16 September 2018, Comments: 0

Thank you to everyone who was kind enough to wish me a happy birthday last Friday and to everyone at school who made my day a very special one.

This is a very busy week at Richard Taylor with our new starters staying full time for the first time. Each new starter has a year six buddy who will be helping them to settle in to life at school and will be joining our new starters for lunch this week.

We also with Mrs Fleming who begins her arctic trek this week to raise money for a charity which supports children with autism and epilepsy. It is a fantastic charity and an epic adventure for Mrs Fleming. If you wish to make a donation follow the link to her just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/susan-fleming4

Lots of activities are starting for the first time this week. On Monday we welcome Claire Bassingdale from St Aidan’s who will be leading PE sessions for the children in Airedale, Ribblesdale and Dentdale. We are also delighted to welcome Mrs Harrison back to school to take the class photos which we use on our website; she will be with us on Monday morning.

I also look forward to welcome Jane Goodwin to school on Monday. Jane is the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Yorkshire Causeway Trust and is visiting all of the trust’s schools during the next few weeks. On Monday afternoon Angela Smith, ASDA’s community champion will be in school to hear readers.

On Tuesday Simon will be leading our worship time on the theme of learning to be brave. At 1.15pm we will be holding our first school council meeting of the year. On Tuesday afternoon a group of children have been invited to attend the Fairtrade Schools Conference in Skipton; as part of their visit they will be giving a short presentation on our 100kg rice challenge.

This year’s Fairtrade Community Ambassadors will hold their first meeting on Wednesday; after school it is the first choir practice of the year. It is week two of the year 3/4 football competition at Harrogate High School.

Miss Robertson will be away from school for 5 weeks from Thursday 20th September as she recovers from surgery; we will miss her greatly and wish her a safe and speedy recovery. Miss Sherwood and Mrs Norman will be working as a job share team in Airedale during Miss Robertson’s absence.

The week ends with a special treat for all of the children as M&M productions will put on their performance of ‘A Little Princess’ on Friday morning. At 2.30pm the Friends Prayer Group will be holding their first meeting of the year in the staffroom.

On Sunday I will be representing the school at the ‘Harrogate in Bloom’ Awards at St Wilfred’s Church from 2.15pm

Finally the building project will start on Monday 24th September. If anyone has a spade and an hour to spare this week they are welcome to help us to move some of the plants from the entrance which have to be moved before the digger arrives; please let the office know if you can help.

The first photos of the year shows the yellow jumper winners from last week and our new worship ambassadors. Congratulations to Swaledale who were chosen as our very first class of the week.

Andrew Symonds

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