This half term we have some exciting opportunities happening in school, including extra specialist PE tuition in Dance for Y1 and Y2,Tots on Tyres (Bicycle Riding) for Reception and an afterschool club for Key Stage 1, also in Dance. Tennis Tuition will be available for Y3 and Y4 and a Tennis after school club will be available for KS2. Furthermore Y3 and Y4 pupils will soon have the opportunity to take part in an Athletics tournament and the Football team will be continuing their winning ways as their season recommences. Visitors into school include the Fire Service for Y6 and Y2, the Community Police for Y5 and the Neighbourhood Community Support Group for Y6 and Y3. There is plenty to look forward to this half term and all this is on top of our already busy and varied curriculum.
Did you know that our school has beaten a Government target for numbers of pupils eating school meals? Every infant pupil has a school meal every day and this level of 100% uptake is the best in the whole of South Ribble. How has this been achieved?
1. A range of choices of high quality healthy food is on offer every day to every child.
2. Every child can select from a menu and receive their first choice of meal every day.
3. Most importantly, every day our meals are prepared and served by kind, supportive and welcoming kitchen staff assisted by six welfare staff and teaching staff who have the very best interests of every child at heart.
Ofsted (2015) noted "The exceptionally high levels of support and care from all staff."
Last year Mrs Goymer, with the help of some keen gardeners (KS2 children) worked hard clearing weeds, planting bulbs, herbs and shrubs to transform the garden space. By the end of the summer term strawberries, green beans, tomatoes and new potatoes were ready to eat. Like all gardens, continuous care is needed to maintain it and thankfuly Tesco have been extremely generous in kick starting our new school year with an amazing new look garden.
In addition to the work done by Tesco, the wild flower gardens planted by the children in the summer are in full bloom and new bird boxes have been installed just in time for the cooler temperatures. The water butt is fully installed and so watering should now be much easier.
All at Northbrook wish to say a big thank you to all who have helped in the project over the previous year and especially to Jean and her managers from Tesco for all their hard work and time, which they gave over the summer, transforming the space in time for the new school year.
Here is a glimpse of the fantastic outside space. (Click here to find out more and see the transformation in photo form):
Each year we have a visit from the Life Education Van, staff and Harold the giraffe. This is a valuable part of our science and PSHE curriculum and therefore each class has a session in the van with the specially trained educators. The children gain a lot from this experience as it is a fun and interactive way to learn, sometimes sensitive topics, in different surroundings. So, it was a lovely surprise to receive a letter from the member of staff that visited this year, saying how much they had enjoyed the visit also. We know we have fabulous, knowledgable and enthusiastic children but it's still lovely to hear this from a visitor. So thank you Katy! We look forward to seeing you again this school year. Click here to read the letter...
The new 2015-16 football season is upon us with Northrbook (Los Galactacos) hoping to repeat last seasons championship winning form in the forthcoming 18 match tournament. To kick off the new season Northrbook are appearing at Ewood Park as guests of Blackburn Rovers FC, where they will be taking part in a penalty shoot out at half time, during the upcoming Championship game versus Ipswich Town Town. Good luck Los Galactacos!