Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Pentecost Experience

We know that Christmas and Easter are significant celebrations in the Christian Calendar. But.... Pentecost???

The children in Hastings Class were invited to St James' Church in Weatherly this afternoon to commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus shortly after He was crucified. Some Christians believe that this event represents the birth of the Church.

Mrs Sharp, and her team at St James', made us feel very welcome as we engaged in a number of activities that helped us to reflect on the Christian festival of Pentecost.

During our visit, we observed a minute's silence to remember the victims of the Manchester Arena atrocity.

As always, opportunities for our children to participate in events and experiences outside our immediate locality, are only made possible by the goodwill and availability of parents and volunteers who assist in transporting children to venues further afield and who are willing to engage in the work and learning we do in school. We never take this for granted and behalf of the children, staff and governors of Lady Elizabeth Hastings, I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and staff who helped with today's experience. Thank you!

KS2 Sponsored Fitness Fun!

Just a selection of the many photos taken this morning during our Key Stage 2 Sponsored Fitness Fun Event. Every year it gets bigger, better and more fun than ever! We couldn't do it without the help, support and generosity of our marvellous coaches.... Claire, from Lloyds Bank, Helen from Castleford Tigers, Damien from Leeds United Football Foundation, Wayne from Elite Rugby and Paul from Garforth and Kippax Badminton Club. Thank you everyone for participating and for all your  sponsorship pledges. We hope that as well as raising money to supplement the budget of our small, rural Church school, the children have found a sport that they will enjoy long into the future. Please let us know if your child would like 'sign posting' to any of these sports...... we have uncovered lots of hidden talent today!

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Royal Wedding and British Values

This week we have been caught up in the excitement of the Royal Wedding whilst considering what a vibrant and diverse society we live in. We have discussed what  'being British' means. We have talked about the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The key message from our youngest children in The Ark is.....
"We know we are all special. We treat everyone equally. We listen and respect other people's opinions and values. We have a voice and can make our own choices. We follow school rules because we know that they are there to keep us safe and happy. It doesn't matter if we are different.... we are loved just the same!"

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Viking Artwork

The children in Key Stage 2 have been learning about the Vikings. This week they have been using Viking symbols and designs to start creating some wonderful textile art using felting and stitching techniques. Thank you Mrs Chadwick and Mrs Womersley for the 'Big Idea!' We are looking forward to using our artistic skills, imagination and creativity to produce some fantastic Viking artwork.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Tour de Yorkshire

Some more photos of Friday's excitement. We had a brilliant day!
Have you been out on your bikes this wonderfully sunny Bank Holiday weekend?

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Tour de Yorkshire excitement!

Staff and children have been busy preparing 74 individual yellow, blue and spotty letters to make a banner to welcome the Tour de Yorkshire cyclists as they cycle from Castleford to Kippax on the Barnsdale Road tomorrow, 4th May 2018. We are looking forward to walking down Green Lane to the A656 and cheering on the women in the Women's Race at approximately 10.50 a.m.

This morning, our long serving Governor, John Bilyj, came to school to take this wonderful photo! The children are proudly holding flags, bunting and the banner against a fantastic back drop of trees and the imposing Ledston Hall in the distance. What a truly magnificent setting we learn, work and play in!
Can't wait until tomorrow!

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Tuesday lunchtime choir practice

These children are practising hard for their up and coming musical concert later on this term on the 27th June. They practise weekly and collectively they are creating a great 'sound'!