FLOCKTON First School is a small village school with high standards of attainment and a welcoming ethos.
We are especially proud of the close links we have developed with the wider Flockton community.
We have a flourishing Friends Association which meets on regularly to plan fundraising and social events and support the school in every way they can.
Our parent helpers work in school in a variety of ways, such as reading support and art and crafts projects, even helping with clearing the pond and painting the outside playground equipment.
Three of our mums have completed the Helping in Schools course.
We now have three grandmas helping in school, two of whom are pictured on this page.
Mrs Ruth Mason has helped to run the school library for several years and says: "I enjoy talking to the children about the books they have read and often help them select novels and listen to them read. I feel as if I am helping the school and the children of the village."
The local Flockton playgroup meets in school two mornings a week but the playgroup will soon be housed in a brand-new outside classroom on the school site, with up to five morning sessions every week.
The Playgroup Working Party has managed to raise about £40,000 to provide the classroom - a fantastic achievement.
The Rev Christine Bullimore and curate Eddie Wynn are known as the "Dynamic Duo" by the staff at school as they take assembly once a week and deliver some very lively presentations which the children love. Both Eddie and Christine are true friends and supporters of our school and we work together to plan special services to be held in church and in school.
Over the past year we have worked closely with Huddersfield New College, which offered training in ICT skills for our support staff.
Huddersfield Technical College staff are currently working with us on the Fresh Start project offering a wide range of training opportunities one afternoon every week for parents and local Flockton residents.
Our close liaison with Shelley High School and Scissett Middle School has led to the recent Raising Boys' Achievement conference and other shared curriculum projects which maximise our children's educational opportunities.
Staff, parents, children and governors work all work together to make our school an exciting place to be.
Flockton First is looking to the future for its pupils and to opening its doors to adults in the community who wish to socialise with other locals and learn new skills.
Learning from our `twins' - By Thelma Walker
RECENTLY we have worked together with Savile Town Infant School in Dewsbury on a "twinning" project.
The main aim of the project was for children and staff at Flockton to have an opportunity to make new friends and find out more about the Muslim faith and place of worship - and of course, for Savile Town children to visit Flockton and find out about the Christian beliefs and place of worship.
Religious leaders from Church and the mosque worked with our schools to plan the event. The first visit was on June 18.
Year Ones and Year Twos met together in the hall at Flockton and each person had one or two partners. After just a short time people were chatting away happily about themselves.
Assembly was in church and was led by the Rev Christine Bullimore. The children had an opportunity to explore the church and ask questions about what happened where.
They even had a go at ringing the church bell!
Out in the playground the children played just like old friends and swapped different ideas for games.
Back in school the children drew self-portraits to exchange and then ate lunch together. Our staff were very impressed with some delicious home-made samosas one Savile Town parent had sent for us.
The morning had gone so quickly, but we knew that when we said goodbye it would only be until the following Thursday when it would be our turn to visit Savile Town.
Our children were so excited about seeing their friends. When we reached Savile Town we received such a warm welcome from the staff and pupils and everyone immediately paired off with their friends from the previous week.
Staff from Flockton had to remember their scarves as head covering before entering the mosque is compulsory. Of course we all removed our shoes before entering.
We were given a very interesting tour of the whole building with explanations as to when and how people prayed. Several Savile Town pupils were brave enough to stand up and recite from the Koran.
Flockton children were a bit worried we were going to ask them to remember passages from the Bible!
On the way back from the mosque we called at the local grocers' and hardware shops. Wonderful spices stacked the shelves and the children were fascinated.
The owner of the shop gave all the children a small gift.
When we saw the coach outside Savile Town School we didn't want to leave but as we said goodbye we knew that this was just the beginning of our friendship.
We will definitely keep in touch through letters, e-mails and future visits.
Fun time on school visit to Cliffe House, Shepley
CLASS 4 have been on a residential visit to Cliffe House where they took part in orienteering activities, team- building exercises and a study of Shepley village.
There was also plenty of opportunity for play time and fun with friends.
These are two of the letters to the staff at Cliffe House:
`Dear Rosie and Rob:
Thankyou for letting us stay at Cliffe House. Thankyou for all your kindness and for letting us have some free time in the adventure playground and in our bedrooms.
The best activity was the graveyard study. At night time I liked the treasure hunt.'
- Emma Gough
Thankyou for letting us stay at Cliffe House. I had a wonderful time.
Thankyou for spending your time teaching us and organising all the activities for us.
I had a wonderful time playing on the adventure playground during free time.
I enjoyed walking around Shepley doing our work. The fire practice was good because you get to go through the teachers' toilet window. I also enjoyed spending time in my bedroom.'
- Bethany Crowther