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News & Events

November – Healthy Body/Healthy Mind Workshops
Benenden and York City FC visited school to deliver workshops to each of our classes. The workshop covered topics such as sleep habits, the importance of diet and exercise and an outdoor activity highlighting the importance of exercise to stay healthy and how fuelling our bodies correctly helps with sleep and activity.


November – Able Scientists Event
Four members of Y5 and 6 took part in the STAR Alliance Able Science day at Tadcaster Riverside school. The children had a fantastic day taking part in lots of exciting activities around the theme of forces.


October - Knottingly Food Bank Visit
Following a very successful collection of food and non perishable items from our Harvest festival earlier in the month, two members of our Mini-Vinnies committee donated our collection to Knottingley food bank. During the visit the children helped to pack the food in boxes so that it was ready to help those in need.


October - Positive Psychology Week
We have had a fantastic Positive Psychology Week in school. During the week, the children have learnt about how to be happy, including how to form positive relationships, maintain good self-esteem, give and receive compliments and turn negative thoughts and actions into positive ones. There has been a wonderful atmosphere around school with lots of special moments. Everyone has really enjoyed taking part in a wide range of excellent, creative
October 2017 – Reading Challenge
A member of staff from Sherburn library visited school to hand out special certificates to children who had completed the Sherburn library ‘Animal Agents’ summer reading challenge. This involved reading 6 different books over the summer holiday period. 41 children between Years 1 and 6 took part in the challenge. Well done to them all.

October 2017-Welcome Liturgy
Our new reception starters took part in a special welcome liturgy, where they were warmly welcomed into our school family and local community. The service was performed by Rev Otter with special help from the reception pupils Year 6 buddies. The children were blessed and received a commemorative candle. They also gave a lovely performance of ‘Great Big God’ with their buddies. Parents, families and members of the local community attended and shared in a wonderful liturgy. A warm welcome to all our new starters, we are sure you will all enjoy your new school life at Barkston Ash.



October 2017 – Martin House Visit
Children in Class One and Class Three had a very exciting visitor who came to see them from Martin House. Pupils learnt all about the valuable work
Martin House does in looking after and supporting sick children and their families in the community. The children had the opportunity to think of various ways they could help raise money for Martin House over this academic year, to help support the amazing work they do. A big thank you to Martin House for coming to see our school and for sharing stories about the fantastic work they do.

October 2017 – Able Writers’ Workshop
Children from Year 6 had an exciting opportunity to take part in an Able Writer’s workshop held at Riverside Community Primary School. The pupils got chance to meet and listen to a talk by established children sci-fi and fantasy author Colin R Parsons. They then produced their own adventure stories. The children really enjoyed the day and produced some fantastic writing.



October 2017 – Harvest Festival
We held our annual Harvest Festival with a wonderful assembly, performed by year six pupils. The assembly focused on the outstanding work CAFOD do to help people who are less fortunate in our world. The school had a non- uniform day where each pupil could wear bright colours to ‘brighten up the harvest’ – this raised £115 for CAFOD. The children also donated a wide variety of food and non-perishable products for a harvest collection that will be donated to the Knottingly Food Bank. Well done to everybody for all your generous donations, these will really help those less fortunate in our community.

September 2017 - Mini Vinnies
Our new Mini Vinnies were chosen this week, after passing a gruelling interview. Congratulations to the newest members: Amelie, Holly, Ruby and Isaac. They will all do a fantastic job representing our school with helping the needy within school, our community and the wider world. Their work continuously fits in really well with the ethos of our school. We look forward to seeing all their wonderful work in the coming year!

September 2017 - British Values Day
We recently held a British Values day in school. Each class learnt about the core values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Tolerance and the Understanding of Different Cultures and Beliefs. Each class took part in a variety of exciting cross curricular activities that truly embraced our British Values. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day.

September 2017 - New Student Council
After an exciting week filled with student manifestos, presentations and voting in the Student Council elections. Our new student councillors were democratically elected by their peers. Congratulations to the new 2017 alumni. They will all do a fantastic job representing their classmates and helping to further improve our school.

September 2017 - Education Sunday
We celebrated Education Sunday during a special mass at St Joseph’s Sherburn. The children played a big part in the mass by leading the readings, prayers, offertory, procession and singing. It was a lovely service led by Father McCarthy and greatly enjoyed by the parishioners and our school community.