Linthwaite Ardron CE (VA) Junior and Infant School

'Through Christian values we support, help, inspire, nurture and encourage all individuals to SHINE and reach their potential'

Church Ln, Linthwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5TA

01484 845544

office.linthardron@kirkleeseducation.uk

COVID HELP (below) and messages (scroll down)

 

updates to parents

 

31/10/20

Dear all, 
From Monday will be following Tier 3 government and Kirklees guidance. Fortunately our school risk assessment is already compliant. Please be assured that the hygiene routines, procedures to keep classes separate from one another and protocols to assist children who may be feeling unwell are all followed rigidly and without exception. This is to keep not only children and parents safe but staff too, who are vital for the smooth running of our school and the exceptional care of our children. 

However, we still  need your help to ensure our school remains as safe as possible. We need to work together to reduce the number of people waiting on the path before school, and on the path and just beyond the school gates after school. To make this possible please follow the measures below:

*Please do not arrive at school before 8:49am and 3:10pm, unless you are using public transport and have no other option
*Please do not wait for children outside the school gate before 3:20pm - children who are not collected from the classroom door will not be released until school closes at 3.20pm


Please remember that on Monday our adjusted school pick up time will be from 3.10pm to 3.25pm. School still finishes at 3.20pm but staff will supervise children between 3.20pm and 3.25pm to allow enough time for  parents to avoid contact with others when on the school site.  

I am sure that like me, you do not particularly like the measures being imposed and long for a time when our children can see some normality again. It is a very difficult time and we will get through this together. I know that there are many of you who will find the isolation of living in tier 3 with young children challenging, and so I would ask everyone to continue to look out for one another. 

Since March 23rd the positive comments and overwhelming support that we have received from you, our parents and carers has been truly awe inspiring. Thank you, you make me feel quite humble to belong to such a great school community.

Very best wishes, 
Jane Travis (Headteacher) 

 

30.09.20

Tuesday 29th September 2020

Dear parents/carers,

Following parental concerns regarding social distancing on the path, we need your help.

We can be very proud that together we have successfully opened our school, and despite on-going challenges we have a thriving and safe environment for our children to learn and play. Our next issue to resolve, for which we need your help, is the queue down the path before and after school. 

We initially planned that extended drop off and collection times would result in a steady stream of parents and children in the morning and afternoon, however there seems to be a bottleneck at these times.  

One way that you can help is for parents, carers and grandparents to take advantage of our extended drop off/collection times if at all possible. In other words, please arrive and collect later. From 9am and 3.10pm there is little foot traffic on the school path and these are the quieter, and therefore safer, times when it is preferable for children to be dropped and collected. This would also support our working parents who need to drop and go.

We understand that this isn’t possible for everyone, but if we keep adapting to necessary changes we will develop our own systems that keep pupils, staff and families safe and well during challenging times. As of yet we have not had a positive case of coronavirus in school and we are confident that this is because of the tremendous effort that everyone is making to ensure safety is our top priority.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. It is truly appreciated and we will get through this together.  Whilst we continue make adaptations during this period, if you recognise anything that we can put in place to improve our systems please do let us know.

As usual, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask them.

Kindest regards,  Jane Travis,  Headteacher

01.09.20

Dear all, 
I hope you're well.

This will be the last daily/weekly update. Moving forwards we will use the school newsletter as the main method of whole school communication. I hope since March 23rd you have felt reasonably informed and are now ready, just as I am, to move towards something that resembles 'normal'. 

There is a letter attached to this email giving more details of how we will open school. Our more detailed risk assessment is now available on our school website under the COVID page and I would welcome further suggestions/additions. 

I've also had a couple of queries from parents and so I'll share that information as it may be useful information for everyone:
1) Please remember that no child can be collected from EYFS or KS1 by anyone under 16. This is government guidance and as such is adopted by our school. 
2) Outdoor PE kit comprises of leggings/jogging bottoms and a dark coloured sweatshirt. No hooded or zipped tops please. Children will need to come dressed in outdoor PE kit on their PE day. Further details will follow. 

Very best wishes for the remaining few days of holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday. 
Mrs T

September opening.docx.pdf

 

24.08.20

Dear all, 
I hope you're well.
Tonight I have a little information, a couple of reminders and a some news!

So, let's go..... 

I've had a couple of enquiries about PE kit. Please remember that hoodies cannot be use for PE lessons. This is because during a PE lesson there is an increased risk that a hood could be caught on equipment or another person and cause a serious accident. The best type of jumpers for PE are the cheap sweatshirts available from most supermarkets. School colours would be fabulous, but not essential. In September, as PE lessons will be conducted outside wherever possible, it may be more comfortable for children to wear joggers or leggings rather than shorts. I hope that helps.

I have attached details of our local uniform exchange. There are 3 documents which will help you to use and support this important service. We will also be having a collection bin place in our reception area in September. Any uniform that was finished with last year can be placed here and Uniform Exchange will ensure it goes to a grateful recipient. 

I have also attached a couple of documents that give details of the Kirklees Community Bus. The bus is available at various locations and can offer free advice and support. There are a couple of dates left if anyone would like to visit them.

Next Monday I should be able to send you our school's risk assessment and full details of the measures that will be in place to ensure the safety of all. I hope that you will be able to take a look and if you can suggest any other changes we can make to ensure our school is as safe as possible then please do remember to get in touch. I'm sure that you, like me, want our school to be a place where everyone is safe and I know that we will all continue to work together to ensure that this happens.

Lastly, work on our pathways and new KS1 playground has started and has almost been completed. We are now able to ensure that in September we have room to operate a one way system around the perimeter of the school building that starts where you leave Church Lane. This will ensure that social distancing guidance can be adhered to, and it will also make the entrance from the road easier to navigate as this has been a bottle neck for several years. The pathway down the side of the hall has also been widened. This will make it much easier for those parents lucky enough to still need a pram. Our new KS1 playground is looking simply marvellous and next week 100 squared metres of turf will be laid to complete the work. I honestly had not noticed that we had so much space until we really needed it.  How lucky are we!  

 

uniform exchange.pdf

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How to use Uniform Exchange 2020.pdf

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Uniform Exchange Request Form JUNE 2020.docx

Kindest regards, 

Mrs T

 

 

17.08.20

Dear all, 
I hope you're well.
I have some good news to share with you. 
Firstly, Mr & Mrs Pollitt have had a baby during the holidays. Baby Pollitt was born on 2nd August. The family are getting used to being three  and are enjoying settling down into family life.   This does mean that Mr Pollitt will be on maternity leave weeks beginning 14th and 21st September. To ensure that there is continuity for the children, as we know that they are returning from a very unsettled period, Mrs Travis will be teaching the class as she is already well know to the children. Mrs Travis is eagerly looking forward to this opportunity and is already planning lots of fun activities for the children  and staff to work on together.

Secondly, we are pleased to announce that we have appointed Rachael Hodgson to start as the year three teacher in September. Mrs Hodgson has been a teacher for several years and is well known in Kirklees for her expertise and teaching skills. We are very lucky to have been able to appoint such an experienced teacher to join our existing, vibrant and strong team at Linthwaite Ardron.  We are all looking forward to getting to know Mrs Hodgson better over the coming months.

Thirdly, our building work to ensure our school is as COVID safe as we can possibly be should be starting on Thursday or Friday this week. Exciting times in such a challenging world!

Lastly, just a reminder for parents of children leaving year five and moving into year six: please do not buy any jumpers for the return to school. In our previous email  we said that school fully intend providing leavers jumpers as usual, but that due to the COVID restrictions this would not be until September. More details will follow, please bear with us.

Very best wishes, 
Mrs T 

 

03.08.20

Dear all, 
I hope you're well. 
I know that many of you will be disappointed that lockdown sanctions have been increased in Kirklees and this naturally has lead to some anxiety, for some, about school opening in September. Our current position is that we intend to be open to all, and we will do all we can to minimise the risk of infection between pupils, staff and parents. To do this there will be many measures and systems introduced. Some of them will be based on our experience of school between March and July and some will be totally new,  but during the week before we return to school they will all be available for everyone to review.  This will ensure that our procedures can be vetted by, and further suggestions made by, as wide an audience as possible. By waiting until the week before we return to school we can ensure that our procedures are up to date and inline with the additional government guidance for school opening which is expected on August 24th.   

I hope that you're all having some down time and trying to make the most of an increasingly difficult situation. Please don't forget, if you feel you need any support at all please do contact me at head.linthardron@kirkleeseducation.uk. If I can't help you I know that the  staff at Ardron, who are some of the hardest working and most dedicated staff I have had the pleasure of working with, won't hesitate to offer advice themselves (even in the holidays).  So, if you're finding things difficult please do remember to email me as I can usually help, and if not I'm sure I know someone who can. 

Very best wishes and please keep yourselves and your loved ones safe, 
Mrs T

 

27.07.20

Hello!

We hope you're well. I had hoped to be sending a message today to say that cases of coronavirus are declining. Unfortunately that does not seem to be the case and I am asking everyone to continue to be super vigilant, social distance as much as you can and encourage our children to wash their hands frequently. If hand washing isn't possible please put a spot of alcoholic based hand sanitizer on their hands.   Hopefully this wont be for much longer but I'd like for all our children (and families) to stay well over the summer break. I know that you have already been ensuring that guidance is strictly followed for many weeks now and I thank you for that. I just can't describe how much staff want all our children to remain well through the summer and return in September.

Since my last message, there are no new additions to the current government guidance that school are not already addressing and will be included in our risk assessment. This document will be with you towards the end of the summer break. The parental guidance for September, previously sent by school, still stands as it is. If there are any changes between now and September I will continue to update you through this weekly message.   

I also need to inform you that our school is seeking an amendment to our admissions policy. This is because as a church aided school one of our criteria for entry is whether the family or child are 'regular worshippers'. Unfortunately access to churches, and church based worship, is currently restricted and so our admissions policy needs to reflect this. I have attached a copy of the draft document here if you wish to read it.  

We are excited to announce that building work will soon start at the end of the drive and on some of the paths around school. The work will be completed during the summer break and is being undertaken to widen paths and ensure that social distancing guidance can be adhered to by everyone. It should also make it much easier for those who need to bring a pram or pushchair. KS1 will also have a playground of their own which will be a very welcome addition to our school, and something to look forward to in this mad world of ours.  

One of our successes during the lockdown period was our school lending library. During the period when school was closed we made 259 'lends'. Hopefully that means that 259 books were read at home that without our library would not have been. Well done to everyone who took part but we do have a few titles outstanding. So, if you have seen one of these books then please email me ( head.linthardron@kirkleeseducation.uk) to let me know it is safe and then bring it back to school in September. Don't worry if you know that you read the book and brought it back. Someone must have borrowed it after you. 

The Worst Witch To The Rescue
Journey To The River Sea 
Malory Towers
The Ghost of Thomas Kemp
Treasure Island
Horrid Henry's Revenge
Boy
King Arthur
65 Story Tree
The Secret Garden
How Loud Can You Burp?
Gogheart
Artemis Fowl - Lost Colony
The Silver Sword
104 Story Tree House
The Iron Man
The Borrowers
Harry Potter and The Philospher Stone
Coraline
The Holiday


Very best wishes, 
Mrs T

 

21.07.20

Dear all, 
Firstly apologies for the last two daily messages, or specifically the lack of the last two daily messages. It is not often that I am completely and utterly exhausted but that is how I felt on Friday and yesterday. I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear though that I'm now fully revitalised and ready to go again!  However, you will also be pleased to hear that I will only be sending a weekly message through the holiday break as I'm sure that by now my daily messages are becoming a little monotonous and you too are ready for a break from them. 

Today's main message is in the form of a letter as it was far too long to put in an email but we also have some school development work that I'd like to update you with. Over the summer break we will be widening several paths to allow for safe social distancing and we will be developing an area so that KS1 have their own playground during the COVID period. This will help to minimise the risk of infection spread. Exciting times!

 

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Kindest regards, 
Jane Travis

15.07.20

Dear all, 
We hope you're well.
Don't forget to give the office a ring if you received a text about lost property. We also have a large number of un-named items that you are welcome to come and browse. In particular a lovely orange hand knitted cardigan, a pair of black boots and a coat. We have attached a few pictures of lost property so that hopefully items can be returned to their homes. 

If you have any of school's equipment, please return it. We still have 2 laptops, 1 IPad and a number of reading books outstanding. If you do have one of these items please return asap so that we can make sure they are ready for use in September. Thank you.

Tonight we have some good news to share with parents of pupils going into Y3.  We have had a large number of candidates for our advertised post of class teacher. 25 candidates to be exact. This means that we have been able to shortlist from a large field and select a small number of strong candidates to interview. We have shortlisted and we are currently in the interview stage. Hopefully it wont be too long before we should have some news to share with you about the candidate who has been successful and has accepted the post. The candidate will spend time over the summer holiday period familiarising themselves with our school, the children's learning and our current staff. I can't say how pleased I am to share this good news with you and it shows that our school is thought of as somewhere great to work in our area.  

From September there will be some changes to our lunchtime routines and the menus on offer to ensure the safety of our staff and pupils. We will be having 2 sittings. Tables will be thoroughly cleaned between sittings and we have demarcated the hall with walking zones, queuing zones and areas where tables will be located. We hope that things run smoothly but please bear with us as we may need to adapt as situations arise. We do have a new menu designed especially for the COVID period that allows our fabulous catering team to work safely, although meal choices may be more limited to begin with. Whilst there will still be fresh fruit,  yogurts, home made cookies, muffins and all the other cold puddings hot custard and pudding will not be available until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience and all you custard lovers out there!   
 
Very best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron, 
Jane 

 

 

14.07.20

Dear all, 
We hope you're well.
We don't have much new news today, but we do unfortunately have 1 piece of news that we need to distribute: lunch money for pupils will increase to £2.30 from September. We do apologise that this is the only new news we can bring today. 

There have been a few queries about which doors should be used in September by pupils. Please do not worry, everything will be clearly signposted. One way systems, queuing areas and classrooms will be amongst the signed features of our school in the new year.

During the summer holidays, we will not be leaving you in peace entirely as each Monday Mrs Travis still intends to send out an update. This is because government and local authority guidance is still changing on a daily basis and so it is still possible there will be changes made to our plans for September as they are constantly under review.

Mrs Travis can be contacted at head.linthardron@kirkleeseducation.uk for any information or for emergency purposes through the holiday period. She usually looks at her email daily and so will respond fairly quickly should you need any support.

Very best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

13.07.20

Dear all, 
We hope you're well.

A query from a parent about transition next year has prompted this message: 
In September we will be undertaking a day of transition on September 8th  for all children currently in Years R to 4. Our current Y5 children will go straight into the Y6 classroom with Mr Taylor. Children should still use their new class door to enter school as they will be located in their new classroom for the day. This is because although they will spend their day with their current teacher, we are minimising cross contamination between groups and the risk of coronavirus infection. Therefore, 
current R children should use the door to Mr Pollitt's classroom but will be with Mrs Wood
current Y1 children should use the door to Mrs Clews' classroom but will be with by Mr Pollitt

current Y2 children should use the door to Miss Rider's classroom but will be with Mrs Clews and our new Y3 teacher, who is yet to be appointed
current Y3 children should use the door to Mrs Raimes classroom and will be with  Mrs Raimes
current Y4 children should use the door to Miss Eyles' classroom and will be with Ms Starrett and Mrs Walker
current Y5 children should use the door to Mr Taylor's classroom and will be with  Mr Taylor

The most eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that Y3 and Y4 are going to switch classrooms. So, Mrs Raimes will be teaching Y4 but in her existing classroom.

I hope that makes it clear, but reading it back (even to myself) it does sound a little complicated. Please contact school if you are unsure. 

Tomorrow, there will be news of Y5 jumpers for next year and more information about the end of term.

Very best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron
 

10.07.20

Dear all, 
We hope you're well.

Tonight there is a letter attached to this email giving details about our opening in September. Please take a look and ask any further questions as needed.

We will be running our breakfast club for any parents who need it. Please enquire at the office to book places.

Just a couple of messages for our Y6 pupils tonight - Yes, you can wear the hoodies that have been very kindly organised for you and yes, you can have a non-uniform day next Friday. This seems the least we can do as it must be a very sad time for you all. Mrs T.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, 
Best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron
 

 

09.07.20

Dear all, 
We hope you are well.

Just a reminder that if you would like your child to have milk in September please remember the deadline for orders and payment on Parent Pay is 14th July. Many thanks. 

Also, we are starting to collect any equipment that has been borrowed this year. If you do have anything belonging to school (including some laptops that were loaned) please can you bring this in before next Wednesday. Again, many thanks.

At the end of this year our Y6 will leave us. We had hoped that government guidance would have been relaxed enough for there some sort of leaving event. This has sadly not been the case and so the usual events that we organise have not been possible. However, what we can tell you is that we have measured our hall and we will be able to hold a Y6 film event on the last day of term, whilst still keeping children separated from each other by 2m. Our Friends of Linthwaite Ardron have also organised bespoke key rings for each of our Y6 children as a memento of their time here. Each key ring has their name and a short message. They are lovely and I'm sure our children will treasure them for many years. Thank you to Friends for organising this.  Lastly, once social distancing restrictions have been lifted, we do intend to invite all our current Y6 pupils to a leavers party but this may not be until January or even beyond. Let's hope that they haven't forgotten us by then. Good luck to all our Y6 pupils at their new schools!

Have you ever heard the saying 'it never rains but it pours'? Well it has poured so much that a leak in our school roof has caused damage to the ceiling in the classroom that previously belonged to Y4. Over the summer holidays we will be able to repair this, but for now Y6 pupils who are taught by Mrs Travis and Ms Starrett will need to use the hall door to enter and leave school. Oh what fun, and just what we didn't need at the moment!

Have a lovely evening everyone, 
Best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

 

 

08.07.20

Dear all, 
We hope you're well.
Over the last few days we have had a number of queries about staggered starts for next year. Currently we are still working on specific plans for September and so cannot give you detailed information about our return to school yet (but this will be with you later this week). However, we can tell you that staggered starts (each class having a designated time for drop off) will not form part of our plans. This is because we know that  we have a number of siblings in different classes and a staggered start would not  support you with an easy drop off. Please be assured we are working through all the procedures, protocols and guidance as quickly as we can so that we can send more details about September. 

If you do have any specific concerns about September please do contact us asap so that we can support you in whatever way would be best.

Very best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron 

07.07.20

Dear all, 
We hope you are well.
Over the next few days, staff in school will be working together to prepare a plan and risk assessment for all our children to return safely to school in September. This will be in line with the government guidance that was issued last Thursday. We would like to reassure you that the changes we will make to our systems will be made to minimise the risk of infection from Coronavirus to pupils, parents and staff.  Our new measures will be emailed to parents during the next couple of days but those pupils and parents who have been attending school during this pandemic will notice many similarities between procedures we are currently following and those we will be following in September. Please bear with us whilst we take time to ensure that this piece of work will meet our needs effectively.

We have some great news! A few weeks ago we told you that Kiki had been shortlisted as a finalist for a poetry writing competition run by the Premier League. Her poem based on the theme of ambition made her the regional winner of Yorkshire and the North West. Excellent news we're sure you'll agree. Kiki will get her poem published in a book and will also receive some other exciting prizes. We will keep you posted on the prizes she receives.  Well done to all year five and six as they all wrote a poem and entered the competition. 

We also have some other nice news and that is to thank Arthur for sending in a lovely gift for the teachers. Thank you Arthur! 

Best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

06.07.20

Dear all, 
We hope you are well.
Please find attached a letter about our end of year school reports. These should be with you in the next day or two as they will be sent by post tomorrow morning. We would welcome feedback. Just a reminder that this Friday will be Miss Eyles' last day in school and so if you would like to speak with her about your child then you will need to do so on or before that date. 

Very best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

03.07.20

Dear all, 
We hope you're well.

Last night government guidance was published to help schools plan for a return in September. This week staff members and governors will be reviewing the guidance and putting together a plan. Next week we will let you know what measures our school will be taking to ensure that we can open safely to all in September.   At this point we do not know exactly  what our plan will look like, but to support a smooth opening there will not be any after school clubs the first half term.  We are sorry for any disappointment this will cause.   

If you have a child who is currently in year 6, please can we ask for you to return all equipment and books that may have been borrowed from school (recorders, reading books, text books and IT equipment). Thank you.

We are currently preparing end of year reports. The reports are based on the period from September 2019 to March 2020 when school closed. This means that many end of year targets were not reached and end of year expectations were not achieved. In September, when school reopens, we will focus on catching pupils up with the work they have missed. Reports will be sent in the post on Tuesday 7th July.  

Very best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

02.07.20

Dear All

A message today that is specifically for our current Year Five parents, as we know it is ‘that time of year’ when you may be thinking about buying uniforms and school supplies for September.

Traditionally, Year Six pupils at Linthwaite Ardron have received a mint green school jumper upon their transition in September, something they have always looked forward to and been proud of, as it signifies that they are now our senior pupils with the accompanying responsibilities and privileges. The children are individually measured for size and receive their jumper as a gift from school in July. Naturally, in light of recent events, it has not been possible to measure the pupils against the sample uniform we have, plus school and governors have been considering changes to the current jumper tradition and this is still under discussion.

Therefore, can we request that all parents with children moving up into Year Six hold off purchasing a school jumper until we reopen in September and have a final decision on uniform as well as sample sizes to try on. In September, could your child come into school in their old Year Five green jumper or a suitable alternative (without too much adornments or logos please) should they have outgrown their previous one. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

The Team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

1.7.20

Dear Parents,

One of the most reliable things about the recent unprecedented times has been how quickly things change and the wealth of guidance and new legislation that has continued to come out of government. As the government and the DfE are constantly updating guidance relating to schools and in order to ensure the children, families and staff are kept safe we are regularly reviewing and updating our risk assessments in line with new guidance.

Sadly, the guidance in its latest form means that we will not be able to carry out any leaving events or presentations as we had hoped for our children. We had hoped we might be able to have events for Year Six in their final weeks, as part of their opportunity to say goodbye. However, the latest guidance, which will come into force on the 4th of July, will not allow gatherings of over 30 people. Having parents on site with the children or bringing back the whole year group on to the playground for example, even socially distanced, would constitute a public gathering of over 30. We know this will be a great disappointment to many, but our job is to ensure we all stay safe and well in order to make healthy and positive new starts at school in September.

Talking about which, we are still awaiting information and guidance from the government regarding the situation for September, but they are promising it will be with us soon and that they will be looking for ways of ensuring all children can be in school safely. We continue to plan for all children to be in school as well as working on contingency plans. 

Linthwaite Ardron, therefore, will close on Friday 17th of July and reopen for pupils on Tuesday September 8th. Having fully reviewed our staffing capacity, we are unable to offer places for key worker children during the holidays and so school will be fully closed, giving time to thoroughly clean, re-assess what to put in place for welcoming all pupils back and prepare to greet all our children back for a full reopening in the Autumn term.

We are planning that part of our pupils’ first week will include having time with this year’s teacher, wherever possible, and to undertake transition activities to support their reintegration, emotional well-being and give them time to fully meet and get to know their ‘new’ teacher before getting back into the swing of the new term.

As we have said since these daily updates began, we are all learning as we go along, with the well-being and best interests and safety of our staff and pupils at the heart of all we do and we can promise that we will continue to do so throughout their time at Linthwaite Ardron.

The Team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

30.6.20

Dear All

A message from Mrs Roberts first. 

"If you have any money owing on ParentPay please could this be paid over the next two weeks so that I can start to close down the accounts before the Summer Holidays.  If you have any queries please ring me at school.  Thank you"

Please see information below from the Kirklees Library Service followed by a message to the Year 3 children from Mrs Raimes.

Kirklees public libraries have continued to increase the range and quality of their e-book and e-audiobook service and now offer an extensive collection of homework topics to children and families.  These are free to borrow and open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Kirklees – all they need is a Kirklees library card.

Our free e-book service can help to support children with reading at home and the wide range of topics available can help with children’s learning and ability to complete homework topics around history, science, the environment, coding, sport and much more.  We understand that not all families have access to wi-fi or Internet enabled devices, but for those who do then using Overdrive through the free, user-friendly Libby app can help to reduce the number of physical resources travelling between home and school.

We have created videos showing how to set-up an e-book account, plus the library team are available by phone, e-mail and social media to help.  For those who don’t have a library card, these can be set up online, which allows borrowers to start reading straightaway.

If you need more information about the free e-book and e-audiobook service, please get in touch.  We can organise video calls, screen sharing opportunities, and presentations to help get someone started.

For more information please contact frontline.services@kirklees.gov.uk  

Hello Class 3, 

I hope you and your families are all doing well and looking after one another. What a wonderful few days we had with the weather last week! I hope you all made the most of it and have been enjoying the sunshine.

Miss Dunford, Mrs Smith and I are all missing you so much - we can't believe how long it's been since we last saw some of you! I bet you've all grown lots over the last few months and are looking really grown up now. You'll certainly be ready for starting Year 4 in September! I am over the moon that you'll be in my class again next year and I can't wait to see all of your smiling faces again.

I have loved reading your emails on Purple Mash over the last few months, so please keep them coming! It's been lovely to hear what you've all been up to at home. Perhaps you could attach some pictures of your work too, as I would love to see some of the things you've been doing for your home learning. You can also email me if you need any help with it, or have any questions.

I hope you keep working hard at home, but also enjoying yourselves too. 

I can’t wait to see you all when everything is back to normal. Please continue to stay safe and look after each other at home.

See you soon, 

Mrs Raimes


With Kind Regards

The Team at Linthwaite Ardron 

29.6.20

Dear All

Well what a change in the weather!  I hope  you don't get blown away!

“Hello Reception, I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather last week. 

I have been working at home, missing you all very much and wondering what wonderful things you’ve been getting up to. I know Miss and Mrs Tyndall are missing seeing you all too. 

Normally at this time of year we would be having some special days in school like sports day and picnic lunch day. 

I have decided to make next weeks planning for you a bit special, so watch out for some fun activities and games. I’ll give you a little sneaky hint, the theme of next weeks work will be ‘Pirates’. Yey

We will be making treasure maps, making a pirate picnic to eat on the treasure island, and lots more... I wish we were together to enjoy this special pirate week with each other but we can have fun and if you send photos in we can look at what everyone has been doing, on tapestry and the website. 

See you all soon

Love from Mrs Wood

 

We do hope the weather improves and we get some more sunshine this week. 

The Team at Linthwaite Ardron

26.6.20

Dear Class 2,

We hope you and your families are all safe and well. Hopefully you have managed to enjoy some of the wonderful sunny weather this week and have managed to get out and about a little more now we are able to leave our homes for longer! It has been wonderful to hear about some of the activities you have enjoyed at home and see some of your photographs. Don’t worry if you have found some parts of your home learning tricky. I know you have all been trying really hard to help out at home and try your best with the activities from my conversations with Mr Pollitt and Mrs Branigan.

I hope you have been able to speak to some of your friends in the class or maybe even see them from a distance! As our summer holidays are drawing closer, hopefully you will be able to spend this time doing some lovely things outside and having fun with your family.

We are missing you all and we are really looking forward to seeing your smiling faces back in school soon. Don’t forget we are still here if you need help with anything at all.

Love from Mrs Clews and Mrs Popps 

 

25.6.20

Dear All

Well another glorious day so make the most of it as there may be thunderstorms tomorrow!  Please see below for a message to Class 4 from Miss Rider.

Dear Year 4,

I can’t believe it has been 14 weeks since I last saw all of your lovely faces! I bet I won’t even recognise you when I see you again as you will all be so grown up.

The pictures you have been sending in are brilliant - it’s fantastic to see that you have been keeping all the grown-ups at home very busy with all the exciting home learning you’ve been doing. I have also loved reading all the PurpleMash emails I’ve been receiving from you - keep them coming.

The KS2 home learning activities have been keeping me very busy whilst I’m stuck at home. We are still organising our ‘Top Trump Horrible Histories’ page so please send in pictures of your cards if you can. I’ve also been busy telling Mrs Starrett all about you and what a lovely class you are - she is so excited to be teaching you in September!

 

I can’t wait to see you all when everything is back to normal. Stay safe and look after each other at home. 

From,

Miss Rider


Have a lovely evening

The Team at Linthwaite Ardron

24.6.20

Dear All
What a beautiful day. We are all melting in school but our spirits are high!!

Please see below a letter to our Year 1 children from Mr Pollitt

"Hello everyone in class one. I hope you are all feeling good at home and working (and playing) hard! Mrs Haigh, Mrs Jones and I miss you all very much and are looking forward to when we see you all. I have really enjoyed chatting to you all on the phone over the last few months and finding out what you have been up to at home.  I am very busy in school now so you will be getting phone calls from Mrs Branigan for the next few weeks instead. I have asked her to let me know how you are doing. I also am still really keen to see pictures of what you have been doing in emails so please keep sending them and asking me any questions you have in the emails as well.

I have also been talking to your new teacher, Mrs Clews, a lot about you and telling her what a fantastic class you are and how much fun we had together. I know she is really looking forward to getting to know you all next year. 

I hope you keep working hard at home and enjoying yourselves and I look forward to seeing you all as Year 2s,

See you soon,

Mr Pollitt"

We hope you all have a lovely evening enjoying the sunshine.

The Team at Linthwaite Ardron

23.06.20

Dear all, 
We hope you are well.
The next few days are promising to be hot, hot, hot, so please remember whether children are at home or in school, they need a liberal covering of sun cream. This is especially important if they are attending school because we do not have facilities to apply sun cream during the day. Thank you

Just to let you know, now that our school has now opened to year 6 children we have very limited further capacity for children of Key Workers. We are trying to keep our childcare facility open to support our Key Workers but places are at a premium and if you know that you do not need a place, please let us know so that we can allocate it to someone else. This can be on a temporary basis. I'm sure that you can appreciate trying to plan ahead and ensure that children are always allocated the correct bubble and trying to forecast what space is available is tricky. Mrs Roberts and Mrs Morris are doing a brilliant job but if you can help them further I'm sure they would appreciate a phone call. 

As usual, on Thursday our governors will be reviewing our school's position in light of the most recent government guidance. We will continue to keep you posted.

Have a lovely evening, 
Best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron  

19.06.20

Dear all, 
It's Friday and what a week it's been! We hope that you've had a great one too.

We like to keep you up to date with help and support that is available for families locally and today we have received some information from the Colne Valley Hub. They have made available support for families who are facing increasing or new financial difficulty as a result of Covid-19. We want to make sure that all our families are able to access this support, so if you are a family struggling to access food or in need of financial advice (eg, benefit entitlement including rent & mortgage payments) there are various local support mechanisms in place. Please telephone school in the first instance and we can point you in the right direction and give you some contact numbers. 


We also have some more good news to share about one of our pupils. Ethan in Y1 has won a competition.  The competition was to encourage children to read and enjoy books and the participants had to draw a picture from one of their favourite books. Ethan drew a scene based on the book ‘Race To the moon and back’. His drawing won first prize and he got to choose a new book and had a personalised drawing done by a special artist. Well done Ethan, we are very proud of you.  Click here to see his picture.

Best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

18.06.20

Dear all, 
We hope you've survived a very soggy day as it's always more difficult to keep children happy when the weather is poor. Please remember that sometimes duvet day, watching a film, or playing inside is absolutely okay and just can't be helped. Please don't worry about home learning, being active or going outside every day, just do as much as you can. 

Thank you for continuing to send in messages from the children and photographs of what they have been up to. The staff are missing the children immensely and it's a good way of keeping in touch with them.    

Thank you all for your wonderful messages of support, and don't forget we are here to help.

Kindest regards from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

17.06.20

Dear all, 
Today has been a good day. We have welcomed our Y6 children back into school. It has felt a little strange at times and the children were a little quiet, but we have all had a super day. Just a reminder for Y6 parents/carers that it is fine for children to walk to the end of the drive after school but we do need that in an email please. 

The addition of the Y6 pupils does mean that we will be implementing some changes to the drop off and pick up locations for children of Key Workers.  These  children now need to be dropped off and collected from the fire door of the classroom where they are based for the day. Your child will be able to tell you which  classroom they are working in. If your child is not able to explain which classroom they are working in then please telephone the office who have copies of the lists. 

We also have some great news about MJ in Year 3. MJ entered a competition to design a picture for JK Rowling's new book. MJ's design has been retweeted by her! If he is lucky enough to win he also receives £500 for our school too.  This is a huge achievement and we are very proud of our talented pupil. Well done MJ. We have attached a picture of the tweet.



Thank you all for your continued support,
Kindest regards the team at Linthwaite Ardron

16.06.20

Dear all, 
We hope you are well. 

Firstly, we'd like to let you know about our staffing news for next year. 
You may have already heard on the grapevine that Mr Pollitt and his wife are expecting a baby during the summer break. We know that you will want to join us in sending congratulations to them both. Our second piece of news is that Miss Eyles is leaving Linthwaite Ardron to take up a post in another school. Congratulations to her too. Miss Rider will remain a member of staff but will be on maternity leave in September. We're sure she will, from time to time, indulge the ladies of a certain age in school with frequent visits to bring her new baby to show them.   

So, who will be your class teacher next year?
Reception - Mrs Wood
Year 1 - Mr Pollitt
Year 2 - Mrs Clews
Year 3 - We have a vacancy that we are currently recruiting to fill. If you do know of anyone who may be interested please ask them to look at the Kirklees website from Friday onwards, or call into school for more details.
Year 4 - Mrs Raimes
Year 5 - Ms Starrett (every morning)/Mrs Walker (most afternoons)
Year 6 - Mr Taylor
 
Secondly, we would like to remind everyone that our Y6 pupils will be returning to school tomorrow and we are very much looking forward to seeing them all. However, it will make drop off and collection times a little more congested and so your support to stagger drop off and collection times will be most appreciated. Tomorrow we will send out further information about which door your child must use from Monday to enter and leave school. Y6 will be allocated their door tomorrow once they are in their classrooms and groups.  This again, is to try and minimise contact with others. 

Finally, we have just added a document to our website that details mental health support for young people. You may find this useful for our older children or older siblings. Please take a look. It is called Kooth.

Kindest regards, the team at Linthwaite Ardron 

15.06.20

Dear all, 
Happy Monday!
Thank you to Harley for bringing some sunflowers to school for planting. We look forward to seeing these growing and filling our school full of sunshine. 

A polite reminder, if you are visiting school to drop or collect children you need to observe our one way system that goes right around the perimeter of the school building. Mrs Popps has very kindly painted some arrows today to help with this. 

A fairly brief message tonight as Mrs T has to depart quickly to buy more school supplies but she promises to send more news tomorrow.

A MESSAGE TO THE CHILDREN FROM MRS TRAVIS ABOUT SCHOOL RE-OPENING

13.05.20

Dear all,

I hope you are well. 

I know that this time away from school has been very strange for you. It has been very strange for all your teachers and myself too. I think even your adults at home will tell you that they have also found it a very peculiar time. But, I have been impressed with the way that you have helped your adults at home and your adults in school to cope.

You have done this by being brave and trying to do your best. I have seen lots of things that you have been getting up to and I have been hearing about you too from Mrs Branigan, Mr Pollitt and Mrs Morris. I need you to keep doing this for a little bit longer, because our Prime Minister says it is the right thing to do and will help us all keep safe and well. 

Our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has said that children in our Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes will soon be returning to school. I hope that a couple of weeks after this we will be able to welcome more children into school and that before the summer holidays all children will be back in school. But our Prime Minister has some very clever people working for him and they may decide that they have to change this plan. They will only change the plan to make sure that we stay well, and for no other reason. So, if this does happen, please try to be patient about your return to school because the decisions have been made to make sure that we all stay safe. Schools are listening to what the Prime Minister has to say very carefully and we will let you and the adults at home know what the plan will look like for you coming back to school by next week.  

Once we are all back in school we will have something to look forward to, because I am planning a little concert for our adults at home to come and watch. This will probably take place in September but if you can start to learn these songs now that would be a big help: ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ from Lion King, ‘A Million Dreams’ from The Greatest Showman and an extra one for KS2 – ‘So Strong’ by Labi Siffre. I sent links in an email to your adults at home but you might know how to find the words and music yourself. It will help us put a concert together very quickly if you could learn these songs now, plus I've asked your teachers to learn the words too so that they can sing along with you.

I hope that we can all be together soon,

Lots of love and best wishes from Mrs Travis

 

EASTER MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

03.04.20

Dear Parents

The last few weeks have been a challenging time for everyone, but all the school staff have kept our children going with lots of learning and fun activities and have also looked after our children whose parents are key workers. We have had daily updates from school, a letter to the children, which was lovely and phone calls to see how all the children are doing.

I have received lots of comments from parents about how supported they and their children feel, which is testimony to the community ethos of our school.

I also think, that although this situation has been thrust upon us, and is one we would not have chosen, the way in which many of us spend our time over the next few weeks can help us to evaluate what is really important. People are spending more quality time with their immediate family, having daily virtual conversations with family members and friends, getting to know and supporting neighbours, thinking about how they can support their community, delivering small acts of kindness and generally leading a different type of life. I do realise that this is not true of everyone and that for some people their life has got much more complicated.

Personally, I am enjoying the go-noodle mindfulness videos and dance routines, playing swing-ball and table football and even baking bread!

As we move towards Easter, I hope that you will all get some time with your family, have fun and eat plenty of chocolate!

On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful Easter and to send our thanks to all those who are keeping our children and their parents safe.

 

Best Wishes

Rachel Stirling

Chair of Governors

 

EASTER MESSAGE FROM FATHER PAUL
Dear Friends

Lots of people around the world are worried about how the virus is making people ill and affecting our daily lives. I know you might be worried too, so I’d like to share a story with you which I like to hear again and again when things get difficult and I need some encouragement.

Many years ago, between 1342 and 1416, there was a woman called Julian who lived in Norwich. Life was hard for Julian and for everyone in those days. But Julian was a Christian and her faith in God helped her to have hope and be strong when things became difficult. In fact, her faith was so strong that eventually many people came to hear about Julian and they came to Norwich to see and speak with her. By this time Julian had become an anchorite which is a name given to those people to live on their own, usually in a little house or a cave, so they can listen to God in prayer without any distractions. Julian would speak to everyone who came to see her and pray with them. People came with all kinds of worries and problems but after listening to Julian many of them felt better. God had shown Julian special things in dreams and visions which spoke of his love for human beings, for the animals and all things, and she would share these special messages from God with those who came to see her.

In one special vision God showed Julian a small hazelnut laying in the palm of his hand. She looked at it and wondered what it might mean. God said to Julian, “It is all that I have made - the world, the universe and everything in it.” Julian was amazed - the hazelnut looked so small and fragile, as if it could disappear into nothingness. But then God told Julian “It lasts and always will, for I love it and all things have their beginning in my love.” Because of this vision, Julian came to know three things which would always be true. The first is that God made everyone and everything. The second, that God loves everyone and everything. And the third, that God keeps everything he loves in the palm of his hand so that it may never be lost, even those who die are not lost to God.

So whenever I get worried and upset and wonder what’s going to happen, I remember Julian and the hazelnut in the palm of God’s hand. I remember that whatever happens God will always love me and everyone else he has created. It doesn’t matter how small our worries are - they can be as small as a hazelnut - God will always want to hear about them - that’s why we need to say our prayers often. So in this time of worry, remember that God made us all and loves us and that we will always be in God’s keeping, in the palm of his hand.

Your friend and priestess that I announce that our lovely school is now closed. We are open as a safe place for Key Workers to leave their children when they are at work. I am incredibly proud how our school community is supporting each other in these very strange times and I look forward to the day when we can once again throw open our doors and welcome back our fun-loving, enthusiastic and amazing children.

For now look after yourselves and your loved ones the best you can.

Best wishes, 

The Revd Dr Paul Witts
Priest in Charge
St Barnabas Crosland Moor & Christ Church Linthwaite
with St Luke Milnsbridge