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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 24th May, 2019

May 24, 2019

24 May 2019


Dear Parents

4S Topic Assembly
Thank you 4S for delivering a very interesting Topic Assembly titled: ‘Why do people work?’ You described a variety of jobs from a Police Officer to an Architect, including the skills and qualifications you need to be able to do this job. I also enjoyed listening to how certain areas of Great Britain and countries around the world are known for certain industries like the car industry in the Midlands and gold and diamond mines in South Africa. You certainly covered a lot of different areas in your assembly and you all spoke with clarity, understanding and confidence. Thank you to Mr Sheppeck for organising this assembly.

Year 1 Trip to Skipton Castle
All of Year 1 travelled to Skipton Castle on Wednesday for a guided tour of the castle. The children all agreed that their favourite parts of the castle were the Great Hall and the Dungeons. In the Great Hall, they acted out a scene from history in which two of the children played the Lord and Lady and received a message with their courtiers watching on. In the Dungeon, they turned off the lights to see how dark it was and pretended that their hand was a candle with the thumb as a wick and blowing it out. They also pretended to fire arrows out of the slits in the castle wall. Year 1 visited the Lord and Lady’s bedchamber and were told a guard stood in the corner all night to protect them. His reward in the morning, if he stayed awake, was to sleep in their bed during the day! The children learnt many facts which really helped with their understanding of this topic in class. They were chatting about the experience all the way home and were very keen to tell me what they had seen and done. Thank you to Mrs Davidson and Mrs Wilson for organising this trip and to the guides at Skipton Castle.

Safer Cycling
Our Year 6 classes, this week, have been completing their safer cycling course which is run by the council. They started the week having their bikes checked and learning road safety and awareness on site before moving out onto the local roads. The police have also been to school to mark all the bikes for security. It has been a really valuable experience for the children which has helped them to manage their bike safely on the road as well as making them aware of the dangers of the road.

Class and Team Photographs
The sun was shining on Tuesday for the photographs. It was lovely to see our classes and sports teams with big smiles on their faces, happy and content in each other’s company, in the gardens at the front of the school. The photographs will be available later in the term.

Nursery Dance Show
Yesterday, our Nursery children performed in front of their parents, dancing to the tune of Melody Bear! They used a variety of moves, including twists, jumps, hopping and skipping. They loved acting out the subjects mentioned in the dances: bouncing balls, trotting horses, robots, penguins and trains. Their co-ordination, high level motor skills and amazing memory for all the moves were very impressive! It was clear to see their enjoyment and enthusiasm as they approached each new move with big smiles and waves for their parents. They were full of energy, completing many laps of the Sports Hall! Thank you to Miss Burns for arranging this lovely show and thank you to the staff for their support.

History Exhibition
This exhibition has really caught the children’s imagination and there has been a great deal of interest and enthusiasm for it buzzing around the school as the exhibits are flooding in. We plan to hold the exhibition on Thursday 13 June in the Dining Room. Please bring all exhibits into school on the Wednesday


Manor Adventure –They’re Off!
Forty two Year 5 and Year 6 pupils have set off for Manor Adventure in Shropshire to enjoy a weekend packed with adventurous activities. We will be updating Facebook over the weekend with pictures of the children completing the activities. Thank you to Mrs Jones, Mrs Botton, Ms Eccles and Mr Sheppeck for taking the children.

ISA Rounders
On Wednesday, our U11 Rounders team travelled to The Grange School to take part in the ISA Rounders tournament. The girls played a total of 6 matches against schools from all over the North. The Highfield girls showed great teamwork during all of their matches with some of the best fielding they had done all year. There were some excellent catches throughout the tournament alongside fantastic throwing from the deep to the bases. The girls are really starting to apply the tactics they have been practising at Rounders Club. After playing 6 games in a row, with only a couple of minutes rest in between, the team won 2, drew 1 and lost 3 games and had a fantastic day. Well done girls! Mrs Botton

Under 11s Cricket v Sedbergh
The Year 5 and Year 6 boys travelled to Casterton to play Sedbergh Prep on Wednesday. It was a wonderful setting, surrounded by hills, and the sun was shining. Both our teams did very well with a much improved performance with the bat. This is an area upon which we have been focusing recently and it has certainly paid off with the boys finding the gaps in the field and hitting half volleys and wide balls for four. They amassed really good totals which the Sedbergh sides found difficult to chase down. Although our fielding and bowling wasn’t up to our usual high standard, we managed to win both games comfortably. Congratulations to all the boys who took part and thank you to Sedbergh for hosting us.

Dates for the Diary
10 June ISA Athletics
12 June Junior Sports Day at UCLan
13 June ISA Kwik Cricket Tournament and History Exhibition
14 June Musical Assembly

Merit Awards
RB: Eliza RH: Muhammad 1D: Drew 1W: Aidan 2E: Violet
3J: Hiba 3M: Hollie 4D: Talia 4S: the Whole Class 5M: Alaia 6H: Katie 6P: Joshua A
Monitor of the week: Aishah

Thought for the Week
The best views come after the hardest climb. Anon

I hope you all have an enjoyable half-term holiday and the fine weather continues. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 10 June.

Yours sincerely


J M Duke



Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


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