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.