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What a busy autumn term we have had! It seems a long time since we started the new academic year when we welcomed 12 new pupils to our school, which also started with some fantastic news. The school has been awarded the Achievements for All Award (AfA) which is a national accolade for quality which acknowledges our work in improving the well-being, resilience and self-esteem of its pupils. The Quality Mark Award recognises the impressive work being done by us to improve progress in reading, writing and maths for all pupils, particularly those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and for improving the outcomes for children and families.

We have also been awarded the Gold Sports Mark Award for the second consecutive year in recognition of our commitment to encouraging a healthy lifestyle and giving sporting opportunities for all.
And finally, we received news that we have been successful in gaining a Big Lottery Funding grant for the provision of an outdoor classroom and garden area. This will help us to develop and enhance the learning opportunities pupils currently enjoy in our extensive school grounds.

Plans will include a community garden to help us further expand our continuing links with the Village Orchard Club and provide new opportunities for working with other organisations in the local community.

Other major news for the school is that we are now officially federated with Sessay Primary School. The two schools have been working successfully in a partnership for the past two years and the federation formalises this arrangement. We look forward to further collaborated working that will benefit all pupils across both schools.

Our open day back in September was a success with some new faces coming to look around our school. The application process for children starting school in September 2017 has now opened. Full details of how to apply are available on the NYCC website (all applications are now made online. If you would like to arrange a visit to see our school, please call the school office on 01347 868371.
Events this term have included:
Winnie the Pooh party to launch our book week.
Y2/3/4 have had weekly swimming sessions at Thirsk.
Y5/6 enjoyed their residential visit to East Barnby.
Class 3 attended Crucial Crew at RAF Leeming
Classes 1 and 2 participated in a British Values activity day
Harvest festival community service
A remembrance service at Church
Sporting events have included participating in the cluster football and netball tournaments and cross-country. In the Cross Country seven children qualified to run at the district cross country event and Mimi Standeven and Jayden Carter qualified to represent the school at the finals to be held at Dalby Forest next March.

It's hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us once more. The School's Christmas Fair will be held on Friday 2nd December - 1.30-3.00pm - please do come along and support it (cakes, crafts, tombola, raffle and Santa's grotto). Our annual Carol service at St Nicholas Church will take place at 9.30am on Thursday 15th December - everyone is welcome to join us.

The monthly toddler drop-in sessions continue to be well supported; all pre-school age children are welcome to join us with their parent/carer for a morning of craft activities and fun play. It is also a great opportunity to talk and meet with other parents. The next one will be held on Wednesday 7th December (9-11am) - please do come and join us.