The Hungate Echo

Sherburn Hungate Weekly News - Autumn Term - Issue 4

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A word from Mr Broom.

We've had another exciting week at Sherburn Hungate. Our Year 6 children have been on their residential visit to Low Mill and They've had a wonderful time. I visited them on Tuesday evening. They were very eager to share stories of abseiling, gorge walking, kayaking, bushcraft, archery... the list goes on. One thing that always stands out for me is the way that the centre managers talk about our children as some of the best groups they have. Exceptional manners and politeness are just some of the words they use.

Meanwhile in school, Mr Kelly has set up the night camera in the copse at the bottom of our school field. So far, only the neighbourhood cat has been caught in the act but we're optimistic for a few hedgehogs as the weather starts to turn. Down in KS1, the children have been soap carving and our Year 1 children are now three weeks into their drama lessons with Stage Door Performing Arts.

Next week, we have our Reception phonics evening on Wednesday and I'll be meeting all teachers to discuss pupil progress so far this year. I'm sure there will be lots to celebrate.

Sherburn Hungate Expansion - Update

Last week, I met with NYCC and an architect who shared some of the drawings for the proposed expansion of our school. Please see the images below.

It looks likely that work will begin at Easter with the clearance of the Pool View area. This will allow access to the main site around the back of school. The hall expansion and modifications to the current rooms/corridors will then begin during the summer.

Exciting times at Low Mill

Parent/Carer Survey

Around this time last year we asked you for your thoughts and opinions on school and how we could make things better. We took a lot of your ideas, implemented them, and I believe our school is a better place because of your input. Thank you.

It's now time to give your opinions again. We really appreciate positive and constructive feedback so that we can further improve on our journey to outstanding. Please click on the link below:

School Meal Taster Day

Children in Key Stage 1 receive free school meals as part of the government initiative of healthy eating in primary schools. On Thursday 4th October, we will be running a taster day for those children in Key Stage 1 who bring a packed lunch, to try a lovely meal.

School Photographs

The school photographer will be in school on Monday 8th October for individual photographs. They'll be in school from 0800 for photos of pre-school children with siblings in school. This session is very popular so it's likely that you may have a considerable wait.

Photographs for this period have to be wrapped up by 0845 and therefore, we offer this on a 'first-come-first-serve' basis. Children, don't forget to bring your smile!

Data Collection Sheets

We've sent out data collection sheets so that you can see the information that we hold for you on our school records. Please check this information carefully and update where necessary (ideally in blue ink) before returning it to school. Thank you.

Grapes - If you bring 'em, slice 'em

We've noticed that many of our packed lunches contain whole grapes as part of the meal. If you would like to include grapes in your child's pack up, please ensure that all grapes are sliced. This significantly reduces the chance of choking. Thank you.

Drum Lessons Available

One of our new teachers, Mr Browning, is a drummer and a very good one at that! When he's not teaching his class, he offers private drum tuition. My eldest son, Owen, has been learning to play with him for above a year and is developing into a skilful musician. If you would like your child to have drum lessons with Mr Browning, please click on the link below. Obviously, lessons will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Mondays - 1510 - 1610 Rugby Club (Year 4 / Year 5 / Year 6)

Tuesdays - 1505 - 1545 Rugby Club (Year 1 / Year 2)

Wednesdays - 1510 - 1610 Girls' Football Club (Year 4 / Year 5 / Year 6)

Thursdays - 1510 - 1610 Football Club (Year 5 / Year 6)

Fridays - 1510 - 1600 KS2 Choir - Sherburn Voices

Dates for Your Diary

1 October

1330 - 1430 Nursery Stay and Play (for pre-Nursery children and childminders)

3 October

1800 - 1900 Phonics Evening for parents of our Reception children

4 October

Year 3 visit to Sherburn Library

8 October

Individual school photographs

10 October

Flu immunisation (Rec - Year 5)

11 October

Year 4 visit to Sherburn Library

Tag Rugby Tournament - more details later

18 October

Year 5 visit to Sherburn Library

KS2 Cross Country Event - more details later

24 October

1130 - 1145 Nursery Open Classroom

1445 - 1530 Y1 Drama Performance followed by Open Classroom

1510 - 1530 Y2 Open Classroom

1510 - 1530 Reception Open Classroom

25 October

Year 6 visit to Sherburn Library

Y3/Y4 Harvest Festival - more details later

Y3/Y4 Open Classroom

26 October

Break up for half term holiday

5 November

Back to school

0845 Bag2School collection

6 November

Nursery & Reception Parents Evening - more details later

7 November

Nursery & Reception Parents Evening - more details later

8 November

Reception visit to Sherburn Library

15 November

Year 2 visit to Sherburn Library

22 November

Year 1 visit to Sherburn Library

29 November

Nursery visit to Sherburn Library

5 December

Christmas Fair

21 December

Break up for Christmas holidays

Staff Shout Out

Are you impressed by what our staff do for your child? Let them know! Complete the form below.

Nut Allergies

If your child brings either a snack or a pack up to school, please help us to protect some of our children who have nut allergies by checking that the products you send with them do not contain any nuts. Thank you.

School Attendance

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 100%! Of Course, they're in Low Mill on a Residential Visit!

Our average attendance this week is 97.1% which is well above the national average.

We have a small number of children whose attendance is 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.

Thank you for your continued support with our attendance drive. It is really appreciated.

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Home/School Agreement

Since the introduction of the new General Data Protection Act 2018, we can no longer accept a null response as acceptance that someone is happy to be included in decisions. Statements such as 'if you do not complete this form by x date, we will assume you are happy' can no longer be used.

For this reason, we're asking all parents to complete the Home/School Agreement form found at the link below. The Agreement includes permissions for technology use and local visits to name a few. Please complete it as soon as possible. Our admin team will continue to send the Agreement to you until we receive a response.

Thank you for your support with this.

Home/School Agreement

Please complete as soon as possible.

Mobiles on Site

Our teachers have planned exciting lessons for all our children and when they leave school, we're confident that they will want to share their day with you. Conversation is really important to your child's development and for this reason, we're asking that you refrain from using your phone on the school site at drop off and pick up times. If you'd like further information on this, click here:

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GDPR Data Protection Information

Our school takes Data Protection very seriously and complies with the new General Data Protection Regulations introduced in May 2018. For further information please visit: