24th May

Junior pupils had two more visits from ‘Inspirational Women’ this week.  Janet Holmes talked about her job with the Air Ambulance and Dr Juliet McGrattan about encouraging people to exercise.  Pupils will be writing about these visits ready for the church service on 26th June.

Let’s hope we get some nice sunny, warm weather next week, so we can all enjoy the half-term break!

After-School Cycling Club.

Jill Eccleston’s Cycling Club will start on Monday 3rd June (the first day back after half-term).  Pupils who have signed up for it will need to bring their bike and a helmet into school.  Please ensure that the bike and helmet are carefully checked, Jill is unable to offer bike maintenance during session and if tyres are flat or brakes don’t work the child will miss out.  Both brakes must be working, chain should be well oiled and moving freely, tyres well pumped up, steering tight and straight and finally suitable gloves for being outside would be useful.

Ascension Day Service in Church.

On Wednesday 5th June the whole school will be walking over to St Margaret’s Church for the 10am Ascension Day Service.  As always parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends are very welcome to join us.  An information sheet is enclosed in today’s Friday bag.

Year 5 Flood Awareness Day.

We plan to take the year 5 pupils to the University of Cumbria on Thursday 6th June for a special event focusing on flooding issues in the Lune Valley.  It would be much appreciated if a parent or two would volunteer to help transport the pupils.  A packed lunch will be required on the day. A detailed information sheet is included in their Friday bag.

Junior After-School Kwik Cricket Club.

The cricket coach has offered to continue this club after half-term.  It will run again on Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30pm and will run on 5 Fridays, so the cost will be £10 in total.  Please complete the slip at the end of the newsletter if your child/ren wish to take part.

The coach will also continue to run the session between 2:15 and 2:45 for children in years 1 & 2.

Edinburgh Residential Parents’ Information Session.

The year 5 & 6 visit to Edinburgh is approaching fast!  Copies of the information given out at the meeting for parents earlier this week is included in today’s Friday bag for anyone who was unable to attend.

Bills, Bills

Thank you to everyone who has paid their dinner bills online or sent payment into school.  We really appreciate outstanding amounts being kept to a minimum and will send weekly reminders to families with two weeks or more outstanding.

It is now possible to pay for the Early Morning Club using the online system too.  All sessions used since the start of this term are now recorded online.  Password reminders for all infant children have been sent today. Please pay any outstanding balances for Early Morning Club.  It is still possible to pay on the day or in bulk by cash or cheque, if this suits you best.

Dental Health Survey.

Our school has been selected to take part in a national dental survey of 5-year-olds.  Information regarding this is included in their Friday bag today if they are part of the survey.  Please read and return the consent form on Monday after half-term.

Parents Help Morning – Sat 15th June.

Parent help would be greatly appreciated at school on Saturday 15th June, with some tidying and general maintenance jobs.  We intend to start from 9:30am onwards and be finished by 12noon.  Well behaved, helpful children are always welcome to come along too!

Year 6 Leavers Do – Monday 24th June.

Mrs Cottam has organised for the year 6 leavers to have a fun session at Soul Bowl in Morecambe on Monday 24th June. They will bowl from 4:30 to 5:30pm and then have pasta or pizza in the restaurant. The cost of the evening is £10 per pupil.  We really hope everyone will be able to come.  Please complete the slip at the end of this newsletter.


Gardening Club will continue after school on Wednesdays after half-term.


We have rescheduled the date of the Summer Fair due to a clash with Caton Gala. Due to numerous clashes on Saturdays throughout June we are trying something new this year and are holding the summer fair after school on Friday 21st June. We will be holding a planning meeting to discuss the fair in more detail after school in the playground on Tuesday 4th June, weather permitting. (In the case of bad weather the meeting will be held in school at 3pm instead.) If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to help, either with organisation or on the day, please put a note in your Friday bag or speak to one of the committee members. Nearer the time of the fair we will be looking for donations of prizes suitable for the tombola and raffle, so if you have any unwanted chocolates, smellies, alcohol or anything else suitable, please put it to one side for us, we would be very grateful. More details on the fair will be issued via the newsletter following the next PTA meeting.

We have provisionally set a date of 6th July for the Family Bingo night, which is more of an end of term social rather than a fundraiser. However this date and further details will be confirmed following the PTA meeting on 4th June.