School News

Remember remember the 5th of November!!!

Not because it's Bonfire night, but because it's BACK TO SCHOOL!!! See you all on Monday morning.. Looking forward to seeing you all! Mrs B

Welcome back to school!!

Hello everyone! Boy, have we missed you all! Not long to wait now.. Remember there are two teacher training days on Monday and Tuesday this week, so children are due back in school on Wednesday 5th September. We can't wait to see you all then! Mrs B

The Trust..

The Leeds North West Education Partnership was formed at the final extraordinary Governing Body meeting of the year last Wednesday. We are now in the implementation phase and anticipate being part of a Cooperative Trust by 31st August 2012, in partnership with Ireland Wood, Iveson Primary and Ralph Thoresby High School. Many thanks to parents and members of the community who took their time to express their views on this important decision for the school. More news in the new school year!!

Trust Status

The Governing Body convened an extraordinary Governing Body meeting on Wednesday to consider the outcome of the consultation process and agree the next steps. Given the largely positive support for the formation of a Cooperative Trust with local schools, the GB agreed to proceed to the next stage of the process and a statutory notice will be published in the Yorkshire Evening Post on Monday 18th June. Please note - this does not mean that the process is complete and a final decision will be made following this second - and wider - consultation when this 4 week process ends.

Trust Status

We are currently consulting with the community about the possibility of acquiring Trust Status in partnership with other local schools. There is more information available via the 'Trust' button on the Homepage. The information meeting for parents/carers is on Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 5.30 - we hope to see you there. Mrs B

Hooray hooray it's Easter!

Just a reminder that school is CLOSED on Friday 30th March 2012 for staff training. We are all going to Leeds Trinity and All Saints University to learn alongside teachers from all of our local schools... so if you see no cars in the car park don't worry - we are not having an extra day off! We will see you all on Monday April 16th for another fantabulous school term... Happy holidays! Mrs B.

Slapped Cheek Syndrome

Just a brief note to let you know that we have a number of cases of 'slapped cheek syndrome' in school. This is an infectious condition caused by a virus called Parvovirus. The symptoms in children are mild flu-like symptoms which may occur prior to the classic symptom of a red rash to the face. It is most infectious before the rash appears until the onset of the rash.. so once the rash is out there is no need to keep your child off school, providing they are well enough to attend. This is a mild virus which children often have without parents even being aware of it. Slapped cheek, however, can be harmful to pregnant women so please be aware of its presence in school.

Stephen Lawrence Award

Hopefully shortly we will be scooping another award! We were visited this week by judges for the Level 1 Stephen Lawrence. The judges were blown away with the quality of the work towards equality and diversity in our school and we are very hopeful that we will be given the award very soon. Thank you very much to Mrs Speak for all the work she has done to make this aspect of our school great, and for the work that went into submitting the evidence for the award before the Summer. Fingers crossed! Mrs B

Coffee Morning

The next coffee morning with Mrs Laycock and Mrs Bailey is next Wednesday at 9am in Funtime. Please come along and join us. I'd love to hear from parents who have any worries, concerns or suggestions - we really do use these mornings as a time to catch up and plan ahead so get your voice heard, in between biscuits! Mrs Bailey

Snow procedures

Good evening all. As the weather has taken a turn for the worst, I thought it prudent to re-cap the snow procedures in place for all Leeds schools. Any decision for school closure will be motivated solely by Health & Safety considerations, and will be notified to you by 7.45am... •Here on the school website •Via text message (for those of you signed up to Parentmail) •On the blog •On the Leeds City Council website And, once notified to Leeds City Council, the school would be mentioned in any subsequent bulletins issued on local radio stations - Radio Aire and Radio Leeds. Please be aware - should an announcement NOT be made school is open as usual and children are expected to attend school as normal. After all that... We still hope to see you all on Monday! Let's hope for a warmer Sunday. Mrs Bailey

Class 8's fantastic production...

Much Ado about the Grand will be performed by the brilliant Class 8 on Wednesday 1st February. We have waited and waited and waited.... And now FINALLY it is happening! I don't know about you but I cannot wait to see this brilliant production, written, directed and starring Class 8. What an incredible bunch of talented people.. Break a leg, Class 8! Mrs B.

Friends Meeting 26th Jan 6.00pm

Our Friends of Cookridge are meeting on Thursday 26th January at 6.00pm, in the Community room in school. If you are able to come along and share your ideas for how we can develop this important part of school, please do.. The more members of Friends we can gather together, the more we are able to achieve together on behalf of our children, and the less each individual contributor is having to do... We really need you - and it's a great way to get involved in school life. Mrs Bailey

Coffee Morning

The next coffee morning is on Wednesday 18th January 2012 at 9am. Please come along if you have ideas for MORE opportunities for parents to get involved in school life.. we want to make your ideas happen! Mrs Bailey

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone - may 2012 bring us all health, happiness and lots of success in all that we do! A reminder that school is closed on Tuesday 3rd January for staff training. Children should return to school on Wednesday 4th January, and we look forward to hearing all their news. Enjoy the remainder of the holidays... Mrs Bailey

Merry Christmas!!!

The Christmas Productions were ALL amazing - what a talented bunch of children we do have!! I watched the final performance of 2011 last night at Cookridge Holy Trinity church with my family - all of whom were blown away by the steel pan playing and singing of Cookridge pupils (and the quality of the buns on offer!) Can I wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS holiday break. I hope that you all eat, drink and be merry in the good company of family and friends. See you all in 2012!

Concert at Holy Trinity Church, Cookridge

Word about the wonderful singing and musicality of the children at Cookridge Primary has spread into the local community, and because of this we have been invited to take part in a concert at Holy Trinity, Green Lane, Cookridge, on Friday 16th December, which is the evening of the day we finish for the Christmas break. Our Year 6 Steel Band will be performing, along with singers from Classes 6, 7, 8 and 9 who will be performing some of the songs from their Christmas production, A Christmas Welcome. The concert will also feature the brass band of the Salvation Army, who will be playing a selection of festive music. Tickets cost £3.50 for the whole concert, including refreshments, but if you just want to see and hear our musicians, the charge will be £1.50. All children who take part will receive a gift from the church, as well as a Headteacher's award!

ASDA Bag Pack

Good news!! We were finally able to pack the shopping of ASDA Holt Park shoppers on Saturday and had a great day shopping and chatting with the local community... Many of you saw us there! A huge thank you to Mrs Arnott for managing the event for us, and to all our children who were able to give up a few hours of their Saturday to support our school. Staff also were very generous - I have never seen so many teachers simultaneously packing bags... Thanks so much to them all! The GREAT news? We managed to raise £550 in 4 hours thanks to the generous donations of ASDA shoppers. This money will be saved towards a significant investment in our playground equipment this year, which we will decide with the children and get installed over the Summer period. Many smaller items have already been bought and are already significantly improving the quality of lunchtime play. Our next major Friends PTA event will be the Christmas Bazaar.. More news on that shortly!

LSMA Town Hall Christmas Concert

Nine of our fantastic singers from Years 5 and 6 will be representing the school at the annual Leeds School's Music Association Christmas concert on December 6th in Leeds Town Hall. They will be part of a massed choir of 300 primary and secondary pupils, accompanied by the Leeds Youth Orchestra and conducted by the conductor of Opera North, Dougie Scarfe. If you want to get your Christmas off to a wonderful start, come and support us. Tickets are available from Artforms, West Park Leeds.

Class 4 & 5 trip to Danelaw!

November 2011... Classes 4 & 5 travelled back in time to become Vikings for the day at Danelaw. What an incredible day they had - dressing up, working hard, crafts and PUTTING MISS FOWLER in the stocks when she should have been eating her lunch! A super day - thanks for organising Mr Gamble!

School Captains

We have new School Captains, new Vice Captains and new Team Captains in school!! Our Y6 pupils were voted for by their classmates and they are delighted to be ambassadors for our school. Our new Teams were named during our first School Council session of the year. They went for a theme of famous authors! We are now members of 'The Roald Dahl's', 'The Jaqueline Wilson's', 'The Dick King Smith's' and 'The J.K. Rowlings'... And our ENORMOUS trophy arrived in school on Monday!! We wonder who will be the first team to lift that trophy high next Monday morning?!

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