July 03, 2017


Well done to Nicole, Olivia F, Evie, Katie, Holly, Mya, Carris, Tegan, Jessica and Penny who represented school in a Year 5/6 Girls FootballTournament at Calderdale College. They’ve come a long way this year, which is the first time we’ve had a girls team. Great effort by all!

Results and goal scorers:
Northowram 0 vs 3 Barkisland
Northowram 0 vs 1 Elland
Northowram 2 vs 0 Beech Hill (Olivia F x 2)

Results from Years 1 to 6 Sports Days:

Well done to everyone who took part.

1st place Emeralds 4770 house points
2nd place Diamonds 4550 house points
3rd place Rubies 4040 house points
4th place Sapphires 3865 house points

Well Done

Eleanor Paterson in Year 6 took part in a Cheerleading competition with her team “Yorkshire Martyrs” in Birmingham on Sunday 2nd July.

They won the Junior 1 Stunt section at the national competition. Well done Eleanor and her team.

Calderdale Schools Under 9’s Gymnastic Display

On Wednesday 21st June our Year 2 gymnastic team took part in the gymnastic display at the Halifax North Bridge Leisure Centre.

It was a very warm evening and despite our children being on last they performed brilliantly, making their teachers and family very proud. A big thank you to Alyssa Greenwood and Chloe Hemingway for helping with this club to achieve their Sports Leaders Award.

Well Done Year 2s!!!!

Reception Butterflies

Two weeks ago, Reception received some caterpillars. We watched them grow and grow. After a week, they all went to the top of their container and hung in a ‘j’ shape. They then hardened and became chrysalides. Then, this week, out from the chrysalides, butterflies emerged!
We had to look after our butterflies by feeding them fruit. Today, the butterflies were ready to be released. We were so excited and watched in awe as they flew off into the sky.

Request from Reception Class

Dear Parent/Carers

We are looking to replenish some of our toy resources in Reception.

Our small toy figures and cars are resources that are continually played with, and through this use, some of them have become damaged. Our stocks of these toys are now running low and we feel that they are a valuable resource for the children.

We’d also love to add to our dressing up clothes collection e.g. princess dresses, superhero costumes, fancy dress costumes or party clothes.

If, over the next few weeks, you are having a clear out and come across figures, cars or dressing up clothes that your child no longer uses, we’d love to give them a new home!

Many Thanks

The Reception Team

Halifax Agricultural Show Competition 2017

Some of our children have entered a competition to design a poster for the Halifax
Agricultural show.

Year 3 Oak
Orlagh Kenny

Year 3 Pine
Maia Tudor, Joseph Hegney, Isabella Hanks, Evan Kellett, Charles Ackroyd and Benjamin Bingham

Year 4 Sycamore
Imogen Horsfall and Olivia Jade Russell

Year 5 Willow
Faye Dawber, Beth Rattigan and Lana Brook

Year 5 Birch
Mya Rhodes

These children’s posters have been sent to the organisers of the show. The posters will be posted on the show’s facebook page under our school’s name (no children’s names will be used). The poster that receives the most likes will be rewarded with a class set of tickets to the show and their poster will be made into a banner.

Calderdale Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

I just wanted to let you know about ‘Animal Agents’, The Summer Reading Challenge for 2017.

Aimed at children aged 5-12, the Summer Reading Challenge is the biggest national reading initiative. The Summer Reading Challenge gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence during the long holidays. It runs in libraries throughout the summer holidays, with incentives, activities and events designed to create a real buzz around children’s reading. The challenge is simple – to read six or more library books over the summer. I would be grateful if you could promote this initiative to your children.

Animal Agents will run from Saturday 8th July until Saturday 2rd September in all 22 libraries in Calderdale. The challenge is designed for children aged 5-12 but younger/older children can take part in the challenge if they wish. Children must be a member of Calderdale Libraries to take part.

To complete the challenge children must read 6 library books. All the materials have been designed by the illustrator Tony Ross (illustrates Horrid Henry series and David Walliams) including an Animal Agents pull out collectors folder and three scratch and sniff stickers, one of which smells of old fish! When they have completed the challenge they will receive a certificate and a pink Fling-Mingo! Every child who completes the challenge will be invited to a special medal winners’ ceremony to celebrate their achievement. They will be presented with their medal and get the opportunity to see a hilariously funny performance by poet, performer and national reading super hero Paul Cookson at Brighouse Civic Theatre in October half term.

The Summer Reading Challenge is free!

There are loads of great story time activities running in Calderdale Libraries this summer. For more details please go to

Would you like to be involved in helping raise funds for our school?

We are lucky that we have a very active PTFA team at Northowram but we always welcome new members with fresh ideas.

Events we have run:

  • Disco
  • Summer Fair
  • Burner
  • Secret Shop
  • Mothers day shop
  • Fathers day Shop
  • Christmas Raffle
  • Tea Dance

Items funded by the PTFA:

  • Contribution to school for the minibus insurance
  • Safety flooring around trim trails
  • Year 1 equipment
  • Leaving gifts for year 6
  • Contribution for year 6 leaving party
  • Howtown coach
  • Contact us on
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    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.

    Sainsbury’s Active Kids

    Well done everyone and Thank You for collecting Sainbury’s active kids vouchers. We have collected 22,408!

    We will now be ordering lots of lovely playground equipment.

    Thank you once again for supporting us with our collection.

    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.

    1942 Number of minutes lost due to late arrival at school (19th—30th June 2017)
    This is the equivalent of 5.9 lost school days in the last 2 weeks
    69 Children arrived late during this period

    Term time holidays

    32 Pupils have taken term time holidays since 19th June – 303 school sessions have been lost due to holidays

    Unauthorised absences

    9 Pupils have taken unauthorised absence sessions totalling 36 (between 19th—30th June) this is where no reason has been given for a child not being at school.

    Whole school attendance from 19th – 30th June 95.07%

    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

    Tuesday 4th July 3 Oak Trip to Murton Park
    Thursday 6th July Year 1 Trip to Harlow Carr Gardens
    Friday 7th July Transition Day
    Tuesday 11th July 6 Chestnut Leavers concert 6.30 pm
    Wednesday 12th July 6 Cedar Leavers concert 6.30 pm
    Thursday 13th July Summer Picnic Promotional meal

    Praise Assembly

    Well done to the following children:-

    23rd June

    Oliver Keating, Leo Hardy, Lacey Stanley, Ava Bown, Charlie Bradford, Kacey Brear, Jaxon Green-Moore, Sophia Briscoe, Willow Taylor, Tobias Whelan, Lily Tearne, Zoe Nathaniel, Gracie Wilkinson, Lola Tordoff, Jack Richardson, Toby Currie, Holly Birch, Luke Senior, Alexander Moorhouse, Chloe Hemingway, Courtney Westaway

    30th June

    Aidan Keighely, Isabella Mazurke, Isaac Eade, Evie Wright, Isabella Bates, Layla McMaster, Elliot Welding, Charlie Boothe, Eva Taylor, Evie Cockburn, William Dracup, Lucy Tailford, Jessica Hunt, Samuel Dimbleby, Callum Horsfall, Alfie Shepherd

    School Meals Patterns

    Please can parents note the options for school meals patterns are:
    – All week
    – Monday only
    – Friday only
    – Monday and Friday

    Meal patterns have now been selected by parents up to Friday 21 July and cannot be altered.

    Menus for the period from September to December will be issued shortly and this is when you will be able to amend your child’s meal pattern.

    If you are paying by +Pay there is just one amount for next term, £73.50 (June—July). 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 con-tact the school office.


    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

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

    Lost Property

    If parents label their child’s belongings, they can and will almost always be returned to their owner. We have a huge amount of unlabelled clothing items that build up each week. We end up recycling it. If you want to reduce the items that go missing, please take the time to write your child’s name in their uniform. Judging by the piles of lost property, parents and carers must be wasting lots of money on lost items.

    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.


    99% of our parents are registered for 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.

    30th June 2017 Reception Bug Hotel Reception Class
    30th June 2017 Year 5 Sex & Relations Year 5
    29th June 2017 Nursery Transition Nursery
    29th June 2017 Brighouse Junior Football Club—girls Reception to Year 3
    29th June 2017 Kershaw’s Summer Activities All Years
    27th June 2017 Kids Club Summer All Years
    26th June 2017 Year 3 Sex & Relations Year 3
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