Junior School Newsletter 11th January 2019

Head Teacher’s Foreword

Dear Parents

Welcome back! We have had a super start to the week with 5 new families joining us and all the children returning rested and full of enthusiasm. Lessons have resumed as normal and clubs will begin next week. Please note there is an opportunity for 12 more students to join Cookery Club. This is not only great fun and skill building but it gives pupils a chance to earn a place in the Bake Off Final in the summer term. You should now be in receipt of your class newsletter outlining your child’s curriculum and key dates this term. School Council will be organising a movie night and save the date for the PTA Ball on Saturday 16th March. Please remember that you are more than welcome to join me and the PTA for coffee every Thursday morning from 8.30am in my office. Additionally, if you wish to share any thoughts or opinions about school and your child’s educational experience, please do not hesitate to contact me. Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Sarah Weller

Weekly  Diary


15th January

Pm ISA Regional Quiz

16th January

12.30 – Cross Country – Savile Park

17th January

8.30am – Coffee Morning

18th January

9am – Achievement Assembly


Message from the Head Boy and Head Girl

Dear Children and Parents

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. A warm welcome to the new students; Renayia, Lucian, Harley, Camille, Etienne, Isabella and Anya. Happy Birthday to Mrs Garner, Kiri and Dawid. Also good luck to the Cross Country team who are competing on Wednesday. We both hope you had a lovely week back and that you have a fabulous weekend.

From Jayesh and Inaayah

Message from the Head of School Council

Dear Children and Parents

I hope you had an amazing Christmas and a fantastic New Year. Well done to Mr Farr for getting the Teacher of the Week Award for doing great science experiments. Also well done to George for getting the Head Teacher Award for doing ingenious homework, and the Vikings for winning the House Point Cup this week. Good luck to everyone who is taking part in the quiz on Tuesday. I hope you have all had a good first week back and have a brilliant weekend.

From the School Council

Message from the Head of Sports

Dear Children and Parents

Welcome back everybody and I hope you had a great break.  This week has been a quiet week for fixtures however next week, we start with Cross Country on Wednesday when children from Forms 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be competing in the Calderdale Schools Competition. We are taking our largest team ever. Good luck to everyone who is running, please remember to bring in your reply slip, if you haven’t already done so. Reminder to everybody all the new clubs start next week, so don’t miss them!

The winners of the house points this week are the Vikings with 85 points! Have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday bright and early.

From Charlotte and Charlie

Jumping Clay

The cost for Jumping Clay on Monday lunchtime will be £25 for 5 sessions. Please bring in cash payments (only) either to the school office or give directly to Jodie (Jumping Clay lady).


Our full extracurricular clubs programme will be starting this Monday 14th January.


Monday lunchtime: Jumping Clay all ages (see above)

Monday after school: Exam Prep – Form 5 only

Tuesday before school: Recreational Football – Forms 3 to 6

Wednesday before school: Badminton – Forms 1 to 6

Wednesday after school: Football practice for team selection – Forms 3 to 6

Thursday after school: Netball – Forms 1 to 6

Friday before school: Multi Sports Girls only

Saturday morning: Rugby Form 6


Please email the office with the before and after school clubs, your child would like to do, if you haven’t already done so. Email: office@hgsf.org.uk

Cookery Club

We have 12 places for Cookery Club starting Wednesday 23rd January. This is available to anyone in Forms 2 to 6.  Children who have not attended the club before will be allocated a place first.  Please note the cost for the club is £90 for 6 sessions and includes ingredients, apron and cookery book, as well as the chance to join in the Bake-off Final in the Summer term. Please return the reply slip sent home today by Wednesday 16th January to the office.

Snow Procedure

Notification will be made on the school website, followed by further contact by text, Facebook and Twitter.

PTA Request

Now that Christmas has passed you may have acquired a box of chocolates too many, an odd bottle you don’t need and maybe one or two gifts that weren’t for you.  If so, please could you donate them to the PTA.  They will be used for the bottle raffle at the PTA ball otherwise help with the accumulation of gifts for the forthcoming Mother’s Day and Father’s Day shops.  Many thanks in advance.

No Smoking

Please remember our school has a no smoking policy and this includes waiting in your car on the school site.


Please note that any photographs taken in assembly on your mobile phone should not be shared on social media. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Polite Reminder

For Safeguarding reasons, no child or parent should be in school before 8.55am without alerting the office or a member of staff.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Wraparound Care Phone Number

Please note the number for Wraparound Care.  If you need to speak to Mrs Harper please do so on 07565 135680.

This week’s menu

Diary Dates

5th February

Open Hour 3.30-4.30pm

15th February

End of Term

Save the date:

 Saturday 16th March 2019

Silver Screen Ball

Tell Us What You Think

We endeavour to improve our communication to parents and we would be interested in your feedback. Please email your comments to the school office.


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