End of Term

July 21, 2017

School has been a busy place this last week with the normal end of term activities. The house cup was awarded to Emeralds and the children of Emeralds went off to the Rec to play and to enjoy their ice lolly. Well done to Emeralds.
We had the presentation for the pupils who managed to gain their Governors award. Congratulations to these pupils who have received more than 100 merits this year.
Last week the children enjoyed the summer picnic with Mrs Sutcliffe providing an outside feast.
This week we say a fond farewell to a number of staff members. Mrs McGilp retires and we wish her well after 19 years at the school. We raised £471 for the Wildlife Fund in her honour.
Mrs Lockett is leaving us to take on a new role at Bradford Grammar.
Mrs Watson is leaving us to take up a Deputy Headship after 11 years at our school.
Mr Baker leaves us after a short period in Year 4.
Miss Walsh leaves us from the Year 2 team. We wish them all the best.

House Prize winners


Summer Picnic Pictures

Mr Wood and his Friday Woodwork team and their wonderful Music Machine

Mr Wood and his team have been really busy working away in secret on a Friday. They have made many great things this year and it has culminated in them completing the magical Music Machine for the Reception team. Well done to them all.


Thank you and well done to the team of Year 5/6 footballers who represented school at
the Calderdale Schools Tournament recently. They were unbeaten in the group stages and
made it to the last 8 teams out of 20.

Group games

Northowram 0 vs 0 Cross Lane
Northowram 3 vs 0 Walsden St. Peter’s (Luca Finelli, JJ Stevenson, Olly Gill)
Northowram 3 vs 0 St. Augustine’s (Luca Finelli x 2, Henry Haigh)

Knockout stage

Northowram 0 vs 2 Barkisland

Are you a football fan?

Are you interested in fair trade?
We would like to challenge you to collect fair trade wrappers over the summer holidays. As an
incentive we have 5 footballs to be won by the people with the most interesting collection.
Did you know Halifax is now a Fair Trade town?
Thanks to Holly Lynch, our MP, Halifax now holds this status.
Holly is going to look at our collections and present the footballs.

Happy hunting.

Year 3 trip to Murton Park

We had a fantastic time learning about the past and living in a prehistoric village. We even got to hold a stone axe that was 30,000 years old!
We belonged to the skull tribe and the angry bear tribe which were very fierce so we scared away our enemies. We found out that ploughing the field and grinding corn were VERY hard jobs to do.
Hunting was much easier but we had to keep totally silent which was not so easy. We enjoyed making beakers and decorating them just like they did thousands of years ago. Sitting around the fire telling stories was fun and we learnt all about Otzi the ice man.

Calderdale Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

I just wanted to let you know about ‘Animal Agents’, The Summer Reading Challenge for 2017.

Aimed at children aged 5-12, the Summer Reading Challenge is the biggest national reading initiative. The Summer Reading Challenge gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence during the long holidays. It runs in libraries throughout the summer holidays, with incentives, activities and events designed to create a real buzz around children’s reading. The challenge is simple – to read six or more library books over the summer. Animal Agents will run from Saturday 8th July until Saturday 2rd September in all 22 libraries in Calderdale. The challenge is designed for children aged 5-12 but younger/older children can take part in the challenge if they wish. Children must be a member of Calderdale Libraries to take part.

To complete the challenge children must read 6 library books. All the materials have been designed by the illustrator Tony Ross (illustrates Horrid Henry series and David Walliams) including an Animal Agents pull out collectors folder and three scratch and sniff stickers, one of which smells of old fish! When they have completed the challenge they will receive a certificate and a pink Fling-Mingo! Every child who completes the challenge will be invited to a special medal winners’ ceremony to celebrate their achievement. They will be presented with their medal and get the opportunity to see a hilariously funny performance by poet, performer and national reading super hero Paul Cookson at Brighouse Civic Theatre in October half term.

The Summer Reading Challenge is free!

There are loads of great story time activities running in Calderdale Libraries this summer. For more details please go to https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/do-something

Northowram Primary School PTFA

Would you like to be involved in helping raise funds for our school?

We are lucky that we have a very active PTFA team at Northowram but we always welcome new members with fresh ideas.

Events we have run:

  • Disco
  • Summer Fair
  • Burner
  • Secret Shop
  • Mothers day shop
  • Fathers day Shop
  • Christmas Raffle
  • Tea Dance

Items funded by the PTFA:

  • Contribution to school for the minibus insurance
  • Safety flooring around trim trails
  • Year 1 equipment
  • Leaving gifts for year 6
  • Contribution for year 6 leaving party
  • Howtown coach

Search for: Northowram Primary School PTFA on Facebook
Or Contact us on lizzylund@hotmail.co.uk

Nursery Places

Do you want your child to be part of an outstanding school?
Northowram Primary School has some Nursery places available from September 2017. We can offer 15 hours of Early Years Education over 5 afternoons (12.30pm-3.30pm)

Please contact Jane Jennings 01422 202704 for more details.

School Attendance and Punctuality

We are working on decreasing lateness and unauthorised absence and we are going to be closely monitoring all absence, punctuality and term time holidays. Please see below the current
statistics that relate to this half term. As part of this process we will be contacting parents via telephone and letters to discuss persistent punctuality issues. Everyone is late at some point, but too many are habitually late for school.

2338 Number of minutes lost due to late arrival at school (3rd— 21st July 2017)
This is the equivalent of 7.085 lost school days in the last 3 weeks
68 Children arrived late during this period

Term time holidays

41 Pupils have taken term time holidays since 3rd July – 229 school sessions have been lost due to holidays

Unauthorised absences

16 Pupils have taken unauthorised absence sessions totalling 55 (between 3rd—21st July) this is where no reason has been given for a child not being at school.

Whole school attendance from 3rd— 21st July XXX

Thanks to everyone who is consistently on time and attending all of the time.

Did you know this worrying statistic?

During this academic year there was a total of 917 days lost for our pupils of unauthorised holiday absence.
Please help us to reduce it.

Dates for your diary

Friday 21st July – School closes for the summer
Tuesday 5th September – School reopens for pupils
Wednesday 20th to Tuesday 27th Sep – Travelling book fayre in school

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

7th July

Oliver Biggs-Lanfear, Abigail Gaukroger, Charlie Bradford, Finley Halls, Lilah Keegan, Katie Philips, Valentina Bolton, Louie Boshell, Luke Cornwell, Oliver Swingler-Hale, Isabella Hanks, Joshua Hardcastle, Lewis Hemingway-Gill, Evie Henderson, Dominic Jardine, Darcey Joseph, Jacob Stead, Lily Woollam, George Stanley

14th July

Holly Brook, Alana Vinters, Seth Fowler, Edward Bolton, Amelia Wagg, Dougie Gaines, Hope Pierlejewski, Olivia Lee, George Nicholas, Riley Thacker, Lucy Sutcliffe, Cameron Copus, Oliver Clarke, Liam Smith, Evelyn Harland, Toby Smailes

20th July

Ava Bradford, Harriet Cockburn, Ava Rowlands, Joseph Shaw, Valentina Bolton, Louie Boshell,
Luke Cornwell, Oliver Swingler-Hale

School Meals Patterns

Please can parents note the options for school meals patterns are:
All week
Monday only
Friday only
Monday and Friday

Meal patterns have now been selected by parents up to Friday 22 December and cannot be altered.
Menus for the period from September to December will be issued shortly and this is when you will be able to amend your child’s meal pattern.
If you are paying by +Pay there is just one amount for next term, £81.90 (Sept—Oct). You can reduce this to any amount you would like to pay. If you have a query in regards to dinner monies please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Safeguarding Children

At Northowram School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all members of the school community to share this commitment. Our school actively promotes fundamental British values. This commitment includes staff, governors, volunteers and contractors working on the school site.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment and these can be found on our website.
Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.
Jane Jennings is our Designated Safeguarding Lead. She is the lead person in our school and the person to contact if you have concerns about a child. Mrs Scardifield and Mr Lomas are also Designated Safeguarding Leads. Canon James Allison is our Safeguarding Governor.

Playtime Snacks

Thank you to everyone who has brought healthy fruit or vegetables for playtime, it is
great to have your support with this initiative.

Lost Property

If parents label their child’s belongings, they can and will almost always be returned to their owner. We have a huge amount of unlabelled clothing items that build up each week. We end up recycling it. If you want to reduce the items that go missing, please take the time to write your child’s name in their uniform. Judging by the piles of lost property, parents and carers must be wasting lots of money on lost items.

Moving House, Changing Telephone Numbers or Email Address

If you are moving house, changing your telephone numbers or your email address please can you inform school as soon as possible to ensure we have the most up to date information.
Parents registered on ParentMail must also update their information on the system directly.
If you have any queries or problems please do not hesitate to contact school.



99% of our parents are registered for ParentMail which is fantastic. If you have not registered please do so as soon as possible, this will ensure that you receive any texts or emails that are sent from school and you will not miss out on important information.

21st July 2017 New meal charges All Years
20th July 2017 Nursery Poster Nursery
19th July 2017 Medication kept in school All Years
18th July 2017 Summer Preparations All Years
17th July 2017 Samba Drumming All Years
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