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Hackforth & Hornby CE Primary School

Staff and pupils returned ready for a busy half term. Our first task was to prepare for the Villages’ Show (hosted jointly with school) on Saturday 15th September. Congratulations are due to Jessica Bannister, this year’s winner of The Jubilee Shield and to Harry Blood, overall winner of the Children’s Classes.  Artwork (from Hilary Robinson’s fascinating books about WW1) by Martin Impey, inspired pupils’ art work for the shield and junior pupils used some of Hilary’s text for their handwriting entries. Having worked with Hilary and discussed art, during a conference call, with Martin last year, we were thrilled to receive comments, praising the high standard of work, from both on our Villages’ Show Facebook posting.  Congratulations too, to our gardening club who won first prize in the three beetroot (garden produce) category.  Well done to all our Wednesday after school gardeners.

Twice a month, our younger pupils are exploring the outdoors at the Mini Explorers’ Nursery. So far, pupils have enjoyed outdoor and music challenges. We look forward to developing these topics and more over the next few months.

Fitness, to support wellbeing, is a focus for this year. Last month, all our pupils took part in a Fencing Taster Day; pupils showed plenty of enthusiasm as they developed their skills. Our Tuesday, Thursday and Friday lunch time coaching sessions have restarted after the summer, as has weekly swimming for the whole school. Pupils are enjoying their Morning Mile; we look forward to judging the impact of this initiative when Y6 take part in the area cross country session.

Before half term, our Year 6 Charity Group will be leading our Harvest Service, liaising with the Richmond StoreHouse and parents to distribute harvest gifts. This follows their recent pocket money fundraising initiative, raising money to support aid agencies in Indonesia. School also supported Mental Health Awareness Day, fundraising for Compass Buzz who work with staff to develop resources in school.  A mental health awareness week featured workshops from a puppeteer and a  visit to Crucial Crew (Y6) to promote personal safety. Thanks are due to parents from our PTA who have organised a Halloween Movie Night for pupils.

Infants and juniors will be visiting Harlow Carr Gardens this autumn. EYFS and KS1 will be attending an eco-workshop, learning about wormeries and bug houses; KS2 will be enjoying practical science sessions, investigating technology, focusing on wind turbines.

Looking ahead to Christmas, the acoustic duet Mambo Jambo will be working with pupils in December, as will Gill McLean a local illustrator who will be leading a Christmas workshop, sketching and painting angels. All pupils will be taking part in our Christingle service at St Mary’s, Hornby and in our Christmas production in the village hall.

Please look out for coverage of all these events on our Facebook page. Rather than holding Open Days, we welcome visits during the school day.  If you would like to visit our small school to meet staff and pupils, please contact the office on 01748 811698.