March 09, 2018

Story of a Snow Day

This period of bad weather has been a real challenge for everyone and following last week’s closure we were tested again yesterday. Here is an insight into what happened. We all woke to a surprising snowfall and many of us who usually make preparations when snow has been forecast were caught out. Teamwork is the order of the day in these situations, because we face the task of ascertaining what service we can offer, if any, or if we will have to make the rare call to close. In these situations making a bad decision is a real fear. Yesterday we were faced with
many teachers stuck in traffic or struggling to get to the main roads. Thankfully a small team including Mr Wood had made it in. People who are not due in will come in if they can to lend a
hand. In this situation non teaching staff will, without exception, put their hand up to take a class. We knew that the forecast said that the snow was likely to stop, but at rush hour the roads were really bad and blocked with traffic. At this point we made the call to stay open, Yesterday everyone worked together and the message got out to families and staff to get in when they were able and when it was safe. It is the one time when we don’t mind families arriving late. We were certainly not able to operate a full teaching service from the start of the day but by playtime, we were pretty much into lessons. By lunchtime there was the sense, as is usually the case, that we had made the right decision. That was really evident, and is always evident at times like these, is the sense of teamwork and cooperation. This was supported by real commitment from staff to keep school open and a sense from families that there is appreciation of us opening. Last week when we were shut these was a real sense of unease with the situation and genuine disappointment from staff that school needed to be closed.

I really hope that this is the last mention of snow this Spring!
As ever thank you for your support.

Sports Hall Athletics

Our Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletes went to North Bridge on the 8th of February to represent school in the Calderdale Schools Games Final. They did a fantastic job and finished 6th out of the 10 schools that made it to the final. This is a fabulous achievement especially considering that there are around 90 primary schools in the whole of Calderdale! We hope to be able to enter a Year 3/4 team into the same tournament later in the year! Well done and thank you, boys and girls!

Cross Country Finals on Monday 5th March

We’re really pleased to share our recent success in the Calderdale Schools Cross Country finals with you. We held a competition to select a team in the Autumn term, entered a local schools competition and we had some teams and individual runners who qualified to be among 440 children who ran at Savile Park. All of them did incredibly well (see the results below) and our Year 4 boys and girls; Year 5 girls; and Year 5 boys and girls all qualified for the West Yorkshire Cross Country finals which is an amazing achievement!

Well done to all.

  • Year 3 girls – Elizabeth 19th, Isabella 20th, Phoebe 28th, Samara 35th and Casey 40th
  • Year 3 boys – Stanley 10th, Louis 11th
  • Year 4 girls – Olivia 5th, Hannah 21st, Tailla 28th, Isabel 36th and Edith 48th
  • Year 4 boys – Freddie 16th
  • Year 5 girls – Lillia 2nd and Olivia 11th
  • Year 5 boys – Finlay 22nd and Alex 23rd
  • Year 6 girls – Jessica C 10th, Emily 17th, Scarlet 21st, Jessica H 23rd and Amelie 30th
  • Year 6 boys – Ollie 1st, Sam 24th, Jude 30th and Edmund 41st

Interfaith Day at Ryburn Valley High School 6th March

On Tuesday Suzanne Skidmore and Jane Jennings took a small group of our Year 5 pupils to represent the school at an Interfaith Day held at Ryburn Valley High School. Alongside other pupils from Barkisland, Heptonstall, Sacred Heart and Warley Town and some Year 8s from Ryburn. The pupils met representatives from three different faiths, Humanism, Islam and Judaism.
‘Our pupils were fantastic and made me feel very proud showing off their knowledge and asking some really thoughtful questions. Although initially slightly nervous they soon relaxed and I do hope they gained a lot from the experience.’ Suzanne Skidmore It was particularly interesting to hear about different faiths and world views from the personal view points of Brian, Afsha and Gwynneth.

Hockey Tournament

A Quicksticks Hockey Tournament at Lightcliffe Academy took place this Wednesday. We submitted 3 teams and ten teams competed. They all played really well and one of our teams has got through to the next round! Our teams finished in 1st, 2nd and 4th places. Mrs Whelan

Well Done to : JJ Stevenson, Woody Holleran, Luke Bates, Edmund Cooper, Jacob Stead, Darcey Joseph, Lillie Hall, Kate Asquith, Alex McKenzie, Freddie Roe, Cian Rose, Saffie Killick, Grace Armitage, Violet Elam, Lua Moran, Cameron Copus, Lennon Bough and Will Cullan.


Reception would welcome the donation of any jogging bottoms, trousers or tights as our stocks are running very low!

Thank you in advance

Year 1

If you have any Year 1 reading books at home can they be returned to school please. We really don’t mind if you find a pile and return them.

Thanks in anticipation of your help.

School Photographs

Class photographers will be in school on the 21st March they will also be taking photos of Choir, Violin and Gymnastics clubs


The Reception children have been enjoying watching the progress of our duck eggs. All of the eggs have hatched safely and the children have watched them grow rapidly into lively and mischievous ducklings. They are adorable! At least the ducks show us that Spring is on the way, despite the weather.


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

14th March – Gymnastics Competition
14th March – Cross Country Finals—ParentMail to follow
21st March – Class Photographer
23rd March – Sports Relief Day
Thursday 29th March – Last day before we close for Easter

Vacancy – School Cleaner

11.25 hours per week (Scale 1b—Points 6-8) £8.45 per hour

We have a vacancy for an enthusiastic, hard– working and capable person to join our cleaning team. Hours of work will be Monday to Thursday 3.30pm to 5.45pm and Friday 3.15pm to 5.30pm Please note this will be advertised Next Week on the Council website. You can apply for this by downloading the application form and supporting documents from the Calderdale Council website


Please can parents note the options for school meals patterns are: All week Monday only Friday only Monday and Friday School meal menus are sent home via Parentmail every week. +Pay is our preferred method of payment – we are not liable for any lost cash which is sent into school.

If you are paying by +Pay it is £50.40 for the 26th February to 29th March. You can reduce this to any amount you would like to pay. If you have a query with regard to dinner monies please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

If you have any questions about our events, or anything that you would like to discuss with us regarding future fundraising, please get in touch.
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Many Thanks

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