Rook’s Nest Academy Newsletter

Issue 43 – February 2020




February 2020  
14th INSET
15th-23rd Half term holiday
24th Academy reopens
28th 9.00 Coffee and Craft – Reception
March 2020  
2nd Book bus on playground
  3.30 – 5.30 Parents’ Evening
3rd After school bun sale to raise funds for Pinderfields Chemotherapy Department
5th World Book Day – Fancy Dress “Eco & Earth”
  1.30 Y4 Health Assembly (No Parents)
  Y5/6 Netball Tournament
9th 3.30 – 6.30 Parents’ Evening
13th French Immersion Day (no dressing up) – “Famous French People”
16th 1.45 1S Enrichment
17th 1.45 2M Enrichment
19th 1.45 1/2F Enrichment
W/C 23rd Mock SATs Y2 & Y6
24th 6.00 Music Concert
25th 2.00 Music Concert
  6.00 Music Concert
30th Rock  Steady Performance (no parents)
April 2020  
2nd Spring Ball – Details TBC
3rd Academy breaks up for Easter Holiday



In an effort to better reach parents and carers and to have less impact on the environment we are now publishing the newsletter in this online format.  We hope you find this convenient and easy to access.  If you experience any issues please contact Mr Williams (  We will still provide a printed copy when requested at the school office.


Can we once again remind parents of the danger to children of illegal parking outside the school at the start and end of the day. Cheers, the bar at the top of Newton Lane, have agreed to allow parking for parents who live too far away to walk. This also applies to those using taxis. Please do not park on the pavement as this often blocks pedestrians and encourages crossing the busy road at dangerous places.  Also, do not park blocking the entrance to either the school car park or local residents’ driveways; even if you are sat waiting in the car.

Parents on Playground

Thank you to all parents who have been helping us by moving off the playground in the morning.  Can we remind everyone that the bell is an indication that it is time to move away so that the children can come safely into the school building.

Packed Lunches

Please do not include Nutella© or other nutty spreads in any packed lunches as we are a nut free school.  Some of our students have severe allergies so we must do our best to reduce their exposure to nuts.

Can we also remind parents that fizzy drinks and “sports” drinks are not allowed.

Internet Safety

Thank you to those who came along to hear the talk by PC Dix.  There are some very interesting resources which were discussed but not seen due to lack of time.  Please see the website for further details.

Prodigy Maths

We are in the process of enrolling the students in a new online maths game called prodigy.  A letter will be sent home with details of how parents and children can login to the service.  We would like to emphasise that while there are additional membership levels available for purchase, we do not require parents to pay for this.  There is enough free content for the students as part of the standard package.

Forest School

We’d like to say a huge thank you to SR Trees for providing us with bark mulch to put down in our forest school. It was getting a bit boggy up there!

Parents can access a newsletter specifically about our forest schools experience on our website at


If you believe your child cannot swim the national curriculum required 25m and have already had lessons through school, they qualify to participate in a programme being run by WMDC.  A letter has been sent home but you can also download a copy here.


Thank you to everyone who has donated books requested for the school library.  It is a huge help to us, allowing us to replace the book most read by the children.  These books quickly become worn out (I’m sure everyone can relate). 

We are now looking for sets of Harry Potter (preferably good condition first edition) , Tom Gates books, the 39 Clues series and books by Pseudonymous Bosch.

Bun Sale

There will be a bun sale in school on 3rd March to raise money for the Pinderfields Chemotherapy Department.


This term so far we have:

Football Team

Competed in a football tournament..

Hockey Team

…and a hockey tournament.

you don't have to be mad to work here

Enjoyed a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party


Balance Bikeability in good weather…


… and poor weather


After School Clubs

Day Club Led by Year Collect
Monday Football Frickley Y1/2 Playground
Tuesday Ukulele Mrs Wilcox Y4/5 Reception
Wednesday Dance Northern Lights Dance Academy Y1/2 Reception
Friday Choir Mrs Wilcox/Mrs Dale KS2 Reception