Weekly Newsflash! 6th October 2023

Published by Phoebe Martin on

Coming up next week…

Monday – Yoga at Bainbridge
– Guess the name of the spider – Bainbridge
Tuesday – Balance bike sessions at Bainbridge
– Y1 and Y5 swimming
– Guess the name of the spider – Askrigg
Wednesday – Y2, Y3 & Y6 trip to York
– Y5 trip to TWS
– After-school sports
Thursday – After-school cycling club
– Guess the name of the spider – West Burton
Friday – After-school science club


Please can I remind everyone about our policy on jewellery, especially earrings. Members of school staff are unable to assist with the removal or replacement of earrings before/after PE.

This is what our policy states:

At The BAWB Federation children may wear one pair of small, plain stud earrings and a wristwatch. No other jewellery should be worn to school.
For health and safety reasons, children are not permitted to wear any earrings or wristwatches during PE or swimming.
We request that children planning to have their ears pierced, do so at the beginning of the 6 week summer break to allow time to heal. If children come to school wearing earrings on PE or swimming days they will need to be able to remove them themselves prior to taking part.
Teachers cannot take responsibility for looking after any jewellery which has been removed.
Exceptions may be made at the headteacher’s discretion (e.g. charity wrist bands).

Many thanks for your anticipated cooperation.

Cross Country @ Richmond School

This week some of our pupils got the chance to go and take part in some cross country events over at Richmond School! Despite the weather, our pupils had a fantastic time and we even had some winners who will be going to the finals in Giggleswick this November! Well done to everyone that took part!

Caleb’s claim to fame!

One of our pupils, Caleb, got the amazing opportunity to be a mascot at Tuesday’s Leeds vs QPR match. What a fab night Caleb must have had!

PTFA Update!

Following last week’s PTFA AGM and meeting, here are five things you need to know (full minutes are available on the PTFA page!

1. We have appointed our committee! It is Helen Dinsdale, Katie Seal, Beth Daley, Shell Thornborrow, Dianne Fawcett, Emma Metcalfe.

2. The Pumpkin Disco is on Friday 27 October at West Burton Village Hall – 5:30-6:30. See poster for details and please let us know if you can help out.

3. The Christmas Fair is booked for Sunday 10 December at Askrigg Village Hall – if you’d like a stall, contact Katie Seal ([email protected]) or Emma Metcalfe ([email protected]m). We will be asking for volunteers to help on the day so please add it to your diaries!

4. The second-hand school uniform now lives at Askrigg – please contact staff there if you would like to look through it.

5. We will be asking for donations of Christmas jumpers again so we can sell them in time for Christmas jumper day and the Christmas fair. So don’t throw them out! Please hand in to school.


To raise funds we will letting children have a go at guessing the name of the spider – 20p a go, and all proceeds go to the PTFA! There’ll be more chances to guess at the pumpkin disco too 🙂

Great North Air Ambulance Service – DONATIONS

As our families are so fantastic at raising funds, we have once again booked a collection for GNAAS for Wednesday 8th November. Please bring your bags to school that morning and leave outside. Each child will be sent home with a bag, but any bag will be accepted! They need your old clothing and can also take toner/ink cartridges or unwanted mobile phones in any condition (in a separate bag).

Upper Wensleydale Benefice

The annual harvest produce sale (by auction) at St Matthew’s Church, Stalling Busk, is being held on Sunday 8th October.  The sale will start around 1.30pm.  If you want to come earlier, there will be the usual soup lunch from 12.30pm and a short act of worship.


As many of you know our after school cycle club is run by Helen at Stage1 Cycles, they are running some fab sessions alongside their usual bike clubs including a Haunted Castle Halloween Ride with hot chocolate and cake as a reward! They are also offering a Pumpkin Bike trail which is suitable for beginners. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and find the face paints. These events are hosted by Wensleydale Bike Club but are open to all. So if you have visitors staying for the 1/2 term they are very welcome to join in. Bikes are available to loan but must be booked. Find out more here.


Did you know you can synchronise our calendar with our school calendar? Click here to visit the calendar and click the link at the bottom of the page that says ‘subscribe to calendar’ – this will enable you to push events out to your personal calendars.


Our Robins have had a fun-filled week!

In celebration of the Jewish festival, Sukkot, we have made our own Sukkah in the outdoor area. The children worked together to use the crates for the sides and branches for the roof. The children even ate some snacks inside, like people that celebrate Sukkot do. 

Ruby painted a candle. Faye explains that Jewish people who celebrate Sukkot have candles in their sukkah!

We have been measuring in Maths this week. The children investigated weight by comparing different objects from our classroom. They held an object in each hand to feel its weight. The children worked out that the heavier object (the one that weighs more) will be harder to hold up  as its weight pulls it down, and the lighter object (the one that weighs less) will be easier to hold up higher- like when we use balancing scales. We also learnt that the bigger objects are not always the heaviest.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the week though is when the police paid us a visit! We were very excited to have a visit from North Yorkshire Police earlier in the week. They talked to us about how they help keep people safe, and we got to look at (and even try on!) some of their uniform! It has really reignited our Police role play in Robins this week too. 


In PE we have been working on team work, throwing and passing, some good listening skills too!

Phonics has also been full of fun this week too! Who says phonics can’t be fabulous?!

Swallows & Kingfishers

The Swallows and Kingfishers were very excited this week to do their art in our make shift cave! We used torches and figurines to draw shadows using the different techniques we have learnt. We are going to continue this work next week and spend some more time in the dark! 

Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles had a fantastic time on Monday when the police came to talk to them about policing in the area and ways to stay safe. Lots of fantastic questions were asked about the police and the vehicles that they drive!


There was much consternation in the Herons classroom on Monday morning: first we heard a siren, then we saw some flashing blue lights and finally we spotted two stern looking policewomen coming towards the school entrance. Were we in trouble? Of course not! It was our local friendly community officers who were visiting us to tell us all about their amazing jobs. The children were thrilled to meet them and they even got to try on some police equipment and sit in the police car.


This week in computing, the Merlins have been exploring the protocols when communicate using different systems and how important it is for each part of the system to work correctly in order for a message (digital packet) to be sent and received. We discussed what happens when a packet of information does not deliver and what factors may have caused this. The pupils are now working in groups to create an online presentation – they must choose an animal, delegate jobs and discuss designs – without verbally talking! The groups have been split amongst pupils around the class (acting as if they are in different countries) and they must communicate effectively as a team using only their digital devices. We are looking forward to seeing the groups deliver their finished projects. 

RESPECT AmbassadorsSchool CouncillorsEco Warriors
BainbridgeWillow & AnnieBrodie & ConnieFaye & Albert
West BurtonOlivia & LibbyBen & AimeeMyles & Sophie
AskriggRene, Theo & JohnnyMatilda, Isaac & JoSidney, Amelie & Gabriel

This Week’s Awards:

Pupil of the week
Robins (Reception)Ollie for growing independence and showing responsibility for his learning. 
Owls (Y1)Rosie for her effort in all learning, particularly her phonics.
Swallows (Y2)Oscar for showing great enthusiasm during our Harvest festival singing.
Kingfishers (Y3)Myles for effort and enjoyment during the cross country.
Golden Eagles (Y4)Joey BL for taking responsibility for his learning, ensuring he and his friends are ready to learn. 
Herons (Y5)Isaac for pushing himself to make a speech even though he found it challenging.
Merlins (Y6)Dylan for his mature, selfless choices and for being a good classmate. 

Headteacher’s Awards
BainbridgeCharlie Thornborrow for a polite, enthusiastic and caring approach to school life.
AskriggLizzy Metcalfe for exceptional sportsmanship at a recent cross country event.
West BurtonLibby for effort and enjoyment in computing, describing her learning and what she would like to do next. 

Good Samaritan Awards For courage, care, compassion
(for the children, from the children).
Nominated by
OwlsAnnie for letting her on the bike Lexi
Otto for picking up her hat for her when she dropped it Lexi
Seth for sharing the crayonsJames
SwallowsArchie for helping her with spellingsAda
Aidan for helping him before after school sportsRocco
Aimee for caring for him when he felt left outBen
KingfishersTheodore for being a good friend and making her upcoming birthday feel specialRosie
HeronsOliver for being a good friend when she was hit by a footballLily-Anne
MerlinsDylan for giving up his place for him in the cross-country competitionFred
Jo for helping him find a way to remember his times tablesToby

Best Learning Space (classroom)Kingfishers 
Most Effective learning Environment (school)West Burton 
House Point Winning Team Red Squirrels 
Best Class AttendanceGolden Eagles & Swallows – 100%