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Oatlands Fest this Saturday

Oatlands Infant School will be holding its annual beer festival this Saturday. It promises to be a fabulous evening with live music, real ales, gin, fizz and fish & chips. Everyone is welcome so please come along and support this event to raise much needed funds for our school. See www.oatlandsfest.org.uk for more details.


Ten rural schools and a high school will come together on Friday 22nd March for a huge charity concert. They will raise money for two local charities: Fighting Ependymoma and Adversity United.
The schools involved are:
Bishop Monkton CE Primary School
Dacre Braithwaite CE Primary
Darley Primary School
Glasshouses Primary
Killinghall CE Primary
Kirkby Malzeard CE Primary
North Stainley CE Primary
St Nicholas, West Tanfield, CE Primary School
The Federation of Fountains Earth & St Cuthbert's Pateley Bridge
Harrogate High School Dance Group

Beth Parsons of Strayfm will host the concert alongside the organiser, Killinghall Headteacher Sarah Bassitt.

It should be an amazing showcase of young talent.

Richard Taylor s Primary Science Superstars

A huge well done to Noa, Frankie, Luke and Fabian for representing our school at The Crick Institute in London yesterday. You amazed everyone with your presentations on Viking Poo
and biodiversity and well being. We are so proud of you all.

Staff sing praises of wellbeing initiative

Students benefit when a school looks after its staff. That was the message from Ripon Grammar School teachers and support workers as they enjoyed a series of healthy, relaxing, creative and energising activities at an innovative training day.
The afternoon’s pursuits ranged from meditation and yoga to dance classes, physiotherapy, massage, singing, alternative therapy consultations and a didgeridoo workshop, all provided for free by supportive local businesses.
Aimed at promoting wellbeing while exploring ways in which staff can be supported in the increasingly pressurised world of education, the event, which followed training sessions on metacognition and memory recall, was praised as ‘inspirational’ by many who attended.
Food and nutrition teacher Louise Solden, who ran a bread making workshop, applauded the pioneering initiative: “Everybody is happy, it is about feeling valued and wanted,” she said.
“Teaching can be a stressful job, but if we are happy and relaxed then children are too. This is a great strength of the school."
Mindfulness expert and author Gail Donnan said it was inspiring to see a school understanding the effects of stress on staff and supporting them with activities to help connect with each other.
Mrs Donnan, who led a meditation session at the event, added: “Teaching and life today are very different to how they were only a few years ago. We are now very competitive and time-pressured.”

Deputy head Helen Keelan-Edwards, who organised the event, said engaged and cared-for staff were much better able to fully support the pupils in their care.

East Barnby - Here We Come

Good luck to St Robert's Year 6 as they head off to the coast this week for their Year 6 residential visit. There is a lot of excitement as the children have been looking forward to "getting away from it all."
From canoeing to den building lots of team work and hot chocolate will be necessary!

Winners of Debating Competition

St Robert's Year 6 Debating team were the proud winners of the Harrogate round of the competition held at the Council Chambers on Friday 15th March. They faced some very tough opponents but managed to keep their cool to win the debate on 'Should school uniform be banned?' The team now go through to the final in Northallerton in June.

Ashlands Spring Fair

We have over 16 independent stalls, of beautiful, Yorkshire; crafts, jewellery, holistic remedies, illustrations... along side games and the opportunity for your children to try their own hand at crafts.

Alongside Face painting, Easter Egg tombola (winner every time) and 'Bottle Suprise'

If all this is too much- we have a masseuse on hand to relax you!

Belmont Grosvenor School pupil to train with Yorkshire U12 tennis squad

Talented Harrogate tennis player Elizabeth Tate has the top tournaments in her sights after being selected to train with the Yorkshire U12 County squad.
The Belmont Grosvenor School pupil, who only picked up a racquet for the first time three years ago, has played her way into the Yorkshire U12s tennis team.
Having played at Number 1 for Yorkshire against Cheshire earlier this month in the U10s, Elizabeth won two out of her three matches and helped Yorkshire beat Cheshire in the team competition 36-22.
The 10-year-old, who is in Year 6 at the independent school based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, Harrogate, has also just been awarded her Green Star Rating, which means she has won 40 matches against Green 1s and Green stars which is a big achievement especially as in the U10s the girls are still competing against the boys at competitions around the country.
Belmont Grosvenor School pupil Elizabeth’s aim is to play at Wimbledon one day – her icon on the tennis circuit is Johanna Konta.
Proud mum Jane, herself a professional tennis coach, said: “Being chosen to train with the Yorkshire U12s team is a big step up for Elizabeth but she is really looking forward to the challenge. Although she thinks all the players are so tall compared to her!” she laughed.
Pupils at Belmont Grosvenor School have access to a wide range of sports throughout the year including swimming, hockey, cricket, netball, football and rugby.

New Deputy Head appointed at Belmont Grosvenor School

Harrogate independent school Belmont Grosvenor has appointed a new Deputy Head.
Emma Shea, who has worked at co-educational Belmont Grosvenor for the past 14 years, has been promoted from her most recent role as Director of Studies at the ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding’ Harrogate school, which welcomes children from three months to 11 years.
Mother-of-three Mrs Shea, who lives in Harrogate, said:
“During my years at BGS I have learned a great deal, not just from the staff and management team, but from the children too. I am very much looking forward to my new role,” she said.
Belmont Grosvenor School and its Magic Tree Nursery is set in 20-acres of grounds at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith – just three miles from the centre of Harrogate.
Originally appointed as Director of Music at Belmont Grosvenor in 2005, Mrs Shea became Director of Studies at the school in 2011. In her new role as Deputy Head, she will be working alongside Belmont Grosvenor Headmistress Mrs Sophia Ashworth Jones, helping build on the school’s latest Independent Schools Inspectorate inspection which awarded BGS its highest possible rating.
“My passion and focus, as it has been throughout my years as Director of Studies, will be on maintaining the already excellent academics and curriculum at BGS, and moving it forwards in the best interests of all the children here at Belmont Grosvenor.
Every day is an open day – for more information or to arrange a tour, visit www.belmontgrosvenor.co.uk


Over £300 has been raised this week for Comic Relief by pupils paying to splat their teacher! Each teacher had a collection tin in their name and the teacher with the most money will be splatted with wet sponges. Mr Sowerby "won" by a landslide, raising £118 pounds. He'll be pelted with wet sponges, in the name of charity, on Friday lunchtime.


Bedale High School will be working with Mackenzie Thorpe to produce some land art made with old trainers for the TDY. We would greatly appreciate donations of old trainers which will be used for this venture. All donated trainers will later be distributed to third world countries. If you would like more information or have trainers for the project, please can you email Miss Allsop, Teacher of Art at Bedale High School on admin@bedalehighschool.org.uk

Royal honour for community-minded teacher

AN invite from Buckingham Palace has topped a fantastic year for Ripon Grammar School PE teacher Helen Mackenzie.

Success has come in threes for the community-minded founder of Ripon City Netball Club, whose contribution to society has been recognised locally and nationally.

Shortly after being crowned Riponian of the Year for her work with Ripon City Netball Club, Helen Mackenzie received a prestigious British Citizen Award certificate of recognition, which celebrates the extraordinary work of unsung heroes across the country.

To top it all, Mrs Mackenzie then received a letter from the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire inviting her to the Queen’s Buckingham Palace Royal Garden Party in May.

She said: “It has been quite a year. The awards came out of the blue. I am thrilled, proud, incredibly grateful and, above all else, humbled by the fact people have taken the time to nominate and vote for me.”

She added: “I have volunteered all my life and it means a lot that people acknowledge what volunteers do.”

She plans to bring her mother to Buckingham Palace on May 29.

The aim of the British Citizen Award is to recognise those who give above and beyond to those around them, volunteering and providing service in areas like education and business.

As well as running the Ripon City Netball Club, Mrs Mackenzie leads a swimming academy, on top her Saturday role with the ACE academy, is an enthusiastic member of Ripon Lions and was one of the 2012 Olympic torch bearers.

Exciting Opportunity for Bishop Thornton CE Primary School

At a meeting on Tuesday 5 March, the head teacher, staff and governors at Bishop Thornton CE Primary School presented to parents a new opportunity for the future of the School. Parents heard how the School has been invited to move from its present site into a bigger, currently vacant school building in nearby Burnt Yates village. The move could benefit children with more space and facilities to enhance the learning experience. There is currently a four week period of initial consultation, before deciding whether to proceed to a Statutory Consultation process. The consultation documents are available on the School website: bishopthorntoncofe.n-yorks.sch.uk

Dancing Head

Lucy, Headteacher at Skipton Parish Church Primary School will be dancing non-stop for 7 hours on Friday. She is raising money for Comic Relief and donations can be made via the school website.
Go Lucy!!!!

Upper Wharfedale in F1 in schools national finals

Upper Wharfedale School would like to wish the very best of luck to our year 8 students competing at the National Finals of the F1 in Schools competition on Monday 11th to Tuesday 12th March .

In previous years the competition has been held at the Silverstone , but is being hosted at Airbus as key sponsors of F1 in Schools.

F1 in Schools is a STEM competition where students work in teams of 3-6 work to design and manufacture small cars made out of foam blocks, with the purpose of racing them down a track. The teams must decide on team names, logos and raise sponsorship to imitate working in a real F1 team, as well as using Autodesk to make the car, wing and wheel designs. In addition a CNC router is used by students to machine the car body, and a 3D printer is used to make the wings and wheels.

The Upper Wharfedale School team ‘Triple Force +’ was put through to the Nationals as a judges choice at the Regional Finals in York. The team includes identical triplets Ailish, Aine and Aoife as well as fellow year 8 students Izzy and Lucas.

The competition is being streamed live on the F1 in Schools YouTube page. The school would also like to thank its generous sponsors - including our main sponsors Arconic, Tarmac and Ooznest
Photo shows the triplets with Richard Anderson , former student, who now works for Williams racing.

Best of luck!!!!

Chill-out Room Open Morning

On Friday 22nd March, Aspin Park Academy will be holding an open morning for parents, to celebrate the completion of a special new room in school designed to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Bubble tubes and mood lighting have been fitted to the 'chill-out' room, creating a relaxing space for children to unwind in.
This has all been possible due to the hard work of our school Parent Teacher Association and a number of very generous donations by local companies and charities such as Round Table and the Lions.

Working with our community to grow a love of books!

Moorside Infant and Junior Schools have been lucky to take part in World Book Day activities with our local WH Smith store, to celebrate World Book Day 2019. The events are part of WH Smith’s on-going commitment to education.
World Book Day is important to WH Smith, who share Moorside’s belief that opening children’s minds to the pleasures of reading is one of the best gifts that we can give. They have kindly donated £100 of free books and reading resources to school, which will help us to improve our new library which is coming soon!! Emma Manning from WH Smith shared a school assembly with us! We are looking forward to using our book day vouchers for some of the offers that parents and children can benefit from on World Book Day and throughout March.

Ilkley Grammar u15 rugby team in national semi final

Ilkley Grammar School’s u15 rugby team are playing in the National Bowl semi final against Hutton Grammar school tomorrow (Wednesday) at Ilkley Rugby Club. KO 3pm all spectators and support is welcome.
The same team are also in the Yorkshire Cup final on Saturday.

A shout out tomorrow morning would be great!

Ghyll Royd School alumni - get in touch!

Are you a former pupil or related to someone who attended Ghyll Royd School? This year the school will have provided exceptional education for 130 years and we want our alumni to be involved in celebrating the occasion!

We would love for you to get in touch with us to share stories of your life and career since leaving Ghyll Royd. From there, we would love to establish an alumni network where you will receive news, updates and offers available exclusively to Old Roydians.

This summer, to celebrate past and present pupils, we are planning an alumni week where former students return to Ghyll Royd to meet current staff and children and get a chance to see how the school has changed over the past 130 years.

Former pupils can get in touch with the school by calling 01943 865575 or emailing information@ghyllroydschool.co.uk

Youth Sport Trust - Outstanding Primary School Nominee

Carleton Endowed CE Primary School have been nominated for the Youth Sport Trust Outstanding Primary School Award where the winner will be announced at an Awards Dinner in Coventry tomorrow (Thursday 28th February 2019).

Our school has been nominated as we have transformed PE, wellbeing, life chances and culture to maximise PE's potential to improve on all children's wellbeing and achievement. Our school has also just received the Youth Sport Trust Gold Award this month too.


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