After a decade at the helm of this wonderful school, it is with a deep sense of gratitude that I write my final Word from the Head.
My farewell celebration on Wednesday afternoon was an overwhelming expression of love and kindness and I loved every moment. The flowery bunting and balloons, our choir singing and strings group playing in the shade, afternoon tea for everyone and the most beautiful (and hilarious) cake. The cards you have sent will be kept and reread in future years and all the gifts will be greatly treasured. Thank you for your generosity.
Senior 6 have now set flight from the Moorfield nest. A mighty talented and fun loving group, they have given much and received much in return. I know we would all agree that Moorfield has greatly enriched our lives.
Despite the heat, the end of term disco is in full swing ending the penultimate week of the school year with a noisy blast.
Yesterday Senior 6 hosted a visit from a class of delightful Spanish children from Barcelona. The EYFS fair was a fabulous whole school affair - even the bursar did a tour of the stalls, sipping lemonade, trying the Lucky Dip and attempting in vain to whack the rat. Thank you to Early Years parents for such fabulous tombola prizes, yummy cakes and your support for your children on this amazingly fun day. We have had house cricket and house rounders, party and picnic lunches. There have also been last ditch attempts for each class to create a scarecrow, which will be on show in the playground next week. They will then travel to the Broughton Hall Children's Literature Festival where they will be on show to the public in late September.
We have only one week left before the summer holiday starts. Nooooooooooo!
Thank you for all contributing to such a wonderful Sports Day yesterday. The weather was hot, hot, hot but the children were well protected by the house gazebos, thanks to the generosity of the Rhodes family a couple of years ago. As usual, Ms Vento’s meticulous organisation enabled everything to run so smoothly and races followed quickly one after the other. What is lovely to see is such friendly competition. Losers are pipped at the post and are gracious, winners never gloat and everyone does their best. The Moorfield Facebook site will have photos to enjoy. Mr Kamran’s win in the dads’ race was impressive with so much intense competition. This is his second win in two years – the pressure will be on next year. Mr Snook ran like the wind in the teachers’ race for the longest distance! Above all everyone enjoyed themselves and Bluetits were ecstatic to be overall winners for the first time since records began!
The school library has been on the move. In order to make more space for our expanding numbers in EYFS, Reception will occupy the old library space in September – lucky them! Mrs Minshall has all sorts of plans to make a magical space for learning and growing. Although I was sad to lose our lovely library space, we have moved it very successfully into the space at the back of the hall where it will stay for a limited time. The governors have plans for somewhere new with a bit of a wow factor and, as soon as the time is right, this new development will take place.
We are nearly ready to start enjoying the new climbing net. As soon as the fence is up, we’ll be down there! It is such an exciting gift from the Parents’ Association – thank you, thank you!
Michelle van Eede
This week we have been transported to the African plains with a triumphant performance of The Lion King staged by Senior 5 and 6. This ambitious choice of play was made in order to give us the opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent at the top of the school. Oh my goodness – what a feast of dance, drama and song was presented to a delighted audience! We were all in awe of the standard set by every child to entertain with such a vibrancy, polish and professionalism. Fabulous photographs, taken by Andrew McMillan, are available on his website, which will serve as a lasting reminder of such memorable performances. We are so proud of our actors and I am deeply grateful for the talent and enthusiasm of our staff to facilitate and support such a quality production.
Another extremely busy half term has flown by. Enjoy the two week half–term holiday, everyone.
Life is so busy at Moorfield that we barely have time to bask in the success of something before working busily towards another event. Wharfedale Festival last week included a large number of children from F2 to S6 each of whom had worked hard to prepared for entries in speech and drama, creative writing and poetry, choirs and musical ensembles. Our News page lists the specific awards achieved by individual children although, in my opinion, everyone was a winner for having the courage to enter a competition.
This week the focus is on final preparations for 'The Lion King' to be staged next week. I haven't been able to resist a sneak preview, suffice it to say that anyone who comes to see this year's school play is in for a mighty treat.
THANK YOU to ALL parents and children who supported the Moorfield carnival parade on Bank Holiday Monday. Huge thanks to Linda Denmark who took responsibility for the parade on behalf of the PA and Mrs Rhodes who organised the dance lessons at school before the event. With so many families making an effort to be there, we were able to create an impact of colour and fun, which matched the 'Strictly Come Dancing' theme. All the mothers looked dazzling and fathers dapper in their DJs, despite the really hot weather. The children's dancing was delightful - I hope you have enjoyed the photographs in the entrance hall, which show how many were twirling and shimmying to the music. The gloriously sunny day made the parade really festive and, as usual, Moorfield just enjoyed being part of this traditional community event. We took special pride in our Nursery pupils who walked ALL the way! Three cheers for Moorfield!
Our congratulations for Mrs Preston whose baby arrived on 25th April - a girl, Nell Amelia. What a lucky girl she is to be born into such a loving family. Moorfield is lucky too to have Mrs North covering Mrs Preston's maternity leave. She is a qualified teacher who has specialised in EYFS for a number of years - the children are thriving in her company.
School has been rather empty with Form 3 at Nell Bank and Form 4 at Bewerley Park on their residential trips. I have great admiration for those children who have been so brave about being away from home overnight. They will all have had an exciting time and feel so pleased with themselves for having the courage to be adventurous.
A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to EVERYONE who came to our Open Day yesterday and made it such a success.
I know that Mr Baddeley greatly appreciated meeting parents and that his address was well received, providing assurance that Moorfield will be in very good hands under his leadership. We were also delighted to welcome a number of new families who could meet the incumbent Head, meet parents and teachers and hear, thanks to the phenomenal standard of the trio who sang, the talent Moorfield will discover and develop in our pupils.
What a treat to welcome sixteen new children to Moorfield recently: Charlie (S5), Sam (F4), Ali, Arthur, Isla, Libby and Ted (F3), Alice and Amber and Teddy(F1) and Camille, Josh, Olivia, Ollie and Sam (EYFS). It is only the end of the first week back but those who arrived just a few days ago already look as though they have always been here. It has been encouraging to hear such positive comments from parents about how they feel their children have settled into our school. Please look at our Facebook page to see a lovely photo of them all.
We have made a change to our lunches to accommodate the larger number of children in the dining room each day and have introduced two sittings. Upper School now eat at 12.15pm and Lower School at 12.45pm. The atmosphere is calmer and we feel the children are enjoying lunch times more.
An important new boy will be visiting tomorrow! He will be keen to meet parents and children. We know how much my successor, Mr Baddeley, is looking forward to starting here in September and such visits to the school will enable him to feel comfortable before his first day of term. Everyone benefits from a taster!
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow if you can come to our Open Day.
What joy to feel the onset of spring over the past few days. A hard winter has finally come to an end and we will no doubt take extra pleasure in ‘earth’s immeasurable surprise’ (Philip Larkin) as buds fatten and nature springs to life again.
Children luckily are not dormant during the winter months and their cheerful involvement in everything on offer has resulted in a very successful term. I hope that parents keep an eye on our Facebook page to see what goes on in classrooms during the school day. Other highlights have included phenomenal success at Skipton Music Festival, very strong performances on the sports field, beautiful poetry at the Poetry Recital Competition and a wide range of showmanship at Moorfield’s Got Talent - the breadth of our curriculum gives great opportunities for all our children.
Academic strength continues to be shown in our excellent senior school entrance exam results. We are proud of how we achieve such success without unnecessary pressure due to skilful teaching through many years at Moorfield. Children here enjoy their lessons and therefore engage with their learning in a way that enables them to achieve such good outcomes. I would like to pay tribute to all the Moorfield teachers who, right from the start, value and work with each individual child through the years to achieve such results.
Thank you for your generous support for the S6 Young Entrepreneurs’ Project this term. I’m sure there isn’t a single parent in school who hasn’t shelled out for a tie-dye T-shirt, a scrumptious cookie or a packet of meringues. Children in the top year have learnt a great deal about working in a team and the fundamentals of running a business – without your support their products would have remained unsold. Ilkley Candlelighters will reap the rewards as all profit is being donated to this worthy local charity.
You will be pleased to know that the PA's fundraising efforts have enabled us to order the giant climbing net as the target has now been reached. Thank you to you all! The children will be delighted when it arrives in the summer term and is installed in the grounds.
Next term, OPEN DAY is on Saturday, 21st April, which is the first Saturday after the holiday. The main purpose of this event is for parents to meet Mr Baddeley who will be the new Head from September 2018. With this in mind, the format of the Open Day is different to previously. We are hoping that families will drop in for a cup of coffee and delicious cake baked by our wonderful Parents’ Association. The morning runs from 10.30am to 12 noon but we expect parents to pop in for either the first half or the second half. Mr Baddeley will be introduced and give a short talk at 10.45am and this will be repeated at 11.30am. The EYFS will be open as for a normal school day for all EYFS children and Mr Snook will be on the pitch for others. The whole school will be open for anyone who wishes to look round and we will ask our Senior 6 children to be on hand to give tours for anyone who would like one. All teachers will be there to chat to parents and visitors. Please use this opportunity to invite any friends you have whose children may benefit from being at Moorfield. Most prospective parents choose to visit on a normal working day but for those who find it difficult to visit during the week, a weekend Open Day can prove to be a golden opportunity to get a flavour of the school. I know that Mr Baddeley is looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible before he arrives officially at the start of the new school year. I’d like him to feel welcomed by Moorfield so PLEASE COME!
Also looking ahead, we have after much discussion and deliberation, reluctantly concluded that on the day of the Tour de Yorkshire, Moorfield will not be able to be open. This means that the May Day Bank Holiday weekend will start early as school will be closed on Friday, 4th May. The reasons for this are as follows: as the finish to the race is at The Cow and Calf, the crowds that build up on Cowpasture Road will prevent parents parking anywhere near school to collect their children; intermittent closure of the A65, Denton Road and Brook Street for the racing cyclists will impact on traffic flow as will the all-day closure of The Grove and Cowpasture Road. Lack of easy access for emergency services also has to a health and safety consideration. I take no pleasure in this decision, particularly after the forced snow closure but cannot see a way round the negative impact of the congestion on Moorfield due to our location in the town. I apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Please refer to the website calendar, which will be updated during the holidays for next term. I recommend this as your first port of call if you want to know what activities are going on at school each week. I hope you all have a restful Easter holiday and I look forward to seeing you again on Monday, 16th April.
This term we have shown a large number of prospective parents round the school. I have been delighted with the positive feedback we have received. One parents emailed afterwards: 'What really came across from my visit was the passion of the teachers in teaching and how well that is being transmitted to the children, who are obviously really engaged in their learning. It is not until you bench mark practices in other schools that you realise what you are missing out on.' Another wrote: 'Every member of staff has been a delight to deal with, as well as being caring and clearly passionate about the school. We are looking forward to starting for real after Easter.'
We have now started a new page for parents' comments on our school website. We would be delighted if you too could recommend the school. So often parents say kind and encouraging things but, in order not to misquote spoken words, we would be grateful if you could write down what you think. Please email this to email@example.com and we will add it to our 'What Our Parents Say' page.
With only four days to go to the end of term, we're going to have a very busy week: Easter Service (parents most welcome); more visitors; Bunny Day (+ £1); Easter egg decorating competition; house rounders matches for Upper School; staff v S6 netball match (we're scared this year!); four classes on outings and final assembly at 11.15am on Thursday morning. Once again, parents are most welcome to attend. School breaks up at 12.15pm for the Easter Holiday.
What a treat to welcome fifteen new children to Moorfield recently: Charlie (S5), Sam (F4), Ali, Arthur, Isla, Libby and Ted (F3), Alice and Amber and Teddy(F1) and Josh, Olivia, Ollie and Sam (EYFS). It is only the end of the first week back but those who arrived just a few days ago already look as though they have always been here. It has been encouraging to hear such positive comments from parents about how they feel their children have settled into our school.
An important new boy will be visiting tomorrow! He will be looking forward to meeting parents and children. We know how much my successor, Mr Baddeley, is looking forward to starting here in September and such visits to the school will enable him to feel comfortable before his first day of term. Everyone benefits from a taster!
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow if you can come to our Open Day.
The adjudicator at Skipton Festival this week commented that, “There’s something special happening at Moorfield School”. He was referring to the standard and range of musical talent from our pupils. He also said of our choir that to hear children of this age singing in five parts was very rare and that it was a very special performance. What rewarding feedback to receive from someone who has no need to promote what we do. Thank you to all parents who have supported us with transporting children back and forth to all the different classes. Our results have been stupendous, a comprehensive list of which will be published next week.
Also this week we swam in a gala, played a hockey fixture and ran cross country. How proud we are that Martha will run in the national finals in a couple of weeks. Will she be the fastest runner in the country at her age again this year?
As we hurtle towards the end of term, perhaps children would like to enter the annual Easter egg competition. The theme this year is MUSICALS. Please bring decorated eggs in for the last week of term.
Thank you for the huge pile of clothes sent in for St George's Crypt over the past week. We have also made a donation of £125. For those who so generously donated to our snow appeal for the homeless, we appreciate your kind-heartedness.
What a pleasure it was today to see the EYFS children treating their mummies and grannies (and daddies!) to an afternoon of treats. The children loved to show what they do when at school with lots of activities, ballet and singing to share. The children had baked delicious cakes and the wonderful spread was itemised on a 'menyoo' all written out so that grown-ups would know what there was to eat.
At the top end of the school, the Senior 6 class has spent three days in London together. Thankfully, the journey was sandwiched between snowfalls and we all had a very exciting time discovering some of the historic sites, shopping at the best toy shop in the world and seeing the West End show, 'School of Rock'.
It is also good news that the new children who have recently arrived at Moorfield look as though they have been here forever. Alistair (F3) had us laughing in assembly this morning at his cockney slang, Teddy (F1) loves school lunches, Isla (F3) and Emmy (N3) are the epitome of smiles and kindness. It has been a pleasure to welcome them all to Moorfield.
At this time of intensely cold weather it doesn’t bear thinking about what it must be like to be homeless. Sledging and playing in the snow is great fun but returning to a cosy home, hot chocolate, roaring fire, deep bath and comfy bed is part of the pleasure.
Having watched the news last night on the tremendous work done by St George’s Crypt in Leeds, I am now hoping that we can show our spur-of-the-moment Moorfield kindness by having a collection at school when we all return. We now also have a close link with St George's Crypt as James Nice's father, Matthew is their Chief Operator. James is in Form 4.
There will be baskets in the School front entrance and in Nursery - please give with gratitude for your home and comforts. Also, if anyone has a surplus man’s coat at home, please bring it in as there is a real need for these.
We will contact you again tomorrow morning when a decision will be made about having school open or not. If we are open, there will be no breakfast club but school will open at 8.45am. We will text you by 7.45am at the latest.
I am very sorry that Moorfield was closed today. It is always an agonising decision as I consider the inconvenience it may cause parents before the joy the children possibly have on their sledges!
Tomorrow will be bitterly cold and some weather reports say it will be snowing heavily tonight with more to come tomorrow morning between 7am and 10am; however, I don't want to make a decision about tomorrow until the morning in case the forecasts are wrong!
We will have a later start with children potentially arriving at 9.30am as it would give us time to assess carefully whether school can run or not. There will be no Breakfast Club. Parents will receive a text by 8am to inform you whether school is open or closed.
If we are open we will NOT be having Pyjama Day. Please only travel to school if it is safe for you to do so. It is not worth risking the icy roads in treachorously cold weather. If we are open, lessons will take place in some form depending on which staff can get to school. Senior 5 and Senior 6 must not panic about play practice. I will ensure they have another time to rehearse. The Lion King must not suffer for snow when Africa is on stage!
At Moorfield we know that all children are individuals with different needs and talents. As they approach the end of their time at Moorfield, we help parents with their choices for senior schools so that each child goes to a school which is well suited to their ability. We don’t encourage parents to have their children sitting multiple exams as we have the confidence that they will pass the exams for the schools they want to attend.
This year we have fifteen children in Senior 6 and we are delighted to share their entrance exam successes:
Skipton Girls’ High School Ellie
Bradford Grammar School Megan Charter Academic Award
Harrogate Ladies’ College Felicity
Sofia Academic Scholarship with Sport
Grace Choral Scholarship
Hull Collegiate Lily Sports Scholarship
Queen Margaret's Imogen
Victoria College (Jersey) Dylan
Well done to them all and to Edward who, despite having no exam to write for Ilkley Grammar School, has worked really hard and made magnificent progress since arriving at Moorfield in September.
We've had a busy ten days of sports fixtures: swimming, three netballs, football, cross-country and a hockey tournament. What is encouraging is our strength in all sports and the fixtures arranged for both boys and girls.
Last week when when our U8s and U9s played netball, Ms Vento had plenty of areas for suggested improvement. How wonderful that this week they won their matches against Gateways showing that they had listened and acted upon advice.
Our hockey tournament against three schools last week proved a great success. The standard of play was high and we were delighted that our U11s won and U10s came second to Sedbergh.
Some of our top players missed the hockey as they were running in the Bradford League cross- country. How proud we were to have runners come in 1st, 3rd (x2), 4th and 5th. Hattie was leading all the way in the U9 race until she took a wrong turn therefore ending her race in 5th position.
A couple of years ago we swam our first gala. We knew that it was just a start and that, with focus we could improve. Last night's results showed just that! Our swimmers have gained in speed and strength, they dive and turn quickly. We won against Giggleswick at U9, U10 and U11 levels.
It is fun to be sending the boys off on the minibus for rugby and football matches. It was especially good to fare so well this week against Ghyll Royd, even though Archie was unwell. We lost our match but not by much and the boys surpassed themselves by coming home covered in mud from head to toe!
Netballers from Ghyll Royd came here while the boys went there. When shooters can shoot, the scores can get very high in a good team and we pleased with a 19-2 score and some excellent play.
In the old days, our standard in music stood out. How exciting now to see our sport achieving excellence too.
Last Friday at home time after extra choir, I got wind of the fact that there was to be a pop-up choir in the entrance hall to show parents what had been learnt during the session. I thought it was quite brave to sing out like that after one practice - what was astonishing was that it was in FIVE parts. The song was dreamy and the first piece for our Skipton Festival entry. I wish more people could hear our choir.
There was great disappointment today when the boys' football match was cancelled due to the snow; however, spirits revived during a prearranged master class with Laura Wallace resulting in some magnifienct observational paintings. We will display them for you all to enjoy.
Another excitement was The Lion King parts, which were given out after the auditions. This year's school play is going to be worth seeing.
At the other end of the school we also all enjoyed a story about a wizard and a princess written by Maya in F1 and last week Reception's stories had us all giggling in assembly.
A rich tapestry of activities gives experiences to remember and build your children into who they become by the end of Senior 6.
We’re back to school for the spring term. There’s not much spring in the air yet but the sound of school life is enough to cheer us on through January until the days begin to lighten. We extend a particularly warm welcome to Jumana in F3, Amaan in F2, Kamal in N3 and Margot and Lottie in N1.
The website calendar lists the events for the term and, as you will see, it is going to be very busy. Sporting fixtures are burgeoning as we are now sending the boys’ teams for football and rugby as well as teams for swimming, netball and hockey. Moorfield’s Got Talent will be returning to add to the other annual events for this time of year.
We are delighted to welcome Mr Greenfield to Moorfield each Monday to teach Science to S5 and S6 and Miss Smith will be teaching F2 Science. Swimming lessons for F3/4 will now take place alternate weeks. Miss van Eede will teach computer coding to each group fortnightly enabling children more time to develop this increasingly important skill. Pupils will write their swimming weeks in their homework diaries so that swimming kit is not forgotten.
Our whole school theme for this half-term is being proactive. Please support your children with this as it will encourage them to be more helpful and more independent both at home and at school.
As stated in our core aims and values we ‘encourage respect for everyone and everything on our planet.’ With this in mind, we are reassessing and prioritising our recycling within school. Over the last couple of years, since the introduction of the water fountain, we have noticed that too much pre-ordered milk is going to waste; we have to dispose of 200 cartons a week, many of which have unfinished milk swilling about inside them. We have now decided to serve milk from jugs at break time in the playground for any children who sign up for it. Parents would not be charged for this provision. The only rule would be that, if it is poured, it would have to be finished before children are allowed to go and to play. This new method of provision would give ample milk for children who want it at no extra cost to the parents and without any waste – everyone’s a winner! We propose to start with the new arrangement next Monday.
The entrance hall at the end of the school day has become like Oxford Circus without traffic lights! All pupils will be sent to the top end of the dining room where we would ask parents to wait; this should ease the congestion. May I also remind parents that no dogs, except Meg the bushcraft dog, are allowed on the school premises; please tie your dog at the gate to wait for you.
Senior 6 pupils have a busy month ahead with many pupils writing entrance exams for their next schools. They need not be anxious as they have everything in place to do themselves proud. The reward of having been at Moorfield for sixteen years is that I often bump into Moorfield pupils who have long since left the school. Their education at Moorfield has led them onto exciting lives studying hefty degrees at top universities, embarking on big jobs in London and beyond. How I would love to keep in touch with all of our current pupils and follow their successes in the years ahead. Experience tells me that they too will excel.
This term’s Head Pupil is Martha Jackson. A strong team of prefects will no doubt prove to be supportive and helpful to the smooth running of the school. The inspectors last year were very impressed by the level of responsibility prefects enjoy at Moorfield. Providing such opportunities is an integral part of their personal development.
Exciting news is that the PA has now reached its £10,000 fundraising target. Thank you for all your support with this initiative. We can now order the climbing net to be installed when the weather improves.
This is my penultimate term as Head of Moorfield. I am savouring every day! I look forward to seeing parents at pick-up and drop-off each day as well as at school events. Don’t forget that I am always available should you have any worries about anything concerning your children. Their happiness and wellbeing is a priority to us.
It's Christmas at Moorfield! The red postbox has been overflowing with cards and the sleigh is filling up with enticing presents. Your generosity to children in care who live in Bradford is greatly appreciated.
This afternoon the Lower School Nativity sparkled with star performances. Watching a son or daughter in the Nativity is one of the most treasured and well remembered treats for any parent. We are already looking forward to seeing it AGAIN in our final assembly next week so that all children struck down by dreaded bugs will be able to take part.
The other fun part of today was the distribution of letters from the Chair of Governors telling parents about the appointment of the new Head of Moorfield, Mr Paul Baddeley, from September 2018. These are indeed exciting times.
With the dark nights drawing in, we are hurtling towards C... and also trying to squeeze as many things as possible into the weeks we have left before the annual festivities begin.
A piece of staff news is that Mrs Preston is expecting another baby and will be starting her maternity leave in April. We are delighted for her and excited that her Lottie will be starting in Nursery in January.
Mr Turner-Thompson has been squeezing in all his favourite science topics this term and has been equally shared between the Upper School classes for bushcraft sessions before he leaves Moorfield at the end of this term. We will be immensely sad to lose him as he has brought such varied skills with him: teaching science to an exacting standard, initiating our development of bushcraft and raising the standard of swimming. We have been very fortunate to have him at Moorfield.
Anyone visiting Moorfield today would wonder what on earth was going on? Firstly, everyone turned up in odd socks or odd shoes. We couldn't work out why we should have been asked to do such a thing as it wasn't a charity fund-raiser. However, Form 4 explained what it was all about when they told us the slogan 'All different - all equal' as part of their anti-bullying assembly. That suits us at Moorfield very well where we love the fact that everyone is special and being different adds to our uniqueness.
The day ended with the Light Disco. Everyone's light sabres waving in the dark combined with sparkly clothes, twinkly shoes and loud music gave everyone a fun but crazy end to a busy week at school.
This half-term our whole school theme is 'Thinking of Others'. Today's Remembrance Assembly provided a poignant opportunity to consider with respect and gratitude what sacrifices are made in war. Mrs Crossley read personal telegrams sent during WW11, which told parents of their sons missing in action. We thought of how they must have felt to read such news. War is very costly. Senior 6 pupils led the school in serious reflection by reciting poetry, and leading our act of remembrance in a meaningful and respectful way. Thank you to those parents who could join us and share in this act of thinking of others.
In Geography this term, Senior 5 have been learning about renewable energy resources and requested the opportunity to develop their own ideas with individual projects. The remit was open-ended enabling pupils to do their own research on whatever aspect of the subject they wanted to present.
The range and standard of the projects was phenomenal and what impressed us in assembly this morning was how every child in the class (without exception) spoke of their project with real confidence and passion. The individuality of each project demonstrated nuclear and hydro energy, wind and solar power in ingeniously creative ways. Constructions of power generators stood alongside baked entries, booklets and meticulously worked out games aimed to increase our knowledge and awareness of the need to do all we can to look after our planet.
Once again, it has been reinforced that allowing children to follow ther interests energises their learning at any age. Child-led initiatives at the top of the school are powerful too!
Fairy tales are real! Observations of all the work that went into Reception’s preparations for Cinderella’s ball on Monday had me convinced. The whole class had been hard at work last week making decisions about what had to be done. Real sponge cakes were arranged in tiers, table cloths were cut, tables laid and the castle was decorated with woven trellises. Even Jenson, the Big Bad Wolf, with all his huffing and puffing, couldn’t blow it down. Everyone was so helpful and everything was ready just in time. Then, by magic, Cinderella was changed from her rags to her party dress and the party began. What a day!
Please share the Facebook page on this exciting approach to teaching and learning in our EYFS. We are delighted with parents who recommend Moorfield to their friends, thereby enabling more children to access an outstanding Moorfield education.
It’s been a very busy half term. Have a restful break before the run up to … (we’re only allowed to say the word from 1st December.)
Our beautiful planet gives us so much. In our harvest celebration this afternoon, there were songs about falling leaves, growing seeds and thankfulness. There were plays about The Little Red Hen (which was the treat of the afternoon) and The Willow Growers. There were Indian and African harvests and the Celts showed us that harvest celebrations have been going on for a long time. The need to protect the world’s resources allows harvests to continue around the world.
The message of harvest was strong and clear as we looked at the wonderful display of harvest gifts sent in by Moorfield families. These will benefit St George’s crypt in Leeds who do great work to support and feed the homeless. Thank you for caring and sharing.
Cross-country runners gathered for the first race of the season on Saturday. We were very proud of our Year 6 girls’ team who came 1st and Year 4 girls who came 2nd. Individual stars are listed in the News section of the website. Suffice it to say, we are very proud of them all and grateful to all parents who took their children to race for Moorfield on Saturday morning.
However, many of the other results were rather disappointing and there was a distinct lack of va-va-voom! Despite focused training at Running Club, few children had their eyes on real speed. Let’s look on the bright side; the good thing about starting badly is that we can only get better!
The Wharfedale League is our training ground for the Bradford League. The Year 6 and Year 4 teams, who were placed at Wharfedale League will now be entered for the Bradford League, the first race of which is this Thursday. Thanks go to parents who will be transporting children to and from this fixture. This was the path we took last year to enable Martha, Ellie and Amy to run their way to the Yorkshire finals, Martha and Amy through to the nationals and finally Martha to become the top U10 runner in the country.
Success in life depends on skill but, more importantly, it depends on the right attitude. We look forward to more Moorfield pupils showing the same grit and determination as our top runners - enjoying the fun of the chase and the reward of success.
The theme for this half term is Responsiblity and children are being encouraged to grasp the nettle and take growing up in their stride. It is a pleasure for a teacher to set a date for homework to be completed and then, with joy, find that ALL the books are in the pile dutifully placed there by organised and diligent children - not left in bags in the cloakroom, not at home on the kitchen table, not eaten by the dog. Learning to take charge of one's organisation is a vital skill and the earlier it is learnt, the easier life will be.
To support children with this, please may parents in the Upper School (F3 upwards) refrain from going to the cloakroom with their children in the morning to help them unpack and get ready for school. Please say goodbye to your child in the entrance hall or at the school gate. In that way, they will feel like Upper School children and take pride in managing this part of their lives by themselves.
The Moorfield Adventure Passport, which was issued at the end of the summer term, has given many children a busy summer holiday. I have taken great pleasure in all the scrapbooks that have recorded the adventures. Photos of jam-making, sunrises and views from mountain summits are just a few examples of some memories children have to enjoy. I am sure parents have also be pleased to record their children hanging out the washing and making their beds! Thank you for the support parents have given to enable the Moorfield Adventure Passport to be so widely used.
Travellers will now be adding up the miles they have earned and choosing which countries visit. A huge map on the stairs outside Form 3 is helping everyone to locate different destinations around the world. A whole school Geography project like this will teach much about the beauty and diversity of the planet and its people.
The summer may be over but the Moorfield Adventure Passport will continue. It's not too late to get the travel bug!
Within just two days of the new term, I heard a child say that they were totally shattered! After a long summer holiday, returning to the fast pace of school and making the adjustment to the next class can prove rather a jolt. However, it is exciting to be back at school. As always, Moorfield pupils are very keen to please and school life has got off to a flying start with best efforts all round.
We are delighted to have Anna Wallace as our Head Girl this term and a group of prefects who will no doubt prove to be a tremendous support around school throughout the term.
Extra-curricular clubs will get underway next week. It will take a few days to secure numbers for clubs and for everyone to know what they are doing. Details about every club is provided on the website (under Main School - Clubs) to help them make good choices. We are pleased to offer more clubs than ever and give the children a rich range of options.
Please don't forget Squad training tomorrow morning from 9am to 11am unless it is pouring with rain. Ms Vento is looking forward to having as many S5 and S6 team netballers as possible.
If not before, I look forward to seeing you at the Parents' Information Evening on Tuesday night at 7pm.
Holiday Club has finally been packed away after seven weeks of activity. There have been numerous outings, countless creative projects, fun and games inside and out. There has also been lots of good company. Mrs Driver's team have enjoyed the children and the children have enjoyed being part of Holiday Club.
Chris Chilton's Drama Summer School has also taken place this week. After just three days, a full half hour production of 'The Books Fight Back' was performed for parents and friends. Even the youngest children had speaking parts and it was full of energy with every child showing real stage presence. Mr Chilton, Mr Bradnum and Ms Harrison led the drama, music and choreography with their usual professionalism and the result was stupendous for all 20 children who came and for those of us who watched the performance. Mr Chilton is promising to do another Summer School in the final week of the holiday next year so plan your holidays around this event!
The biggest event of the week was Sports Day. Perfect weather conditions enabled the children to be warm, dry and not sun-burnt. The event ran like clockwork and every child had lots of exercise. What a pleasure to see children running at such speed and with such enjoyment. Exuberant Blackbirds were the overall winners.
The annual music concert showcased the range of instrumentalists: flute, piano, cello, violin, guitar, drums and saxophone. Our winning choir was as impressive as ever and the bands, strings group and guitar group all provided top quality performances. The singing concert next week will give all vocalists their time on stage.
Yesterday we hosted a visit from 25 Spanish girls who were on a trip from Barcelona. It was a very successful day and they and the S6 class integrated and socialised very happily together. This annual event is a golden opportunity to enrich cultural awareness, showing more about similarities than differences when comparing our lives with those who live in other countries.
We look forward to sharing our Grand Ramble next Thursday afternoon with as many parents as can come. It's always a lovely way to spend the penultimate day of the school year together.
The final event of the term will be Speeches and Prizes on Friday morning. It starts at 11am and we aim to finish in just over an hour. It will be a chance to celebrate the year's achievements and bid farewell to our Senior 6 class before they move on to Senior Schools. All parents are most welcome to attend.
The disappointment of a rain-drenched week has been counter-balanced by the delights of Mrs Glover's chocolate square on sale every afternoon! Orderly queues have ensured that Form 3 have been to sell Moorfield's greatest delicacy in a civilised manner and it has been fun to see parents and chldren alike unable to resist eating it straight away! Staff have often referred to Mrs Glover as the Moorfield fairy and once again she seems to have worked her magic to support the PA's fund-raising for the climbing net. Thank you, Mrs Glover, from all of us, for a delicious time!
In the midst of a very busy first week back after the half term break, we have had the ISI inspectors visit to undertake a compliance inspection. As a school, Moorfield has to comply with over 440 regulations and ISI arrived, after a day's notice, to check that everything is in place. It will take a few weeks for the report to be published but what we do know is that, despite a tremendous work load for the inspectors, they could not have been more pleasant or easy to work for. They were overwhelmed by the pupils whose manners and demeanour knocked their socks off!
Moorfield pupils are the jewel in our crown - a shared asset, cherished and appreciated by school and parents alike.
We are ending the first half of the summer term on a high note. The production of Alice in Wonderland transported us into a dream that couldn't have been more magical. A stunningly vibrant set and clever costumes gave colour to a performance pulsating with fun and talent. The singing was, as has come to be expected, out of all proportion to the age of our pupils; the acting displayed confidence and humour. What was obvious was how much everyone enjoyed performing the play the standard of which was exceptional.
Glorious sunshine this week has been another gift - may it continue over the next two weeks. I hope you all have a wonderful half term holiday.
Eight years ago, Mrs Rix (Director of Music) and I had a chat about how we could grow a really impressive choir. In those days choir practice was held during lunch break and, to be honest, it wasn't very enjoyable. We wanted Moorfield children to get pleasure from singing with the result (hopefully) that their performance would improve. Practice times were changed and the senior and junior choirs were brought together.
Fast forward to this afternoon when, under the expert leadership of Mr Bradnum, we have won the Wharfedale Festival yet again and this time achieved the ultimate 'outstanding' grade. What a great day for us all and for every member of our choir. Everyone sings - there is no choice! To have achieve this standard in a non-selective choir is phenomenal.
We are now dreaming again of where we could go with our choir to show them off further afield as we feel they are at a standard to perform in a national competition... watch this space!
Yesterday our assembly focused on COMMUNITY. It was heart-warming to consider that generosity towards one another is the largest contributing factor to being a happy together. Being kinder than necessary is also worth remembering when we consider each other and want to build a sense of belonging.
The strength of the Moorfield community could not have been demonstrated more fully than as trolls at the Ilkley Carnival on Monday and the Fun Run on Tuesday. The Ilkley Gazette said that Moorfield provided a splash of colour and, as usual, the time given by Moorfield families who commited time to the event meant that we could contribute to the wider community in a positive way. We were bowled over by how fabulous all the parents were to really go to town on their troll outfits. Thank you for being such good sports and for joining in the fun with such good spirit.
On Tuesday, the children's enthusiasm for the Fun Run knew no bounds. We could not stop them as they completed lap upon lap. After a full half hour we had to say, "STOP!" It was only today that we realised the extent of the level of sponsorship that had gone on behind the scenes over the last few weeks. The total raised so far is not far short of £6,000! Once again, the generosity of Moorfield families for our school community project has been very heart-warming. Thank you everyone who has contributed so far and to Alix Rhodes and the PA who have worked so hard towards getting a big climbing net which will be a wonderful resource for every child in school.
Generosity builds community and a strong community benfits all those who belong. I feel very lucky to be the part of such a wonderful school.
It seems as if every day there is another star to celebrate! On the sporting front, we are immensely proud of Martha - to have grown a national champion from within our own running club is immensely gratifying.
The musical theatre exams results have 34 candidates' scores ranging from 83% to 99%. (Please see the Latest News page for more details.)
In classrooms this week, despite nearing the end of a long term, I have seen a range of thoughtful and intelligent work; our pupils like to work hard and achieve well.
The Young Entrepreneurs' Project raised a massive £1,170. What an opportunity S6 had to work closely as teams to produce and market their chosen products. After their focus on hard work to produce such impressive financial results, they then reiterated Moorfield's ethos of 'caring and sharing' by donating all their profits to Hope Housing, which supports the homeless in Bradford. Thank you for all parents' support for the pop-up stalls each afternoon.
We have an Open Hour on Saturday morning, 1st April. Although we are welcoming new starters every week to Moorfield's Nursery, we appreciate your recommendation to your friends who may also be wanting to provide the gift of a Moorfield education to their children.
Moorfield's musical children are having a very busy time. The results of the Skipton Music Festival are on the website's news page showing how well Moorfield was represented and how wonderfully well our pupils did. As I write, the musical theatre exams are in full swing with 20 Moorfield children singing their way through the day. The choir will be polishing up the Easter cantata to present at the Easter service on the final Monday of the school term. They have also started working on a very ambitious Israeli folk song written in Hebrew to sing at the Wharfedale Festival this year.
Looking ahead, The Week of Words will provide different activities to help us celebrate the beauty of the English language. The spelling bee will remind us of its quirkiness; the poetry recital (to which parents are invited) of the power of words; the soap box in the playground will give opportunity for freedom of expression and the book swap and dressing up day will remind us of the pleasure of reading. Please see the calendar of events for the dates of these events.
The Young Entrepreneurs' Project is well underway as the pop-up shops each afternoon will show!S6 pupils are learning about effective marketing strategies, product design and the importance of customer satsifaction. The products and services provided have been achieved as a result of a great deal of work. Thank you for your support each afternoon and for bringing your purses/wallets to school! The money made will not be lining S6's pockets but will instead go to a worthy charitable cause.
What a pleasure it was to take Senior 6 to London for three days this week. A packed itinerary included visits to The Tower of London, The National Gallery, Chinatown, Covent Garden, Hamleys and the Natural History Museum. We walked twelve kilometres on Tuesday alone, leaving our hostel at 9am and returning at 10.30pm! We also waved to the Queen at Buckingham Palace; chased bubbles on Trafalgar Square; heard the chimes of Big Ben; looked in vain for the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street; sat in the daffodils in St James' Park; ate in restaurants; and took a water taxi on the Thames.
Over and above the sights and delights, the purpose of the trip was to teach the children how to be independent on London Transport. They soon learnt to stay on the right hand side of the escalators, manage their oyster cards, read the maps, choose the right platform and stay upright as the tube drew to a halt.
The highlight of the trip for me was the children’s company and the pleasure they took in everything they experienced. As always, their exemplary behaviour enabled us to gain optimum enjoyment from each experience we enjoyed together. Thank you to Senior 6, Mr Pickles and Miss van Eede for such a wonderful time.
I am delighted to report on an outstanding set of entrance exam results for our Senior 6 pupils. We have eighteen pupils in Senior 6 with six choosing either Ilkley Grammar or South Craven. The remaining twelve scored 100% pass rate to their first school of choice, including seven scholarships and awards.
I was heartened to hear the following comments from an academically prestigious school where a number of our children spent a day undertaking a variety of activities to ascertain their ability and attitude to learning. Our pupils were described as ‘agile thinkers, very quick to show initiative with highly developed collaborative working skills.’ As characters they were said to have ‘warmth and confidence without a trace of arrogance’. Their impeccable manners also drew comment.
It is very rewarding for us to achieve such strong academic results as well as feedback on our pupils’ personal strengths. As parents well know, developing the whole child is our priority. Our exam results demonstrate that our pupils achieve a high standard academically. The scholarships are testament to their skills over a wide range of disciplines. We are very proud of them all.
Bradford Grammar School
Amy Brown-Carerra, Dhaya Hayre, Lucy Laycock, Alice Locker (Charter Award for Academic Excellence), Lily Whewell (Charter Award for Academic Excellence)
Lily Whewell (All Rounder Scholarship with Drama)
Purdey Garnett, Erin Hatfield (D