Kirk Fenton News
3rd March 2023
Dear Parents / Carers,
What a busy and exciting week we have had in school this week!
There have been several highlights this week, the first being World Book Day. It is always brilliant to see the children and staff dressed as their favourite characters and to hear the exciting book talk going on all over school. We had some wonderful activities going on with a whole school storytime, a book picnic and creating book bunting. The enthusiasm the day creates for books and reading is fabulous. Thank you for your time spent in making costumes and for supporting the book fair.
On Thursday, EYFS and Y1 parents came into school for a phonics workshop that showed them how we teach phonics and reading in school so that they can better support their children with reading at home. Feedback was very positive and Mrs Cameron even got parents to have a go at using sound buttons and bars!
This morning we all enjoyed the Year 4 Zephaniah Class assembly in which they shared their recent learning. I was impressed by how clear and loud they were and by the standard of their work. They were keen to share this with their parents and the rest of key stage two and should be proud of themselves. Well done Zephaniah Class!
We ended the week with our termly 'Open classrooms' which were busy with parents having a look at the work on display and children sharing their learning with their parents. These are always lovely events and enable your children to share what they do when they are here.
Finally, a couple of notices this week:
- First, can I remind you to keep your children close to you at drop off and collection time and do not allow them to run through the car park at the front of school.
- Second, a polite reminder that our school is a 'No Phone Zone'. This is to protect our pupils but also to allow you some space to talk to your children about their day and their learning. Please, therefore, put phones away when on our school site.
To end this week, we are very excited about the upcoming Curry and Quiz night in school. We already have two teams of staff lined up and there will be a fully stocked bar. The evening is for adults only however it is open to the community so doesn't have to be just parents of pupils at school so please feel free to invite wider family and friends. Tickets are selling well and the link to buy them can be found further down this newsletter. It looks like being a fun and competitive evening as well as being a great way to raise funds for the school. I hope you can join us.
Have a lovely weekend,
Good Work Awards
This week's certificates were awarded to the following children:
Donaldson - Cecily and Maisie
Hughes - Xander and Zack
Coelho - Bertie and Min
Rosen - Huey and Lizzie
Milligan - Georgia and James
Zephaniah - Ralph and Ollie
Shakespeare - Toby and Ryo
Angelou - Aaron and Nadia
Hot Chocolate Friday
Well done to the following who earned the hot chocolate award:
Donaldson - Alfie R
Hughes - Ivy
Coelho - Lillian
Rosen - Sophie
Milligan - Joshua
Zephaniah - Fern
Shakespeare - Sienna H
Angelou - Grace
Our Numbots superstars this week are Eden A, Harry S-P, Evie S, Jaxon M, Toby M, Thomas D, Tom O, Al G, Tom G and Alex E. Well done to everyone in EY and KS1 who have worked hard to practise their maths.
Congratulations to our Rockstars of the week who are George S, Alex M, Will G, Harrison P, Jacob M, Alexa K, Olivia P and Grace P. I am really pleased this week to see the number of children using TTR increasing. Research shows that children who practise for 20 minutes spread out over the week become fluent in their times tables and are able to maintain that fluency which helps them in class. Well done KS2!
Message from Head Pupils
This week has been bright and colourful, as we have celebrated world book day with a book sale and enjoyed a lovely assembly from year four (Zephaniah). To start off with, on world book day, the majority of pupils dressed up as a character of their choice. We all took part in picking a book out of a selection of stories and then went to separate classrooms, where the staff read to all the students. We were proud of the impeccable behaviour and brilliant listening. We hope you enjoy your 48 hours rest and recharge. See you next week!
Head Pupil certificates went to Roxy S and Evie D
Niamh and Lillie
Parent/carers phonics workshop for reception and year 1 parents
Tuesday 7th March and Thursday 9th March, 3.30-6pm
Reception/Year 1 Hughes Class Worship
Friday 10th March, 9.05am
Year 2 Rosen Class Worship
Friday 17th March, 9.05am
Year 5 Shakespeare Class Worship
Friday 24th March, 9.05am
Friends of Kirk Fenton Quiz & Curry Fundraising Night
Friday 24th March, school hall, from 6.30pm
Year 1 Coelho Class Worship
Friday 31st March, 9.05am
Friday 31st March
Monday 17th April
Summer Term Begins
Tuesday 18th April
Parent/Carer Coffee Morning
Friday 21st April, 8.45am
Staff Thank You's
If anyone would like to say thank you to or has any positive comments for a member of staff then please complete and submit the form below.
Thank you to all the children who took part in the Readathon, it was fantastic to see so much reading being done. We raised over £800 so far, a big thank you to everyone you sponsored. If anyone hasn't yet brought their sponsorship in, please drop in at the school office.
Curry & Quiz Night - 24th March
Get your friends together and join us for an evening on 24th March. We have a fantastic quiz, curry supplied by Sunar Bangla and a prize for the winning quiz team.
Tickets need to be purchased before 17th March, so get yours now: https://friends-of-kirk-fenton.sumupstore.com/
We have had some very kind donations of Easter Eggs by local shops and communities, and will be running a Guess the Square game in the playground in the weeks before Easter. More info to follow soon.
As ever, you can always set up EasyFundraising as an easy, free,
way to help raise funds for the school whilst you shop.
(Easy Fundraising will link to: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kirkfenton/)
Registered charity no: 1154660
Like us on Facebook for up-to-date information www.facebook.com/FriendsOfKirkFenton
STAR MAT Vacancies
Please click on the following link for details of our current vacancies:
Tadcaster Junior Hockey
Although hockey season is reaching the business end of the season, here at Tadcaster trying to build on the great turnout for our junior training before Christmas and expand our junior section. The next 10week period for junior training at Tadcaster Hockey Club will start on Wednesday 1st March 2023 at Tadcaster Grammar School from 6 until 7pm, which covers players from ages 5 up to 16, split by ages for training purposes.
We shall be running this 10 week booking in two sections, five weeks prior to Easter, a two week break over Easter and then the remaining five weeks after. This session is once more charged at £30 per child for the entire 10 weeks. There is a £5 discount for siblings down to a minimum payment of £20, e.g. first child pays £30, second child pays £25, and any child thereafter pays £20.
Sticks can be provided, however we recommend hockey shinpads (football shinpads at a push, but hockey shinpads offer better protection for ankles), astroturf boots; note not studded football boots as these are not allowed on the pitch, although trainers may be sufficient, and a gum shield. Please ask for advice on purchases if you feel unsure before buying, better to ask and buy the correct thing than not and get the incorrect thing.
Club kit is not required for training and unlikely to be in the future. Games against other clubs will be different, and we may be looking to provide a kit on the day for such events, although we would be interested to hear if anyone knows of companies/people who would be interested in sponsoring our juniors to assist in the purchase of kit.
Please can you complete the Google Form here to indicate your intention to send your child to Junior Training from the 1st March. The returns from these forms will be used for email distribution regarding future club events and for sending bank and payment details for the sessions once received.