The Hungate Echo

Sherburn Hungate Weekly News - Spring Term 1 - Issue 5

A word from Mr Broom.

It doesn't seem two minutes since I was wishing you all a merry Christmas holiday period and here we are at half term in the Spring! They say time flies when you are having fun.

As always, school is a busy place and this week has been no exception. Our teachers met on Monday evening for an extra long staff meeting on developing writing across school. It was great to see so much passion for ensuring our children make outstanding progress. On Wednesday, we hosted the STAR Alliance Initial Teacher Training interviews and it's fair to say that our Junior Leadership Team really did grill the candidates with some fantastic questions at interview. We also hosted a governor/parent academy conversion meeting before our standards and achievement meeting. Finally today our year fives have visited Sherburn High to take part in a fun-packed modern foreign languages day. I can't wait to hear from them when they get back.

We break now for half term and I hope you have a lovely holiday. We look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 19th February.

Our Star Achievers this Week

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It's important that children attend school regularly and at Sherburn Hungate, we recognise that excellent attendance leads to excellent achievement. Fact!

Congratulations to our Year 6 children who are our attendance champions in school this week with 99.2%.

As you can see below, our attendance in most classes is above the national average which is fantastic. Thank you for your support on this.

We have a small number of children who's attendance is in well below the national expectations. These children are known as persistently absent when their attendance falls below 90%. I will be making telephone calls to parents of these children.

The overall attendance this term is 96.5% and is above national averages. Thank you for your continued support with our attendance drive. It is really appreciated.

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Friends' Newsletter

Our wonderful parent group 'Friends of Hungate' have published their first newsletter of the year. You should've received it by email, but here's the link if not:

Parking Issues

Some of our local residents and businesses have expressed concerns regarding parking at drop off and pick up times and are concerned about the safety of our children. Please park respectfully and safely. Thank you.

Information about your children

Sometimes, life throws up the unexpected and this can affect how children learn and the way they act and react in school. If you think that events in your family life could affect your child in school, then please let us know. Discretion and confidentiality will always be applied but it helps us to better understand them in school. Thank you.

Sickness - 48 Hours

While we continue to encourage good attendance at school, it's important to note that if your child is sick or has diarrhoea, they need to stay at home for 48 hours after the final bout of vomiting or diarrhoea. This helps with infection control and reduces the risk of spreading viruses around.

Childminder Meetings

We have a childminder meeting scheduled for 5th March.

Volunteer Readers Needed

If you would like to come into school and support our staff with delivering reading to children, please get in touch. We're currently looking at afternoon sessions only.

Book Day? Why not a Book Week!

We know that World Book Day is on 1st March and of course, we'll celebrate this on the day with children dressing up as a book character and engaging in fun book activities. However, our Reading Week will take place when the Scholastic Book Fair arrives in school on 7th/8th/9th/12th March.

On Wednesday 7th March, we'll also be holding our story evening event. This is where the children will return to school in the evening (6-7pm) to listen to some amazing storytelling. Further details to follow but the event will be support by our wonderful Friends' Association and will be free of charge.

School Meals Information for Spring Term 2

Dinner money for 2nd half of term is £60.90 (5 weeks and 4 days).

Special Lunches for next half term:

Thursday 22nd February - Year 5/6 - Chinese New Year - Please book by 20th February

W/C 5th March - Year 2 - World Book day/Reading Week - More info & date to be confirmed

W/C 12th March - Year 1 Mothers Day - More info & date to be confirmed

Weds 28th March - Reception - Easter Lunch - More info to follow

Buddies Before/After School Club

We are excited to announce that 'Buddies' before and after school club will be opening at our school on the 19th February. Opening hours will be Monday to Friday, term time only. The morning session will be from 0730-0900, and the afternoon session 1500-1800.

For further information click here.

Kelly Summersgill at

Kelly is looking forward to hearing from you.

Wider School Community Items

Stay up-to-date with the Sherburn Community Website

Stay up to date with the latest news and updates happening in Sherburn in Elmet and the surrounding areas. From community matters and local events to important information and general news, the Sherburn in Elmet website will give you all the information you will need to find out more about the historic village of Sherburn in Elmet.

Train to Teach with STAR Alliance

Ever thought about become a teacher and making a difference to the lives of so many young people? Read on...

The STAR Alliance (Sherburn, Tadcaster & Rural Teaching School Alliance) are offering places for the 2018-19 academic year through the teach direct route, in association with Hull University. If you would like to know more, call in for a chat or click the link below for further information.

Further Information - Click Here

Northern Film & Drama

Acting classes for children!

Whether you want your child to gain confidence, have fun and develop new skills or you would like them to learn the craft of delivering lines of a script on set, we

cover an array of different workshops here at NFD that can be adapted to your child's needs and help them develop their communication, imaginative and creative skills.


Class times from 4.00pm onwards. 4 yrs to 11 yrs


5.30pm to 6.30pm 12 years plus. The Studio, South Milford


Sherburn High School Newsletter

Click here to access the Sherburn High School newsletter. Further information can be found at

Tadcaster Grammar School Newsletter

Click Here to access the February edition of the Tadcaster Grammar School newsletter. Further information can be found at

Sherburn-in-Elmet Lions Club

I met with the Elmet Lions Club recently to talk about how they could support our school and how our school could become involved in their community work.

If Elmet Lions is something you would like to get involved in, please email Ann at