Menston Primary School

Making our World a Better Place

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Today is the start of Healthy Eating Week! We have recently reviewed the snacks that children are having at morning break. The results of this were that a significant number of children are eating unsuitable snacks at break time. We would like to remind parents and carers that, in line with our school policy, children should only be bringing fresh fruit/vegetables for their morning snack. Healthy eating was the topic of assemblies today and posters have been put up in classrooms and around school to educate children about making the right food choices.

Healthy Eating 1

On Thursday 8th November several children from Menston Primary School were among those who performed at the Leeds Christmas Lights Switch On. They performed ‘Dear Santa’, a charity single that has been written, produced and recorded by Prince Henry’s pupil Emeli Mumford in aid of Save the Children.

The release date for Dear Santa is 1st December 2018 but the single will be available to preorder from early November on all major platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Amazon music, Google Play music, iTunes and Apple Music, VEVO.

This week the children were served a themed lunch in line with our Year 5 topic of the First World War and to commemorate the cessation of hostilities 100 years ago. On the menu is Saturday Pie, Fish Sausage and Spotted Dick with Custard!

Children in Year 5 have also been selling poppies, and other items such as pencils, rulers and reflectors to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

On Friday 9th November all children saw the Power of One anti-bullying performances, which gave clear messages about the different roles in bullying and how we can all use the Power of One to tackle it if we see it taking place. 

It is national Anti-bullying week next week, so we will be reinforcing key messages in classes over the week. The theme for anti-bullying week this year is Choose Respect. If you’d like to find out more about this, please visit: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-week-2018-choose-respect. One of the suggestions from the Anti-bullying Alliance is that we all wear odd socks to school one day. This will reinforce the message that it is OK to be different. As we are hoping to wear something spotty on Friday to support Children in Need, this would be a good opportunity to wear odd socks too. 

A huge thank you to everyone who brought in donations for the Harvest Foodbank Appeal.

We have received the attached confirming we donated enough food to make either 39 single food parcels or 16 family food parcels!

Click here to see our certificate.

Last week was minibeast week at Menston Primary. Classes worked outside with Ruth McBain from Nell Bank to search for and find out about minibeasts that we have in the school grounds.

Mandy Young from the NSPCC delivered assemblies on Monday 19 June to the whole school. The assemblies served to strengthen the message that children must speak out if they are worried about anything. The children learned the Childline number using hand actions: 0800 1111.

Children and staff celebrated our own World Book Day by dressing as our favourite story characters and reading lots of favourite books.

Click here to see the books that you can exchange your £1 book token for (in all book shops).

 

We have been focusing on the value of kindness in February. We have been thinking carefully about how showing kindness makes our world a better place. Did you know: by showing acts of kindness to thers, we improve our own mental health as well as making others feel valued and happy.

Huge thanks to all who donated to the Bradford North Foodbank Christmas Appeal. You donated a total of 62.4kg of food, which will make a big difference to local people this Christmas.