November 14, 2016


Along with the rest of the country, we observed a minute of silence in school on Remembrance Day. We’d like to say thank you to the children from Year 1 and Year 5 who represented school impeccably at the memorial in Northowram, and to those classes who made wreaths for us to lay.

It seems to be the case that the community event grows each year, especially since the establishment of the Memorial. It is great for the school to be involved.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who donated to School Fund on our Non uniform day on Friday 21st October 2016. We collected £168.32.


The Year 6 pupils enjoyed their Howtown trip last week. They returned safely on Friday night fresh from a wide range of activities and experiences. They were involved in caving, climbing, hiking, problem solving, kayaking and many more things.

I am told that they were really well behaved and a credit to the school. They are proving to be a fantastic group of young people and I hope that this positive experience sets the tone for the brilliant Year 6 experience.

A great deal of work goes into this trip in the lead up and especially during the trip.

Thanks to everyone who was involved.


Following the recent request for a parent Governor, Mr David Bates has been appointed to the Governing body. I hope that he enjoys his time working to challenge, support and encourage the school in the continued pursuit of excellence.

Mike Westaway has been appointed as Chair of the Governing body and he brings a wealth of experience to this important role.

Healthy Living Day

On the first day back after the holidays, the Better Living Team from Calderdale Council came in to work with us. We had lots of fun learning about the importance of a healthy diet, wellbeing and exercise. Thank you to them for giving us such a wonderful day!


Saturday 26th November 2016 at Northowram Methodist Church Father Christmas will be in his Grotto from 9.30 am until noon at a cost of £3.50

STALLS: Cakes, Gifts, Tombola, Books, Raffle, Bacon Sandwiches, Mince Pies, Teas & Coffees available all morning at reasonable prices Come along and begin your Christmas celebrations in great style!


On Friday 18th November it is Children in Need—children are invited to come in non uniform or something spotty. We will be collecting donations to send to Children in Need.

Harry Byrnes in Year 4 is also going to be selling biscuits for 20p on Thursday and Friday break time in aid of Children in Need.


The following children have been appointed as School Councillors this year :

  • 3 Oak – Zane Ridley and Eva Taylor
  • 3 Pine – Theo Ryding and Maisie Smith
  • 4 Sycamore – Freya Bower and Archie Mellor
  • 4 Holly – Lua Moran and Harry Byrnes
  • 5 Willow – Jacob Stead and Gabrielle Holdsworth
  • 5 Birch – Ebrahim Ravat and Felicity Welding
  • 6 Chestnut – Finlay Sunderland and Courtney Westaway
  • 6 Cedar – Luca Finelli and Grace Boothe

We met for the first time this week and were thinking about how we could raise money for Children in Need. The children have decided to do a colouring competition and “Guess how many sweets in the jar.” Some children from the School Council team will be coming round to classes at different times during the day. The children can buy colouring sheets for 50p each, or guess how many sweets are in the jar again for 50p. Winners will be announced on Friday 18th November, and will be awarded a small prize, all proceeds will go to Children in Need.

Individual and Siblings Photographs

The photographer will be in school on Wednesday 23rd November. If you would like a photograph taken of siblings who are not currently attending our school these will be taken at 8.30 am before school starts.


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.

1282 Number of minutes lost due to late arrival at school (1st November — 11th November)

This is the equivalent of 3.9 lost school days in a 2 weeks 53 Children arrived late during this period

Term time holidays

5 Pupils have taken term time holidays since 1st November – 25 school sessions have been lost due to holidays

Whole school attendance from 1st – 11th November 96.03%

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.


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;

Facebook Northowram Primary School Farmers’ Market

Twitter NPS Farmers Market


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

  • 18th November 2016 Children in Need non uniform or Spotty
  • 23rd November 2016 Individual and Siblings Photographs
  • 24th November 2016 Farmers’ Market

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

4th November

Arthur Black, Sophie O’Connell, Elouise Coulton, Isla Adams, Sara Acimovic, James Gleeson, Alfie Howarth, Benjamin Bingham, Freya Bower, Keli Sunderland, Lillie Hall, Jude Gledhill, Lily Annetts, Joseph Ackroyd

11th November

Eva Broadley, Joshua Jackson, Ruby-Mae Hart, Harry Lee-Hamilton, Anabel Porter, Joe-Joe Davies, Eva King, Charlie Gledhill, Saffie Killick, Daniel Bower, Faye Dawber, Will Cullen

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


A big thank you to the families who came to the Tea Dance on Sunday. It was a fantastic event. Huge thanks must go to Jude for arranging the event and to the team who worked tirelessly to sell cakes, teas and coffees, sweets and raffle tickets. We raised in excess of £600 which will be split between the PTFA and the Northowram branch of Royal British Legion.

Our next event will be the Secret Shop, more details will follow nearer the event.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 30th November 2016, 7.30pm at the Shoulder of Mutton, new members are very welcome.

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