Beckstone Primary Newsletter
           Academic Year  2017/2018 ● Issue 4 ● December  2017

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Dear Parents,

Welcome to the final 'bumper edition' newsletter of 2017!! This is a magical time of year for children and there are lots of things happening in school over this month as well as the school reaching out across the community to celebrate the meaning of Christmas.

Despite the growing excitement the children are a credit to you as they continue to work hard at their lessons in between other events e.g. rehearsals, singing etc.

Thank you to all who attended the Parents' Evenings. We hope you found them useful and liked the new report. Please support your child with the targets that their teacher discussed with you.

Please do remember
it is the Christmas Fair TOMORROW (further details below) ... we would very much welcome your presence if at all possible.

We are hoping that the weather will be kind this year and the Community Carol Singing will take place in Victoria Square on Friday 15th at 10.30am.

May I take this opportunity on behalf of everyone at the school to wish you and your family a fantastic festive season, a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year when it comes.

Do remember at this time of giving that the greatest gift of all is your time.

Do give this lavishly to your children over the Christmas period (share books with them, play games etc) and throughout 2018!

Best wishes,
Mr Warbrick

CHRISTMAS FAIR - Friday 1st December at 1.30 pm

The fair will take place
TOMORROW and will begin at 1.30pm and lasts until 3.15pm. Parents, aunties and uncles, grandparents etc are all welcome to attend and you can tour the fair with your children.

If you are coming to the Fair then please collect your child(ren) from the yards at 1.20pm.  They can then enter the Fair with their family through the front door and it will save looking for them.

There is a tear-off plan of the event at the back of the paper newsletter showing where stalls etc are. We are opening the two classrooms at the front to hopefully ease congestion. Queues for Santa will need to be in Ms Gorman's room.

Thank you for all donations to date. It is not too late to send things in for the Fair, simply send them in with your child tomorrow morning.

Other attractions at the fair include a 'Santa's Grotto', a nail bar, tattoos, biscuit decorating, cake stalls, bauble stalls, games stalls, a 'games arcade' and tea and coffee amongst many other attractions (!) - it promises to be a great event.

In addition each year group is contributing a hamper for the raffle (children and staff) so donations to this would be equally welcome, these are for the raffle draw on the 14th December.

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards
are not to be distributed in school until Monday 4th December at the earliest when the post boxes will go out (this will still leave nearly two school weeks for the cards to be shared). The post boxes will be placed at strategic points around the school ready for that morning, one near the Sports Hall and one near Mr Warbrick's Office.

Please ensure cards are posted in the boxes and not delivered in person.

The older children take on the role of postmen and women and will sort and deliver cards to classes.

Please ensure cards are clearly marked with the name and class of the recipient.

If you need a class list then these are available from the School Office at a cost of 10p to cover admin costs.

Christmas Raffle

The 'Friends at Beckstone' annual Christmas Raffle is taking place again this year with a fabulous first prize of £100. All money raised from the raffle goes to support your child through FAB's purchase of resources to enhance learning or through their subsidy of school trips. We would like to kindly ask all families to support this raffle by selling at least one book to family and friends. The tickets cost £1 and a book costs £5 in total. Books were sent home a week last Friday. There are more books available if you are able to sell more and please return money and stubs to the Office or equally any unsold tickets to enable us to sell them elsewhere.

The draw will take place on the penultimate day of this term, Thursday 14th December and we hope to notify all winners on that day.

Thank you in advance for your support in this.

The school would like to thank Andrew Jenkinson (a parent) and POD Signs & Graphics in Workington for the printing of the raffle books - it is very much appreciated.

Christmas Party Saturday!

The party takes place THIS Saturday (December 2nd) from 11.30am to 1.30pm in the school hall - entry through the front door. Entry is by ticket only and these were sold out on Tuesday with 60 children attending.

The party day includes lunch, games, prizes, dancing and great fun all round - it is also a chance to do some 'child free' Christmas shopping.

A big 'Thank You' goes to Mrs Cunningham, staff member, grandparent and secretary of the 'Friends at Beckstone' who has been the driving force behind organising this event.

Non Uniform Days

Thank you all so very much for your support of non-uniform days over 2017.

The children have supported many worthy causes at home and abroad and the charitable giving by the school community is a wonder to behold.

The chocolate and bottles from Friday's event will be put to good use in the Fair and thank you for your support of that.

Details about the Children in Need Day follow.

Key Stage 1 & Reception children who have been in the 'Strive for Five' draw every week (see later article) will have an extra non-uniform day on Monday11th December.

Finally the last non-uniform day of 2017 will take place on Thursday 14th December for the main school - a FREE day and also Christmas Party day so party clothes can be worn.

For Nursery children who use Educare this will take place on the preceding day, Wednesday 13th December.

Children in Need

Children in Need Day was a great success. The school raised over £450 on the day ... thank you for your generosity.

This amount raised was greatly enhanced by Mason from Year 2 who raised nearly £200.

Mason was keen to raise money as he understood that not every child gets clean water and other children have to walk miles to get dirty water with diseases and bugs in.

He asked his family if they could sell some of his toys to make money. He came up with the idea of a mini car boot and cake sale for family, friends and neighbours.

The sale was held on the day before Children in Need and lots of people came. Mason helped set up the whole thing; he made posters, set all the toys out, decided on prices and chose cakes he wanted his mother and his Nana to make.

He made his family proud and also the school and he got a roar of appreciation when everyone learnt of his selfless deeds in assembly. He is pictured preparing for the sale and the money raised after.



A collage of the activities with a 'Children in Need' theme in Nursery and Educare is below. A good day was had by all.


Thank you to all who supported the Poppy appeal. All proceeds have gone to the British Legion to support injured servicemen.

The school also formed part of Remembrance Sunday in Harrington The children involved attended the Church Service and laid the school wreath at the war memorial.

They were highly praised for their behaviour and respectfulness.

A photo from the day is below and there are lots more in the film and photo gallery of our web site.

In addition do have a look at our web site, in particular the 'World Wars Commemorative Zone' which has information on Remembrance and local links to both World Wars in the 'Wartime Memories' area. It is well worth a read.

Victorian Ceilings & End of Terms

To allow for clearing areas for Christmas holiday work, the Governors have agreed that the school will close to pupils at 1.15pm at the end of this term and also at the end of the Easter term.

Please can all note these times and make the necessary arrangements to collect your children.

Beckstone's Extended Services

Our extended services include:

the Breakfast Club (£3.50 from 7.30am, £3.00 from 8am);

Educare (our popular afternoon child care provision for morning Nursery children) priced £4.50 for the first hour including lunch (£3 for a lunch only option with collection at 12.10pm or voucher care thereafter) and £3 an hour thereafter.

Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer facilities for packed lunches for Nursery children. The tables below show in more detail how Nursery/Educare funding works which is more complicated since the introduction of the additional 15 hours of entitlement for those who are eligible.

Beckstone Xtra (again £3.00 an hour) runs from the end of the school day until 5.15pm

The prices for our extended services are extremely competitive to support families in these difficult economic times.

The price per hour is only £3 however this may be reviewed later in the year due to rising costs.

Nasal Flu Follow Up

There are some community catch up clinics, for the children who missed their Nasal Influenza immunisation in school.

They are being held on Tuesday 12th December at the following places and times:

  • Workington Community Hospital - 0830-1700

  • Flatt Walks Health Centre, Whitehaven - 1500-1700

The Nurses have retained the signed consents for all children who were absent or who refused on the day.

We know there are also parents who didn't complete a form but would now like their children to be immunised.

There will be a supply of consent forms on the day so that anyone without a form can complete at the time.

Hello everyone,

I have been a local councillor for over 20 years serving Moss Bay ward and a school governor for quite some time.

I have just attended a Governors' Challenge day where we get to engage with the children, always a pleasure. Operation Christmas Child was successful with around 40 shoe boxes brought into school for children less fortunate than ourselves. Well done to those who contributed.

Whilst in the playground an ingress drill (a fire drill in reverse) took place and from the alarm going off to getting into school took less than a minute, no fuss, the children calmly and quietly got on with the job, all thanks to the dedicated teachers who every day help and support the head to make this school one of the best.

It amazes me how much is on offer in school and with the after school activities you children are very lucky to have  so much.
The playground is full of wonderful equipment to help the children explore and learn and it is used well
Wishing you all have a 'Merry Christmas' and a 'Happy New Year' and that all come back refreshed and eager to learn.
Cllr Carol Armstrong - School Local Authority Governor



So here we are already railroading into December at an unbelievable rate! Since the last governor's blog there has been a lot going on.

Firstly can I say a huge thank you to all our children who took part in the remembrance parade either representing the school, local scout association groups or with family members. Well done!

I attended a County wide CASL (Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders) Governor Roadshow which was held at the Hunday Manor for Governor's far and wide. We looked at the new way in which data regarding the school's progress is presented and this included some practical exercises to analyse sample sets of data. We also received a presentation on the way in which a local school utilise their pupil premium budget allocation for the benefit of the children and how this helps those children to progress.

We have also recently held a Governor Challenge Day; as explained before this is where the Governors come into the school for the full day and have an action packed timetable of events. On this occasion it consisted of greeting parents/carers as you were bringing the children into school. I know that standing at the top of the hill isn't possibly the best place as everyone is trying to catch their breath. The children looked amazing and bright coming into school on what was a non-uniform for most (other than the Year 4 children who were off on a trip to the Beacon at Whitehaven). We then had the pleasure of joining the children for assembly in the sports hall. Everyone was so well behaved and attentive. Thank you to all the children who had brought in a shoe box full of goodies for children far less fortunate than most. When you watch videos on the internet of the pure joy on their faces when they get the boxes to open, it is an amazing sight. I also would like to say how moved I was listening to the story of one of our own pupils who had sorted through his toys and those he no longer played with were put up for sale. The £154 he raised he selflessly donated to children in need. This was an amazing act of kindness. We also witnessed two dance routines that had been choreographed by the children themselves at playtime using the music in the boom boxes. What hit home for me was there were children of all abilities and some who would never normally put themselves on the stage. It was lovely to see the boys also take part and they certainly rocked the moves.

After assembly we met with the newly appointed school councillors. They have only had one meeting prior to us meeting them but they did so well to come up with lots of questions that they can feedback to the pupils they represent. I think as a group we also came up with some ideas to help them resolve an issue at playtime regarding football so they were going to discuss this at their next school councillor meeting as a way forward. I look forward to hearing about the outcome!

We then put on our coats and joined the children for playtime outside. There were children on the adventure playground, football being played in the football cage but my two fondest memories were mud pies being made in the Nursery area and also the little girls playing with the dinky toy cars. The children on the KS1 yard were queuing very patiently for their turn on the skid boards. When playtime came to an abrupt end with the sounding of the horn to test how quickly the children could get back into school ... one word ... WOW! The calmness and order that was demonstrated in getting the children back into the school was phenomenal. An amazing well done to all.

We then all went to different classrooms across the school and spoke with some of the children to gauge their understanding of safeguarding and what 'Feeling Safe' means to them. We also used this opportunity to see if those children who have received the Kidscape training are able to comprehend what this means to them in everyday life and keeping themselves safe. I am delighted, as Safeguarding Governor, that all the children we spoke to feel really safe in the school environment. The fence around the school, whether it be because it is something they can physically see was something the majority of children mentioned when asked. They also know about telling a trusted adult if they feel unsafe. Whilst we were in and around the classes all your children were working hard and on task which is lovely to see and is a credit to our hard working staff.

After lunch we met with Mrs Yoxall and were given a presentation on the proposed book review scheme that is soon to be launched. My plea to all parents/carers if you can give just one gift this Christmas make it your time with your child and no matter what the ability of your child or your own personal difficulties with learning pitch the book at a level for you both and spend time together discussing what you read/view. Help them write a book review if you can and look forward to see their work get published to the website in the New Year.

We also had an in depth presentation on the budget and all the different aspects that make up the school budget and how this is allocated. We made challenges and gave ideas on how potential savings could be made but to be honest most of what we suggested had already been actioned.

I'd like to thank the staff and pupils of the school for yet again making us feel so welcome and forthcoming with information when asked.

The next month is an amazing time in the life of a primary school child, especially a Beckstone Primary school child, but some may say I am biased. There are lots of exciting things planned leading up to the Christmas period so please support where you can. Support the donation of items for the Christmas Fair as Father Christmas needs to see that children are making some, even if a little, room for new gifts and it helps the school raise some much needed funds. Not forgetting though it gives toys a new lease of life in a new home and many more months of giving a child enjoyment.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our amazing staff who work incredibly hard all year round to ensure our children receive the best care and education. On behalf of the Governors sincere thanks for everything you do and we wish you all a well-deserved break.

So there is nothing more for me to say other than I wish you and yours a lovely family Christmas. Remember time is a gift that no money can buy and a gift your child will remember for a long, long time.

Thanks for reading.

Chair of Governors

Uniform Grants

If you are in receipt of any of the following:

  • Income Support (IS);

  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA);

  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance;

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £ 16,190.

  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit;

  • Universal Credit

.... then you are entitled to a cash grant of £25 per child towards uniform costs as well as free school meals (if your child gets free meals because they are infant age it is still worth applying for the cash grant).

Claim forms are available from the School Office or you can apply online by simply entering 'Cumbria County Council Citizen Portal' into Google or following the QR Code.

Netball Champions

Our High 5 Netball team won the Workington High 5 Netball tournament early last month and we were all thrilled.

Indeed this school has won it every year since the school opened thanks to our sporty children and the excellent coaching skills of Mrs Chambers.

Following on from that victory the team then went on to represent Workington in the Allerdale finals and won that too!

As a result they are now in the County Finals representing Allerdale later in the year.

The team were excellent sports and all played well. Of note was the fact that 2 additional awards were presented to children in our team - the most sporting player to Jake and the player of the tournament to Amy in Year 6

The winning team are pictured below.

School Meal Price

Due to rising food costs our school meal contractor is raising costs by 10p. This is the first price rise in many years.

In order to meet costs the cost of a daily meal needs to rise by the same amount.

As a result the price of school meals will go up to £2.20 a day in January or £11 per week.

This is in line with many other schools across West Cumbria. This is still very good value and much cheaper than many areas of the country.

Topics & Christmas

The topics the children will be studying in the Spring and Summer terms are displayed below.

It is hoped the themes may give some families ideas for Christmas presents or places to visit. If you want any further information about these themes then please discuss them with your child's teacher.

We are revising and renewing our curriculum to make it more enquiry based, focused on skills but most importantly exciting and engaging for the children.

Indeed the response from pupils has been excellent and the space projects carried out at home by the Year 5 & 6 children over half term were outstanding.

An example is the solar system created by Hannah in Year 6 pictured below.

Cockermouth Solo

Abigail from Year 4 sang a solo of 'Mistletoe and Wine' at the Cockermouth Christmas Light switch on ceremony in mid-November and is pictured below.

She put herself forward for the event without her parents knowing and did exceptionally well and was chosen as soloist.

She sang unaccompanied in front of the whole school prior to the event and everyone was impressed. Well done Abigail.

Another one of our pupils, Shara from Year 5, entered a singing event and did extremely well too. She also sang unaccompanied in front of the school and was equally outstanding.

Holidays in Term Time

Below is a letter to all parents from John McIlwraith, the Corporate Director of Children's Services in Cumbria.

The letter is reminding parents about the importance of not taking holidays in term time and the legal consequences.

It was noted that a small number of pupils got a 'red' mark for their attendance on their Autumn reports.

The majority of these were as a result of holidays.

Children with an attendance less than 90% are classed by the authorities as being 'persistently absent' and this is something which should not be flagged against your child so please do take heed of the letter.

Attendance matters!

Attendance Cup

It is of the utmost importance to your child's education that they attend school consistently as learning is planned in a progressive way and one day follows on from the next in each subject.

Of course there will be times when a child is too poorly to come to school. However this should be a rare event as prompt regular attendance will really help your child do well at school.

1/2RM won the 'Attendance Cup' for being the class with the highest attendance for the first half term of this year with 97.54% attendance.

They are pictured below with their trophy and certificate.

The school again took part in this National Children's Commissioner Initiative.

On Thursday 23rd November children from Year 6 took on the adult jobs in the school to give them a taste of working life.

They worked in all areas of the school in all genres of jobs ... the headteachers for the day are pictured here.

The day was enjoyed by all, the pupils enjoyed being an 'adult'.

The children in the years below Year 6 enjoyed being taught by their elder peers and the staff were very impressed at the abilities and talents of the Year 6 pupils.

Photos of the event are in the Photo Gallery on our web site.

A photo collage of the day is reproduced below.

Lost Property!!!

The 'Lost Property bench' had already been emptied this last half term as it was so full that the lid again wouldn't shut!

Any clothing that has names in is always returned to its rightful owner. All clothing (including coats, shoes etc should be named ... THIS WILL SAVE YOU MONEY as you will not need to replace clothing.

Please can all families take a few minutes to do this, you don't need fancy labels just a Sharpie style pen and write on the clothing's washing label.


We are now asking all children to wear their coats at lunchtimes and playtimes over the winter months.

Please ensure they come to school with a coat and one that has their name in - thanks!

School coats which are fully waterproof and have a hood and reflective strips are available from the School Office at a competitive price of just £17.80 (sizes 3-4 up to 11-12); extra small adult upward sizes are £21.

Maths Champion

Ewan from Year 3 recently was 'World champion' at Maths for his age on Education City.

The 'me' referred to on the top performers below refers to him. Well done Ewan!

Parents' Evenings

The Parents' Evenings that took place this week were very well attended and we hope you found them useful and informative.

Please support your child in achieving the targets for improvement discussed so you can see further progress at the meetings next term.

Rugby Workshops

On Tuesday 12th December, our celebrity patron, James Graham (England Rugby player), is running two different rugby coaching workshops at Derwent Park in Workington.

The first one of these is targeted at children in Year 1 to Year 6. All of the details of the event are in the flyer below.


Free revision classes for
Year 6 children now take place on a Wednesday and a Thursday from 8.20 to 8.50am.

Please encourage your children to attend as it has proved to really help and support your child through Year 6.

School Savings Account

Encourage your child to start saving towards something special they would like and make use of our school savings account facility.

Simply call in at the School Office to open an account if your child does not already have one.

Extreme Weather/Heating Emergencies

As winter approaches it is to be hoped that inclement weather is not serious and that the heating system works effectively.

If this happens not to be the case and the school is forced to close then the following will be points of information:

  • A text message will be sent to all parents (it is of vital importance we have an up to date mobile number contacts for every child)

  • The County Council web site carries information on schools that are closed

  • CFM and Radio Cumbria will be informed and closure details will be included in their broadcasts

  • The school web site will be updated underneath the 'Weather Warnings' link

Safeguarding/Child Protection

Full details on the county's policies, procedures and processes with regard to safeguarding plus analysis of outcomes of serious case reviews can be accessed through the Cumbria LSCB Web Site at

The site also has a parental information zone.

In addition to the above the school has a 'Safeguarding Zone' on its web site which contains the above link as well as relevant school policies, further information and a diagram showing how we keep your child safe in school. It is well worth a look.

Sharing information is in the best interests of children and their safeguarding.

The school reserves the right to share and receive information from other agencies that may have had dealings with your child.

If you ever have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child then you can ring your concerns through to the County's 24 hour 'Safeguarding Hub' number and you can remain anonymous if you wish.

Callers can outline their concerns and the Safeguarding Hub will give advice (consultation) and if necessary undertake an assessment of need.

There is now also an adult NSPCC helpline where any concerned adult can seek advice if they are concerned about a child and would like advice on whether to make a referral. The number to call is

Domestic Violence

Debbie Cook, our Educational Support Manager has trained to be a 'Domestic Violence Champion' and is a resource available to any adult who would like to confidentially share incidents with her and is a very good source of advice. Just contact the School Office to get in touch with her.

Domestic violence is on the increase and causes terrible harm to victims and the associated children.

It is everyone's responsibility to ensure it is eradicated.

We are working closely with the Police and the school will learn of any incidents in order to support any children whose lives are affected by any incidents.

School Milk

Milk is vital for growing children as it strengthens bones and teeth.

Children in Reception and Nursery are entitled to free milk as are children who are eligible for free school meals and clothing vouchers (not the universal free meal for all FS & KS1 children).

The cost of milk for next half term is £7.00 and needs to be paid for by Wednesday 10th January.

Due to the administrative burden of checking attendance and the inability to change the order daily unfortunately milk money cannot be refunded for absence.

Visit for information and advice to help to keep children safe online.

Anti-Bullying Week

The school had a big focus on 'anti-bullying' during the week beginning the 13th November and the children were involved in learning and discussing strategies to combat any incidences of bullying be it in or out of school or indeed reality or virtual bullying (e.g. by text etc).

The Year 6 children started the week by presenting anti-bullying messages to each class (see photo below - there are many more in our Film and Photo Gallery on our web site).

During the week every child made a 'jigsaw' piece that have been pieced together to form large jigsaws in the dining hall to show that bullying affects us all and that we are all intertwined and 'Every Piece Matters'.

Give Blood - Help Save a Life!

The next donor sessions are on Tuesday 19th December from 3pm to 7pm at the Bridge Centre, Central Square, Workington.

Further details can be found at

The Rae Way - Back Path

Please be careful using the back path in frosty weather as it was an issue last year with frost making the tarmacked parts of the path slippery.

Unfortunately the school is unable to grit this access path as H&S regulations only allow the school to grit pathways into the building within its grounds.

The local Council sadly do not have the resources to employ gritters.

 In cases of bad frost it is therefore advisable to access the school from the front entrance if you feel the Rae Way is too dangerous.


This article is pants!!

We have a pressing need for spare pants & socks for infant aged children.

If you have any unwanted items of this sort then please donate them to school.

Courteous Parking

Please can all parents using cars in the vicinity of school please park courteously.

We have had complaints about parents parking in front of people's drives. Thank you!

Nursery End of Session

Please can Nursery parents note the following:


Please always shut the playground gate after you. It is important for child safety that this gate is kept closed.


Unfortunately there have been a number of cars accessing the site for lunchtime collections. The site is not designed for such a level of cars and is an accident waiting to happen so please park and walk.


The school would welcome the following;


Games, puzzles and jigsaws


Construction Equipment e.g. Lego


Bikes and Trikes for Nursery & Reception


Good quality books


Comics/games for wet playtimes

Thank you in advance for any donations.

Shoeboxes - Operation Christmas Child

We had a great response to our shoebox appeal this year with 40 boxes in total being donated.

These will bring wonderful Christmas joy to children around the world who are less fortunate than our own.

The children who donated shoeboxes are pictured below around the wall of shoeboxes.

Edinburgh Trip

Confirmation details about the trip have been sent out. Payment dates etc were in the letter. This trip to Edinburgh will run from the 7th to the 9th February 2018.

Derwent Rotary Dictionaries - Year 3

We had a visit recently from Workington & Derwent Rotary who very kindly presented a dictionary to every child in Year 3.

It was very kind of them and the dictionaries will be treasured.

The children in Year 3 are pictured below with their dictionaries.

Nursery Intakes

Children born between
1 April 2014 and 31 August 2014 can receive their free 15 hours a week Nursery education from September 2017 and should be in Nursery now!

If you know of any children with birth dates between these times and would like their child to come to this school then please ask them to get in touch with the School Office as soon as possible.

Children born between
1 September 2014 and 31 December 2014 can receive their free 15 hours a week from January 2018.

Children born between
1 January 2015 and 31 March 2015 can receive their free 15 hours a week from April 2018. These children are likely to start in our afternoon Nursery and move to mornings in September.

Forms for applying for any of these intakes are available from the School Office or just ring and we can post them out.

School Fund

We are in need of donations to this fund as funds are getting REALLY tight so please help if you can.

The fund is donation based (for example the businesses advertising in this newsletter provide donations to this fund) and is used to fund the coaches for sporting events, buy many consumable items and fun activities for the pupils as well as many other things for school that enable us to provide services free of charge.

Please have a ratch down the sofa or anywhere to find some spare money to donate to the school to support all the children.

Please help if you can by donating to this fund. Any donation, however small, would be greatly appreciated!

Regular donations are greatly welcomed.

Carer & Toddler Club

This runs every Wednesday afternoon from 1.30 to 3pm.

There is no cost to join but a £1.50 levy is charged to cover the cost of refreshments etc.

Salterbeck Youth Club

The Salterbeck Youth Club meets every Thursday from 5 to 6pm at the Oval Centre.

New members are always welcome so please encourage your child to be active and join in at the club!

QR Codes

QR stands for quick response. QR Codes, if you don't know, are those funny black and white boxes you see in newspapers and magazines such as the image below.

These are placed within the newsletter at relevant points to give you quick access to websites mentioned.

All you have to do is 'Install a free QR code reader' to your phone/tablet, just search the App/Play store using 'QR', and simply scan the code.

Why not try downloading it and scan this code and see if it works. It should take you directly to our school web site.

Creativity Cup

Neve from Year 4 was chosen for the Creativity Cup for the second half of the Autumn term 2017 for her artistic flair.

She is always carrying pens around to draw, design and create amazing pieces of art work.

High Harrington Community Centre

The Community Centre is in Crooklands in High Harrington and is colloquially known as the 'Green Hut'. It is a very competitively priced and useful resource for all in the community to use.

To hire this facility for any event then please contact Marjorie Rae on 01946 831004.

The venue can be used for children or adult parties, meetings etc. and hire rates are very reasonable indeed. If you do hire this venue please let Marjorie know you read about it in this newsletter.

Also please pass on the following details to anyone you think may be interested:

Ladies Club, every Tuesday from 1.30 to 3.45pm. All ages are welcome to attend. A great opportunity to get to know new people and make new friends.

Shopping Gateway

We are in partnership with a charity called 'School Angel' to raise money for the school. This is really simple to use and you can visit via our web site by clicking on the 'Shopping Gateway'.

Once on the page all you need to do is click on the logo for whatever shop you would like to visit.


Pupil Heads Display

We noticed a lot of people looking at the photo display in the corridor on Parents' Evening nights.

The display was last year's as we have only recently finalised the cutting out and laminating of the high quality images for this year and it is hoped to have the new display up very soon.

Christmas Dinner

This takes place next Thursday 7th December. All school meal children will receive a Christmas Dinner and cracker as a matter of course.

If your child usually has a packed lunch you should have received a letter offering the option of a school lunch on that day.

If you have not ordered one and would like your child to have one then please see the School Office as soon as possible.


The next 'Circuits Day' is on Friday 5th January (the second day the children are back at school.

They are able to come to school dressed in sports clothes if they wish.).

The sessions are greatly enjoyed by the pupils and the last one was a great success.

Royal Society of Chemistry

Some of our children entered artwork into a national Chemistry competition and 2 of our pupils won awards of £50 Amazon Vouchers with Alexa Rose winning the under 7's category and Mikey-Jay being runner up. Both are from year 2 and their designs are below.



We now have a permanent Foodbank collection point in school.

The collection bin can be found near the door that leads into the front playground by the Reception classes.

There are around 600 families in the area that regularly have needed to use the Foodbank so any donations would be greatly appreciated.

The Foodbank is designed to help individuals and families in crisis through the provision of emergency food supplies.

Local professional care-workers within Allerdale and Copeland refer them, with a food voucher, to the Foodbank centre where they are given food supplies, a cup of coffee and help in finding other professionals who can help them out of their crisis.

For further details of the work of the Foodbank and how you can be involved contact:

North Lakes Foodbank:


 or Tel: 0750 2311 452


The school has a live Facebook page - it is called "Beckstone Primary School (Official Facebook Group)", you should be able to search for the group or you can use this address or QR code.

The top of the page should look like the image above - there appear to be other sites with the school name on but these are not official.

We have created this page to let you know when our school website is updated and to send messages. It is for information only and doesn't accept comments.

If you are a Facebook user and would like to receive news feeds and updates about the school then don't forget to 'join' the group and select the "see first" button.

The Facebook page has open access and will also contain links to updates on our web site and messages from school - there is no facility to message school, please use other methods.

As a result any photos etc will only appear from our web site following clicking on a link. It is hoped this will dissuade children who are under 13 using Facebook but will allow adults to receive updates about the school.

Indeed please note no children should have Facebook accounts under the age of 13 and applications to join the group will be refused.

Online Newsletters

Parents were asked whether they wished paper copies or online newsletters at the recent Parents' Evenings.

The results will be discussed by Governors next week and we will let you know what will happen in January.

Clothing Bank - Supporting the Great North Air Ambulance

The clothing bank is just inside the main gate. Any sort of clothing/textile or footwear can be donated and in any condition.

Just fill up a bag and deposit in the bank.

The clothing bank will be re-modelled and re-branded soon and will be aimed at supporting the wonderful work of the Great North Air Ambulance who will benefit from profits made from this recycling opportunity (courtesy of Derwent Recycling) so please don't throw out any unwanted clothes, just use the bank to support this worthwhile cause.

The bank is open from early morning until the evening but is locked at night and weekends.

If you are bringing bags by car please come any time before 8.45am or after 9.15am (not at the end of the school day when there are children around) or in the evening up until 7pm.

All children who have read 5 times a week consistently since the Strive of Five started will receive a 'Free Non Uniform' card to use in the last week of term on Monday 11th December.

All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 who read at least 5 times a week at home go into a fortnightly draw where they can win a book of their choice and chocolates for the adults sharing reading with them at home.

All children across the school in every Key Stage should be reading daily!

Tracking Santa

On Christmas Eve you can follow Santa and where he is in the world using the USA's radar tracking system.

It is a wonderful and very exciting site, particularly as Santa approaches us and can be found at:

Santa Video

Another good web site where you can make a video with Santa can be found at:

Santa and his elves will speak directly to you once all details have been registered.

Please ensure you follow the 'FREE' links for an exciting experience.

Elf Yourself

You can make elf dancing videos with up to 5 people in for free by visiting

By manipulating photos the elves can sing and dance in a number of different scenarios.

Further Christmas Internet Delights

Please do keep checking the school's web site over the coming Christmas season as it will become very festive and will include links to the fun things described above and many more.

In addition the words and music to many Carols and Christmas songs that you can sing together at home are also on there.

Instead of gathering round the piano like in the olden days you can have a good sing song around the PC/Tablet/Smartphone!!!!!

Christmas in the Community

Various classes from around the school will be spreading Christmas cheer and Carols with the following community groups (details are in the "Diary Dates" section of the website).


Allerdale Disability Association


Autism Support




East Croft Old People's Home


Harrington Over 55's


Salterbeck Over 55's


West Winds Old People's Home

Christmas Church Services

St Mary's C of E (Church on the hill)

Sunday 10th Dec - 10.30
Christmas Family Service followed by the CHRISTMAS FAIR

Sunday 17th Dec - 6pm - Carols by Candlelight followed by mince pies & refreshments

Christmas Eve, Sun 24th Dec 3.30pm Christingle & Crib Service

11.30pm Christmas Eve Communion

Christmas Day - 10.30am Christmas Communion

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church (Church Road)
For service times please go to for the Harrington parish newsletter or use the QR code

Methodist Church (Church Road)
Please see the notice board outside

United Reformed Church (Church Road)
Please see the notice board outside.

Christmas Performances - Make a Date!

Nursery & Reception

Tues 5th December 9.30am for Nursery parents

Tues 5th December 2.00 pm - Reception parents
(Parents may take their children home after this if wished)

Key Stage 1

Monday 11th December 2.15pm
(Parents may take their children home after this if wished)

Wednesday 13th December 9.30am

Parents to choose one of the above performances

Key Stage 2

Tuesday 12th December 1.30pm 'Christmas Around the World' Service at St Mary's C of E Church (the Church on the hill). All are welcome

Community Carol Singing

The whole school will be singing Carols in Victoria Square at 10.30am on Friday 15th December.


Your child will receive homework at different levels and times depending on which year they are in at the school.

They are also likely to receive homework for completion over the Christmas holidays too.

Support for homework is also provided in school at Breakfast Club and in the Tuesday after school homework club which is open for any child wishing to join.

One constant homework however is to read (or be read to) for at least 20 minutes a day. We would urge every parent to ensure this happens.

There is a dedicated 'Help Your Child to Read' Zone on our web site. It is packed with useful tips on supporting your child, sharing books and fun activities to do. The QR code alongside will take you straight there.

The Christmas holidays provide an ideal time to read with your child. There are some tips below on how you can help your child with reading.

End of Term Farewell

We will sadly be saying goodbye to Christine Placzek who is retiring this month.

She has worked at the school since the school opened.

She has been based in the school kitchen and has been a highly valued member of staff and we will all miss her greatly.

We wish her every success in the future and also in her forthcoming role as a Grandma!

These take place on:

Monday 11th December for Key Stage 2 -

Tuesday 12th December for Key Stage 1 & Reception -
The Polar Express

Further details being sent home soon!

End of Autumn Term and Start of Spring Term.

Please note that this term ends on
Friday 15th December at 1.15pm and re-starts on Thursday 4th January 2018!

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