Kirk Fenton News
24th September 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I think this week has been the most testing of the pandemic so far and as you are aware we do have rising cases of Covid across school. I have been in very regular contact with Public Health England and the local authority and we are following their advice at every step. From today (Friday), adults have reverted to wearing masks in communal areas in school and all our assemblies have gone back online for at least the next two weeks. Children are still able to play outside together and parents do not need to wear masks on drop off or collection.
It is, of course, so important that parents continue to monitor their children for signs of illness and if they do become poorly, that you take them for a test and report the result to school.
Children are expected to be in school unless they have tested positive or have symptoms and are waiting for results of a test and school work can only be sent home in these circumstances. PHE have made it very clear that a class will only be closed in very exceptional circumstances.
I do understand that many families have a range of different circumstances, pressures and vulnerabilities at home that may cause them to be anxious about sending their child to school, but as a school we have to follow the rules laid down by the government and DfE around attendance and remote learning however counterintuitive they may sometimes appear. Please do contact me if you require any clarification.
On a more positive note, key stage two enjoyed a fabulous singing workshop this week led by lecturers from Leeds College of Music. I was amazed at the courage and clarity of the soloists but the whole key stage did a wonderful performance for staff at the end of the day.
Our after school activities started this week and again it was great to see how many children were involved across the week.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Karen Williams
Head Boy and Head Girl
Well done to all the applicants who wrote wonderful speeches.
Green Gladiators: Max M and Reuben F
Orange Spitfires: Amelia S and Sam B
Blue Mustangs: Zak B and Abi C
Purple Typhoons: Isla S and Finley W
Good Work Awards
This week's certificates were awarded to the following children:
Bears - Clara R-S and Jaxon M
Bees - Theo M and Lizzie W
Hummingbirds - Willow H and Jacob S
Tigers - Archie K and Jenson C
Sharks - Isabella H and Stanley J
Earthworms - Harrison P and Hattie D
Jaguars - Mackinley S-D and Nadia S
Wolves - Cora M and Chloe T
Hot Chocolate Friday
Well done to the following who earned the hot chocolate award:
Bears - Daniel B
Bees - Effie-Mae J
Hummingbirds - Bea O
Tigers - Emie P
Sharks - Fern M
Earthworms - Toby A-T
Jaguars - Lucie-Mae W
Wolves - Ewan P
Times Tables Rock Stars
We've seen a huge rise the amount of children on TTRockstars and NUMBOTS this week! Our winners this week for TTRockstars are: Sophie R from Wolves, Ivor from Jaguars, Henry from Earthworms, and Seeley from Sharks. Well done all!
Also a big well done to Sharks for winning our KS2 competition this week!
We are thrilled to share the news that Kirk Fenton has received the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) this week. This award follows a year of dedicated staff working to improve teaching and learning in science across the whole school. Science is now an area of strength and enjoyed by children with our 'hands-on' scientific enquiry approach. Feedback on our submission reflects the positive changes and great path ahead for science:
'PSQM seems to have been a catalyst for moving science forward in the school. From the inception of the vision and science principles science has started to flourish. The science leader has been passionate about transforming science teaching and learning by developing their expertise and that of the teachers. Children have clearly embraced the principles and are enthusiastically engaging with ‘hands-on’ investigations. Science is now permeating across the whole curriculum. There are some great next steps so science should continue to go from strength to strength.'
Before School Clubs:
Mondays 8-8.45am: Y1/2 Dance Club
Thursdays 8-8.45am: KS2 Dance Club
After School Clubs Start w/c 20th Sept:
Y1/2 Science Club, 3.15-4pm
Y3/4 Gardening Club, 3.15-4.15pm
KS2 Forest School - sorry this is now full
Y1/2 Eco Club, 3.15-4.15pm - sorry this is now full
Y4/5/6 Young Voices, 3.15-4.15pm
Y6 Application to Secondary School
Deadline is 31st October 2021
NYCC - Secondary School Places
FAO Parents of Year 6 Pupils
You can apply for a secondary school place for your child from 12 September 2021 and you must submit your application by 31 October 2021
This information is for families living in North Yorkshire who have a child born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 as your child is due to transfer from primary to secondary school in September 2022.
Families living outside North Yorkshire will need to contact their own home Local Authority to obtain the information regarding school admissions and to make an application to the Authority where they live.
The information on the website regarding the application process will be updated by 12 September 2021 at www.northyorks.gov.uk/admissions. Including:
• the criteria used by the local authority to allocate school places at maintained schools
• links to the admission arrangements for schools which are their own admissions authority, such as certain academy schools and voluntary aided schools
• specific school information including the number of places allocated and statistics for the 2021-22 academic year
• eligibility for home-to-school transport
• the online parent portal where you will be able to create an account and apply online for a school place.
It is important that you read all of the information on the school admissions and transport pages before completing the online Common Application Form (CAF).
Midday Supervisory Assistant (MSA)
MSA 10 hours per week 11.30 – 1.30 per day Term Time Only, start asap.
MSA - Grade B point 2
An opportunity has arisen for a caring, hardworking and enthusiastic individual to join our ambitious and supportive staff team. We are proud to be a member of the STAR Multi-Academy Trust.
Application pack, including full job description is available either by emailing the school office on email@example.com or from the school website. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the school office if further information is required.
Closing date for applications is noon on 7th October Interview date to be confirmed.
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.
The Friends of Kirk Fenton charity (PTA) set up an Extraordinary General Meeting on 14 September 2021. As a previous committee of 4 people, a minimum of 8 people needed to attend the EGM for the meeting to proceed and for a new committee to form. Sadly the meeting wasn’t able to go ahead as there was not enough attendance so no new committee was able to be elected.
As a result Friends of Kirk Fenton will cease to exist in 21 days time the 11th of October and the charity status and accounts will be closed down before the end of November 2021.
As previously stated three of the current committee members are unable to carry on with the roles as committee members. Should any parents wish to take over the running of the friends charity they would need to arrange another Meeting (EGM) by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org with a willingness to take on the role of Chair, Treasurer or Secretary (1 person per role, therefore at least 3 people in total). The current committee would support and help in anyway possible a newly formed committee. Please feel free to contact us for anymore information on what would be involved in being a committee member. Meanwhile, here is a little information about the different roles within the committee
• Lead the Committee
• Directs / Leads meetings
• Liaison with School
• Ensure Committee fulfils its role in respect of governance of the association and as set in the out in the constitution
• Ensures decisions are made in the agreement of the committee and are clear and fit the objectives of the association
• Write annual report for AGM
Vice Chair Person
• Support the Chair person
• Deputise for the Chair person in their absence at meetings
• Deputise for the Chair person in any other duties as required
• Assist with liaison with school
• Support the Chair personal
• Prepare for meetings
• Taking minutes at meetings and circulation of minutes
• Assist with annual report writing
• Handle written and email correspondence
• Ensure accurate financial records are kept
• Ensure that best practice procedures are followed for cash handling, banking and making payments
• Manage the bank accounts and make payments as required, receives monies.
• Prepare annual and financial reports for the AGM
• Completion of Charity commission annual return
Committee media representative
• Manage the Friends media and other school media platforms
• Members elected by members of the association and school community.
• These members provide support to the organisation.
• These members will have voting rights in meetings to make decisions on behalf of the association.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Friends of Kirk Fenton
Registered charity no: 1154660
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North Yorkshire Music Service
Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s)
We are anticipating that all* music lessons should be possible in school premises on a face to face basis from September 2021 in line with Government recommendations. Should a school close as a result of a Covid19 outbreak, or are still operating Bubbles meaning that Face to Face lessons are not possible, we will move to online lessons, if possible, via Teams.
Instrumental lesson will commence week commencing 13th September 2021.
* Unless arrangements have been made with you direct to continue lessons online
Attached are the revised tuition and Music Centre fees applicable from September as well as remissions; details of tuition dates; and a reminder of the notice period to stop lessons.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you should have any queries.;