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St Hedda's RC Primary
Egton Bridge
YO21 1UX

01947 895361

Head Teacher:
Mrs Hilary Thompson

Chair of Governors:
Clare Dalton


Mary Poppins

During this half term we were finally able to perform our production of “Mary Poppins” which unfortunately had to be postponed before Christmas. All the children were involved and performed to two full audiences on Thursday and Friday.


We were very grateful to Mr Maltby for all his hard work in preparing the children with the music for these performances.

We had a collection which raised £45.00 for St. Catherine’s Hospice who were celebrating their “25th Silver Day” on 11th February.

Gymnastics Festival

Children from Years 1 and 2 took part in the KS1 Gymnastics Festival held at EskdaleSchool.  The children performed in different events against other schools, the activities included vaulting, body management and floor exercises.  The children were helped by pupils from Eskdale and CaedmonSchools. This event was organised by SSCO Caroline Watson.

Bishop visit


On Wednesday 2nd February we welcomed The Right Reverend Bishop Terence Drainey to school for the first time since he took over the diocese.  He was appointed the 7th Bishop of Middlesbrough in November 2007. He joined in our assembly by blessing a candle for each child as a celebration for Candlemass.

Following this the Bishop told the children about his role and his vestments that he uses, children were then able to ask Bishop Terry some of their own questions. He then had a tour of the school.

Young Carers Assembly

Mr Nigel Mainprize from Action for Children visited school during this half term to lead an assembly about Young Carers.  The service he works for supports children and young people aged 8 to 18 across the Scarborough and Ryedale districts.  Young Carers have extra responsibility at home due to a family member having an illness or disability.

Adistar Ambassador visit

Representatives from EskdaleSchool came to St. Hedda’s to show a powerpoint presentation and tell us about the principles behind the Olympics and the “Olympic Spirit”.

Drew Wright was nominated as Adistar ambassador for St. Hedda’s and the following were also given badges for other sports:-


Drew Wright          Fair Play Ambassador

Fergus Powell          Football

Jemma Richardson     Netball

Maeve Clenaghan and

Eve Welford           Outdoor pursuits

Stephen Hartas        Other sports

Cameron Foster        Cricket


Mrs B Retirement

On the last day of term we said farewell to Mrs Olive Braithwaite (Mrs B) who has been cook at St. Hedda’s for well over 30 years.  We wanted to thank her for all her hard work and care for the children and school over so many years.

On the day the children presented Mrs B with some gifts and a book of memories.





We asked people who had been at St. Hedda’s over the years to contribute comments about their memories of Mrs B.  We had a great response and we include some of their comments below:

“Mrs B what a legend, lovely school dinners served by a lovely woman.”

“One of the things I remember about Mrs B, was her yummy jam roly poly.” 


Mrs Haynes is continuing to come into St. Hedda’s to help us with our music. 

Also this term through a new County Music scheme “Wider opportunities” Class 2 children have had the chance to play a variety of instruments. Children will then have the opportunity to specialise in a chosen instrument. As part of the year long project the children receive an hour of tuition each week to develop a variety of music skills.

Sport - Autumn 2010

Football - The Y3 and 4 pupils took part in an annual under 9’s football tournament at StakesbySchool.  We played 4 matches in total and really enjoyed the afternoon. Football club on Tuesday lunch times run by Mrs Brown has just begun again this term.


DanceAll KS2 children have been having a weekly dance session with a qualified dance teacher, Sioned Allan.  The children are at present working on a dance sequence incorporating all different types of dance to perform at a festival to be held at Caedmon school on Friday 26th November.


MultiskillsAll class 1 visited Caedmon School to take part in a cluster multskills event organised by the Whitby SSCO.  This involved various activities relating to hockey, football, golf and athletics.

Children's Book Week - October 2010

We celebrated Children’s Book Week by getting dressed in our pyjamas (including staff!) and sharing our favourite bedtime stories. We finished with a hot chocolate and biscuit, mmm!!


On Thursday 7th October we started the day with a Harvest Assembly led by Rev Moss. He talked about the meaning of Harvest and work CAFOD does.

We had lots of Harvest gifts brought to school which were duly delivered to the asylum seekers at Middlesbrough.  Following the assembly we had our Harvest CAFOD fun morning. This year the CAFOD motto is “put your heart into it”. The children certainly “put their heart” into organising, advertising and running their own stalls.  These included 10p stall, books, sweets, cakes, treasure hunt etc. 

Our Cafod Winners

Parents came and joined in the fun and at the end of the morning we were delighted to have raised £113.91 for CAFOD. After an added donation we were able to forward a cheque to CAFOD for £116.25.  These are examples of what the money can buy - £50 will pay to rent the land for a primary school building for one month in Cambodia,  £10 will buy tools and seeds for a farmer in India who lost her crops in a flood).  

 Big Assembly – Pope’s visit

The Pope is the head of the Catholic Church and he came on a state Visit to Great Britain in September.  As a school we took part in the Big Assembly via an internet, video link.  This was a gathering for children and young people and was a joyous occasion.  We liked the Pope mobile but weren’t too sure of the Pope’s bodyguards!

Following the Papal visit we purchased a souvenir scrapbook for all children.

Ryedale Folk

On Monday 13th September the whole school visited RyedaleFolkMuseum at Hutton le Hole to learn more about life in Victorian times. We had a very ‘hands-on’ experience! In the wash house we took part in pumping, possing, dollying and mangling clothes and realised how lucky we are to have a washing machine!



In the cottage, we cleaned, made the bed and enjoyed toasting some bread on toasting forks beside a smoky fire. In the afternoon we visited the Victorian classroom to experience a typical day at school. We were given instructions in handwriting (a particular favourite was the pen and ink) and drill.

There was so much to see and do, it was a very happy and interesting day.  


Class 1 had a really enjoyable visit to Whitby Lifeboat Museum to look at the Victorian Lifeboats.  We learnt about famous stories from Victorian times involving the lifeboat and heroic rescues.

Visitors to School
Two Sri Lankan teachers who were in Britain on an educational visit came to spend some time with us.  They joined in our lessons and then shared with us what it is like to be in a Sri Lankan school.



A presentation was given to each class, by representatives of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. We talked about possible dangers and how to keep safe on bonfire night.

 We must remember to have fun but keep safe!

This term both classes were visited by PC Lewis, Police Community Support Officer. We talked about the role of the police and keeping safe in our own community. We also had the chance to ask our own questions.

Egton Show - August 2010

We all enjoyed a creative day at school, making exhibits for Egton Show! We were lucky enough to pick up quite a few prizes! Well done everyone!