March 17, 2017

Cross Country

We represented Calderdale at the West Yorkshire Cross Country Finals this week. JJ, Sam, Oliver, Jude, Ava, Scarlett, Amelie, Jessica, Carris, Lillia and Daisy made up the team and individual representatives. Everyone gave 100% and ran well on a really hard course. Congratulations to Oliver who qualified for the National Cross Country Finals in Leicester. It has been a really successful season and well done to all of the pupils who have represented school so well.

We’d also like to say well done to Carris, Jessica, Scarlet, Jude and Sam who represented Northowram Pumas in the recent West Yorkshire Winter League Relays. They did amazingly well!

Class and Group Photographs

The photographer is coming into school on Wednesday 5th April to take class and group photographs.

Job Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a Special Educational Needs Support Administration Assistant 5 hours per week.

All the details are here.

Healthy Early Years

Here is a useful website that Mrs. Skidmore has asked to be shared following her visit with some pupils to the eHNA conference this week.

Sickness Bug

You will be aware that we have had a higher level of sickness in school this week than normal. Please be reassured that the school are working hard to try and prevent the spread of the germs and we are working hard with parents to ensure that children do not come back to school until at least 48 hours after the last episode of being ill.

We have contacted Public Health England who reassured us that the numbers of children who are sick are still relatively low and also that our cleaning routines are correct. We have also taken advice from the Environmental Health team in Calderdale who visited. This team also reassured us that the numbers are still within normal limits and also gave advice about cleaning routines. Currently, they have not recommended a ‘deep clean’ but if numbers rise, they will advise the school accordingly.

Last night, the cleaning team were extra vigilant and the necessary areas and surfaces were all sanitised (the school is routinely cleaned every night). Mr Wood gave all the doors and handles an extra clean with a sanitiser.

Environmental Health advised that the best way of stopping the spread is for people staying off for 48 hours after the last episode and that pupils wash hands. The staff in school are all encouraging and promoting the thorough washing of hands when children have used the toilet and before lunch.

Thank you for your patience at this time.

Fair and Funky Conference

On Friday a small group of pupils from Year 5 took the bus in to Halifax to attend a
conference in Halifax Minster. The event was called “Fair and Funky” and was about
promoting Fair Trade and we were able to take part in a number of workshops.

We were able to make a wallet out of a juice carton, a picture frame out of newspaper and while learning how fair trade helps farmers we were able to taste some Divine chocolate.

The highlight though was to meet the author Tom Palmer who read from his book about a family of Fair Trade farmers in Ghana. Well done to Toby who managed to score a penalty and win us some chocolate and a trophy.

Mrs Skidmore

Active Calderdale Bike Library

West Yorkshire Fire Service and Calderdale Council have been successful in a bid for a Yorkshire Bank Bike Library in Calderdale.

We are now looking for you to donate your old and unloved bicycle to the scheme (these can be balance bikes, children’s or adult bikes), these will then be serviced and loaned to the community to promote healthy living and social inclusion.

The school will be open for donations on Thursday 6th April where Bikeability staff will collect the bikes. Contact Steve Pullan or Dom Furby on for further details.


More sporting success occurred on Thursday night. When the hockey team played in the Calderdale Finals at Park Lane High School. They played really well to finish 3rd in Calderdale. This means that we qualify for the West Yorkshire Finals. Very well done to Callum, Daisy, Jacob, Oliver, Sol and Sam who all played well, demonstrating good sportsmanship and determination.

Thank You for our Ofsted Banner

It seems like a long time ago that we achieved ‘outstanding’ when the inspectors came to visit last year.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Gareth McDonnell, Managing Director of FDP Group who donated a banner to our school!

Rotary Quiz

Yesterday, four pupils, Molly, William, Joseph and Woody attended the Rotary Quiz semi final. They finished in second place and qualify for the finals later this year. Well done to all of these pupils for their fabulous general knowledge.

Red Nose Day – Friday 24th March

The Year 6 School Council have decided that they would like us to dress up on Red Nose Day as something “Random”. This could be anything you like, some ideas are – funny wigs, face painted, clothes back to front, wearing friends or siblings clothes.

All donations will go to Comic Relief, let’s make it a really fun day!

Sainsbury’s Active Kids

Well done everyone and Thank You for collecting Sainbury’s active kids vouchers. We have collected 4685 so far!

The more we get the more playground equipment we can order so keep collecting. We really appreciate it.

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.

1991 Number of minutes lost due to late arrival at school (6th—17th March)

This is the equivalent of 6.03 lost school days in the last 2 weeks

72 Children arrived late during this period

Term time holidays

1 Pupil has taken term time holidays since 6th March – 10 school sessions have been lost due to holidays

Unauthorised absences

12 Pupils have taken unauthorised absence sessions totalling 44 (between 6th—17th March) this is where no reason has been given for a child not being at school.

Whole school attendance from 6th—17th March 96.06%

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.

Dates For Your Diary

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

17th March 2017 – PTFA Mothers Day Shop
23rd March 2017 – Reception Trip—Rainbow Factory Leeds
24th March 2017 – Red nose day non uniform day
4th April 2017 – Year 5 Trip—Saltaire Village
5th April 2017 – Class and Group Photographs

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

10th March

Mika Rahman, Elsa-Mae Nightingale, Avarni Wells, Patrick Stones, Liam Burke, Isaac Wood, Alfie Jones, Etienne Jones, Samuel Taylor, Finley Canning, Edmund Cooper, Tegan Green- Moore, Olivia Duane, Charlie Hume

17th March

Bradley McDonald, Harry Whittaker, Mason Hunter, Lily Byrnes, Elise Brook, Sophie Hughes, Theo Ryding, Tailla Green-Moore, Archie Mellor, Phoebe Shepherd, Nina Oddy, Thomas Powell, Solomon Young, Grace Boothe, Alfie Davies

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.

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)

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.

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.

Parent Mail

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

  • 17th March 2017 Homework Year 5
  • 17th March 2017 PTFA Mothers day shop All Years
  • 17th March 2017 Scarecrow Festival All Years
  • 16th March 2017 Nursery & Reception Snack Money Nursery & Reception
  • 16th March 2017 NHS Advice for Norovirus in Children All Years
  • 16th March 2017 Messy Church 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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