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News From Husthwaite CE Primary School & Apple Tree Nursery


We bid a sad farewell to Mrs Bainbridge at the end of last term as she left Husthwaite after almost 10 years as head teacher to take up her new post at Mill Hill School in Northallerton. We all wished her good luck and success at her new school. Parents joined children at the Christmas Church Service to say their farewells and presented her with leaving gifts which included an apple tree to mark her time at Husthwaite.

We are delighted to welcome Miss Fiona Bennett who has been appointed as the Interim Head teacher at the Federation of Husthwaite and Sessay. Miss Bennett is looking forward to working with all pupils, staff, governors and members of our school community.

Just before the school finished for the Christmas holidays, the DfE released the KS2 schools' performance league tables. The school was delighted to learn that they have performed highly compared with other similar schools. 71% of pupils achieved the expected standard and 29% of pupils achieved the higher standard. Miss Bennett, commented that "this news is a fantastic start for the school for 2018 and proves what a dedicated and hardworking staff team there is at Husthwaite. I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders and developing the high standards of teaching and learning even further. I am excited to be joining Husthwaite".

Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children performed brilliantly at their Wriggly Nativity last month. They were amazing and word perfect with just the right amount of wriggling in all the right places! Every child had a part to play and there was not a dry eye in the audience as proud parents and grandparents watched on in delight. Take a look at the website for some more wonderful photos.

Last term the whole school topic was Australia. All children enjoyed learning about the country exploring and understanding its vastness, heritage and culture. To mark the end of the topic an ‘Aussie Activity Day' was held and children had great fun making (and playing) their own digieridoos; making a boomerang and seeing if it would come back to them and producing a huge 3D map of Australia.

This half term's topic is ‘Keen to be Green' where children will be exploring the effects of climate change on the environment, weather and the importance for recycling and reducing waste. The topic will finish with a STOMP (music using junk!) workshop
The pantomime came to school and a live performance of Goldilocks and the 3 bears was performed to all children. Lots of booing, cheering and shouting ‘he's behind you' ensued. Needless to say, children thoroughly enjoyed their morning's entertainment as an end of term Christmas treat.

Great anticipation was evident in school on Tuesday 16th January as pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 set off to Sheffield Arena to participate in the world's biggest children's choir. We were also thrilled to be joined by pupils from Sessay; our federation school. Songs included a medley based on famous composers, Rag‘n' Bone man, cartons and the children even went on a musical journey to Africa making rain sounds with their fingers. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were full of stories and excitement about their experience of participating in a huge venue with professional musicians. No doubt this will be a highlight of their memories of their school days at Husthwaite! This is our 3rd visit to Young Voices and is one that will surely be repeated again.
It might not be welcomed by all of us, but the children have enjoyed the chance to play in the snow and our grounds look wonderful in any season.

Weekly stay and play sessions continue for all pre-school age children. Please do come along and join in an hour's activity of fun. This will be on Thursday 24th January and then will change to every Friday starting on 2nd February at the usual time of 9-10am. We would love to see you and it's a great way to meet and chat with other parents/carers. Our Class 1 pupils also like to show off what they've been doing in their classroom!

For further details of our school please visit our website: or phone the office 01347 868371. Diary dates are listed on the school website.