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News & Events  »  2016/2017

July 2017 – Leavers’ Liturgy
It was an emotional final day of school for our Year 6 children as they led the school in the leavers’ liturgy. Each Year 6 child delivered a leavers’ speech and there were prayers and songs to wish them well for the future. They have been a wonderful Year 6 and they will all remain in our prayers. Here they are wearing the leavers’ hoodies that they were gifted by Helping Hands.

July 2017 – Y6 Trip to Crucial Crew
Our Y6 children took part in an informative and enjoyable afternoon at Askham Bryan College. The children took part in a number of different life saving scenarios and life skills. It was a very worthwhile visit.

July 2017 – C5 Visit to The Summit Indoor Adventure
As part of their fantastic Young Apprentice fundraising, the children of Class 5 funded a visit to the Summit Indoor Adventure in Selby where they had a great time bowling, climbing and enjoying a meal together. They had a great time.

July 2017 – C5 Production – Farewell My Friend
Class 5 worked incredibly hard to put together a fantastic performance of Farewell My Friend. The audience were entertained to a show of great acting, dancing and singing. Well done to everyone involved.

July 2017 – C3 Trip to Jorvik
Class 3 loved following up their learning in history by visiting Jorvik. The children had a great time learning about the Vikings!

July 2017 – Last Celebration Assembly of the Year
We had a wonderful last Celebration Assembly of the year. At the end of the assembly, the end of year awards were presented. Congratulations to the following winners pictured below: (left to right) Ben Hargreaves (Outstanding Sportsman of the Year), Milly Fieldhouse (Outstanding Sportswoman of the Year), Katie Hutton (Academic Achievement Award), and Aoife Hardcastle (Ann Maguire ‘Make a Difference’ Award).

July 2017 – STAR Spelling Bee Final
Children from the STAR Teaching School Learning Alliance joined together in our school hall for the Spelling Bee final. There was a very high standard of spelling evident from all schools. Overall the winners were Barkston Ash! Well done to everyone who took part.

July 2017 – Sports Day
After a cancellation earlier in the week, the weather blessed us for a wonderful afternoon of traditional sports day races. Congratulations to the blue team who were presented with the winning shield by school governor Mrs Luke.

July 2017 – School Council Community Litter Pick
Representatives of our school council continued their excellent work in the community by carrying out a litter pick. Well done to all those involved.

July 2017 – C3 Charity Bake Sale for Class Charity
Children in Class 3 held a very successful cake sale in aid of their class charity, Dreamflight. Altogether they raised £89. Well done, Class 3!

July 2017 – C2 Trip to Tropical World
Class 2 enhanced their science learning about animals by visiting Tropical World. The children had a great time and really enjoyed seeing the range of animals.

July 2017 – C1 Trip to Canon Hall Farm
Class 1 had a wonderful time at Canon Hall farm. They enhanced their learning about animals by seeing lots of different animals at the farm and were able to stroke and feed them.

July 2017 – Whole School Singing Day
We had a wonderful whole school singing day with our special guest musician, Mrs Joyce. Each class took part in a singing workshop where they learnt a new song and then the whole school performed their songs to a hall packed with parents and families. It was a fantastic day.

July 2017 – First Holy Communion
It was a very special day at Scarthingwell church when 10 children made their First Holy Communion. The children took part in the offertory procession, bidding prayers and readings. It was a very blessed day. Congratulations to all the children.

June 2017 – Helping Hands BBQ
A huge thank you to our Helping Hands PTA for organising a fantastic summer BBQ. There were a range of fantastic activities and stalls that were enjoyed by the whole school community. The event also raised an amazing £2, 126! Well done to everyone!

June 2017 – St Peter and Paul Mass
Father McCarthy led a lovely Mass in school to celebrate the feast of St Peter and Paul. It was great to welcome parishioners and parents to join us in our worship.

June 2017 – International Day
Each class in school enjoyed a special international day. The children spent the whole day learning about their chosen country and carried out a variety of cross-curricular work.

June 2017 – C5 Visit to Lightwater Valley
Class 5 had a brilliant time on their treat trip to Lightwater Valley. Funded by their Young Apprentice work, the children enjoyed a fun-packed day on the variety of rides.

June 2017 – KBOTs Day
Using their Young Apprentice fundraising money, Class 5 treated the children in Class 4 and 5 to a special KBOTs day! 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!

June 2017 - St John Fisher Taster Day
Our Year 5 children had a wonderful taster day at St John Fisher Catholic High school in Harrogate. They took part in a number of fun learning activities that gave them a good insight into life at High school.

May 2017 – Key Stage 2 Choir Concert
Our Key Stage 2 choir gave a wonderful concert to parents as they shared some of the songs that they have recently learned. The songs were also accompanied by ‘Barkston Strides’ our school dance group. Well done to the choir and ‘Barkston Strides’ for putting on a fantastic performance.

May 2017 – National Football Finalists
Our Y5/6 boys’ football team made the national finals for a second successive season and had a great day out at the home of Premiership team Stoke City. The team reached the semi-finals to be crowned as joint 3rd best school team in the country – an amazing achievement.

May 2017 – Helping Hands Sponsored Bounce

Helping Hands organised a fun sponsored bounce to help raise money for school funds. Each child was sponsored to see how many bounces they could do in one minute. It was great fun!

Marvellous Me – May 2017
We have just launched a new ‘Marvellous Me’ APP that staff can use to let parents know when their children have been amazing! It is already a great success with lots of happy parents and children sharing the wonderful achievements.

SATS Breakfast – May 2017
To help the children feel relaxed before SATs, Mr Craigen and Mr Power have welcomed the Y6 children into school early for a special SATs breakfast. The children have really enjoyed coming into school and having fun with their friends before the tests.

School Council Litter Pick – April 2017
Members of our school council have been out into the village helping it to be clean and tidy. They have carried out another very successful litter pick and have had a great impact.

Stations of the Cross – April 2017
In preparation for Easter, Father McCarthy led a moving Stations of the Cross meditation at Scarthingwell Church for all the children in Years 5 and 6.

School Council – April 2017
The school student council have used part of their annual budget to buy a new penguin bin for the playground! This is related to their challenge of improving the school environment. They have also purchased a new buddy bench for the school playground.

Boys’ Football Team National Finalists Again! March 2017
The Y5/6 boys’ football team have made the national finals for the second year in a row! See the sports page of the website for more details.

Investigative Science Week – March 2017
We had an exciting week full of practical science work for investigative science week. Each class really enjoyed developing their scientific knowledge and understanding through a range of different practical activities. We shared these during a science themed Celebration Assembly.

World Book Day – March 2017
We had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day! Children (and staff!) dressed up as their favourite book character and shared their favourite stories with their class. Well done, everyone!

Mini Vinnies Craft and Liturgy Day – February 2017
Our Mini Vinnie group had a wonderful craft and liturgy day at St Edward’s Catholic Primary School. Joining with Mini Vinnies from St Edward’s, they spent the day making Easter crafts (which they will be selling for charity), learning new worship songs, writing bidding prayers, creating dramatic performances of one of Jesus’ miracles and learning a liturgical dance. They finished the day by leading a wonderful liturgy. The children all had a fantastic day!

Skipping Workshop – February 2017
Children in Class 4 have started a special skipping project. They will be learning lots of new skills and tricks ready to take part in a festival later in the year. They had lots of fun!

Gold Sports Award – February 2017
We were delighted to receive the Gold Sporting Provision award from head of North Yorkshire sport, Stacey Howard. This is in recognition for outstanding sporting opportunities and provision for children. Last academic year, 111 different children (out of 134) represented the school for competitive sport. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Forensic Science Day – February 2017

Children in Year 5 had a fantastic Forensic Science day at Sherburn High school. They took part in a crime mystery investigation to solve clues to find out who stole the Sherbies! They all had a great time!

Young Voices – January 2017
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. We enjoyed providing the backing vocals for Natalie Williams, the Beatbox Collective and Tabby Callaghan! 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. We certainly have a choir full of singing superstars! Well done! A huge thank you to everyone who helped the choir with their fundraising efforts enabling us to go to the event.

Young Apprentice Challenge – January 2017
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 £2,600! Turning £75 into £2600 is truly a fantastic achievement! The finalists Ella, Isabel and Katie, Lucia and Ember, and Sophia were all presented with their finalists’ trophies, with the winning trophy presented to Isobel and Katie for their fabulous Barkston Beanies 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!

Positive Psychology Week – January 2017
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 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 cross curricular activities.

Christmas Eve Mass – December 2016

 A special Christmas Mass was held at St Joseph’s on Christmas Eve. The Mass was led by Father McCarthy and was very well attended and greatly enjoyed by all. Thank you to all the families who attended, especially the children for leading the singing, readings and offertory procession.
Highfield Nursing Home Visit – December ​​​​​

Our school choir were honoured to pay a visit to Highfield Care Home again and perform Christmas songs, including some of our Advent presentation songs. The choir sang beautifully and their performance was enjoyed by all. The children also loved the opportunity to share conversation and enjoy refreshments with the residents after the performance.
KS2 Advent Presentation - December

Our annual Key Stage 2 Advent presentation ran for two nights and this year’s presentation was called – The Shepherds’ Story. The children produced two fantastic performances that highlighted all the hard work and dedication put into both shows by the children and staff. The performance was enjoyed by all who saw it. Well done!

Choir Performing at Church Christmas Fayre – December
Our school choir were honoured to be asked to sing at the Christmas Fayre at St Joseph’s Church. They performed a variety of Christmas songs, including a sneak preview of some of our Advent presentation songs. The performance was fantastic, and enjoyed by everyone.

R/KS1 Nativity - December

The children and staff in Key Stage 1 dedicated weeks of hard work for this year’s Nativity, ‘A little bird told me’. Both performances were excellent with a variety of fantastic singing, acting and dancing on show. Well done!
Christmas Card Making Day – December 
On Monday 5th December, our whole school was transformed into a Christmas card-making factory again! Each class produced some fantastic homemade liturgical cards - we really have got a talented bunch!  The cards were then distributed to spread the good news and Christmas cheer at Church and within our village.

School Council Village Litter Pick – December


As part of their challenge to contribute positively to the local community, members of the School Council, accompanied by Ms West, braved the winter weather to carry out a litter pick in the village. Well done to all involved!
Helping Hands Christmas Fayre – November

Our annual Christmas Fayre was held on Sunday 25th November. It was a fabulous event with lots of fantastic stalls, food, drinks, games and a special visit from Santa Claus. Once again Helping Hands organised a fantastic event that was enjoyed by all and raised an incredible £2,195. Thank you again for all your incredible support.
Pantomime – November

We were very lucky to have Chaplin’s Panto Company join us for a fabulous performance of “The Magic Castle” on Tuesday afternoon. The children really enjoyed the show.
Thank you once again to Helping Hands for funding this. The actors commented on the good behaviour and politeness of the children.
Advent Wreaths – November
Rev Otter came into school to help children make advent wreaths that are to be displayed around school and in each class. There was a lot of hard work and creativity that went in to making each wreath and they look fantastic. Well done!

Year of Mercy Mass – November
To celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy, school hosted a special Mass in school. Father McCarthy celebrated Mass for our school community and parishioners. The children created their own artwork for the offertory procession and led readings and the singing; they also wrote their own mercy prayers. 

Anti-Bullying Week - November
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.

WW2 Day – November 
As part of remembrance day, the whole school participated in a World War 2 theme day. Each class produced excellent, thoughtful work, including some wonderful art, literacy and history work. The children responded to the whole day very well. Many thanks to all the families who helped to support our work by sharing artefacts and stories of the war. 

Letter from the Minister of State for School Standards! – November
We were very pleased to receive a letter from Nick Gibb (MP and Minister of State for School Standards) congratulating the staff and pupils at the school for the very high standard of achievement in the 2016 Year 1 Phonics screening check. The results put our school in the top 8 percent of all primary schools in the country. Well done to all the pupils, staff and parents who have supported our work in this area. A copy of the letter can be found on the letters page of our ‘Parents’ tab.
Big Sing Liturgy Thing - November
Children from Years 5 and 6 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.
All Saints Mass – November
School hosted a Mass to celebrate All Saints day. Father McCarthy led the Mass with the children leading the singing, readings and offertory procession.
We were very pleased to receive a letter from Nick Gibb (MP and Minister of State for School Standards) congratulating the staff and pupils at the school for the very high standard of achievement in the 2016 Year 1 Phonics screening check. The results put our school in the top 8 percent of all primary schools in the country. Well done to all the pupils, staff and parents who have supported our work in this area. A copy of the letter can be found on the letters page of our ‘Parents’ tab. 

Big Sing Liturgy Thing - November
Children from Years 5 and 6 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. 

All Saints Mass – November
School hosted a Mass to celebrate All Saints day. Father McCarthy led the Mass with the children leading the singing, readings and offertory procession.

Bible Skills Week – October
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.

Welcome Liturgy – October
Our new reception starters took part in a special welcome liturgy, where they were warmly welcomed into our school family and local community by Father McCarthy and their 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 visitors attended and shared in a wonderful liturgy.


Knottingley Food Bank Visit – October

Following a very successful collection of food from our Harvest festival, three members of our Mini-Vinnies committee donated our collection to Knottingley food bank. During the visit they learned about the work Knottingley food bank carry out to help those in need in the community. The children helped to pack the food in boxes and shared their outing with the school community during a Celebration Assembly.

Reading Challenge – October 2016

A member of staff from Sherburn library visited school to hand out certificates to children who had completed the Sherburn library summer reading challenge. This involved reading 6 different books over the summer holiday period. 39 children between Years 1 and 6 took part in the challenge. Well done to them all.

European Day – September 2016
Each class celebrated the European day of Languages with 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.

Mini-Vinnies Mass – September 2016
Our Mini-Vinnie committee joined other Mini Vinnies from around the Diocese in a special celebration Mass at Leeds Cathedral. Led by Bishop Marcus, the Mass celebrated all the great work that Mini Vinnies do.

New Student Council – September 2016
Congratulations to our new student council who were democratically elected by their peers. I am sure they will do a great job in helping to further improve our school.

Education Sunday – September 2016
There was a wonderful Mass at St Joseph’s, Sherburn to celebrate Education Sunday. The church was packed with members of our school community. The children, dressed very smartly in their school uniform, led the readings, prayers, offertory procession and singing.