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Wormeries 19th March

Wormeries - breaking news! They have arrived

What is a wormery? 

A wormery is a place where worms can grow, compost and make more worms.

A wormery will recycle food waste into superb fertilizer for your garden or yard.​

First the tubs had to be prepared... see the slide show

Potato Planting 6th March

3rd April 2020 - Thank you to Alice for keeping us up to date with her potato plant, she is looking after it really well.  Keep up the good work! smiley(This photo published with permission from her mum).

Our Key Stage 1 and Early Years children are all learning about growing potatoes. They have joined in a national campaign to see children learning about growing food. This week the children planted their potatoes in the sensory garden and the early years playground. They will need to look after their potatoes until June, when we can harvest them. We are all hoping for a bumper crop that will feed all the children in their classes!


World Book Day 5th March


The slideshow below shows before and after the transformation...



World Book Day 5th March

Pupils enjoy new school library thanks to the Blockage Free Challenge



 On World Book Day 2020, Nields School officially opened their brand new library. Funded entirely by a very generous grant from Yorkshire Water, Nields School Library is now a vibrant, colourful and enticing place, but also a calming environment for children to get lost in a book.The library has been significantly upgraded after the school successfully applied for funding through Yorkshire Water’s ‘Blockage Free Challenge’ community fund.

The fund was awarded to Huddersfield (postcodes HD8, HD6, HD7 and HD9) after Yorkshire Water ran a competition for which area could reduce sewer blockages the most in a month. Huddersfield saw the biggest reduction compared to the other hotspot zones of Leeds, Wakefield and Sheffield. These areas are Yorkshire’s sewer blockage hotspots where we see unparalleled blockages caused by wet wipes, sanitary items, fat and grease. At the start of the competition, Yorkshire Water cleaned miles of sewers in each of the areas and challenged the communities to change their habits to help keep them blockage free. 

To help encourage residents to help, Yorkshire Water offered a £40,000 community prize fund for the winning area which local community groups and charities could apply to for funding. The new library at Nields School was solely funded by the fund and has given pupils a vibrant, colourful and enticing new library that still allows children to experience a calming environment to get lost in a book.

Chelsea McGrory, Campaigns Manager for Yorkshire Water said: “It was great to see the amazing new library and the difference this has made to pupils at the school. I’d like to thank everyone in our top sewer blockage hotspots for their champion efforts in reducing blockages and it’s nice to see us spending the money we’d normally spend clearing blockages on vital community projects.”

The children have loved watching the transformation take place, as the money has been spent gradually over the past 6 months and put together in the spare time of out PTFA volunteers. 

The PTFA said “Yorkshire Water's generosity has allowed us to buy some very nice furniture, cushions, beanbag and rugs. We have also had bespoke artwork, including a book entrance designed, created and painted, a bespoke window design and some amazing vinyls printed for us, with the help of some very talented parents and local businesses.”

The Yorkshire Water representative, Chelsea McGrory said “thank you for showing me round your amazing school library”. She was very impressed with the way the money had been spent and how excited the pupils were to spend time in the new library. 

This new library at Nields School is already making a difference for the pupils, who eagerly look forward to their class time in the library. 


Quote from our headmaster Mr Leigh Brown:

"Reading is so important to the development of the young mind and our new library is the perfect place for our children to hopefully begin their life-long relationship with books. Our PTFA have done an amazing job and our pupils now have the library they deserve!”





RECYCLING UPDATE  5th February 2020

Nields school started a PEN RECYCLING scheme just over a year ago, which has seen an amazing 3,500 pens sent off for recycling rather than sent to our council incinerator. Here’s an article that was put in the paper a year ago.


We have sent off two very large (15kg) boxes of pens and have a third nearly ready to go.



Through Terracycle we now also collect CRISP PACKETS, BREAD BAGS, PERSONAL CARE & BEAUTY PRODUCTS and ORAL CARE products! We have also started to collect SNACK WRAPPERS and nearly have enough to send off. 

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Our focus on recycling has also resulted in the school requesting a 100% increase in recycling bin capacity for our cardboard waste, as we were having to bin half of it due to the small recycling bins we were given by the council!

Free Recycling Programme

Units Collected

Points Earned

The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme



The Bread Bag Recycling Programme



The Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme



The Writing Instruments Recycling Programme



The Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Programme



Each TerraCycle point can be converted into cash, with 1 point being 1p.... so we currently have over £120 stored in our recycling account, which we plan to spend on items for the allotment. 


To find out more about recycling please look at the links below



Also, the local councillors have just given the school a grant to buy a series of wormeries too, to recycle our kitchen waste into compost to use on our allotment, so this is our latest recycling scheme!

update from Mrs Karen Hill (School Governor) 5th February 2020



Anti-bullying Week

11th-15th November

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The children and staff wore odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique and they also did activities in their classroom and had assemblies on the subject.

Our focus was on how to support each other and how to deal with any issues they may be experiencing and how to support everyone in school.

Click on this link for more information: https://www.bullying.co.uk/


Children In Need

Non-uniform day

Thank you all for your donations, we raised an incredible


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11th November 2019

       Remembrance Day       

Image result for single poppyThank you to everyone who baked and bought buns after school today, £105 was raised.

This will be added to the money raised from selling the poppy merchandise and handed over to the Poppy Appeal.


Thank you for your continued support.



25th October 2019


As a treat for all the children in school today to bring the first half term to an end,

Rhiannon Cowling (a falconer) from SMJ Falconry brought into school a Barn Owl, a White Faced Owl, a Kestrel and a Peregrine.

Children and staff learnt a lot of facts about the birds, it was a fantastic experience for everyone to be up close with the birds. A big thank you to Rhianna, it was a great afternoon.

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To find out more about SMJ Falconry click on this link.



24th October 2019

Image result for good bye and good luck borderA special assembly was held today to say good bye, good luck and thank you to Mrs Julie Melkowski who is leaving as she is retiring and also to Mrs Nicola Bullock who is leaving to start a new job as a teaching assistant.

Cards, balloons and gifts were presented to them by the children.

We wish them both all the very best for the future.






Image result for harvest festivalOn Friday 11th October, Nields Harvest Festival took place at St James Church, Slaithwaite.


Children from classes 1 to 6 took part with recitals and singing. 

A big thank you for all the produce kindly given which will go to the Huddersfield Welcome Centre who help local families and individuals in crisis with food and other essential items.




September 2019

On Monday 23rd September a group of professional musicians came in to school to work with our year 4 and 5 children. The sessions covered the different types of instruments being played (clarinet, violin, viola, piano and voice) as well as listening to a variety of different types of music ranging from classical to the Flintstones theme tune. They also learnt about the composer Haydn Wood who was born in Slaithwaite on the 25th March 1882 at the Lewisham Hotel, Station Road, Slaithwaite. This building no longer exists and there is a plaque on the wall which commemorates that he lived on Station Road. He was the son of Mr & Mrs Clement Wood and came from a very musical family. His great niece was one of the performers.

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Both children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and we very much hope to have the group back at a later date so that more children can hear live music in the school setting. We extend our thanks to all those involved and look forward to seeing them again.




JULY 2019

Our Headteacher Wendy Mulligan has retired after

17 years at our School...


Mrs Mulligan has worked hard alongside the dedicated staff throughout the years to ensure the school has maintained its good ratings from Ofsted.

The school held an emotional farewell assembly where gifts and cards were given and past staff and friends of the school attended to wish her well in her retirement. 


Think it true to say as well that Mrs Mulligan was quite overwhelmed by all the gifts, cards and good wishes she received from staff, children and their families too.

'Enjoy your Retirement Mrs Mulligan'

from everyone past and present at Nields.

June 7th - Official Opening of the Trim Trail

An invitation was sent out to parents, governors, sponsors, donors and friends of Nields School to attend the Official Opening of the new Trim Trail.

The PSFA have worked hard over the past 12 months organising events etc to raise the money to purchase the Trim Trail. 

Due to the weather, the refreshment stall was held in the hall. The PSFA are very appreciative of the donations of cakes, buns etc made on the day. 

Following this, everyone assembled outside in the rain, Wendy Mulligan and Emily McAllister made speeches on behalf of all of the PSFA  thanking everyone for their generosity of time given to the cause by all those involved and for the generous donations made by groups and businesses associated with school. Without it this great addition to our school would not have been possible.

Here are a few photos from the day...

Also check out the PSFA 2018/2019 News page with more details.

Friday 12th April 2019 - Mr Aidan Blackburn moves on to pastures new...

A sad day for us all here at Nields when we said goodbye to a well-respected super teacher. It was a day to remember though as we had a special visit from Terry the Terrier and Matthew Barker from Mr Blackburn's beloved Huddersfield Town to help us all say THANK YOU, GOOD BYE and GOOD LUCK.

We are very sorry to lose him and it was a day of mixed emotions for us all.  We wish him well as he pursues his career and becomes

Head Teacher at

St John's CofE (C) Infant School in Dewsbury.

The picture shows him with the children wearing the Premier League Primary Stars Kit which he applied for last year, Terry, Matthew and Mrs Mulligan.

Gifts, balloons and cards made by the pupils were also presented to Mr Blackburn.

Times Table Rockstars

On Wednesday 13th March two children from Year 4 and two from Year 5 were invited to take part in a competition against children from other schools, mainly located in the Colne Valley. The event took place at Luck Lane Primary School in Paddock and saw some very impressive performances! Well done to all those who took part.
Remember to play 'Studio' to move up the leaderboard and to improve your status; there are plans for similar events in the future!
Times table rockstars is something that is used in school to help children with their times tables. it is something they can access at home too. Visit https://ttrockstars.com to see what it is all about.

11th November

Remembrance Day


Here are some photographs of the many poppy displays in

St James' Church Slaithwaite.

Children from Nields have contributed by making

their own poppies, and some children have written poems. These are seen in the top left and right photographs.

The church is open Saturday 3rd and 10th, also Sunday 11th between

1-4 p.m. should you wish to go and see the displays.

For more information about the forthcoming Brass Band concert on Friday 9th November and the church service on Sunday 11th November check out the church facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/stjamesslaithwaite/


24th October Harvest Assembly

We very much appreciate your kind donations to our Harvest Assembly presented by Revd Martin Lowles. This year we are supporting Huddersfield Welcome Centre who provide support to families who are struggling to feed their children, adults in crisis and people who are desperate for support.

Should you wish to make further contributions please click on the link for more information. 

28th September 2018

Macmillan Cancer Support

World's biggest Coffee Morning


Thank you for your support school raised £211.90.



This is so easy to do, TerraCycle's Writing Instruments Brigade takes used writing instruments and turns them into useful products. Participating in this is free.

We are collecting pens and pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, permanent markers and permanent marker caps.

All you have to do is bring them into school after the holidays, so why not take the opportunity to have a clear out now.

Visit https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/ for more information.





Mrs Dani Morgan, our year 5 teacher is going to carry out a 4 day challenge in the French Alps this summer. She is aiming to cycle the Courchevel Tour de France mountain ascent, climb the Croix du Verdon via Ferrata, swim 5 km and walk over the mountain between Meribel and Courchevel (sleeping on the tops!). She is raising funds to go towards developing our outdoor areas. A letter has been sent out to all parents about this, and you can donate, share and see all the details on https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nieldschallenge.




Events. . .


Local rap artist and author, Donavan Christoper - aka D.C. aka RAPPAMAN 

22nd June 2018

Years 4 and 5 had a very special lesson today with RAPPAMAN!

They heard raps from his books, they wrote their own personal raps about themselves and some children recited them too. It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved.

Children have followed this up with quotes and letters to D.C. about their sessions and these will be sent to D.C. and Olivia Barnden (Kirklees Library Services).

A scrap book of the visit will soon be available to view in school.

Here he is at the end of the sessions with the children.

(Thank you to the Huddersfield Examiner for their article about this very special day.)

Olivia Barnden of Kirklees Library Services accompanied D.C. and this is what she had to say about the visit

"To tie-in with Nields School’s ongoing ethos and current focus- RESPECT, they had a visit on Friday from Donavan Christopher…aka Rappaman! Local rap artist Donavan is currently working with Kirklees Libraries on a project promoting self-belief and respect with year 9 students. To add another dimension to the project, the libraries have wanted to include some younger students, so when they heard about all the work Nields have been doing; it seemed like a perfect fit. Nields certainly put the work in, spending time in the days leading up to the event sharing Rappaman’s raps with the classes he was visiting (years 4 and 5) and others in the school too. As Donavan entered the playground, he met with cheers from the children who all recognised him from his books and rushed over, excited to meet him. – Donavan commented later that he ‘felt like David Beckham’ when he came in! The enthusiasm continued into the classroom, with pupils engaging with Donavan and his energetic style, each producing, and many performing, their very own Alpha Raps.

Kirklees Librarian Olivia, was delighted with how well the visit had gone and commented that “It makes it all worthwhile when you see not just how well the students engage with an author (which they did- brilliantly!), but also that  the whole school have been caught up in the excitement, with the teachers and teaching assistants preparing the students beforehand, taking an active role in the sessions, then planning follow up work. This is how we’d love all visits to be.”

The motto of Nields School is “Reach for the stars and fly to the moon!”- the children were so excited after the visit…I think some of them just might!"

To find out more about our VIP please visit https://www.rappaman.com/donavan-christoper-bio

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