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Hackforth & Hornby CE Primary School


2018 is proving to be a busy year. Pupils enjoyed success at The Wensleydale Tournament of Music and Speech:  Katrina Dunn was awarded the Mary Palmer Trophy for the highest marks in the Bible Reading (junior section) for a second time and our junior choir enjoyed performing This Little Light of Mine on the impressive stage at the Tennants Garden Rooms in the Unison Song category. At the end of the tournament, we heard that school had been chosen by the adjudicator (speech) to receive the Margery Freeman Memorial Bursary for speech. This was in recognition of strong, individual performances by our junior pupils. In awarding the bursary, the adjudicator expressed her hope that staff would use it, “To further the love for the written word that you have instilled into your students.”  As you can imagine, we will be pleased to do so.


We continue to enjoy our sport. Two of our Year 6 pupils represented school creditably in the area cross country competition and, as we have started to take part in The Daily Mile initiative, we anticipate more entries from our increasingly confident runners next year. Juniors are also benefitting from the introduction of lunchtime games sessions across the school: cricket and netball for the juniors and skills practice sessions for the infants. As a result of our weekly swimming sessions across the year, all our pupils from reception to year 6 have made excellent progress in developing their strokes and personal survival skills. Cycling sessions with Stage1 Cycles on Friday mornings are supporting coordination and confidence for all our pupils. As a well-deserved reward for their commitment to preparing for their end of key stage SATs, our Year 6 pupils took part in a challenging mountain biking day, exploring Castle Bolton and the surrounding area.


Juniors will be working with The Green Howard Museum’s Education Officer, Carl Watts, to contribute to the local Ribbon of Remembrance to mark the end of World War 1. Carl joined us for a fascinating workshop with the historical author, Hilary Robinson, discussing the production of her award winning WW1 story books and a more recent title about the lost gardeners of Heligan. This marked the beginning of a new local history project. We will be looking for parallels with the gardeners and other estate workers from Hornby who sacrificed their lives and are remembered in St Mary’s Church.


Our juniors are now preparing their end of year production, Macbeth. Pupils spent a day with Hannah from the Konflux Theatre, Play in a Day team, drawing on their studies of the text to develop their idea for performance.  Hannah commented on the pupils’ impressive understanding of the play and the way in which they engaged with her to deepen their understanding of the characters’ motives, “All displayed great commitment to the day and worked really well together. The older students showed patience and encouragement towards the younger students helping to bring out their confidence and in turn their performing abilities.”


On 12th June, we welcomed the newly installed Bishop of Ripon, The Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Harley to school yesterday. Pupils enjoyed a fascinating morning with Bishop HA (as she introduced herself); hearing about her travels which took her to New Zealand where she served as the Bishop of Waikato.  Bishop Helen-Ann shared her vestments with pupils, discussing symbolism and stressing the importance of memories, as she talked about the special gifts she received from Maori members of her previous congregation. Pupils were particularly interested in her pounamu (greenstone) cross, intricately embroidered stole and crook.  Bishop Helen-Ann enjoyed her morning, which included a tour of the school with the school council. She later tweeted, “A fantastic morning at Hackforth and Hornby Church of England Primary School. Loved the sand-pit!”  Staff and pupils presented Bishop Helen-Ann with a lavender plant from the school garden to mark her visit, she tweeted her thanks with a photo showing the plant beside her office door.


Most recently we have spent an afternoon discussing finance, including party planning, with Chris Gibson, a NatWest Community Banker. Infants and juniors worked with Chris as he delivered an introduction to the MoneySense programme, helping pupils to think about their spending: “It’s important to keep costs down,” a year 6 pupil commented knowledgeably! School will now develop Chris’ ideas through the bank’s online programme.


As we approach the end of the school year, we are looking forward to trips to Thorp Perrow (infants) and The Great Yorkshire Show (juniors).   In addition to Macbeth, juniors will be taking part in a cluster music presentation: The Giant Slayer at The Northallerton Forum. New starters will join us for a Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Friday 13th July and our annual Sports’ Afternoon, followed by a Summer Fair on Tuesday 17th July in our beautiful grounds.  If you would like to visit school, join us for our Sports’ Afternoon and Fair or attend our production on Thursday 19th July, please contact our office on 01748 811698.