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December – Christmas Card Making Day
Barkston Ash School was converted into a card making factory for the day! Children worked in their colour teams to visit each class and create a range of different liturgical Christmas cards. The children showed wonderful craft and collaboration skills to make a large number of cards that will now be delivered to local residents and parishioners. Well done, everyone!



December – Choir at St Joseph’s Church Christmas Fayre
​​​​​​The school choir was delighted to be invited to sing at the St Joseph’s Church Christmas fayre. The children enjoyed visiting the stalls before performing a number of liturgical songs to an appreciative audience.

November – Mini Vinnies Visit to Highfield
As part of their work in the local community, part of the Mini Vinnies visited Highfield nursing home to visit the residents. Both the children and residents had a great time playing games and talking to each other. The highlight was a very competitive game of bingo!

November – European Day
​​​​​​Each class undertook a range of cross-curricular activities to celebrate a different European country. The children clearly really enjoyed their learning and enjoyed sharing their new knowledge in Celebration Assembly.

November – Advent Wreaths
Representatives from each class made Advent wreaths to be displayed in their respective classrooms. They look fantastic! Many thanks to Mrs Mayes and Mrs Wilton for helping the children make the wreaths and teach the children all about the symbolism.



November – Helping Hands Christmas Fayre
The Helping Hands PTA put on another memorable Christmas Fayre. There was a range of different stalls, competitions and activities for everyone to enjoy. There was even a donkey and a steam train! The fayre made over £3000 for the school.

November – Gold Award for Sporting Provision
The school were delighted to receive the school games Gold Award for their sporting provision from the School Games Organiser. 115 children represented the school for competitive sport, encompassing 15 different sports in the academic year 2017/2018. The award was happily received by PE subject leader Mrs Siddall and the girls’ and boys’ football captains – Elenia and Finn.

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 – Children in Need Bun Sale
Over £70 was made for Children In Need this year, organised in partnership by the Mini-Vinnies and the School Council. The buns tasted great! Well done everyone!

November – Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Week
We had a fantastic Positive Psychology and Wellbeing 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 activities.

November – WW1 Remembrance Day
To commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War I, classes undertook research into the war and into their relatives who had taken part. Liturgies were held and children understood the significance of the event. A one minute silence was held in respect for those who gave their lives.

November – Able Science
Four members of Year 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 space.

November – KBOTS Workshop
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 – 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.

October – Welcome Liturgy
Our new reception starters have settled in really well to life at Barkston Ash School. To celebrate them being part of our school community, they took part in a special welcome liturgy. The service was led by Father Chris 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.





October – 1st Communion
Following months of preparation, eleven children in Year 4 received their 1st Communion during a very special Mass at Scarthingwell Church. The children took an active part in the Mass by leading the readings, bidding prayers and offertory procession. The children had worked very hard in preparation for the big day and had a wonderful day as they received Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time.

October –Y5/6 Big Sing Liturgy Thing
Children in Years 5 and 6 had a wonderful time at the annual Big Sing Liturgy Thing at St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School in Leeds. They joined 350 other children from Catholic Primary schools in the Diocese. The children learnt worship songs, dance actions and about Christian symbols in the morning before taking part in a beautiful liturgy in the afternoon. It was a fantastic day.

October – Able Writers Workshop
​​​​​​Four children in Year 6 had a wonderful day out at the STAR Teaching School Alliance Able Writers’ day at Tadcaster Riverside. The day was led by popular author Jon Mayhew, and the children really enjoyed learning about his writing inspirations and processes. They also had the opportunity to create their own adventure stories using the top tips from a successful author.

October – Visit to Knottingley Foodbank
Following our incredible collection of food and toiletries during Harvest Festival, two members of the Mini Vinnie committee (Elenia and Honor) delivered the goods to a very happy and grateful group of volunteers at Knottingley foodbank. The volunteers explained how the system works and how these donations can be used to help families in our local area who need it the most. Elenia and Honor then gave a great presentation to the rest of our school during Celebration Assembly. Well done, everyone!



October – Harvest Festival
It was a very bright and colourful Harvest Festival as our Y6 children led a special CAFOD assembly where we learnt all about the great work CAFOD do to support the poorest people around the world. Our bright and wacky non-uniform day raised over £150 for CAFOD. The Mini Vinnies also organised an amazing collection of food and toiletries that they will take to Knottingley food bank. Well done everyone for a fantastic effort.



September – Premier League Primary Stars
Christmas came early as we opened three big boxes of free sporting equipment from the Premier League. Our SSOC (School sports organising crew) were very excited to open new resources that can aid our playtime games, PE lessons and coaching sessions. It was free to apply and the resources will be very well used in school.

September – School Student Council
​​​​​​Congratulations to our newly elected school student council. They have been democratically elected by their classmates and are looking forward to helping to further improve the school.

September – Mini Vinnies
Our group of Mini Vinnies do a great job in school helping to ‘turn concern into action’ by, amongst other things, supporting our class charities, writing to the housebound of the parish, entertaining residents at the local residential home and organising the school foodbank. Following an application form and interviews, we have four new members of the Mini Vinnie Committee. Congratulations to our newest recruits: India Tonks, Isla Mahady, Millie Appleby and Oliver Bird.

September – British Values Day
To celebrate the British Values of: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs, we held a special British Values day in school. Each class studied these four principles through a range of cross curricular lessons and activities. You can learn about how we promote British Values at Barkston Ash by following this link: www.barkstonash.n-yorks.sch.uk/page.php?id=8028