April 18, 2016

Cross Country

Sidonie Malcher Akesson and Emma Moore competed in the National Cross Country Finals at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire before Easter. It is remarkable to have not one, but two competitors from our school in the Yorkshire team. Both girls performed very well, Emma placing a fantastic 38th and Sidonie placing a brilliant 8th. Huge congratulations go to both pupils. It caps off a successful year of Cross Country from all of our pupils. Let’s hope that you feel inspired to sign up for the Burner which is up coming!

Girls Football

The Girl’s football team were in action before the holidays and they were successful in qualifying through to the Calderdale finals. What a great achievement! The team have been working hard in the build up to the competitions with Miss Nichols. They performed really well on the day in typical excitable and enthusiastic fashion and now look forward to the finals. Well done to all of the team!

Sport Relief

Well done to everyone who took part in Sports relief we collected £323.86.

Thank you for your generosity. We spent time showing the children about the work that Sport Relief does at home and abroad.

The EHNA Conference

On Wednesday 9th March Charlie Higgins, Mia Fox, William Temelkovski and Olivia Rathbone went to a conference about children’s health and well-being. The conference was held to discuss the results of a survey filled in by Year 5 pupils and upwards online about their general health and wellbeing. At the conference the children were surprised to find out the amount of sugar that goes in to many popular drinks and foods. Did you know that Red Bull contains 24 teaspoons of sugar and the amount of caffeine is the equivalent of 6 cups of coffee and this is only in a 330ml can? After the morning workshops the children worked up an appetite by making themselves a smoothie by cycling to make blenders work; the more effort the smoother the smoothie. The event was a great success and the children learnt a lot about how to stay healthy and happy. The event was attended by pupils from primary and secondary schools throughout Calderdale as well as teachers. We are very proud that our pupils were able to help direct the future needs of Calderdale pupils with the aim being to have safe, healthy and happy pupils in all our schools. In fact one of our pupils feedback was so good they have since been sent a voucher as a reward. Congratulations Charlie. They are now looking forward to helping to plan a health day to be held in school at a future date.

Mrs Skidmore


To celebrate St George’s Day on 22nd April 2016 we would like to invite any children who are part of a uniformed organisation (i.e. Scouts, Guides, Sea Cadets, etc.) to come to school in their uniforms.

Thank You

Following the recent advert for flags, the Gardening club would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Armitage for their kind donation.

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

15th April

Jessica Fay, Lilah Keegan, Oliver Swingler, Matilda Clark, Alfie Jones, Grace Oliver, Harry Byrnes, Lola Tordoff, Cody Whitehead, Harvey Swingle, Charlie Higgins, Isaac Bates, Jenna Senior, Matilda Kitchen

Class and Group Photographs

The photographer will be in school on 20th April 2016 to take class and group photo-graphs.

“By being yourself, you can put something wonderful in the world that was not there before”

Edwin Elliot

Governor Day

On the Wednesday before the Easter break members of the Governing Body were in school for ‘Governor Day’. We hold these days around twice a year and members visit school during the day to spend time in classes, talking to pupils and staff. It is another way of them getting closer to what is happening in school and to see development and provision in action. I am sure that the highlight of the day was judging the magnificent Easter bonnets!

House Poetry Competition

Write a poem for your house

Send it in and get your points.

100 points to have a go

Have some fun

Work with a friend or family

But always remember

When writing a poem anything goes

Pick a subject and let it flow

The winner gets 500 points.

With 400 for runners up So don’t be shy.

Have a go It will be worth your while.

Judged by

Miss Higson, Mrs Scardifield, Mrs Hamer

Deadline 25th April

Entries can be handed into the boxes outside the office

Results to be Announced on Tuesday 3rd May

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.


These dates are for the next 2 school weeks. Please see our school website for all diary dates.

  • 26th April 2016 Better Living Health Day
  • 26th April 2016 3 Pine Trip Murton Park York
  • 28th April 2016 3 Oak Trip Murton Park York
  • 30th April to 2nd May 2016 Northowram Scarecrow Festival
  • 2nd May 2016 School Closed for May Day bank holiday


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.


If your child is absent from school please ensure that you either telephone school as soon as possible each day of the absence or report the absence on the new ParentMail app. It is important that you give the nature of absence e.g. Sore throat, flu, etc. This enables us to monitor the absences properly.

PTFA Update

Hello All

I hope you had a lovely Easter break.

On the 12th June 2016 we will be hosting The Burner and our Summer Fayre, this will be a massive event for school and the PTFA. We want to make sure that this event is a huge success and if you have any suggestions on how to make sure this event is a great family day out and help raise money for future big PTFA projects please do get in touch!

We will need volunteers on the day of the Burner to help us run our Fayre and activities. If you are able to spare an hour or two please get in touch. You do not need to be a member of the PTFA to help out, any support would be very much appreciated.

Have a great weekend.




Dates for your diary

  • Burner & Summer Fayre – 12th June 2016

Next PTFA Meeting Wednesday 20th April 2016, 7.00pm at school

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