The Hungate Echo

Sherburn Hungate Weekly News - Pre-Year Issue 2018-19

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A word from Mr Broom.

We're now less than a week away from the start of the new academic year and our children are a year older than when I first wrote to you as your then new headteacher. How time flies when you're having fun and for me, it certainly has been.

I hope you've had a lovely break and have taken the opportunity to spend some quality time as a family. I certainly have and I feel refreshed and ready for the weeks and months ahead.

The team at Sherburn Hungate are really excited about the year ahead and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Tuesday morning.

For now, there's a few notes I need to share with you prior to our return to school. See you Tuesday morning at 0840.

Home/School Agreement

Since the introduction of the new General Data Protection Act 2018, we can no longer accept a null response as acceptance that someone is happy to be included in decisions. Statements such as 'if you do not complete this form by x date, we will assume you are happy' can no longer be used.

For this reason, we're asking all parents to complete the Home/School Agreement form found at the link below. The Agreement includes permissions for technology use and local visits to name a few. Please complete it as soon as possible. Our admin team will continue to send the Agreement to you until we receive a response.

Thank you for your support with this.

Home/School Agreement

Please complete as soon as possible.

Start of Day Routines

I wrote to you earlier this year to explain why we needed to change the start times of school and we begin implementing these changes on Tuesday morning.

School starts at 0840.

Children will line up on the playground with the adult leading their class. This will be the same place that they line up at breaks and lunchtimes so things should settle down quite quickly after the first couple of days.

You can help us by saying goodbye to children by the time they line up.


When children are late it affects their whole day and we need our children to be on time so they can do their very best at school.

With the changes to the start of day, we want to be clear on timing.

School starts at 0840 and registration takes place in the first five minutes.

Doors close to classrooms at 0845. After this time, any children arriving are late. They will need to report to the school office to sign in.

End of the School Day

The end of the school day is as follows:

Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 children end the day at 1505.

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6 children end the day at 1510.

Lunchtime Routines

One of our key development priorities this year is health and wellbeing. To support this, we've looked at the way we deliver school meals and i've met with the kitchen staff and representatives from NYCC to discuss the meals on offer.

At the beginning of the school day, children having school meals will be given three meal choices. A hot meal, a jacket potato meal and a sandwich choice. Each meal choice will provide a balance lunch and will be a set choice. This means that there is likely to be foods on your child's plate that they are unfamiliar with and we will be actively encouraging children to try new things. Your support with this is really important. Thank you.

The Daily Mile & PE

Starting next week, everyone in school (children & staff) will take part in the daily mile. This is a 15 minute period of non-stop exercise that takes place every day. Mr Wooffindin will be leading on this for many year groups. It won't be just running. Activities will include skipping, dancing, climbing, etc.

While the children and staff won't be getting changed for the daily mile, we aim to include as much PE as we possibly can do. For this reason, we'd like children to bring a PE kit to school on a Monday and leave it at school until Friday. This means that PE can then happen to fit around the creative curriculum we have planned.

Breaktime Snack Trolley

We will continue to offer a range of healthy snacks at break times for a small fee. If your children wishes to bring their own healthy snack, we are more than happy for them to do so. For clarification, sweets and chocolate don't count as healthy snacks and shouldn't be brought to school.

Correct Uniform & PE Kit

The start of the new academic year is a great time to remind everyone of the importance of your child wearing the correct uniform to school. In summary, this means:

  • Black shoes

  • Black/Grey Trousers/skirts or Red & White Check Dresses

  • White shirt (a smart one with a crisp collar is wise for Year 6 children as they will be wearing a tie)

  • Red jumper/cardigan

It's also important that children wear the correct PE kit too. This means that football club shirts aren't part of their PE sportswear.

If we aim to be smart, we need to look smart and it's something we're really good at on the whole at Sherburn Hungate. Thank you again for your support with this.

Mobiles on Site

Our teachers have planned exciting lessons for all our children and when they leave school, we're confident that they will want to share their day with you. Conversation is really important to your child's development and for this reason, we're asking that you refrain from using your phone on the school site at drop off and pick up times. If you'd like further information on this, click here:

and here

Red Tie Assembly - Year 6 Parents Only

Our first assembly of the year is the Red Tie presentation. We would like to invite all our Year 6 parents to attend the ceremony. I'm sure our new year six children can't wait to wear them.

Naming Items

As a parent, one of the most frustrating things is when you spend a small fortune on new school uniform only for it to go missing after the first couple of days. While we do our best to avoid this, you can help by ensuring all items of uniform (including bags and water bottles) are clearly labelled.

GDPR Data Protection Information

Our school takes Data Protection very seriously and complies with the new General Data Protection Regulations introduced in May 2018. For further information please visit: