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May – Helping Hands Sponsored Bounce
Every child in the school enjoyed taking part in the annual sponsored bounce. The children were timed for 1 minute to see how many bounces they could manage. A huge thank you to Helping Hands for organising the event, everyone who sponsored the children and Mr Eckford for kindly donating the use of the bouncy castle. The event was a great success with £1,600 being raised! Well done, everyone!

May – Presentation of Cheque from Helping Hands
The hard work of our Helping Hands PTA have once again hugely benefitted the school. Next month, we are having brand new smartboards fitted in each class. Helping Hands have helped us to do this by donating £6,400! New Helping Hands chairperson Mrs Ashton presented Mr Power with the cheque during a Celebration Assembly.

May – Y6 SATS Breakfast
Children in Y6 had a great time during SATs week. They worked really hard on their tests, played lots of sport during the afternoons and started the day with SATs breakfast!



April – NSPCC Assembly and Workshop
Staff from NSPCC came in to school to lead a special assembly and a workshop with the older children. They spoke to the children about the importance of not trying to carry worries on their own and discussed different adults that they could speak to. The children also learned the NSPCC phone number: 0800 1111, which they could ring about anything that worried them.

April – Able Writers event at Tadcaster Riverside
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 author Harriet Goodwin. They then produced their own fantasy stories. The children really enjoyed the day and produced some fantastic writing.
March – Y5/6 Residential to Robinwood
Children in Years 5 and 6 had a wonderful time on residential at Robinwood. They spent two nights and three days taking part in a range of challenging but fun activities. The children had an amazing time!



March – Stations of The Cross
As part of the children’s learning during Easter, Mr Craigen and Mr Power took Years 5 and 6 to Scarthingwell Church for a meditation on the stations of the cross. The children responded brilliantly with some very thoughtful questions and comments.

March – Sport Relief
To celebrate Sport Relief, the Mini-Vinnies and SSOC (School Sports Organising Crew) organised a special non-uniform and sport relief mile day. The children were allowed to come into school wearing sporty/crazy clothes for a donation to Sport Relief. The children also took part in a sport relief mile where they could run, walk or dance the 23 laps of the playground that equaled a mile! The children raised £89 – well done, everyone!



March – Investigative Science Week
All of the children really enjoyed taking part in investigative science week! Each class took part in a number of different exciting experiments to further enhance their learning.



March – The Investiture of Clive Leach
There was a very special Mass at Scarthingwell Church when parishioner Clive Leach CBE was invested as a Knight of St Gregory by Bishop Marcus. Children led the readings and prayers and the school choir gave two beautiful performances during the Mass.

March – World Book Day
The snow could only postpone World Book Day for so long! We celebrated our favourite books by coming to school dressed as our favourite book characters. The children worked on lots of activities related to World Book Day as we celebrated the wonder of books!

February – Mini Vinnies visit to Highfield Nursing Home
As part of their work in the local community, members of the Mini-Vinnie committee visited Highfield Nursing home to entertain the residents. They all enjoyed a fantastic game of bingo!



February – Bible Study Week
The whole school participated in a wonderful bible study week. Each class took part in a range of different activities related to the bible. All the children really developed their bible skills and showed an excellent knowledge and understanding.



January – Apprentice Challenge 2018
Class 5 worked extremely hard to present their businesses to the boardroom as part of our annual Young Apprentice challenge project. The standard of presentations were again absolutely outstanding and it was a fantastic effort from everyone. After paying back their initial individual £3 loans, the children have made an incredible profit of £2,300! Turning £84 into £2300 is truly a fantastic achievement! The finalists: Tilly and Robert, Sophia and Eloise, Emma and Chloe, and Polly and Rosie were all presented with their finalists’ trophies, with the winning trophy presented to Polly and Rosie for their fabulous ‘Naturally Beautiful’ flower presentation business. Many thanks to our school governor, Mr Ronicle, for taking part in the judging process and for presenting the winning trophy. A huge well done to everyone in Class 5, we really do have some talented entrepreneurs!





January – Young Voices
All the months of hard work, dedication and choir practice paid off when our school choir took part in the Young Voices concert at the Sheffield arena. The children (and the adults!) had an absolutely wonderful time joining with over 5,000 other children singing and dancing as the Young Voices choir. To perform in such a huge venue and event was a fantastic opportunity and our children were fabulous! The choir performed brilliantly throughout and were a real credit to the school. Well done! A huge thank you to everyone who helped the choir with their fundraising efforts enabling us to go to the event.



January – European Day
We had a special ‘European Day’ in school. Each class studied a different European country and carried out a range of cross curricular work. The children clearly really enjoyed their learning and enjoyed sharing their new knowledge in Celebration Assembly.



December – Christmas Card Delivery
Following our Christmas card making day, we delivered liturgical Christmas cards around the village. We also gave them out at the churches at Barkston Ash, Scarthingwell and St Joseph’s, Sherburn. The residents and parishioners were delighted to receive them.

December– Choir Performance at Highfield Nursing Home
Part of our school choir entertained residents at Highfield Nursing Home with a selection of songs from the KS2 Advent Presentation. We also enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with the residents and wish them a Happy Christmas.


December – KS2 Advent Presentation
All of Key Stage 2 gave a fantastic performance of the Advent Presentation, ‘Say Yes to God’. The children worked really hard to learn lines, dance moves and song lyrics to produce a fantastic performance.


December – R/KS1 Nativity
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 came together to produce a wonderful, and very enthusiastic, performance of the Nativity ‘Born in a Barn’. Parents, grandparents and parishioners were all very impressed with the performance.

December – Community Litter Pick
As part of our ongoing work in the community, part of the school council enjoyed the opportunity to carry out a litter pick in the village. They picked up lots of litter and helped to improve the local environment.

December – Travelling Panto
Many thanks to our Helping Hands PTA who funded a visit from the Travelling Panto. The children really enjoyed the performance of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’
December – Christmas Card Making Day
Each classroom was turned into a Christmas card factory for a day! The children used their card making skills to create a range of different liturgical Christmas cards that will be delivered to the village and local churches.

November – Helping Hands Christmas Fayre
The Helping Hands PTA put on another memorable Christmas Fayre. There were a range of different stalls, competitions and activities for everyone to enjoy. There was even a donkey!

November – Primary Maths Challenge
Children in Years 5 and 6 completed the National Primary Maths challenge – a notoriously difficult maths test, with several pupils receiving gold, silver or bronze certificates for their achievements. Well done to all the award winners and everyone who took part!

November – Internet Safety
Children have been learning about the importance of internet safety. The children had fun discussing important strategies to keep themselves safe while online. We also held an internet information safety evening for parents.
November 2017-Anti-Bullying Week
We have taken part in the national anti-bullying week. The whole school have carried out work discussing what bullying is, what its effects are and how we can try to make sure bullying doesn’t happen at Barkston Ash. The children enjoyed taking parts in various activities designed to show how we can stop bullying.
November 2017 – Children in Need Cake Sale
The School council and Mini Vinnie’s committee held a cake stall today at break time, to raise money for Children in Need. Thank you to everyone who donated the cakes and buns for the sale. We raised £87.00 for Children in Need, Well done!

November 2017 – K BOTS
Four pupils from Year six took part in an exciting KBOTS workshop at Riverside School in Tadcaster. They worked alongside Ian Botwright, star of BBC robot wars, to create their own model robots and then competed their models against each other! It was a lot of fun and the children all had a fantastic time!
November 2017 – Big Sing Liturgy Thing
Children from Years five and six attended the Big Sing Liturgy Thing at St. Theresa’s Catholic School in Leeds. Backed by a full band and accompanied by other Catholic schools in the Diocese, we learned worship songs, complete with actions and dance moves, in the morning, and then took part in a beautiful liturgy in the afternoon. It was a fantastic day.


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.