Our wildlife garden – Barnsley FC and NCS

This week the National Citizens Service started work on our wildlife garden. They have worked so hard and what they have done within a short space of time is amazing!!! We are so grateful to them, their staff and supervisors as well as Barnsley FC’s Reds in the community, for helping to create our wildlife garden. Here are a few pictures of what it used to look like…and what it looks like now. Look out for us in The Barnsley Chronicle on Thursday!  

Brave Year 5s

Today Mrs Kilgariff and I took Michael, Shruthi and Henry to Barnsley FC. They were helping me give a presentation to a group of 16-18year olds about a project we’d like them to do at Parkside to help us develop a wildlife garden for our children. We thought there might be about 20 people there…..we were wrong. When we walked in there was over 100 people!!!! Michael, Shruthi and Henry were so brave answering questions from the students, even though when we walked in Michael said…’How many people???!’…and it seems that Henry is already famous! We hope they want to take on our project, but even if they don’t I am so proud of our Year 5s. Well done Michael, Shruthi and Henry! 

Well done Year 6! 

Yesterday our Year 6 SATs results were published and I could not be more proud of our Year 6 class! They have worked so hard and I knew they would do brilliantly. Together they have outperformed other schools in our area and are above the National Average for all children in the country! I know that this is all down to the hard work of Year 6, Mrs Cook, Mrs Goodwin and all of our staff at Parkside who have worked with the children not just this year, but every year. It is also because of the support our children get from their parents, you should all be very proud. I feel it is important to also say that these tests only measure reading, writing and maths. There are many things that they do not measure. So whatever children achieve in these tests I also know that they are all kind, honest, respectful and talented in lots of other different ways. I am so humbled that we have a fantastic group of young men and women who are ready for secondary school. They make their parents and school proud of them every day. Well done, Year 6! 

Tour de Yorkshire

Everyday our children make us proud and today was no exception. 9 of our children set off from Royston Park on a 9mile bike ride as part of the tour de Yorkshire. I was blown away by the support we received from our Foundation, Y1, Y5 and Y6 children who sent them off in style! We were given a lovely banner to send them on their way designed by Anna in Y5, well done Anna, you are a fantastic artist. It was also lovely to see children from Carlton and Royston St John’s in the park to cheer us on our way. Well done to you all, you smashed it!!! And a very big thanks to Mrs Goodwin and Mr Henighan who accompanied our heroic riders, and of course to Bikeability and Suzy Smith who made this event happen. Look out for their pictures in the Barnsley Chronicle who came to wish them well. I am so proud of you all! 

Happy Spring Bank Holiday

Well done to all our children who have worked really hard during this term. Especially Year 6 and Year 2 who have done their SATs. We are very proud of you all! A big thank you to all our parents who support us in helping their children learn. It was lovely to see you all at reward assembly this afternoon, I especially enjoyed the ‘keys controversy’! Mrs Cook did a great job! We said a sad goodbye to James in Y2 and a happy hello to Ella and Maya in Years 1 & 2 who will join us next term. I wish you all a happy half term and look forward to seeing you all back at school safely on Monday 5th June. Enjoy your holiday. 

A letter to Year 6

Dear Year 6,

I know that some of you are a little bit nervous about your SATs so here are a few things I’d like you to remember during this week. The people that create these tests and score them don’t know you as well as we, and your families do. 

Yes, tests are important…but there are lots of things that tests don’t measure. They don’t show how unique and special you are. They don’t show everyone how respectful and well mannered you are, always saying please and thank you. They don’t show how helpful and kind you are, helping others in class, and sometimes helping brothers and sisters with their homework. They don’t show what a good friend you are to others, or that your friends can always count on you to be there for them. They don’t show how talented you are at sports, dancing or playing musical instruments. They don’t show how you cheer people up and make them smile. They don’t show how much you have all grown up this year and how responsible you are. They don’t show how thoughtful you are and try to be the best you can be every day. 

Year 6, your families, everyone at school and I, know that you are all these things.  I am proud of you because I know how hard you have worked, not just this year but every year you’ve been at Parkside. The results you get from these test are important and will tell you something – but they won’t tell you everything! There are many ways of being smart. You are smart! 

Be confident, try your best and remember how proud we all are of the amazing young people you have become. 

‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all’


Ms Ward 

Happy Easter!

Thank you to all our children for a spectacular Easter Hat celebration assembly. It was great to see so many parents and thank you for all your support this term. We hope you all enjoyed our singing!! We also have some Easter Hat competition winners who would love to show off their hats to you! 

Wishing you all a good Easter break and I will see you all back safely on Monday 24th April.