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St Hedda's RC Primary
Egton Bridge
YO21 1UX

01947 895361

Head Teacher/DSL/SENCO:
Mrs Hilary Thompson

Chair of Governors:
Clare Dalton


School Bank

This term we launched our School Bank, this is now going from strength to strength and we have an 85% uptake. We are also very grateful to Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Hunneysett for running this every Tuesday.


 Visit to SleightsPlayPark


This term we had the opportunity to visit the new play area in Sleights.


As well as playing on the new equipment, the children planted spring bulbs.





An enjoyable morning was had by all (including Mrs Brumby!!) – thank you to Mrs Elder for organising this event and to the ‘play park association’ for funding the transport.


Royal British Legion

Mr Gallon visited school to talk about Remembrance Sunday and the Poppy Appeal. St. Hedda’s School collected for the annual poppy appeal. Thankyou very much to everyone who contributed to this collection which raised £15.23.



We held an Autumn Fair on Saturday 5th November, we thank everyone who helped in any way especially Mrs Vicky Parker for organising this PTA event. A total of approx. £435 was raised.



This half term we travelled to St. Hilda’s to play in the first round of the Straw Cup and lost 3-1, this means we are now in the plate competition. Egton and St. Hedda’s have taken part in three joint football matches which have included all children from Year Two to Year Six. The children have really enjoyed playing against each other and the matches have been played in a really friendly spirit.

We took part in our first netball league match of the season against Castleton and won 5-3. For our second match we travelled to Goathland and won 3-2 in a close and exciting match.  

Topic – India


This term, Class 2 have been learning about India.  We have enjoyed making and sampling vegetable samosas, decorating our own henna hands and learning about the Diwali celebrations.  After looking at Indian fashion and textiles, we have made our own tie dye squares and decorated them by stitching on sequins and beads.

After our studies of India, Class 2 decided to donate the money that they raised from the biscuit design task (July 2011) to the charity ‘Wells for India’ to purchase a fruit orchard for a family in India.




We have received a thank you letter and further information about where our money will go.


Visit by Sri Lankan teachers and students

Last year we had a visit from two Sri Lankan teachers and this past month we had more visitors from Sir Lanka,  this time a Headteacher, a Science teacher and two pupils.  The visit fitted in well with out topic of Sri Lanka in Class 1 and India in Class 2.  They came from Hambantota which is not far from YalaPark, the famous animal reserve that Class 1 have been studying from afar!  What made us smile was that the adults could speak little English but the two 16 year old pupils were studying English at school, so they did all the translating.  They shared our curry lunch and said it was good! 


After School Music Club Concert

The joint music club have been working together for ten weeks now and played their first concert for their parents at the beginning of December, with children from Egton, St. Hedda’s and Glaisdale Schools joining together to play.


All the children played brilliantly, especially considering most of them had only started playing an instrument when the club began.


Library Project

We were recently visited by North Yorkshire Library Service to further discuss the proposal of having a community library hosted at St. Hedda’s School. The meeting seemed very positive and we should hear shortly whether the bid has been successful. All three schools are very supportive of the bid and we have had considerable interest from the local community.

If we are successful in bringing the library to our community then we will host an initial meeting between the schools in order to set up a volunteer rota and a small group to oversee the running of the library. Thank you to everyone who has shown their support for this project.

STOP PRESS: We have just heard we have been successful with our bid



This term our topics have been Homes and families, Signs and Symbols and Visitors. Amidst all the fun and excitement in school this half term, getting ready for our Play, making Christmas cards and decorations, we take time to think about that first Christmas and its significance to Christmas.  We have our Christmas wreath with candles and follow Advent in our daily Assembly.  Each child has a copy of an Advent booklet, they are able to follow the developing story of that first Christmas, through  readings, prayers, puzzles and colouring. These booklets are so much enjoyed, appreciated by the children and they gain a real understanding of that first Christmas.




We got into the Christmas spirit for lots of exciting activities during the last 2 weeks in school.


 This year our annual Christmas production was “Wind in the Willows”. All the children were involved and performed to two full audiences on Tuesday 13th and 14th December.



 We had our annual Christmas party which included a visit from Father Christmas who brought lots of lovely presents for the children.


Christmas Nativity

We held our nativity service in church on Tuesday 20th December.  This was attended by parents, grandparents and governors.