March 31, 2017

Sports Success

Congratulations to Oliver Gill who came 29th in the National Cross Country finals and contributed toward Year 5’s Team West Yorkshire, finishing 3rd overall. This is an outstanding achievement to reach the National competition and to finish so high up.
We’re pleased to report that Northowram’s Year 5/6 Hockey team finished 7th in the West Yorkshire School Games. They played some very tough opposition, but represented school fantastically well. Thank you to Mrs. Whelan for accompanying the children as Team Manager on the day and to all of the team who performed so well and demonstrated such high levels of sporting conduct.
On Wednesday 29th March, our two wonderful gymnastics teams competed in the annual Calderdale schools gymnastics competition which was held at North Bridge Leisure Centre.
Both teams have been training hard on a Wednesday night and Thursday morning learning and perfecting complex routines that were performed to music. This training paid off as both teams performed their routines to the very best of their ability on the night.
Despite fierce competition from other schools, the mixed team came a very creditable 4th place, the girls team came a comfortable 1st place, beating their nearest rivals by over a mark.
We are extremely proud of both teams for the hard work and dedication they have shown over the last 12 weeks and for the way that they conducted themselves on the night of the competition.
A massive well done to: Reuben Flynn, Imogen Horsfall, Eva King, Hannah Meade-Smith, Amarens Peel-Friggen, Grace Raine, Joshua Verdeyen, Danica Walker, Elliott Welding, Ava Gardiner, Lucy Gledhill, Alyssa Greenwood, Chloe Hemingway, Phoebe Johnstone, Lola

Red Nose Day 24th March 2017

Well done to everyone who contributed to Red Nose Day 2017. We raised a magnificent £379.36

Sports Days Dates for your Diary

Classes Main date and time Reserve date and time
Nursery Red/Yellow and R-Poplar Wednesday 14th June, 09:30 Wednesday 21st June, 09:30
Nursery Green/Orange and R-Hazel Wednesday 14th June, 14:00 Wednesday 21st June, 14:00
Year 1 and Year 2 Friday 16th June, 9:30 Friday 23rd June, 9:30
Year 3 and Year 4 Monday 12th June, 9:30 Monday 19th June, 9:30
Year 5 and Year 6 Thursday 15th June, 9:30 Thursday 29th June, 9:30

Class and Group Photographs

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


If you have any Fairtrade packaging please could you send it into school, Mrs Skidmore is creating a display.

Design a Cycling Jersey competition

We are running a competition in school to design a cycling jersey—it is £1 to enter and the children can get a template from Mrs Skidmore. There will be prizes in school and then we are going to send off the entries to Alopecia UK

Nursery Places

Do you want your child to be part of an outstanding school?
Northowram Primary School has some Nursery places available from September 2017. We can offer 15 hours of Early Years Education over 5 afternoons (12.30pm-3.30pm)
Please contact Jane Jennings 01422 202704 for more details.

Poetry Competition!!!

Do you think you can write a poem good enough to be performed at the Grand Soiree?

Mrs. Pearson and Mrs. Skidmore are going to be judging!

  • 25 house points for entering
  • 100-3rd place
  • 200-2nd place
  • 500– 1st place!!!

The house poetry competition is back and if you want to enter it’s simple. However this year the prize is better than ever!!!

To enter…
Write a poem
Put in it your house box
Wait until the winners are announced!

You can enter with a solo poem or do it with your friends or family!!!

Enjoy writing your poems!!

Remember to think about the presentation of your poem.

Most important, put your name, class and house at the bottom

Deadline Wednesday 26th April

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.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids

Well done everyone and Thank You for collecting Sainbury’s active kids vouchers. We have collected 7460 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.
1538 Number of minutes lost due to late arrival at school (20th—31st March)
This is the equivalent of 4.67 lost school days in the last 2 weeks
56 Children arrived late during this period

Term time holidays

6 Pupils have taken term time holidays since 20th March – 16 school sessions have been lost due to holidays

Unauthorised absences

4 Pupils have taken unauthorised absence sessions totalling 12 (between 20th—31st March) this is where no reason has been given for a child not being at school.
Whole school attendance from 20th—31st March
Thanks to everyone who is consistently on time and attending all of the time.

Reporitng 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
4th April 2017 – Year 5 Trip—Saltaire Village
5th April 2017 – Class and Group Photographs
6th April 2017 – Active Calderdale Bike Library donation day
7th April 2017 – Easter Bonnet parade 2.45 pm school playground
7th April 2017 – School breaks up for Easter
24th April 2017 – School reopens

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

24th March

Abigail Verdeyen, Mathew Walker, Morgan Lewis, John Elam, Reggie Cullinane, Ella Daines, Lily Keegan, Hannah Meade-Smith, Finley Canning, Livvi Simms, Jude Kenny, Lucy Gledhill, Loui Maguire, Daisy Whelan

31st March

Bobby Rollins, Erin Lily Craig, Mason Hunter, Lily Byrnes, Charlie Jackson, Ethan Stott, Megan Helliwell, Maia Tudor, Isabella Briscoe, Logan Knapton, Jessica Hughes, Lucas Hemingway, Harvey Swingler, Poppy Cahill, Jacob Rushforth

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, £50.40 (April—May). You can reduce this to any amount you would like to pay. If you have a query in re-gards 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
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

Thank you to everyone who has brought healthy fruit or vegetables for playtime, it is great to have your support with this initiative.

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.

  • 30th March 2017 Homework Year 6
  • 30th March 2017 Year 6 Leavers party reminder Year 6
  • 29th March 2017 Year 3 Swimming Year 3
  • 28th March 2017 Sports Day Confirmation All Years
  • 23rd March 2017 Easter Celebrations All Years
  • 22nd March 2017 Year 3 & 4 Football Years 3 & 4
  • 21st March 2017 Uniform in Reception Reception

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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