Children in Need

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Thank you to our school community for raising a magnificent £765 for Children in Need. Well done to the School Council for their planning and organisation.  Thank you to the Head Boys and Girls and to the staff who helped at the cake sale. Well done to the colouring competition winners – your entries are now on display outside the Year 4 classrooms.

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Nordic Skiing Challenge

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As a school, we would like to congratulate one of our parents for recently completing the Yllas-Levi Ski Marathon, a gruelling 55km Nordic skiing challenge.
Mr Conner is a veteran of the Parachute Regiment who was seriously injured during active service and sadly had to retire. Mr Conner is coming in to school in May to speak to some of our pupils about his experiences and overcoming adversity. His work as a public speaker also raises awareness of the fantastic charities that support veterans.
Mr Conner took part in the ski marathon in Finland with the Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team (AFPST). This is a charitable organisation set up to support injured and sick veterans through positively challenging themselves and getting purpose back into their lives. He set up a Just Giving page prior to completing the marathon to raise some money for the charity. This is still open and if anyone feels able to make a donation, it would be gratefully received. The link to this is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/troy-conner1

Mr Conner appeared in last Friday’s Barnsley Chronicle and also in last week’s Halifax Courier (where he is originally from). If you would like to read the articles they can be accessed through the following links; 

https://www.barnsleychronicle.com/article/soldier-who-lived-to-tell-tale-shares-his-story

https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/calderdale-army-veteran-heads-for-finland-in-charity-ski-marathon-1-9109753

If you would like to know more about the Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team and the work they do to support veterans, please visit http://afpst.co.uk/
Well done Mr Conner!

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Improving our School Meals

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The School Council have met with Lorna from Engie, our school meal provider, to discuss pupil feedback on our school lunches. Lorna kindly listened to our suggestions on how we thought the service could be improved. We also shared what lunches we liked on the current menu. We even got to try some of the mince beef pie, which we all agreed was delicious! Thank you to Lorna  for taking the time to visit with us. 

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Remembrance Day

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Following the visit by Mr Thompson this week, a variety of activities took place across school including a special meal on Friday lunchtime, as requested by the School Council.  On Sunday, the School Council and Miss Davies attended the cenotaph in Hoyland to lay a wreath on behalf of the school.  We sold plenty of British Leigion items and we thank you for you support. We will let you know the final total raised.

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What is Remembrance Day?

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On Monday we had a special guest visitor in assembly. We were honoured to be joined by Mr Thompson, a representative of the British Legion, who had served in the armed forces for our country.  He spoke to the whole school in an assembly about the significance of Remembrance Sunday and visited the Year 3/4 classes to share some of his momentos.  A big thank you to him for taking the time to visit us.

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