Silkstone Primary School

helping children realise their gifts and talents

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Children in Need Fund Raising

What a fantastic fundraising day we have had! Everyone had a marvellous time coming in none uniform and there were lots of Pudsey outfits and accessories worn throughout school (look at the website again next week when we will be showing you a selection of photos).

At close of school today the total raised so far is in the region of £600!!!! (We will update you with the exact amount next week). This includes donations for arriving in none uniform, the sale of buns and last weeks sale of Pudsey badges, key rings and wrist bands. This record amount beats the total on any previous year.

You are all amazing for your generous donations of money and all the wonderful yummy buns and cakes you sent in for today’s bun sale (a very popular and successful event). A very BIG THANK YOU  to everyone.

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Wheelchair Basketball Afternoon

As part of Diversity week, Classes 3 & 4 enjoyed an afternoon of wheelchair basketball. We were lucky enough to have 2 members of the Sheffield Steelers Basketball Team come to visit us and share their knowledge and expertise about the sport. They brought along 10 wheelchairs for the children to try. The children had chance to move around the hall in the chairs, learn how to pass and dribble and then have a game of basketball! The children really enjoyed the experience and had such a rewarding afternoon. Many thanks to Maurice and Steve.

If you are interested in learning more skills or attending wheelchair basketball training (including for able bodied children) then the team run sessions on a Tuesday 4.30 to 6pm and on a Saturday morning 10am to 12pm. See link below.

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Mr Victor Fleming

With regret we would like to inform you that Victor Fleming, who held the post of head teacher at Silkstone Primary School for 23 years, died on November 1st at Barnsley Hospice.
Mr Fleming was a well respected member of our school whose leadership skills and dedication to teaching earned him admiration amongst staff, parents, children and other schools in the area.

He was well valued in the community for his enthusiasm towards the welfare of our school and the education of our children.
His office door was never closed and his happy friendly attitude towards everyone meant that he always found time to listen to anyone who needed support or advice. He found great pleasure in teaching and looked forward to Wednesday afternoons when he fully immersed himself in his Design and Technology lessons, imparting his knowledge whilst encouraging the children’s creativity. On a daily basis he could always be found at 1o’clock in the hall listening to children read during the school reading half hour.
He could always be relied on, when needed, to cover any class at a moments notice making the lack of disruption to children’s learning his priority.
Mr Fleming loved making the school a warm and welcoming place especially at times such as Christmas and Harvest when he helped to decorate the hall and would personally add extra finishing touches to make it a special and wonderful time for everyone attending our events. He was also a strong support for the PTA and was actively involved in all their fundraising activities.
He retired in 2005 and will be fondly remembered by many pupils, families and staff who came into contact with him over the years.
We send our sincere condolences to his wife and family at this sad time.

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Polar Explorers in Class 2

We have started our topic about the Polar Regions in class two this week. As part of Diversity week in school we will be exploring the differences between ourselves and the Inuit people. Today we had some mystery objects left in the snow which had fallen in our classroom. We were brilliant Polar Explorers and tried to find out what the objects were and where they came from. We watched some traditional Inuit dances and created our own to the beat of the drums and tambourines. We will be making our own igloos this week, looking at Inuit art work and using some Inuit recipes.

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Halloween Disco

We all had a great time at the Spooky Disco. Everyone went to such a great effort with their costumes and you all looked extremely spooky! Thank you to the PTA for organising such a fantastic event We raised more than enough money to fund our new Purple Mash software which will be used in school this term. Thank you to parents for cake donations and to school staff that stayed to help with the disco.

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Children in Need




Dear Parents,

It is that time of year again when we support Children in Need in school. This year children can come in non-uniform (anything goes!!) for the day and we are suggesting a £1.00 donation for this. If children have a ‘Children in Need’ t-shirt they can wear this too. We are also planning to have a bun sale in school. We are therefore asking for baking donations to be brought into school on the morning of Friday 17th November and be taken straight to Class 4. Children in all classes can then bring money to buy a bun during their own playtimes. Buns/ baking will be priced at 20p and 50p.

I hope you will support us in this worthwhile fundraising event in school

Thank you

Miss Felton

Class 4 Teacher