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

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We are constantly seeking to develop the early years ‘choosing’ provision. We are striving to provide enough challenges for the children and present them with meaningful opportunities for them to practice their reading, writing and number skills.

Summer Term 2019

Please click here to view Early Years - Summer Term 2018/2019 Newsletter

Summer Blessings from Revd Reid and St Hilda’s Church

Summer Blessings to all our children and families at St Hilda’s School.  I hope you have a great summer – lots of fun and play. We have had a great year and you’ve all worked really hard.  Your work on worship has been amazing and I have loved
coming into school each week.  It’s super seeing some of you at Youth Church and at the monthly Family Service.  The next Family Service is Sunday 4th August at 11am at St Hilda’s Church. Our prayers especially for Fiona, Ella, Felix, Ben, and Bradley as they prepare to start a new school and our prayers for the new children preparing to join St Hilda’s in September.

The Lord bless you all. 


Wednesday 17th July - Robin Hoods Bay

On Wednesday 17th July both schools will be going to Robin Hoods Bay for the day. We will be working with staff from North York Moors National Park and taking part in workshops looking at seashore habitats, conservation of the coastline and creating some beach art.

Pupils do not need to wear school uniform on the day but should be appropriately dressed for a day at the beach. Wellie boots would be great or an old pair of trainers that don’t matter if they get wet would be ideal. 

*** Cancelled *** Monday 8th July - Cultural Diversity Day

Unfortunately, our Cultural Diversity Day has had to be postponed due to our visitor being unwell.  We hope to reschedule this event for the Autumn Term 19/20.

On Monday 8th July we are having a Cultural Diversity Day in school, and will welcome Yesmien, known as Yazi in to our School.  Yazi is British born and bred but proud of her heritage.  Her family originate from a small village in Azaad, Kashmir.  Yazi has provided cultural diversity workshops with schools across the North of England and last year her work with a school featured on the BBC.

Yazi will work with us for a day of Creative Dance, making chapatis, snack tasting, Arabic writing and dressing up. This exciting day will further our work of supporting tolerance of those of different faith and beliefs.  Please do speak with Mr Pynn to learn more about the day.


Thursday 4th July - Healthy Eating

Following on from the story of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch which we all enjoyed.  Reception pupils prepared a healthy lunch of sandwiches, fruit and vegetables. 

Wednesday 3rd July – Sports Day

On Wednesday 3rd July, Hovingham pupils will travel to St Hilda’s for a day of sport and activities.  In the morning we have Dave Gibson from Skip2bFit coming to run some skipping workshops, promoting fitness and healthy living.  In the afternoon from 1:00pm we’ll have our Federation Sports Day which parents and families are warmly invited to join us and support the children.

Wednesday 22nd May - Archery Day!

On Wednesday 22nd 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.  More details will follow closer to the time. 

Monday 29th April - ParentPay

We are pleased to announce that from Monday 29th April we will be launching ParentPay in School.  ParentPay is a secure online payment system allowing you to pay for school meals, clubs and trips etc. from the comfort of your own home and removing the need to send cash and cheques into school.  If you have older children at Ryedale School you will already be familiar with the system and will be able to add younger children to the same account, making one payment to cover all children if you wish.

To make the transition to ParentPay as easy as possible, it is really important that all outstanding accounts are paid up to date by Friday 12th April so we can start ParentPay with a zero balance after Easter.  Mrs Cooper will send reminders to anyone owing money and we would appreciate if this is paid as soon as possible.

You should have also received a leaflet giving you more information, but please see Mrs Cooper or Mrs Leggett if you have any more questions. Account activation letters will be sent home after Easter.

Spring Term 2019

Please click here to view Early Years - Spring Term 2018/2019 Newsletter

Friday 12th April - Easter Egg Hunt

Pupils had great fun today with their Easter Egg Hunt.  They were all very egg-cited!  Many thanks to the #FREDDIESFIGHT team for all the Easter eggs you provided for the hunt.

Thursday 11th April  - Easter Church Service

There will be an Easter Service on Thursday 11th April at 2:30pm at St Hilda’s Church to celebrate Easter.  Everyone welcome!

Friday 15th March - In Memory of Harry Flatt

Thank you to everyone at Hovingham School who sent in donations.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  The grand total came to £120.35.  

At the request of Mr & Mrs Flatt, any donations received on Mad Hatter’s Day or Comic Relief Day will be donated to #FREDDIESFIGHT in memory of Harry.

Friday 15th March - #FREDDIESFIGHT & Comic Relief

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to #FREDDIESFIGHT - £206.30 has been raised so far.  Thank you.

We would also like to thank everyone who donated to Comic Relief - £16 was raised.

Tuesday 12th March - Parents' Evening

Parents' Evening takes place after half term.  This is an important part of our partnership with you.  Please know that we have an open-door policy, so please continue to liaise with class teachers prior to Parents' Evening as and when you need to.

Friday 8th March - The Jungle!

We are changing our role-play area into a jungle.  If you have any pretend soft toy jungle animals, we would appreciate you bringing them in to this area and they will be returned before the Easter holidays.  Thank You!

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day

World Book Day is an international event, celebrated by over 100 countries.  The pupils and staff all enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters. Thank you for also sharing your characters interesting facts with us too.  You all looked absolutely fantastic!

Friday 22nd February - World Thinking Day

Friday 22nd February marks World Thinking Day for those involved in the Scouting and Guiding organisations.

Well done to the children who helped raise awareness by wearing their uniform to school today. 

Tuesday 5th February - Chinese New Year

Nursery and Reception celebrated Chinese New Year with Miss Kirk and Mrs Lealman by learning about the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.  We tasted vegetable spring rolls, duck spring rolls, prawn crackers, beansprouts and chicken curry sesame pyramids (allergies were checked beforehand and food items were only tasted if appropriate, and if children wanted to try).  We investigated dry noodles and then got them wet and described the different textures.  We had a go at writing Chinese numbers 0-10 and we finished the day off with a chopstick challenge!!

Tuesday 5th February - Safer Internet Day 2019

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated globally with the theme:Together for a better internet. 

In both schools, Internet safety is taught at an age appropriate level regularly throughout the school.  If you have any concerns or would like some guidance, please speak with Mr Pynn who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

February 2019 - 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 Monday 4th February ready for the children to start the their rowing!  Key Stage 2 row for 3 minutes and Key Stage 1 row for 1 minute.

Friday 1st February - NSPCC Number Day

Well done to everyone for taking part in the NSPCC Number Day today by wearing something with a number on it. 

Thursday 17th January - Christingle News

Thank you to all those who brought along Christingle collection candles for the Christingle Service in December.  The total raised came to £128.99. 

This will be sent to support the work of the Children’s Society.


Autumn Term 2018

Please click here to view Early Years - Autumn Term 2018/2019 Newsletter

From all the staff here at St. Hilda’s Primary School, we would like to wish you all a very

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas.

See you in 2019!

Christmas Eve - Crib Service

St Hilda’s Church, Ampleforth, will be holding a 'Crib Service' at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve. Families and small children are especially welcome.

Thursday 20th December - Christingle Service

The Christingle Service this year will be held at Hovingham Church at 2:30pm on Thursday 20th  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 collection candle has gone home with each family.  There is no obligation to donate, but any contributions will be gratefully received at the Christingle Service.

Wednesday 19th December - Pantomime

This year we have decided to try something a bit different with our Pantomime visit,
and instead of us going to the Pantomime, the Pantomime is coming to us!

On Wednesday 19th December “West End in Schools”, will be at Hovingham Village
Hall for our own performance of Jack and the Beanstalk, featuring Craig Revel
Horwood as the voice of the Giant! They specialise in school performances with a
strong focus on storytelling and joining in. This is by no means a cost saving
exercise but more a desire for pupils to get really involved, close to the action and
take more away from the experience.

Tuesday 18th December - Christmas Performance

More details to follow.

Tuesday 18th December - Christmas Lunch

Mrs Hawley will be preparing a delicious Christmas Lunch for us on Tuesday 18th December. Children are invited to wear a festive jumper or hat for the occasion.

Thursday 13th December - Christmas Party!

All children can come to school dressed in their party clothes as we will be having our party in the afternoon.

Tuesday 4th December - Advent Service

There will be an Advent Service at St Hilda's Church on Tuesday 4th December at 2:45pm.  Family and friends are warmly invited to attend the Service.

Friday 16th November - Children in Need

The school is pleased to inform you that we will be once again supporting Children in Need.  This is a very worthwhile charity that provides grants to projects in the UK, which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged.  We will be having a non-uniform day on Friday 16th November and pupils will be asked to make a voluntary contribution of £1 to wear non-uniform.  All monies raised will go directly to the Children in Need charity.

Monday 12th November - Open Morning for 2019 & 2020 New Starters - 9:30am-11:30am

I would like to invite those with children who will be starting nursery or school in either 2019 or 2020 to attend our Open Day on Monday 12th November.  This will be a chance for you to see what we do, as the school will be at work as usual.  To aid organisation it would be good if you could contact the office and arrange a time slot.  This will ensure that you have a personal guided tour and any questions can be answered.  Please feel free to bring the potential new starter with you!  If this date is not convenient please do contact school to make an alternative appointment.  Do please share this invitation with those you know may be considering our school.

Friday 9th November - Remembrance Service

As in previous years our Remembrance Service started at Our Lady & St. Benedict’s at 10:15am and we walked (through the churchyard and down Back Lane) to St. Hilda’s (crossing Station Road).  

Pupils attended a joint Remembrance Service with pupils from St Benedict’s.  This was, as ever, a very moving service and pupil’s behaviour was exemplary.

Tuesday 6th November - Parents' Evening

Parents' Evening takes place after half term.  This is an important part of our partnership with you.  Please book appointments now.  Please know that we have an open-door policy, so please continue to liaise with class teachers prior to Parents' Evening as and when you need to.

Thursday 25th October - 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 11th October - Harvest is Here Competition!

This year we would love to make a display of children’s work and we will be holding a ‘Character Fruit or Vegetable Competition’.  Please bring entries on the morning of the day.  

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Thursday 11th October - Harvest Festival Celebration

Our Harvest Service will take place in the school hall on Thursday 11th October at 2:45pm. Parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to attend the service.  Churches are encouraging donations at Harvest Festival to help stock food banks in their areas, please see the link below to Ryedale Food Bank with a list of items they require. Many thanks for your help.

Wednesday 26th September - Music Mark Member School

We have been nominated and supported financially by our local Music Service/Hub who have recognised the value that we place on music and requested that we become a Music Mark School Member. We have been thanked for all the hard work we do to ensure that pupils are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. Our dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum has been both welcomed and celebrated.

Tuesday 11th September - Primary Science Quality Mark Award

I am delighted to inform you that we have gained our Primary Science Quality Mark Award.  The Primary Science Quality Mark is a highly successful, unique award programme to develop and celebrate the profile of science teaching, learning and leadership in primary schools.

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