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Newsletter : December 2018

Christmas Concerts.

  • Monday 17thDecember – 2pm KS2 performance.
  • Tuesday 18thDecember – 9.30am KS2 performance.
  • Wednesday 19thDecember – 9.30am Foundation performance.
  • Thursday 20thDecember – 9.30am KS1 performance.

Friday 21stDecember– Party Day and break up at 2pm.

Monday 7thJanuary – start back.

It has come to our attention that some children are choosing sandwiches at lunchtime and barely eating any of them before throwing them away. We also have some children doing this with sandwiches that they are bringing from home. We have spoken to the children about the importance of eating at lunchtime so they have enough energy for the rest of the day and staff are monitoring the situation.

Staff Update.
Mrs Garbutt will not be returning to us after Christmas as she has decided to retire. She has worked at Thornhill Primary School for 21 years. She began as a SMSA before becoming a Teaching Assistant, and finally teaching in Y5/6. She also ran the Breakfast Club for many years, and runs the lunch time sewing club everyday. She has been a wonderful asset to our school and will be missed. We would like to wish her and Mr Garbutt a very happy retirement.

Mrs Ibbotson will be returning to us in January and will work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Y1/2. Mrs Bruce-Hillman will work on Thursday and Friday with that class.



This term year 3/4 have been learning about Blue Abyss and Flow so have found out lots about seas and rivers. They have produced some fantastic work, including a story about a scuba diver, a newspaper report on the “Thames Whale” and a river poem. They have used I.C.T. to create a sea life fact file, to research sea disasters and to write a newspaper report. The children have also enjoyed painting a very detailed Great Barrier Reef scene and learnt about The Water Cycle.


This term, Year 5/6 have been learning about Mexico and have recently started learning about the Heart. 

We have focused on the Mexican Festival Day of the Dead and our work has linked to other aspects of Mexican life – both present and past. Classes have designed and made their own Day of the Dead masks, researched life in Mexico and gained an understanding of the Ancient Maya tribe.

Following on from Mexico, children are just beginning to learn how the heart works and why it is so important. Some classes have started work on clay models and 3D models of the heart. 

Newsletter December 2018

Dates for your diary

  • Wednesday 12th December 3pm to 6pm – Parents evening. This is an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their class teacher. This is by appointment only.
  • Thursday 13th December – Christmas Dinner Day. This will also be a non-uniform day where children can wear their Christmas jumper (or just casual clothes) and bring 50p which will go to the ‘Save the Children’ charity.

Christmas Concerts for parents.

  • Monday 17th December 2pm – KS2 concert.
  • Tuesday 18th December 9.30am – KS2 concert.
  • Wednesday 19th December 9.30am – Foundation concert.
  • Thursday 20th December 9.30am – KS1 concert.

Please note: KS1 is the children in Mrs Chaplin’s, Miss Griffith’s and Mrs Bruce-Hillman’s. KS2 is Mrs Oxley’s/ Mrs Shaukat’s, Mr Murray’s, Mr Little’s, Mrs Davies’/ Mr Lyne’s, Mrs Wadsworth’s / Mrs Gregory’s and Mrs Hill’s/ Mrs Garbutt’s.

Friday 21st December – Party Day. This will also be a non-uniform day.


Start back – Monday 7th January.



Magnificent performance at Magna!

On Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th November, children from Year 4/3 were involved in two evening performances at Magna to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I. They performed alongside children from three other schools, students from Rotherham College of Art and Technology, professional actors and musicians to tell a story of how young men and women from Rotherham were involved in this conflict and the sacrifices that they made.

Children from Thornhill sang beautifully, acted with confidence and made a significant contribution to the overall success of two moving and memorable performances. Parents and staff, who had the privilege to watch the performances, were both very impressed by and incredibly proud of our children. 


A big thank you to all the parents who were able to contribute items of food and come and share our Harvest Festival assemblies.  The children have all worked hard to find out about the types of food we eat, where crops are grown, the work of farmers, and about how Global warming could affect the work of our farmers.  They shared this information through some beautiful singing and reciting the information clearly.  All the food contributions have been donated to a local organisation – SHILOH – who prepare meals for the homeless.



In October, year 3 and 4 went on their school visit to The Deep, in Hull.  It was a fabulous day that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Once back at school, we received a letter from The Deep through the post (CERTIFICATE).  We are extremely proud to have such wonderful, well behaved children in our school.  WELL DONE year 3 and 4!  Have a look through some of the pictures that were taken during the visit.



Quality Mark awarded to Thornhill

180815 Parent letter for schools

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Newsletter October 2018

Dates for your diary

A reminder that school will be closed on Monday 5th November and Monday 8th July for INSET.

Harvest Festival

  • 2pm Tuesday 23rd October – Foundation and KS1 Celebration.
  • 2pm Wednesday 24th October – KS2 Celebration.
  • 9.30am Thursday 25th October – KS2 Celebration.


The KS2 celebrations are the same so you only need to attend one. Please ensure you are in your seat early as there may be no one to let you in once we have begun.

Contributions of tins and dried packets are welcome from now. If every child in school brought a packet or tin that would be over 300 items to contribute to a local charity.

Break up – Friday 26th October.

Start back – Tuesday 6th November.

Please note any photograph orders must be received by Tuesday 6th November. If they arrive after this time we cannot guarantee that you will receive them as the photographers may have already collected the orders.






European Be Active week @ Thornhill Primary School #BEACTIVE

Last week was European Be Active week.  Therefore everyone took part in a range of different activities and learnt about the effect on their heart by taking their pulse. 

Monday – Why movement is important along with physical and mental health benefits.

Tuesday – Run a mile challenge.

Wednesday – Circuit / fitness class challenge.

Thursday – Being active with a disability or impairment.

Friday – Impact on our hearts.