26 April 2016, Comments: 0

26th April 2016


Dear Parents

Summer letter 2


Assessment Update

A reminder that tonight, Tuesday 26th April, we are holding a parent information evening on all aspects of changes to the assessment framework in primary schools. The evening starts at 6 p.m. and staff will be available to answer any questions that you might have. I look forward to seeing you there.


If you miss the evening, the slides will shortly be placed onto the school website and a leaflet with further information will be sent to all parents.


Space Seeds

The seeds taken into space by Tim Peake and returned to earth by a fellow astronaut have arrived in school and have been planted as part of a science experiment being carried out by children up and down the country. We will let you know how the ‘rocket seeds’ grow.


Sports Success

Well done to our two football teams who have made it through to the regional football tournament after winning every match at the recent local event. The children performed brilliantly and only conceded one goal in the whole tournament. Thank you to Mrs Saunderson and Miss Hatfield for accompanying the team and to all of the parents who supported the children.


Friends News

Thank you to everyone for donating chocolate for the Friends Chocolate Tombola Stall. The last Friends meeting of the year was very well attended. We have new dates for film nights and a cake stall, please check the key dates at the back of this newsletter.


Knaresborough Bed Race

I am delighted to confirm that the Friends will be entering a bed in the world famous bed race on Saturday 11th June this year. The school’s bed will be representing the city of Nice in France. The Friends are still looking for sponsors for the event, if you have a business that would be interested in sponsoring the school’s bed, please let the Friends know via the school office. The bed race team are still looking for a young person to sit on the bed. They need to by Year 6 or older and so ex-pupils who would be interested should contact the school.


Methodist Chapel Fun Day

The Friends are hoping to support the Fun Day being organised by Methodist Chapel. The fun afternoon is being held on the afternoon of Sunday 10th July and the hope is that the Friends will have enough help to run a face painting stall. If you can help for an hour please let the office know.


Safe Parking

I have been asked by our PCSO Nick Woods to remind all parents of the importance of parking safely and considerately at the start and end of the school day. The current area of concern appears to be Hall Lane. Please help us to maintain good relations with our neighbours when parking. Even if running late, it is always best to take your time to park safely before coming into school. Thank you for your help with this important issue.


Bilton Gala

The annual gala will take place on the school field on Monday 2nd May. If you are coming along please remember to look out for the Friends chocolate stall.


National Tests

The week beginning Monday 9th May is the national testing week for children in Year 6. These are very important tests which show the progress made by the children during their time at school. Early nights are needed by teachers and children during the week. If for any reason your child is going to be absent from school on one of these days, please contact the school as soon as possible and we can explain the process of making sure that your child can access the test. Thank you.


You may have already heard that the planned Year 2 spelling, grammar and punctuation test paper for 2016 had to be cancelled due to an administrative error which meant that the spellings to be used had already been published in the guidance earlier in the year.



The schools website is a wonderful place to find out what is happening during the week. Photo’s and blogs are regularly updated and give a real flavour of all the wonderful things happening in school every week. Please take a look on www.rtsharrogate.com.


Pupil Success

It is always good to hear about the success of past and present pupils. Katie Thompson, a past pupil, has been selected to represent Yorkshire Ladies Cricket Team in this year’s national T20 competition. Daniel Corazzi, another former pupil has been chosen to be Head Boy at Rossett High School next year. Finally, Harry Schofield in Year 6 has made it through to the next round of the Radio 2 500 Words Children’s Writing Competition. We wish him well in the next round.


Mandarin Language Summer Camps

Attached to this newsletter is further information regarding summer camps being run by ‘Lotus Learners’, the team that deliver our successful Mandarin lunchtime club on Mondays. Please complete the form if you are interested and return to school.


Sports Day

A reminder that Sports Day is being held on the earlier date of Monday 20th June, starting at 1 p.m. This is part of a week of specially planned sporting events.


African ‘Fish and Chip’ Babies – Wool Needed

Please send any unwanted wool to the school office for knitting little vests for the so-called African ‘fish and chip’ babies – they leave hospital wrapped in newspapers because their parents are too poor to provide blankets etc.


Double knitting wool, it doesn’t have to be a full ball but no whites or pastel colours please, strong colours or multi-coloured are better. Thank you.


Important Dates

These are the key dates that everyone needs for the rest of the term to add to your diary.


Tuesday 26th April        Parents Assessment Information Evening at 6.00 p.m.

Monday 2nd May        Bilton Gala Day

Monday 9th May        SATs week

Monday16th May        Movie Night for Bishopdale/Airedale and Year 1 from Ribblesdale

Monday 23rd May        Movie Night for Nidderdale/Swaledale/Dentdale and Year 2 from Ribblesdale

Tuesday 24th May        School class photographs

Friday 27th May            School closes at 3.15 p.m. for Half Term

Monday 6th June        Staff Training Day

Tuesday 7th June        School re-opens

Saturday 11th June        Knaresborough Bed Race

Monday 13th June         Year 1 phonics testing week

Monday 20th June        Sports Day at 1.00 p.m.

Monday 27th June        Coverdale/Wharfedale/Wensleydale Cake Sale

Monday 4th July        Movie Night for Coverdale/Wharfedale and Wensleydale

Wednesday 6th July        Performance Evening for Year 6

Thursday 7th July        Performance Evening for Year 6

Tuesday 26th July        Leavers Service at St. John’s Church at 10.30 a.m.

Tuesday 26th July        School closes at 2.15 p.m. for the summer break.


Yours sincerely


A Symonds



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