Menston Primary School

Making our world a better place

November 2019

We have recently enjoyed a ‘Road Safety Week’ in which children learned how to stay safe when crossing roads. In the same week, Bradford Council’s Shipley Area Committee considered the proposal to improve pedestrian facilities at the school. The scheme will remain on a list of possible future works to be considered in the new year. In the meantime, both the school and the Parish Council have agreed to help Bradford Council fund the proposal. To this end we will be holding a sponsored event in the spring and will be approaching local businesses. I am very hopeful that if the school can make a significant contribution to this project then the council will be persuaded to go ahead. I do hope families and other residents will help with this, as a safe crossing would benefit the wider community.

Well done to our year six ambassadors who have led tours of the school on both our recent open days. Our visitors were hugely impressed by the confidence, the knowledge and the attitude of their guides who explained lots of things that go on in the school and answered many questions. They were particularly impressed when our ambassadors went into the Foundation classrooms and were warmly greeted by our youngest children who know the year six children very well. The link between Foundation and year six children has been developed through them eating dinner regularly together and by joint curriculum activities such as this week’s bulb planting. It is a growing feature of our work with the children that we deliberately mix year groups in social and work situations.

This month we have planted over 400 spring bulbs around school. All classes in school have been involved in the planting which will bring some welcome colour this spring- something we can all look forward to. We have also taken delivery of several hundred tree and hedgerow ‘whips’ which we will be planting with families and friends of the school on Saturday 23rd November. In doing so we will be helping the Menston Climate Action Group to realise their ambition to plant over a thousand trees in the village.

Year five children attended the Remembrance service held on the 11th November at Kirklands. This visit complemented their topic work on ‘Peace and Conflict’ which has been very successful and included a trip out to Eden Camp to learn about the Second World War.

We are beginning to look forward to seeing many of our families over the Christmas period as our children take part in a variety of performances and celebrations. We hope you can join us.


Please report all absences to the school office before 9am. We have a 24 hour absence line 01943 873180 where you can leave a message. If your child has sickness or diarrhea they must be kept off school for 48 hours after the last bout of illness.