January 30, 2017


All members of our Governing Body attended school for Governor Day yesterday. They spend a great deal of time checking on the work of the school, challenging, supporting and encouraging us to reach greater heights. They do this through many meetings and also when meeting with individual staff members. Governor Day is a great opportunity to see our school in action. They met the children and spent time in classes. The staff and pupils enjoy seeing Governors in school and supporting what is going on.

Carine Baker has now stepped down from the Governing Body and I would like to express thanks for the work she has done during her term and the time that she has given very generously. Watch out for an election process for a new Parent Governor.

Parking Problems

Can you please ensure that you do not park in the Old School House car park. This is
private property and not part of school and we have received a complaint from a resident. Also, a very small number of people are parking on the new zig-zag lines. Please refrain from doing this as they are there for the safety of our school and the residents of the village.

Please park with the safety of our pupils in mind.

“Music Sets you Free”

A group of Year 4 pupils have been given the opportunity to take part in a fantastic Community event that brought together a diverse range of people.

The children were introduced to the challenges faced by people with Parkinson’s Disease and how they use music and dance as a way to help themselves.

They visited a support group in Halifax to see how they did this and choreographed their own dance.

Finally they took part in an event attended by the Lord Mayor of Calderdale where, with a number of other groups, they performed their dance.

Our pupils were amazing and made us all very proud representing themselves, their families and the school.

Thank you

Mr Wood and his woodwork group have been extremely busy again. Look at the amazing Pallet House they have made for Reception class, the children absolutely love it.

Mr Wood is now planning his next project with the children and wondered if anyone had any dark brown wood stain they could donate to school. Please contact Mr Wood directly on his email

School Meals Ordering System

We are currently reviewing the way the children order school meals and we are looking to implement an online ordering system. This will help to ensure that all children receive the meal of their choice and support the kitchen in ordering supplies.

We are looking to maintain the current dinner patterns as part of the system, the choices being:

  1. Dinners every day
  2. Dinners on a Monday only
  3. Dinners on a Friday only
  4. Dinners on a Monday and Friday
  5. Packed lunch every day

The kitchen are currently working on a 3 week menu where the children will be able to choose from 3 main meals and 2 puddings and this menu will remain the same for the whole term.

Parents will be required to order via the online system on ParentMail forms with their children to ensure the children like and will enjoy their meal choice each day.

We are hoping to introduce the system at the start of the Summer term (after the Easter holidays) and this will mean that the children will choose during February/ early March to allow us collate the orders and the kitchen to prepare the food orders with the suppliers.

We are hoping this will be a positive change to our meal ordering and will reduce the amount of time the teachers have to take out of learning time each morning to order the meals with the children.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids

Active Kids was launched again on Wednesday 25th January and we will again be collecting the vouchers. The box will be in the school main reception.

Thank you to parents for collecting and sending the vouchers into school in the past. Due to your support we have been able to order lots of great equipment for playtime. Hopefully this year will be as successful, thank you in anticipation.

Year 5 Thank You

The Year 5 team would like to thank all the families who wrote about, drew or made models for their Billionaire Boy homework. The children really enjoyed showing them off after school and it was clear to see lots of effort had gone into them.

School Attendance & 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.

1976 – Number of minutes lost due to late arrival at school (16th — 27th January)

This is the equivalent of 5.99 lost school days in the last 2 weeks

68 – Children arrived late during this period

Term time holidays

3 – Pupils have taken term time holidays since 16th January – 23 school sessions have been lost due to holidays

Unauthorised absences

3 – Pupils have taken unauthorised absence sessions totalling 3 (between 16th — 27th January) this is where no reason has been given for a child not being at school.

Whole school attendance from 16th — 27th January 96.28%

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. If appointments are required during school time please can you inform the school office rather than the class teacher, as soon as possible.

Playtime Snacks

Children are allowed to buy fruit and water from the trolley at school. If they bring a snack from home it needs to be fruit or veg. Any drink brought from home to consume during the day (not lunchtime) needs to be water or milk only. Thank you for your support with this.

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. All phones to have a sticker with your child’s name and class to ensure they are returned to the correct child at the end of the school day.

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 click here for all.

  • Wednesday 1st February 2017 – 6 Cedar RE Gurdwara Trip
  • Thursday 2nd February 2017 – 6 Chestnut RE Gurdwara Trip
  • Monday 6th February 2017 – Year 2 Practical Pedestrian Training
  • Friday 10th February 2017 – PTFA Valentine’s Disco
  • Thursday 16th February 2017 – School breaks up for Half Term
  • Monday 27th February 2017 – School Re-opens

Parents’ Evening

We will be holding our Parents’ Evening on 15th & 16th February. The booking of appointments for Reception—Year 6 will be via ParentMail. If you are not registered please do so as soon as possible.

We will open the booking on Monday 30th January.

Praise Assembly

Well done to the following children:-

20th January

Ryan Gleeson, Lauren Clough, Ethan Walker, Jada Appleton, Henry Wright, Matilda Clark, Elizabeth Lyons, Isabelle Finelli, Charlie Grogan, Daniel Edge, Olivia Russell, Jack Kershaw, Mya Rhods, Molly Roe, Jack Langley

27th January

Sophie Lyons, Ruben Hosang, Macey Widdop, Delilah Keegan, Lucas Stott, Lola Pearson, Jack Montgomery, Edith Burton, Ty Duane, Molly Weston, Emily Allwood, Max Upite, Eleanor Paterson, Neo Connell

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

School Meals Patterns

Please can parents note the options for school meals patterns are:

  • All week
  • Monday only
  • Friday only
  • Monday and Friday

These are the only options available. If your child no longer would like to be on school dinners please note we require one week’s notice of changing to a packed lunch.

If you are paying by +Pay there is just one amount for this term, £69.30 (Jan —Feb). You can reduce this to any amount you would like to pay. If you have a query in regards to dinner monies please do not hesitate to contact the school office.



27th January 2017 – PTFA Burner Raffle Prize appeal – All Years
26th January 2017 – Year 4 Staffing – 4 Sycamore
26th January 2017 – Year 2 Pirate Day – Year 2
26th January 2017 – Reception PTFA disco – Reception
26th January 2017 – Year 1—6 PTFA disco – Years 1 – 6
26th January 2017 – Nursery Poster – Nursery
24th January 2017 – Year 6 Leavers Party – Year 6
23rd January 2017 – Medical Advice—Threadworms – All Years

98% of parents have now registered for the upgraded ParentMail which is fantastic. If you have not registered please do so as soon as possible, this will ensure that you receive any texts or emails that are sent from school and you will not miss out on important information.

PTFA Update

We would like to say thank you to everyone who bought gifts from the Secret Shop. We raised a huge £1868 which is truly fantastic. The raffle tickets sold at the Christmas events raised a further £487, again thank you to everyone who donated items or bought tickets. We hope to shortly begin a big piece of work in school to help improve the flooring around our trim trails using funds raised by PTFA – watch this space!

The next date for your diaries is Friday 10th February for our next Disco, more information will follow in due course.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 7.30pm at The Shoulder Of Mutton. EVeryone very welcome. Please do come along and see how you could be involved, we appreciate all the help you can give, no matter how big or small!

Have a lovely weekend.

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