8 December 2019, Comments: 0

Before we look ahead to a busy week I would like to thank everyone who helped to organise the Christmas Fair, which took place last Friday; it was great to see so many people supporting the school. I look forward to announcing the total raised in the last newsletter of the term.

This week the focus is on the school nativity with a dress rehearsal on Monday for the juniors to enjoy and then performances in the afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday starting at 1.30pm. If you are coming along please remember that we do allow families to take the children involved in the nativity home slightly earlier than usual when the performance has finished. Please note that this does not apply to the children at KS2 who will be leaving at 3.15pm as usual.

On Tuesday we are delighted that Bishop Helen-Ann, the Bishop of Ripon will be coming to school to lead our worship; this will be the 2nd time that she has been to RTS after the visit which she made on her very first day in post. Also on Tuesday the choir will be serving the community by performing at the Bilton Methodist Christmas Lunch.

Wednesday is the day of the first nativity performance from 1.30pm. After school the year 3 footballers will be taking part in their final round of matches at Harrogate High School.

On Thursday the children from Wharfedale and Wensleydale Classes will be visiting the Everyman Cinema for a special performance of ‘Wonder’ which has been the novel they have studied this term. The final nativity performance of this year will take place in the afternoon from 1.30pm.

Friday is the day of our annual Christmas lunch. It is also our annual Christmas Jumper Day, please note this is a day when we raise awareness of the work of the charity ‘Save the Children.’ We recognise that there have been a lot of requests for donations this term and so there is no charge for this non-uniform day. If you wish to make a voluntary donation this can be done via the school on the day.

Also on Friday all of the children will have the opportunity to enjoy a very special storyteller who will be giving two performances for KS1 and KS2 respectively. The storyteller from ‘Settle Stories’ will be teaching children how Christmas is celebrated all over the world by telling the tale ‘Mrs Santa Claus takes the reins.’

With other important elections taking place in the UK please remember to return your parent governor voting slip to the school office this week.

The photos below show children from year 5 & 6 with their stalls at the Christmas Fair; we will publish two yellow jumper photos next week.

Finally, please look out for knitted angels on the school railings; they are part of a project launched by St John’s Church, they should arrive with labels that explain what to do.

Andrew Symonds

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