The Hungate Echo

Sherburn Hungate Weekly News - Spring Term 2 - Issue 4

Our Star Achievers this Week

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A word from Mr Broom.

It's been another fab week in school. We've been inundated with prospective teachers, visiting us for the teacher post we have available for September and the calibre has been very high. It's always exciting when new people join our team.

The plans for conversion to academy are now in full swing and our conversion date is 1st June. As mentioned in the consultation information there won't be any initial significant changes but, over time, we're hoping to work collaboratively with the other local schools in our group to improve outcomes for our children.

I've given more stickers and stars out this week than any other week this year so far! Our children really do have a fabulous attitude to school and there's a real buzz about the place. Pupil numbers are up too! I'm also delighted to say that the behaviour in school is also outstanding this term. We've had a 75% drop in behaviour incidents and this is down to the children taking increased responsibility for their own learning and behaviour. I'm so proud of them all.

Finally, watch out for the snow again this weekend. Hopefully it won't be too bad.

Happy St. Patrick's Day for tomorrow too!

Friends of Hungate Updates

There's lots of news from Friends' this week!

Tickets for the Easter raffle go on sale next week (£1 per strip) with two fantastic prizes - a large Easter egg donated by Elmet Lions and a chocolate hamper donated by Tesco. The winners will be drawn at our Easter concert on 27 March.

Just a reminder that the closing date for the logo competition is on 23 March - the winning entry is a £25 WH Smith Voucher (see the recent Friends' newsletter for more information).

Entries for the decorated Easter Egg should be in school by 9.00 am on Monday 26 March. Winners will be announced at our Easter concert.

The next Friends' meeting will be in school on Monday 26 March at 6.15pm

We're excited about Science Week (next week)

We have planned a Science Week next week for all of our children in school and nursery. This will include a visit from the York Bird of Prey centre on Monday. We have welcomed them to our school before and have found them most informative. There will be other activities with a science focus going on throughout the week and the children will be bringing a quiz home today with prizes for the best entries. This is a valuable learning experience for the children and we are asking for a donation of £1.50 per child to cover the cost of the visit. This can be paid via ParentPay, please call at the office if you need help with this.

Personalised Messages via Text

As you know we send many messages to parents through our texting service - parents have told us how much they appreciate this service, particularly during the recent period of bad weather. Some of our messages are personalised with the name of your child rather than using the class name; this makes it clearer for parents who have children in more than one class.

SATs Dates

The Key Stage 2 testing period for our Year 6 children will be week commencing Monday 14th May, Key Stage 1 testing for our Year 2 children takes place throughout May, and Phonics screening for our Year 1 children (and some Year 2 children) takes place week commencing 11 June. If you have a child in Year 2 or Year 6, please make sure you don't book any term time holidays during this period. It's really important to them and us that they are in school to take the SATs assessments. Thank you.

Bring & Buy Success

Thank you to everyone who supported last week's Bring and Buy Sale - we raised £184.20 which we we will be putting towards the £400 transport costs for the Young Voices trip earlier this year.

Helpers for our Sandpit Needed!

You may have seen the huge bags of sand in our car park - it's for the sand pit in our outdoor area and we are hoping that some of our parents / carers would be able to help us move it! If you are able to help between 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm on Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th or Wednesday 28th March please come along (if you have a wheelbarrow you could bring along as well that would be most helpful!)

Sports Relief

We are joining in with Sport Relief on Friday 23 March - children can come to school in their sports kit, track suit or dressed as their sporting hero in exchange for a Sport Relief donation (minimum £1.00) which can be paid via ParentPay. Thank you to everyone who has already donated! Children will also take part in an obstacle course during the day.


We have another special lunch scheduled for later this term. Please see below:

Wednesday 28 March - Reception - Easter Lunch (only 1 place left!) If you can't see the service when you log on to ParentPay it means that all the places have been booked, but please contact the office and you will added on to our waiting list.


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 5 children who are our attendance champions in school this week with 100%! Our average attendance this week is 97%. Well done everyone!

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 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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Buddies Before/After School Club

'Buddies', our in-house before/after school care provider has been up and running now for the past few weeks and places are filling up fast. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, term time only. The morning session is 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

Bikes/Scooters - Not on the Playground

A polite reminder that should children bring bikes/scooters to school, they must not be ridden on the school playground or footpaths for health and safety reasons.