October 27, 2017

Open Evening—Tuesday 17 October

It was great to see the healthy turnout for the recent open evenings that we held. You will be invited into school again in January to hear and discuss a more detailed and precise account of progress in learning. Please remember that at any point you are welcome to meet with Class Teachers to discuss the work and progress of your child. You certainly don’t have to wait.

Thank you all for your support with the new homework arrangements. Certainly the homework across school is now more in line with class work and also the level of expectation at the end of the year for each year group. Another impact of the change is that pupils are reliably completing homework each week. May I also draw to your attention to the fact that for many pupils the homework is challenging and if there are any issues, we can help in school.

Saturday 11th November

On Saturday 11 November the annual gathering at Northowram War Memorial will take place. Unlike recent years, this is taking place at a weekend so families and children are all welcome to join with the short service (We usually select a class). School uniform is not necessary. It would be great to see people there – please arrange to be there at 10.50am.

Poppies will be on sale in school from Friday 27 October.

Anglo Saxon Day

Year 4 enjoyed an Anglo Saxon Day in school.

An Anglo Saxon came in to speak to the children about Anglo Saxon life. She talked about jobs, food, clothes and weapons. Some of us dressed up in Anglo Saxon clothing. We got to make a shield wall and learnt about different battle tactics. Some people got to dress up as an Anglo Saxon warrior with chainmail, a shield and various weapons.

New £1 coin

Please ensure that you do not send any old style one pound coins into school. We are no longer able to accept these.

Please can you check any cash payments and ensure that only new pound coins are sent into school, i.e. the new 12-sided version. Thank you.

PTFA Disco

The PTFA Disco was a brilliant success with volunteers, staff and pupils enjoying a great night. It has to be said that the children’s behaviour was amazing with everyone getting along really well with each other and socialising beautifully. It was a pleasure to be there. Thank you to everyone for their involvement.

Bonfire Night

This week in Reception we have been talking about Bonfire Night and how to keep safe. We have mixed our own paint and created firework patterns outside. It was very messy but so much fun!

No dogs allowed

Dogs are not permitted on the school grounds. Please support us with this by leaving your dog at home or at the gates.

Please Park Considerately!

Parking is at a premium at drop-off or pick-up time.

Please consider the safety of our children and the local residents when you park at these times. We continue to work with the local council and police to ensure that we keep our children as safe as possible at these busy times. Please think carefully about the safety of your parking – it really could cost a child’s life.

Many thanks to all our careful and considerate families including many who make the sensible decision to walk to and from school!

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.


Inspiring success beyond expectation

Nursery Places

Do you want your child to be part of an outstanding school? Northowram Primary School has some Nursery places available right now! We can offer 15 hours of Early Years Education over two and a half days (Weds pm, all day Thurs & Fri) or 5 afternoons (12.30pm-3.30pm). Please contact Jane Jennings 01422 202704 for more details:

Parent Governor Election

I am pleased to advise that there were four nominations for our two Parent Governor vacancies.

Candidate statements and your ballot paper will be sent home via Parentmail after the half term holiday.


Playtime snacks

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

Free adult cycle training & maintenance sessions at Halifax Fire Station

Want to learn to ride a bike, need more confidence? A CityConnect Cycle Training course, delivered by a qualified Bikeability instructor, will give you the skills and confidence you need.

The offer is open to anyone who lives in West Yorkshire and is over the age of 16. Bike and helmet can be provided. To book please go to:

School Photo

You will all have received your child’s school photo. If you haven’t received this please contact the school office. You can order online up to Tuesday 7 November for free delivery to school. A er this date you will need to pay for delivery.

Important – Secondary School Applications

Parents of children in Year 6 must submit their online application for secondary school by Tuesday 31 October 2017. Please do not miss this important date. If you have any queries after today please contact the Calderdale Admissions Team on 01422 392617.

Dates for your diary

Is your child due to start school in September 2018?

Children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 are due to start primary school in September 2018. There are posters around school, giving further information on how to apply for a place, but please contact the office if you require further information or assistance.

We also have the following dates available for prospective parents to look round school. Please call the office if you would like to book onto one of these sessions. Thursday 30 November at 1.30pm Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 2.30pm Monday 11 December at 10.45am Tuesday 19 December 2017 at 9.30am.

School Meals Patterns

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 there is just one amount for next term, £71.40 (7 November to 22 December). 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.


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.

Farmers’ Market

Our next Farmers’ Market will take place on Thursday 23 November from 3.00pm until 4.30pm. We will have lots of stalls this year selling biscuits, reindeer food, sweet cones, handmade Christmas decorations, gifts, jewellery and knitted gifts. We look forward to seeing you.

Sure Start Family Learning Courses

You may wish to have a look at the following courses which are being offered by Sure Start. To book a place, please ring Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership on 01422 266197 or book online.

Parentmail. Are you receiving all your emails? Please let us know if not

  • 26 October – Drumming Concert – Selected pupils
  • 26 October – Non School Uniform Day—27 October – All years
  • 19 & 26 October – Year 5 Homework – Year 5
  • 26 October – Head Lice – Year 2
  • 25 October – Individual and sibling photographs – All years
  • 25 October – Service of Remembrance – All years
  • 25 October – Year 2 Literacy – Year 2
  • 23 October – PTFA Christmas Shopping – All years
  • 23 October – PE Lesson – Year 4, 5 and 6
  • 23 October – School Meals Menus – All years
  • 20 October – Year 2 Homework – Year 2
  • 20 October – Secondary School Applications – Year 6
  • 20 October – Homework Club – Selected pupils
  • 19 October – Howtown Residential—2017 – Year 6
  • 19 October – National Child Measurement Programme – Reception & Year 6
  • 19 October – Nursery Poster—Festival of Light – Nursery
  • 17 October – Bonfire Night Advice – All years
  • 16 October – Cross Country Calderdale Finals – Selected pupils

Enjoy your half term break and please remember to stay safe on 5 November. School re-opens on Tuesday 7 November.

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