Sky Sports comes to Parkside!

What a fantastic end to our second week in school as we received a visit from Sky Sports. They came to film our Year 2 PE lesson because they had a very special surprise for one of our children. Angus MacDonald, Barnsley FC’s club captain had come to see Riley and present him with a shirt.

Angus had heard about Riley’s illness and how he had to put his place at Barnsley FC’s Academy on hold. When Angus was a young player he had also been seriously ill and was presented with a shirt by John Terry so Angus wanted to do the same for Riley. Riley was really shocked to see him!! And Angus asked him to be the club mascot for Saturday’s match against Aston Villa. Year 2 also enjoyed playing football with Angus!!

Sky Sports filmed all afternoon and the sun stayed out!! Angus also went round school and visited all of our children in their classrooms so they could ask him some questions. It was a great day and one the children will remember for many years to come. Thank you Angus, Barnsley FC and Sky Sports for making this all happen.


Welcome back to school!

New year, new start! We are all so excited to be back at Parkside for the start of the new school year. It has been a fantastic week, our children’s behaviour and eagerness to learn has been awesome this week and everyone has made a brilliant start! We are very lucky to have welcomed two new teachers this week, Miss Hopkinson in Year 1 and Miss Drake who is Year 6 teacher and leader of Key Stage 2.  The highlight of my week as always was our Rewards Assembly this afternoon. It was fantastic to see our new pupils of the week and our outstanding writers. Their pictures will appear on class blogs early next week when our ICT technician swaps our blogs over!

2016-17 was a fantastic year for Parkside. Together we got some of the best results in the whole of Barnsley and our children’s progress is amongst the best in the country! We are so proud of all our children and their parents who work really hard. Together I know we can make 2017-18 an even better year! 

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.