Weekly Communications – 12th November


Government targets for attendance are 95%.

We will be including the class and whole school attendance figures for each week on weekly comms, please help us to achieve this target.

Mars:        100%

Neptune:   95.83%

Earth:       97.67%

Venus:      98.33%

Whole school: 98.13%

This is an amazing attendance for our school this week – Well done!

Christmas Fair donations

We need your help to ensure that the Christmas fair on Sunday 2nd December is a great success!

Please can you send in any unwanted wrapping paper and any bottle gift bags – any design.

We also need chocolate items and bottles of wine for the chocolate and bottle tombola.

Thank you so much if you have already donated.

Please bring any items in the next 2 weeks so that our brilliant Friends team can get everything organised.

Your support is gratefully received.

LEGO request for KS2

We would be grateful if you could donate any unwanted Lego to the school. This would be used by the Key Stage 2 classes during indoor playtimes at times of bad weather. Thank you for any donations.


Please note that the zig zag lines are now back in place and restrictions should be adhered to.

Poppy donations

Thank you for your Poppy Day donations – we will let you know the total raised when it’s been confirmed but the collection box is very heavy!!

Well done to our fabulous poppy sellers!


Years 5/6 boys Football finals – good luck to our team.

Menu Change – Pizza today!

Golden Table

E safety talk by PCSO Kim 1.30 to 3pm for children.

3pm to 3.25pm presentation by PCSO Kim for parents – Download e-safety-invite

Year 3/4 Benchball and dodgeball after school club with Mrs Umpleby – Please sign up via the gateway.

Year 6 Christmas Crafts club with Mrs Metcalfe and Mrs Forrest.


Tuesday 13th November – Chris Connaughton (storyteller and author) in Key stage 2

Swimming lessons – volunteers needed each week. PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR CHILD’S KIT

Baguettes for lunch today – Jackets or sweet and sour chicken and rice. Please book during registration.

Duncan Burgess will be in school in the afternoon to work with our Sports Leaders – PE kits required.

Forest school for Earth Class pm – Please bring Forest school clothes to change into after lunch.

Mrs Stamp – Pupil and Parent Support Workers available from 3.30pm until 4pm.

Year 6 Maths after school club with Mrs Parker. Please make arrangements to collect your child at 3.30pm

Year 5/6 netball after school club with Mrs Umpleby – please sign up via the gateway.

Chess Club – starts 27th Nov 3.30pm till 1.30pm Years 5/6 – please sign up via the gateway.


Forest school for Venus Class pm – Please bring Forest School clothes to change into after lunch.

Collective Worship with Jim Wilkinson

Football after school club with Mrs Umpleby and Mr Grimston for Year 5 and 6 – girls and boys – please sign up via the gateway.

Friends meeting 7.30pm at The Buck Inn, Maunby – all welcome


Mr Chubb (Dales CEO) will be our Collective Worship lead today.


Children in Need – Bring a donation, wear school uniform and something spotty!

Violins for our Class violinists – Mars and Neptune – PLEASE REMIND YOUR CHILD TO BRING THEIR VIOLIN. Lessons will start at 9am for Neptune and 9.45 for Mars Class.

Shining Star Assembly

Family Bingo Night at school. – 6pm till 7.30pm – has been postponed

We want our children to become safe and confident digital citizens. Please check you have set the parental controls and monitor what your child is accessing on-line. Thank you!

More information : https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

Dates for your diary

Monday 19th November – Head of Steam Museum representative visiting school to talk about our topic.

Thursday 22nd November – Rev. Sheilagh in Collective Worship to update us on her visit to Tony in Uganda.

Week beginning Monday 26th November: We will be finishing our school topic on machines by holding a series of car shows – vintage, Porsche and police vehicles – on the school playground during the afternoon. Friends will be selling hot chocolate on one of these afternoons.

Sunday 2nd December – Christmas Fair, South Otterington Village Hall

Back by popular demand! Come along for some Christmas shopping and craft for the children – more details to follow

Tuesday 11th December – Class Assembly Mars at 3pm

12th December – Friends’ School Christmas Party in the school hall – we will let you know when the payment request will be available on the gateway. This will replace the planned school disco. Hotdogs, biscuit refreshments will be served.

Mercury, Venus and Earth 3.30pm to 4.15pm,  Neptune and Mars 4.30 to 5.30pm

Monday 17th December – EYFS Christmas Nativity at 2pm in St Andrew’s Church

Tuesday 18th December – Key Stage 1 production at 2pm and 6pm

Wednesday 19th – Christmas Dinner day and jumper day

Thursday 20th December – Key Stage 2 Christmas readings and carols in St Andrew’s Church 2pm and 6pm.

Friday 21st December – School finishes for Christmas Holiday.

Tuesday 8th January – school reopens at 8.45am

Thursday 24th January – Archbishop Sentamu visiting school

Thursday 21st February – Class assembly Neptune at 3pm

Thursday 4th April – Class assembly Venus at 3pm

Week beginning Monday 13th May – SATS week for Year 6

Thursday 20th June – Class assembly Earth at 3pm

Thursday 11th July – Class assembly Mercury at 3pm