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The Christmas excitement is starting in school as Class 1 start rehearsals for their nativity - Wriggly Nativity - and preparations for the Christmas Fair are in full swing. However, there is still a long way to go until the real thing with school not finishing until the 22nd - lots of tired and excited children by the time the big day arrives.

As ever, the autumn term is a long one and there has been LOTS going on.

SPORTING SUCCESS

For the 3rd consecutive year we have been awarded the Schools Games Gold Award - this reflects our school's commitment for encouraging, promoting and facilitating all pupils to participate in a variety of sporting events throughout the school year. This term the school has participated in:
cluster football and rugby tournaments, cluster cross country with the first qualifying for the next round. Willow Armitage finished first and represented the school in the area competition.

WEEKLY TODDLER DAYS

It has been lovely to welcome lots of new faces to our weekly ‘stay and play' toddler session which is held every Thursday 9-10am. Crafts and play have been the focus with each child proudly taking home their own wonderful creations.

HOLLYWOOD AT SCHOOL!
Children enjoyed an ‘Oscars' themed Book Fair earlier in the term with everyone arriving dressed in their glamorous clothes as they walked the red carpet and posed for paparazzi photos. An ‘Oscars' party was also held after school

BIKEABILITY
Y6 once again participated in NYCC's bikeability scheme with a 100% pass rate. Great to know we are encouraging safe cycling.
AUSTRALIA

The whole school topic is currently ‘Australia'. Children have been looking at the country as a whole, locating the main cities, looking at its geography and trying to get to grips on the vastness of it! Lots to discuss, compare and contrast to where we live. There will be an ‘Australia' day at the end of the term to complete the topic and allow children to enjoy what they have learnt.

CHURCH INSPECTION

The school was subject to a SIAMS (Church) Inspection last month and we eagerly await the publication of the official report due any time soon. This will be published on the school's website once released.

FUND RAISING

Lots of fundraising activities have been happening in school. A bonfire night treats cake stall; Bags2School collection and of course the Christmas Fair. We have also helped to raise funds for Children in Need with everyone arriving in school dressed in pyjamas!

VILLAGE VISITS

The school has been out and about in the village this term.
Class 3 have enjoyed a morning of boccia and curling with PrimeTime as well as a visit to the Village Hall for the History's Society's exhibition on the history of the village and surrounding areas.
KS2 children participated in a Remembrance Service at St Nicholas's Church.
Class 1 have been busy writing letters and will be walking to post them in the village post box.

YOUNG VOICES

Children in years 4/5/6 are busy practising their songs for Young Voices. This will be our 3rd time participating in this national event and we will be travellingto Sheffield Arena to take part in the World's biggest children's choir. Children (and staff) have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being part of a professional musical event. We are also excited to have Sessay pupils join us and it will be their first visit to Young Voices.

STARTING SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2018

The application process for children starting reception class in September 2018 is now open. Parents need to apply online by 15th January on the North Yorkshire County Council website. If you would like to organise a visit to our school please contact the school office to make arrangements.

CHRISTMAS AT SCHOOL

The Christmas Fair this year will take place on Friday 1st December - 2.30-5pm. The usual raffle, tombola, refreshments and Santa's grotto will be in place as well as hot seasonal sandwiches. If you spare some time to pop down we'd love to see you.
Our church Christmas service will be held on Thursday 21st December at St Nicholas Church. The service will start at 9.30am and children from Class 2 will lead it with a story based on the Nativity. Members of the community are welcome to join us.
Class 1 will hold their dress rehearsal of Wriggling Nativity at 2pm on Monday 11th December and members of the community are welcome to come and watch.

Diary Dates:
1st December - School Christmas Fair 2.30-5pm
11th December - Class 1 nativity dress rehearseal 2pm
21st December - Carol service at St Nicholas Church 9.30am
22nd December - school closes 2.45pm
8th January - Staff Training day
9th January - school opens
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