Kirk Fenton News
5th February 2021
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
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
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
Safer Internet Day
Tuesday 9th February
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
Monday 29th March - Friday 9th April
Monday 12th April
Start of Summer Term
Tuesday 13th April
Online Safety - A message from North Yorkshire Police
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.
Keep safe and well
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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.