March 15, 2019

Proud to support Candlelighters

As you are aware, the children of Northowram Primary School voted Candlelighters as the chosen charity for this academic year. Last week one of the fundraisers from the Candlelighters Charity came into school to talk to the KS2 children about the amazing work that they do. She explained how they work in order to help and support families facing
children’s cancer in Yorkshire and how they get involved in all sorts of different projects to help ordinary families who are facing extraordinary circumstances.

Through amazing generosity and fundraising events The Candlelighters Cottage, a new ‘home from home’ accommodation has been provided by the charity for families of children being treated as an inpatient for cancer at Leeds Children’s Hospital. This accommodation allows families to stay together whilst treatment takes place. Candlelighters simply wouldn’t be able to offer their support without your support.

If you would like to help support the charity please call in at the school reception where we have some candlelighters merchandise available to purchase: pens, notebooks, badges, and trolley coins. A Candlelighters Assembly for KS1 pupils will take place on Tuesday 19th March.

Fair & Funky Fairtrade Conference

A group of school councillors from years 5 and 6 visited the Halifax Minister for the FairandFunky Conference on Friday 8th March 2019. The children learned about Fair Trade and they took part in 4 different activities, ranging from creating poetry and music, to making items from recycled materials.

The children were fabulous ambassadors for the school and we all look forward to learning about what they found out during the next school council meetings and assemblies and learning about what they have pledged to do.

World Book Day

On World Book Day the school certainly went global with our school volunteer Ian Marshall taking a selection of old year 2 books over to Africa. As part of his travels Ian has volunteered in a local school for the past 2 years. Several stories and questions from the children certainly made it a World Book Day to remember.

Quicksticks Hockey

Three teams entered a Quicksticks Hockey competition against other ‘Lightcliffe Family’ schools and the fantastic news is that two of the teams finished top of their group and qualified for the Calderdale Schools Quicksticks Hockey Finals on Thursday 14th March! Well done to all three teams who were selected based on how well they had done recently in Mr. Naylor’s Hockey lessons.

West Yorkshire Cross Country Finals

We had three girls representing our school in the West Yorkshire Cross Country finals recently and were competing amongst approx. 150 of the best girls in their year group from the whole of the county. Lilah in Year 3 came 46th, Olivia finished in 50th place and Lillia ended her race in 16th. The girls were very determined in what were very wet and muddy conditions. Well done, you three!

Battle of the Bands – Times Tables Rockstars!

Well done to all of Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 who took part in a keenly-contested Battle of the Bands on Times Tables Rockstars! The winning results are here for you to see.
The photographs shown across the next few pages show the children who were the top three scorers in their class!

Reception Class Visitors

Here are pictures from our special visitors last week. Living eggs were delivered last Monday and we were able to see the ducklings hatch on Thursday and Friday. We then spent the week looking after and caring for them. We loved watching them have their first swim, it was amazing!!

Five Star Award

This week saw a visit from The Department of Environmental Health who came out un-announced to do a full kitchen inspection. We are delighted to announce that once again we
received 5 Stars! Well Done to all the kitchen staff.

School Meal Bands

At lunchtimes all children who have ordered a school meal are asked to wear a coloured wrist band which indicates to the kitchen staff what meal choice each child has made.
These bands should be handed back in at the end of lunchtime to be used again the next day. However we appear to have a lot of bands missing and therefore are asking parents/carers to check whether or not any bands have gone home accidentally. If anyone has any of the school meals bands at home (red, green, blue or yellow wrist bands) please could they be returned to school asap.

Messy Church at St. Matthew’s

17th March from 3.30 to 5.30pm. All ages welcome. Craft, Song, Story Time, Food and Fun.

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