Silkstone Primary School

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Tricia Skilbeck


It was with great sadness that we shared the news of Tricia Skilbeck’s death on the 1st May 2018. She had bravely fought a long battle with cancer. We would like to take this opportunity to remember and celebrate her life.

Tricia had been headteacher at Silkstone from September 2011 until Summer 2017. Following a career in nursing, Tricia came into teaching later in life after completing a degree in Psychology. She was passionate about teaching and the difference we, as teachers, could make to children and their learning. She ensured that they were at the heart of all that we did and looked not only to the educational but also the emotional well-being of all children. Tricia endeavoured to make Silkstone a school with soul where learning experiences and opportunities were inspiring.

Both in school and out of school Tricia’s love for life was huge. She was a keen runner, completing the Dublin marathon, whilst fundraising for school, just before her diagnosis in October 2013. Tricia also loved to bake and would bring different cakes and chocolates into school.  Her greatest love though was for her family and during this last year she spent  precious time looking after her grandchildren and being surrounded by their love and lightness. Tricia looked at life as a miracle and that each day brought its own memories and joy.

Tricia wrote that once she had gone she wished for us to:

 ‘Build a bonfire. It doesn’t need to be a real one. Imagine a bright, beautiful bonfire of the type we had when we were children, filled with tremendous excitement and potential. I want jacket potatoes and toffee apples to be eaten in celebration of life and with joyous abandon, free from all thoughts of consequences.’

We will celebrate her life in school on the 13th of July.  This will be a non uniform day, with money donated shared between Kirkwood Hospice and Barnsley Hospice, who cared for Tricia and Avril Griffin in their final days.  It is our intention that this will be a day filled with joy and an opportunity to celebrate lives well lived.

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Class R

Class R have had a fabulous few days.  We have learned about the Royal Wedding, which caused quite a stir, the children have set up their own impromptu tea parties, indulged in cucumber sandwiches fit for a Queen and designed wedding dresses which we are sure if Meghan had seen before she would have chosen to wear on the day.  As part of our new topic we have been studying dinosaurs which the children have really loved, taking part in dinosaur maths, learning dinosaur facts and making a dinosaur theme park outside. We were able to take advantage of the lovely weather and the children went onto the field for some super learning, where they made Dinosaur Land out of natural resources.

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Remote Control Success

Well done to ‘B’ in Class 4 for his brilliant remote control car racing skills. ‘B’ is part of a club/team that races remote control cars. He goes to different circuits to race them, as well as building his own car with his dad. We watched a clip of one of his races in class, in which ‘B’ came first. Keep up the good work!


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Our netball teams took part in an inter school competition on Tuesday afternoon at Penistone Grammar school. Both teams played three games each with some excellent attacking and defending skills on show. Our A team were successful in winning their group and qualifying for The Barnsley School Final, and our B team finished as one of the runners up overall, narrowly missing out on qualifying.

An excellent performance of ball skills, footwork, shooting accuracy and teamwork from both sets of players.

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Our rounders team were in action on Monday night at Penistone Grammar school. Both teams demonstrated some excellent fielding and batting skills against some tough opponents. Our B team were successful in winning their group and qualifying for The Barnsley School Final, and our A team finished as runners up in their group.
A fantastic performance from both teams.

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Cliffe House Fun!

Class 4 enjoyed a super day at Cliffe House last week. The sun shone for them and they made the most of their day out of school. The children participated in lots of different team games and challenges, along with archery, fire lighting, baking bread over an open fire and explored the adventure playground too. They all really enjoyed the day and the staff at Cliffe House were so encouraging with our children.

A big thank you to Mrs Cale, Mr Kaye and Mr Watt, for their support on our trip. Enjoy our photos below!