Dear Parents,


We have just two weeks left in school there is so much to celebrate from the past two weeks, and much to look forward to before we finish for the summer holidays too. This week's bulletin is quite long... we just have so much to share! 


Year 5 and 6 French Language Experience

Last week, Mrs Holloway, Miss Atkinson and myself, were privileged to be able to take 24 children to visit Le Moulin Aux Draps, close to the French town of Desvres, Pas de Calais. Our 'French language and culture' visit included spending a day at a French primary school, a partnership we will maintain for many years, offering future years the opportunity to build friendships with our partner school, and maintaining the opportunity to visit France every two years. We also visited a snail farm, with children tasting snails and learning about the farming; a visit to the delicious Chocolaterie Buessant, and a morning spent exploring beautiful Boulogne and it's historic past. As with London, the children's behaviour was impeccable throughout, and they immersed themselves wholeheartedly into the visit, trying new foods, gaining so much confidence in their spoken language, and making the most of every single opportunity. Our next French visit is planned for Autumn Term 2019 - for our current Year 3 and 4 pupils (who will be year 5 and 6 pupils by then!).


An Evening of Music 

Last night, we hosted our first evening of music, with children from across the school playing a wide range of music to a very proud  audience. Well done to our Year 3 keyboard players - Florence, Alice, Poppy, Megan, Gregory, Sydney, Noah and Hugo; Oliver Cowling for his very cool guitar solo of 'Live Forever'; Rose Smith for her piano solo; Beatrice Jarvis for her violin solo; William Jarvis for his duet with his sister Henrietta, William played trombone and Henrietta accompanied on violin; our recorder group - Beatrice, Florence, Alice, Nellie, Rebecca, Lily and Lydia. The first half of the evening ended with an outstanding performance by Sydney Wild of 'The Piper O'Dundee' on piano - such a talented young man. The second half brought the Class 2 choir singing Slippers in the Rain - performed by Madison, Freya, Jenna, Harrison, Gregory, Lydia, India, Beatrice and William. We then had performances from Lily Baxter on flute and piano solos, Henrietta Jarvis on violin, Nellie Rawling on clarinet  and a 'grand finale' from Madison Asher and Freya Helme singing 'You Can Count on Me' by Bruno Mars. Thank you so much to all the children that were able to take part in such a lovely evening, and to FORCES for providing refreshments, and  all of the teaching staff that organised the evening. 


Class 3 'Roecliffe Relations'

Class 3 continue their growing commitment to the local community, through their wonderful 'Roecliffe relations' project at Boroughbridge Manor Care Home - this afternoon they are taking their keyboards to play a few musical pieces for the residents, and enjoying a picnic in the garden to spend time talking to their friends at the care home. A fantastic project, which is continuing in September in Class 3 - the children have made gifts for their friends at the care home, they have read stories, joined the 'pet therapy' afternoon, and invited some residents to their class-led worship. It is such a unique project - and one which we are every proud of. 


Class 1 Collective Worship

Our last class-led worship of the year was this Tuesday, with Class 1 looking ever so grown up! They made everyone think about the message 'No Gift too Small' - no matter how small our gift, Jesus can do amazing things.  All the children and adults in school made promises of one tiny thing (a gift) they could do each day.  This amounted to more than 100 promises from everyone in school from doing the dishes to loving their family everyday! (These are on display in the hall).  This was such a confident presentation by our youngest children in school - lots of proud families came to share - well done Class 1! 



Nursery Consultation 

Letters went home yesterday regarding the governors' decision to add a small nursery unit to our current foundation stage provision. This year, a maximum of 8 places will be available for three year old's to attend the early years provision at Roecliffe.  If anyone would like an application pack, please contact Mrs Jones in the school office on 01423 322302 or admin@roecliffe.n-yorks.sch.uk.   



Year 6 leavers' Service at Ripon Cathedral 

We were very proud to be take our Year 6 children to the leavers' service at Ripon Cathedral on Tuesday. The theme was 'living, loving, learning' and it gave the whole church school community the opportunity to come together and spend some time reflecting on the journeys ahead, and the achievements on their paths so far. 


Polite Request - No Dogs in the Playground 

A reminder that dogs should not be brought onto the playground, nor allowed on the village green. This is for the safety of the children. 


Collection of children at the end of the day 

Our safeguarding policy and procedures state that children must be collected from the playground by a  known adult. It is worth reminding, that even though the sun is shining, the same procedures apply for end of day collection, and will apply moving forward into next year too. Teachers will not 'hand over' at the end of the day unless there is a parent in the playground that can be seen. There is only one reason for this - children's safety. Please do support this important aspect of our school safeguarding procedures, we only have the children's safety at heart. 



FACT! Regular absences from school can affect school routine - disrupting your child’s learning and that of the other pupils. 


In order to maintain our high attendance levels, and avoid absence dips, we will continue to inform you of the week's attendance in our weekly bulletin. This week's whole school attendance is 95.6 %, the attendance for the term is currently 97.2% and for the academic year is 97.4% 


Lion King 

The Year 5/6 Lion King performance at Bishop Monkton Village Hall Thursday 13th July at 7.30pm. Tickets on sale NOW! £4 per adult, £2 per child. Please send cheques to the school office payable to Roecliffe CE School.


Diary Reminders: 

  • Lion King performance at Bishop Monkton Village Hall Thursday 13th July at 7.30pm. 
  • Leavers' Service at St Mary's Church, Roecliffe, 1.00pm on Friday 21st July. All welcome for what is always a very emotional, but memorable occasion. 
  • Last day of school is Friday 21st July at 2.30pm 


Ice Lolly Coolers

Orange juice ice lollies will be on sale for £1, in the playground today and next Friday, at 3.30pm. 


Have a wonderful weekend, hopefully in the sunshine, we look forward to seeing you all next week.   


Mrs Kerry Dalton


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