Monk Fryston Weekly News

27th November 2020

Reporting a positive Covid result out of hours.

Should you believe your child to have Covid-19 symptoms and need to go into self-isolation, please notify the school office in the usual way via phone or email.

Should you receive a ‘test positive’ result for your child it is VITAL that you notify us as soon as possible: During school hours – directly to the school office via 01977 682388.

Out of hours send an email to (stating student’s full name and class, contact phone number, date and time of positive Covid test result – please use TEST POSITIVE in the title)

It is VITAL that you let us know as soon as you possibly can so that we can implement contingency planning.

Covid App

Don’t forget that our school has registered with the Covid Symptom Study to help monitor the spread of the virus. If you would like to participate, you will need to register with the school code A2JC644. For more information including full instructions on how to join and use the COVID Symptom Study app please head to:

Next week's school target

Remember to follow the cloakroom code.

School News

This year we will be participating in Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children on 11th December. Children are invited to come into school in their jumper on that day. Donations can be made by ParentPay.

We will be putting the Christmas Card post box in school again this year. Children can write cards to their friends (in our school only please!) and post them in the box in the school entrance. Please ensure that the full name and class is written on the envelope. We will leave cards in the box to sanitise before delivering them so please be patient – we will make sure that they are given out before Christmas.

Farewell Miss Munro

Sadly, next Friday (4th December) will be Miss Munro’s last day with us as Mrs Starr returns from maternity leave on Monday 7th December. Governors would like to thank Miss Munro for all that she has done for our school during a very challenging time, and would like to wish her well for the future.

Recipe book in support of the NHS.

As Christmas is approaching, perhaps you are wondering what to buy for your loved ones? To show our ongoing support to all our NHS workers, we are pleased to announce that our NHS Rainbow Recipe book has been re-released on sale and would make a fantastic gift for all baking fans. The book consists of a wide range of easy-to-follow recipes, all donated by the children in school and has been praised by those who have already bought it. Who knows, some may become your new family favourites! Deadline for orders is Friday 11th December.

We suggest a £5 donation, but please feel free to donate as little or as much as you wish via ParentPay.

Office News

Thank you to everyone who has booked a message from Father Christmas, this closes today so please book on ParentPay and complete the message form if you still want to be involved. Link to the Google Form below but you still need to pay for it on ParentPay

Message from Hillam Ringtree Lights – Christmas Celebrations 2020

It is with much regret that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s switch-on event as we have come to know it. The restrictions imposed by government in respect of Covid-19 mean that we will be unable to close the roads into Hillam Square, and congregate as usual in a safe, socially-distanced compliant manner.

However, it is not all bad news! The main tree will be decorated as normal, as will the small trees outside the properties in the Square, and we’re going to bring you the switch-on of the main lights by Facebook Live (on Saturday 5 December at 6 PM). This year, one child from Monk Fryston Primary School and their family have been chosen to switch the lights on. Switch-on will be Covid-19 secure, and we ask that no one gathers to watch this. Please watch it on the Facebook Live stream instead, which will be via Hillam News.

Normally when the lights are switched on, Santa visits and meets children at his grotto in Hillam Square. Unfortunately, this won’t be possible this year, and neither will Santa and his elves be able to hand out chocolates as usual. However, children won’t miss out. Santa has arranged for chocolates to be sent to the school for teachers to handout instead. Special precautions have been taken to deliver these safely in-line with Covid-19 guidelines. Regrettably, we can’t do this for all children who live in Hillam and Monk Fryston, only those at the primary school and pre-school.

You may also be interested to know that from the start of December there will be a post box in Hillam Square, for children to post their letters to Santa. Santa only needs your first name to know who to deliver to on Christmas Eve (don’t include your address). Because Santa is busy preparing for Christmas Eve, he won’t reply to letters, but he will read them and know what you’ve asked for.

Although our plans for marking Christmas in the village this year are different from usual, we hope they lift everyone’s spirits and give children especially something to look forward to.

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.

Hillam Ringtree Lights Committee

P.S. The 100 Club is the main source of funding for Hillam’s Christmas lights and celebrations. Membership is £12 per year and members are entered into a monthly draw for cash prizes. If you’d like more details on how to join (it makes a nice gift for someone!) please follow this link Hillam Christmas Lights 100 Club Membership 2021

Poppy Appeal

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Poppy Appeal, you raised £324.77!

Children In Need 2020

Thank you to everyone who donated to Children In Need, you raised a whopping £403.00!!!!

Message from Families North Yorkshire

Dear Parent/Carer,

We're pleased to be able to send you the Nov/Dec Families North Yorkshire Magazine.

It is full of resources and ideas to help you and your family through the autumn term and to keep your children entertained, busy and productive.

You can read the magazine HERE.

We hope that you enjoy it.

Club Hub

Club Hub is the UK's largest kids activities directory. Parents and carers can search for kids activities for newborns to 18 years in the whole of the UK for free. We have thousands of online classes listed with the majority of them offering activities for free or with huge discounts available.


Please park carefully and considerately outside school. Do not park on the yellow zig zags or block the school gates as emergency access is required at ALL times. Remember to be considerate around neighbouring drives and junctions. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe.
Shout out to a member of staff

This is to recognise staff who have done something great. We want to recognise the achievement of all our staff so please help up to pass on your nice comments and thanks.