Kirk Fenton News

5th February 2021

Please look on our website www.kf.starmat.uk for up-to-date information.

Dear Parents / Carers,


You must practise simplicity and humility, for those are the virtues, which achieved everything. St Teresa of Avila


We have made it to February! January seemed like such a long month but as I look out of my office window I can see the green stalks of daffodils appearing and occasionally the sun appears through the snow/ rain/ fog. The last month has felt harder than all previous lockdown months but there are starting to be signs of growth and better times ahead. Keep going, we know how hard you are working and we appreciate everything you are doing to support your children.


This week has been dedicated to Children's Mental Health week, something that is particularly important during this time of uncertainty, when the children are removed from the things that they know: their friends, the routine of coming to school and the constant change and restrictions. By living the virtue of simplicity, we can focus on the things that we can still do, like enjoying family time, going out for walks in the fresh air and appreciating the beauty of the world we live in. So let us all live simply, breathe deeply, laugh heartily, love unconditionally and pray daily.


Have a lovely weekend


Mrs Karen Williams

Head Teacher

Good Work Awards

This week's certificates were awarded to the following children:


Mercury - Willow Hillyer and Bea Oliver


Venus - Archie Keyse and Tilly Botham


Earth - Isabel Ayton and Milo Mason


Mars - Ava Barton and Stanley Jarman


Jupiter - Hattie Dorman and Joseph McGregor


Saturn - Thomas Moore and Lucie-Mae Wright


Uranus - Alyssa Reynolds and Nate Baker


Neptune - Hattie Swaddle and Robin Dorman

TT Rock Stars of the Week

Our Times Tables Rock Star players of the week are:

Sophie Rosbrook, Robin Dorman, Belle Bembridge, Harry Barton and Grace Watson.

This week, Neptune and Uranus had a 'Battle of the Bands' and these children went above and beyond to try and help their class be victorious.

Safer Internet Day, Poster Competition & World Record Attempt

Safer Internet Day is on the 9th of February this year and the focus is 'An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world'. Both in-class and with our remote learning, we will be discussing different ways to make sure internet sources are credible and can be trusted.


To support this, we're going to hold a competition to create a poster. The poster needs to explain to others how they can make sure information found online is true and can be trusted. The children can submit photos of the posters or create an online poster, that can be sent to the school email address or forwarded to the class teacher through either Purple Mash in KS1, or Google Classroom in KS2. Posters can be submitted by 3pm on Friday 12th of February, and winners will be announced the first Friday after half term.


In addition to this, we will also be joining a world record attempt for 'Most Pledges for an Internet Safety Campaign in 24 hours'. Children can make their pledge between 10:00am on Tuesday the 9th and 09:30am on Wednesday 10th February on this link: 2simple.com/GWR and then clicked 'Make My Pledge'

During lockdown I will be adding well-being activities and ideas weekly to the newsletter. This week we celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week. Place2Be is celebrating with the theme of Express Yourself! It is so important to remind children to find ways for them to express who we are, and how they are feeling. As we know feeling good and functioning well is at the very heart of our wellbeing. Every child and young person is special and unique and this Children’s Mental Health Week is a great time to remind them of that.


The Children’s Mental Health Week website have a wealth of resources ready-made that you can you use, they say “expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.” To access the resources simply go to www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/parents-and-carers


Mrs Siobhan Bamforth

Learning Mentor

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Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 9th February


Training Day

Friday 12th February


Spring Half Term

Monday 15th- Friday 19th February


World Book Day

Thursday 4th March


British Science Week

w/c Monday 8th March


Easter Holidays

Monday 29th March - Friday 9th April


Training Day

Monday 12th April


Start of Summer Term

Tuesday 13th April

NSPCC Website

Please find below link for the NSPCC website giving lots of useful advice and support for parents and carers on various topics including tantrums, children with SEND, separated parents and family tension.


https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/

Online Safety - A message from North Yorkshire Police

There is an increase in reports relating to young people being approached through online chat rooms. Many, but not all of these, are reached through various online games that are being played. With the current situation caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic, more and more students will be experiencing an increase in screen time and isolation when at home. Please be aware of cyber-security and internet safety and use parental controls to keep your child/children safe online.
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We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has bought books for the school, they have received over 100 new books to use in the classrooms. The initiative is still running and there are still a lot of interesting titles to buy for the school.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/10RRV5AG2NW0L?ref_=wl_share


Keep safe and well


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St Mary's

Please join us for our virtual assembly which takes place on Wednesdays at 10.30am. Our hope is that it will be a pick you up for children and parents alike. As children are at home we sing and have fun thinking about a bible story or a specific question that the children ask.


Also, we are posting up a prayer post box outside at church.

If children would like us to pray with them for something, then we are encouraging them to write and decorate a leaf shape prayer (template below) and then walk down with parents to post it.

I will add any prayer leaves to our prayer tree at school assembly and at 'virtual; Facebook live assembly.

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