Newsletter – 4th February 2021

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Your resilience continues to amaze me… this week we were faced with another snow day; another day at home! Whilst we always endeavour to remain open, Covid restrictions mean that we can’t put our normal contingency plans into place (i.e. children can’t join other bubbles and staff cannot cover for each other as they might normally). Thank you for your understanding.

New Website!

We are thrilled to be able to announce the launch of our contemporary new website. Thank you so much to John Crabtree (our IT consultant) for building it for us and to Jason Cartwright for taking some absolutely fabulous photos for it. Note that we currently have no indoor pictures on there due to us not being able to have a photographer in school, but this will develop over time. Check it out here: Your feedback warmly welcomed.

Big Bike Revival

As part of a scheme supported by ‘Cycling UK’, StageOne Cycles are offering you all a FREE bike service/check. Please click here to read more about it and to sign up for your place.

Remote Learning Offer

Earlier this week I sent a document summarising our provision for remote learning. Some of the elements of this are statutory (e.g. the number of hours’ learning we need to provide for each key stage); the document itself is a DfE requirement. Whilst we continue to have high standards and expectations in terms of what we set and deliver, please do not think that we have stopped understanding how challenging some of you are finding this. You are all doing your best, we know this, we are listening, and we care. You can find a copy here!

Friends of Friarage

The Friends of the Friarage charity is looking for the help of local primary and secondary school children with an exciting new project!
At the Friends of the Friarage, we donate time and fundraise for medical support and modern equipment at the Friarage Hospital and its community services in Hambleton and Richmondshire.
Before we ask a designer to create our new logo, we would like some inspiration from the next generation and are encouraging all primary and secondary school children to get involved by creating their own design. The drawings will help us to brief our designer and we have some £10 book tokens to send out to the ten most loved drawings, selected by our trustees.
Please find more information accompanying this newsletter. Big Garden Birdwatch Don’t forget you have until February 19th to get your birdwatch results in to:

No Screen Day

Friday 5th is No Screen Day at BAWB and I’m very much looking forward to hearing and seeing what you got up to. Feel free to send in pictures for me to include in next week’s newsletter. Send to I have included ideas sent in from staff at the end of the newsletter.

Covid Testing

Last Sunday saw the first of our rapid Covid testing programme for staff. You will be delighted to hear that we have no positive cases so far!

2021 Wensleydale Tournament of Song

Written in The upper Wensleydale newsletter … ‘The council of WToS were very disappointed that they had to cancel last year’s tournament at the last minute, due to Covid-19. They have now made the difficult decision not to proceed with the tournament in 2021, again because of Covid-19.

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