ONE of our teachers, Mrs Yolande Shire, has been highly commended at the Regional Teaching Awards in Leeds, for her work in involving the community in the life of our school.
When we proudly presented the award to her in assembly she told the children that it was for everyone in school for working well together.
We feel that our school is one large family where everyone has an important part to play in making it a happy and successful place. Credit is due to our governors who know us well and offer support and challenge in equal measure.
The children have an active voice in the decisions that are made in school through their school council and year group discussion times.
Parents are our greatest supporters at all levels, even being involved in the school's strategic planning with staff and governors.
We are very grateful for the support of the local community and St Stephen's Church, who among many other things, help us to raise funds and work with us on the joint school/neighbourhood watch scheme.
The children write a community news letter each term to keep people in touch with what we are doing and parents deliver copies locally.
Our staff and children thrive on challenge as can be seen in the array of awards we have gained, the Eco-School Award, School Achievement Award, Investors in People Award and Healthy Schools Award.
This month we should hear if we have been awarded the Schools Active Mark Gold and the Investors in Pupils Award. This is an ideal opportunity for me to say thank you to all the dedicated staff in school, teaching and support staff, who work so hard to provide the very best they can for the children.
The children tell us that they enjoy school and from the numbers who want to stay behind after school to take part in our art club and energise club it must be true.
Out and about with the Owls Club - By Sarah Brodie-Browne, Joe Eastwood, Alex Whitehead, Year 2
AT our school we have a club called Owls Club. We meet once every half-term, usually on a Saturday morning at school.
At Owls Club we do different things each time we go. On June 7, we learned about butterflies and gardening and we chopped down some dead bushes to plant some grass. We got a caterpillar each to take home with us to see when it turned into a cocoon and a butterfly.
Sometimes we have visitors or go to a different place. One evening we visited the Huddersfield Observatory and we looked through a big telescope. We had visitors from the RSPB and Mr and Mrs Yates came with two poorly hedgehogs.
We enjoy helping the environment and the animals that are endangered. We have lots of fun with our friends and we have nice food and drinks.
Making school a better place - By Lucy Stones and Lydia Walker, Year 2
THE School Council is a place where we discuss and decide how to make the school a better place.
It is for the children to discuss new ideas.
It is made up of a few teachers and two or three children from each class. Sometimes we have visitors like governors and teachers from the Junior School.
We meet every half term, during the lunchtime. Sometimes we have a vote and when we all agree we call it a unanimous vote. We pass on the information by telling the rest of our class and Mrs Horton types up the minutes.
The council has had soap dispensers fitted in the toilets, road humps installed on the school drive and many other things too.
Deputy head's quarter century - Questions asked by Joe Fulcher, William Clowes and Luther Greenwood, Year 2
MRS Horton is retiring at the end of the summer term after teaching at Lindley CE Infant School for 25 years.
We asked her some questions about her long teaching career.
Why did you become a teacher?
I think teaching might have chosen me! My mum was a teacher and one of my older friends was too. I sometimes helped mum in her school. Then I also did a bit of teaching in Sunday School and enjoyed it. That made me realise that I wanted to be a teacher, but I only ever wanted to teach infants. I enjoy watching children grow up and realise what fun learning new things can be.
What was Lindley Infant School like when you first started teaching here?
Very much like it is now as far as the building is concerned. We had nine classes and three of them were Year 2 classes. The other six had 18 Year 1 children and six from reception. Then at Christmas, we had six more reception children and again at Easter. The classes were always changing. The head teacher was Mrs Hiles and she stayed for 20 years.
What can you remember about your school days?
I can remember milk bottles with cardboard tops with holes in. We pushed our Halibut Liver Oil capsules through the hole. My head teacher, Miss Isherwood, doing a Punch and Judy show every Christmas. The vicar coming into Junior School assembly each week - I didn't like his hairy nose. In the High School, I was lucky enough to have Dr Goodman for English and he gave me a love of poetry and word play. I had a very inspiring music teacher who helped a lot too.
What are you going to do when you retire?
I'm going to spend time admiring the garden which Mr Horton is working hard on. I shall read and listen to music and I shall do my needlework again. I hope to take lots of photographs and perhaps do a bit of painting too. Mr Horton hopes that I shall bake more and help in the garden!
Our healthy fundraiser - By Emma Barrow and Alistair Forbes, Year 2
ON June 12 all the children at Lindley Infant School took part in a sponsored event to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
It was called Hop, Skip and Jump because there were three games. One involved hopping, one involved skipping and one involved jumping.
We raised £1,800. We sent most of the money to the British Heart Foundation but saved a little bit to buy some new PE equipment for school to help keep our own hearts healthy.