Farsley Farfield Primary School

Headteacher blog 7th February 2020

We were very proud to send 6 teams (30 children) to the Leeds Cross Country finals this week at Temple Newsam Park. 1120 runners from across the city took part in 8 races – the best school teams from across the city. An average of 140 children were in each race and each of our runners deserves great credit: what a buzz they will have got from being part of such a mass of competitors! We await the official results but there was no doubting that Erin from 4K was the best Y4 girl runner in Leeds as she streaked home well ahead of the field in her race – what an achievement!  Erin will, no doubt, now be invited to compete in the West Yorkshire finals and maybe one or two of her peers will join her.

On Tuesday evening, nearly 50 children from Y5 and Y6 enjoyed the fourth instalment of the ‘Show Time’ club: Joseph and his Technicoloured Dreamcoat. I am told it was a brilliant production – “The best one yet!” said one of the children.  More than one member of the public in the audience commented on our pupils’ immaculate behaviour.

There was excitement for our Reception classes as they got on minibuses this week for trips to Tropical World in Roundhay Park. As well as visiting the exhibits, they have had an exciting workshop about habitats. It is a long day for many of them, and a number were asleep on the minibuses back to school!

Today we have had a wind turbine engineer on site replacing a faulty part on our turbine just in time for the wild conditions forecast this weekend and into next week. I have also had a meeting planning the conversion of almost all our lighting to low energy LED (and more efficient controls) and we are continuing to work on an exciting deal with ‘Solar for Schools’ for a large installation of panels later in the year. Furthermore, we are about to sign a deal for the collection and recycling of the waste food that we aren’t able to use or compost on site. I am determined to drastically improve the sustainability of the school’s operation and these measures are going to be a good start.


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