Monk Fryston Weekly News 12.3.21

Delighted to be back.

We have been delighted to have all our classes back this week, and it is wonderful to see our school in full operation again. We hope that your child has enjoyed being back with their friends, learning in a classroom environment. We know that there will be a period of adjustment as children respond to the routine of school life again, and will continue to support them in doing this throughout their learning and play.

Start and end of the school day.

Thank you for helping us to implement our Covid-19 risk assessment. We know that the change in arrangements at the start and end of the day has required some adjustment, and we are very appreciative for the level of compliance from parents and families. We feel that this format is supporting social distancing and helps to keep all adults on the site safer, as well as making the start and end of the day quicker and more efficient. We are aware that the queue has extended onto Vicarage Lane and this causes a safety risk with traffic, so please ensure that your child is safe whilst making their way to school and queuing. If you wait for older children on Chestnut Green, please remember to maintain social distance and be aware of other children and families exiting this way.

Parking near Vicarage Lane.

We know that many families are choosing to park near the Vicarage Lane entrance at the start of the day. If doing so, please remember to be safe and considerate towards others.


The need to continue separating bubbles at playtimes and lunchtime does mean that some children have to play on the field every day. Unfortunately, this will inevitably lead to them becoming muddy and we apologise for the state that some uniforms are getting in. Hopefully, warmer and drier weather after Easter will help to reduce this. Children should continue to bring alternative footwear every day to reduce the amount of mud brought into school.

Lateral Flow Tests for Families

As you will be aware school staff are already testing twice weekly. The Government are now offering parents of primary school children the opportunity to take lateral flow tests. These are available to collect from any test collection centre, helping to identify asymptomatic cases in the community. You can pick up multiple packs of 7 tests at a time for twice weekly testing (the nearest to here is Selby)

Comic Relief 19th March

Please see weekly newsletter dated 26th Feb for full details but a quick summary is below.

The theme this year is ‘humour’ - we need the power of funny to turn laughs into lasting change. With this in mind, we plan to host a ‘Comedy Club’ style event in each class. The children can share their favourite jokes or a short comedy sketch and raise money at the same time.

Also non-uniform day, children may come into school wearing fancy dress. The red noses this year are 100% plastic-free and in the style of woodland creatures, so they may wish to choose an animal theme. Alternatively, Comic Relief are also promoting the ‘superhero’ theme, so that may prove attractive to some children. Please make your donations via ParentPay in the usual way.

Class Photographs

Adventure Photography will be in school on 23rd March to take class photographs. You will be given information on how to order afterwards. All orders are to be done online.

Message from Hillam Parish Council

I'm writing to make you aware of an initiative that Hillam Parish Council is actively pursuing at the moment.

We are planning to take advantage of the Government's Gigabit Fibre Broadband voucher scheme. This scheme provides residents up to £1500 and businesses up to £3500 towards installation of fibre broadband direct to the property as part of the community initiative.

Openreach will work with us on producing a plan once we have identified the level of support for the initiative.To that end, we are canvassing, in the first instance, residents of Hillam to gauge interest. I have also reached out to Monk Fryston parish council as I'm aware that Monk Fryston has similar broadband issues.

Seph O'Connell

Hillam Parish Councillor

Reporting a positive Covid result

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:

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.