December 04, 2015

Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market was held in school on Thursday 26th November and once again it was a great success. Many classes contributed items for sale including gift bags, personalised mugs, sweet cones, gingerbread biscuits and baubles. We also sold Northowram Primary School Piccalilli and Chutney. We raised £338 and this money will be invested in the purchasing of additional equipment for craft, cookery and gardening both in the curriculum and future events.

You may have noticed the base being constructed for the Biodome which will help us to develop gardening through school. Thank you for supporting school with this event.


Please take some time to have a look at our school website for information on new assessment systems which are replacing the old national curriculum levels. Teachers are now working to fresh expectations in each year group. We are looking towards giving you a clear picture of your child’s progress towards age related standards in time for the Spring Parents Evening.

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

27th November

Joseph Shaw, Neve Bailes, James Gleeson, Charlie Smith, Edith Burton, Leo Gill, Cian Rose, Alannah Highley, William Cullen, Amelie Baker, Lily Annetts, William Temelkovski, Keegan Brear, Matthew Benn

4th December

Ruby-Mae Hart, Lily Byrnes, Zachariah Green-Moore, Lola Hodgson, Olivia Bolton, Elise Lockwood, William Dracup, Olivia Russell, Jack Tearne, Scarlet Garland, Courtney Westaway, Chloe Hemingway, Edward Bristow, Mia Hamilton

Bad Weather

As we enter the season of Winter weather please could I remind everyone that you can see up to date information about whether school has closed on the following website education/closures/ status.jsp?establishment=SCH

Information on this site automatically goes to local radio. We will also use our texting service. Please do not call school.


Miss Charlene Kubalick started as a Mid Day Supervisor on Monday 30th November.

Welcome to Northowram and good luck to her during her time at our school!


Four of our Year 6 children took part in the Young Mathematicians Round 2 last week in Leeds. Unfortunately we did not go through to the finals, but we did get the best score in our region which is a super achievement.

Well done to everyone who took part and represented the school so well in this


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.

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. This 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.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY— These dates are for the next school week. Please see our school website for all diary dates.

Tuesday 8th December Year 1 & 2 Christmas performance 2.00 pm

Wednesday 9th December R Hazel & Nursery Concert 9.30 am

Wednesday 9th December R Poplar & Nursery Concert 2.30 pm

Wednesday 9th December Year 1 & 2 Christmas performance 4.30 pm

Thursday 10th December Year 1 & 2 Christmas performance 2.00 pm

Friday 11th December PTFA Secret Shop, Christmas Dinner & Wear a Christmas Jumper

Tuesday 15th December Nursery Orange & Red Christmas Party (in the afternoon)

Wednesday 16th December Nursery Sing song and Santa in nursery – 11.00 am Yellow & Red groups

Wednesday 16th December Nursery Sing song and Santa in nursery – 2.15 pm Orange & Green groups

Thursday 17th December Year 1 Christmas Party in the afternoon

Thursday 17th December Year 2 Christmas Party

Thursday 17th December Year 3 Christmas Party

Thursday 17th December Nursery Green & Yellow Christmas Party (in the morning)

Friday 18th December Holly Lynch MP visiting school

Friday 18th December Year 4, 5 & 6 Christmas Parties

Friday 18th December Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Overgate Hospice

Friday 18th December School closes for Christmas until Monday 4th January 2016

PTFA Update

I hope that you will all have received clarification of the arrangements for the Secret Shop on Friday 11th December. Please accept my apologies for any misunderstanding following my last letter.

Could I please put out a final call for items for the PTFA Hampers that will be raffled at the Christmas concerts next week? If you are able to contribute food items or non-alcoholic beverages for the hampers please pass these to your child’s teacher by Monday 7th December at the latest. Thank you for your support.

Hope you have a great weekend.




Dates for your diary

Secret Shop – 11th December 2015

Valentine Disco – date to be confirmed

Fashion Show – 18th March 2016

Burner & Summer Fayre – 12th June 2016

Next PTFA Meeting –13th January 2016 @ 7.30pm Shoulder of Mutton

Supporting Charities at Northowram Primary SchoolSubject Specialism – Autumn 2