From Our Church Schools July 2017

Hawksworth School News.

May was another busy month for everyone at Hawksworth School. It has been particularly busy for Years 5 and 6.

Year 6 began the month by sitting their Standard Attainment tests but then were rewarded for their hard work by, along with Year 5, going to a Kingswood Residential Outdoor Education and Activity Centre for a week.   Judging by the photographs, they had an amazing time! They participated in lots of activities – raft building, fencing, archery – to name just a few.

Throughout the school the children have been busy planting in their newly constructed planters on the school field.

Class 1 have been observing the transformation of caterpillars to butterflies over a number of weeks. They were very excited to arrive at school on one Monday morning to find they had 4 butterflies and another one hatched during the morning. A couple of days later they released the butterflies into the garden.

The Year 4 football team participated in the Wharfedale Schools’ 5-a-side Tournament. They won one match but were narrowly beaten in their other two matches. Despite the disappointment they played well and showed great team spirit.

The children are all looking forward to the last half term of the school year and the summer activities that will take place. The usual Sports Day is planned and the celebrations for the children from Class 6 who will be leaving Hawksworth School in July. We will also sadly be saying ‘good-bye’ to one of our teachers – Mrs Airey – who is retiring having taught at Hawksworth School for 28 years. A Leavers’ Service is planned for July 20th in St Oswald’s church at 2pm.

The Friends of Hawksworth School will be holding a Summer Fayre at the School on Saturday July 8th from 11am to 1pm. Everyone is welcome. This is an ideal opportunity to visit and support the school.

for our School Family

It is quite common for schools to be described as “a family”, but at St Oswald’s we take this idea very seriously. Family means supporting people in both the good times and the hard times. Families have many happy times of celebrations but they also have sad times. At these times families pull together to help everyone get through.

The end of May was a very sad time for our school family. On the evening of Monday 22nd May there was a bombing at the Manchester Arena, just as an Ariana Grande concert was finishing. Two members of our school family, Mrs Caroline Davis and Mrs Wendy Fawell, were collecting their children from the concert and so were caught in the blast.

Caroline Davis, who works as a lunchtime assistant at St Oswald’s, was injured. She was taken to hospital and underwent an emergency operation. Thankfully, we now know that Caroline is on the road to recover from her injuries, although this will be a long and arduous journey. We look forward hopefully to the time when she will be able to come back to work in our lunchtime team.

Very sadly, Wendy Fawell was closer to the explosion when it happened and was killed. Wendy had worked for many years both as a lunchtime assistant and in Eye Spy, our before and after school care. She had a wonderful ability to build strong relationships with children, helping them to feel settled and happy. She was full of fun and so many of our children remember her with such warmth.

These tragic events were felt right across our school family, including children, staff and parents. Through the week we helped the children understand and come to terms with what had happened. We gave them time, space and support to work through their sadness and helped them to engage with the Christian responses of love, forgiveness and healing. Together we honoured the memory of Wendy with a minutes silence and by flying the school flag at half mast. Importantly, school also provided after school care on the day of Wendy’s funeral ourselves, thus enabling the whole of the Eye Spy team, who had worked so closely with Wendy for so long, to pay their respects by going to her funeral.

Our thoughts continue to be with Wendy’s family and friends in their time of grief, and with Caroline and her family as she begins the long journey of recovery. As a school family, we have stood together through these very sad events and we will continue to do so.


Our Church Schools June 2017

Hawksworth School News.

During the Easter break workmen were in school doing a number of jobs which included making 4 raised beds down the side of the field – one for each class. The children are looking forward to doing some planting in them this term.

Class 1 have been preparing for this by visiting a local Garden Centre to find out more about plants and how to care for them. They have also been a walk through the woods to see the bluebells and observe all the other changes taking place as Spring changes into Summer.

Class 3 have also been on a visit already this term – to a Hindu temple.

The football team recently played a match against our other church school – St Oswald’s. Last season Hawksworth won this local ‘derby’ with ease but this time St Oswald’s proved to be the better team and beat Hawksworth by 5 goals to 2. Well done St Oswald’s!

Saturday 6th May was Hawksworth School’s major annual fund raising event – the ‘Over the Odda’ 10k race. This again was a very popular, extremely well organised and successful event. The success was due to the hard work of the parent’s ‘Friends of Hawksworth’ committee and all the volunteers who gave their time to help at the event. Well done everyone involved!

This term’s theme for Collective Worship is :- Forgiveness.

St Oswald’s School Sponsored Walk

At St Oswald’s School we have a proud record of supporting charities with our fundraising efforts. Sometimes these are large national appeals, such as, Children in Need, the Royal British Legion or Comic Relief. Our biennial Comic Relief Gunge Vote is always very popular. The children buy votes during the week for the teacher of their choice. The teacher with the most votes gets covered in gunge at a special ceremony on the Friday afternoon. This year Mr Sheppard, the Deputy Headteacher, was the “lucky” winner. Sometimes our money raising efforts are more local, such as our support of the Leeds General Infirmary Neonatal Unit (raising over £3700), our Wacky Hair Day to support Martin House Hospice for Children or our support of Caring for Life, a Christian charity based in Cookridge. These local efforts are often at the suggestion of our children who request, sometimes for very personal reasons, that we support a particular cause. In these ways every year our children, staff and parents raise thousands of pounds for our chosen charities, whilst also learning about caring for those less fortunate than ourselves.

This summer, however, for the first time our money raising efforts are for ourselves. The school has a wonderful Trim Trail in a wild area behind our main playground. Eight large pieces of playground equipment are spread amongst the trees, joined by a bark path. The children love it when they are able to play on the Trim Trail, but this time is limited by the weather because the area can get very wet. This summer we are raising money to put an all weather path to and around the Trim Trail so that the children can enjoy it all year round. There are various events planned throughout the term, but our efforts started on Wednesday 17th May, with a Sponsored Walk around the local area by the whole school. The distance walked varied based on the age of the children, with our youngest walking a mile and our oldest completing a three and a half mile route. Adding up the total distance walked by all the people in school, we covered over 1,200 miles!

The children have been very keen getting sponsors for the event. This has been helped by the promise of prizes for the best individual money raisers and a non-uniform day for the best class. At the time of writing, the money is still being collected, but we are confident it will be a great start towards our target. All the efforts of our Parents’ Group this term are also going towards this project, including money raised at the Summer Disco, Film Nights and other events. As well as this, we have another big sponsored challenge later in the term involving Mr Madeley, the Headteacher. He is planning to walk from St Oswald’s Church to St Oswald’s School, but the starting point will be St Oswald’s Church in York, not Guiseley! Together, as a whole school family, we are confident that we will raise the money needed so that all the children can benefit from our new, improved Trim Trail.



From our Church Schools

Live Theatre at St Oswald’s C of E Primary School

The summer term got off to a brilliant start at St Oswald’s with the visit of M & M Theatrical Productions on the first afternoon back. M & M are a touring theatre company that specialise in performances for schools. Their shows have become a regular item on our school calendar and are always enjoyed by the children. This time all the children watched their performance of Alice in Wonderland. The show was full of music and fun, with plenty of audience participation as well. It was certainly a big hit with the children! As a bonus, after the show the Year 5 children enjoyed a drama workshop led by the actors. They learnt about characterisation and performance and were also taught about some of the more technical aspects of the play such as sound and lighting.

Drama is a very effective tool in building confidence in children and enabling them to express themselves. For this reason, drama plays a large part in the curriculum at St Oswald’s, not only giving the children the opportunity to watch live theatre but also the chance to perform themselves. This term we have three plays in rehearsal. Our Year 4 children will be performing a play about Jonah and the Whale towards the end of May. Some of our Year 5 children have been giving up their lunchtimes to rehearse a play about the Miners’ Strike as part of the Year 5 Drama Group. Finally, our Year 6 children will be performing their leavers’ play in their final few weeks at St Oswald’s.

The opportunity to perform is there from the very start of school. Each year our Reception children put on a Nativity play at Christmas and every class, from the oldest to the youngest, will be involved in leading our morning assemblies during the course of the year. The summer term also gives an opportunity for our musical performers to shine with our Music Concert early in June. For all these opportunities, the children learn the importance of hard work and preparation. They also learn to overcome their nerves so that they can stand up in front of an audience and give their best. These experiences not only create lifelong memories but also develop the confidence and skills that help the children succeed in the classroom too. So “break a leg” to all the children who will be involved in any of these performances at St Oswald’s this summer term.


Hawksworth School News.

The second half of the Spring Term has been a busy one at Hawksworth.

Early in March a number of student teachers from Bradford College visited Hawksworth for a day. They had planned a range of Science activities for the children who had fun being out in the sun whilst learning new science facts.

The children have been on a lot of visits out of school this term. Years 5 and 6 visited the Media Museum in Bradford for a day, Years 1 and 2 visited the Railway Museum in York for a day and Years 3 and 4 spent a day at an outdoor pursuits centre Nell Bank in Ilkley. The children thoroughly enjoyed all these visits.

Class 3 – years 3 and 4 – visited St Oswald’s Church for a morning for ‘What’s the Story -Easter’. This is the telling of the Easter story in an imaginative and interactive way and the children all left with a bracelet of charms to remind them of the story.

In school an Easter Garden competition has been held and attracted a record number of entries this year. A winner was chosen in each year group and each winner received a prize donated by the Friends of Hawksworth.

We finished the term by holding an Easter Service at St Oswald’s church. Class 4 retold the Easter story, the ensemble displayed their musical talents and the whole school sang enthusiastically to an appreciative audience which included parents, carers, grandparents and governors.


School News April 2017

At Hawksworth School

the Staff and Governors believe it is important for children to try and live their daily lives by up-holding Christian Values. As a school family 6 values have been chosen which are celebrated throughout the school year. These are:-Love, Trust, Courage, Friendship, Respect and Forgiveness.

Our theme for the half term up to Easter is TRUST.

The school recently held a Sign 2 Sing event.Sign 2 Sing is organised by the Deaf Health Charity SignHealth which raises funds to help vulnerable deaf children and adults. Parents were invited into school for the event and a pleasing amount was raised for the charity. Photos of the event are on the school website

Our biggest fund raising event each year is the ‘Over the Odda’ race which this year is being held on 6th May. The adult 10K race is sold out but there are still places available on the Junior races.

The Junior races start at 9.30am and the 8-11 years old race is I mile and the 12-17 year old 2 miles. It is £3 entry for both of these races and you can book on (search keyword Over the Odda).

The Season of Lent at
St Oswald’s C of E Primary School

The season of Lent has great significance in the Christian calendar, but understanding of this season beyond church circles can be very limited, often just a the vague idea of giving up something that is bad for you for a while. This year at St Oswald’s we have set out to give the children a broader understanding of Lent and its importance to Christians.

On Ash Wednesday, we had a special service in school, led by Father David. He explained the significance of Ash Wednesday to Christians and the symbolism of ashing as a sign of repentance. The children and adults were then given the option to come forward and have the sign of the cross marked in ash on their foreheads. Many chose to do so. The service was concluded with prayers said by the children and a blessing by Father David.

We have also studied the meaning of Lent together. Starting with the Christian characteristic of Endurance, which is one of our five core Christian values in school, the children have been challenged by the question, “Are you a sticker or a quitter?” Over a series of mornings in Collective Worship, we looked at how endurance is an important characteristic to have in daily life, but how also, on a spiritual level, Christians believe that God supports us to endure by the Holy Spirit. We have looked at ways we can develop endurance, like an athlete training for an event, and we have considered the accounts of Jesus’ time in the wilderness. The children have been encouraged to see that giving something up can be beneficial in itself as it helps us to develop this characteristic of endurance, even apart from any benefit gained from giving up something that might be bad for us. In addition, they have learnt that Lent could also be a time to take up new positives habits, which put others and God before themselves.

As in recent years, we will draw Lent to a close, as Easter approaches, with a “Teaching Eucharist” in church. In this special service, Father David takes us step by step through a child friendly Communion service, explaining the importance of each element and linking it to the Easter story. At the conclusion of the service, all those who are confirmed can receive communion, whilst the rest of the school receive a blessing.



From our church schools

The Solar System comes to St Oswald’s Primary School

This term the Solar System came to St Oswald’s School! Looking like a huge, silver jelly mould, almost filling the school hall, the inflatable Planetarium had the children very excited even before they stepped inside. Once inside, every child, from the oldest to the youngest, experienced an incredible one hour journey through the Solar System, with amazing images and film projected onto the inside of the Planetarium’s curved ceiling and walls. The gasps of wonder came thick and fast as we visited, in turn, the moon, the sun and the planets, with their many moons. Our expert guide, from Polestar Planetarium, informed and entertained in equal measure. As each class came out of their session and back to Earth, they were buzzing from the experience and bursting with enthusiasm for follow up work back in the classroom. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate God’s glorious creation.

Hawksworth School News.

2017 started well for Hawksworth School.

Three of the staff had entered the school into a ’12 Days of Christmas’ competition being run by webanywhere which is the school’s website design company. The competition involved the children taking part in a range of Christmas activities and being photographed participating in each activity. The photographs were then tweeted each day during the 12 day period on the school’s twitter feed and the best school entry (out of many, many schools) for that day would receive IT apps for their website and the overall winner of the competition would receive an ipad for the school.

Hawksworth won 6 apps …….and the ipad!!

Well done to the children involved – and the staff who organised the activities, took the photographs and uploaded the tweets.

Hawksworth’s Christmas Service was held at St Paul’s Church Esholt. Photos and a video of this are available to view on the school website:           . – along with other news and photos of daily life at the school.