The Hungate Echo

Sherburn Hungate Weekly News - Autumn Term 1 - Issue 5


A word from Mr Broom.

I can't believe we're now only two weeks away from the half term holidays and a sixth of the year has already passed. I spent a day this week meeting my local headteacher colleagues, listening to some of the outstanding practice around us and to be frank, pinching ideas! I also met with North Yorkshire Building Services who came to discuss the initial proposals for a possible extension of our school. It's at the very beginning of the journey but the proposals are very exciting. When I know more, I'll let you know.

School also had a visit from the Health & Safety advisor who confirmed that our routines for safeguarding children are all in order and up to date. Finally, I put together our new staff safeguarding noticeboard in the staffroom, providing our team with all the latest information about keeping children safe.

Meanwhile, it's been business as usual in school with many exciting lessons and experiences had by all. On Wednesday evening, Miss Mackay introduced the teaching staff to the new 'essentials' curriculum and the planning format they will be following. This new approach places an emphasis on teaching the key skills of reading, writing and mathematics through creative and exciting activities. The teachers are looking forward to teaching for mastery.

Finally, we have Sherburn Camera Club coming into school on Monday to take some snaps for our new school website which is due to launch at the end of the month.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Superstars of the Week

Here are our special award winners for this week.
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Harvest Festival

Our annual Harvest Festival will take place on Wednesday 18th October at 2pm. As usual, it will be our Year 3 and Year 4 children who will take the lead on this and parents in the year groups are more than welcome to attend the event.

A slight change this year is that we've asked the children where they would like the donations to go, and we're very thankful to Sherburn Methodist Church who have arranged for the items to be donated to the Selby Foodbank and the York ARC Light Project.

If you would like to contribute to our Harvest Festival produce display, please bring any dried/tinned food into school on Monday 16th or Tuesday 17th October. If you would like to donate fresh fruit and vegetables, please bring these in on the morning of Wednesday 18th October.

Monday 9th October - School Photographs

The school photographer (Tempest) will be in school on Monday 9th October for individual, photographs. They'll be in school from 0800 for photos of pre-school children with siblings in school. I believe this session is very popular so it's likely that you may have a considerable wait. Photographs for this period have to be wrapped up by 0845 and therefore, we offer this on a 'first-come-first-serve' basis. Children, don't forget to bring your smile!
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Parent Governor Vacancy

Our governing body are looking to appoint a new parent governor. If you are interested in being a parent governor, please email with a brief statement around your skills and what you could bring to the table.

The role of a parent governor is to be a critical friend of the school. Our current governing body has a wide skills set ranging from finance to safeguarding and HR. If you think your skills set would make us stronger, please apply by Friday 20th October.

Flu Vaccine Reminder

We're in the process of offering the flu vaccine from Reception through to Year 4. Further information is available at this website where you will find the online consent form.

School Admissions - Key Dates Reminder

A quick reminder that the closing date for secondary school place admissions for our year six children is 31st October.

We've already had a large interest in reception class places for September 2018 and the closing date for applications is 15th January 2018.

Friends of Hungate

The 'Friends of Hungate' now have their own Facebook page. Click here to access it.

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

Snow White and the Several Dwarfs

Tadcaster Theatre Company will be performing their hit pantomime 'Snow White and the Several Dwarfs' at the Riley-Smith Hall in Tadcaster from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th November. Several children from our school are involved in the production.

Tickets for the production are available here.

Books from the Book Trust

We are delighted to announce that the Book Trust have provided all our reception children with a free book.

As a parent, I often wonder what books my children will find interesting while fitting in with the expectations of their age range. The Book Trust provide a free resource called 'Bookfinder' which you can use to find the perfect read for your child.

Click here to access the Bookfinder.

A few dates for the diary

Here are a few dates for the diary:

Harvest Festival - 18th October - lead by our year three and four children. More details to follow.

Childminder Meetings - 6th November and 4th December for any of our local childminders and the children that they look after.

Applications for reception places in September 2018 are now open. Letters have already gone out and if you require help with an online application, please ask.


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 1 Class who are our attendance champions in school this week.

As you can see below, out attendance in many classes is way above the national average which is fantastic. Thank you for your support on this.

The overall attendance this week is 96.9%. Fantastic!!!!!!!

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Our School Calendar

All our events are published to the School Community Calendar which can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

School Community Calendar - Click Here!

For those of you with a device that supports iCal, here's the address:

iCal Address

For those of you with a device that supports iCS file import, here's where you can download the file:

.ICS Calendar File