Weekly Newsflash! Friday 7th July 2023

Published by Phoebe Martin on

Remembering Mrs Alderson

Thank you for all of your messages of condolence and for your support following the sad news of Mrs Alderson’s death. In the midst of their own grief our staff has been fantastic at supporting the children to understand their own emotions, celebrate Mrs Alderson’s legacy, think about what life if going to be like without her, and to explore what death means to us. For some of our children this has been their first experience of bereavement and they have really pulled together to support each other.

Next week our children will be preparing something for Mrs Alderson’s funeral, which taking place on Saturday 15 July at St Margaret’s Church in Hawes at 12:00.

Over the coming weeks, there will be an opportunity for our families to be involved with helping us to create a memory book for Mrs Alderson’s family; more to follow in due course.

A massive “Thank You” From Mrs Gamble!

Mrs Gamble had a wonderful day on Thursday with surprises, music, cake and even party poppers! She has passed on her huge thanks to everyone for their kind messages, cards and gifts. The pupils worked very hard to make the day special and pulled it off like pro event organisers, they seemed to enjoy all the sneaking around quite a lot! Good Luck Mrs Gamble!

Happy Birthday Mrs Middleton!

Mrs Middleton celebrated a special birthday with everyone.

A Day in The Dales for Refugees and Asylum Seekers – 24 July, 10:30 – 15:30

From Judith Bromley:

We are looking forward to hosting our next group – adults, families and children from all over the world – who have escaped here from war, famine and political threats. They will have come from many different countries including Iran, Albania, El Salvador and Kenya. We have invited them to come share our wonderful Dales environment on the first day of the school summer holidays. As last year we are basing the day at the Sports Pavillion in Carperby. Activities on offer include felt making, face painting, a range of sports activities, a visit to a farm, and having lunch at the village hall. We will be ending the day with a visit to Aysgarth Falls.

As in previous years we hope that local families will be able to join us. One of the most important aspects of the day is the opportunity for our visitors to be greeted by smiling faces, welcome and conversation, and of course for the children to play and join in activities together.

On occasions longer friendships have been made between both adults and children.

We would love you to come and spend the day with us, or just drop in for a shorter time, and would like to know if you and your children will be with us for lunch so we know how many to cater for. We need the children to be accompanied by a responsible adult please.

Please contact Judy Nicholls:

[email protected]

Sports Day

We are looking forward to welcoming friends and family to our sports afternoons next week. Families are invited to arrive from 13:00 for a 13:15 start. Please follow directions to the ‘spectator zones’ on arrival. We will be keeping children in a different zone, on the other side of the track, and kindly ask parents not to encourage children to go to them, or to try to join the children in their groups. This is so that we can be sure that we know the whereabouts of all of the children at all times.

Please make sure that your child is wearing PE kit or, if they are in nursery, clothes suitable for running. No special coloured t-shirts are required.

Please also make sure that your child has a sun hat and water bottle in school (although we will also provide extra drinks) and please apply sun cream before the start of the day.

  • Monday 10 July, 13:00 at Bainbridge – for EYFS and Y1 children (Robins and Owls)
  • Wednesday 12 July, 13:00 at Askrigg – for Y2 to Y6 pupils (Swallows, Kingfishers, Golden Eagles, and Merlins).

A message from Mr Greenway, this is in addition to the afternoon sports day on Wednesday 12th July:
Mr Greenway needs you:
As part of our sports day for years 2-6 on Wednesday 12th July, we are having a morning where the children will carousel around a range of activities in groups representing their house teams. This event will be known as House Heroes. Whilst the morning session is spectator free, we need lots of volunteers to help run the stations. If you are available to help between 9.45 and 12:00 please contact Mr Greenway directly before Tuesday 11th by emailing [email protected]

Congratulations Grayson!

Grayson is part of the Richmond Dales Swimming Club and took part in his first ever Club Championships Gala in June.  At the club presentation evening at Tennants on Saturday night, Grayson was presented with 5 medals for his achievements in his races.  Huge congratulations Grayson  

Fun at the Hullabaloo Theatre


Lunch Choices Form – Autumn 2023

It’s that time again! if you haven’t already please click here for the online form to select your child’s preferences for next term (September).

After School Clubs

Please find the form for the after school clubs here – please complete and return the form by Monday 17th July.


The link to our uniform website is now live, please find it here.

Sizing samples of the new uniform is currently available at Bainbridge. The uniform policy can be found here – please note that there is no expectation to buy new uniform, this is purely your choice.

Please utilise the preloved uniform sales that our wonderful PTFA organises, they will be at both sports days this year with the uniform that they have available.

We have had feedback from a parent regarding the polo shirt – if you would prefer a 100% cotton polo shirt, please make this clear in the order notes at checkout when adding the polo shirt to the basket.


As we are now approaching the end of the school year, please can all parents check their ParentPay accounts for any outstanding balances. We appreciate your co-operation.

Summer Sports Club!

Chris Bullock is holding a sports club at Bainbridge during the summer holidays – please find more information 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.

Kids Eat Free in Summer

Places Where Kids Eat Free (or for £1) During The 6 Weeks Summer Holidays!
Full List & Updates – https://moneysavingcentral.co.uk/kids-eat-free


FEAST summer activities



We made up a game. We adapted it to make it harder or easier – the next thing is we need to keep score to find the winner!

With lots of fabulous learning last week, the children were very happy for the Pirate theme to continue this week. This has given more time for making treasure maps, making treasure chests, building pirate ships for some fabulous pirate role play and writing messages to go in bottles!

It has been lovely to welcome some of our new nursery children into Robins for some taster sessions this week. We were so impressed by their eagerness to explore the setting and join in with activities right away.  We all look forward to them joining us from September! 

New Owls:
We had a wonderful day on Monday, getting to know each other and exploring what it’s going to be like to be an owl!  We talked about our familes and shared the things we like and dislike and our favourite colours and animals.  We made our very own owl, Mrs Harrison loved how they were all unique, carefully made with attention to detail.
We also read Mrs Harrison’s favourite story ‘Stanley’s stick’ where Stanley’s stick travels on adventures with him through imagination.  We used our own sticks to create pictures and some children made theirs into fishing rods.
We ended the day with circle time talking about the things we are looking forward to in year 1.  
Thank you for a lovely day Owls, I’m really looking forward to Septemeber!


On Tuesday, the Owls went on a walk up Addlebrough to continue their geography work on hills this term. We started our day by using at a map to see how steep or gentle the walk would be using the contour lines. The children decided the start of the walk would be gentle as the contour lines were far apart then would get steeper as the contour lines got closer together… and they were right! 

We had a great time on their walk which was led by 3 men from the National Trust. The children did some fabulous listening and learnt a lot about a range of different things! No-one complained once (even when the hill was super steep!) and everyone managed remarkably well with a smile on their face. Mrs Fawcett and Mrs Park had a wonderful day with the children and were so proud of what great ambassadors the Owl class were for the school. 


In Design and Technology, the Swallows continued to practise their skills by peeling and cutting fruit, the Swallows then sampled lots of fruit to help them design a recipe for their own smoothie. This project has inspired lots of home learning. Thank you to all the parents (and grandparents) who have turned their kitchen into an extension of our classroom. In maths the Swallows have put their learning on position into practise by playing battleships. The Swallows have quickly become experts at reading coordinates and finding coordinates.


The new Golden Eagles had a fantastic moving up day in their new class at Askrigg.

The day started with Mr Scrafton and Mrs Fawcett’s Mystery Bags where the children found out bit more about their teachers next year. Aaron dressed up in Mr Scrafton’s pantomime costume and the Golden Eagles were amazed by Mr Scrafton’s magic. In maths the Golden Eagles continued their work on shape, making 3D shapes out of cocktail sticks and blu-tack. After lunch the Golden Eagles loved having PE in the open air with lots of space to run around in. The afternoon was finished off with a collaborative mixed media art project – photograph of the finished product to follow.

Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles have had a bitter-sweet time decorating the class ready for Mrs Gamble’s surprise leaving party. On Thursday, we ate cake, laughed and shared memories about Mrs. Gamble’s time at the BAWB federation. A great time was had by all and the Golden Eagles will miss her dearly. Good luck Mrs Gamble