March – Faith in Action Group
Our Faith in Action group did a great job at writing and presenting morning prayers for w/b 15th March. The group chose the week’s mission and wrote the morning prayers and meditation for the week. They recorded the sessions and these were then watched in each class bubble. You can watch the collective worship sessions by following this link: Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School - London Road, North Yorkshire, LS24 9PS
Well done to the whole group: Paige, Joe, Holly, Oliver, Amelie, Tom and Isabelle.
March – Congratulations Mrs Smithson Brook
Huge congratulations to Mrs Smithson Brook for receiving the ‘Teacher of the term’ award from the supply agency Hays. This was awarded for being flexible, reliable, calm and consistently receiving excellent feedback from schools during a very challenging year.
March – Bible Studies Week
We have had a great bible studies week in school. Cross-curricular lessons throughout school have focussed on exploring what the bible is and enabling the children to develop their bible skills. The children have developed an excellent level of knowledge and understanding about the bible. They showcased this during a special virtual celebration assembly.
March – Investigative Science Week
Each class has loved their investigative science work this week. To celebrate the national event, children have enjoyed developing their scientific understanding through lots of fun experiments.
March - International Women’s Day
On international women’s day, we remembered those who have done, or are doing, incredible things to make life better for women today. We took time to recognise how some women around the world still need to fight for their opinions to be heard or to do what they want to do with their lives.
March – Welcome Back
There were great celebrations at Barkston Ash when we could finally welcome all children back to school. There were banners, balloons and bunting to greet the children; it was wonderful to see them all back together again in school.
February – Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Class 5 for being the Spring 1 spelling bee champions! Despite lockdown, children have completed the challenge and sent in their scores via Tapestry and Google Classroom. Despite some stiff competition, Class 5 came out as winners with an average of 19.3! Well done, Class 5!
December – KS2 Advent Presentation
Despite lockdown restrictions, Key Stage 2 did a great job of delivering a wonderful performance of this year’s Advent Presentation – The Shepherds’ Story. Each class bubble recorded different sections and then each piece was put together and sent out to parents. Well done everyone who worked so hard on this.
December – R/KS1 Nativity
A big well done to the children in Class 1 and Class 2 who produced a fantastic performance of this year’s Christmas Nativity. They performed in two separate bubbles and had their sections added together via video and then emailed out to parents. Well done, everyone.
December – 1st Sacrament of Reconciliation
Congratulations to the children pictured below who (virtually) completed their preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They have all worked very hard to prepare for this special moment.
A huge well done to Class 3 for successfully filling the foodbank box. Mini Vinnies, Oliver and Isaac, were amazed (just look at their faces!) to see that they had not only filled the box but it was overflowing with five further bags full of donations for Selby foodbank. They had no doubt that Class 3 had earned a 10 minute extra playtime voucher. Well done, Class 3!
We are all proud and delighted to have been featured in The Times Top 250 primary schools in the country. The list ranks schools by assessment results and features Barkston Ash at number 143 out of the 17,000 primary schools in the country. Well done to all the children, parents, staff and governors who have made this possible.
To mark the start of Advent, each class have been learning about this special period of waiting for the coming of Jesus. They have also made Advent wreaths for their class and have learnt about the symbolism about the different part of the wreaths.
Our school was turned into a card making factory as each class spent the day making liturgical Christmas cards. The children really enjoyed using their card making skills to create wonderful cards. These will now be quarantined and then delivered by Mr Power and the Mini Vinnies to Barkston Ash residents and members of the parish and surrounding areas.
Congratulations to our group of Y4 children who have completed their preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. This starting in February but had to be completed virtually in the last month due to current restrictions. Well done to all the children and parents for their contributions and engagement with the preparations.
We continued our commitment to having a zero tolerance towards bullying by taking part in anti-bullying week. This is an annual UK event which aims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere, and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it. Each class took part in a variety of activities throughout the week in order to raise awareness, understanding and prevention.
To support Children in Need, the Mini Vinnies arranged for a special Pudsey colouring competition. It cost 50p per entry and there were so many entries that the Mini Vinnies decided to award a prize for each class. Well done everyone who took part and helped to raise £75 for Children in Need. The prize winners are pictured below:
Class 1 Winner: Sam Toft
Class 2 Winner: Morgan Burns
Class 3 Winner: Dominic Donovan
Class 4 Winner: Olivia Hargreaves
Class 5 Winner: Harriett Watson
Class 5 have worked incredibly hard to produce their own school newspaper. Everyone in the class has contributed articles and editors Jake and Isabelle (pictured below) have pieced it all together extremely well. The sales of the fantastic newspaper have raised over £70 for the Class 5 charity – Compassion – where Class 5 sponsor a child called Rodrigue.
Each class fell silent for a period of remembrance on the 11th November. The children learnt about the important sacrifices that so many people made. Below is the stunning artwork from Class 3.
We have had a wonderful Positive Psychology week in school. The children have taken part in a range of activities focussing on ‘Healthy Thoughts’ and the following areas: Body image, gratitude and reflection, dealing with stress, mindfulness, positivity, role-models, motivation, emotions and feelings, friendships and teamwork, and resilience and tolerance. They have really enjoyed the week and there have been lots of very special moments.
A big well done to Class 4 for successfully filling the foodbank box! Mini Vinnies Oliver and Isaac judged the box to be filled and awarded a 10 minute extra playtime voucher!
Congratulations to Class 4 for being the Autumn 1 half-term spelling champions. They scored a fantastic average score of 19.5 to become this half-term’s winner. Well done, Class 4!
Our new reception children have settled very well into our school family. We had a very special Welcome Liturgy in school as we officially welcomed our new reception children as part of our faith community. Each child received a blessing, a name card (made by their Y6 buddy) and a candle. The liturgy was filmed and sent out to parents, and the children performed a fantastic rendition of ‘Great Big God’.
A big well done to all the children (and their families) for a fantastic collection of food and toiletries for the Selby foodbank. These will make a big difference to people in our local community. During a virtual Harvest Festival, we learnt all about the fantastic work that CAFOD do to support those in need around the world. Our non-uniform day raised £208 for CAFOD. Well done, everyone!
A big well done to Class 5 for filling the box (overflowing in fact!) for the Selby foodbank and achieving the Mini Vinnie foodbank challenge! They have earned a 10 minutes extra playtime voucher and a certificate.
Congratulations to our newly appointed school student council. Children in each year group were democratically elected by their peers and have already had their first couple of meetings. They have set up suggestion boxes in their classes so they can gauge and represent the views of their classmates. You can find out more about our school council on the designated page of our website.
The British Values of: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs were studied during a special British Values day in school. Each class studied these four principles through a range of interesting and fun 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