December 12, 2016


It has been great this year to have the concerts set up so that everyone can come along and there is not the pressure on tickets because we have enough performances. As ever the community of Northowram has supported the children amazingly by coming along to support the children. This year they have looked so brilliant in their costumes and I am sure that they have set all of the audiences along the road to a great Christmas. Thank you for your continued support.


Louie Walsh won a national competition a while ago and earned a place at the international finals in Dubai.

Louie has written – ” Last week I went to Dubai to play golf. I played against people from all over the world and I finished 3rd”

Well done Louie on a fabulous achievement !

PTFA Secret Shop

Thank you to the PTFA for running the Secret shop on Friday. The children had a lovely day choosing presents for family and friends.

Christmas Dinner

Friday the children and staff all enjoyed Christmas dinner—thank you to the kitchen staff for such a lovely lunch which was very festive with Christmas music and fun

Christingle Assembly

On Monday Rev. John, the curate from Coley came to help us with our Christingle assembly.

Rev. John reminded us all about the Christian message of Christmas then the children in Key Stage 2 sang “Away in A Manger” by candle light.

Mosque Trip—5 Birch

On Wednesday 7th December Year 5 Birch visited the Madnia Jamia Masjid in Bradford as part of the R.E. curriculum. They were met and shown around the mosque by Mr Saleem who made them all feel very welcome. The children behaved beautifully and had lots of brilliant questions that Mr Saleem answered for them. The children were amazed by how simple the building was inside and out. They were also impressed by the peaceful feeling in the prayer hall

Farmers Market

Thank you so much to everyone who helped to support the Farmers’ Market on Thursday 24th November. Thank you to the children and staff who made the following items to sell: Reindeer Candy Cane, Abstract Art Canvasses, Luxury Hot Chocolate Cones, Handmade painted watercolour Christmas Cards, Magic Reindeer Food, Decorated Bulb Pots and Sweet Cones.

Everyone did an amazing job, thanks to the children who gave up their time at lunchtimes and after school to help me with the planning of the market.

I am grateful to the external stall holders; Luddenden Valley Wines, Mrs Rashid, Izzie Smailes, Jayne Mellor, Daisymill Cupcakes, Mr Wood, Mrs Rossi, Peter’s Jam and Chutney’s. Also thanks to Rebecca Bolton for supplying the advertising banners.

By coming to purchase items at the market you have raised £340.95 for our school. We will meet in the new year to agree what we will spend the funds on. Well done to our raffle prize winners, all prizes have now been collected!

For more information about future events please search for these pages on
Facebook and Twitter.

Mrs Rushforth

It’s a girl!

Congratulations to Miss Nichols who gave birth to a baby girl. Bessie May weighing 7lb 6oz, was born on Thursday 8th December. Congratulations from all at Northowram Primary School

Helen Silson

We were all very saddened to hear about the passing of Helen Silson. Helen was a former parent at our school. We send our heartfelt sympathy to her husband and sons.

Looking at Schools For September 2017

Is your child or someone you know due to start Reception in September 2017? We are holding some visits to enable people to look around school and meet the Mr Lomas.

The dates are :

  • Monday 12th December 1.30 pm
  • Wednesday 11th January 2.30 pm

Please contact school on 01422 202704 to book your place.

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.

2127 Number of minutes lost due to late arrival at school (27th November — 9th December)

This is the equivalent of 6.45 lost school days in the last 2 weeks

81 Children arrived late during this period

Term time holidays

7 Pupils have taken term time holidays since 26th November – 32 school sessions have been lost due to holidays

Unauthorised absences

4 Pupils have taken unauthorised absence sessions totalling 6 (between 27th November —9th December)this is where no reason has been given for a child not being at school.

Whole school attendance from 27th November —9th December 96.54%

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

Reporting Absence

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.

Christmas Beanies for Overgate Hospice

We are selling Christmas Beanies again in school in aid of Overgate Hospice—these cost £1.00 each and will be on sale at the main reception before and after school only, until Friday 16th December.

Mobile Phones in School

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 to 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.

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

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

  • Tuesday 13th December 2.15 pm Year 1 Christmas Concert at St Matthew’s Church
  • Wednesday 14th December Nursery Party—Yellow & Red groups
  • Thursday 15th December Nursery Party—Orange & Green groups
  • Thursday 15th December Reception, Year 1, 2 & 3 Christmas Parties
  • Friday 16th December Year 4,5 & 6 Christmas Parties
  • Friday 16th December Non Uniform day
  • Friday 16th December School breaks up for Christmas holidays
  • Tuesday 3rd January School re-opens for Spring Term

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

2nd December

Isabelle Lister, Oscar Hughes, Holly Dinning, Esme Whiteley, Zachariah Green-Moore, Olivia Dawson, Finn Beckwith, Grace Raine, Lucy McDonnell, Liam McMaster, Felicity Welding, Qasim Hussain, Alyssa Greenwood, Amaan Gill

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.

Nursery Admissions September 2017

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

PTFA Update

We hope all the children had fun visiting our Secret Shop on Friday! Thank you for allowing
your children to take part in this special event and buy gifts for their loved ones.

Thank you so much to everyone who has wrapped gifts, helped to set up, helped children choose their beautiful gifts and helped make today magical. Your help and time is always very much appreciated. Extra special thanks must go to Liz Lund who has been working tirelessly all year to make sure we had wonderful gifts and that the Secret Shop could go ahead.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Annwen and all the PTFA.

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