June 22, 2016


To end our week of celebrations we had planned a picnic to congratulate the Queen on her 90th birthday. We had a number of assemblies throughout the week to find out more about the Queen, her role as Monarch and the impact she has on our country and the Commonwealth. Unfortunately due to the British summer weather we had to hold our picnic in the hall. The children dressed in red, white and blue, filled their plates high with delicious goodies and sat with their friends on mats and benches around the hall whilst they listened to music from the Black Dyke brass band. It was an-other great occasion!


Wow what can I say everyone? I feel a tremendous amount of pride in what we all achieved on Sunday at The Summer Fayre / Northowram Burner.

It was an amazingly successful event. Thank you so much to everyone who helped or contributed in whatever capacity, without all your help last Sunday’s event would not have run so smoothly and been such an enjoyable event for everyone who came.

On behalf of Northowram School, the PTFA and Northowram Pumas we want to say a massive thank you to each and every one of you.

Thanks to the following schools and running clubs who also took part in the event and contributed to the success; Barkisland, Bolton Brow, Luddenden CE, Luddendenfoot Academy, New Road, Salterlee and Shelf J and I. I’d like to make a special mention to Stainland Lions, who came in full force!

Well done everyone!

Sarah Rushforth


Two netball teams from Year 5 and 6 played in a netball tournament on Thursday 9th June at North Bridge Leisure Centre against Rawson, Salterlee, Shelf J and I and St Michael and All Angels at Shelf.

Northowram Team 1 (Emma Moore, Evie Harland, Lydia Cooper, Macy Dilonardo, Mia Hamilton, Sam Martin, William Taylor) and Northowram Team 2 (Amelia Taylor, Freya Haslam, Isobel Ward, Jacob Rushforth, Joe Black, Lily Annetts, Sidonie Malcher-Akesson).

Both teams excelled and they played each other in the semi final. Team 2 went through to the final, playing against Salterlee, the final result was 2 – 0 win to Northowram. Team 2 have qualified through to the Calderdale finals which take place on Wednesday 22nd June at Brooksbank School. All players put in 100% effort and represented the school very well. Thank you to everyone who came to support the teams and well done to the children.


Northowram Methodist Church Preschool currently have 2 vacancies:

  • Preschool Deputy Leader qualified to NVQ level 3 in childcare
  • Preschool Assistant qualified to NVQ level 2 in childcare

Please contact Mrs Sheena Rush on 01422 201748 for further details

Thank you

The Gardening club would like to say a massive Thank you to Year 1 pupil Stanley Zlotowski’s dad, Craig, from W.Binns Plumbing who came to our rescue when our watering tap broke this week.


Mr Wood needs some wood for a project he is doing with some of the children!!! Does anyone have 6 scaffolding planks that you can donate to school? Please contact him on email at or 01422 202704 (ext 507) Many thanks.

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

10th June

Aisha Shah, Archie Morris, Alfie McCartan, Leni Hosang, May Stanley, Henry Rathbone, Dillon North, Archie Mellor, Qasim Hussain, Lucas Hemingway, Olivia Duane, Jacob Davies, Henry Sandford, Matilda Sutcliffe-Neen

17th June

George Hanson, Macey Widdop, Valentina Bolton, Junaid Hussain, Finlay Egerton, Katelyn Hubball, Freya Bower, Livvi Simms, Felicity Welding, Maxwell Upite, Charlie Hume, Ruby Shaw, Erin Ledger-Mead, Natasha McConnell

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”

Mahatma Gandhi


The cricket team travelled to Birkdale Prep School in Sheffield last week to play in the English Schools hardball competition. After a mammoth journey, the sun shone and we all played exceptionally well. It was a tough match (and we lost!), but our team were amazing. Thank you to all the players and their parents. A special mention to Luke Bates who is still under 9 but heroically faced a hard ball against some fabulous bowling. Well done Luke and the rest of the team.

Well done to Year 3 who have grown some amazing vegetables as part of their science topic.


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

  • 21st June 2016 9.15 am Year 3 & 4 Sports Day
  • 22nd June 2016 9.15 am Year 1 & 2 Sports Day
  • 22nd June 2016 6.00 pm New Reception parents evening
  • 23rd June 2016 9.15 am Year 5 & 6 Sports Day
  • 29th June 2016 Year 1 Trip to Harlow Carr Gardens
  • 29th June 2016 6.00 pm New Nursery Parents Evening


We have received a letter from Northowram Club advising us that they can no longer permit our parents to use their car park out of their opening hours. This is due to the increase in insurance that they face to cover out of hours use. The club has always been really supportive of school and in difficult financial times we understand this decision. The car park will be locked out of their opening hours.

Year 1 Phonics

A particular well done to the children in Year 1 and a small number in Year 2 who worked hard on their Phonics test last week. The children were confident and took it all in their stride, showing what they can do. We have high hopes and await some really positive results.

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.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.


Hello Everyone

This week’s PTFA update includes a huge amount of “thanks”. Thank you to everyone who came along to the Burner and helped to make it such an amazing event, full of community spirit and happy faces. It was brilliant to see so many of you there, running the Burner and enjoying our Summer Fayre. Thank you to everyone who donated cakes, jars or teddies and helped make all the stalls run. Thank you to everyone who volunteered during planning, setting up on the day and clearing up. I truly appreciate the effort and time that goes into donating items and giving up your time.

I would personally like to thank the Burner team who organised the day, they worked tirelessly to create an event we could all enjoy. Thank you to the PTFA team who helped make sure the Summer Fayre had plenty of stalls and activities for you to enjoy. Finally, thank you to the other schools that brought along some great stalls too and helped with the organisation and in creating some of those incredible hampers!

I hope to be able to share information about the amount of money raised shortly but I know it will have raised a considerable amount!

As always, if you would like to be involved in the PTFA in any way going forward, please do get in touch.

Have a lovely weekend!




Dates for your diary

6th November – Tea Dance at Northowram Community Centre

Next PTFA Meeting – Wednesday 13th July 2016, 7.30pm at the Shoulder of Mutton. (*NOTE* this will be the last meeting of this school year)

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