope for some warm sunny weather so we can experience our own Olympics Brazil-style.

We were once again successful in getting through to both the netball and hockey district finals having qualified in the cluster events. This term we shall be participating in cluster Kwik Cricket and rounders.

Transition events are planned for children starting our school as well as for our Y6 pupils who will be moving on to new pastures.

The summer production this term will be performed by Years 5 and 6 and their chosen play is The Rocky Monster Show - which suggests that lots of face painting and dressing up will be involved!

Class 2 are planning a visit to Alne Brickworks and Class 1 is currently planning a visit the Yorkshire Arboretum.

For those who have younger children we have monthly drop-in toddler days. Everyone is welcome to come along and take part in the activities on offer. If you would like information on our Apple Tree Nursery please contact the school office on 01347 868371.

Diary Dates:

Fri 27 May: School closes for half term
Mon 6 June: Staff training day
Tue 7 June: School opens
Fri 17 June: Toddler morning 9-11.15am
20-24 June: Sports Week
Wed 6 July: Toddler morning 9-11.15 am
Fri 22 July: School closes for summer holidays
Mon 5 Sept: Staff training day
Tue 6 Sept: school opens for Autumn term

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