This week we are bringing news of Mr Symonds and the ongoing issues he is experiencing with his arm. I am sure all of you are aware that after his bad break at Christmas, he unfortunately got a nasty infection that slowed down his recovery, but we ended last term with positive news that he would be returning full time after the Easter holidays. Regrettably, the infection has returned and after a successful operation to remove the pins and plate, he is now recovering in hospital and hoping to be home this week. All the staff and children are desperate to see him back in school, we will bring more news as, and when we know it. Mrs Crisell will continue to support the school as acting headteacher as well as teaching maths in Coverdale.
Firstly, congratulations to our year 1/2 football team who competed in the finals at the Mixed Football Festival on Thursday at St John Fishers. Competing against 10 other teams from across the Harrogate and rural district, they came a fantastic fourth place. Well done to everyone who participated and thanks to Mrs Jackson and Mrs Phelan for taking the team.
Our wildlife area is really starting to take shape with the raised beds going in and phase one nearly complete. We are continuing to raise funds for phase 2 and 3 and I know the Friends would love you to support their efforts in the bed race as they try to raise £1000 towards the next phase. If you would like to donate, please follow this link. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/richardtaylorwildlifegarden.
The bed race team have also been busy training, whilst in school we have been busy with our designs for a Yorkshire themed quilt. A huge thank you to Mr Kelly who came into worship to tell us about his magnificent bed race sculpture design. The team are also looking for a business to sponsor the bed. Please contact the school office if this is something you can support.
I am sure by now you have all seen the banner outside school displaying artwork created by Coverdale, depicting wildlife from the Nidd Gorge. Local schools have been very eager to raise awareness of this beautiful area which many of us enjoy.
On Tuesday Harrogate and District Foundation Trust who manage North Yorkshire Dental Care Services, is undertaking a survey of the dental health of 5 year olds attending schools in the City of York and North Yorkshire on behalf of City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council. This is part of a nationwide survey dental health survey co-ordinated by Public Health England, the results of which help strategic planning of dental services. You will have received a letter if you child has been asked to take part.
On Wednesday Tempest, our School photographers, will be visiting to take our annual class photos. Please make sure your children have full school uniform including jumpers or cardigans with them, and no coloured trainers.
On Thursday, the healthy Child Team will be visiting school to carry out vision screening for our reception children. They will assess your child’s vision using a letter-matching test. The test is fun and your child does NOT need to know their letters. They will put an eye patch over one eye or use a pair of glasses with one eye blanked out. Their aim is to detect any problems early so your child can receive effective treatment.
The photographs below shows Fabian and Mr Kelly with the bed race design and some of our willing Bilton Gala volunteers. It was great to see so many familiar faces at our chocolate tombola. Thank you to everyone who donated and gave up time to make it such an enjoyable and successful event. We eagerly await the final total!