The Hungate Echo

Sherburn Hungate Weekly News - Summer Term 1 - Issue 1

A word from Mr Broom.

We've had a super first week back after the Easter holidays. It's just a shame this beautiful weather didn't arrive a week or two earlier. Anyway, from talking to many of the children, they seem to have had a super break.

It's been a busy week in school with pupil progress meetings taking place to look at where our children are and what the next steps need to be. I must say I've been so impressed with the progress our children are making, particularly in Mathematics in Key Stage 2 and in Writing in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage. There's a real buzz to the learning at Sherburn Hungate and I'm looking forward to some good outcomes at the end of the year.

We began learning our first 'School Will Rock You' song on Wednesday. The Queen musical is our end of year performance this year and I've been putting the finishing touches to the script. As soon as SATs are out of the way, Miss Horner and myself will be sharing the script with the children in readiness for auditions for the many parts on offer.

I'd like to finish by saying a thank you to Mr Wooffindin on his first week with us. Mr Wooffindin has completed many jobs around school as well as leading some super PE sessions in Nursery, clearing out the Key Stage 1 sandpit and engaging Castleford Tigers in some excellent rugby coaching for Year 3 and Year 4.

Next week, we look forward to our Friends of Hungate meeting on Monday night. I'm out quite a bit next week, visiting the Academies Show in London and then attending the Headteacher's Induction in Northallerton. I hope you have a great week ahead.

Football Success

On Thursday afternoon in the sweltering heat, our talented footballers from Year 5 and 6 took to the field for a friendly against Barkston Ash. It's worth mentioning that the opponents (inter-schools national finalists this year) put 11 past us last time out. Not this time! After 15 minutes, our boys and girls found themselves 1-0 up, and dominating the game. Unfortunately, lady luck wasn't on our side and we rattled the post twice more before a lucky break from Barkston gave them an equaliser.

In the second half, we were up hill and the heat started to take its toll. The game finished 5-1 to the visitors but the improvement in our game was evident by all. The scoreline flattered our visitors who knew they had been in a game!

Congratulations to Toby our 'Man of the Match' too!

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Dates for Your Diary Section

As well as our regularly updated calendar available on our website, here are a list of dates that you may wish to add to your diary, following some great feedback from our readers.

23/04/18 - Friends of Hungate Meeting - 1815

26/04/18 - Y5 to Sherburn Library

30/04/18 - Bake Sale for Cancer Research

26/04/18 - Swimming Festival - Y6 (information given to those taking part)

02/05/18 - 04/05/18 - Robin Hood's Bay Visit - Y4

02/05/18 - Special Spring Lunch for parents of Y5/Y6 children (details emailed today)

04/05/18 - Special May Day Lunch for parents of Y3 children (details emailed today)

11/05/18 - Non-Uniform Day for Sherburn Gala Stall - chocolate donations needed

14/05/18 - SATs week for Y6

14/05/18 - Bikeability Day 1 - Y5

15/05/18 - Bikeability Day 2 - Y5

19/05/18 - Sherburn Gala Day

24/05/18 - Y6 trip to Leeds (more details later)

24/05/18 - Special Lunch for parents of Y4 children (more details later)

25/05/18 - Break up for half term

04/06/18 - Back to school

04/06/18 - Childminders' meeting

06/06/18 - Sports Day (more details later)

06/06/18 - Children's Teddy Bear's Picnic Lunch

11/06/18 - Nursery / Reception trip to Harlow Carr (more details later)

11/06/18 - Special lunch for parents of Y2 children (more details later)

13/06/18 - Y1 / Y2 trip to Filey (more details later)

13/06/18 - Special Lunch for parents of Reception children

20/06/18 - Summer Disco

27/06/18 - School Will Rock You - Y6 Production (1330 & 1900)

29/06/18 - Y6 Leavers' Lunch

02/07/18 - Childminders' meeting

03/07/18 - Special Lunch for parents of Y1 children (more details later)

11/07/18 - School Summer Fair (1500)

20/07/18 - Break up for Summer holidays

Magic Wand Competition Winners

As part of our 'Magic' learning journey from last term, the children had to design their own wands and witch hats. The winners were treated to fish and chips for dinner with Miss Horner, Miss Mackay and myself. We had a 'whale' of a time!

Bake Sale for Cancer Research

Izzy, Lucy, Anna and Evie from Year 6 have taken it upon themselves to hold a bake sale in aid of Cancer Research on 30 April 2018. Our children always make us so proud!

Our Star Achievers this Week

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Sun Protection Very Important

Today and yesterday have been our hottest days of the academic year so far and it's really important that your child is protected from the sun. Please ensure you provide them with a sun hat and apply suncream before school on hot days. Thank you.

School baseball caps (£3.00) and Legionnaire's caps (£3.50) are available through ParentPay, should you wish to purchase one.

Y4 Help with Other Cultures

As part of our new learning journey our KS2 teachers are on the look out for anyone who can add experiences of different cultures to our learning. Perhaps you've visited a contrasting culture or know someone from a different cultural background? If so, can you please get in touch and help us out. Many thanks.

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.


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%!

Our average attendance this week is a whopping 98.3%. The first time this year that all year groups have been above the magic 96%. A tremendous achievement.

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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Wider School Community Items

Buddies Relocation

A quick note to let you know that our pre/post school provider, 'Buddies', will be moving from the main hall to the classroom unit previously known as Nursery. This will allow the group to take greater advantage of the outdoor learning spaces in the summer months and provide a better indoor environment for this provision.

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.