October 21, 2016

It has been the usual busy term and many people can’t believe that it is half term already. We held a highly successful parents’ evening this week and above 99% of parents signed up for an appointment which is testament to the high levels of support from which our pupils benefit. In times where the goals for children are set at an increasingly high level, we need this support and appreciate it. It is important to let you know that we will be holding one of our training days on the first day back after half term. We use these really effectively. In the morning we are focussing on the importance of setting expectations of children’s learning at a very high level. In the afternoon we will be looking at further improving the teaching of English and, in particular, reading fluency and spelling. We use our training days to impact on the quality of provision in school. We wish everyone a great break.

Thank you!

Mr Wood and his Year 5 & 6 team have made Reception a mud kitchen to play with outside!! They have done a great job and Reception have loved playing with it! We want to say a big thank you for all their hard work!


Mr Wood is currently planning his next project and would like to ask if anyone has a large plastic barrel they could donate to school? Please contact Mr Wood directly on 01422 202704 ext 507 or email him on


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.

Number of minutes lost due to late arrival at school (6th September—20th October)


This is the equivalent of 14 3/4 lost school days in a half term 96 Children arrived late during this period

Term time holidays

24 Pupils have taken term time holidays since 6th September – 164 school sessions have been lost due to holidays

Whole school attendance from 6th September—20th October) 97.15%

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


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


Please can parents where possible ensure that any routine appointments for the dentist, doctor and optician are made for out of school hours.

Harvest Appeal Thank you

Thank you to everyone for all your donations for harvest. We have taken it all down to the Ebeneezer Church in Halifax. The team there were very grateful and asked us to say thank you to all the pupils for their kind donations.

Suzanne Skidmore

R.E. and S.M.S.C. Coordinator

House Captains 2016/17


Boys Captain: Jack Langley

Boys Vice Captain: Amaan Gill

Girls Captain: Lauren Ramsay

Girls Vice Captain: Chloe Hemingway


Boys Captain: Alfie Davies

Boys Vice Captain: Jacob Ruthforth and Elliot Burke

Girls Captain: Lily Annetts

Girls Vice Captain: Molly Roe


Boys Captain: Max Whitehead

Boys Vice Captain: Sam Robinson

Girls Captain: Daisy Whelan

Girls Vice Captain: Mia Fox


Boys Captain: Alfie Shehard

Girls Captain: Evie Harland

Girls Vice Captain: Eleanor Paterson

Farmers Market

We are proud to present to you our next Farmers’ Market which will take place in the school hall on Thursday 24th November. The children have already started making some items to sell and I have booked some external stalls, details to be announced soon. Please follow us for more information;


Is it really necessary for your child to bring their mobile phone to school ? We are getting more and more children in KS2 bringing phones into school which have to be handed into the office each morning and locked in a cupboard until the end of the day. Sometimes children do not come and collect their phones and school cannot take responsibility for any loss or damage for them. If you would like your child to bring their mobile phone to school please can you send a letter into school giving the reasons .


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.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY — These dates are for the next 2 school weeks. Please see our school website for all

  • 21st October 2016 School closes for Half Term
  • 31st October 2016 Teacher Training Day school closed to pupils
  • 1st November 2016 School reopens for pupils
  • 1st November 2016 Annual Health Day—all children to wear PE kit
  • 7th—11th November 2016 Year 6 Residential Howtown
  • 18th November 2016 Children in Need
  • 23rd November 2016 Individual Class photos

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

21st October

Seth Albon, Florence Doig, Neve Bailes, Archie Mellor, Lola Hodgson, Rufus Watts, Finley Pearson, William Scarill, Alexander McKenzie, Lua Moran, Woody Holleran, Jessica Cameron, Martin Pulko, Daisy May Richardson

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.


Will your child turn 3 between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017? Have you registered your child’s details for our Nursery? Children, for admission to Nursery in September 2017, need to be registered by 31st January 2017. We now offer more flexible sessions which include some full days. If you would like some further information please ring Mrs Jennings on 01422 202704 (ext 517) or email


Thank you to everyone who supported the disco. Everyone had a great time and had lots of fun. We will up date you on the next newsletter with the amount of money that we raised

Tickets for the PTFA and Poppy Appeal Tea Dance are now on sale. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2 for children. We hope you will be able to attend the event at Northowram Community Centre on Sunday 6th November, 2pm to 5pm. It looks like it will be a great event for all the family. Tickets are available from :, Dapper Dan 07886530992 or

New members are always very welcome. Please feel free to email me if you would
like more information about being part of the PTFA.


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