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October – Welcome Liturgy
Our new reception starters have settled in really well to life at Barkston Ash School. To celebrate them being part of our school community, they took part in a special welcome liturgy. The service was led by Father Chris with special help from the reception pupils Year 6 buddies. The children were blessed and received a commemorative candle. They also gave a lovely performance of ‘Great Big God’ with their buddies. Parents, families and members of the local community attended and shared in a wonderful liturgy.





October – 1st Communion
Following months of preparation, eleven children in Year 4 received their 1st Communion during a very special Mass at Scarthingwell Church. The children took an active part in the Mass by leading the readings, bidding prayers and offertory procession. The children had worked very hard in preparation for the big day and had a wonderful day as they received Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time.

October –Y5/6 Big Sing Liturgy Thing
Children in Years 5 and 6 had a wonderful time at the annual Big Sing Liturgy Thing at St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School in Leeds. They joined 350 other children from Catholic Primary schools in the Diocese. The children learnt worship songs, dance actions and about Christian symbols in the morning before taking part in a beautiful liturgy in the afternoon. It was a fantastic day.

October – Able Writers Workshop
​​​​​​Four children in Year 6 had a wonderful day out at the STAR Teaching School Alliance Able Writers’ day at Tadcaster Riverside. The day was led by popular author Jon Mayhew, and the children really enjoyed learning about his writing inspirations and processes. They also had the opportunity to create their own adventure stories using the top tips from a successful author.

October – Visit to Knottingley Foodbank
Following our incredible collection of food and toiletries during Harvest Festival, two members of the Mini Vinnie committee (Elenia and Honor) delivered the goods to a very happy and grateful group of volunteers at Knottingley foodbank. The volunteers explained how the system works and how these donations can be used to help families in our local area who need it the most. Elenia and Honor then gave a great presentation to the rest of our school during Celebration Assembly. Well done, everyone!



October – Harvest Festival
It was a very bright and colourful Harvest Festival as our Y6 children led a special CAFOD assembly where we learnt all about the great work CAFOD do to support the poorest people around the world. Our bright and wacky non-uniform day raised over £150 for CAFOD. The Mini Vinnies also organised an amazing collection of food and toiletries that they will take to Knottingley food bank. Well done everyone for a fantastic effort.



September – Premier League Primary Stars
Christmas came early as we opened three big boxes of free sporting equipment from the Premier League. Our SSOC (School sports organising crew) were very excited to open new resources that can aid our playtime games, PE lessons and coaching sessions. It was free to apply and the resources will be very well used in school.

September – School Student Council
​​​​​​Congratulations to our newly elected school student council. They have been democratically elected by their classmates and are looking forward to helping to further improve the school.

September – Mini Vinnies
Our group of Mini Vinnies do a great job in school helping to ‘turn concern into action’ by, amongst other things, supporting our class charities, writing to the housebound of the parish, entertaining residents at the local residential home and organising the school foodbank. Following an application form and interviews, we have four new members of the Mini Vinnie Committee. Congratulations to our newest recruits: India Tonks, Isla Mahady, Millie Appleby and Oliver Bird.

September – British Values Day
To celebrate the British Values of: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs, we held a special British Values day in school. Each class studied these four principles through a range of cross curricular lessons and activities. You can learn about how we promote British Values at Barkston Ash by following this link: www.barkstonash.n-yorks.sch.uk/page.php?id=8028