Weekly Newsflash! Friday 24th March 2023

Published by Charlotte Harper on

Dancing Triumph for BAWB students!

What a success story for the dance students of Dales Dance, especially the BAWB representatives who all achieved a distinction in their recent exams!

Many congratulations to Gabriel, Maciek, Archie, James, Ellie, Sylvi, Rene, and Louisa who all achieved a distinction their Grade 1 Modern Dance exam:

And huge congratulations to James who also achieved a distinction is his Grade 1 Tap exam:

WOW! The Wensleydale Tournament of Song

Once again, I had the huge privilege of spending the day at The Wensleydale Tournament of Song today. Our children performed incredibly and received some fantastic comments from the adjudicator. One of the comments that I kept hearing all day was “BAWB children are so well behaved”. How proud we are of all of you! Congratulations.

The tournament is organising a showcase festival on Friday 31st March at The Wensleydale School from 7:30pm and competitors from our schools have been invited to take part. I know it is the last day of term and it may be difficult for many of you but it would be wonderful if we could get some of our performers there. As an extra little incentive; if you are able to come along you will see Miss Harper, Mr Scrafton, Mr Stokes, and some of Miss Harper’s friends performing their choral speaking entry (we also got 88 marks)!

Click here to let me know if you can come along.

Click here to read a letter about the concert.


Welcome back Mrs Middleton!

Mrs Middleton’s maternity leave has ended and she is back with us at the BAWB Federation. We are so glad to have her back, and we are sure everyone else is too. On that note, we are also so pleased to say that Mrs Hodgson is staying with us as a supply teacher so we don’t have to say a proper goodbye! We’re sure you’ll agree that Mrs Hodgson has done a wonderful job over this past year, thank goodness we haven’t scared her off!

After School Sports

Please be aware that the last after school sports session for this term has now taken place, therefore there will not be a session on Wednesday 29th March.

After School Clubs: NEXT TERM

We are very pleased that After School Sports and the Cycle Club will be returning next term. Starting on Wednesday 26th April. Due to prior commitments both clubs will run on a Wednesday for next term. The clubs will run until the summer holidays (not the last week of term), 3.30pm – 4.30pm. This is for Reception to Year 6 pupils. There are no charges for these clubs. Please complete the form (one per child) to book onto these clubs.

Planetarium Visit

Colin Daley from Aurora Planetarium (https://www.auroraplanetarium.com/) will be visiting our Golden Eagles and Merlins at Askrigg Primary school on Wednesday 29th March. We would also like to invite families to come and experience the planetarium after school on the 29th. There are two sessions which are on a first come first serve basis and must be booked using the form. The same presentation will be delivered on each session. The after school sessions will be linked to Dark Skies and are completely family friendly. Please complete the form to book this amazing experience!

PTC Forms – deadline Monday 27th March – HERE

School Lunches – deadline Monday 27th March – HERE

Easter Service at St. Andrew’s, Aysgarth – 31st March 2023

Please join us next Friday at our annual Easter service. This year it will take place at St. Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth at with the service starting at 2pm. Children are welcome to go home with parents or return to their home schools. We look forward to seeing you at what is always a lovely event.

Easter Egg decorating competition…

We are delighted to be running our eggciting Easter Egg decoration competition this year! Thank you to the PTFA for donating prizes for this.

Please bring in your decorated egg (hard boiled or artificial only) on Wednesday 29th March. There will be one winner per year group, and each child will receive an Easter Egg regardless of whether they enter!

Assessment Week

Well done to all of our hard-working and resilient children who have applied themselves with an exceptional attitude this week. Special congratulations to those children who have overcome nerves during their assessments. Results (and explanation of them) to follow after Easter.

Nursery Open Days!

Did you know that every 3 year old is entitled to 15 hours of free nursery funding?! Next month, we have a few taster sessions open for our fantastic nursery! Why not come along and get a ‘feel’ for what we offer – our nursery boasts a free-flow outdoor area together with the latest facilities and equipment indoors across two rooms.

Our open days are due to take place on the 28th and 29th March between 13:30 – 15:00, we hope to see you there! If you plan on coming along, please email or call the office with your details so we can be ready to welcome you!

Year 3 & Year 4 Swimming Lessons

Y3 and Y4 will be commencing a block of swimming lessons on Tuesday 25th April for 10 weeks – please could you ensure that your child comes to school wearing their swimming costume/shorts under their uniform, to enable us to be ready as soon as we get there. Children will also require a towel, goggles if they wish and water bottle, please clearly mark their name on each item. Pupils are also welcome to bring a piece of fruit with them.

FEAST North Yorkshire Activities

In North Yorkshire, we are SO lucky to have North Yorkshire Together which is a partnership between North Yorkshire SportNorth Yorkshire Youth and Rural Arts that supports communities across the county to be happy and healthy. There’s an abundance of events in the Richmondshire area over the holidays such as football camps, creative arts workshops and boxing camps. Limited transport provision is also available for those that could not participate in FEAST without transport support. Find out about the events here and transport here.

Wensleydale Panthers – Pitch Up & Play! 2nd April 2023

After successfully establishing the girls team Wensleydale Panthers, WRUFC have decided to RUN a fantastic taster session followed by a screening of England vs Italy in the Women’s Six Nations. They’ll also be laying on free pizza for all attendees! If you have a girl who wants to have a go at rugby, have a look at all the information here!

All Stars Cricket

All Stars Cricket provides boys and girls from 5-8 years old with 8 weeks of non-stop fun. The activity and game based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing your child with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment. The course is being held at Middleham CC from Sun 14 May to Sun 02 Jul 2023. Find out more information here! For those that are aged 8-11 there is Dynamos Cricket held at Bedale CC from Fri 12 May – Fri 30 Jun 2023. Find out more information here!


Cycling for All – CLOSING DATE TODAY 24/03/23

In conjunction with the Lottery Community Fund and Stage 1 Cycles Hawes, [email protected] Areté Learning Trust are hosting a six session cycling programme for all abilities. These sessions will be fun, game led and skilled based, and will be tailored to meet individual needs. Places are limited so early booking is recommended. Closing date: 24th March 2023. Please find more information here.

Easter Holiday Club

Our PE teacher, Mr Bullock is holding a fun-filled day during the Easter Holidays!



Our Robins have been discussing why brushing their teeth is so important, and they have been practising brushing their teeth using the pretend teeth and tooth brushes! They have also enjoyed practising using time words, e.g. ‘first’, ‘next’, ‘after that’ to discuss the order of brushing their teeth and when making toast for snack! The Robins like to be busy outside, no matter the weather, so please do make sure they come to school with spare clothes, wellies and waterproofs at the moment!

The Robins had a lovely day joining the residents of Sycamore and Sarah Clark as they began their Easter journey.


The Owls made swings and a slide for Merlin the Owl in DT this week! There was some brilliant teamwork going on which was amazing to see. And as you can see, Merlin loved all his new playground equipment!


In Design and Technology this week in preparation for the designing of their glove puppets, the Swallows have practised different joining techniques and then considered what they liked and disliked about each so that they can choose the best method for their own designs. In computing the Swallows have continued their work on robots, programming beebots to travel around their maps, avoiding obstacles to reach their destination!


This week Kingfishers visited the chapel in West Burton to look for representations of the Trinity. The Kingfishers have also completed their unit of work on fractions, Mrs Harrison was very impressed to hear the children referring to numerators and denominators with such confidence and now applying this to their work on mass as they read scales. Well done everyone.