Weekly Newsflash! Friday 31st March 2023

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Eggstraordinary Egg Designs….

We were blown away by the standard of the eggs sent to school for our Easter egg decorating competition. Our judging governors (Laura Alderson at Bainbridge, Mally Dolphin at Askrigg, and Sue Ryding at West Burton) had an eggstremely difficult job trying to choose a winner! Judges were looking for wow factor, as well as humour / creativity, and evidence that children hadn’t had too much help from parents!

The winners, all of whom received a rosette courtesy of our fabulous PTFA, are:

Ruby D (nursery)
Douglas D (Y3)
Inese (adults)
Exotic Bird
Caleb T (Y4)
Hogwarts Eggspress
Aimee Teasdale (Y1)
Under the Sea
Martha K (Y5)
Thinking Outside the Eggbox
Max D (YR)
Alien Invasion
Aidan P (Y2)
The King

No entries from Y6. Have they grown out of this eggciting activity?

Thank you also to the generous PTFA who gave each child a chocolate egg too – we are really grateful and lucky to have such a great PTFA!

Dancing in the Dales

We are SO proud of of our wonderful pupils that completed their ballet exams this week! Lizzy and Archie achieved Distinctions in their primary exam and Emma, Ada, Rocco, Rose and Sophie received very high marks as part of their pre-primary class exam.

Aurora Planetarium

We were very lucky to have Colin from the Aurora Planetarium visit the school on Wednesday!! A fantastic time was had by all and we can’t wait to have it back. A big thank you to all the families that attended.

Easter at Semerwater

Bainbridge Christmas Lights fundraiser

Tomorrow (Sat 1st April), Alice Richards and Louise Alder will be on the village green for you to collect your children’s Easter ‘hunt’ kits. It is £1 per a child and have until 8th April to complete. All instructions will be provided in the kit. On the 8th April, there will be a coffee morning at Bainbridge Village Hall from 10.30am – 1.00pm. There will be tea/coffee with sweet treats, tombola, cake stall, sale stall and a children’s activity of stick the tail on the rabbit! The hunt kits need to be returned by 12pm this day for judging and prizes to be allocated. 

All money raised from this event will be going towards the Christmas lights for the railings around the village this year. We’re sure you all enjoy seeing the gorgeous Christmas lights each year so please consider contributing by having a slice of cake or having a go on the tombola!

Discover Your Puppetry Potential – Reeth Community Hall

After School Sports & Cycle Clubs: NEXT TERM

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Lunches: NEXT TERM

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Parent Teacher Consultations: NEXT TERM

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Easter Service at St. Andrew’s

Well done to all of our pupils from reception to Y6 who performed and delivered sections of the Easter story to tell it in its completeness. It was a lovely service with lots of thoughtfulness, energy and talent, including some amazing art work. Thank you to all the children and also to our many families who came to support.

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.

THIS WEEKEND! 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!

Wellbeing and Mental Health

At The BAWB Federation we take children’s mental health very seriously, and we are developing a page on our website to signpost parents and families to information and services which can help you to support your children.

Click here to visit the page and please do let us know if you have come across any great resources or websites that we could add to this page.

Easter Holiday Club

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



The Robins have been making Palm leaves to practise acting out ‘The Triumphal Entry’ of Jesus as he rode through Jerusalem on Palm Sunday!


The Owls have been getting their boogie on to our Easter songs! 


The Swallows put their practised skills in templates and joining techniques to good use, making glove puppets and then evaluating their friends and their own puppets in DT this week! In an afternoon of PSHE and Science, the Swallows learnt about the importance of food hygiene in science and then put their new learning in to practice in a PSHE lesson focusing on the importance of healthy eating. Mr Scrafton and Mrs Harrison enjoyed “cleaning up” after the children had gone home!


A group of kingfishers attended an archery cluster schools event at West Burton on Thursday. The children’s behaviour was impeccable and we were particularly impressed by their developing skills over the course of the morning, improving their techniques. Well done to Jake for winning a medal for the highest score for our team! In DT, the children have now completed and evaluated their torches, some fantastic designs with great attention to detail. The Kingfishers rounded off their PE unit with a fun game of dodgeball!

Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles have been making their very own healthy toastie in D&T. They had some very interesting ideas – sausage, salmon, strawberry, cheese and spam was a personal favourite!!


The Merlins made a fantastic card for Dave the bus driver (Beefy) who begins his retirement. He has suggested he will be helping out so I’m sure we will see him again shortly! A snap of the Year 6 boys relaxing and sharing books. Lots of progress has been made by the whole Merlins class in relation to our rewarding reading this term. Keep up the good work over Easter!! The week was rounded off with practising for the Easter Service, look at the wonderful artwork that has been produced – we are very proud.

Who is teaching my child next year?

We are almost ready to let you know which teachers and support staff will be in each class next year. Just a few more details to iron out so please expect this information soon.


I would once again like to thank our amazing, dedicated team of teachers, support staff, and administrators who work so hard to make our schools happy, safe, and a great learning environment for our children. I hope they all manage to get some much-deserved rest this Easter.

Many thanks also to our parents and families who support and encourage our children to be the best they can be.

And last but not least – thank you to our children who work hard, play hard and make us proud all the time.

Happy holidays everyone – I hope you have a fun-filled yet restful break and we look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 18th April.