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Weekly update 27/10/2023

27 Oct 2023

Weekly update Friday 27th October 2023

Our Vision
We believe that our children should have the aspiration and opportunity to ‘Live life in all its fullness and ‘Shine like stars in the sky’.
New this week…
Price increases
Prices are increasing at Kirkby Malzeard school for both school meals and after school club.  They will be updated on Parent Pay on Monday 6 November 2023 as follows:
School Meals will be £3.50
Whizz Kids after school/breakfast club £5.00 for an hour £10.00 for two hours.
Year 6 Pupils transferring Secondary School in September 2024
If you haven’t already made an application for a secondary school for September 2024, please don’t forget to apply by the 31 October 2023.  
Applications can be made online at www.northyorks.gov.uk/admissions 
School Admissions – Children due to start in Reception in September 2024
Please find attached a letter for prospective parent /carers who have a child who is due to start in Reception in September 2024 advising them how to apply.
The key dates to note are:
15 January 2024 - the deadline to apply for a primary school place.
16 April 2024 - National Offer Day, primary school places are allocated on this day. No information on allocated places should be shared with parents before 16 April.
If you have any queries, please contact Clare Anderson, Business Support Manager 01609 536203 or contact: schooladmissions@northyorks.gov.uk 
North Yorkshire Music Service
There is an exciting opportunity for students in KS2 to access brass lessons at Harrogate Music Centre after half term. Please see the attached letter for details
Forest School Friday
To support our Golden Thread further, Helen will be running a morning forest school session for each class on a Friday morning based around confident communication.
Dates are as follows:
Friday 10th November 2023 - Cedar Class
Friday 17th November 2023 - Acorn Class
Friday 24th November 2023 - Palm Class
Friday 1st December 2023 - Oak Class
Children should wear old, comfortable clothes and wellies or trainers for forest school, along with waterproof trousers and coats.  Please no shorts.
Poppy Collection
On Monday 6th November 2023 (the first week after half term) we will be collecting for the Royal British Legion in support of our Armed Forces community.  Children will be asked to bring any donations into school in an envelope with their name on. As well as poppies, there will be a number of other poppy items for the children to choose from.
Suggested donation prices:
Poppies - any donation
Eraser, pencil sharpeners and pencils -  50p each
Rulers and wristbands - £1.00 each
School gates
Just to confirm, school registers are taken at 08:55am and all children should be in school for this time. To avoid any confusion, gates will now also be closed at this time.
Swimming lessons will continue after half term on a Wednesday for Years 2 and 3.   
The children will return from swimming at the end of the day, the estimated return time for collection is between 3.35-3.40pm.
We thank parents in advance for settling their Parent Pay accounts as soon as possible.
Acorn Class PE
After half term Acorn class will need to come to school on a Wednesday dressed in their outdoor PE kit (navy joggers, white PE t-shirt, navy sweatshirt, socks and school shoes).  All long hair must be tied up.  Please can we ask that children continue to learn to dress and undress independently at home, don’t forget to let us know how you are getting on.

Message from Friends - Friends need your help!
We have our exciting Christmas Reindeer and Father Christmas Event on the 18th of December. For one of the activities we need pine cones so if you spot any whilst out and about over the holidays please gather them up and give them to your Friends representatives.

Friends are holding their AGM on Friday the 27th of October at 2.30 in the school hall. All are welcome, we will discuss last year’s fundraising and this year’s exciting plans.

For new Parents and Carers, Friends are a group of people who fundraise to support school for example, helping fund school trips, refreshments at events and more strategic help such as new school book schemes and classroom improvements. We have lots of fun along the way too! We look forward to seeing you on the 27th.
Thank you from Friends
Polite Reminder
The staff carpark is very small and we often have bumps and damage caused to walls and cars.  We would like to remind everyone that the carpark is for staff only at all times. 
New dates added to the diary …
Friday 17th November 2023 - Forest school - Acorn Class
Reception starters 2024
Is your child due to start school in September 2024, or do you know somebody who is? Please book in to come and have a tour of our school and see all of the exciting things we have to offer. 
Parent consultations
Parent Consultations will be held on Wednesday 8th November 2023 between 1.00pm -5.45pm. The booking slots for these have been sent out via the website.  Please book your slots.
KS2 Parents Meeting
There will be a meeting for parents of Year 3/4 and 5/6 on Tuesday 14th November at 5.00pm. This will be to discuss the Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum and offers an opportunity for parents to ask any questions they may have about this.
Safeguarding, Health and Wellbeing Updates…
A few of our children have shared that they access the websites below.
Please find some information that may be useful in terms of safeguarding your children on these sites.
A parents guide to Fortnite: Battle Royale - UK Safer Internet Centre
Roblox - a guide for parents - UK Safer Internet Centre
News from the Wider Community…
Kirkby Malzeard school have with great enthusiasm made a guy for the community bonfire, please see the poster below.  We look forward to seeing lots of pictures of our guy on the bonfire
Please also see the community events poster below for drop-in activities at Ripon Cathedral:

  -Brass Lessons at HMC Letter.pdf-  


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