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July – Leavers’ Liturgy
During a lovely leavers’ liturgy, we said goodbye to our wonderful Year 6 children. They have been amazing ambassadors for our school, and we will miss them very much. The liturgy consisted of prayers, hymns, the end of year speeches and the Y6 Leavers’ film. It was a very moving celebration. Goodbye and good luck, Year 6 2019!

July – Class 5 Production – ‘A Blast from the Past’

July – Last Celebration Assembly of the Year
uring a fantastic Celebration Assembly, our end of year awards were presented by our school governors. Congratulations to this year’s winners (pictured below): Elenia O’Donnell (Anne Maguire ‘Make a Difference’ award winner – voted for by all staff), Isabella Sowden (Academic Achievement Award Winner – for the child who made the most progress between the end of KS1 and the end of KS2), Lauren Lilley (Sportswoman of the Year – voted for by the children) and Finn Hardcastle (Sportsman of the Year – voted for by the children).

July – Sacrament of Reconciliation Party
The children who have recently received (and are preparing for) the sacrament of reconciliation met for as special celebration party. With relatives also in attendance, we listened to the story of the prodigal son, the selfish giant and joined together in prayer to thank God for the great gift of forgiveness that we receive through this sacrament. We then had cake and juice to celebrate God’s love for us.

July – STAR Alliance Spelling Bee
Barkston Ash hosted the 5th annual STAR Alliance Spelling Bee final. 7 schools joined from the alliance sent representatives from each year group to take part in a spelling bee competition. A number of the year group competitions went to tie-breakers as the standard of spelling was extremely high.

Congratulations to Bradley Wilson (Y1) and Emily Carter (Y6) who won their year group’s spelling competitions. Well done to Athelstan Primary school who won the competition overall and for everyone who took part.

July –Music Concert
The children’s musical talents were on display when children from Reception to Year 6 put together a wonderful musical recital. Children who have music lessons inside and out of school for the piano, guitar, recorder, ocarina and flute prepared pieces to perform and showed great talent and temperament to give a packed hall a fantastic afternoon of entertainment. Well done to everyone who took part.



July – Sports Day
The annual sports day was a great success as the children enjoyed day of great sporting activities. In the morning, the SSOC (School Sports Organising Crew) organised a morning of fun sporting games and activities for each class. In the afternoon, were the traditional competitive sports day races where the blue team finished as overall winners. Well done to the blue team and for everyone who took part.



July – KS2 Choir Concert
The KS2 choir produced an excellent performance of a set of worship, songs from the musicals and songs from the charts in front of a very impressed audience of parents and families. The children had worked hard to prepare a fantastic set and all sang very well.

July – International Day
Our annual international day was a huge success as each class took part in a range of cross-curricular activities based on their chosen country. The classes studied were as follows: Class 1 – Canada, Class 2 – China, Class 3 – Brazil, Class 4 – Australia and Class 5 – India.



July – Healthy Schools Launch Day
As part of our commitment to being a healthy school, four children in Year 4 joined Miss Bracewell for the launch of the new North Yorkshire healthy schools’ launch day. The children had a wonderful time taking part in cooking, gardening and sporting activities.

June – Art Competition
Children in each class met together with Miss Bracewell and Ms West to take part in an art competition run by Sherburn-in Elmet parish council. We were given a blank board and created a farmyard college. Well done to everyone who helped create the final piece.



June – Healthy Body Wellbeing Day
As part of our health and wellbeing curriculum, we took part in a healthy body wellbeing day. The children took part in various cross-curricular activities around the themes of: food and mood, food and energy, kinetic classroom and stamina and endurance.



June – Able Writers
Four Year 6 children attended an Able Writers workshop at Tadcaster Riverside School led by author Anna Mckann. Anna writes about the street children of Mexico, amongst other things. The children were challenged to write a story based on everyday objects and designed their own book cover. Anna kindly gave us one of her books ‘Chavos the Kids of Distrito Federal’ for our school library.

June – Visit form North Yorkshire Fire Service
We were very grateful to have a visit from members of North Yorkshire Fire Service who gave talks to our R/KS1 children and our KS2 children about fire safety. It was very interesting to hear such important safety tips and advice.



June – Choir Concert
The KS2 Choir entertained parents and grandparents with a number of songs that they have been learning. The children have worked very hard to practise their repertoire and gave a fantastic performance. Well done to everyone who took part.

June – Able Science Event
Four children from Year 6 took part in an able science event run by the STAR Alliance. The children had the opportunity to handle a number of different animals and learnt all about them. They had a great time!



June – Community Litter Pick
Members of the school council did a great job litter picking around the village to help keep our local are looking clean and tidy.

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 by coming into school early for the ever-popular SATs breakfast!

May – TOT
Congratulations to Class 3 for achieving the Mini Vinnies ‘Tins on Tuesday’ challenge. After careful adjudication by Matthew and Isaac, it was decided that they had filled the box! They were rewarded with a special certificate in Celebration Assembly by the Mini Vinnies. Well done, Class 3!

April – Music Concert
We had a wonderful celebration of music talent as the children performed a special music concert in school. With a packed hall of very appreciative family members, children showed their talents on the piano, recorder and guitar. Well done to everyone who took part.



April – 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.

April – Healthy Habits Wellbeing Day
As part of our Positive Psychology and Wellbeing curriculum, we had a special healthy habits wellbeing day in school. Each class took part in a range of cross-curricular activities around the themes of sleep (how to sleep well), laughter (finding out how laughter is good for you), breathing (learning how to use breathing as a way to calm yourself down) and hobbies (learning how hobbies can make you feel happy). The children had a fantastic day and took lots of positives from their day’s learning.



April – Family Mass
There was a lovely celebration at St Joseph’s, Sherburn for family Mass. Children, staff and parents packed the church and led readings, singings, offertory and the hymns. Thank you for everyone who made it such a special occasion.
April – TOT
Congratulations to Class 4 for achieving the Mini Vinnies ‘Tins on Tuesday’ challenge. After careful adjudication by Matthew and Isaac, it was decided that they had filled the box! They were rewarded with a special certificate in Celebration Assembly by the Mini Vinnies. Well done, Class 4!

March – Able Writers
Harriet Goodwin

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 Harriet Goodwin, and the children really enjoyed learning about her writing inspirations and processes. They also had the opportunity to create their own stories using the top tips from a successful author.

March – World Poetry Day
To celebrate World Poetry Day, we had a day of poetry reading, writing and performing in school. Each child explored different forms of poetry and read poems from some great authors. It was wonderful to hear the children’s own poems and their performance poetry during Celebration Assembly.

March – Investigative Science Week
We have had a fantastic investigative science week in school. Each class has been planning and conducting investigations and experiments. The children have had great fun developing their scientific knowledge and understanding in such a practical way. Celebration Assembly was great as each class showed off their new scientific learning.

March – K BOTS
Three 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!

March – World Book Day
We had a wonderful time in school celebrating World Book Day! Children and staff came to school dressed as their favourite book characters and learnt all about each other’s favourite books. It was a great day.

March – Tins on Tuesday!
Well done, Class 5! Congratulations to Class 5 for being the first class to achieve the Mini Vinnies ‘Tins on Tuesday’ challenge. After careful adjudication by Matthew and Isaac, it was decided that they had filled the box! They were rewarded with a special certificate in Celebration Assembly by the Mini Vinnies. Well done, Class 5!

February – Bible Study Week
The annual bible study week was a great success. Each class took part in a range of different activities related to the bible and even carried out additional activities at home. All the children really developed their bible skills and showed an excellent knowledge and understanding.



January – Young Apprentice Challenge
Children in Class 5 have been amazing Young Apprentices. Over the last 3 months, they have turned a £4 investment each into an amazing £1800 profit! They have run fantastic businesses and presented these extremely well to the Young Apprentice panel. A special well done to our three runner-up businesses: Elenia and Lauren, Emma and Libby and Izzy and Honor, and to Sophie Groot, who was crowned the overall winner of the Apprentice Challenge 2018-19!

January – Top of The Class
We are delighted to be once again featured in the Wetherby News ‘Top of the Class’ page as one of the top attaining schools in Yorkshire. Well done to everyone who has made this possible.

January – School Council Community Litter Pick
As part of our ongoing work in the community, members 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.

January – Digital Leaders!
Following a high number of applications, we have now appointed a group of digital leaders. These children will work alongside Mrs Bagshaw (our computing subject leader) with the following main aims:

  •  Have training in order to increase their computer knowledge;
  •  Be responsible for technology within their class;
  •  Be called upon to help with ‘glitches’ & problems;
  •  Use their digital knowledge to support our school.
January – Young Voices
The Key Stage 2 choir had an amazing day when they took part in the Young Voices concert at Sheffield arena. They really enjoyed performing alongside over 4,000 children, and special guests including Tony Hadley, in front of a packed arena. It was a memorable experience for everyone involved.



January – Y5 Forensic Science Day
Children in Y5 had a fantastic day at Sherburn High as they took part in a special Forensic Science day. They took part in lots of fun activities where they developed their science skills to solve a number of clues. The children all really enjoyed their day.

January – Published Author!
A huge congratulations to Y6 child Sam Tchaikovsky who was presented with a special framed certificate from Young Writers during Celebration Assembly. A poem about autumn, that he wrote for one of his learning challenges last term, has been accepted for publication in Poetry Wonderland Marvellous Rhymes. Well done, Sam!

December – Delivering of Christmas Cards
Following our Christmas card making day, members of the Mini Vinnie group gave out the cards we made after the St Joseph and Scarthingwell Masses. They also delivered remaining cards around the village to share the good news of Christmas.

December – Choir Visit to Highfield
35 members of the school choir visited Highfield nursing home to entertain residents by singing a selection of songs from this year’s Advent Presentation. The performance was well received and it was lovely to chat with residents after the songs had been sung.



December – Christmas Tree Bauble Competition
Congratulations to Evie-Rae and Caoimhe who were awarded runners up medals from Leeds City Museum after impressing with their Christmas bauble creations! In addition to the medals, both children’s baubles are now on display on the Leeds museum Christmas tree.
December – Reconciliation Mass
As part of our preparation for Christmas, Father Steven celebrated Mass in school. This was followed by individual confessions. It was a lovely celebration of God’s love and forgiveness.
December – KS2 Advent Presentation
The KS2 children gave a wonderful performance of this year’s KS2 Advent Presentation ‘I would light a candle’. The children shared the story of Jesus’ birth beautifully through drama and music.

December – R/KS1 Nativity
Our reception and Key Stage 1 children definitely had the wow and aw factor as they produced a brilliant performance of their nativity ‘A King is Born’. The children sang their hearts out and produced a memorable performance.

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