News from Nook Lane ...

Christmas Lunch

There has been a lovely festive atmosphere throughout school in the last week before Christmas; no more so than during Christmas lunch for the whole-school. Adults in school worked hard to create a memorable experience for the children and much festive fun was had by all.

Thanks to all the kitchen staff, lunchtime assistants, office staff, teaching assistants and teachers for making this occasion so special.

Christmas Fayre

Friends of Nook Lane did a brilliant job organising our well-attended Christmas Fayre. It was great to see so many parents, carers and family members in school for such events.

In particular, thanks to Friends of Nook Lane for all their hard work and organisation in preparation for the fayre and on the day itself and to the children and staff for their creative efforts in producing festive items to sell. The total profit was over £1000 a tremendous effort!

Y3 Christmas Show - A Christmas Carol

Children in Year 3 have enjoyed studying a version of A Christmas Carol this half term.

They worked really hard in rehearsals in preparation for a series of excellent Christmas performances in front of appreciative audiences. Well done to the Year 3 children and the Y3 team!

Parents, carers, grandparents and families raised a whopping £279.44 for the Cathedral Arch Project for Homeless People. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Christmas Tree Walk

On 5th December children from all classes visited The Sheffield Christmas Tree Company in Dungworth, Bradfield. It was a beautiful day and the children walked there and back without a single complaint about the tricky up and down route. They were a credit to themselves and to our school.

We had nearly 20,000 trees to choose from and eventually decided on an 8 foot (about 2.5 metres) Norwegian Fir. These trees are locally grown and buying them helps cut down on the carbon footprint involved in transporting trees from other countries at Christmas. This means the air will be a little healthier for Santa and the Elves on Christmas Eve! It also helps local businesses to thrive in difficult times.

We also got to bounce in a castle and stroke some donkeys.

FoNL Halloween Disco

Much fun was had at the Halloween Disco organised by Friends of Nook Lane. Not only was the event well attended by pupils, with 180 children present, it was also superbly supported by 18 parents, which is the highest number of volunteers we can ever recall for a school disco.

The children clearly had a great time and it was entertaining to see them dancing and having fun in their imaginatively ghoulish costumes!

Many thanks to Friends of Nook Lane for organising the event and for supporting it in such numbers. The school is so grateful for all that FoNL do for pupils at Nook Lane.

Meanwhile, FoNL are busy organising a Christmas Fayre which will take place on Thursday 7th December whilst also planning a New Year disco (date to be confirmed).

Guitars

Just before the half term holidays Paul Hawksworth and his talented group of Nook Lane guitarists put on two highly entertaining performances - an assembly for the whole school and a show for parents and family members.

The children's guitar playing skills are clearly progressing under Paul's expert tutelage and it is wonderful to see pupils gaining confidence in performing in front of an audience.

Well done to everyone involved.

Year 6 Netball News

Earlier this term, the Year 6 netball team went to Lowedges Primary School to play a friendly league. We played six other schools.

The commitment, hard work and team spirit of the Nook Lane team was exceptional. We drew our first match and won the rest.

Our determination and excellent netball resulted in us winning the league. Well done!

Three Peaks Challenge

Two Nook Lane pupils have achieved something very special at the start of the new academic year.

These model pupils (sisters in Year 6 and Year 3) inspired the whole school to raise funds for a cause that was very dear to them - the Bristol Bone Marrow Transplant Unit - by taking up the Three Peaks Challenge. Showing great tenacity and perseverance the eldest sister managed to complete the entire twenty four miles challenge in under twelve hours, whilst the youngest sibling displayed admirable determination to complete the Whernside Peak (seven miles) in just three and a half hours.

As part of the appeal, children from Nook Lane were encouraged (for one day only) to wear non-uniform and to bring in a monetary donation for this worthwhile cause.

The total raised was an impressive £243. Thank you to everyone for contributing and special congratulations to our intrepid pupils for going that extra mile (literally) to make a difference to other people's lives.

We are so proud of them both!

Citizenship Award Assembly - Summer Term 2016/17

On the last Monday of the summer term Nook Lane celebrated the pupils who had been nominated for the Citizenship Celebration Assembly. As usual, it was very difficult for class teachers and Teaching Assistants to only nominate up to 3 pupils for this prestigious award. The exception this term being a fantastic group of 4 Year 6 boys who beautifully supported a pupil from the Integrated Resource.

The celebration assembly was well attended by proud parents and other family members. Nook Lane are so proud of the fabulous citizenship skills demonstrated by the children who are so kind, caring and empathetic. We hope that the children enjoy spending their book tokens over the summer!

Excuse Monsters 2017

The Excuse Monster competition has become an annual event at Nook Lane.

This year there were so many fabulous entries across the school.

After an assembly about not letting excuses get in the way of achieving goals, the children were invited to design a poster to help children understand this and to have on display in class to help them focus on what they want to achieve.

The winners from each year group have now had their work made into a poster for their class.

Well done to everyone who took part, the work was fantastic!