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Aspin Park School: Year Six: Aspin Park School broke up for the summer holiday on Tuesday of this week. I am sure that it is a well deserved break after a very busy half term.

In particular Year Six were preparing for their end of term leavers’ play: Eric Hood, Prince of Loaves – A tale of Robin Hood’s younger brother, Eric Hood –The Baker of Sherwood, who takes up the cause after Robin wins Maid Marion’s hand and loses interest in the poor!

It was a hugely successful pun filled comedy that put a new twist on a classic tale. I am sure that all the parents who watched it felt proud and will take away fond memories of their children’s time at school.

Year Six have also been involved in many visits to and from King James’s School in preparation for their transfer in September and have also undertaken a cycling proficiency course.

The school has been preparing for next September by having its new starters in school for a couple of half days to have a taster of what school is like.

Sports: The netball team has been very successful, seemingly winning everything in its path!

The school has also taken part in two inter-school Athletics competitions with Year Four winning its year group trophy in one of them.

The football squad has also been busy with Years Six, Five and Four and girls’ teams all coming second in the Knaresborough Celtic Football Tournament.

Trips: The reception class visited a farm during the last term of the school year to find out about animals and how the farm works. Year Four spent a day in York discovering about Viking archaeology.

Goodbyes: Several members of staff left at the end of term and goodbyes were said to Mr Horn, the caretaker and Mrs Middleton, midday assistant. Mrs Wood and Mrs Meikle also left after many years of working at Aspin. They will be all be missed very much and all the school wish them well.

The biggest news is that Mr Kendall retires after 17 years as the Headteacher at Aspin. Several events were held to mark his retirement including a formal retirement function attended by colleagues past and present, and Director of Children’s Services for North Yorkshire. All 430 children were sworn to secrecy on Monday as the whole school held a secret event for Mr. Kendall.

Mr Kendall’s impact at Aspin has been tremendous and his successes too numerous to mention one member of staff told me. However some highlights might be: taking the school from 330 to 430 pupils, planning and building a wildlife area, three very successful OFSTED inspections the last classing the school as “outstanding” and four Investors in People awards. Mr Kendall has lead the school through what must have been one of the most dynamic times in primary education’s history.

Mr Nicholas Long, who takes up the position in September, has already made several visits to the school, including the Summer Fair where the PTA invited Mr Kendall to be guest of honour, and officially opened the fair. It raised an amazing 1818.99!!

I am sure that all readers who have had children at school under Mr. Kendall’s Headship like me, wish him a long and happy retirement.

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