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Welcome to the headteacher's blog. Below are some snapshots of events in the life of our school. 



First aid November 23rd 2016






Underneath a Magical Moon November 22nd 2016




Children in Need 2016

The children worked in house groups today raing money for Children in Need and Teenage Cancer Trust. They did a fantastic job and generosity was visible in the actions of the chldren and the activities they planned and delivered this afternoon. In order to motivate more people to participate in charitable initiatives, we decided to order inspirational stories, biographies and buy poems via https://essays-panda.com/buy-a-poem-from-talented-writers. After all, through writing and creativity, you can attract a large audience to any project, even a volunteer one.

Radio York even dropped in as part of their 'Finders Keepers Special.' There are a couple of photos of House Barn Owl on their Facebook page.

Below are some photos capturing the events of the day:









Some of the photos of our 'Generositree' fruits.

 It has been a real pleasure to look at the detail on the fruits and the care and thought that went into thme and read the generous acts the children have carried out.


More pictures will follow.

More pictures of the children's generous acts.








We are delighted to share our SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) with you.

We are very proud of our report and the children are a real credit to you as you will see when you read the report.

You can access the report from the link below.





Harvest 2016

What a lot of confident children we have at Thornton Dale School!

A snapshot of Harvest Festival - enjoy!


Monday 12th September 2016


The first photos of this academic year from our 'Team Building Day' run by Stephen Joseph Theartre outreach staff.

A great day was had by all - ask the children if they can juggle or spin a plate.




Thursday 21st July 2016 - A walk through faith.

Thank you for attending our evening finding out about different faiths. 


Tuesday 21st June 2016 NOYE'S FLUDDE (NOAH'S FLOOD)


The staff were very proud of the members of Laurel Class who took part in the performance of Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde at Ampleforth College. Learning the words of the songs and performing on the stage with singers from Ampleforth and an orchestra was a new experience and a huge challenge. After a few initial nerves they took it all in their stride. A great opportunity for those who came with us to show courage and try soemtihing new. Well done.

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who attended to support the children (and participate in parts). Having spoken to a few of you I know how much you enjoyed it. Thanks to Alison Davis who prepared the songs with the children in school, to Miss Rhodes and Mr Hillier and special thanks to Mrs Prole who accompanied the children during the day and evening.

Below are a few photos.



Thursday 16th June 2016

Our Prayer Spaces Day run by Elm Class. What an amazing day the children had experiencing prayer in many different forms.

Enjoy the photos.

Skipping workshop - what fun was had by all. We have some talented skippers at Thornton Dale!

and just to show the staff had a go ...


Edinburgh 2016 - a few memories! 

All packed and ready to go.

Fun at Holyrood Park.


4 billion years back in time - watching the formation of the earth.


Some of the museum exhibits.

A bit of music.


These boys loved the Formula 1 car.

At the very top of the National Museum of Scotland - the rooftop terrace.

Waiting to visit Edinburgh Castle.

Dynamic Earth was the favourite destination!

Looking miserable locked in the castle military prison.

Enjoying ourselves at Princes Street Gardens.

Keep going! One of the exhibits at the National Museum of Scotland.

The children's depiction of 'The Honours'.

Playing games at Holyrood Park.

Emma pondering the 7 floors - it's a long way up!

National Museum of Scotland.


At the castle - looks a bit dangerous - luckily we are standing behind.

At York Station on the way home - tired but happy having had a brilliant time - our faces say it all!!






Easter Service


Thank you to the Benefice for our 'jigsaw' cross with a piece to represent the coming together of all our classes in school for daily collective worship. It is very special to our school.



Sport Relief

There was a real team effort on Friday afternoon when the house groups worked together to cover as many laps as possible, with many of the children completing the mile, which was 14 times round the playground. Well done to Running Club for orgainising the event. Watch out for 'The Mile a Day' challenge in the summer term.







There's a Shark in the Park, The Hairy Toe, Mr Gumpy's Motor Car, Mr Wolf's Pancakes and The Snail and the Whale were the books chosen by the house groups on Friday to retell. They managed this in different ways by making characters, story boxes, frieze frames, drama, adding sound effects and making story boards. It was lovely to see the older children supporting the younger children in their learning. The children shared their interpretations of the stories in Friday celebration time. Below are the outcomes of all their efforts displayed in the library for all to see. Enjoy the pictures! 



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