Weekly Newsflash! 15th December 2023

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Coming up next week…

TuesdayEYFS & Y1 Nativity – 2pm & 6pm
Y2 children and above can be collected early to watch the afternoon performance with you, please let us know HERE if you would like to do so.
Wednesday Christmas Lunch
ThursdayChristmas Party Day
Children can come to school in their best party outfits!
FridayBAWB breaks up for Christmas!
Please remember there is no celebration assembly next Friday.


Our Year 5/6 girls attended the second round of their football tournament last Wednesday and were victorious, bringing home the silver for BAWB. The girls displayed phenomenal teamwork and tactics during the game and we are incredibly proud of them all! Go team BAWB!

Christingle @ St. Oswald’s, Askrigg

Christmas is such a busy time of year in schools but we had a moment of real peace and beauty on Wednesday during our Christingle service at St. Oswald’s, Askrigg. The children stood in silence, holding their Christingle as Rev Dave gave a blessing. The candlelight flickering on their faces was truly magical. 

Of course, there was plenty of singing too and we were very impressed by a beautiful song performed by our Year 1 children; if you missed it, they will be performing it again as part of their nativity next week.

Thank you to everyone who attended, thanks also to Rev Dave and Rev Tom, and to all the staff and children who worked so hard to make it such a success – Miss Collins

PTFA Christmas Fair! A BIG thank you.

The Christmas Fair on Sunday raised over £1,100!! A huge thanks to all those who volunteered, and of course those who came to see us! There are still a few squares left on the 100 square board, so for a chance to win £250 please contact Helen Dinsdale or the office.

Crib Service @ St. Bartholomew’s Church, West Witton

A really lovely event, with a real donkey! A beautiful way to spend Christmas Eve.

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We have enjoyed a very festive week in Robins!

The children really enjoyed the Panto on Tuesday and they were brilliant during our Christingle service in Church. It was such a special service.

They have made some lovely mini Christmas tree decorations for our school tree in Askrigg church too and have been working hard on designing and creating their own Christmas cards.

They are so excited because they have each chosen an individual Christmas card as inspiration for their card. So each card will be very different. They have each decided how they will make it and taken great pride in selecting resources to make their card and added all the little finishing touches that make their card their own. We love this beautiful Robin card that has had a great deal of time spent on it and been so thoughtfully made.


We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the pantomime…..Oh yes we did!  It was made even more special when we all celebrated William’s birthday and when Otto was chosen to help on stage!

The Owls really enjoyed making their Christingles this week, and talking about what each of the different parts represented.

Swallows & Kingfishers

Our Swallows and Kingfishers had a lovely week being creative! They made salt-dough decorations which got a little bit messy! Mrs Chapman kindly baked them in her oven and then the children decorated them for the BAWB tree in St. Oswald’s, Askrigg. The pupils also made Christingles for the service on Wednesday. Mrs Fawcett was slightly scared about the candles being lit, and was very relieved when they were blown out!

Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles have had a fantastic week and are definitely getting in the Christmas spirit.

The trip to the pantomime was a great success although the Swallows were concerned when Mr Scrafton was hit in the face with a frying pan by Rapunzel!

The Christmas festivities continued on Wednesday when the Swallows made Christingles in the morning and then took them to the delightful Christingle service at St Oswald’s church.

In science, the Golden Eagles have started their new topic on sound and explored how different musical instruments vibrate to make different sounds.


Is money important? That is what the Herons were considering this week in PSHE. We had some really sensible ideas; most Herons felt that money was really important because you definitely needed enough to have food and warmth and clothes. Then, we all thought of something that had made us happy recently and guess what…not one of those lovely memories involved spending money!


On Wednesday, the Merlins enjoyed creating their Christingles before our service. We watched a lovely video created by Rev Dave explaining the symbolism of the different components of our Christingles and enjoyed some singalong in the classroom.

This Week’s Awards:

Pupil of the week
Robins (Reception)Charlie for consistently following our RESPECT code.
Owls (Y1)Albert for kindness, always helping others without needing to be asked.
Swallows (Y2)Ben S for enthusiasm during our stone age workshop. 
Kingfishers (Y3)Rosie for a positive approach to all aspects of school.
Golden Eagles (Y4)Isla for effort and enjoyment in all aspects of school life. 
Herons (Y5)Isaac for fabulous effort in English, resulting in some excellent writing.
Merlins (Y6)Hollie F for always giving her absolute best and for being a mature, responsible pupil.  

Headteacher’s Awards
BainbridgeOllie for a positive, happy approach to school life – always smiling!
AskriggMax for working really hard and having a super week! 
West BurtonAbe for politeness, being kind to his friends and working hard at all times. 

Good Samaritan Awards For courage, care, compassion
(for the children, from the children).
Nominated by
RobinsGeorge for being kind and offering him a book to read when he was feeling sadJay
SwallowsSophie for cheering Libby up when she looked glum.Lizzy
KingfishersMartha for giving Ada one of her Christingle sweets and for tidying up someone else’s mess. Ada & Theodore
Golden EaglesJoey for helping with a tricky part of the Christmas decoration. Maisie
Maciek for checking he was ok.Nico
Sylvi for helping Doug when he accidentally knocked the cups over.Maisie & Doug
MerlinsEve for taking the time to help Dylan up after he fell during a game of PE even though he was on the opposite team. Beatrice C, Ava & Martha

Best Learning Space (classroom)Golden Eagles
Most Effective learning Environment (school)West Burton
House Point Winning Team Otters
Best Class AttendanceHerons – 97%