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Headteacher : James Pynn
Age Range : 3 to 11
Number of Pupils : 33

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Friday 21st July 2017 - Nursery Goodbyes 

Goodbye and good luck to Teddy, Imogen, William, Joey and Faye.  We know you will enjoy your new primary schools, but we will miss you.  We would also like to say how much we are looking forward to welcoming Eva, Isabel, James, Felix, Alfie and Archie who will be joining Reception in September.

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Friday 21st July 2017 - Goodbye Mr Swann 

Mr Swann is retiring from teaching at the end of term.  We are extremely grateful for all the musical expertise he has brought us and wish him well for the future. 

Wednesday 19th July 2017 - Nursery Sports Day

Nursery had their sports day on Wednesday.  They were all amazing and each received a medal for taking part.  Thank you to all parents who attended and joined in.

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Tuesday 18th July 2017 - Activity Day!

Acorn Class enjoyed a day of minibeast hunting and team games. Oak Class enjoyed orienteering and shelter building.  The weather was kind to us and the pupils’ behaviour was excellent - it was a great way to end the year!

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Thursday 6th July 2017 - Sports Day

Pupils from both schools spent the day at St Hilda’s enjoying a range of sporting activities. It was lovely to see so many parents who were able to attend in the afternoon to offer their support. We are all extremely proud of the efforts and sportsmanship of all the pupils!

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Tuesday 27th June 2017 - Flamingo Land

Class 1 children from across the federation enjoyed a fantastic day at Flamingo Land this week. This trip enhanced their learning in science as the children had up close and personal encounters with the animals in the zoo!  The children increased their knowledge of animals, habitats, what makes animals a carnivore/herbivore/omnivore and they were introduced to how animals have adapted to their environments.  The children also had the opportunity to hold and touch animals including Jasper the snake!  Mrs Carter was very impressed with the questions that the children asked to further enhance their knowledge.  She also thought that the level of behaviour displayed by all of the children was of a high standard.  They listened incredibly well and were respectful to the staff at Flamingo Land and each other.  The constant rain failed to dampen anyone's spirits and a fantastic day was had by all!  Thank you so much to Mrs Quarton and Mrs O'Donnell for accompanying us. Without the help and support of parents, trips like this could not go ahead.

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21st June 2017 - Parent Hub

We are delighted to say that both Hovingham and St Hilda’s have signed up to use “Parent Hub” to improve communication between school and home. 

Parent Hub is a FREE messaging app for parents to use and will enable you to keep up to date with what’s going on in school. We will be able to send you messages, documents, newsletters and even pictures of your child’s work.  By using the app all messages will be safely stored in one place and be easy to find!

If you are unable to use a smartphone app we can still send you text messages to keep you up to date but this will cost the school a small amount per text, where as messages sent via the app are free of charge.

Please look at the information below and if possible download the app as soon as possible. We plan to start trialling the system this term with the aim of using it fully from September. 

Next Friday 30th June we will randomly draw a name from all those who have downloaded the app to win a prize! 

Friday 26th May 2017 - Archery Day!

On Friday 26th May all pupils will be taking part in an Archery Day at St Hilda’s. Grey Goose Archery ( will be working with pupils teaching them traditional archery skills.  The children will be working in groups and will all receive an hours tuition.  Reception to Yr 3 children will be using “safe arrows” children in yr 4-6 will use traditional bows and arrows.  Mrs Sprakes will be providing a packed lunch as we hope the weather will be kind and the two schools can enjoy lunch outside together.  If your child/ren does not require a school packed lunch, please can you contact the school office by Wednesday 17th May for ordering purposes (Reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils are entitled to a free school meal)”.  More details will follow closer to the time.

Wednesday 17th May 2017

This week I have been really proud of the way our Y2 pupils have completed their Key Stage 1 SATs papers. 

Mr Pynn

Friday 28th April 2017 - Years 1, 5 & 6 Sports Leader Training

Mrs Carter would like to say that it was a real pleasure taking the Y5/6 children for a session of initial 'sports leader' training on Friday afternoon. The children were full of enthusiasm and great ideas. This training was carried out with the intention that they take responsibility of, and lead, a skills development programme on a lunch time. They will support the younger children in developing their skills but also have the opportunity to access the programme at their own level and support each other. During the session on Friday afternoon the Y5/6 children used their coaching techniques to support the Y1 children in developing their skills in running, balancing, throwing, catching and kicking. Mrs Carter was particularly impressed with the kind words of encouragement that she heard as she observed the children. All of the children said that they had really enjoyed the experience and that they are looking forward to the programme being introduced. The photos show some of the work in action...

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Spring Term 2017

Friday 7th April - Lift the Lid on Easter

On Friday morning the children took part in an extended Collective Worship.  Using resources from the Lift the Lid box (which was loaned to school by Elim Ryedale Church) they learnt more about the Easter story by sharing books, acting out the story and a team quiz.  The activities gave the children an opportunity to think about the Christian roots of Easter.  Please click here to view the photographs

Wednesday 5th April 2017 - Parents' Evening / Tea, Coffee and Cake Candle Lighters Fundraiser

We would like to thank everyone for supporting the Candlelighters fundraiser on Wednesday - £174.19 was raised.

31st March 2017 - North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Award

I am delighted to announce that the submission for the North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Award has been confirmed for both  St Hilda's and Hovingham, recognising the schools' commitment to health and wellbeing.  A healthy school is one that is successful in helping children and young people do their best and reach the full potential.  The next step is for both schools to submit a 'school story template' within three years in order to remain engaged with the award.

Tuesday 28th March 2017 - Ryedale Lions Club

We would like to say a big thank you to Ryedale Lions Club who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and would like to thank their local community for all the support given to them over the years.  They are planning to plant a fruit tree in the grounds of each school in their area.  On Tuesday they visited us and have planted an apple tree to the left of the main gate, as you walk into school.  

Friday 24th March 2017 - Red Nose Day

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to Red Nose Day - £50 has been raised so far.  Thank you.

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Thursday 2nd March 2017 - World Book Day

World Book Day is an international event, celebrated by over 100 countries.  We all enjoyed dressing up as book characters, playing games, making bookmarks and doing huge word searches.

Our school was invaded by The Demon Dentist, Funnybones, The Wicked Witch of the West and many other scary characters including Morticia. Whilst The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood brought fantasy and magic.  Wild animals, including Alex the lion, monkeys, Mog the Cat and dinosaurs, roamed our playground.  Peter Pan was followed by Tiger Lily, Tick Tock and Captain Hook but no one was harmed!  Star Wars characters, Batman and Spiderman, Paul from Spy Smuggler were there to protect us all.  And meanwhile Matilda watched but did not play any tricks on us...or did she?

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27th Feb - 3rd March 2017 - Rowing Competition for all Primary Schools

It's almost time for the rowing competition to start again.  The rowing machines will arrive in school on Friday 17th February ready for the children to start the first week back after half term.  Key Stage 2 row for 3 minutes and Key Stage 1 row for 1 minute.

Monday 6th February 2017 - Box2bfit

Following on from the success of our Skip2bfit day last year, on Monday 6th February we had a Box2bfit day in school.  Children took part in boxing fitness training.  The exercises were incorporated into a number of circuits which are all set to music.  Pupils really enjoyed the 'Box2bfit' workshops and completed a variety of circuit training style activities.  This event was funded from our Sport Premium money and continues our plan to have a headline event each term designed to motivate and inspire.  Such events have included the visit of the Climbing Wall last summer and the visit of Chris Tomlinson, Olympic long jumper in the autumn.  Pupil feedback about all these events has been very positive and pupils were again complimented on their willingness to have a go and their manners. Well done everyone!

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Friday 20th January 2017 - Youth Sport Trust Bronze Quality Mark

I am delighted to announce that very recently both St Hilda's, Ampleforth and Hovingham CE VC Primary Schools have been awarded the Youth Sport Trust Bronze Quality Mark for their commitment to physical education (PE) and school sport.  The Youth Sport Trust is a national charity that is building a brighter future for young people through the power of sport.  The Quality Mark is an online self-review tool which provides schools with a nationally recognised award for the quality of their PE and school sport.  The tool supports schools to audit their PE provision and identify priorities for their development.


Swimming Lessons - Spring Term 1 & 2

We will once again be taking the pupils swimming later this term for a period of 6 weeks in total.  Unfortunately, due to maintenance work at the St. Albans Centre, the weeks have had to be split over half term.  The lessons will be on Wednesday from 11:00am - 11:30am and the dates will be:-

Wednesday 8th February

Wednesday 8th March

Wednesday 15th February

Wednesday 15th March

Wednesday 1st March

Wednesday 22nd March


Thursday 15th December - Christingle Service

The Christingle Service this year will be held at Hovingham Church at 2:30pm on 15th December. Parents and friends are very welcome to attend.  Parents attending the service can take pupils home at the end of the service.  A Christingle candle has gone home with each family.  There is no obligation to donate, but any contributions will be gratefully received at the Christingle Service.  

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Wednesday 14th December - Christmas Lunch and Christmas Party

Mrs Sprakes will be preparing her usual delicious Christmas Lunch for us on Wednesday next week.  As it is the children's Christmas Party in the afternoon, children are invited to wear party clothes for the day.  Please click here to view the photographs

Tuesday 13th December - "I'll tell thee a story of Christmas"

Our right Yorkshire Christmas production will take place in St Hilda’s school hall at 6:30pm on Tuesday 13th December. 
After the performance there will be some refreshments and a raffle as The White Swan in Ampleforth have very generously donated a voucher to the school for two people to enjoy a “two course Sunday lunch” at the pub.  We will be selling tickets all day on Tuesday 13th December.  All money raised will go towards the Panto bus costs.

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Monday 12th December - Pantomime Trip

Please be here by 8:20am on Monday morning as we need to leave school by 8:30am. Please also remember that a packed lunch from home is required too. There will be a short interval during the performance and we thought that it would be a good idea for each child to bring a small treat to eat at that point.  We will be eating our packed lunches in a room at the theatre after the performance and then coming back to school. We will be back before the end of the school day.

Friday 9th December - Gold Award

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the Woodland Trust's Green Tree Schools - Gold Award

Thursday 25th November - Tree Planting

We have planted 30 trees around the school grounds, which were generously donated to us from The National Trust. The selection of trees included Hazel, Rowan and Silver Birch. This has allowed us to gain points towards our Green Tree Schools, Gold Award.

Friday 18th November - Children in Need goes Spotacular!

This year’s BBC Children in Need appeal is on Friday 18th November and it promises to be SPOTACULAR! As usual we will be joining in the fun and invite children (and staff) to come to school wearing something spotty. In exchange we will be collecting donations of £1.00 per child.  Thank you.

Penny Wars School Fundraiser from the 7th - 18th November

Each class will be given a large sweet jar with the task to fill it with as many 1p and 2p coins as they can, before the fortnight ends.  The coppers will then be counted and the class with the highest total wins.  However, there is a small catch, the other class can sabotage your money jar by placing any notes or coins that aren’t copper in them and when the contents of the jar are counted, these will be deducted from the total.  So, if you put a £1 coin into the other jar, they would need a hundred pennies to balance it out.  Funds raised from this game will be used to renew our equipment for wet breaks and lunchtimes and the winning class will get first play with the new equipment. 

Poppy Appeal  

Poppies are now available in the school office.  Please send in a donation if you would like to support this worthy cause.   

Thursday 13th October - Molly's Marvellous Moustache

Class 1 really enjoyed their trip to Helmsley Arts Centre to see Molly's Marvellous Moustache on Thursday. The children thought it was very clever that so many characters could be played by only two people.  The story, about the adventures of Molly, took us into a Jungle, into the cockpit of an plane, into a science lab and then into the life of a grown up - to the office to work and to parties with no jelly!  The story was funny and kept the children entertained with some playful audience participation.  Some of the quotes from the children include: "It was moustache-tastic", "it was really good", "I really liked it" and "it was just so funny".

Tuesday 4th October - Harvest Service

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends who were able to attend our Harvest Service in the School Hall today.  It was a lovely service and all the pupils sang wonderfully well.

Monday 3rd October - Macmillan Grand Total 

We raised a fantastic total of £217.36 for the great work that Macmillan Cancer Support to.  Again, a very BIG Thank You!

Friday 30th September - Marvellous Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you!  Our Macmillan Coffee Morning was incredibly successful and raised over £150 (and counting!) for the great work that Macmillan Cancer Support do.  The children did us proud and it was brilliant to see so many people in the School Hall.  Thank you so much for the cakes and for your generous donations.  Also a BIG thank you to all our parent helpers.  

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Tuesday 27th September - Chris Tomlinson (GB Athlete) Visit

A huge thank you to Chris Tomlinson, Olympic long jumper, for visiting us on Tuesday. We all enjoyed the circuit training he did with us and the answers he gave to our questions.  His advice was truly motivational, everything we do deserves 100% effort and nobody can ask for any more than that!  There can be little more inspiring than a top sporting star spending time working with our children.  

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Friday 23rd September - Ampleforth College Tennis Coach

"On 23rd September 2016 we had a tennis coach come in to teach us tennis.  Adam from Ampleforth College taught us how to serve, volley and rally.  At the end he gave us wrist bands and an Andy Murray poster.  Everyone thought it was great and hope to do it again."   Please click here to view the photographs
By Effie - Y6


Tuesday 13th September - Roald Dahl Day - Celebrating his 100th Birthday

On Tuesday, 13th September 2016 we celebrated Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday.  We all dressed up as a character from one of his books.  We all loved dressing up and some pupils really put a lot of work into making their costumes.  Well done!

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