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News & Events  »  2014/2015

Outstanding Test Results – July 2015
Congratulations to our Year 6 children for their amazing end of year SATs results. For the second successive year 100% of children made at least expected progress in reading, writing and maths! Standards of attainment remain very high throughout the school. A full breakdown of the results can be found following the link below. http://barkstonash.n-yorks.sch.uk/page.php?id=3027

New School Sign! – July 2015
Our new school sign is now in place! It features the new school emblem that was designed by the children alongside ex pupil and fine art graduate Autumn Garner. Pictured are Autumn and her sister, Year 4 pupil Ember-Rose. 

Year 6 Leavers’ Liturgy – July 2015
Today we said goodbye to our Year 6 children through a lovely Leavers’ Liturgy. The liturgy consisted of prayers, music, an end of year film and the children’s traditional end of year speeches as they shared their favourite memories of their time at Barkston Ash. They were also presented with a special leaving gift of Barkston Ash 2015 leavers’ hoodies from the Helping Hands.  They have been a wonderful Year 6 cohort. They are a lovely bunch of kind, well behaved, caring, funny, multi-talented children who have offered so much to the whole life of the school. There is no doubt that they will continue to flourish at High School and we wish them every success and blessing. Thank you and good luck to: Thomas, Eve, Oscar, Jack, Ellis, Luca, Emilie, Poppy, Lindsey, Luke, William H, Grace, William K, Reece, Sian, Stephanie, Matthew and Patrick.  

Class 5 Production – Lights, Camera, Action!–July 2015
Children from Class 5 worked hard all term, practising their production of, ‘Lights, Camera, Action.’ They gave two performances – one to the whole school, and one to families and friends in St Joseph’s Church. Everyone was really impressed with the high quality of the performances - well done, Class 5!

Prayer Garden Mosaic – July 2015
An art specialist came into school in July, and each child collaborated to help to create a coloured glass tile mosaic of our new school emblem and mission, and it is now hung in our recently created prayer garden. This was the final piece to complete our new prayer garden. A huge thank you to Miss Bracewell, Reverend Otter and all the staff and parents who helped to create such a special place in our school. Please see the link below for a photo gallery of the prayer garden development. I’m sure you’ll agree - it looks fabulous!

Click here to visit our Prayer Garden Gallery​

Star Alliance Spelling Bee – July 2015
In July, we hosted the first ever Star Alliance Spelling Bee. Schools from our local area joined us in school to compete to become the first school and individual spelling bee champions! To qualify for the final the children had to already become their own school’s year group champions so the standard was very high.The children from each year group were asked to spell a gruelling assortment of words and we were all very impressed by the standard of spelling displayed. We are pleased to announce that Barkston Ash had three individual year winners (Charlie Allen, William Croft and Luca Noblett) and were the overall spelling bee school champions for 2015! Well done to all of this year’s contestants! 

1st Holy Communion Mass – July 2015
After months of preparation, some of our children took part in a special Mass at Scarthingwell Church where they received their first Holy Communion. It was a wonderful day and a special Mass. The children took an active part in the readings, offertory procession and prayers. They then performed a beautiful rendition of ‘A Gift for You’ following Communion. Congratulations to all the children.

Helping Hands BBQ – July 2015
We were blessed with glorious weather for the Helping Hands Summer BBQ! Our whole school community were out in force to enjoy taking part in the various games and activities. Overall Helping Hands managed to raise a fantastic £2,300! This money will be used to equip each  Key Stage 2 child with a brand new locker and purchase additional equipment for Class 1. A huge thank you for the hard work of all those involved!

End of Year Awards – July 2015

Our annual end of year awards were presented during celebration assembly. Well done to all of our very deserving winners!

Sportsman of the Year (voted for by the children):        
1st: Luca N  
2nd: Oscar F
3rd: Jack B

Sportswoman of the Year (voted for by the children):    
1st: Grace B
2nd: Eve E  
3rd: Lindsey K

Academic Achievement Award (this was awarded to the child who made most progress in reading, writing and maths between KS1 and KS2):                           
1st: William H
2nd: Ellis W         
3rd: Poppy D

Ann Maguire, Make a Difference Award : (awarded to the child who has really ‘made a difference’ to the whole life of the school):  
Ellis W

Sports Day – July 2015
The weather managed to hold out (just about!) for the whole school to enjoy a fantastic sports day. As usual, all the children displayed admirable sportsmanship – being supportive and cheering each other on during events - even children from opposing teams! The green team finished first overall! Well done to everyone involved!

Choir Concert – July 2015
The Barkston Ash Choir sang five songs in a special concert for visitors. They performed a mixture of worship, pop and musical songs. Everyone agreed that it was a brilliant performance – well done, choir!

Year 3/4 Trip to Fairburn Ings – June 2015
Years 3 and 4 enjoyed an action-packed trip to Fairburn Ings. They went pond-dipping and learnt about habitats and food chains. They also took the money they had raised from their charity bake sale, and had the opportunity to present their donation to the RSPB.

Rollolab – June 2015
Class 5 had a visit from Rollolab at Sherburn High School. We carried out investigations into light, sound and temperature using data loggers. Our investigations included: seeing how the number of bulbs in a circuit affected their brightness, and seeing which materials made the best thermal insulators. As always, we had a great time!

Class 1 Forest Day – June 2015
Class One were really excited to spend a day in the woods at Forest School! They went on a scavenger hunt, built dens in the forest, and made magical wands using natural materials they found in the woods. Everyone had a great day!

School Art Gallery – June 2015
We hosted our very own art gallery exhibition in school! Each child had a piece of art work framed and displayed. Visitors were able to view the artwork, purchase pieces and enjoy refreshments. The standard of the artwork was very impressive – well done, artists!

Y5/6 Yorkshire Cricket Education Day – June 2015
In July, children from years 5 and 6 had a fantastic day trip to Headingley cricket ground in Leeds. It was an educational day, and the children even got a chance to play some cricket too. As always, good behaviour was displayed throughout, and the children were a credit to our school!

Y5 Chocolate Enterprise Day – June 2015
Our Year 5s and 6s went to York University for a chocolate enterprise day. They were asked to design, cost and advertise a new chocolate bar. All of the presentations were excellent and were judged by representatives of Nestlé. The judges were really impressed by the standard of presentation, and the winning teams even included some of our pupils! Well done, everyone!

Y5 Visit to St John Fisher RC High School –June 2015
Children in Year 5 had a wonderful time visiting St John Fisher High School. They took part in lots of exciting activities and got a wonderful taste of life in High School.

Class 1 Bug Hunt – June 2015
The children in Class 1 had a lot of fun taking part in a special after school Bug Hunt! To support their work on mini-beasts, children and parents explored the playground to find hidden bugs! They all had a great time!

KS2 Visit to Leeds Mosque and Art Gallery–June 2015
All of Key Stage 2 visited Leeds Mosque and Leeds Art Gallery to support their work in RE and art. During the visit to the Mosque, the children learnt about: the five pillars of Islam, prayer and traditional clothes. During their visit to the art gallery, the children really enjoyed studying the various pieces of sculpture and art as well as taking part in art workshops.

Music Concert – May 2015
What a talented group of musicians we have! Parents and staff were treated to a wonderful music concert encompassing the various musical instrument lessons taught in school. Year 6 musicians Lindsey, Eve and Grace presented the concert and it was fantastic to enjoy performances from children in Year 2 to Year 6.

Class 5 Trip to Lightwater Valley – May 2015
Class 5 used the money left over from their Apprentice Challenge to completely fund a trip to Lightwater Valley! The children had an amazing time! More pictures can be viewed on the Class 5 gallery page.

Sponsored Child – May 2015
Children in Class 5 made nearly £1000 following their Apprentice Challenge project. They chose to use part of their profits to sponsor a child in the developing world from Brazil. Meet the newest member of the Barkston Ash community – Francisco. Further details about Francisco and how our money will be spent, can be found on the Class 5 page.

Good Shepherd Appeal Mass – May 2015
Ember-Rose and Oli represented the school in a special celebration Mass at Leeds Cathedral. They met the bishop and presented a cheque of £150 for the Good Shepherd Appeal that all the children have raised during Lent. 

Choir Visit to the Nursery - April 2015
Mr Power and a group of children from choir went to Barkston Ash Nursery School to teach the preschool children a song for their special music week. Everyone really enjoyed the music, and it was lovely to see school and nursery children singing together..

Reconciliation Mass – March 2015
The whole school, and parents and visitors, participated in a reconciliation mass this Lent. This was followed by individual confessions from the older children. Thank you to Father McCarthy for leading us in this.

Liturgical Dance – March 2015
A group of five children from choir learned and performed an Easter liturgical song with dance actions. They gave two performances; one in whole school reconciliation mass, and one in celebration assembly. Everyone was really moved by such powerful performances.

North Regional Football Tournament  – March 2015
Our Y5/6 boys’ football team had a day to remember at the North Regional Finals. See the sports page for more details. 

Resurrection Rock – March 2015
Class four gave two very moving performances of Resurrection Rock. They rehearsed with Mr Roberts from St John Fisher School, and their hard work really paid off. Parents, visitors, staff and other pupils were really impressed by such fantastic performances!

Comic Relief Non-Uniform day/Cake Sale – March 2015
To raise money for Comic Relief everyone in school paid £1 to wear red. Molly, Katie, Lucia, Jessica and Isabel also organised a cake sale, which was enjoyed by everyone! Altogether we raised over £250! Well done, everybody!

World Book Day – March 2015
On Thursday 5th March, we celebrated World Book Day in school. The children and staff dressed up as their favourite characters from children’s books. Everybody looked fantastic and we had a really fun day doing activities related to World Book Day in our classes.

New School Library – March 2015
In March we were very proud to reopen our new school library! Staff and volunteers worked hard to catalogue hundreds of new books. On opening day, each class visited the library, and every single child in school borrowed a book! Happy reading everyone!

K-Bot D&T – March 2015
On Friday 6th March, four children from Class 5, working in pairs, were lucky enough to be able to attend a K’Bot workshop at Riverside Primary School in Tadcaster, along with twenty eight children from other schools. The aim of the day was to encourage and develop engineering skills in primary school children. The first stage was to build a standard K’Bot from K’Nex pieces…then customise it to make it the most effective sumo-style fighting robot. Once they had been built, the robots were placed in the arena (on a table), and released, with the aim of pushing the opponent as far back as possible. Our two teams both won their first rounds.  Unfortunately, the Barkston Pros (Emilie & Luca) were knocked out in their second battle as one of their driving wheels went over the edge of the table.  However, William & Ellis (aka Oblivion) went on to win another two matches, putting them into the final. They then proceeded to win the final with their fantastic, powerful fighting machine, KKB!  Great engineering, Barkston!

Bible Study Week in Catholic Post – February 2015

Last term's Bible Study Week was featured in the February edition of the Catholic Post. You can find a copy of this using the link below:

Charitable Donation – February 2015
A big thank you to Omega Kitchens PLC who have very kindly donated £250 to our school choir. Omega PLC have donated the money as part of their charitable fund to support projects in our community. This money helped to ensure that we reached our fundraising target to attend Young Voices and will also be used to help fund new music equipment and resources. A huge thank you from everyone at Barkston Ash. 

Education Sunday – February 2015
There was a fantastic turnout for Education Sunday with over 180 people packed into St Joseph’s church! A big thank you to everyone for supporting this event. Children led the readings, bidding prayers and offertory procession with the school choir singing a memorable post-communion hymn. Well done, everyone!

Young Voices – January 2015
After months of rehearsals learning song words and dance moves, our school choir had a night to remember at the Sheffield arena. They performed alongside 5,000 other children as part of the Young Voices choir. Also performing on the night were xfactor star Lucy Spraggan, Urban Strides dance crew and band Mic Lowry. It was a night to remember for children, staff and parents alike. The full gallery (including our appearance on Calendar News!) is available on the Young Voices page on the Pupils’ section of the website.

Class 5 Young Apprentice – January 2015
Just before the October half term holiday, each child in class 5 was given a £3 loan with which to start their very own business. They had to use this to buy what they needed to start their, then reinvest the profits in order to earn as much money as they could. The children really took to the challenge and, between them, made over £950 profit in two and a half months! As if this wasn’t enough of a challenge, the children then had to enter the boardroom and present their businesses to Lord Sir Alan Craigen, Karen West and Nick Power (aka Mr Craigen, Mrs West and Mr Power). After a very high standard of a final, Eve and Grace’s business, Fruit Looms, was chosen as the eventual winner!

New Learning Mentor Resources – December 2014
A big thank you to Thornton Jones Family Law who have kindly donated to school learning resources that will help support children through divorce and separation. Our school learning mentor, Ms West, will use these books to support children who encounter these issues. 

Ofsted Inspection – December 2014
On the 3rd and 4th December the school was visited by Ofsted. After a thorough and robust inspection, we were judged as being ‘good in all areas’. You can access the full report following the link below.
KS2 Advent Presentation - December 2014
The children in Key Stage 2 produced three very moving performances of their Advent Presentation ‘I would Light a Candle’. Well done to all the children for producing such memorable performances.

Cinderella Pantomime - December 2014
The children had a real treat with a visit from Chaplin’s Pantomimes who performed Cinderella. The children had a lot of fun and laughter during the performance. A huge thank you to Helping Hands who completely funded the event. It was much appreciated by everyone.

F/KS1 Nativity - Born in a Barn - December 2014
A big well done to all the children in class 1 and 2 who gave two amazing performances of the nativity ‘Born in a Barn’. The children looked great and sounded even better! They worked so hard to learn all their lines and songs and were a real credit to the school.

Choir Singing at Highfield Nursing Home - December 2014
Our 38 strong choir travelled to Highfied Nursing Home to entertain the residents with a repertoire of their songs from the forthcoming Advent Presentation. They also spent time chatting with the residents. The children sang beautifully and were a real credit to the school.

Christmas Card Making Day - December 2014
The school was transformed into a Christmas card making factory for the day, with each class making liturgical Christmas cards. Each class worked on a number of different designs and we had a huge pile of high quality cards by the end of the day. These cards will now be delivered to local residents and parishioners.

Helping Hands Christmas Fayre - November 2014
We had a wonderful Christmas Fayre with a whole range of different stalls, games, activities, food and even Father Christmas. It was extremely well attended and everyone had a brilliant time. A huge thank you to all of Helping Hands for all their hard work to make it such a wonderful day. Further pictures are available on the Helping Hands page of the website.

Primary Maths Challenge - November 2014
Congratulations to all of the children in Year 5 and 6 who took part in the Primary Maths Challenge. This is a national maths competition that consists of very challenging mathematical problems. A special well done to the following children who achieved these prizes for high marks: Thomas Ellis (Bronze), Ellis Wilmore and Oscar Fountaine (Silver) and Alexander Rennocks and Eve Eastman (Gold).

Celebration of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Marcus - November 2014
Year 6 pupils Grace, Oscar and Poppy attended ‘Christ at Our Heart’, a Celebration of Catholic Education at Leeds Cathedral to mark the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Marcus as the Tenth Bishop of Leeds. It was a wonderful occasion and the children presented a special welcome card to Bishop Marcus, outlining how Christ is at the heart of everything we do at Barkston Ash.

Class 5 Egyptians Information Afternoon - October 2014
The children in Class 5 ran a wonderful afternoon of stalls to show their learning about the Egyptians. Each stall gave information about a different element of their learning and they astounded parents and staff with their incredible knowledge. Class 5 finished the afternoon’s entertainment by performing two Egyptian songs.

Bible Study Week - October 2014
We had a fantastic bible study week in school. Each class developed their understanding of the bible and their bible skills through a range of creative cross-curricular lessons.

Welcome Liturgy - October 2014
Our new starters were officially welcomed to our school during a special welcome liturgy to celebrate their first half term with us. They were joined by their buddies and parents for this special celebration. Each child received a blessing and candle to mark their belonging to our school family.


Positive Psychology Week - October 2014
Positive Psychology week in school is brilliant! During this week, the children learnt about how to be happy, including how to form positive relationships, maintain good self-esteem, give and receive compliments and turn negative thoughts into positive ones. There was lots of fantastic, creative cross curricular work around this theme.


Big Sing Liturgy Thing! - October 2014
Children in Year 5 and 6 had a day to remember at St Theresa’s Catholic Primary school in Leeds. They joined 7 other schools in the area to take part in a number of different liturgical singing and dancing performances. The children (and staff!) had a great day. The theme was ‘God our loving Father’ and it was a moving, thought provoking day.

Selby District Small School ESFA Cup Winners - October 2014
Congratulations to the Y5/6 football team who won the Small Schools Cup! Full details on the sports page.

International Award Winners - October 2014
Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School has recently been awarded the British Council International School Award, Foundation Certificate. This is a reflection of the ongoing emphasis of international education in all classes throughout the curriculum. Congratulations to everyone involved. 

British Council International School Award - Foundation Certificate
Sports Games Bronze Award Winners - October 2014
We have also been accredited with the School Sports Games Bronze award for excellence in delivering sporting opportunities for children. Further details on the sports section of our website. Well done everyone!

Highfield Harvest Festival at Scarthingwell Church - October 2014
The school choir were delighted to be invited to take part in a special community Harvest Festival at Scarthingwell Church. It was organised by Highfield Nursing Home and it was wonderful to be involved in such an event. The choir performed two songs – Firm Foundation and Where Feet May Fail – and sang beautifully.

Harvest Festival - October 2014
The children in Year 6 led a CAFOD Harvest Festival that explored the need to share food with the needy around the world. The festival included a powerpoint of the issues with food in the world, readings, hymns and prayers. On the previous day all the children wore non-uniform and donated a £1 to CAFOD, to help support their work around the world. All week children and staff have been bringing in  items of food that will be donated to the Harrogate Homeless Charity.

New School Council - October 2014
Miss Flinton presented the newly elected members of the school council. This year’s members were democratically elected by their class and will play a big part in the development of the school.

Able Maths Workshop - September 2014
A group of children from Reception and Year 1 took part in an able maths workshop at Tadcaster Riverside Primary school. Schools from the STAR Alliance joined together to take part in a range of story based activities learning about how maths is all around us.