March 07, 2017

Cross Country results

We had a really successful afternoon at the Finals of the Calderdale Cross Country Competition on the moor at Savile Park before Half Term. It is brilliant that the Year 5 Girls team won. They now progress on to the West Yorkshire Finals at Temple Newsam. It was great to see that the Year 5 Boys team finished in second place. It was clear to see the impact of the work that Northowram Pumas are doing with the young people of Northowram and beyond. Well done to each and every one of the pupils who represented school.
Everyone put in their best effort and it is worth noting the performance of Olivia Bolton in Year 3. She was a bit shocked to achieve a brilliant second place.
Lillia Mazurke was also second and now goes on individually to represent Calderdale at the West Yorkshire Competition. She should be very proud of herself.
Oliver Gill won the Year 5 Boys Competition! Congratulations to him for this brilliant achievement.


Good luck to those pupils representing school in the West Yorkshire School Games.

Boys Year 5 TEAM

All Saints 67 1st
Northowram 92 2nd
Riverside 80 3rd
Midgley 136 4th

Girls Year 5 Team

Northowram 105 1st
Parkinson Lane 122 2nd
Ripponden 127 3rd
Old Earth 133 4th
Riverside 144 5th


We repaired the Polytunnel because it was badly damaged by the high winds during the Winter. It is extremely disappointing that some people have already cut slits in the new polythene. It is a shame that in this village, which is so community focussed, a tiny number want to do things like this. At the end of the day, the people most affected are the pupils at our school. Please tell us or the police if you know who is causing the damage.

Mobile Phone settings

O2 have joined together with the NSPCC to provide support for parents around parental settings and controls on children’s mobile phones.
If you are worried or unsure about how to set up parental controls, you can visit this website for advice.
You can also call into any O2 store in the UK and they will be able to help you. They offer
this service whether or not you have a contract with them.

World Book Day

While some families might have been disappointed that we didn’t dress up for World Book Day, we had many comments about it being a relief to not have to worry about it. We are going to dress up every other year, so get planning for next year. We will also be inviting pupils to dress down for Red Nose Day which is on Friday 24th March. This can be anything from a costume to straight forward non-uniform, depending on the lengths to which families wish to go.
For Book Day, the children brought in favourite books and we held a special sharing assembly.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids

Well done everyone and Thank You for collecting Sainbury’s active kids vouchers. We have collected 1,733 so far!
The more we get the more playground equipment we can order so keep collecting. We really appreciate it.

Tesco Bags of Help

We need your help!!

We’re in need of vital funding to help us run the ‘Northowram Burner’. We need your help to win a grant from Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ charitable scheme.
When you make a purchase at a Tesco store, please ask for a token to vote for us to recieve the funding! The Burner is in great need of your help to promote running with young people and families. Thank you!
The participating stores are:

  • Brighouse (Bradford Road)
  • Halifax (Aachen Way)
  • Halifax Metro
  • Hipperholme
  • Greetland (Stainland Road)
  • Sowerby Bridge
  • Ovenden
  • Queensbury
  • Halifax (School Lane)

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.
2343 Number of minutes lost due to late arrival at school (13th February—3rd March)
This is the equivalent of 7.1 lost school days in the last 2 weeks
67 Children arrived late during this period

Term time holidays

5 Pupils have taken term time holidays since 13th February – 32 school sessions have been lost due to holidays

Unauthorised absences

9 Pupils have taken unauthorised absence sessions totalling 24 (between 13th February — 3rd March) this is where no reason has been given for a child not being at school.
Whole school attendance from 13th February — 3rd March 96.14%

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.
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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.

Dated for Your Diary

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

23rd March 2017 Reception Trip to Rainbow Factory, Leeds
23rd March 2017 PTFA Mothers day shop
24th March 2017 PTFA Mothers day shop
24th March 2017 Red nose day
5th April 2017 Class and Group Photographs

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

3th March

Luca Heslop, India Duane, Halle Earnshaw, Seth Challoner, George Foster, Charlie Smith, Freddie Baker, Ethan Prentice, Lillia Mazurke, James Pepper, Lily Turner, William Burton, Harvey Swingler, Katie Cannon, Solomon Young

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 next term, £63.00 (February— April). 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.

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.

Parent Mail

Did you recieve all your emails this week?
Please let us know if not.

  • 3rd March 2017 R Poplar Show and Tell Specific Pupils
  • 3rd March 2017 Weekly Spelling Homework 5 Willow
  • 3rd March 2017 Girls Football Specific Pupils
  • 2nd March 2017 Road Safety Training Year 2
  • 2nd March 2017 4 Sycamore Staffing 4 Sycamore
  • 2nd March 2017 Year 6 Homework Year 6
  • 1st March 2017 Cirls Cross Country Qualifying Event Year 5 Girls
  • 28th February 2017 Thanks from Reception Team Reception
  • 27th February 2017 Year 2 Lost property Year 2
  • 27th February 2017 Northowram Burner All Years

Parent Mail

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.

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