🎅 MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎅
We hope you have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Keeble Gateway Academy
Keeble Gateway Academy is a brand new primary school that opened in September 2019 near Thirsk.
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🎅 MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎅
We had a wonderful Christmas Dinner yesterday, thanks to Sue, our cook, for cooking a wonderful lunch for the children - the pigs in blankets particularly went down well!
Skip2bfit Dave was in school for the whole day on Tuesday - all of the children enjoyed their sessions, with Year 4 having an extra 'Young Leaders' training session. We are now looking forward to them putting these skills into practice on the playground.
What a wonderful night we had - Santa left a message to saying how lovely and kind all the children that came to meet him were and how beautiful their manners are. He also said to make sure you are all in bed early on Christmas Eve and to continue listening to your grown ups and teachers.
Also he said to let you all know : Rudolf (did you find him?) did get into a little bit of trouble as he had eaten all the candy canes, except for 2 (did you spot them?) in the woodland wonderland and had a sore tummy on his way home, but today is feeling much better now he's had some peppermint tea.
Thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas Fayre this evening. I’m sure you will all agree that the items made by your children were brilliant!
Thank you to the The Friends of Keeble Gateway Academy your support with the raffle and especially to Mr and Mrs Price for setting up and taking down the grotto - another huge success!
And it wouldn’t have been a Christmas fayre without our wonderful Father Christmas - who made it all the way from the North Pole at this busy time of year. Thank you so much, we are incredibly grateful!
Finally, Thank you to all of our wonderful staff for the time and effort you put in to make it such a success! We are very lucky to have such a wonderful staff team!
An initial rough count this evening suggests we have raised around a whopping £1200!!!!!
We cannot thank you all enough for the support you have given!
Look at our wonderful choir on the front page of Thirsk Weekly News! They did such a fantastic job - we are incredibly proud of them all, and Mrs Hawkswell for everything she does for our amazing Keeblets!
❄️ THE LATEST EDITION OF THIRSK WEEKLY NEWS IS AVAILABLE TODAY!!! ❄️
Available in a local store to you is the latest edition of the Thirsk Weekly News featuring articles such as:
• More Lighting up Thirsk
• Kevin Hollinrake MP reports
• A new Councillor for Sowerby and Topcliffe
• Talking Thirsk
• Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers
• Good News Stories
• Sowerby WI Report
• Yorkshire launch of Jordan's Retreat at Grantley Hall
• Local Fire Brigade Call outs
As well as local business adverts, events, sports news, competitions and job opportunities
Come and grab your copy from a store near you!
Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers
Thirsk Decorating Centre
Kevin Hollinrake MP
Keeble Gateway Academy
The latest edition of the Thirsk Weekly News is available every Thursday in the following areas:
Co-op, Market Place | Gulf Garage | Ann Nelson, Helperby | G H Smith & Son, Easingwold
If you have a story for the Weekly News or would like to advertise your products/services, we would love to hear from you! ☺️
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Year 3 have been learning about Fatima Khan and her water-colour mosque painting. They have looked at what a contemporary artist is and learnt about tertiary colours! They have then created their own pieces of artwork based on Fatima Khan's artwork.
Thank you so much to Outside The Box Productions for a wonderful performance of Sleeping Beauty yesterday! All of the children enjoyed it so much - although I'm not sure Mrs Convery enjoyed it quite the same...I'm told that some of their jokes did involve her!!
Thank you also to The Friends of Keeble Gateway Academy for funding this - it's something the children look forward to every year!
A huge thank you to T Manners & Sons Ltd for donating a hedgehog house that is now in our forest school area, awaiting visitors! T Manners & Sons Ltd are a family owned construction company based in North East England who are very kindly working hard to support their local communities to create learning experiences for children.
Year 2 have been experimenting with colour and creating different tones of dark colours to use in their final piece. Today they were working with a range of media, including felt pends, charcoal, paint and pencils.
Year 3 have been learning about how water is transplanted in plants - they have carried out an investigation using real plants, written it up in their science books and are waiting for the results.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Thank you to Aldi Thirsk for the donation of a Christmas tree and lights - we are very grateful! 🎄🎅
A huge thank you also to Caroline Rodgers for arranging the donations with Aldi, thank you for helping us spread the Christmas cheer!
Mrs Convery's craft club created firework pictures to celebrate Divali this week.
As part of our Road Safety Week, each class has spent time talking about how to be safe near the road and out in the local area. All classes are also putting their knowledge into practice on local area walks.
Yesterday, Year 1 had 2 special visitors from our local area, who brought their tractors with them. Year 1 are learning about the history of farming in Thirsk and it was great to see the different between a tractor from 1963 and one from 2023!
This morning we had a whole school assembly lead by the North Yorkshire Music Hub. They showcased a variety of instruments - the children loved hearing them play. If you are interested in your child learning an instrument, please get in touch with the music hub.
We are very excited about Thirsk’s Christmas light switch on this Friday, where you will be able to hear our wonderful choir singing! Please come along to support them! 🎶🎵
What a weekend we have planned between the Switch-On and the Christmas Fayre in the Town Hall!
Year 3 had a great time last week at York's Chocolate Story. They have been learning about significant figures, Joseph Terry and Joseph Rowntree, that played a role in York's chocolate and sweet past.
During their visit to York Chocolate Story, they learnt how the chocolate and sweet industry impacted York, and even had a go at making their own chocolate bars!
We have also had some wonderful feedback from one of the tour guides, Gina, that really shows how amazing our Keeblets are:
'Keeble School was one of the best well behaved and receptive schools I’ve ever had. Thank you to the teachers for your school being so engaged and interested throughout the tour (as were you too). It was lovely to see such a well mannered school. Thank you, Gina'
Year 3 - we are all very proud of you and the outstanding way you represented our school!
York's Chocolate Story
Year 1 have been studying artwork by Lucy Pittaway and have created their own pieces of art linked to her 'houses and homes' topic. Some of the children even went to visit her gallery!
In Geography this week, they created their own birds eye view map, and as a provision activity, Miss Wood challenged the children to complete the map of Europe - thinking it would be tricky for them, but the little group photographed absolutely smashed it!
Thankfully the rain stopped just in time for Year 4 (Woodpeckers) to do Forest School this afternoon! They've had a great session!
This week is also World Nursery Rhyme Week. The children in Reception and Nursery will be learning a different nursery rhyme each day. Today, in Nursery (Starlings), they have been singing Hickory Dickory Dock.
Year 4 have created Anti-Bullying Posters, talking about how to stop bullying, and what you could do if you're worried about it.
Year 2 have been talking about who they can talk to if they feel worried or upset - they have completed a diagram to remind them of the trusted adults around them.
They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them.
Following on with Year 1s learning about how Christians celebrate special and sacred times, today they have made Christingles.
This year, we will be attending the Thirsk Remembrance Day Service, this Sunday (12th November) and laying a wreath in the school's name in Remembrance of those who have given their lives in conflicts.
Mrs Convery's Arty Craft Club have made a wreath to lay and we hope that many of you will be able to join us at Sowerby War Memorial for this occassion.
We were very fortunate yesterday to have members of Thirsk Yarn Bombers come into school to help with the creation of a Poppy display. We are so impressed with the children's sewing skills - putting into good use the skills they have learnt during DT lessons previously! We can't wait to display this year after year on the run up to Remembrance.
In RE this week, Year 1 (Kingfishers) are learning about how Christians celebrate special and sacred times.
The Pumpkin Carving Competition was a great success - the winning pumpkin from each class is below. The children each got a Halloween Goody Bag for their winning design! Thank you to Miss Wood for organising this - I can't wait to see what next year's competition brings!
A few photos from the Year 2, 3 and 4 Halloween Disco!
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