Kirk Fenton News

2nd October 2020

Please look on our website www.kf.starmat.uk for up-to-date information.

Dear Parents / Carers,


This week I would like to start with a big thank you to all the families that donated items for our Harvest Festival collection. We ended the day with a Harvest worship online and will ensure that all your donations will be taken to Selby food bank who are working so hard to keep families fed during the current pandemic.


Looking forward to next week, it is World Teachers' Day on Monday the 5th followed by World Mental Health Day on the 10th - coincidence? After six months of home learning, I'll let you decide! I'm sure you will agree that the role of teacher goes much deeper than purely educating children in the National Curriculum objectives. I continue to be extremely proud of how our teachers and support staff have supported the children with their learning, their worries and anxieties, their return to school and now their recovery and the return to catching up education. It is a job with so many challenges but ultimately so much reward so on Monday please bring a smile and maybe a thank you to show that they are appreciated.


On Friday we will be marking World Mental Health Day by wearing yellow in any form you can (there is no need to bring any donation). We will be raising the awareness of children's mental health across school this term and are very lucky to have a learning mentor (Mrs Bamforth) working in school full time to support wherever needed.


Finally, on a practical note, the weather is definitely changing so please make sure that your child comes to school with a coat. School is warm and we are able to close external doors and some windows so long as each room has good ventilation but we do have to make sure that the children are getting fresh air outside every day so a coat is necessary.


Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Karen Williams

Head Teacher

Good Work Awards

This week's certificates were awarded to the following children:


Mercury - Charlotte Paine


Venus - Zac Marshall and Ellie Boughton


Earth - Emily Hodgson-Liversidge and Zion Picard


Mars - Niamh Nunez and Ava Barton


Jupiter - Eloise Jones and Rupert O'Neill


Saturn - Scarlett Hodgson-Liversidge and Mackinley Simpson-Dickinson


Uranus - Ewan Allars and Abi Chapman


Neptune - Ewan Brogden and Poppy Hudson

Hot Chocolate Friday

Well done to the following who earned the hot chocolate award this week:


Mercury - Dylan Schofield


Venus - Tilly Botham


Earth - Aoibhe Meehan


Mars - Archie Watson


Jupiter - Emma Edwards


Saturn - Ivor Hughes


Uranus - Chloe Tawodzera


Neptune - Grace Kehoe

Winning Teams

Congratulations to the Green Gladiators for their win this week. Niamh and Ellie were very proud of their team.

Online Harvest Festival, Friday 2nd October

Thank you for all the donations which have gone to the Selby and District Food Bank. They are very appreciative of your generosity.

Individual Photographs

Reminder: all orders need to be made online and there is the option of free delivery to school if ordered by 6th October.

Healthy Child Team - Nasal Influenza Vaccination, Monday 5th October

This will be given to all pupils in school on Monday whose parents have given their consent online. Thank you

Parents Evening

Sadly this year we will not be able to hold parents evenings in school however each teacher will still be holding a 10 minute consultation for every child in their class before half term. These will either be by telephone or online using google meets. Details of how to book will follow shortly.

Open Morning for New Starters in Reception 2021, Saturday 17th October, 9.00am - 11.30am

We are showing parents around Kirk Fenton for children who are starting school in September 2021. Please phone 01937 557228 or email admin@kf.starmat.uk to book a time slot. We look forward to welcoming you to Kirk Fenton Primary School.

Pupil Premium & Free School Meals Funding

As you will be aware, Universal Free School Meals are automatically available to all children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2. However, if you meet certain criteria, your child may be eligible for Free School Meals for the whole of their primary education as well as additional funding to support them with their education, called a 'Pupil Premium'. This additional funding benefits our school to support us to increase your child's attainment.


To qualify for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods (£616.67 per month);
  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are also not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household gross income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC); or
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

If your family circumstances change, you may become eligible. Please see the North Yorkshire website below for more information and to access the relevant application forms. Once your application has been processed, school will be notified automatically . If you require any support with understanding Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding or help with your application, please call one of our admin team who will be happy to advise.


https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/free-school-meals

Y6 Applying for Secondary School Place

You can apply for a secondary school place for your child from 12 September 2020 and you must submit your application by 31 October 2020.

This information is for families living in North Yorkshire who have a child born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 as your child is due to transfer from primary to secondary school in September 2021.

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.

Further information regarding the application process can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/admissions.

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Nasal Flu Vaccinations

Monday 5th October.


World Teachers' Day

Monday 5th October.


Non-Uniform Day - Wear Some Yellow

Friday 9th October to mark World Mental Health Day


Parents Evenings

Before October Half Term - details of dates and how to book an appointment to follow.


New Starters Open Morning

Saturday 17th October, 9am-11.30am. By appointment only.


Half Term

Monday 26th - Friday 30th October.


Christmas Break

Monday 21st December - Monday 4th January.


Spring Term Begins

Tuesday 5th January.

We are still here!!


We hope that yourselves and the children are settling into the school routine, and the changes that have been made. It has been lovely to see familiar and new faces again even behind the masks.


Friends is still here, however with the restrictions there is very little we can do in the way of fundraising or activities at this time. We are coming up with alternative ways and welcome any ideas that you may have.


If you want to contact us then please do so on friends@kf.starmat.uk


Did you know.. Banging your head against a wall for one hour burns 150 calories. (how many did you burn during lockdown?)

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Registered charity no: 1154660

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The easiest ways to raise funds for us is to register with Easy Fundraising and raise money as you shop online at no cost to you and search online with Easy Search

www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kirkfentonparochialvoluntarycontrolledprimaryschoolchurchfenton


Like us on Facebook for up-to-date information www.facebook.com/FriendsOfKirkFenton

Letter for Parents About Covid-19 Symptoms

Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The Department would be grateful if you could share and circulate this letter amongst parents at your school.

The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.


Please click on the link below to view the letter:


https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/UKDFE/2020/09/23/file_attachments/1553140/23rd%20September%20-%20PHE%20letter%20to%20parents%20and%20guardians.pdf
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