Congratulations to this Week’s Winners

Stars of the Week:

For being thoughtful and kind to others; superstar spelling and a fantastic recount of the Diwali story – Excellent!

Writer of the Week:

For consistently producing writing of a high quality and always doing her best – Brilliant!

Right Choice Winners:

For taking a reception child under their wing during PE; nice tidying of the PE store and helping other pupils – Well Done!

House Point Trophy Winners:

Congratulations to all the members of Howden who managed to achieve the most house points this week.  The Captain and Vice-Captain of Howden will present the certificates in next weeks assembly.

Royal British Legion Assembly

We were very lucky today to be able to welcome members of the Royal British Legion into school, Mr Howard Moorby and Mr Bill Storey.

Howard and Bill gave us a really fascinating talk about how, and more importantly why, the poppy appeal was formed in the first place.  Did you know that the first poppies that were made were made of silk?  We learnt about how their shape has evolved over time and how they have ended up the shape they are today.

Howard and Bill then went on to tell us about the role of the Royal British Legion, what they do today and where the money that is raised goes.

Thank you so much for visiting us today, we learnt an amazing amount and really appreciate what you continue to do every year.

Too Spooky for School

What an amazing effort by the PTA and helpers in putting on an incredible spooky walk and disco this evening.  I was rather scared myself as I followed the train of werewolves, ghosts, witches, vampires and other terrifying beasts as there were huge spiders, ominous signs and some very creepy characters leaping out of bushes and trees.

Also a huge thank you to Maddy and Millie for creating and delivering the story to accompany the hunt for the witch.  All of the ‘creatures’ seemed less scared of the witch once her chocolate hoard made an appearance, and it turned into a party atmosphere with some fantastic lights and sounds.  The journey back for hot dogs, sweets and dancing was a welcome downhill stroll back to school where the fun continued.

Take a look at our gallery of ghouls:

We Will Remember Them

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Class 3 put on their first performance this afternoon of Tin Hats and Telegrams – an armistice play.  It was great to see so many friends and family of the school, and also to welcome some new faces from the village.

The story focuses on Jack, a young poet, and how his disappearance from the trenches affects his family and friends.  The love of his life, Alice, volunteers as an ambulance driver, and we also get to see the important role they and other emergency services played at the Front.

The class performed superbly – some wonderful singing and acting brought events from 100 years ago to life.

We also got to hear the feature from this morning’s BBC Radio Sheffield breakfast show – if you follow the link and skip straight to 35mins 50secs then you can hear it too!

Thank you to all who have helped with costumes and line-learning at home!


A lot can change in 15 years is one of many important organisations that aim to ensure that children have every opportunity possible to grow up in a safer world.  Although there is a focus in the US due to their origins, there is a wealth of information and advice for parents worldwide.  With posts on topics from Fortnite to online harassment, their blog is a terrific way to keep up to date with such issues.


As part of their 15th anniversary, they have created a superb timeline that covers important developments in technology in that time, and it includes some fascinating statistics.  The one that caught my eye was that in 2014, the number of mobile devices worldwide surpassed the human population!  It is well worth a look.



Great Galloping Gazelles

Grindleford took a large, strong group of runners to the cluster Cross Country event held at Hope Valley College on Friday, and they ran their socks off!

There were six races in all: boys and girls races for each class.  The teams were ready and excited:

The top four finishers in each race had their finishing places added together, with a combined lowest score being the desired aim.  I am proud to inform you that they came 2nd in the Infants category and also 2nd in the Y3/Y4 category – fantastic results!!!!

We even had a winner in one of the races too with an incredible lead as she went over the line:


Well done to each and every runner, and to the parents who came and supported them, it was very much appreciated.

Our NSPCC Buddies

It was great to see our friends from the NSPCC in school again today; they came to deliver some very important messages about staying safe and knowing who to turn to if they are ever worried.


All classes recieved age-appropriate presentations, this included an amazing animation for KS2!

There was clear themes that every child has the right to a happy childhood, and we discussed lots of trusted adults who are there to listen if they ever need an ear to share their worries.

The children interacted really well, and they had lots of great suggestions.

If you want to know more about any aspect of helping to keep children safe, visit the NSPCC website as they maintain very up-to-date information, including some great pages on e-safety.

Fantastic First Aid

Well the holidays are now officially over and all the staff have been busy today revisiting all our First Aid skills and knowledge.

We have had an amazingly good, full on day, learning about everything from grazes to using a defibrillator.  Did you know that the closest one to school is community owned and on the wall of The Sir William Hotel?

Many, many thanks must go to Tor Lea Training and Peak Mountaineering for their superb instruction and for being so generous with their time and resources.

Wild Things!

Yet another fantastic day trip out for the whole school!  Yorkshire Wildlife Park is very cool, especially the Polar Bears.  Everyone had a fantastic day as I hope the following pictures show.  We learnt about Polar bears and their habitats, what makes different creatures special and held lots of amazingly huge creepy crawlies.  As usual we got lots and lots of really nice remarks about how polite, well-mannered and helpful our children were – especially Class 3 helping some tiny tots on the playground.  Well done everyone.

It was The Greatest Show, man

KS2 put on a couple of stunning performances of Robin and The Sherwood Hoodies this week.  The funny jokes were great, the groan-worthy jokes were great and the singing and dancing was first class.

A huge well done to all of the aspiring performers, you did yourselves proud.

As promised, a few shots for you to enjoy: